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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.

websites that take measures to disable copy-and-pasting: i still see you, and i still hate you.

I really wish OSS communities would stop defaulting to Discord or Slack. Your software isn’t a lifestyle. I don’t want to live with the goddamn thing. I want a forum I can visit once in a while, not to take out an attention mortgage.

@lightweight parallels between this article about the value of in-house expertise at Twitter and things that you and others have said about how govt should directly employ its own tech experts

I am all for meeting people where they are, but at this point, if you're an expert in these issues enough to be running a conference on these topics and still using Zoom you just aren't trying, and you are comfortable broadcasting that you don't really care.

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You know you're in mental health recovery when...

It's 4:20 in the afternoon and you're eating breakfast in bed, slugging lukewarm coffee, reading Transmetropolitan and wondering how in the hell it all came down to this.

Facebook is down.

I've said it before and I'll say it again...

Decentralised social networks with nomadic identity and near realtime mirrors/snapshots. It's not just a good idea. It's a bloody great idea.

Web search is a form of artificial intelligence that attempts to mimic the biological-informatic process of human sensemaking by replacing this activity with a computationally automated facsimile which misses the point that the “results” of sensemaking are the doing of the activity itself (and not its final conclusions) and that the meaning that is acquired through sensemaking is inherently subjective and contextual and thus can’t be outsourced to an objective computer.

Honestly it was Matrix Revolutions where the Matrix trilogy went to shit. Reloaded is awesome end-to-end. I'm 30 minutes into Revolutions and it's entirely free-floating dialog devoid of concrete plot points or cybernetic metaphors, with only a single short-lived action scene whose only gimmick is people walking on the ceiling with a stock Hollywood "everyone has guns accidentally pointed at each other" deus ex machina ending. Uninspired schlock.

Have to use microsoft office for school work because I need Zotero integration, want something that runs locally (no google docs), and LibreOffice invariably crashes within 10 seconds of opening it on my computer. 🤦‍♀️

How can we teach people to do things like install and update software, maintain their own devices, or write scripts, in such a way that they experience lots of little successes that generate motivation to keep learning, rather than a series of dispiriting failures to reach a complex end goal?

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@torproject whoever you hire, plz make sure they address the censorship problem in the #Tor channel on the #oftc #IRC network, where people get kicked out for mentioning flaws in #TorBrowser.

@bojkotiMalbona Don't keep all the good drugs for yourself, do share what's the ingredient mix that gives you these amazing delusions.

@bojkotiMalbona @dallin @TheOuterLinux Yes to connect over tor you must have an account already…

The problem with tor is that 99% of spam comes from it. Requiring a valid account prior to connect from tor is a valid decision from them.

Android rant 

A stock Android free of vendor bloatware still has its irritances (ignoring the privacy issues addressed by running un-Googled versions). For example, the stock Calculator can't really be uninstalled! Why! I will install the type of calculator app I want! But no, the stock app pops up after every reboot, and I have to uninstall it again.

Who knows what else abounds in this morass!

I will often quote posts and link to them. I usually don't do that for my own blog posts because I figured if you wanted to know about my blog, you'd already be following it.
Just saying because I sometimes get the feeling that people think I'm the author of all the wonderful posts I quote. Sadly, this is not true. I quote them because they put into words what I cannot.

Agree. The notion that because a resource has been bought, for use without consequences, is naive. Analogous to gardeners that believe private property is more important than holistic water management.
You could use 'aspects' within diaspora, rooms in matrix. Personally, use hubzilla to share specific content to specific audiences.
Yes King Leopold of Belgium had barely started the rape of central Africa. Interesting tyres...
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