Remember when we used to like computers?

Also, which corporate ghouls are you betting on in the fight between Google and the Australian Government?

Sorry for rushing this a bit, but got home yet?

Link to Github thread here.

Tesla is hiring someone to handle people talking shit about Elon Musk online

For anyone who can’t see the quote too well, the role is looking for someone to “address social media escalations directed at the CEO.” So whoever they hire for this is going to scroll through hundreds of socialists posting pigpoopballs (feel free to Google that) at Elon Musk every day. Who said that us leftists are bad at creating jobs?

Scientists have taught spinach to send emails

The gist of this is that some engineers at MIT created spinach that emits a signal when it detects certain harmful chemicals in the soil, and the signal is then picked up by an infrared camera which sends an email to the scientists. Neat.

Here’s a quote from one of the scientists:

“This is a novel demonstration of how we have overcome the plant/human communication barrier,” he adds.

Can’t wait for the day when my pot plant will tell me to water it by sending mildly passive aggressive Google Calendar invites.

The Australia vs Google drama

Link to article here.

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, Google and the Australian government have been feuding for a while now.

Australia is trying to get Google to pay news websites every time Google links to any of their content. Google would rather not, because they need that money for making new services and then shutting them down again a year later.

The rationale on the side of the Government is that since Google gets a lot of their traffic from people who want to read the news, Google should contribute back to the news. This would sound fair, if not for the fact that this law is mostly being lobbied for by News Corp, a corporation owned by far-right billionaire Rupert Murdoch. The same Rupert Murdoch who made Fox News and is responsible for turning your grandma into a Nazi.

So the Google vs Australia fight is actually just corporate ghouls fighting against other corporate ghouls who’ve hijacked the government. Meanwhile, 14% of Australians live below the poverty line. Haha. We’re so fucked.

Remember when we used to like computers?

I was having a normal day scrolling Twitter when this innocent post about Dollz sent me into another existential crisis.

Remember when we used to like computers? It couldn’t have been that long ago. I remember liking computers somewhere around the time when I started playing Gaia Online, and then stopped somewhere around the time when I switched to WoW. I distinctly recall a period of time when everyone on the internet legitimately enjoyed being there, and if you ever complained about how much you hate computers it was probably just because someone tricked you into clicking on Meatspin again. People on Reddit even invented secret phrases for identifying other Redditors, because back then that wasn’t something that people would be embarrassed by.

Nowadays, the internet is predominantly populated by people who don’t really want to be here. Even people who legitimately enjoy working with computers usually spend more time complaining about them than not. Why this changed isn’t really a mystery: being online is now more of a job requirement rather than a hobby, internet communities have become larger and more connected so it’s easier to meet people you hate, and the shiny allure of the web has worn off to reveal its immense potential for political radicalization and spreading hate.

I wonder if people would stop hating the online if we suddenly started living in a perfect society without capitalism or fascists, but I don’t think so. I think technologies are just destined to eventually be hated once they become properly integrated with the mundaneness of our lives. Apparently there used to be a time when people actually enjoyed getting phone calls.

Anyway, if I had to tag myself in the Dollz post, I’m definitely the person sitting on the floor saying “Help! I’m online and I can’t get off.”

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Any typos in the above post are caused by bit flips and are not my fault.