Jake Savin Posts

I’m going to start tagging my political posts. There’s so much to follow, that it’s hard to tell what’s important and what isn’t. My hope is that this will help me and maybe others, even just a little, to keep our eye on the ball.
 
For example stories that just won’t die but have little leverage against Trump and his cronies, like the voter fraud thing, I’ll tag as distractions.
 
Here are some of the tags I’m thinking of. Let me know if you think I should add any:
 
#distraction – These issues just don’t matter in the long run.
#obfuscation – Important things, couched in some other issue.
#troll – Incendiary remarks from the Trump administration.
 
These stories, while deserving of our attention and often disgust, seem to me often to be side-issues that don’t directly address how the Trump “administration” is destroying our government, our trust in our government, and the trust of the United States by the rest of the world.
 
On the other end of the spectrum, there are actions Trump and Bannon are taking daily which are eroding our government itself. The State Department purges, attempts to silence or discredit the press, damaging of relationships with our allies, and cozying up with dictators:
 
#treason – Stories or speculation about Trump’s treasonous deals.
#kleptocracy – Abuse of the presidency for personal gain.
#dissent – Insiders standing up against Trump.
#resist – Citizens taking action or speaking out against Trump.
 
We have lots of energy and motivation right now, but we need focus and strategy very badly. So far Trump has been pretty successful at keeping us confused and misaligned. Let’s fix that!
 
#RESIST

Politics

When it comes to fighting back against Trump, there are so many issues it may be hard to figure out what to focus on first. Here’s my take:

Choose the issue or issues that have the following attributes, specifically for you:

  • You are passionate about the issue.
  • You have applicable knowledge or skills.
  • You know or can find people to help you.

These are more important than whether it’s the biggest issue or the one generating the biggest controversy, or even the worst effects.
If you have knowledge and passion about an issue, and can find ways to connect with other like-minded activists, you can become an effective advocate. If not, you risk wasting time and energy that you would more effectively invest elsewhere.

Originally posted on Facebook.
See also: trumpstatus.org.

Politics

Someone was asking at work earlier about what computers people had owned or programmed on. I don’t think I’d ever made a list before, so I decided to make one. This list includes computers I’ve programmed on outside of a professional capacity, or owned personally.

There are lots more machines I’ve used to greater or lesser extents in my professional life. The ones listed here are the machines I feel a personal connection with. (Yeah, I just said that I have a personal connection with some computers.)

Here’s what I came up with roughly in chronological order:

[Edit: Added links]

 

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I’ve said this in a few other places:

There are potentially important conflicts of interest in Microsoft now owning LinkedIn. A few examples:

  • Microsoft will gain visibility into private profiles and hidden information in public profiles, job listings, applications, etc. for many thousands of competitors and their employees.
  • Microsoft could potentially watch for changes to private profiles of current Microsoft employees to see who is thinking of leaving.
  • Microsoft could monitor interactions between current employees and recruiters, other companies, job applications, etc.

Any of these things could be done in aggregate without violating any laws or privacy policies. More troubling is that these powers could also be misused either in an official capacity or seriptiously by unscruplous employees or managers.

Microsoft monitoring employee behavior isn’t unprecedented. I’d heard that in the mid-2000’s, there were instances where security would be called to escort people out of the building if their manager found out that they’d accepted a position at Google. It also was (is?) a fireable offense in some teams if engineers were caught reading patents or looking at code from open source projects.

I have no evidence that Microsoft will actually do any of those things, but…

I. Don’t. Like it.

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I submitted the form to have my site added to the Facebook Instant Articles (FBIA) crawler on April 11.

Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

A web that depends on large corporations to determine your site is worthy of inclusion is not the web I signed up for.

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I applied this morning for Facebook Instant Articles. There’s a plug-in for WordPress that will create FBIA feeds, so fingers crossed that it’s easy to get working.

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