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Apparently here in the UK we've inherited this lovely group called "Turning Point", which in the US publishes a "watch list" of academics they believe hold viewpoints that are too left wing (professorwatchlist.org) - obviously attempting to out them and ruin their professional careers, but also making them potential targets for political violence.

This is a sensitive subject in the UK where anti-academic sentiment is on the rise and MP Jo Cox was murdered during the brexit referendum.

ordered a kit for a raspberry pi guitar pedal. I am going to get solder *everywhere*

man the uk government just kinda got owned by the commons

Okay buying alliterative domains is sort of pleasing for some reason:

synthetic.services/

Old-ish project I was working on. Trying to make a site that would show you all the relationships between the Cambridge Analytica shell companies, their directors, etc. but there was just too much data to pull from the companies house site... Nevertheless you can see how far I got with it here: ca-analysis.gitlab.io/

light pet related injury 

Do not mix cats and gravity

He added there was "always a possibility that there may not have been any genuine drone activity in the first place"

what a twist

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-4666

Life hack if an oAuth app asks for too many permissions on your GitHub profile, just remove (parts of) the "scope" parameter. Not sure why this isn't a built-in feature, tbh. Also works on some other websites with oAuth.

Pokémon let's go's throwing mechanic makes me real mad. Where are the curve balls? where's the physicality of the thing? Why does the ball never go in the direction I throw it in?!

Repost from basefook

How internet memes are used to manipulate your behaviors: An example.

Chances are that you have seen this meme floating around, especially around elections. It isn't what you think it is. It is not a friendly digital handshake. It isn't meant to help neighbors mend fences. It is a deliberate instrument of psychological manipulation.

I worked in Marketing for nearly two decades. I know this kind of device when I see it. Let me explain.

I fed over 8,000 CNN Business headlines to a neural net to see which new headlines it would predict.
For some reason, it predicted companies behaving rather badly.

aiweirdness.com/post/179938486

With PayPal leading the march on removing access to online services to left-wing groups it is clear that we will soon need to fill in the gaps as this trend deepens within the liberal technology community.

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