Sunday, December 11th, 2022

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Going back to school (

It's been twenty years since I started at Georgia Tech to study Computer Science, and it's been over ten years since I was a professional programmer. So, I figure, I'm going to check out Harvard's CS50 for refresher and updating on programming thinking & theory.

12/11/2022 9:35 am | |
Tags: programming, school, learning

Seeker of Power, a Rene Belloq story

I decided to put Raiders of the Lost Ark on this morning while doing some other things. One of my go-to movies that I can watch an infinite amount of times. This morning I was struck by how much I wish they would reboot this franchise in a new way rather than what looks to be Indiana Jones 5 coming our way.

Here's my idea:

Titled: "Seeker of Power"

12/11/2022 1:28 pm | |
Tags: movie, idea

Washington DC discusses a TLDR Bill against awful Terms of Services ( 🗝️)

I wasn't aware of it, but poster 'tgsovlerkhgsel' on Hacker News shared this insight into how Germany handles this:

Don't bother. Just ban/declare invalid any surprising clauses, with a regularly updated list of prohibited abusive terms that people try to slip in.

Germany has an explicit rule like that (§ 305c BGB): terms that are so unusual that the counterparty didn't have to expect them are null and void, and any ambiguities are interpreted against the side using reusable T&C's. Terms are further invalid (§ 307 BGB) if they unfairly disadvantage the other party against good faith etc.

The real meat starts in 308 and following, explicitly banning many terms - for example arbitration requirements (309 item 14).

So, doing my due diligence, I was curious to read the actual law. And as such I discovered the German government provides their laws in official translations.

12/11/2022 7:16 pm | |
Tags: capitalism, us justice

Mastodon Favs for December, 11th 2022

12/11/2022 10:45 pm | |
Tags: mastodon, social media, automated

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