To this extent I'm really interested to know how the age breakdown of people on the #Fediverse. On one hand it would seem to make sense to me that most people here remember the "old internet" before the centralization and they're here to rekindle that flame of independence. On the other hand the youths are generally pretty up on this whole technology thing. I grew up on the internet and since then smartphones have become even more ubiquitous.
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Apparently I never made an #introduction so with the massive influx of people what better time than now to make one! I'm a father, husband, and free software wonk. Proud to support @elementary and @purism by paying for software. I pay the bills as a #frontend software engineer. I actually studied #history and #polisci in college so my interests and feed definitely skew those directions. Former tech bootcamper (many moons ago).
Ok Fediverse, one thing I absolutely love about the Birdsite is watching historians and other academics share their work in public to improve our understanding. I think I'm just gonna start cross posting some things I find interesting as I come across them. Maybe we can make a new hashtag? For now I'm gonna just reuse one from Birdsite that Dr. Karin Wulf created.
fedi, for all its problems, has proven the value of the structural advantages of a decentralized system built on public standards and open source software. it is immune to capture and sabotage and monetization alike, in ways that corporate services can never achieve. we design distributed systems like this not only because it befits our values of autonomy and free association, but because it works, it scales — it fucking wins
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Then along came Elinor "Lin" Ostrom and her 1990 work "Governing the Commons." In it, Ostrom presented game theory approach to commonly owned resources, explaining how people as self-interested rational actors could avoid the logical trap of over exploitation. And then she did Hardin one better: she detailed the workings of actual extant commons which, according to Hardin and every neoliberal since, should not exist.
Ostrom illustrated what anthropologists and people in stateless societies have known for generations: people are perfectly capable of working out rules to sustainably manage shared resources. In her book, Ostrom detailed one common pasture in Switzerland that has been in continuous use since the 1500s. She also described shared fishing rights in Turkey, shared agricultural and forest land in Japan, and shared irrigation systems in Spain. There is no tragedy.
hey Fediverse, #ProfessionalDevleopment question: do you use any software to keep track of your wins and losses at work? If so what do you use. Work is moving off of the tool we currently use (15Five, its fine overall) so I need to find something new. I had previously just kept a journal of MD files organized by week but I found that hard to keep writing in. When you don't end your day at defined times I find its difficult to journal consistently.
#BlackMastodon When I started off in engineering, I told a senior colleague that I wanted to have a career a generalist instead of specializing in one area of expertise. His response was dismissive "Jack-Of-All-Trades. Master of none."
I've since come to find out that the actual full quote is:
"Jack of all trades is master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one."
With respect to all the specialists, don't let anybody shame you for being a generalist.
I find myself really missing QTs here on Mastodon. Lots of folks here have really insightful things to say and I would have highlighted them with my own thoughts or echoed the sentiment about why I think it's important were this the birdsite.
I knew I really used them in a call and response manner but I'm surprised how much I notice that I miss them. It's really easy to see how they organically evolved into a real thing.
The #RespectForMarriageAct is good and I’m glad it passed and will be relieved when it gets signed by POTUS, but let’s not forget that 169 Republicans voted against protecting gay and interracial marriage today. There is more work to be done, more battles to fight.
People who use the #accessibility stack on Linux, do you use anything other than Orca?
I'm trying to map out unused code paths in at-spi2-core, and so far I'm considering orca/dogtail, but I'm sure I'm missing something.
Union staffers at the NY Times will be on strike all day tomorrow (Thursday). Please don't cross digital picket line. No clicks!
"The historic work stoppage is set to go in effect at midnight on December 8 and last for an entire 24 hours. Instead of filing stories, employees will be seen picketing outside The Times’ offices at 1pm, with prominent journalists such as Nikole Hannah-Jones set to speak during a solidarity rally."
I’m seeing some posts decrying Apple’s decision to implement end to end encryption, and to move away from client-side scanning. Yes, CSAM is harmful, and massively problematic. That’s not in dispute. Neither is seeking to protect fundamental rights and to avoid mass surveillance, any indication of tolerance or acceptance of heinous activities. *Please*, turn your energies to seeking solutions which don’t entail mass surveillance, or infringements of fundamental rights.
When I participated in approving the Cryptographic Autonomy License, the only FOSS license that provides users guarantees of data portability, I thought that this conversation might start to shift. That we'd recognize that running distributed systems at the scale of what users have come to expect cannot be performed by individuals, and that we needed to shift the conversation towards how we can protect users' digital autonomy and inherent rights without them needing to become systems administrators.
Yet there has been no forward progress. I just can't associate myself with "software freedom" while it cares more about software, a tool, than the rights of people, the only reason the tool exists.
Humans have lived and thrived in communities since time immemorial. We specialize because it allows us to scale; no one person can master everything that allows us to have a happy, healthy life.
You may be able to self host a few pieces of software meaningful to you, but hosting your entire digital life by yourself? Well, we already recognize that we can't write all the code, or build all the hardware ourselves---that's why open source is important. So then why the fixation on trying to run everything ourselves?
When software was far simpler in decades past, that might have been a feasible goal! But it hasn't been for years.
US politics, Supreme Court, reproductive rights
The USA is not really a democracy, because there has never been a nationwide election where it was as easy to vote for white voters' as Black voters.
Most US school children are not really taught about the Reconstruction and post-reconstruction period of US history. This was after Black folk got the right to vote but before racists did the above math. Black Southerners won elections!
Then they got Jan 6th'ed and ran out by violence. 🤷🏿♂️
US politics, Supreme Court, reproductive rights
Y'all can start warming up your "epic takedowns" and "scathing dissents" of the impending decision.
I don't believe in "States rights," because most all of the time, that just means "States' rights to be racist to Black folk."
About 50% of all white US voters reliably vote for the more right wing candidate.🥲 50% vote against. About 90% of Black voters vote against right wing candidates.
Who wins an election depends on how many Black folk vote.
web stan, software engineer, sports fanatic, history lover. Thoughts are my own. Crypto stands for cryptography.