Sexism at a credit union conference Show more
Reflections from a #CUNAGAC attendee on experiencing sexism at the recent major #creditunion conference: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/credit-unions-we-can-do-better-rachel-pross/
Just tweeted at #CUNA's president asking what concrete steps they plan to take to ensure that culture is not tolerated next year: https://twitter.com/MattCropp/status/1108187679445999616
Any tips on #coop spaces, housing collectives, coffee shops, etc. in Los Angeles? Looking for lists, suggestions, laments. 🙂👋🏻
Scientists grow 'mini-brain on the move' that can contract muscle
- messed up the time zones and so will be missing the #socialcoop member survey development call in a few hours. 😖
+ Used that time to knock out a bunch of Social.coop admin work...
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
USpol, furries Show more
"Rice’s endorsement of the #furry is particularly disturbing given her background in law enforcement, which directly conflicts with many of Beto’s major platforms such as:
Tearing down all border walls
Being open to abolishing ICE"
I love my rabbits like my window manager: in tiling mode (and with long adorable ears) #bunposting
Bunniculae enjoying their dinner.
Coady was shorn today, and is, sans fluff, half his previous volume... #bunposting
Finally traded in my 5 y/o phone for something that doesn't crash when I try to take photos, so beware, the volume of #bunposting might soon increase... 🐰
@neverbetter o hai brent!
Ran a training this afternoon for new #WorkerCoop employees on track to become members, which was followed by a Green Mountain Worker Co-op Alliance pizza party, which was, in turn, followed by a meeting of the Vermont Solidarity Investing Club. All of which took place in the brand-spankin' new workshop of the Timber Homes #Vermont worker co-op.
All in all, it was a good day...
Job Hunt Show more
I've been unemployed for almost five months now. It hasn't been for lack of applying for jobs.
What I really want to do is either join or start a tech workers' cooperative. Having a stake and a say in how my employyer works would be a good change from the dictatorship model of more common corporations.
If any tech worker coops are looking for a Unix/Linux sysadmin, feel free to contact me.
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]