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August 11, 2020
It's great to work with old friends, as if 30 years hadn't passed.
Using old code feels like driving a vintage car. The quirks are more noticeable. I'm hoping we can smooth some of the rough edges of using it on different platforms and also bringing up some of the applications built in Interlisp.
July 5, 2020
(Economist video via YouTube)
Keeping expensive real estate and wasting time commuting to an office in a big building, to do a job on the off chance you might bump into someone is a waste
June 12, 2020
Lately there's been a lot of discussion about Section 230 and the responsibility (if there is) of the distributor of user opinions. But this discussion is misdirected.
The problem the Internet brings is that it allows for unfettered spread of bad ideas and lies (attributable to some combination of stupidity and malice).
Think of a bad idea like a virus, fact checking and filtering like testing and quarantine, and Twitter and Facebook postings like mass spreading events. From that perspective, what we need is the equivalent of washing hands and social distancing.
Any site distributing an idea,
a post, a share to more than N people should add some social distance -- a
time delay (depending on reach), fact checking, annotating the post or adding a click-through....
sufficient filtering/delay to flatten the curve. How much of their business model depends on posts going viral QUICKLY?
Recently, Carol tried to read me an article about the latest outrageous behavior. But I protested: I'd developed antibodies that protect me from the awfulness. By continued exposure, nothing was that bad anymore, we had all seen more. And there are teams of people all working full time developing new outrageous things.
Facebook and Twitter and Google and other social media sites need to implement thought-social distancing to reduce R(0) of a bad idea.
Facebook's ads promoting CDC would be OK if it weren't for the corruption of CDC management by the wave of bad ideas, spread by immune-compromised individuals (don't recognize ideas as bad) and allowed unchecked by those who exhibit no symptoms (outrage).
April 18, 2020
But the community group didn't quite jell because we didn't really agree on the scope of work.
So after considering lots of possibilities I decided to put up a stake for https://Going-Remote.info as a web site/wiki/discussion forum. This is old fashioned but I think it will appeal to the kind of community I think we can build.
Log into https://Going-Remote.info and check it out.
March 12, 2020
Inviting experts in the current state of usable technology for remote meetings, classes, work from home, etc. to help put together best practices documents for the transition.
From the announcement:
The CoVid-19 Remote Meet, Work, Class Community Group has been launched:
A clearinghouse for experience and guidelines for people who are suddenly called to avoid travel or meetings, work-at-home or do classes online. Focus on current capabilities and future needs.To join:
If you do not have one already, you will need a W3C account to join:
This is a community initiative. W3C's hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.
The group must now choose a chair:
For more information about getting started in the new group, see:
and good practice for running a group:
We invite you to share news of this new group in social media and other channels.
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