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31 May 2021


Well, that's interesting. I don't officially know about it because I'm not on the village WhatsApp (or any WhatsApp, but my wife sent it to me. I've written to them regarding that, and suggested they start by using free and open channels of communication.



I saw somewhere an article about Spotify and its failure to compensate musicians adequately. I'm guilty of that too, as nowadays I mostly freeload it down from YouTube and then listen to it offline. My wife subscribes to Spotify, though she doesn't use it much. Lately I listen mainly to that category of music that is known as house, down-tempo, chill-out : stuff that plays indefinitely in the background and often while I sleep; a kind of drug. Yesterday I saw that some of this originates in an establishment called Buddha Bar - a cafe in Paris and other places, that I'd never heard about. No opinion about that, but I see that many of the musicians I had already been listening to, like Nusrat Fatih Ali Khan, Midival Pundits, Niyaz, and others appear in their albums. I think I was listening to off-beat stuff before it became trendy. When I was a teen, one of my favourite labels was Nonesuch records. They had wonderful stuff like sounds from Tibetan monasteries, gamelan gongs and the Hanuman monkey chant from Bali, and Gregorian chants. I see the label still exists.


Instagram making changes to its algorithm after it was accused of censoring pro-Palestinian content - The Verge

Facebook-owned Instagram has made changes to its algorithm after a group of its employees reportedly complained that pro-Palestinian content was not viewable for users during the conflict in Gaza. Instagram typically surfaces original content in its stories before reposted content, but will now begin to give equal weighting to both, the company confirmed to The Verge on Sunday.

As reported by BuzzFeed News and the Financial Times, the Instagram employee group had made numerous appeals about content that had been censored by Instagram’s automated moderation, such as posts about the al-Asqa mosque being mistakenly removed. The employees didn’t believe the censorship was deliberate, according to FT, but one said that “moderating at scale is biased against any marginalized groups.”

The change is not only in response to concerns over pro-Palestinian content, a Facebook spokesperson said in an email to The Verge, but the company realized the way the app functioned— bubbling up posts that it believes its users care about most— led people to believe it was suppressing certain points of view or topics. “We want to be really clear— this isn’t the case,” the spokesperson said. “This applied to any post that’s re-shared in stories, no matter what it’s about.”

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have been criticized over the past several weeks about how they have surfaced — or not surfaced—content around the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Earlier this month Twitter restricted the account of a Palestinian writer, which it later said was done “in error.” And Instagram ended up apologizing after many accounts were unable to post Palestine-related content for several hours on May 6th, a move that head of Instagram Adam Mosseri tweeted was due to a “technical bug.”

Iran Bans Crypto Mining After Months of Blackouts

Iran banned bitcoin mining this week, after four months of continuous blackouts partially due to what officials say is a huge energy suck from illegal mining.Iran banned bitcoin mining this week, after four months of continuous blackouts partially due to what officials say is a huge energy suck from illegal mining.

Free Software Foundation's Executive Director Resigns - Slashdot

John Sullivan became the Free Software Foundation's Executive Director back in 2003 (at the age of 26). But now after 18 years, "I've decided to resign my position..." he tweeted Friday, "effective at the end of a transition period."

Coalition Including Microsoft, Linux Foundation, GitHub Urge Green Software Development - Slashdot

To help realize the possibility of carbon-free applications, Microsoft, the consultancies Accenture and ThoughtWorks, the Linux Foundation, and Microsoft-owned code-sharing site, GitHub, have launched The Green Software Foundation

A New Worker-Owned Cooperative Starts Competing With Uber and Lyft - Slashdot

The New York Times reports that for years, Uber and other ride-hailing companies "offered the promise of entrepreneurship to drivers" to drivers eager to set their own schedules. "But some drivers never received the control and independence they had expected."
They struggled with the costs of vehicle maintenance, loans and insurance, and they questioned whether Uber and Lyft paid a fair wage. Legislative efforts to grant them employment benefits were thwarted.

Now, dissatisfied drivers and labor advocates are forming worker-owned cooperatives in an attempt to take back some of the money — and power — in the gig economy.

With 'Massive' Cybersecurity Labor Shortage, Will Corporations Compete with Local Governments? - Slashdot

In the United States, there are around 879,000 cybersecurity professionals in the workforce and an unfilled need for another 359,000 workers, according to a 2020 survey by (ISC)2, an international nonprofit that offers cybersecurity training and certification programs. Globally, the gap is even larger at nearly 3.12 million unfilled positions, the group says.

Freenode Apologizes as Prominent Open Source Projects Switch to Libera Chat - Slashdot

Ubuntu has announced that, with immediate effect Ubuntu's IRC channels are moving to The move follows a "hostile takeover" of Ubuntu's namespace by Freenode's new management that appears to be happening to many other distributions including Gentoo as well as other projects that have used Freenode (including channels associated with the programming languages Raku, Elixir, and Haskell).

Colum McCann, author of ‘Apeirogon’, on the Israel-Palestine conflict - The Hindu

The Irish author, whose last novel, ‘Apeirogon’, has an Israeli and a Palestinian at its centre, talks of using “radical empathy” in conflict areas

I'd be happy for any kind of empathy.

Jerusalem Post: Israel's Gaza Strip Bombing Was 'World's First AI War' - Slashdot

For the first time, artificial intelligence was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy," says a senior officer in the intelligence corps of the Israeli military, describing the technology's use in 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Pardon my while I puke.