Have you considered the Use Case where the User is angry with you, doesn't like you, doesn't like your Product (tm), thinks your entire socio-economic class are measurably making everything worse and accelerating a global slide into fascism, genocide and extinction, and is only sullenly interacting with your Product (tm) at the cracking point of the harsh whip of capitalism because they will lose the ability to eat if they do not

because you might find that's quite a large class of users

« […] #vulnerabilities that are later discovered and exploited by the Insecurity Industry are introduced […] at the exact time the code is written, which makes choosing a safer language a crucial protection... and yet it’s one that few ever undertake » edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/n

Now this is a lovely blast from the past! Too bad so many links are dead though :-( thestarport.org/Browse/forSoft

@joeyh I consider HN to be actively harmful. So much groupthink, so little experience. Latest example: someone posted my article changelog.complete.org/archive there and I got a ton of uninformed comments. So I wrote changelog.complete.org/archive to elaborate and got more uninformed hate from HN. But it is far from just me. @ngate 's hilarious and sadly on-point "webshit weekly" from n-gate.com/hackernews/ is a fun and sad read.

It's often assumed that because Twitter has a larger userbase than the Fediverse, that accounts would automatically get more followers there.

However, many accounts (especially FOSS projects) have more followers here on the Fediverse.

Some examples (as of 26th July 2021):

@fdroidorg has 10.8k vs 7.33k on Twitter

@k9mail has 1.57k vs 680 on Twitter

@Minetest has 1.39k vs 785 on Twitter

If you know any Libre projects that are yet to join the Fedi, please ask them to give it a go!


In 2014, I gave a talk called Free is a Lie at a run-of-the-mill, dime-a-dozen, Silicon-Valley-worshiping Big Tech/surveillance capitalism conference in the Netherlands.

Yesterday, I learned that they unlisted my talk on *spit* YouTube and that it might be removed.



Today, I archived it so you can keep watching it for as long as you want to.


#FreeIsALie #PeopleFarming #SiliconValley #BigTech #SurveillanceCapitalism

Show this to that one friend who still 👏 doesn't 👏 understand 👏 privacy.


I wrote an article about the need for low-carbon and #sustainable #computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.


** The problem:
* By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be close to half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 2°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable: it would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions warming limit.
* The emissions from production of computing devices far exceed the emissions from operating them, so even if devices are more energy efficient producing more of them will make the emissions problem worse. Therefore we must extend the useful life of our computing devices.
** The solution:
As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible. We need frugal computing: achieving the same results for less energy.
** The vision: please read the article, I'm out of characters.


RT @DrAndrewThaler@twitter.com

Staggering in scope. Utterly compelling.

A relentless investigation into what actually happened with the mystery seeds of 2020:

You ordered them.


🐦🔗: twitter.com/DrAndrewThaler/sta

Just published Google lawsuit evidence indicates that like always retained users' location data, even if disabled in user interface, to the extent that its own employees flashed LineageOS on their phones to avoid tracking. Full thread on twitter.com/jason_kint/status/

#privacy #google

seeing multiple mentions of #github TOS as allowing them to do anything with any free software contained there, irrespective of license



This is false (see my response to HN comment), but the really scary thing is it's being spread around as a fait accompli.

"That reddit-killing distributed self-hosted tool you’re building probably won’t kill reddit, sorry. [...] Make something personal for a dozen people, because that’s the one thing those massive vendors will never do and never even understand that they could do."

- Graham: "My proposal for scaling open source: don’t"


This is a very interesting article about how EU regulations have created an incentive for deforestation in the US. cnn.com/interactive/2021/07/us

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