Elsevier rep on Twitter -- look your evidence we did poor system design is that we stored passwords in plaintext and streamed them openly I mean THAT'S JUST ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE.

(it's 2, one that they stored as plaintext, one that they STREAMED ... and/but/also ... y'all... .... one would be enough)

Elsevier rep -- hey did you know about password managers and not reusing passwords

This Reddit AMA by an Arizona investigative journalist (who wrote an amazing story about the mafia failures behind Rascall Flatts restaurants) has a great anecdote about how during J-school he caught his university improperly destroying records (cc @Herodotusjr) reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/b2m

Memo to folks in helpful professions. Sometimes it’s good to remind yourself β€œyou are not the asshole whisperer.”

You can’t actually fix people. You can just do your best.

Good news is that it's apparently bringing up all the problems... so that's a relief. I've definitely been to ones where it's like "and wouldn't this be cool" but this one's pro ethics. phew.

There's apparently a presentation asking what would happen if librarians treated their patrons like Target did its customers.


We have ALWAYS had the kind of data where we could tell someone they were pregnant, etc. (maybe, depending)...

BUT.... BUT....

That's why ethics/privacy is so important. so a teen CAN read about pregnancy. So an abused person can research leaving their abuser. Etc.

Suit about Harvard exploiting and profiting off images of enslaved people which were taken by one of its researchers: apnews.com/1105a521e969423b8f5

such things as licensing fees for using these images (which were taking without the possibility of the subjects' consent and used for demeaning purposes and to justify slavery), using as book cover image, etc.

Hey everyone but especially @swirlz we did this book with a bunch of nice paintings of crustaceans archive.org/details/gammarinid

Had some quality time with my whiteboard this morning. Updating tasks feels good. It means others are done.

If you DO have a Soundcloud, etc., consider checking out Preserve This Podcast preservethispodcast.org/ and learning more about what you might do to preserve your own files.

Do you have a contract to stop them from deleting that data? A retrieval mechanism to get you files at original quality? Some kind of data management or long-term plan?

It's not an archive, it's your content hitching a ride as long as it's useful for the site. As long as it's profitable. In whatever format it's profitable. Hence MySpace clearing server space.

Someone responded:

"As an artist that stores their art on twitter and a lot of art related sites. This troubles me deeply. Imagine if Twitter or even Youtube did this. Every video gone forever."

And just holy yikes, y'all. This gave me palpitations.

Please don't think of uploading/sharing stuff as "storing" it on any of these sites--twitter/tumblr/etc. There's no good retrieval process, you don't control compression, etc. It's nice to access stuff one's shared for resharing but not storage.

Ok, so I have a tweet that's getting kind of popular on birbsite and I want to share the essence here too:

A guy tweeted that MySpace had lost all the music uploaded to it from 2003-2015. " An entire archive just... gone, forever."

So... this is your periodic reminder that uploading stuff to a website isn't an archive.

@platypus There's gyst.com/ for a guide to get that isht together, again assuming spoons.

@platypus yet another reason why the trained assumption that social media posts last forever is a Bad Idea

@platypus any of you that are currently "storing" your work on tumblr, use this tutorial to grab a backup of your posts: github.com/bbolli/tumblr-utils

Don't be intimidated by the command line stuff, it's very quick and you can copy/paste the examples given.
The process is identical for macs, just make sure you pick the Mac version of Python to download, and the command line program is called Terminal instead.

@platypus Yes! Also if you use passwords etc. for work-related stuff, make sure your boss or someone has that info, in case something happens.

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