Politics favor the right genetic variances of the epidermis

As a white Anglo-Canadian, perhaps the most innocuous-seeming of all national identities, it’s been pretty easy to be an economic migrant really.

Source: The Wandering Academic, or How No One Seems to Notice that I Am an Economic Migrant. | Superfluous Answers to Necessary Questions

I’m brown, so I’m one of those hordes that take American jobs from Americans. I’m an undesirable that is only fit for certain lines of work, even though my work experience has been extremely varied.

It pays to be white.

vroooooom VROOOOOOOOOMMMM

Bernstein is interested in this phenomenon as “memeufacturing” — a couple of social-media stars (or garden-variety celebs) post viral videos of themselves using an obscure gadget, and halfway around the world, factories shut down their e-cig lines and convert them, almost overnight, to hoverboard manufacturing lines. Bernstein cites a source who says that there are 1,000 hoverboard factories in South China — and another one, Chic Smart, outside of Shanghai, that’s threatening to sue all the rest for patent infringement (good luck with that).

Source: Pre-mutated products: where did all those “hoverboards” come from? / Boing Boing

So we’re supposed to call them hoverboards? I want my real weather controlled, fusion powered DeLorean, then.

By the way, maybe the Segway would have been an actual, y’know, revolutionary product if it had looked like this to start with.

Ideas escape me

I have ALL THE IDEAS for ALL THE POSTS when I’m at any of my jobs or biking around or any of a million activities.

Most of the time I can’t reach for my phone cos I’m doing something that prevents my use of the phone. Ditto for any writing utensils.

Then I get home and I sit down in front of the computer and my mind goes blank.

So, so annoying.

In the future we’ll say this was a template for future attacks.

The emails also reveal myriad surprises and previously unreported anecdotes, including one episode in which Sony spied on its own employees’ emails. Paradoxically, the hacked emails and documents provide a telling window into how and why such a disastrous hack succeeded and what companies need to do to protect themselves—which is precisely why Fortune has chosen to use this material. (For more on our thinking, see Editor’s Desk here.)

Source: Sony Pictures: Inside the Hack of the Century, Part 1 – Fortune

How can you protect an attack that comes from the place where you make a living? The consequences for these things range from unauthorized purchases to emptied bank accounts to complete identity theft.

The scary part is it will only get worse.

We all need someone to tell us this at least once.

A twitter friend is having problems. We’ve had long conversations about the current status quo and how it cannot be maintained much longer without detrimental effects on her health. This is just a bit of what I told her:

When you move out, you’ll feel sad and alone. But you know what? You’ll actually be able to listen to yourself think, and to let yourself feel for yourself.

You’ll miss what you had before because it was what you knew for the longest time. But you’ll slowly adapt to the new circumstances and will allow yourself to relax, and your body will recover.

Then you’ll one day you’ll realize that you’re feeling okay. And that it’s good to be okay.

It’s one thing to feel alone, and another one to feel lonely. Right now you’re not alone since you’re with your mother but you are lonely because she won’t share herself with you. You only get her anger.

When you’re alone and get comfortable with yourself, that’s when you stop being lonely.

I wish someone had told me this when I was younger. I learned it the hard way.

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Terrorist attacks in Paris. At least a hundred people dead. My twitter timeline is blood and tears.

A child is born. The proud aunt is putting up the picture on my twitter timeline after hours of worry, but the child is healthy and love is being showered upon the mom and her family.

This is my small lens onto the world on this day, at 1845.

In the future-now, TV watches you

Vizio recently updated its privacy policy to say it has begun providing data about customers’ viewing habits to companies that “may combine this information with other information about devices associated with that IP address.” The company does not promise to encrypt IP addresses before sharing them.

Source: Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You – ProPublica

Yet another reason to have your television just be a dumb screen that pushes pixels at your eyes, and have the smart bits live elsewhere.

With other devices (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc, Chromecast, etc) you at least know they’re trying to get that information but you can opt-out of most things.

BEHOLD

And in case it gets deleted, here’s a screenshot:

Twitter screenshot

I Gave A Speech About Race To The Publishing Industry And No One Heard Me

Here is the thing about how discrimination works: No one ever comes right out and says, “We don’t want you.” In the publishing world, they don’t say, “We just don’t want your story.” They say, “We’re not sure you’re relatable” and “You don’t want to exclude anyone with your work.” They say, “We’re not sure who your audience is.”

Source: I Gave A Speech About Race To The Publishing Industry And No One Heard Me

I see this in food service all the time. I’ve gone to places to apply for FOH jobs and been told to wait for the chef to come talk to me.

They just automatically assumed I’m there to work in the kitchen.

No, if you tell a woman to smile you’re more of a bitch than a bitch

Men don’t get told to smile like it’s their job. I don’t go up to men and say, “hey, smile! You’re so HANDSOME when you smile!

Why don’t I do that? Because it’s weird and rude and it’s none of my business if you smile or not. I don’t know you, I don’t know what you’re going through. And you don’t exist to mold yourself into whatever I think you should be. Isn’t that cool, that you’re an autonomous person?

Source: smile, you bitch: being a woman in 2015 — Medium

I’ll admit that I’ve done my fair share of idiotic things. Like most I thought I meant well, but now I’m sure in most cases it is much more likely the women I talked to got irritated and annoyed, rather than pleased.

I’m glad there are people like Nora out there, who won’t take shit from anyone and will step up and say “this is not right and we need to change it.”

Twitter changed because it sought to be media itself, instead of underlying everyone else’s media.

Yet the two entities that are called “Twitter”—the San Francisco-based corporation and the character-delimited social network—are not entirely disconnected. And similarly, no matter how many features Twitter-the-company tacks on to draw in new people, it’s still captive to the whims of Twitter-the-network. Recently, I’ve started to wonder if the corporation is trapped in more than a nominal way. What if the network is one of the company’s greatest obstacles, especially when it comes to growth?

Source: The Decay of Twitter – The Atlantic

Whatever happened to the chromeless browser?

First there was Prism. Then Mozilla turned it into Chromeless. Which then was killed off.

When Mozilla killed Prism another developed forked it off and renamed the project WebRunner, but then it also died a few months later. I’d show you the link but they all report 404 when you visit the developer’s website.

Chrome doesn’t have Application Shortcuts anymore either, and they’re the ones who came up with the concept to start.

For now there is the the Standalone (which is buggy as hell) Firefox extension but it’s buggy as hell and it only really seems to work well on OSX. I tried using it on Windows 10 and it was basically useless.

All of this except for Standalone went down before 2011. It’s 2015 and the only options available that work well are for OSX, and commercial at that. There’s hope that WebRT will revive the concept since whatever lives on the web now has to compete with native apps for each mobile platform. They are their own form of single-site browser, but it all depends on the developer and obviously they’re tracking your every interaction with it. We need something that’s open and everyone can use to create the browsers they need.

On del.icio.us

I’ll always prefer the name del.icio.us over delicious.com. Blame Web 2.0 and it’s long-now tarnished promises.

I’m glad they’re offering a paid option now:

Delicious paid option banner

Perhaps the service will grow again now that the owners are actually trying to get it to work. Yahoo really fucked it up, and then it all went sideways from there.

LibreOffice Writer prints text in black

I was updating my resume and ran into a weird issue where Writer would print everything in black, no matter the destination printer (physical or PDF).

A quick search pointed me to this Ask LibreOffice page where someone had run into this issue, but here’s the procedure to fix it:

Go to Menu/Tools/Options/Print, then make sure “Convert colors to grayscale” is not checked:

LibreOffice Writer dialog

Then go to Menu/Tools/Options/LibreOfficeWriter/Print, then make sure “Print text in black” is not checked:

LibreOffice Writer dialog

This started happening after I updated to LibreOffice 5.0.2, so I’m thinking this a regression in the defaults.