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Vika

A trans-person and a clueless amateur coder. Doesn't like her look and uses an anime-styled avatar instead.

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Side note: my Xiaomi smartwatch wisely prevented the call from vibrating my watch, observing that I sleep. My phone it self wasn’t as wise.

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In #Russia, phone calls are part of the management hell that persists in every single institution. Today I was woken up by a phone call. AGAIN.

I think this stems from Soviet years. I hope nothing like this exists in developed countries and people use email.

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Any means of making #GitLab (self-hosted CE) IndieAuth-compatible? I like the CI/CD stuff and the issue boards but I want to use #IndieAuth to allow users to log in. #IndieWeb

The real problem of machine learning (according to my flawed understanding of it)

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So, we have a huge problem ahead of us. Media calls it “algorithms” and blames programmers for their mistakes. But I think the better name for this problem will be “machines learning huge mistakes of human past”.

In the past, some very dumb humans in charge decided that some people should have less rights then other people. Women, people of color et cetera - they were all erased. They weren’t given loans (or any money at all), they were completely dependent on other people to live. Today some people in charge become smarter and realize these mistakes, but the problem is still there in the algorithms that repeat them.

And I think that programmers may be not the right people to blame. Most “algorithms”, as media likes to call them, are actually based on machine learning. This means that an algorithm processes past data and tries to make decisions based on that data. And it seems like we don’t have a good track record of human rights, especially if we peek into the past century.

Maybe it’s not machines that are to blame, but humans who give example to these machines - not by word, but by their actions at the ruler seats?

Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Published: by Vika in reply to https://twitter.com/MillerShime/status/1195736464405016576

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В Пензе точно есть! Там это прямо на автомате написано. Вообще это сделано, чтобы люди не пили бесплатно, а оплатили первую порцию - но пластика тратится на это неимоверно много. Но хотя бы меньше, чем при заказе дополнительной газировки в других местах…

Genesis

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In the beginning, there was a word. And the word was “Hello”. And the word was addressed to the World.

“Hello, World!” – that was the first utterance of a newborn universe inside the computer, represented by lines of code. It died as quickly as it got born; with the last instruction of the interpreter, which coincidentally was the first, the new creation was no more.

Yet the programmer did not fall into despair; they continued to create new universes of code – sets of rules governing lives of data blobs and transient states of things in memory of a computer – the framework of new universes open to humanity.

– Perhaps, – the programmer thought, – our universe is also a computer, and I am a mere program inside of it, awaiting the last instruction pointer jump in my life and a gloomy HLT at the end.

Nobody knew it for sure. Some feared it, some hoped. I hope we never get to know.

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This is a new computing device with a revolutionary form factor, no less. Is this my another birthday present?! #cats #catsofindieweb

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Oh well. paypal.me pages prominently show my deadname. And I wanted to set up a page so someone from another country will be able to buy me a coffee. @askpaypal seriously? #transissues #🏳️‍⚧️