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On ignorance

Intense Discontinuity

I get ignorance and incompetence. It took me years, but now to an extent I do. We are all ignorant except for a tiny slice of human knowledge that is so tiny it can’t really be quantified. Even the smallest of the scientific fields hides a huge amount of details, experience, data, insights. Science itself is just part of human knowledge. And then there’s what we don’t know.

Even in my primary job, in which – the moments when I’m not deeply and ruthlessly undermining myself – I can concede myself I know enough to play in the A league, I don’t know all I need to know.

I despise shaming ignorance. Shaming ignorance is a backhanded way to shame learning. The ignorance that leads to a question is ignorance that should be welcomed. It’s a form of awareness. Ignorance is also a way we connect to others: we ask…

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Privacy, May 24th 2018

Where I reply to a post on Privacy by David Shanske.

I was reading David Shanske’s post on Privacy. Begun writing a comment, but then things became a long text, so I’ve decided to write down something here on ‘my place’.

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Privacy. The subject is difficult to examine and grasp in all its aspects.

AFAIK personal use of data here in Italy (and Europe? I don’t really know) is legitimate. For example I can collect thousands of phone numbers, email, medical informations (ie. you had varicella in 2000). As long as I keep those data private it’s all ok.

When I begin using those data for business, or share on a local newspaper you (again for example) are HIV positive, well… then things become complicated.

The ‘strange’ things in all of this is that – at least for me and for anyone that has a little common sense – it’s that this GDPR and Cookie Law warns me about stupid things. That you can see my email (which I wrote on purpose to comment on a blog) and see the IP I am using (again, because this is how things works) …

The law does not protect me about any of the use you’re going to do – privately or not, legally or not – about my data. You (as the receiver) can do whatever comes to your mind (like in Cambridge Analytica case). I can confirm my will you’ll use my data for ‘commercial pourpose’ without any limit to what you’ll actually do.

If someone was really interested in our privacy then he should promote the usage of things like TOR or VPN for any internet connection. Would forbid audio & video surveillance that is gone daily by our smartphones or ‘home assistants’, along with any GPS data … Would forbid any technology that fingerprints where we go, who do we talk with (via phone calls or any messaging form), and so on…

And, most of all, instead of bugging us with useless pop-ups, the law should smash down any business that manipulates our data tricking our behaviors.

this is not a quote-only blog

… but if one comes here reading it could seem so. I am a bit sorry about this, but with my little kid at home, some heavy disk errors in the storage at work, time is limited and writing long contents in English is a bit overwhelming for me lately.

Please be patient with this, and take the quotes as suggested reads on the topics that now see me worried / involved about.

Also, thinking at this micro-blog movement that’s going on lately short and ‘personal’ points of view should be the norm… Or not?

Drawing a circle

She didn’t draw 75 failed circles, she drew 75 shapes that looked like circles so that she could give them to her daddy. Her goal wasn’t perfection. Her goal was to try, to make an attempt, and to have fun doing it and then to be happy with the result. Her goal was simply to do something, to take the idea and add action to it, to start and then to finish. To start, and then finish.

Raam Dev