Anyone that’s reading my blog has probably heard of Good Game AutoBlocker, the thing I wrote for blocking GamerGaters on Twitter. (My personal block list is more complete and also available, but be warned that it includes people that aren’t associated with GamerGate.) It’s a pretty simple bit of code, but it made using social media significantly better for many, many people.…
My post about leaving the FreeBSD community has now been viewed significantly more than when I posted about being SWATed. While I expected people to take notice, that surprised me. There’s been a lot of feedback, and I’ve been watching all of it. It’s gone about as well as I guessed it would.
I’ve been trying to publish this post for 5 months. It’s been sitting in my queue, and I’ve been too worried about fallout to publish it, despite the support of friends familiar with the situation. But I’m not going to enter 2016 knowing that I was too scared to do something. So here it is.
Yesterday, IBM joined the ranks of tech companies blundering into the issue of the gender imbalance in STEM with a terribly sexist gaffe. The tweet has now been deleted, but the gist was “Hey, ladies. Want to be an engineer? Why not tell us how you can hack a hair dryer?” I’m not going to get too deeply into why this…
This is the type of post I’ve been avoiding writing. I’ve been worried that if I start pointing out problems, people will exploit them. Well, it’s already happening. It’s time that we start talking about how to write better terms of services.
Today, we’re going to focus on GoFundMe.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, so I’m going to give you a brief update. If I went and said all things I wanted to say, this post would go on for days. I’m not going to even proofread this. Just roll with it.
You’re probably tired of hearing about ICANN, so I’m going to give you a brief reprieve and talk about something else: my bicycle.