Friday, December 28


Daily News Stuff 28 December 2018

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  • In an award-winning act of introspective failure, the New York Times has run a 3500 word article taking Facebook to task for the incomprehensible censorship rules that the New York Times has spent years demanding Facebook implement.

    It's also a load of shit.
    In India, Chinmayi Arun, a legal scholar, identified troubling mistakes in Facebook’s guidelines.

    One slide tells moderators that any post degrading an entire religion violates Indian law and should be flagged for removal. It is a significant curb on speech — and apparently incorrect. Indian law prohibits blasphemy only in certain conditions, Ms. Arun said, such as when the speaker intends to inflame violence.

    Yeah, right.  Anyone remember when the whole of got banned in India?

  • Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are being criticised for not filtering out encrypted content.  (Tech Crunch)

    The solution is clearly to ban journalists.

  • Indonesia has unblocked Tumblr now that no-one goes there anymore.  (Tech Crunch)

Picture of the Day

Tch.  Will you look at the state of that timber?  Can't just plane that out and repaint; we're going to need to replace the whole door or it will never be the same.

Bonus Picture of the Day

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1 One of the neat things about Progress is its native decimal type is decimal, not floating point.  That means all the weirdness about floating point, primarily inexact representation and NaNs, don't exist.
Intel CPUs have supported a native decimal (packed BCD) type at least since the 8086, although it doesn't see much use, either.
I was a bit surprised to learn that GPUs don't seem to have a native decimal type, either, but I guess it's because of their origins, where the inexact representation problem isn't as important.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, December 29 2018 02:00 AM (Q/JG2)

2 Anyone seen Tumblr's traffic numbers since the Great Winnowing?  I did a quick search before commenting but couldn't find anything, probably because I didn't know what to search for.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, December 29 2018 02:05 AM (Q/JG2)

3 I poked around a bit too, but couldn't find any actual numbers.  Might be too soon.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, December 29 2018 10:24 PM (PiXy!)

4 Oh, and Python also supports decimal numbers, though combining them with floating point is annoying; it will give you type errors in some cases but not others.

If you use the standard Python library with MySQL and have columns defined as decimal, you get decimals, and columns defined as float will return floats, which works just fine until you try to feed them both into a formula and your app drops dead.  Can't catch it at compile time either.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, December 29 2018 10:27 PM (PiXy!)

5 Post-Tumblpurge, it seems that while girl-nipples are banned, gaping assholes are still welcome. To quote Clara, "Isn't that basically Twitter?".


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, December 30 2018 10:52 AM (tgyIO)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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