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What @conservancy is doing here is unconscionable:

Just wrote to RMS to try and understand what the fuck is going on and why the FSF logo is being used to whitewash Google and Microsoft.

Why we can’t regulate Google, etc:

Because of useful idiots like @conservancy legitimising them by being sponsored by them.

Me: Google is a surveillance capitalist that makes billions tracking and profiling you. They are a threat to our human rights and democracy. We just regulate them.

Policymaker: you must be mistaken, they’re the good guys. Look, here they are allowed to sponsor CopyLeft Conf with the FSF logo displayed proudly next to theirs.

@desikn @aral

This is a sad day for free software. These companies must rejoice to have stepped over software freedom and demonstrated once more that capitalism can phagocyte anything.


You 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 it's 𝒸𝓊𝓉ℯ to 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 your tweets and usernames 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖜𝖆𝖞. But have you 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙙 to what it 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 with assistive technologies like 𝓥𝓸𝓲𝓬𝓮𝓞𝓿𝓮𝓻?

Any communication system that needs to be extended at the protocol level will always privilege developers and implementers over the people who use the system. We must keep the protocols as dumb as possible and build systems where the semantics are extended by everyday people at the message level and implementers pave the cow paths.

Me: right, I need to kick off the next development spike!

Also me: Ooh, an open source ortholinear USB keyboard with through-hole technology and what’s that? An article on how space-time could be a quantum error-correcting code…


Inside 'cult-like' Facebook, where employees only pretend to be happy all the time
'...Several former employees likened the culture to a “cult.” [....] mployees don’t complain in the workplace.

“There’s a real culture of ‘Even if you are f---ing miserable, you need to act like you love this place,’” said one ex-employee who left in October. “It is not OK to act like this is not the best place to work.”

[....] “You have invisible charges against you, and that figures mightily into your review,” said an employee who left in October. “Your negative feedback can haunt you for all your days at Facebook.”...'

The median salary for a full-time writer in the US is $20,300, well below the poverty line.

Never feel bad about self promotion or asking for money to survive in the hell that is capitalism.

Even an average writer or other creator provides more net value to the world than the 'best' capitalist, AKA labor-thief and planet-destroyer.

It turns out that there are many companies doing things similar to Cambridge Analytica

"I do not use your crappy confusing dog’s arse of an application not because I do not care about my privacy or because I lack the necessary technical knowledge but because my name is Amanda and I’m a brain surgeon who works over 60 hours a week and has three kids at home. I simply do not have enough hours in the day to devote to deciphering the mess you just dumped on my lap to save yourself the effort of thinking about anyone else but yourself while developing it."

Thanks @aral

Fediverse folx, I'm still looking for a #Job. My focus lays on #Frontend-Development and UX/UI-Design, though I'm a full stack developer and knowledgable in system engineering and DevOps as well. I live in Berlin, am only able to work 15-20h (university), and remote is fine for me as well. My programming languages of choice are Rust, Python, C, Golang and #JavaScript.

I've been watching the announcements coming out of CES, and I'm torn. I love the idea of smart homes, cars, and devices. The problem here is that Google and Amazon are dominating that market, and neither have any respect for personal privacy. I want projects like Mycroft to compete here, but they're not even a blip on the radar right now. Right now, it looks like winner of the battle between the two titans will control our information in the future. We don't get a say.

PS. Also in philosophy: single-tenant web applications/servers as unprivileged nodes in a p2p network. (That’s the core philosophy out of which the other points arise.)

Deployment Spike 1 is complete.

Postmortem: We can get a Node app deployed in ~2.5 minutes for developers who want to deploy their own Hypha node in the future.

Philosophy: deployment-first development/experience-driven development

Tools: mkcert (TLS on localhost), multipass (orchestrate local Ubuntu instances with cloud-init), PM2 (production process manager for Node.js)

Blog post:

Source code:

Adding @conservancy and “Copyleft Conference” to my personal list of surveillance capitalism whitewashers sponsored by Google and its ilk.

It’s not fucking rocket science, people. If you’re sponsored by the wolf, it’s highly unlikely that you’re working in the interests of the sheep.

@bob @aral

This is similar to when Coca-cola sponsors nutrition studies.

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