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A document appears right:
early 15c., "a doctrine;" late 15c., "teaching, instruction" (senses now obsolete), from Old French document (13c.) "lesson, written evidence" and directly from Latin documentum "example, proof, lesson," in Medieval Latin "official written instrument, authoritative paper," from docere "to show, teach, cause to know," originally "make to appear right," causative of decere "be seemly, fitting,"
Nietzsche said that the discipline of suffering alone has created every elevation of mankind up till now. But today, in our leisure and luxurious society, we hardly suffer. We complain about the smallest of things. That is why our art is horrible and ugly and lacks all originality or creativity. All we can do is parody and satire.
I read torturous prose by lyrical thinkers and I am embarrassed to admit that my life has been so shallow in comparison. I have led an easy life and that probably prevents me from writing great prose. I lack profound experiences that are rich enough to delve in. I just live life like anyone else, all surface and without originality, and this lack of unique experiences show in my writings.
McClatchy Newspapers, the second-biggest chain in the US, has filed bankruptcy and is proposing selling itself to a hedge fund. Both major dailies in my area are McClatchy.
Getting bought by a hedge fund is usually . . . not good for papers.
Usenet — Let's Return to Public Spaces
...Ah, Usenet. Birthplace of emoticons, flame wars, trolling, terms like “spam” and acronyms like “lol” and “brb”. What happened? To understand why it died, I can do no better than to point you to this Reddit post and this article....
Oh, cool, a 'splainer on Death of Usenet. Oh crap, that looks familiar....
For the record, I have no problem paying for journalists, but I don’t think that should come at the expense of privacy. That’s why I’d pay cash for a paper instead
@dredmorbius That's exactly the point. Previously, the foreign country past was the Second World War. My grandpa was weird, he had fought in it! He was a POW of the Americans. But now I find that my teenage years are weird. I had no mobile phone. The foreign past is creeping up on us. A bit like the Nothingness in the Neverending Story: we end up unable to relate to our own past selves.
@dredmorbius But then again my dad says that at university in Vienna, in post war Austria, most professors were all "crazy" in some way or another. They were all damaged by the war. And before that? The Long Peace has shifted our perspective and that, too, is part of the change: suddenly we care! In the old days, we would have sent those children off to war, hyperbolically speaking.
Addresses and phone numbers both require money and stability to retain. They can't be the only fallbacks from facebook. Email is better, fediverse is far better. When imagining fallbacks, imagine displaced populations without steady income. They need safety checkins, video calls, chat with presence notification, photo albums, goofy meme threads, fundraisers... Facebook has done a good job of positioning itself as a one-stop connectivity provider.
On the one hand: Beijing finds any expression of political sentiment in Hong Kong 'suspicious', and protestors crowdfunding self-support? Terrifying! How dare they!
On the other hand: the richly redolent odour of Steve Bannon and his far-right mates in the Committee on the Present Danger (version 4) haunts Hong Kong like a bad drain, so imagine all the weird money stuff swirling around TrumpWorld, but pointed at China rather than the Democratic Party, and you probably won't be far wrong.
I wonder what's really going on here.
<<An 18-year-old man who police said received HK$48,000 (US$6,200) from activists raising money for anti-government protesters facing Hong Kong’s justice system has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and drug trafficking, the force announced on Wednesday. >>
@dredmorbius Data is a liability, even our own‽ Soon we're running out of plots for dystopias to write.
DoorDash drivers use their forced arbitration clause to force DoorDash into arbitration
...No doubt, DoorDash never expected that so many would actually seek arbitration. Instead, in irony upon irony, DoorDash now wishes to resort to a class-wide lawsuit, the very device it denied to the workers, to avoid its duty to arbitrate. This hypocrisy will not be blessed, at least by this order....
Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail. Court holds that jail time to force decryption can't last more than 18 months. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/02/man-who-refused-to-decrypt-hard-drives-is-free-after-four-years-in-jail/
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