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The underlying assumptions of Big Tech projects are fundamentally different from those of Small Tech projects.

I am collecting my knowledge on this topic on this page.

^ This is a wiki page and is unfinished by definition.

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@hisham_hm One way I found over the years that prevents wastage of effort of contributors is to do things in the order of low effort to high effort.

1. Open a discussion on the project's forum or mailing list discussing the large feature. The idea is discussed with the existing maintainers and gets approved or rejected.

2. If approved, create an issue about the feature with what's been concluded on the forum discussion.

3. Implement the feature in a pull request.

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All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.

We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?

This is one of the worst deals in history.

Spent a lot of time today playing a browser-based game called Half Earth. There's also a book of the same name.

@zuz The energy consumption of all communication and computation technology currently in use in the world is currently around 3,000 TWh, about 11% of the world's electricity consumption.

It amounts for about 3.5% of global emissions.

Networks are estimated to contribute between 24% and 35% of this total, so computing is between 76% and 64% of the above figures.

If your community/organisation/company is interested, I am keen to give on-line talks about #FrugalComputing, aka Low Carbon and Sustainable Computing.

Example topics are:

Frugal computing
On the need for low-carbon and sustainable computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.

How to reduce the carbon footprint of your digital lifestyle

Frugal computing: developer perspective
On the need for low-carbon and sustainable computing and what developers can do about it.

But happy to discuss specific topics in this area.

(boosts much appreciated!)


The EU Commission is planning automatic CSAM scanning of your private communication – or total surveillance in the name of child protection. This would be the worst surveillance apparatus outside of China:
#Fight4Privacy #No2Backdoors

EU folks, the latest @EU_Commission proposal for scanning private communications and undermining end-to-end encryption is an extreme threat to privacy.

It threatens the right to meaningful encryption and would force your communications to be subject to scanning and classification by AI outside of your control. Truly dystopian shit.

This won't become law without the EU parliament's assent, so please follow this closely and speak up. See EDRI's analysis here:

"What you're referring to as Star Trek is, in fact, Strange GNU Worlds..."

Question for #Pleroma admins or experts: Does Pleroma implement a server-only distribution setting comparable to the way that Hometown does?

Finished an integration for automated browser-based tests using Selenium into the FreedomBox project's GitLab CI pipeline on Debian Salsa.

I had the idea for this around two years ago and only got it working last Saturday. This is probably the most complex Continuous Integration pipeline I've ever built (this is v2.0 BTW). A custom CI system using the Buildbot framework comes second (also for FreedomBox).

Next, I have to document this.

#StrangeNewWorlds is SO good. Second episode even better than the first.

Grateful to have great #StarTrek writing and storytelling back.


> We want to focus on decentralized, open standard solutions.

Is there an integration with @delta planned? It would require both to implement AutoCrypt (could also be useful for email in general) and adding DC has a IM protocol (it requires an IM UX, not a mail UX). I think it would be a easier to build (its 90% email) than a matrix client.

Gates has an absolute ideological commitment to the idea that profit-based production is the most efficient way to produce and allocate goods.

It's what prompted him to declare war on free/open software, what caused his foundation to block patent waivers for AIDS drugs in sub-Saharan Africa and other poor nations, and it's what led him to strong-arm Oxford to kill its plan to release its vaccine into the public domain, opting instead to license it to Astrazeneca.


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A poll for people who have worked with both Java (usually with Spring Boot) and Golang.

Which language is better for developer happiness? Pick one.

#Java #Go #Golang

@njoseph In Arthur C.Clarke's Imperial Earth, smartphones ("minisecs") are handed down through generations.

There are no moving parts, nothing to wear out, other than a slight smudging of the lettering on the 'E' key on its keyboard.

I've been slowly transitioning for the past year, but now my media services are all moved.

Not subscribed to Netflix, HBO, Disney, etc.

I do donate $10 a month to my local PBS affiliate.

Not subscribed to Spotify or Google Music or whatever.

I do donate $10 a month to the local community radio station.

I also have the movie, music, audiobook, and ebook streaming from my library.

If all else fails I have file sharing with friends.

Wrote a running commentary of a video I watched today. This seems like a less distracting version of live-tweeting an event that's common on birdsite.

The video is titled "Playing Emacs like an instrument"

If someone from 2005 were transported to the present, they would find it completely absurd that handheld computers are expected to last only a couple of years while desktop computers still last a decade (with repairs, of course).

Whether GNU/Linux phones become mainstream or not, I hope they will at least help establish the idea that smartphones can also be long-lasting devices.

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