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Sociotechnologist. Social solutions for technological problems. CTO / Co-founder at @Poetica. Founding Engineer at @Twitter.

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Blaine Cook
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my dad if all these conservative rs from alberta are so damned concerned with the price of oil maybe they shou
My dad: "If all these conservative *$#%rs from Alberta are so damned concerned with the price of oil, maybe they should learn how to use their damned gas pedals." 😂❤️
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Blaine Cook
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as far as i m concerned and until someone offers clear evidence either way assange has some serious crimes to
As far as I'm concerned, and until someone offers clear evidence either way, Assange has some serious crimes to atone for. Not the ones he'll be extradited to the US for - those are bullshit - but far more serious ones that would disqualify anyone from being a "journalist."
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Blaine Cook
blaine
nice somewhat related some colleagues and i have been working on this toolset which is a way of creating stori
@dbamman @stefposNice!

Somewhat related, some colleagues and I have been working on this toolset, which is a way of creating, storing, and manipulating annotations on text, in case that's relevant or interesting! https://t.co/9RZvlT5z7Y
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Blaine Cook
blaine
godwin s law amendment 2019 z as a discussion grows longer the probability that its participants include actua
Godwin's Law, Amendment 2019-z: "As a discussion grows longer, the probability that its participants include actual Nazis approaches 1."
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Blaine Cook
blaine
remember when godwin s law was a funny thing
Remember when Godwin's law was a funny thing? 😢
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Blaine Cook
blaine
yup initially we didn t have the resources to implement appropriate moderation tools iirc i was the only devel
@jeffehobbs @triketoraYup - initially we didn't have the resources to implement appropriate moderation tools (iirc, I was the only developer at the time) so I didn't want notifications sent / tl intrusions for any replies from folks who a user wasn't following b/c it was an obvious spam/abuse vector.
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Blaine Cook
blaine
not to mention the racist dogwhistle of only the best and brightest nor the brutally patronising if you re goo
Not to mention the racist dogwhistle of "only the best and brightest" nor the brutally patronising "if you're good enough, you can come work and pay tax in the UK" from the folks who brought you Windrush and three years of omnishambolic pissing away of taxes, talent, and trust.
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Blaine Cook
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and that s not to say that we knew the right answers i m unconvinced anyone does even today but all the white
@triketora ... and that's not to say that we knew the right answers (I'm unconvinced anyone does, even today), but all the white men (at Twitter, at least) *understood* the risks. They *chose* to ignore them and chased "virality " of the platform, instead.
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Blaine Cook
blaine
i designed and built replies in twitter and saw the threat of abuse before we shipped so the original design h
@triketora I designed and built @-replies in Twitter, and saw the threat of abuse before we shipped, so the original design had abuse in mind. I was overruled by management, and that fight in part lead to my departure.
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Blaine Cook
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so much this for what it s worth there were some of us white men who saw the dangers and tried to build thing
@triketora 😢 So much this. For what it's worth, there were some of us white men who saw the dangers and tried to build things better. I don't mean that as not-all-men, but rather no-one-had-any-excuses.
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Blaine Cook
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tech had nothing to do with twitter s abuse issues we had some pretty serious tech issues but to make a very l
Tech had nothing to do with Twitter's abuse issues. We had some pretty serious tech issues, but to make a very long story short, in 2006/2007 we also knew about many of the potential vectors for abuse, and designing against them was de-prioritized as a top-level product concern. https://t.co/8joDMlr2K7
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Blaine Cook
blaine
the heroes who have been working hard all day to keep the petition site alive today have fixed it live counts
The heroes who have been working hard all day to keep the petition site alive today have fixed it; live counts are updating more slowly, but it's much more stable. If you haven't already, please sign it and share widely. #RevokeArticle50Petition

https://t.co/xd5C9DnUCe
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Blaine Cook
blaine
@blaine 12 years
and thus ends a fantastic weekend of hacking huzzah
And thus ends a fantastic weekend of hacking. Huzzah!
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Blaine Cook
blaine
satoshi nakomoto is a proto ai and bitcoin is a ruse to get humanity to build a gigantic infrastructure of mac
Satoshi Nakomoto is a proto AI, and Bitcoin is a ruse to get humanity to build a gigantic infrastructure of machines optimized to support its evolution.
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Blaine Cook
blaine
apparently andrea leadsom has said that a turnout on this petition of 174 million would be would be a very cle
Apparently Andrea Leadsom has said that a turnout on this petition of 17.4+ million "would be would be a very clear case for taking action" - I think we should take that as a challenge. https://t.co/xd5C9DnUCe
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Blaine Cook
blaine
it s almost like centralising a large percentage of human social activity in a single place on record owned by
It's almost like centralising a large percentage of human social activity in a single place, on record, owned by a single company and controlled by a single white boy was a bad idea. 🤷
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Blaine Cook
blaine
this saturday we crash london 502 bad government
This Saturday, we crash London. 502 Bad Government.
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Blaine Cook
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@blaine 12 years
farm fresh organic strawberries worst emetic ever
Farm-fresh organic strawberries: worst emetic, ever.
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Blaine Cook
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@blaine 8 months
ultimately and twitter s decision not to ban alex jones is wrong the real problem though is that we ve given t
Ultimately, and Twitter's decision not to ban Alex Jones is wrong.

The real problem, though, is that we've given the power to make these decisions about our communities and our collective mental health to a single unaccountable corporation run by a single rich man.
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Blaine Cook
blaine
right seriously zero more comments about young people being entitled and self centred
Right, seriously. Zero more comments about young people being entitled and self-centred.
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