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Just fixed my transit alert bot, @ChicagoCTA. It turns out that I don't understand cron.

"We hear 'Google gives you advertisements that fit your preferences,' or 'we offer Waze users the best path.' Part of the effect of this is to suggest that these firms are in the process of doing some neutral or beneficent resource allocation, contributing to social welfare, when what they’re doing is profit calculation, with significant negative externalities."

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A new report from @FinancialTimes says "When you visit WebMD & enter your stuffy nose & sore throat into its 'symptom finder,' & then get a diagnosis (it's lupus!), [ad platforms including] Facebook, thanks to a data-sharing agreement, know about it."

"I too used to believe that these tech giants were all-knowing entities [who can predict and manipulate our behaviour with ads]. But while writing this story, I have come to realise that this belief is as wrong as it is popular."

“I’ve always felt that one of the least interesting things for a wine writer to do is to try to describe how a wine tastes. I feel that even more strongly now.”

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EmacsConf 2019 is tomorrow. Even if a conference about Emacs doesn't seem like your thing, it's worth taking a look at how it's being put on.

It's 100% remote, all talks are live streamed, live transcriptions are posted to IRC. Audience questions are taken from a different IRC channel.

It's the conference version of "everybody dials in." I'd like to see more conferences put on this way.

How many front-end developers use a browser made by Google, a framework made by Facebook, a computer made by Apple, and code hosting on a product owned by Microsoft?

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