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"These events mark the beginning of a new era: a “modern” web, the web that we are still in today. A web where the role of the user is not to build the web, but to generate content and data. A web where the gap in between users and developers is unbridgeable."

Let's see if I can fix this!

blog.geocities.institute/archi

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@ekaitz_zarraga But that wasn't all.

The worst problem we have right now is the WWW, which has become a delivery mechanism for "applications" (Surprise!) that can't be inspected. (Again, surprise!)

We followed the rules, so they took over the W3C and we kept supporting those corporate standards as FOSS.

They have fooled us twice. Will they fool us for the third time around again?

@alcinnz @abbienormal @alexbuzzbee

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@ekaitz_zarraga I'm not passing blame, and it's easier to offer some hindsight in year 2020 than it was in 1985, but UNIX, GNU, and the FOSS community that ensued, unwittingly, and in most cases unintentionally helped to create the conditions necessary for this situation, which capitalist corporations gladly subverted to their own advantage.
Namely "Open Source", which is so bad even Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle love it.

@alcinnz @abbienormal @alexbuzzbee

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@ekaitz_zarraga
I've been reading with interest what you guys have said here and I think all of you have a point.

My take is that the four freedoms are not enough, and that the divide between programmers and non-programmers is artificial.

That divide was deliberately created by big corporations when they decided code shouldn't be inspectable. That way the "developer class" is bribed into compliance and isolated from the rest of the working class.

@alcinnz @abbienormal @alexbuzzbee

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Lemmy is similar to sites like Reddit, Lobste.rs, Raddle, or Hacker News: you subscribe to forums you’re interested in, post links and discussions, then vote, and comment on them. Behind the scenes, it is very different; anyone can easily run a server, and all these servers are federated (think email), and connected to the same universe, called the Fediverse.

For a link aggregator, this means a user registered on one server can subscribe to forums on any other server, and can have discussions with users registered elsewhere.

The overall goal is to create an easily self-hostable, decentralized alternative to reddit and other link aggregators, outside of their corporate control and meddling.

Each lemmy server can set its own moderation policy; appointing site-wide admins, and community moderators to keep out the trolls, and foster a healthy, non-toxic environment where all can feel comfortable contributing.

Note: Federation is still in active development and the WebSocket, as well as, HTTP API are currently unstable

#fediverse #reddit

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Mozilla Google budget screaming 

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So is the plan at #Mozilla now to simply sabotage every product we care about and focus on making stickers and a re-branded VPN?

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#Google server side tagging - as detailled here: A great step forward!

Except I'm calling it as an attempt to make tracking people online harder to detect simoahava.com/analytics/server

I spoke to the guy on the bird site - see his reaction twitter.com/jamesmullarkey/sta

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QuickJS was an interesting project to study! It's a small JavaScript engine that's still well optimized and feature complete without going overboard.

Since I mentioned line counts earlier QuickJS takes ~80k, over half of which is in one file.

It's implemented as a bytecode stack machine with what V8 calls "hidden classes".

Also has a REPL loop with a syntax highlighter, C transpiler, uglifier, and I/O library. Could replace Node.js quite well!

bellard.org/quickjs/

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"I believe that algorithms can be used for good for so many things, but curating what you see and read isn't the best idea. I've realized how annoying Twitter became since they started to alter the feed."

Read the full article:
setofprinciples.com/micro-blog

#RSS #blog #decentralization

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Much as I like a lot of Aral Balkan's rhetoric, and rewatching him discuss the sad state of modern browsers, I just end up reflecting back to arguing with him regarding JavaScript.

He, like some others I've heard, think we need JS to build peer-to-peer technologies ontop of.

I envy you for not digging into how your dependencies work, not finding out how much JS epitimizes Big Tech. The eldritch horror drove me nuts!

Sure use JS as a stopgap, but longterm let's move away from it. Please?

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@alex @theruran @phryk @alcinnz @humanetech

imo, the problem with JavaScript from a #smalltech perspective isn't that it's running in a VM – it's that it's running in a VM *written in 2 million lines of C++*.

That means there's no on-ramp for people who develop *in* javascript to become people who develop javascript. Which keeps big tech dominant

In comparison, many self-hosted/bootstrapped languages encourage users to engage in compiler hacking, which further encourages simplicity in design

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A Simple Method fr Sending Pictures by Wire or Radio · Eckhardt, George H, Chicago 1936, p.48, "Electronic television" ..

👉🏻 archive.org/details/electronic

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“« usbkill » is an anti-forensic kill-switch that waits for a change on your USB ports and then immediately shuts down your computer.”

github.com/hephaest0s/usbkill

Via cron.weekly #144

Nice to have problem: you cannot record an audio lesson because down the street a Blues band is playing very loud... 🤣

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