Every time I put shampoo in my hair I wonder why this is the one product where everyone accepts a sham instead of insisting on the real thing

@codeawayhaley The most baffling thing about it to me is that "the commons" is how every society in the world structured itself from the agricultural revolution until the industrial revolution. There's no damn hypothetical about it, it worked, it works, it will work

@thatbrickster @CyReVolt @ben @qtd3n The gab.com block doesn't block any particular "type of expression", it blocks using a particular server through the app.

The main promise of federation that I see is the removal of a central controlling instance. In that light, I applaud the gab.com blockade simply because it (hopefully) encourages people to roll their own. And yes, that means that blocking nazis becomes a game of Whack-a-mole (as @sir pointed out).

From there it's just another step to not putting any trust in providers of app binaries: build your own Tusky (under your own name), and you won't have issues with block lists like that because you control these block lists.

Meanwhile, the Tusky app developers are free (as in freedom!) to shape their app in the way that pleases them.

This attempt at exerting social control over Tusky app developers as if they owe anybody anything because free software ought to be "freedom respecting" is infringing on the app developers freedom to creative expression (no matter how annoying or shallow you may find it). While it's also free expression to criticize them for it, I think it's misguided to do so via some imaginary moral imperative.

(and now I'm on a level of meta-critique that's way beyond my comfort zone :-) )

The United States does not exercise its "police power" to help other countries. The idea of American benevolence in international affairs is a myth. the whole "policeman of the world" thing is just PR. it's marketing, sold to the American people and credulous foreigners, as a bit of sugar to make the bitter pill of power projection go down.

The American government acts in the interest of America's capitalists. Period. if anyone else benefits, including american citizens, it's almost entirely accidental.

facebook coin is aiming at ppl around the world who don't have banks. I don't have any data to back this up but my hunch is the majority of those people don't live in the west (because most people don't live in the west). Facebook is targeting the global south to hold onto what little money they have and to make a profit on relatively small fees on a giant economy of scale.

it seems like a kind of weird new imperialism where a stateless, multicultural entity is targeting the global poor.

Observations from selling physical goods on an online marketplace:

If you try to sell a €100 product for €10, people try to haggle it down to €5.

If you give a €10 product away for free, people travel from the opposite side of the country to get it, as if there's no cost in traveling.

"It's more or less impossible to write a new [browser] engine from scratch now that WWW turned into a pile of overengineered cruft"

<barrucadu> At work we have a large postgres table called "mongodb" with two columns called "collection" and "document", the latter of which is JSONB. Apparently it works well

From #haskell on freenode.

When #Exim has a bug it's the fault of "Linux"

When #Microsoft Windows has back doors for the NSA it's the fault of "hackers"

Welcome to #corporatemedia propaganda https://duo.com/decipher/linux-worm-hits-unpatched-exim-servers

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Remember in the 90s, when teens were more tech savvy than adults, and everyone assumed that the savviest would just keep getting younger? Now it's 2017, and the people who were teens in the 90s are the most tech savvy generation and probably will be until they die.

Kids don't grow up with computers any more, they grow up with iPhones. If it's possible to learn to code on an iPhone, it's despite Apple's best efforts.

#Libra #currency "could prove useful even if it flops, for it offers a blueprint for how #Facebook itself could one day be governed…
An equivalent Association could be composed of representatives of users, advertisers, data-protection authorities and so on. Their job could be to oversee the #socialgraph, another database, which lists all of Facebook’s users and the links between them—and to guarantee that Facebook users can post to another #socialnetwork and vice versa."
economist.com/business/2019/06

@Gargron There is no "unregulated" when you start a business interfacing with state fiat currencies. But I think you're right, it is similar to starting a bank.

The lack of revolutionary potential in most existing co-ops is one of the many reasons why cooperative/collective economic projects should already incorporate an inherently anarchist approach at the founding level, and options for long-term horizontal scalability via federation with politically & structurally compatible projects shouldn't be an afterthought.
Worker co-ops shouldn't be isolated. Instead, they should have the clear potential to be integral parts of a bottom-up needs-based economy.

tcc -> pforth -> relax scheme -> go, ukernel, &c.

isn’t a bad bootstrap path
This SACK vulnerability is exactly why Verisign uses a mix of FreeBSD and Linux servers for the NS clusters behind .org, .net, and .com. And why they've had 100% uptime since the mid 90s or whatever.

17 Months. That's how many months are left in Mozilla's contract with Google with regards to funding. They're using that time to build out a whole suite of services to allow people to vote with their dollars AWAY from Google and its murder of the Web and soverengity on it.

17 Months.

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