The other day we were talking about I/O options (in the context of my apparently controversial BASIC computer) and while I was researching tact-switch based keyboards I came across this:
This one is USB and designed to connect to a regular computer, but I think I could modify/extend it to work with my all-in-1 design.
I also came up with a somewhat novel output device but I’ll save that for another toot.
Some ideas from the #HackerNarratives blogpost I'm writing:
#cyberpunk doesn't describe a state of the world, but is a perspective which we can take to perceive the reality.
Cyberpunk and technical dystopias started out as warnings, but got embraced because of a constant future shock the society is feeling.
Now it's easier to accept huge megacorporations and surveillance because _we know them_ from the culture and stories, while we see no realistic alternatives.
Only by providing a counter-narrative, which also deals with the constant burning future shock people are feeling - we can make other perspectives and futures possible.
If you won't create a narrative explaining why you did something, someone else will supply theirs.
No matter how good the software created by the engineers is, no matter how much work the activists put in, the public needs storytellers to tell them why it's important as well.
Every computer program is also a persuasive essay & a work of interactive performance art, and if you don't consider it through those lenses when writing it you run the risk of persuading people of something you don't agree with.
In computing, nothing is 'the way things are' (save the halting problem, NP-completeness, & other similar mathematical restrictions taught to every freshman CS student). Not only that, but doing things the right way yourself is usually *actually* easier than using pre-made components that are a poor fit for the problem -- standard components actually waste more time in many cases.
Call me paranoid, but I'm starting to suspect that my ISP is throttling certain types of traffic.
If I run an iperf3 test between my laptop and one of my Linode VM's, I get 4.65 Mbits/sec upload.
However I have a git push (over ssh) that is maxing-out at 163.9KB/s.
No CPU/filesystem/etc. peaks on either side.
I can't think of any other explanation?
i like Mastodon because it is a rare online culture that incentivizes kindness and support rather than tricking people into thinking they're in a zero-sum game of basic respect.
i also appreciate that otherwise marginalized people get to vividly express themselves in an unguarded and full-throated manner on this platform, which is a both entertaining and educational treat.
but even for these positives, it's still (for me) as anxiety-inducing as any other much worse platform. 🧠 💥
Getting closer to home.
Do I have any #Antifa contacts in Wisconsin interested in a road trip?
@jjg This! so much this.
I feel like a broken record with all the support / re-iteration of "please for the love of deity; decentralize!"
Feels like only a handfull are woke to this social paradigm, and often trade the convenience of discoverability over civil rights and liberties.
This is making my day
I was recently talking about why I don’t want anything I depend on to have any connection to Github.
Add arbitrary, unrecoverable censorship and take-down to the list:
Apple Watch’s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal trouble https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/09/how-the-new-apple-watch-will-call-911-after-a-fall-if-you-want-it-to/
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