ESR took a cool counterculture and got his shitty right-wing UNIX ideology all over it—he's not just a bad person, he's a exceptionally bad historian and you shouldn't take his word for anything, the jargon file that he "curates" reflects nothing like an actual 70s/80s programming culture.
here's a pre-ESR jargon file for reference: https://www.dourish.com/goodies/jargon.html
Fascism, cry for help Show more
Sorry for my absence. I'm fighting fascism right now. Things are serious in Brazil. A black man was murdered, stabbed 12 times while the murderer yelled the name of the fascist candidate. A girl with a t-shirt against the candidate was kidnapped by 3 men, who beat her and draw the Nazi symbol on her with a knife.
We are forming a resistance. However, Brazil needs you. We are afraid. This is a cry for help. Search for news about Brazil and share them of you can, please.
If #Bitcoin were to cease trading tomorrow, 0.5% of the world’s electricity demand would simply disappear – which would cover one year’s worth of the carbon emission cuts required to limit temperature rises this century to 2C. https://sluggerotoole.com/2018/10/12/bitcoin-must-die/
Sandstorm.io is pretty great for running a personal server. That said, i just setup a new server with NextCloud using snapd, and it was incredibly easy. It took over port 80 and 443 all by itself, which precludes the multi-tenancy of Sandstorm, but it was one command and running. Good first experience with snaps, and on Debian 9, not Ubuntu!
Just had a request for open source alternatives to Google's #Recaptcha.
I am stupidly tickled by that Banksy painting that self-shredded at auction https://boingboing.net/2018/10/06/dead-symbolic-innit.html
Toronto news, Sidewalk Labs, data & privacy Show more
TechGirls founder Saadia Muzaffar has resigned from the government advisory panel for Sidewalk Labs, the Alphabet-owned company creating a "smart city" district in the former industrial lands on Toronto's waterfront: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/10/04/tech-expert-resigns-from-sidewalk-toronto-advisory-panel-over-data-ownership-concerns.html
BlackBerry's Jim Balsillie eviscerates Sidewalk Labs "surveillance capitalism" in an op-ed: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-sidewalk-toronto-is-not-a-smart-city/
See also open data maven Bianca Wylie's coverage and criticisms: https://medium.com/@biancawylie
Astroturfing is getting worse:
PR companies and goodness knows who else are becoming more efficient at flooding consultations with fake opinions, drowning out genuine comments.
It's a win-win situation for astroturfers: either they sway policymaking, or they discredit the whole consultation process, making it even more difficult for ordinary citizens to get through to policymakers.
Is there any solution to this?
With the transition to a cashless society, millimeter wave body scanners, stop and search, WiFi and Bluetooth scanning by default, and G4S everywhere, the construction of the Dutch surveillance state seems to be on schedule for completion in time for the swearing in of prime minister Wilders in about ten year’s time.
he / him, working on a bio, full of bees
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