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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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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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@OrionKidder [full disclosure, I now work for Canonical] The intention baked into the snap ecosystem is more akin to SSL certificate management than Apple or Google's control. Yet to make a packaging system secure and flexible enough to underpin Ubuntu Core requires _trust_ or otherwise you can just use debs. This smells like dangerous centralization and it requires a lot of nuance to consider whether that risk is real.

@OrionKidder I think you already understand! The performance disadvantage of snaps has been largely addressed, but AFAICT the distaste for snaps today is very focused on the fear of central control.

And doesn't this seem quaint, now?

@futurebird it’s already been said, but because I want to share the joy: Kagi plus DNS blocking (e.g. via pihole or and you’ll never see a Google ad again.

Among other measures, the Dutch parliament is considering banning anti0democratic parties.

This sort of self-policing is of course sensitive and maybe dangerous, but I’m heartened to see the tone of “something must be done about the fascists”.

@Devilstower @Jonathanglick I was regrettably part of that cycle, moving from St. Louis to a new HQ city (Seattle) because my white-collar career plateaued. I took my spending and investment in city real estate with me.

@StillIRise1963 OMG that article is so much more worrisome than I expected.

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i swear, you could solve public transit in the US if you just got:

- the software people who truly love the field
- to talk to the municipal politics people who are actually doing it for the love of the job
- to talk to the train planning people who are actually doing it for the love of the job and or hobby
- to talk to the physical security and penetration testing people
- to talk to the mining engineers
- so they can then plan and pull off a complicated heist to rob the treasury

@babe I don’t understand.

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Only 2.5% of the world's population is Nigerian. 🇳🇬

But 33% of the top 100 ranked Scrabble players are Nigerian.

Only 1.3% of the US population is Indian American. 🇮🇳

But 20 of the past 23 spelling bee champs have been South Asian.

British colonizers did this to themselves. 🤷🏿‍♂️

English belongs to us now.

@socialadmin Waneer

@monkeyborg I say “jee-zip” 😝

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Amsterdam public transport authority GVB quits X, citing the "continuous, mostly anonymous flood of hateful replies and the lack of surveillance thereof by the owner" as the main reason.

"We feel that it's important that everyone feels welcome, safe and respected with us"

@zachleat feels like Astro is getting a bit bloated. How long before someone re-implements it on an “Eleventy core”?

@rysiek not really an “AI” phenomenon, eh? Application of models is situated where there is already a system for decision making in the first place.

I like this observation as a sort of “indicator dye”. We can see the power structures of society clearly reflected in model deployment. (And it’s an ugly sight, not that it will bother us, collectively.)

@tmcw congrats!

I still think about this post contrasting Apple's “paean to a bygone era of suburban sprawl” to Amazon's integrated urban campus every time I watch a Tim Cook keynote.

GOP states are forcing women to give birth and now outlawing lab-grown meat.

Clearly their endgame is breeding humans for meat.

American Express just let me cancel a card, efficiently and politely, via a text chat session. For two decades they've been surprising me with the sort of customer service we should expect from every company.

Wordle 1,023 5/6*


💩 I do not consider this a legit word

Back in 2011 when Microsoft demoed them, I didn’t see that communication avatars (sorry, “Personas”) would be useful for AR; strapping an iPad to my face was a distant dream. I think I still believe the real value will be in facing emotional states, though.