“I’m against surveillance capitalism but Google’s service is listed first on my app because it is so popular” is the “I’m against the tobacco industry but I offer anyone coming into my home a cigarette because smoking’s so popular” of tech.

If you offer people easy access to cigarettes without so much as a warning about the risks, you might want to reconsider whether you really are against Big Tobacco or whether you’re doing their bidding.

@aral This entryism article about Microsoft Evangelists killing competing events is interesting and moderately relevant: techrights.org/2019/01/10/the-

I remember when Microsoft tried this BS at LinuxFest Northwest (taking over 1/3rd of the conference booth space). Glad the organizers banned them the following year! That stuff is core rot, which will rapidly kill a community.


@bikecurious Wow. “I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences” – I hadn’t seen the linked transcripts before. Thank you. No matter how bad you think they are, they manage to prove themselves worse.

@aral Its impressive. Microsoft knows what its doing, taking all the oxygen out of these events. It isn't what people attend them for, and the larger & more consistent their presence is, the less likely people will return the following year.

Wish the Linux Foundation wasnt rotten to the core...

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