Ultimately, I do not think the problem is that we are building machines so ‘smart’ that their output is indistinguishable from human compositions. The problem is that we are educating humans whose output is so illiterate, and devoid of experience, it is indistinguishable from computer generated text.
4 February 2023 Read Time13 mins Read More
Rage if you will and burn screen time if you like — I simply accept if I want my thoughts to be personal and private then I ought not post them online.
9 December 2022 Read Time9 mins Read More
You can join me in camp confusion or post using or not using CWs with a certainty that would make a prophet blush.
15 November 2022 Read Time8 mins Read More
Little did I know how consistently Firefox would be my window to the World Wide Web, nor how its security, and in time privacy focus, would shape my understanding of what it means to be online.
23 September 2022 Read Time2 mins Read More
Whether you have something to hide has far more to do with who is looking than what they can see.
30 July 2022 Read Time3 mins Read More
I wonder if there is an alternative reading in which they did not make a conscious decision to be 'evil'?
4 June 2022 Read Time3 mins Read More
Time again at a premium, I mused on my latest quest for minimalism. In doing so I realised that I was creating as many problems as I was solving.
21 February 2022 Read Time7 mins Read More
From time to time, I contemplate how I publish. Mostly because I like 'the elegance of a refined workflow'.
5 February 2022 Read Time12 mins Read More
To determine if the statement is 'true', we don't need to poll everyone — only to understand the category of the statement.
17 January 2022 Read Time9 mins Read More
In science, a paradigm is a model or pattern — a typical instance or exemplar. But in rhetoric, my chosen field, it is an example or guide as to how one should behave.
27 December 2021 Read Time8 mins Read More
Instead of these three paths, the Fourth Way seeks to provide an alternative in which a student can seek to find a sense of mastery while still living their everyday life.
27 September 2021 Read Time5 mins Read More
If not accidentally lost, your data can vanish in other ways: the community project shutters, a company goes under, or the subset of services you use are axed.
2 August 2021 Read Time4 mins Read More
Winter Ink PeerTube will allow for the documenting and preservation of videos to which I can link in my ongoing speculations about life and art. Links, and the content they reference, which are permanent and will always work. A necessity to promote the adoption of individually-owned and controlled sovereign spaces which enable an open and healthy web.
19 July 2021 Read Time6 mins Read More
While access to information is now relatively more widespread than in the past, the modern paywall can often prove to be as much of a hurdle to access as the price of manuscripts was in yesteryear.
4 June 2021 Read Time7 mins Read More
Does it truly safeguard that which is dangerous and true while restricting that which is dangerous and false, and does it arrive at this determination through a process of deliberation; or, does it merely replace one arbitrary determination for another about that which is dangerous.
22 May 2021 Read Time7 mins Read More
In praxis, the result for Bitcoin is that the ideological claims for a decentralised, government free, anonymous currency has given way to the ‘worse-is-better’ ideology of why most people seem to be dumping cash into crypto: to get rich and live the capitalist high life.
13 April 2021 Read Time4 mins Read More
Consider that a UI should assume the user doesn’t have a high level of software experience, nor is willing to learn how to use the command line to undertake some level of personalisation.
10 April 2021 Read Time3 mins Read More
I have long been concerned with the negative human impact on our environment and while I am some way off from thinking the world is on fire, it is clear that business as usual is going to leave a decidedly lessened planet for our children. Thus my spotlight on the ecological effects of our choices is slowly widening and most recently has taken in cryptocurrency.
29 March 2021 Read Time4 mins Read More
Mastodon allows you to run your own server which means you have "absolute control over your own voice on the web, not subject to anyone else's rules or whims. Your server is your property, with your rules."
6 March 2021 Read Time4 mins Read More
A few months back I gave a short sketch of how I publish online. But today is back to the future as I return to WordPress.
12 August 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Turner was something of a privacy advocate. In the 1841 census he rowed a boat into the Thames so he could not be counted as being present at any property
2 August 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
This has started me on my own quest for a lighter footprint in my publishing platform. To that end, there is much tinkering to do.
17 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
It also raises questions about cross posting to other platforms, such as Medium, which are the natural hunting ground of avid readers.
8 July 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
While I am not a popularity junkie, it is more gratifying to know one is writing for a large than a small audience as I write to try and assist others.
7 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Avid readers, and those who accidentally stumbled in searching for something else, will have seen deliberations on whether or not to switch platforms.
1 July 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
As the saying goes, 'God is in the detail' and only by finessing the little things does the overall project take on a majestic form.
22 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Ever a man to love a bit of tinkering, the blogging process has also proved to be as much a technical as a mental exercise.
21 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Having perused and discarded a number of options (Medium, Tumblr, Squarespace and Jekyll), I am now caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
20 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
End to End Privacy requires providing users with encryption everywhere they don't control. This is a promise a platform needs to uphold.
3 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
To replace a People's Republic network with a Democratic Club network isn't necessarily an improvement because it only prefences one centralised solution over another.
29 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
As our forebears strove for the aspiration to vote, the mortgaging of our data for access to services requires us to strive for the aspiration to privacy.
28 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
With digital services often serving as our memory, to remove content from personal drives is to airbrush our memory.
23 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
A point to remember when next your private moments are leveraged to improve a marketing algorithm. The unintended consequence of code is speech.
19 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
The issue is not can they keep my data safe from an unauthorised third party, but can they keep my data safe from their algorithms.
18 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
The only prevention is to discourage the banning of alternative views and instead engagement in rational discourse.
17 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
My quest for a publishing platform which was both elegant, unencumbered by endless plug-ins and left me alone with my text, brought me to write.as.
14 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
To be a part of a society which doesn't take these choices means the most meaningful solution is to look at ambient as well as personal privacy.
11 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
In a sense, our online privacy is much like a child, vulnerable to the world and easily spirited away by a platform which offers ease of connection.