The linkspam will continue until the morale improves (30 November 2014)


  • Happy 100th birthday, Hedy Lamarr! And Wikipedia woes | Zara Rahman: On Hedy Lamarr’s Wikipedia page: “Before the fact that she co-invented the thing that allows us to have wireless communications today, comes a comment that some director made about her being “beautiful”, and, even worse, “exotic”.” Multiple edits to alter this have been reverted.
  • Economic warfare in FOSS | Michael Hall: How to destroy a project rather than compete with it, and some steps to take to counteract this.
  • Hey, Kids! Comics! Wonder Woman #36 | Doomrocket: “Wonder Woman is now drawn by someone who shies away from calling her a feminist, and is written by someone with so little grasp of her character they have her carrying around a plush toy on the Justice League jet. Of late, DC has had so many successful relaunches and new titles aimed at us ladies, and it breaks my heart that the Amazonian matriarch of female superhero comics could now be so very, very far off the mark William Moulton Marston made back in 1941.”
  • WW2: Winifred Roberts’ Bletchley Park work cracking Enigma code | BBC: “Winifred Roberts was 25 when she was plunged into the top secret world of Bletchley Park, where mathematician Alan Turing had been carrying out his code-breaking work on the Enigma machine. It was a secret she kept from her family for decades. Now aged 96, she talks about the time her life dramatically changed and the role she played in such an important part of the war effort.”
  • Metafoundry 15: Scribbled Leatherjackets – Homo Fabber | Deb Chachra: “It’s not, of course, that there’s anything wrong with making (although it’s not all that clear that the world needs more stuff). It’s that the alternative to making is usually not doing nothing—it’s nearly always doing things for and with other people, from the barista to the Facebook community moderator to the social worker to the surgeon. Describing oneself as a maker—regardless of what one actually  or mostly does—is a way of accruing to oneself the gendered, capitalist benefits of being a person who makes products.”
  • Why I don’t like hackathons, by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2: “Here’s what I want instead: Ongoing projects, that are maintained and used over several years. A welcoming environment for people of all skill and confidence levels, with opportunity for mentorship, learning, and working at your own pace. A schedule that makes it possible to participate without having to make heroic efforts to juggle your other responsibilities.”
  • [Trigger warning: graphic death threats, threats of violence] The Supreme Court is about to tackle online threats for the first time | The Verge: “A threat counts as a threat if a “reasonable person” would think the statement is a threat.” “This is the standard with virtually every other crime: whether the defendant intended to cause harm.” “However, when it comes to the Internet, where context or tone may be more difficult to perceive, this objective standard has obvious drawbacks: is the “reasonable person” going to be a teenager who plays League of Legends or a grandfather posting on a fly fishing forum?”


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1 thought on “The linkspam will continue until the morale improves (30 November 2014)

  1. ConFigures

    The Winifred Roberts article was interesting. So was the Deb Chachra article on making. As a woman working in IT support (not development), I think I get where she’s coming from about the problematic emphasis on “making”. I don’t think making has to be just about making stuff, particularly stuff to sell (make love, make fun, etc.), but I get how the emphasis on it can devalue maintenance, documentation, community support, bonding, play, etc.

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