“… you give us more information about you, about your friends … We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less now what you’re thinking about.”

– Eric Schmidt, Google CEO in 2010

theatlantic.com/technology/arc

Really sad to have been too young for Suez, the fall of Saigon and the Iranian hostage crisis. Now, thanks to the Afghan trainwreck, I get to experience all three at once! Well done, dickheads!

Cometh the Foreign Policy disaster, cometh all the op-ed fuckwits with their 'hot takes' and 20/20 hindsight.

**Opinion: Enough with Western hypocrisy over Afghanistan**

"Europe has long been ignoring the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. But now that the Taliban has seized power, some Western countries act stunned. This hypocrisy must stop, says DW's Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi."

dw.com/en/opinion-enough-with-

#news #bot

Our society is organized around consumption - in order to survive we are required to participate in inefficient and unsustainable supply chains and purchase products with built-in obsolescence dates. It's not reasonable to shame people for doing that.

If you want to know why the UK needed a near-total handgun ban after Dunblane, it's because our police are fucking useless and can't be trusted to protect the public.

Nothing has changed.

"Cyberpunk's (...) class struggle, anti-establishment, anti-corporatism have been cheapened or sold off in favor of the neon, ersatz astro-turf we're fed by games like Cyberpunk 2077. Neofeud is a resounding rejection of the mortgaging of this philosophy in pursuit of profits."

Looking for a pro-quid-pro beta reader. Is anyone strange enough to sign up?

Can you please stop sharing this New York Times article about how Apple “largely ceded control to the Chinese government”… Tim Cook doesn’t like it because it undermines their assurances about their new plans to violate your privacy on your own device.

inkl.com/a/pRvdwEIrAQr

dystopian observation of the day is the realization that Microsoft Word now suggests you not use swear words “because it may offend your readers” instead of simply giving me the red underline when I type them. clippy, I am writing a porno here, it’s okay if I say ‘fuck’

Irony is being outspoken against transphobia, only to find out your bigot sibling and niece have mockingly compared you to a trans athlete, because, apparently, that's the worst insult ever.

I think all the comedians, satirists, journalists and presenters who helped give 'Boris' Johnson free publicity over the years have blood on their hands.

!!!

(Free to download, but please leave an honest and detailed review. The author's a complete tosser, but don't that ruin it for you.)

amazon.co.uk/Voice-Alexander-H

What I find tiresome about social media is when someone tries to make amends, or by word or action, chooses to repudiate their past misdeeds, and some sanctimonious scold then declares: "It's not enough!"

My response to that is, and shall always be, "who made you the fucking police?"

@truculentsheep One of my colleagues when I was a hardware engineer, actually boasted that he had never read a book, apart from technical manuals. sad.

@truculentsheep it actually amazes me how many people praise being ignorant. And what's worse is all I'm looking for are the skills learned in a basic pre-university education. Not much to ask.

If the last five years, and any amount of time on social media, have taught me anything, it is this:

Stupidity is a lifestyle choice.

I do love how the much heralded Spectrum Next is, at heart, a souped-up Amstrad CPC.

Everyone's talking about Simone Biles, and forgetting about her Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Etc. Grandson, Fabius.

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