Today's threads (a thread).
Inside: The Rent's Too Damned High; Highway to Hell; and more!
The Rent's Too Damned High: A podcast of my Medium column on the long con of asset appreciation.
Highway to Hell: The infrastructure "compromise" is just funny accounting.
#20yrsago ORBS spam blocklist goes dark https://web.archive.org/web/20010618061402/https://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2001/06/08/orbs/index.html
#10yrsago WIPO boss: fair use is a "negative agenda," rights for blind people are a distraction, let's make more copyright! https://memex.craphound.com/2011/06/14/head-of-un-copyright-agency-says-fair-use-is-a-negative-agenda-wants-to-get-rid-of-discussions-on-rights-for-blind-people-and-go-back-to-giving-privileges-to-giant-companies/
#5yrsago Steeplejack: diverse YA fantasy driven by expert plotting https://memex.craphound.com/2016/06/14/steeplejack-diverse-ya-fantasy-driven-by-expert-plotting/
#5yrsago Appeals court: FCC has jurisdiction to impose net neutrality on ISPs https://www.vice.com/en/article/8q85n4/net-neutrality-appeals-court
#5yrsago Cable industry wants you to know that competition is bad for its customers https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160610/08243434680/cable-industry-proclaims-more-competition-hurts-consumers-damages-economic-efficiency.shtml
#5yrsago Goldman Sachs bribed Libyan officials with sex workers, private jet rides, then lost all their money https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jun/13/goldman-sachs-hired-prostitutes-to-win-libyan-business-court-told
#5yrsago Peter Thiel’s lawyer threatens Gawker for talking about Donald Trump’s “hair” https://gawker.com/now-peter-thiels-lawyer-wants-to-silence-reporting-on-t-1781918385
#5yrsago Air Force loses access to database tracking fraud investigations to 2004 https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/06/database-corruption-erases-100000-air-force-investigation-records/
#1yrago LA schools returned grenade launchers, kept assault rifles https://pluralistic.net/2020/06/14/with-nnedi-today-4pm/#leso
Yesterday's threads: A stroll through Magnolia Park; and more!
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* Nicole Sandler Show:
* Fireside Chat with Beatriz Busaniche (Rightscon)
My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.
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@pluralistic I notice that many of your images have no #captions and as a #blind #screenreader user I always appreciate that even if it's a minimal description, though of course more is better.
It's not just #VI users who appreciate them either, it's also people on low bandwidth connections or strict dataplans, and some #autistic people find the context they provide to be useful.
Several instances now offer automatic #OCR as an option which can help [though manual proofreading is always a good idea] and you can also follow @PleaseCaption to be reminded if you forget to caption an image when posting.
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