Time for a new #introduction as my old one's a bit out-of-date.
I'm also into #hamradio, my username's my callsign.
I started #gliding back in July and am now a student glider/#sailplane pilot.
I mentioned that I had my second glider flight on Sunday. I took my DSLR camera with me this time, and when my flight instructor had control of the glider I took pictures. Here are four of them.
It was another great day for gliding/soaring. Too bad I couldn't stay long due to Freyja's vet appointment.
ukpol, austerity, automation of welfare programmes Show more
the department for work and pensions is introducing algorithmic decision-making (specifically AI) into social services. it's happening with little to no oversight.
how are there still large organizations who believe that outsourcing critical decisions to computers is a good idea? have they not been reading the news for the last several years?
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squillionaire shit, bezos Show more
so i just found this Jeff Bezos quote: “Our goal with Amazon Prime, make no mistake, is to make sure that if you are not a Prime member, you are being irresponsible.”
fuck you, bezos. fuck you and the fucking diamond-encrusted golden-horned unicorn you rode in on. you're richer than god and you have the nerve, the absolute fucking GALL, to talk about irresponsibility?!
jeeeeeeesus *and breathe*
Politics and ham radio Show more
As for the article that message points to, this line is priceless considering that ham radio is regulated by the government via the FCC:
"The real story here is Ham Radio is a threat to the government. We make them look stupid!"
After all, if that were the case then the FCC would just end the Amateur Radio Service (the formal name for ham radio in the U.S.), revoke all ham radio licenses, and give/sell the spectrum to someone else. But hey, keep that paranoia going!
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Things like this just perpetuate the stereotype that American hams are reactionary Fox News-watching old men. This is from the mailing list for the Skyvew Radio Society, which I'm still a member of despite having moved to Illinois.
it's okay and normal if you're not who you thought you'd be by now. it's okay and normal if you're not what you thought you'd be by now. stuff happens that you couldn't have prepared for and couldn't have known was coming. society isn't structured so many of us can succeed inside it. go your own pace.
I don't talk about this much, but I've been writing about utilities for more than a decade as a job. They privatized most big utilities promising that exactly this wouldn't happen.
This pretty much exactly mirrors every other way our country has become the worst of what they told us the USSR was like.
It's that time of year again....the time I am taken out to the yard and shot for my heretical opinion that budding writers should NOT engage in the fulsome and empty social media ritual known as #NaNoWriMo. So go ahead, punish me for my unconscionable blasphemy, but do think about what it really means to write a novel (and what it doesn't mean).
#Brutaldon seems to be having issues with my favoriting toots actually going through. As in I'll favorite a toot, and either it doesn't show as favorited or it will but as soon as I refresh my home timeline the favorite is gone.
On a somewhat related note, seeing some of the microcontrollers use Lua as one of the programming languages, and knowing that NetBSD drivers can be wirtten in Lua, makes me want to learn that programming language.
My issues with programming over the years will probably keep me from doing it, though. It's not that I'm incapable of programming. Rather it's that I've never had what it takes to put all the pieces together to create something useful that I can't just find elsewhere.
Went to the Twin City Amateur Radio Club meeting tonight. It was mostly a presentation on a 70 cm beacon about the size of a car keyfob and the parts the presenter used to put it together, and the software used. Had quite a bit of discussion of other things after the meeting.
This club isn't the Skyview Radio Society (the best ham radio club I've been a member of), but it isn't the two Iowa ham radio clubs where all they did was talk about the Good Old Days, either.
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the power grid shouldn't be defended, it should be decentralized.
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