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Greetings, people! I am a software developer. Outside of work, I use free/libre software almost exclusively. I am pained that we continue to allow nature and community to get degraded by crony individualism. We can do much better, e.g. the voluntary refugee concept.

I have been chuffed with the almost all of the time I have been on it. There is plenty of food for thought in many a toot out there. I am having to move off @wyatwerp now, and really happy to find a Fediverse instance that ... uh ... federates.

@paul i never learned the internals of TeX but i'm guessing a programmable typesetter is still strictly superior to the W3C fuckstack.

Ironically, as much as I support Free/Libre software from a licensing point of view, it seems that right now the healthiest community and organization is actually the decidedly Open Source ASF. Of the large ones, at least.

I mean, I'm one degree removed from them. I tend to get more inside views on ASF drama than I get from anywhere else, and I still have that view.

Some days I wish ASF would just quietly switch over to GPL, and we could move on.

Not gonna happen, I know, but I can dream.

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@openrisk License details are roughly on the same level of importance to empowering masses with self-sovereign computing as education is for solving world hunger.

That is, there is absolutely no immediate connection. But the avalanche effect it has is probably the only way to get there over time.

Simply put, copyleft forces corporations to co-operate with communities rather than dictate terms. This isn't about software. It's about changing everyone's relationship to software.

What dystopia is this? Airdropping sterile fish into remote lakes in order to strike a balance between the human "need" to journey away from cities in order to kill fish for fun, and the dieoffs caused by climate change: the Hackaday piece presents this as normal, charming even. The stewardship ethic towards nature, with its implicit endorsement of human exceptionalism, is perverse at best. From a Buddhist perspective this looks like being reborn as a Yamaduta, one of the guardians of hell.

Linux: microkernels are crap, it's clearly impossible to do anything useful with message passing.

Also Linux: if you want to do anything with network device configurations, here's the AF_NETLINK socket type and a bunch of messages you can pass to/from the kernel to get everything done.

I do recommend following hashtags, even in preference to following people. But you will find people in the conversations which hang off the hashtags.

You did well to include your hashtags of interest in this query - put them in your profile too, if you haven't already.

Be sure to engage in conversations, and make posts of your own, too.

Might be controversial, but I would also recommend sticking to your interests. If you mix up politics and anything else, it can be offputting.


I should use mastodon more. I think my problem is I don't know where to find content. What are some good feeds to follow if I like #forth #retrocomputing or #programming ?

So how badly are we doing?

#Autocracies outdo #democracies on public #trust - survey

Public trust in governments running the world's democracies has fallen to new lows over their handling of the pandemic and amid a widespread sense of economic pessimism, a global survey has found.

#python amateurishness: just realise that passing objects by reference *is* a thing in computer science and save yourself this:

(Basically a long list of hacks because the language itself is brain dead)

Being organized is probably the most overrated thing ever. People blame all their disasters on being disorganized, and fantasize that if only they could get organized, everything would be so much better. It wouldn't. You would perhaps avoid a few of the disasters you got (but not all of them), but you would blunder right into others, and you would be unable to cope with them without your flexibility and coping techniques you developed for managing your own chaos.

I’m rather saddened that works for a decentralized web for everyone to interact with each other had exist back in the early 2000s and their impact can still be seen today, yet most of us (youngsters) aren’t aware of them.

Wheel reinventions like ActivityPub are great, but I wonder if we can bring back web feed now that static site hosting is virtually no-cost. Feed readers are dying but even Google is trying to revive them.

The problem is with comments: a dynamic server to accept them would disqualify the staticness and low cost. Of course an ActivityPub implementation can support this (many generate RSS already), but static servers are way more efficient than a Fediverse one, and not everyone has an account of the later for a seamless adoption.

Emails, on the other hand, are universal and also federated. Converting a mailing list thread to RSS/Atom or HTML should be trivial, although comments won’t be expected to be rendered immediately due to the static nature. This comes with naturals advantages though: one can monitor comments before publishing and self-archiving the site with comments (e.g. via #IPFS) is trivial.

Unlike dynamic commenting systems, ones backed by emails can easily outlive the website. It doesn’t have to be a mailing list, one can extract comments from a private mailbox just fine; also those mboxed can be migrated from one list to another. All it takes for a reader to comment is to know the current address.

Is this the permanent web we’re all looking for, laying right in front of our eyes?

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So for the last few iterations #Git has had an option for a default branch of “main” instead of #master.

As a European, I say bollocks to that. Let us not let a small but vociferous bunch of racist, bratty and uneducated yanks tarnish a word that to us is a mark of respect for someone's academic or professional achievements.

"On the evidence, the US regards the publishing of the evidence of its war crimes to be a worse offence than committing such crimes in the first place."

- #GordonCampbell, 2021

#JulianAssange #WarCrimes #WhistleBlowers

It struck me today that cryptobros are a religious cult.

Looking across all blockchain projects, whether a humble currency or some smart contract governance project, the aim is to put in place an independent system that regulates human behaviour by rewarding good and punishing bad.

Cryptobros are trying to bring about an aspect or interpretation of transhumanism. It's not so much about individuals shedding the shackles of flesh, as society shedding the shackles of a messy political system. 1/

@deshipu I'd definitely like to see those, especially that the other two you have aren't convincing either. I know little about Mesoamerica, but the Greek steam engine was a machine barely deserving the name, built in an environment where they weren't able or willing to make further progress on the technology.

This is to say, my current belief is: any technology that can be put to military use *is* put to military use. Cases like Greek "steam engine" are when technology isn't mature enough to be useful.

@kensanata Here in Ireland, the DD system is used by libraries. This means that all the English language stuff is organised by topic, but all the stuff written in our native, national language, Gaeilge, gets shoved in together, unsorted.

Well, sorted by well-meaning library staff, but the DD system makes no provision for Celtic languages, just "Gaelic Interest" or something.

It's just galling that people make out like the DD system is a clever ontology.

The potential demise of the services reminds me again that the success of federated networks depends on reliable instances, and avoiding re-centralization requires more instances, not bigger ones. This means server-side software needs to be as easy as possible to set up and maintain, and we need easy access to ways for people to learn how to host servers.

#fediverse #decentralization #SelfHosting #CommunityHosting

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NFTs are clearly a direct response to a modern world in which it's rare for anyone to actually *own* anything, instead renting/streaming it all from five companies

so, of course, instead of taking the message from this that we're living in a fucking serfdom and that's not okay

these bros are just like "well *I* wanna own things so I'm gonna set up a system where a lot of people lie to me about how much I own this monkey to make me feel better"

seems like 90% of what techbros do is respond poorly to how hellish the world is by creating a magical illusory internety alternative to everything

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