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The most frustrating thing about building software is the feeling that I'm building sand castles that will eventually get wiped away. It takes a staggering amount of effort *just to keep software running exactly the same as before*. Not to add improvements! Not to fix bugs! Just to keep it working exactly the same as it once did. It's maddening if you want to have a sense of personal pride at something you built years ago. Your "legacy" is nonexistent, unless you stay on the treadmill.

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‘We live in a world where a tree is worth more dead than alive, in a world where a whale is worth more dead than alive. For so long as the economy works in that way and corporations go unregulated, they’re going to continue to destroy trees, to kill whales, to mine the earth, and continue to pull oil out of the ground even though we know it is destroying the planet and we know that it’s going to leave a worse world for future generations. This is short-term thinking based on this religion of “profit at all costs”, as if somehow, magically, each corporation acting in its selfish interest is going to produce the best result.

This has been affecting the environment for a long time. What’s frightening, and what, hopefully, is the last straw that will make us wake up as a civilization to how flawed this theory has been in the first place, is to see that now we are the tree. We are the whale. Our attention can be mined. We are more profitable to a corporation if we’re spending time staring at a screen, staring at an ad, than if we’re spending that time living our life in a rich way.

We’re seeing the results of that today. We’re seeing corporations using powerful artificial intelligence to outsmart us and figure out how to pull our attention toward the things they want us to look at rather than the things that are most consistent with our goals and our values and our lives.

The attention extraction model is not how we want to treat human beings. The fabric of a healthy society depends on us getting off of this corrosive business model. We can demand that these products be designed humanely. We can demand to not be treated as an extractable resource.

The fundamental way that this stuff is designed isn’t going in a good direction. Any of it. It sounds crazy to say that we need to change all that but … that’s what we need to do. We have to.’

— Various speakers, The Social Dilemma (2020)

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Further to open communities using closed tools

"So, another community with which I have a long history as a paying member, this one with the mission of "preserving the free and open Internet" in my home country, has decided to adopt Slack as it's s."

I think the message "we don't follow our own advice" will reach a large number of people.

@zens @ljwrites @bright_helpings It is not just ableist and classist but has colonalist roots, too. Every culture in the world has oral literature, but only a few have writing. By posing writing as superior and more intelligent, the colonisers set themselves as such.

For more on this check out Foley, "How To Read An Oral Poem"; it's a fascinating, pleasurable little book with many loving case studies of how oral literature works.

What's a better way to start your day than to delete a hundred spam messages sent by IRC bots to your bridged Matrix channels. 😫

At least Element provided an option called "Remove recent messages" that deletes all the recent messages from a user on the channel.

You can subscribe to Mastodon accounts via RSS if you prefer.

Just add .rss to the end of an account's URL, for example

If you're unsure how to get an account's URL, just go to the account's profile page and click on their picture. This will open their public profile page, and the address of this page is the account's URL.

#Mastodon #MastoTips #FediTips #RSS

The settings which work very well for you?

That's your comfyguration

Hi, I'm new here. I'm a software developer who writes Haskell professionally and I have a strong interest in p2p technologies from both a technical and a political perspective.

I'm also a gardener who practices permaculture and natural farming principles and techniques.

#introduction #permaculture #gardening #haskell #p2p

@bhaugen Johnson-Su Bioreactors are a style of static carbon heavy compost pile. You construct a large hoop and use pipes to form air passages to keep it aerobic.

It is a slow passive system where first indigenous fungi break down the wood chips and then earth worms eat the mycelieum. It takes 1 to 2 years to decompose a pile but you end up with a rich fungal dominant compost.

It's official, #Wikimedia is moving to #LiberaChat / @liberachat

I've set up most of #mediawiki (still missing one bot), which, according to ChanServ, was originally created on Freenode by @eloquence on Jan 02 20:06:07 2004 (17y 20w 2d ago)!!

@bacardi55 can't wait for Firefox to re-integrate RSS/Atom support, which *they spearheaded* and then *they themselves removed*.

I am still angry about this. Their reasons were "user testing shows people don't click the RSS button often".

Yeah, no shit. Perhaps that's because one clicks it *once* for sites that one wants to follow? And then never again for that site?


#Signal can't even bypass censorship of SMS/Call. Iran blocked their SMS/Call verification and Iranians can't sign up anymore. This is how weak their system is.

With privacy, over and over advocates only talk about social media profiling being used to change which ads are served.

The ads are the least important part.

Profiling matters because all of the app/website(s) of commercial social networks - especially the *content* is a behavioral modification experiment. Data collected is key to training the machine learning, creating a personalized model of how to influence your behavior. This is why they, not you, choose what you see on your timeline.

4.5 million kids in Kerala (India) are learning thanks to KDE. Read Aiswarya’s blog to find out how.

My revolution is entirely boring.

Minimize my participation in systems that hurt
Maximize participation in systems I support
Save resources & money
Gather and practice skills

Buy as local as possible *when possible

Volunteer for community events, political candidates that help humans,
Mutual support of aligned people

Don't own more than I need
Don't desire what is inaccessible to most

Stay realistic by focusing on money and actions instead of words

So boring I can do this daily

I can now turn my AC on and off from my laptop (also now I know QML)
#kde #floss

Python mode in my Doom Emacs seems to be broken.

It appends a weird character at the end of each file while saving which results in a syntax error.

It looks like this: "^[[0m"

Tried setting the buffer character encoding to utf8-unix and utf8.
Did `apt upgrade` of the system and `doom upgrade` as well.

Upstream: Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore: A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (In Conversation)

(NewPipe can play SoundCloud links)

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