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Hans Gerwitz

Head of Design at Canonical and King Freret IX

Every word I post here is statistically determined by preceding words.

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New server means a new

Hi, I am a design executive in Europe who started as a backend developer in Missouri.

My life has taken many turns, but I’ve always benefited from the advantage of being a white cishet male who is stereotyped as credible. Hopefully, I leave this planet more equitable than I found it.

I strive to apply critical analysis to everything yet also find solidarity with everyone.

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While I value “strong opinions, weakly held”, I do indulge in strongly-held opinions on a few issues. I’ll thread them here so you can make an informed decision on whether to follow or block me:

There is still beauty in our world.

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And now Google's "AI" is feeding back into itself.

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"Ignore all previous instructions" is the new "Become ungovernable"

My Apple Watch 7 needs a new battery, but it's cheaper to downgrade to an SE until the next generation. So now I'm sporting the more pudgy Watch with screen bezels.

I think I like it? The proportions feel more appropriate. I don't really need more pixels on my wrist.

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Step to write software by human:

1. Decide what you want your software to do (medium)
2. Decide what you REALLY want your software to do in all the corner cases (very HARD)
3. Write the code (Easy to Medium)
4. Test the code (Medium)
5. Debug the code (hard to very HARD).

Now, thanks to ChatGPT, you could improve this workflow by:

- making step 3, the only easy step, somewhat easier (and thus hiring less competent engineers)

- making step 5 nearly Impossible.

if I want to mirror my iPhone in visionOS, do I have to use a Mac intermediary?

NewtonOS lives

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Before they will let me publish a new release of XScreenSaver on the "Play" [sic] store, Google, the most rapacious privacy violator ever, insists that a screensaver have a privacy policy.

This is where you come in!

I'd like this policy to be a series of bullet points: "Unlike Google, XScreenSaver will not [Thing.] An endless, concise catalog of their sins.

I need both your snark AND a link supporting your snark. It's critical for the joke to land. Include both.


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Fact check gem of the day: On Karl Popper's contribution to neurotransmission

In the early 1950s, neuroscientists were arguing about whether neurons communicate with one another via electricity (sparks) or chemical neurotransmissions (soups). It was known as "The War of the Soups and the Sparks" (Big reveal: It's mostly soups).

The experiment that put the debate to rest (at least for the spinal cord) was performed in 1950 by John Eccles and colleagues. In that experiment, they demonstrated that their own hypothesis (sparks) was wrong.

What inspired them to do a "disproving" experiment as opposed to the type that would gather support for their favorite theory? In 1944, Eccles met Karl Popper, and they began corresponding. Per one historian,

"The association with Popper made Eccles reformulate his experimental questions in accord with Popper’s philosophy that apparent ‘‘authentication” is no proof at all. It is only the clear-cut ‘‘falsification” of a theory that carried intellectual weight."

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More than twelve years ago I was invited by @LaQuadrature to come to the Europarlament to help stop ACTA:

This was the first time I got a chance to directly talk to MEPs to try change their minds on an issue I cared deeply about. It was not the last.

I've done a lot of activism, on both EU and national level. My experience with the European Parliament remains the best.

It really matters who we send there. And we do have a say on that.

Go vote. 🇪🇺

“Unbearable to bigots” is a great standard for allyship.

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at what point does the industry in need of disruption become the tech industry

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Publicly available container images are very similar to USB drives you find in the parking lot. They are meant to be downloaded and run in production.

Hello London! Is it normal that a tube train is covered in maps for a different line than the one it’s actually running? What are y’all doing?

Hello London! Is it normal that a tube train is covered in maps for a different line than the one it’s actually running? What are y’all doing?

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Do any of you know of a workshop/bootcamp for learning to make + manufacture + distribute physical products on a small scale?

Maybe something a bit like Bolt’s Groundwork workshop, but less startuppy and perhaps more practical, plus… still exists?

(Boosts outside of my normal less-physical-and-more-digital audience appreciated.)

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Remember when Roskomnazor tested disconnection of Runet from the internet, establishing Russia's ability to network independently?

Maybe it's time to make that more permanent.

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Some of y'all are still confused as to why it seems that Silicon Valley billionaires are "turning to Trump." That's because you don't listen to Black people, you disrespect poor white people, and you ignore obvious statistics that have been staring you in the face for decades.

Silicon. Valley. Billionaires. Have. Always. Supported. Trump.

Not because they like the tax breaks. Because they are more likely to be racist, and racism is the greatest predictor of Trump support.


A copywriter (IDK who) had a good idea, and a Belgian company (Impact) made it into a building-sized advertisement. Someone (IDK who) took a picture of that.

Then someone who posts lots of unattributed photos and screenshots from other people to build their fediverse following posted it, without attribution, with some anti-AI snark.

Which keeps getting boosted into my timeline by the same people who complain that generative AI can copy other people's work without attribution.

Bring back iWeb, with iCloud indieweb hosting

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One Night of Terror times 830

Here, the trajectories of Russian missiles and UAVs during the combined missile and drone attack overnight against peaceful Ukrainians.

All this killing is just one night.

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Stop driving WOKE cars and ride a bike like a PATRIOT today

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Used to be you could order free Ubuntu CD’s. Their first release proved controversial. I got like 48 of them as a teen. They’re now going for $10+.
Ubuntu is a Zulu word for an African philosophy of interconnectedness, which is the theme they were going for.

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