When you hear the phrase "free market," you probably think of "a market that is free from regulation" but that's the opposite of the phrase's original meaning!
Adam Smith used the term to describe a market that was free from "economic rents" - money earned by owning things, rather than doing things. Smith recognized that markets attract parasites - "rentiers" - who seek to drain wealth by "investing" rather than building and doing.
TIL The poem "You Start Dying Slowly" was written by Martha Medeiros and *not* Pablo Neruda.
Hey, did y'all know that Giorgio Moroder did a really gross cover of "Knights In White Satin"? Here you go. My pleasure.
It took me 2+ years to get to this point- on and off, and parts of it definitely beyond my control.
But the MachXO2 family of FPGAs now has a full (experimental) FOSS flow from Verilog to bitstream. I'd upload video, but attachment limits. So see here: https://twitter.com/cr1901/status/1356042679608606721?s=19
It wasn't a big part of that set, but he's given me an increased appreciation of the melodica.
I'd been staying away from news about uspol, but dipped into it a little bit this morning. (That was possibly a mistake.) I was going to write something here about what read, but the news is really just a continuation of what's been happening...
Instead I'll share this Tiny Desk Concert with Jon Batiste I came across this morning:
Have a lovely day wherever you happen to be. :)
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So, my future homebrew kit company will eventually need a web presence. I'm kind of wondering, is there any #coop #web #hosting companies out there which is willing to host a website for a sole proprietor, for-profit, home-run electronics kit vendor?
(I know, I know; if I had the resources to make it happen, I'd make my business a co-op as well. But, unless people want to jump in and pitch in, I'm literally the only person behind the operation anyway.)
I expect sales handling to be done with another service (e.g, Tindie.com or some such), so this presence would be just for reference material and information about the products sold. I might hold a blog on it, but, honestly, my Hackaday.io site is as valid a blog as any. I might just refer people there.
So, all in all, a (mostly?) static website bound to a domain name is really all I currently need. I prefer to have shell access if possible.
The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML
I've told this story at conferences - but due to the general situation I thought I'd retell it here.
A few years ago I was doing policy research in a housing benefits office in London. They are singularly unlovely places. The walls are brightened up with posters offering helpful services for people fleeing domestic violen
The lesson Elastic's restrictive relicensing teaches is those using open source to ratchet a startup will forsake software freedom eventually if they're collecting rights to community contributions. That's no reason to believe open source needs updating.
"Google workers across the world are coming together to form a global union alliance. The newly formed coalition, called Alpha Global, is comprised of 13 different unions representing workers in 10 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Switzerland."
Some fucking good news, at last
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