Here's a fantastic article on how eScooters could positively impact our transportation infrastructure:

@dvn @xj9 @alcinnz The focus on turning the browser into an application renderer has shifted focus away from conversations about things like proper semantic documents, etc.

There's still so much out there that could be improved on HTML documents.

For example the HTML -> Print pipeline is mess. There's all different types of messy tooling to convert HTML a PDF and then to Print. We should be able to have tex-like reproducible styling for our HTML documents.

(or for that matter e-readers! We should've never needed to create new formats for displaying text on an e-reader. HTML should've been more than capable!)

I see lots of people arguing that microsoft's open source efforts are in good faith.

I don't believe that is possible, and I won't believe that is possible until microsoft releases critical components of their software under the (a)gpl version 3 or later.

Microsoft spent years operating under a model of Embrace Extend Extinguish, and we have no reason to believe that they have changed.

Microsoft is your enemy. The fact that they are embracing a thing you love should terrify you.

It’s 2019. Can we all now please stop saying “climate change” and instead call it what it is: climate breakdown, climate crisis, climate emergency, ecological breakdown, ecological crisis and ecological emergency?
#ClimateBreakdown #EcologicalBreakdown

"Our system – characterised by perpetual economic growth on a planet that is not growing – will inevitably implode."

I suppose I should be posting here more. I'll have more time when my class ends in a month.

However, so much of where I focus my attention on social media involves my local community that I simply don't have as much to post here, at least for the time being.

I hope soon to be doing more writing on technical internet-related topics (making accessible to non-technical people), and I'll likely be sharing stuff related to that work here.

I feel like this could help inform an approach to dealing with some of the dangers of big tech companies.

Maybe replace "consumers" with "citizens?"

And there's definitely something to be said for the idea that not everything a consumer wants to do should be allowed.

Did the qoto admins block a domain or kick a user off the instance? Our federated feed is significantly less filled with crap than it was a few weeks ago.

Brief flash of insight.

I've been reading Network Propaganda by Yochai Benkler et al. They describe a media that operates with a "reality check dynamic:" there's a balance between information that confirms our beliefs (comfortable) and information that counters our beliefs (uncomfortable).

Those who can't handle intellectual discomfort are more vulnerable to propaganda. Maybe we need to make "information stoicism" more of a habit.

I got all excited to be horrified and indignant when I read the headline.

But apparently I'd turned off that "feature" long ago.

there is a huge difference between wanting your phone to use location services and wanting the phone to keep a database around that tracks when you were where

One of the things I'm enjoying about the work Mastodon instance is the prevalence of people tooting in French (or people following people tooting in French). My French is terrible (since I've barely used it since high school), and I've been trying to force myself to read them in French to brush up.

I never lived on a college campus, but I had lots of friends that did. I spent a large portion of my late teens and early 20s in the Public Spaces that college campuses provide. Every building, it seemed, had a huge ground floor with tables and electricity and wifi, and some of them also had free coffee.

I imagine that this is what it would be like if we made libraries more focused on being community spaces, gave them longer hours, and encouraged socialization or events in the evenings.

Gore Vidal: The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent.

Worth a read.

If we don't take significant action on climate change, there's very little point to doing anything else really.

This is a public service announcement.

If your job uses Slack, please remember that the administrators that have been configured can view any channel and download all files and all information published, including channels that are "private" or between 2 individuals.

Your discussions are not secure and can be snooped upon, even private conversations.

In other words: there is no privacy on Slack. Period.

This is the end of this public service

(Don't ask how I know that)

I've been making another push to being in the fediverse rather than the birdsite. I've spent more time on the "federated" feed, since I haven't found many people to follow yet.

It's interesting to think that everything that appears in the federated feed is there because someone on the instance chose to follow someone else, but there's no way to know which local user is responsible for it.

It's both a blessing and a curse, though I think it's a net positive on balance.

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