I’m a computer science researcher. I care about digital rights and social justice issues. It might be a good idea to also follow my backup account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The technical challenges are probably very interesting to work on, but the real challenge in making it useful is the social and political challenges. The chicken-and-egg problem. There is no lack of people having tried to standardize identity.
The stated technical problems they aim to solve seem to be the right ones, and the zero-knowledge proof approach to asserting things about you without revealing everything about you makes me think of Dick Hardt's amazing Identity 2.0 talk from 11 years ago:
If I had the chance to work on this, I would take it.
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“At least from my vantage point it seems to have a lot of momentum as several companies seem interested. It's just that fact that makes me a bit suspicious :-)”
Ha, i understand that coroporations supporting something like that it's doesn't look good, but who knows? :-)
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I have asked HUNDREDS of "stupid" questions in my career. No one else remembers them, but I remember learning something from each one!
"nobody will use your code if it's GPL, make it permissive" is the open source version of "we won't pay you, but you'll get exposure"
MediaGoblin has been #1 on Hacker News for the last about 9-12 hours I think?
Nice to see some coverage, though I'm honestly a bit surprised as to what triggered it, and what's sustaining the link being #1 for that long... I don't think that's happened before. Is there growing re-interest in the domain MediaGoblin is covering from the "hacker public"?
The pumpiverse is a better place when we use titles in posts
Please, use them whenever possible, they really help =)
>> Jason Self:
“Update the web UI to include an option for a title when posting a note. It'd go a long way to what you're asking.”
Believe me, people often don't use the title field when posting images (which allows titles), or when using almost any other client (which often support titles on anything).
Hence the 'whenever possible' =)
This is mostly addressed to people who don't realize that using titles has advantages. We don't necessarily need to have a "Meanwhile" full of "a note, a note, a note", it can be much more useful.
Obviously if someone has something against using titles, by all means, don't use them...
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The little things...
I've spent some time today polishing a feature of Dianara that will be appreciated by 1% of its users, 1% of the time xD
Now, posts which have a non-media file attached (that is, not 'image', 'audio' or 'video' types, but the generic 'file' type), will show the icon matching the file type, taken from your system's iconset of course =)
Also, when clicking on the icon or the Download button to save the file to your computer, the suggested filename will have the proper extension. Until now, these kinds of attachments always suggested the ".bin" extension due to a server limitation.
Sadly, Pump.io's capability to attach audio, video and other files is rarely used by people at the moment, but when the time comes, this will make these posts look better!
lsblk- how have I never met this handy program before?
New ActivityPub CR, tutorial, logo!
Machine Learning: The High-Interest Credit Card of Technical Debt
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It may affect your field a bit less since you do computer vision more specifically? I dunno.
At any rate, the tl;dr is that machine learning allows getting a lot of functionality added very fast in many domains, but you don't necessarily know how it works, and if you need to "change things" you don't really know what consequences that's going to have, or might even have the right tools to hop in and make tweaks.
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Yeah, I certainly think there's a risk with using machine learning without understanding what it is doing, and its limitations. With all the hype these days a lot of people jump into it without necessary knowing all that. I did machine learning back before it was all the rage ;-)
Also it might be useful to distinguish deep learning and neural networks from things like probabilistic machine learning and kernel machines, which are easier to understand and interpret.
But it's also the "black box" nature of deep learning that is intriguing, and probably much of its power comes from that, in contrast to being hand-crafted rules that are easy to understand, but also fundamentally limited to just encoding expert knowledge and not learning anything new. Probably biological brains work in a similar "emergent" fashion, and one shouldn't dismiss the single working example of intelligence that we have :-)
- Whoa Nextcloud has some implementation of ActivityPub! (Go CWebber!)
Working with others was also improved across servers, federating activities so you can see changes on remote shares in your activity feed through an implementation of the ActivityPub API developed by the W3C.from https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-12-beta-introduces-the-next-generation-of-secure-collaboration/