Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

see http://red-bean.com/kfogel

  • 2018-12-12T16:36:15Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Yes, I dented this out already last night.  But I'm redenting it now because I want tell all time zones about why this is a great moment to donate to the Software Freedom @Conservancy -- donations are being matched!  Now is the time!  Do it!  Thank you.



    Just shared your original post

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  • 2018-12-11T23:15:08Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    OMG this thread. You have to read it. First reactions: amazement, schadenfreude, there-but-for-the-grace-etc fear, contempt, and peer commiseration. Next reaction: structural incentives determine organizational competence, every time. Congress needs to change the structure.



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  • 2018-12-11T22:51:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Heard that donations to the Software Freedom @Conservancy are being matched right now by Private Internet Access (@BuyVPNService), wanted to get in on some o' that!  Done: $200 ==> $400, because @Conservancy is important to Free Software.  Join me? https://sfconservancy.org/news/2018/nov/20/90k-donation-match/

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    Can't at the moment. I'm 9 days away from going without pay for an indeterminate period of time thanks to the Old Man.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2018-12-12T22:21:58Z

  • 2018-12-11T21:11:37Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Good opportunity at @CommitChange (which makes #opensource  fundraising technology for nonprofits and social impact groups): they're seeking a Community Growth Manager -- new position, details here: https://commitchange.com/about-us/community-growth-manager-job-opening/

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  • 2018-12-11T18:39:44Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Anyone else think SpotHero should buy Zotero, just for pronounciation unification?

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  • 2018-12-09T16:40:08Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    HAHAHAHAHA.  @WellsFargo is squatting on https://discovercardus.com/ to intercept Discover customers who accidentally go to the wrong web site.  It's nice to know the Internet looks basically the same at every scale :-).
  • 2018-12-09T16:20:54Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Random broadcast, will recur: A friend of mine (an excellent journalist) is looking for 4th roommate in what will be awesomest group house ever in Washington, DC.  Location and transportation access are great, house is great, roomates are great.  DM or email me for more.

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  • 2018-12-07T23:21:18Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Tonight, some poor time-management decisions resulted in this: https://github.com/Rejectedus/rejected.us/issues/46#issuecomment-445394449
  • 2018-12-06T17:57:30Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Could someone with expertise explain the legal reasoning behind the arrest of Meng Wanzhou? When the U.S. declares sanctions against a nation (Iran), does that mean that anyone in the world who doesn't obey those sanctions is subject to extradition if they visit the wrong place?

    Because, if so, i totally don't get that. Those sanctions are just a U.S. law, right? How can someone in another country be guilty of violating a U.S. law that doesn't apply in other countries? (Yes, I realize this case is a power politics game, but legality still matters.)

    I feel like there must be *some* legal angle to this that I'm just not getting, because so far none of the news reports I've seen (hmm, all U.S. media though) have commented on the jurisdictional question that I would have thought would be foremost here. What am I missing?



    we have extradition treaties with a number of countries (which is probably obvious, and not what you are asking, but since no one else has responded...), but I'm not familiar with the matter, and it's been a number of years since I took an international law course or read anything on the matter.

    dw at 2018-12-07T02:16:20Z

    Canada I see. There may be UN sanctions against Iran. 

    I think you left out a "not"

    dw at 2018-12-07T02:22:48Z

    While most of these sanctions are administered through the US Department of the Treasury, my employing bureau surprisingly has nothing to do with them.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2018-12-07T03:54:33Z

  • 2018-12-05T18:23:20Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I'd been using "bricolage" solely in spoofs of high-theory academic writing... and now here it is used in well-written and informative academic paper, one that IMHO would be valuable outside the academy too (e.g., to UI / UX designers and researchers): http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/12/3/000399/000399.html
  • 2018-12-03T19:16:37Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It's astonishing how much damage can result from the fact that most people don't have experience with habitual liars, and therefore mistakenly believe that no one could possibly be *that* untruthful that often.  They don't realize that for such a person, the trust that allows our society to function is simply a friendly host environment offering unique opportunities for the right kind of parasite.

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    If every taxpayer that lied to me on the phone at work got charged under 18 USC 1001, the court system would be wrecked due to the un-ending amount of cases.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2018-12-05T21:59:49Z

  • 2018-11-29T22:43:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I know the steady drip of Russia/Trump news has the tendency to become background over time, but the details in Michael Cohen's plea today are not just another drop.  This is really damning stuff for Trump, and Mueller likely has corroborating evidence for most of it.  Wow.

    Special Counsel Mueller is really dragging his feet. The lawyers in the Chief Counsel's division at IRS metaphorically operate like maniacs hopped up on amphetamines compared to the Special Counsel's unit.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2018-11-30T03:10:22Z

  • 2018-11-29T17:00:09Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    One implication of this very fine paper by @henryfarrell and Bruce Schneier (@schneierblog) is that freedom of speech is more valuable as a strength to democracies than it is dangerous as a vulnerability, even though it is undeniably the latter too.  https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3273111
  • 2018-11-28T20:29:41Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Anyone know whether the @subethaedit open-sourcing news (yay!) might help @emacs and other editors more easily incorporate compatible multi-party remote shared editing?  https://rant.monkeydom.de/posts/2018/11/28/see-is-back
  • 2018-11-27T19:56:19Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Okay, Debian, I *can* parse this sentence if I really concentrate, but... whew:

    "When InstallOnShutdown was configured unattended-upgrades in versions before 1.7 installed updates _after_ the shutdown transaction is started by systemd making maintainer scripts restarting services fail or wait in a deadlock until being killed by shutdown's timeout leaving a broken installation behind."

    (From Balint Reczey's changelog notes for upgrading the 'unattended-upgrades' package to 1.8.)

    Not very inspired xD

    JanKusanagi at 2018-11-27T23:48:22Z

  • 2018-11-26T23:09:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Dear @Medium: If you're going to pop up an invitation to create an account whenever I visit a page while not logged in, please at least offer standard username/password accounts, instead of a choice of either email loop (bad for many reasons) or 3rd-party authentication (same).

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    Yes please.

    Also, just don't pop up stuff, thanks xD


    Why do 99% of websites insist on being superannoying to their users? 😕

    JanKusanagi at 2018-11-26T23:20:34Z

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    I only ever visit Medium when a certain high official from work posts official blog posts there.


    Somebody should ask Congress to prevent the Office of National Taxpayer Advocate from using Medium and to keep her blogging on in-house servers instead.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2018-11-28T03:58:16Z

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  • 2018-11-15T21:45:14Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I use the same passwords everywhere, but I *pronounce* them differently. Attackers are totally unprepared for that! You've got to think outside the box, people.
  • 2018-11-15T21:42:10Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If this is true, it is exactly the kind of mirror-image reversal of justice and good policy that I've come to expect from this administration:


  • 2018-11-15T21:41:25Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I am going across the street to @Latinicity, where I am going to eat lunch and read this entire Facebook article in the NYT print edition. There will be no live-tweeting. This will be an immersive treeware experience. I am trembling with anticipation.
  • 2018-11-15T21:40:47Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hunh. Starting from the top of http://zulipchat.com , I'm trying to find the answer to the question "What is the latest release of @Zulip?" And it's surprisingly hard to discover. Maybe the site is just aimed at a different audience than me...?