Please stop using data mining scandals 2 redefine ur own predatory version of consent. Being in a public space is not consenting to be mugged no more than posting in a public space is consenting to have your data stolen. My purse doesn’t suddenly become EVERYBODY’s purse when I leave the house. We need a new bill of data/privacy rights. Will this end all mining 4evs? No, but reclassifying women as citizens instead of domestic property didn’t end all gender violence either.
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"There's nothing we can do to prevent other people from doing bad things to us" is neoliberal bullshit no matter what form it takes.
People having their data copied and used in contexts that wasn't consented to just isn't ok period. I won't accept any excuses to the contrary, but I especially won't accept "there is no technical reason why they couldn't".
There's no technical reason why I couldn't walk out my door this morning and get shot. That doesn't make it inevitable or ok.
fedi meta, scraping people
@chpietsch No, that's right, I can't. But I can expect people to honour social contracts. The software doesn't magically spawn, it is written by people. If researchers make the assumption that everybody is okay with being used in their machine learning pet projects, they are part of the problem.
Having TOS that are not machine readable is a feature. Human intent matters. "They were technically able to do so" is a technocrat excuse.
fedi meta, scraping people
They say in the paper "btw, some instances allow nsfw shit, so future researchers using this data set may have their feelings hurt" (paraphrasing, but "feelings hurt" is literally in there).
Well, dickheads, how about the feelings you hurt by aggressively scraping and publishing data?
Was man nicht benennt, bedenkt man nicht. Wenn man für etwas keine Worte hat, ist es viel schwerer, daran zu arbeiten. Es gibt zum Beispiel eine Reihe an persönlichen Fähigkeiten, die nicht ständig benannt werden, aber sehr wertvoll sind: Konfliktfähigkeit und Auskunftsfähigkeit sind zwei davon, bei denen mir das häufig auffällt.
Short blog post about the new pretalx pricing (woo! Cheaper for small events, if you want to use pretalx.com), and my plans for pretalx in 2020 in general: https://pretalx.com/p/news/new-pricing-plans-2020/
So my domain checker has finished running. Of the 7467 instances currently known to chaos.social
- 20.6% don't even have DNS records any longer
- 38.4% have not been reachable over HTTP (10s timeout)
- 46.3% have not been reachable over HTTPS (10s timeout, invalid certs counted as unreachable)
- 30.3% have v6 DNS records
By the way, the important parts are both "unsolicited" and "from stranger". If we are in a high-trust situation, unsolicited responses can be very okay, depending on the topic.
High-trust situations require this trust *first* though – can be because we are friends, or maybe just because we had some nice interactions before, or share an instance (if on a smaller instance), etc. Sometimes reworking the comment into a genuine question can work, too.
Every time, posting technical stuff:
1. Post code snippet.
2. Predictably get unsolicited advice with not-really-improvement from stranger.
3. Explain why it's not an improvement
4. Tack on (in parentheses) that it might be polite to consider if feedback was solicited.
5. Queue sulking without discussion of the technical issue.
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