I'm at the point where I'm seeing decentralization and community control of production as less of a means to slowly move away from capitalism, and more of a crucial effort to ensure our communities' survival when capitalism inevitably and imminently collapses
Once you pay attention, you start to notice that once the 18-wheelers stop coming, most of us are fucked. Especially now, when most of our possessions are designed to be ephemeral to force us to regularly replenish them
You can't rely on the internet to always give you that information once you need it. You need not only the knowledge, but the experience to keep things running after our lifelines are cut. We need DIY culture and local infrastructure now
w00t! Thank you WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility!
[A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing in the West.]
I want to revive something Teju Cole used to do on birbsite: everyone post photos of whatever's blooming around you, tagged with #florespondence and where you are. Please boost and take part. Making it a reply to me is optional but I'll always enjoy florespondence from all over. Here are the #Seattle daffodils that prompted me to get things started.
A service worker revolt is brewing, as an anti-capitalist union, the IWW, is making history as the first to unionize a fast food restaurant, with 4 stores recognized + two more set to go. Now. workers at another restaurant have launched their own campaign. https://itsgoingdown.org/portland-fast-food-revolt-grows-portland/
... and in #GoodNews, #Wire not only confirms they're working on secure, federated chat, but #federation will be part of the #MLS protocol being standardized at the #IETF :
"During this interim the proposal was made to include federation more strongly in the design considerations and the proposal was adopted as a future goal for MLS. Wire's goal has always been to achieve federation between different compatible backends and this brings us one step closer to that goal!"
Some lessons from web 2.0 Show more
I have another #ThinkingUtopia idea.
Buckingham Palace: let's kick out the royals and turn it into a part homeless hostel and soup kitchen, but also for small enterprises. Like, a kitchen garden & small forest garden plus chickens, supplying the soup kitchen.
Maybe a repair cafe & bike shop, which also teaches maintenance skills. Plus small scale solar & wind power projects suitable for urban areas. Homeless people can take part, learn how, or not, as they prefer.
Could also have beekeeping, run cooking, practical skill (i.e. sewing) & gardening classes, and rent some rooms out to community groups.
what is the "analogue loophole"? why do people say that removing the headphone jack would allow companies to restrict your ability to listen to music? (long, serious) Show more
the "analogue hole" refers to the idea that no matter how hard you try to make sure nobody can make illegal copies of videos, music, or text, there's always a "hole" in the protection that occurs when it's no longer digital. digital content can be protected - video files can be encrypted, music players can limit you to five devices - but analogue signals can't be. for example, itunes can disallow you from putting a song on more than five computers, but if you play the song through your speakers and record it, what you do with it is beyond apple's control.
one of the few remaining analogue outputs on a modern device is the audio jack. this is where you connect your headphones or speakers. your laptop only knows that something's plugged in. it doesn't know what's connected. you could be playing it through earphones or a massive speaker system and it wouldn't be able to tell. meanwhile, HDMI is a digital output format. it can tell if it's been plugged into a TV or a recording device, and can automatically disable output if you're recording it to make it harder for you to make copies of movies.
if the audio jack is replaced by USB-C or bluetooth, it becomes possible to tell what you're connecting to the laptop or phone. your phone might disable audio playback on anything but headphones to prevent you from hosting a public event with the music. it could also detect a recording device that you're using to (for example) make a copy of a song you're listening to on spotify and turn off the playback.
of course, at some point, digital needs to become analogue. humans can't watch electrical pulses, we need to see patterns of light. we can't listen to streams of 1s and 0s, we need vibrations in the air. this means that it's impossible to truly defeat the analogue hole - no matter what you do, someone can always just point a camera at their TV. it'll have worse quality, but it can never be stopped.
the analogue hole is one of many ways to circumvent DRM, or digital rights management. you can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analog_hole
I've been involved in many attempts to organize coordinated protests across the country, both successful and not so successful, so I know how much effort goes into a day of action like #Strike4Climate. I'm in awe of the amazing mahi done by all the rangatahi across the country, and around the world. To all the rainbow warriors out there, kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui.
but in all seriousness, pleroma 1.0 will be out soon. maybe a month or two.
there’s a few things left to stabilize, but overall, we feel that since 1.x is going to be an LTS-type release cycle, that we need to make sure it is as solid as possible. it won’t have all features we wanted to include, but it will be a pretty solid release cycle.
When #GretaThunberg started going to the Swedish Parliament to protest the government's inaction over #ClimateChange, she probably worried that nobody would support her. Leading is lonely. It always requires you to step out on your own, and risk being ignored, or laughed at. It's always a gamble. Greta's gamble appears to have paid off. Here's hoping we can be all be as courageous, determined, and effective, as she is.
BREAKING: 150,000 people lined the streets in #climatestrike marches in 60+ locations around Australia today!! Do you hear us @ScottMorrisonMP @billshortenmp? Our movement is growing! Read our release here > https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/blog/150-000-students-strike-for-climate-action-around-australia #climatestrike #ss4c #StopAdani
Introducing Indie Web Server (video)
I just recorded a short video demonstrating just how simple and seamless Indie Web Server really is.
Running a secure development web server is one command. Running a secure production web server is… umm… still one command.
social.coop is a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]