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Ein Leser hat mir einen langen Leserbrief mit Hintergründen ...

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Ein Leser hat mir einen langen Leserbrief mit Hintergründen zur ACE-Konferenz geschickt, die das ganze in einem anderen Licht erscheinen lassen. Hier ist er:
zu der ACE-Geschichte noch ein paar Hintergruende:

  1. Der Organizer, Adrian Cheok, hat letztes Jahr auf der Foundations of Digital Games einen Vortrag gehalten, der auf der Konferenz und auf Twitter (relativ) sachlich kritisiert wurde. Die Kritik war definitiv links angehaucht, und das Thema "Love and sex with robots" ist wohl von Natur aus etwas kontroversiell, aber bei so einem Thema kann man damit rechnen, dass nicht alle auf einer Linie sein werden. Er ist daraufhin ziemlich entgleist und hat die Kritiker, und in weiterer Folge auch FDG persoenlich angegriffen (sowas wie "Even a 10 year old could understand my talk. SAD and DUMB!"). FDG hat sich dann von seiner Position distanziert und das war (soweit ich das mitbekommen habe) alles, was die Konferenz mit ihm zu tun hatte (und jetzt sind sie auf seiner naughty-list, obwohl sie mit der ACE Geschichte nix zu tun hatten). [1, 2]
  2. Das ACE steering committee hat dann, mit Cheok gemeinsam, beschlossen, dass es fuer das Image von ACE besser waere, wenn er zuruecktritt, und jemand anderes die Konferenz organisiert. Das hat er dann aber nicht gemacht, worauf der Rest des Steering Committees zurueckgetreten ist (das war im Fruehjahr dieses Jahres). Ausserdem haben einige von den Leuten, die als Reviewer auf der Website gestanden sind, gar nicht davon gewusst. Daraufhin hat es dann mal Fragen darueber gegeben, ob da ueberhaupt ordentlich reviewt wird. [3] Der Publisher hat dann auch irgendwann gemeint, sie koennen ordentliche reviews nicht garantieren, deshalb werden die proceedings nicht publiziert.
  3. Als neues Steering Committee Mitglied ist dann David Levy ernannt worden, der gerade in einen lawsuit verstrickt ist, weil er beschuldigt wird mit einer indiegogo Kampagne 500 000 GBP verdient zu haben ohne jemals was zu liefern/produzieren [4]. Gibt einige Leute, die darueber ziemlich veraergert sind, und alle (soweit ich das sehen kann) von den persoenlichen Angriffen gegen Levy kamen von einem einzigen Twitter account, der quasi ausschliesslich ueber diese indiegogo Geschichte wettert, und dann halt fuer mehr visibility auch den #boycottACE Hashtag zu verwenden begonnen hat [5]

Die ganze Konferenz war also schon eine shitshow bevor Bannon auch nur angekuendigt war. Ich war letztes Jahr auf der FDG und hab den Talk gesehen, und ganz abgesehen vom Inhalt war Cheok's Einstellung und Reaktion auf Kritik halt akademisch untragbar (fuer offene Kritik haben wir ja den Diskurs auf Konferenzen). Muss auch sagen, dass Bannon mit einer pro-Nationalism Rede auf einer Games Konferenz doch eher deplaziert wirkt, und dann geht da halt keiner hin. Das "Schlaue", das Cheok gemacht hat, war fuer Leute in Montana $0 keynote-only tickets anzubieten (Fuer die volle Konferenz ist die Registration ueber $800), dh die academics waeren nicht hingegangen, und haetten mit ihrer Registration fee einen Bannon-Rally fuer die Leute von Montana finanziert, und *das* ist halt ziemlich questionable. (Abgesehen davon find ich die Idee mit $0 keynote-only tickets fuer Konferenzen aber grossartig, wenn die keynote fuer die zahlenden Teilnehmer auch relevant ist).

Will dir aber gar nicht abstreiten, dass die Kontroverse groesser war, als notwendig gewesen waere (die Konferenz waere anscheinend auch ganz von selbst gestorben, ohne ernsthafte reviews und mit den ganzen Ruecktritten). Ganz so ein Opfer, wie er sich selbst darstellt, ist Cheok aber auch nicht.

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Kennt ihr den schon? Facebook beauftragt PR-Agentur, ...

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Kennt ihr den schon? Facebook beauftragt PR-Agentur, um Kritik an Facebook als Kampagne von George Soros darzustellen?
In October 2017, Facebook also expanded its work with a Washington-based consultant, Definers Public Affairs, that had originally been hired to monitor press coverage of the company. Founded by veterans of Republican presidential politics, Definers specialized in applying political campaign tactics to corporate public relations — an approach long employed in Washington by big telecommunications firms and activist hedge fund managers, but less common in tech. […]

Facebook also used Definers to take on bigger opponents, such as Mr. Soros, a longtime boogeyman to mainstream conservatives and the target of intense anti-Semitic smears on the far right. A research document circulated by Definers to reporters this summer, just a month after the House hearing, cast Mr. Soros as the unacknowledged force behind what appeared to be a broad anti-Facebook movement.

George Soros irgendwelche Dinge in die Schuhe zu schieben ist für die Republikaner so selbstverständlich wie es für die Democrats ist, sich über Trump aufzuregen. Der ist für die der Traditions-Jude, der im Hintergrund steht und mit klandestinen Geldern Widerstand gegen Republikaner bezahlt, den es sonst nicht gegeben hätte. Das ist sozusagen deren Dolchstoßlegende. Nein nein, die Leute mögen uns gar nicht wirklich mehrheitlich nicht. Das sind bloß bezahlte Soros-Schauspieler.
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Die USA haben Julian Assange angeklagt, aber die Anklage versiegelt, damit es keiner merkt. Damit Assange wie ein paranoider Spinner aussieht, wenn er sagt, die Amis wollen ihn anklagen.

Das wissen wir, weil sie an anderer Stelle eine Aktennotiz vergessen haben.

The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.” Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would “need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.”
Einmal mit Profis arbeiten!
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'You can taste it in the air': your stories of life in polluted cities | Cities

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EUROPE

Warsaw, Poland

“The air pollution problem in Poland is beyond any western standards. Despite poor conditions, Poland has done nothing to reduce used car imports, promote renewable energy, protect green areas or rationalise precaution levels. (Right now an alert is announced at 600% of the norm and the ministry for environment refuses to change that level because “they would have to announce the alert too often”.)

“Where I live (Warsaw) the air quality is very bad. The intensive development of apartment buildings in suburban areas without proper public transportation pushes people into cars and reduces green space. Over the last decade Warsaw suffered a net loss of 160,000 trees.

“Recently as more groups join the demand for better air, the city hall pretends they care, but there is no real action. I became a father five months ago and air quality has become a reason to stay indoors against our will for most of the winter. I’m a member of Warsaw’s city activist group Miasto Jest Nasze (the City is Ours), an organisation which set up Warsaw’s smog alert.” (Tymon Radwański)

London, UK

Bath, UK

“Levels of nitrogen dioxide on several roads leading into the city have exceeded the EU limits for years. It’s said that people living off the southern approach road into the city are likely to die nine years younger than those living on the hill on the opposite side of the city, three miles away.” (Louise Hidalgo, Bathampton Meadows Alliance)

AFRICA

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

“Residents of Port Harcourt became aware of a black substance falling from the sky last November. Authorities said an investigation was going to be carried out but not much happened until late January and early February when this pollution became unbearable.

“A lot of residents believed local refineries were the likely cause and took to social media to ask the state government to act. Finally, a committee was set up and a report released showing the soot is petroleum based, but the government said they couldn’t determine which activities were the cause.” (Babajide Odulaja)

If you wipe surfaces indoors and outdoors with a white towel or tissue paper, you get a black smudge. Perhaps more worrisome is that if you clean your nostrils with a white material, you come up with a jet black residue. If you walk barefooted, the soles of your feet turn black.” (Eben Dokubo)

(Update: The situation was declared an emergency this week. According to reports the state government have shut down a Chinese construction company apparently responsible for the pollution.)

AMERICAS

Santiago, Chile

Envigado, Colombia

“Air pollution is visible here on most days. You can taste it in the air. I believe it’s caused by low-quality diesel, and the high number of motor vehicles. There is no rail system and freight is transported by road. Heavy vehicles emit a thick, black exhaust that is frightening to see and lingers in the air.” (Anonymous)

Mexico City, Mexico

Los Angeles, US

“I grew up in Los Angeles in the 50s and 60s. I remember days where the air pollution was so bad your eyes would burn and it hurt – actually was painful – to take a deep breath. Combine that with the heat and a shining grey sky that beat down on you, where the soup was so thick all you could see of the sun was a diffuse bright patch in the sky, where even the grass turned brown and the trees died from the pollution, and you have a hell on earth of the sort described by Tolkein when he wrote about the wastelands of Mordor.” (EvilMidnightBomber)

“I remember walking home from my grade school in the late 60s literally crying like I had been teargassed the air was so bad. My parents said it was even worse before incinerators were banned.” (MakeBeerNotWar)

ASIA

Shanghai, China

“We celebrate when we see blue sky and share pictures with each other on WeChat. I purchased an air purifier for my home – we have no idea if it helps. We just feel secure, it’s like buying insurance: you suddenly feel good.” (Artem)

When the air pollution is bad, many people in my office develop coughs and sick days are taken. I like to walk or ride a bicycle home, but I always need to check the air quality before leaving work. Today I decided to take the bus home because the air quality reading was 150. I have also cancelled weekend plans with friends due to the unhealthy air levels. It can be very depressing.

“When the neighbouring city Hangzhou hosted the G20 and they shut down all the factories for two weeks it was amazing. Shanghai had clear blue skies the whole time. It shows if they really wanted to improve the quality of life and health of their residents they could, but they are not willing to unless a group of rich, powerful people are coming.” (Anonymous)

Beijing, China

Hong Kong

“Often, I don’t take my baby outside as I am so concerned about the effect on him. I wear a face mask on the days it is above an orange rating. My husband exercises at the gym instead of running when it’s bad. I often have a bitter taste or thick feeling on my mouth and tongue when I walk home at rush hour. This is a serious and scary problem, it’s obvious in the pollution visible on buildings, skin problems, difficulty breathing, chest pain and coughs.” (Anonymous)

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

“We are a part of the #BreatheMongolia and #MongolsAreSuffering initiatives. Protests and demonstrations in Ulaanbaatar have been raising awareness of the dangerous air pollution in the city and calling upon the government for solutions to the crisis as soon as possible. Thousands of demonstrators marched holding black balloons that represent their damaged lungs caused by air pollution and hung the balloons on the fence around the government house, aiming to show that around 500 children die annually in Mongolia due to air pollution.

“It has officially been declared that air pollution in Ulaanbaatar has reached disaster levels, exceeding 120 times the safe limit; 80% of the air pollution comes from the districts of ger (traditional circular felted tents) households, where people burn coal to stay warm.

“The top three diseases that resulted in the largest number of deaths in Mongolia in 2013 were air pollution-related. Studies show that air pollution exposure also results in miscarriage, premature birth and has an impact on the intellectual and physical development of a child. We know of someone who had multiple miscarriages while living in the city and had to move out to the countryside in order to give birth successfully. The people of Mongolia deserve clean air.” (Nomi Ganbold and JaRed Cameron)

Delhi, India

“I am asthmatic and air pollution makes me sick. In 2014 I packed up and left Delhi, moved to the mountains. But I have to keep coming back to the city and fighting air pollution has become a personal battle for me. I have seen healthy friends become sick in November 2016 as air pollution was at its peak. Tier two and tier three cities in India are worse though, there are no records on them and nothing to make people aware of it.” (Shibayan Raha)

“The air pollution in Delhi is actually pretty scary. I really haven’t ever experienced anything quite like it. There are days where I just have to stay inside because if I go out, I know the next day I’ll be struggling with sinus issues and laboured breathing. I have had a chronic cough since I have been here.

“Many people here, from young kids to athletic adults, to elders, all have this chronic congestive cough. We call it the Delhi chest, or the Delhi cough. Little kids with chronic respiratory illnesses are the norm here, not the rarity. And still they burn trash, run vehicles on diesel.

“I grew up in Los Angeles, and we had summer inversion layers that were probably the start of the reasoning for things like the Clean Air Act and the EPA. But the intensity of the physical symptoms I have here I have never experienced anywhere before.” (Nancy)

Guardian Cities is dedicating a week to investigating one of the worst preventable causes of death around the world: air pollution. Explore our coverage at The Air We Breathe and follow Guardian Cities on Twitter and Facebook to join the discussion

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Transmit 5 on the Mac App Store

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You already know Transmit is a wonderful file transfer app, maybe even the best on any platform. It’s jammed with features, it’s fast, it supports every major cloud storage provider, and it looks awfully nice.

But here’s something you might not know: the reasons we never put Transmit 5 in the App Store. They’re simple. We weren’t sure we could provide a good-enough Transmit experience under the stringent sandboxing security the App Store requires. And frankly, we weren’t sure Apple cared that much about the App Store on the Mac.

Since then, a lot has changed. macOS Mojave gave us a significantly improved App Store that caters to professionals like yourself and seems to treat apps with respect. And sandboxing has evolved enough that Transmit can be nearly feature-parity with its non-sandboxed cousin.

So, as we promised at WWDC: it was time to give this another go.

You can now get Transmit 5 on the Mac App Store!

But, there’s a twist…

A screenshot of Transmit in the Mac App Store.

The Twist

Transmit from the Mac App Store is a subscription — just $24.99 a year. Included with your subscription is Transmit, access to Panic Sync, and any major Transmit updates that we may release in the future, all rolled into a convenient yearly charge. There’s even a free 7-day trial before your subscription kicks in. And, of course, you can cancel at any time.

If you don’t like subscriptions, don’t worry! You can still buy Transmit 5 directly from us. It’s still $45. It will still include free minor updates. And you get the same support as a subscriber would.

The choice is yours. Love the App Store? Subscribe today. Don’t like subscriptions? Buy it directly from us. Everybody wins! (Almost.)

There’s a little something in it for us, too — a chance to learn about the subscription business and see how, if at all, it can impact our decisions moving forward.

FAQ

Wait, so I have to subscribe to Transmit now?
No, my post-skimming friend, you don’t. While Transmit in the App Store is a subscription, you can still buy Transmit 5 directly from us at full price and own it forever for just $45.

How much does the subscription cost?
$24.99 a year. 

Is there a free trial?
Absolutely. When you install Transmit from the App Store, on first launch you’re given 7 days to use it as much as you want, without restriction, until the subscription kicks in, and you can cancel during the trial (here) if it doesn’t work for you. It’s really simple and should give you more than enough time to demo the app and make sure you love it.

What’s included with the subscription?
Transmit, Panic Sync, and frequent updates, of course. But you’ll also automatically get any major updates we release in the future as long as you remain subscribed.

I already bought Transmit 5. Can I switch to the App Store version?
If you bought Transmit 5 in the last 60 days, we can refund your purchase if you’d like to subscribe instead. Simply e-mail our support team. Beyond that, it’s gets really difficult, particularly as the prices are so different.

Hey, what if I love the App Store but strongly dislike subscriptions?
Yeah, that’s the one bummer zone in our plan — we’re sorry. But we believe the App Store is suited particularly well for subscriptions, and we’re always looking for a sustainable future building our complex applications.

Does it have the same features as regular Transmit 5?
Yes, it does! With one small exception — “Open in Terminal” depends on AppleScripting the terminal, which isn’t possible with sandboxing (yet). But even viewing or editing or changing the permissions of files you don’t own is now possible, which wasn’t until very recently.

What about Transmit Disk?
It’s not in this initial release, but stay tuned.

Any other differences in the App Store version?
For security, you have to manually “Choose” any local folders in the file browser that you want to navigate to. However, Transmit will remember the highest-level folder you’ve chosen, so over time you’ll have to do this less and less. (And here’s a pro-tip for all the FAQ readers out there: just drag your hard drive to the “choose a folder” view to unlock your entire drive and never be prompted again.)

If my subscription lapses, do I lose my sites/favorites?
Absolutely not. If you use Panic Sync, your sites are safely stored in our spacious, welcoming cloud, and you can sync them down in the future, even to non-subscription Transmit. And if you don’t use Panic Sync, as long as you don’t delete Transmit’s application support files, they’ll be there waiting for when you re-subscribe.

Will Transmit 5 support iCloud for sync?
We’re not planning to. We know it’s a bit of a bother to manage another account, but we really value the ability to debug syncing problems directly.

What about Coda in the Mac App Store?
Sadly, Coda cannot be sandboxed yet. We’re hopeful for the future.

Oh and hey while I’ve got you on the line where’s Coda 3?
🥴 (More on Coda soon!)


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