Puzzled . . @mako makes a clear pitch on "Free software production needs free tools" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY&feature=youtu.be
And is very clear on #commons and #P2P (though says most code comes from solo not collaboration!). Yet not a hint of coop ownership of #platforms to keep tools honest & open (GitHub!). Surely tools today become platforms? And platforms require collaboration even if code doesn't? So why doesn't #coop follow automatically, as we talk tools? How does libre not equal coop in FLOSS world?
The #libracoin website
is larded with colourful images of strong looking African women in markets. Heads up, sisters, market traders, smartphone users . . Zuckerberg was checking you out, in Nairobi in his executive jet a couple of years back, and the storm is now officially headed your way. Is this where the head-to-head conflict between Silicon Valley capital and Chinese capital will spark from?
Here's a thing I wrote two summers back, around Zuckerberg's manifest ambitions, ravages of neoliberal finance capital and the everyday story of class war in the lovely West Sussex landscape. On the 100th anniversary of the Soviet Revolution!
I've had an awareness for a couple of years, of Zuckerberg's intention to steal banking from the bankers, and pull the world's poorest smartphone users into a sticky platform-banking web. On cue, here comes #libracoin!
See @matslats of the #OpenCreditNetwork, on Libracoin
And more here on class war among the old and new bankers
Slugging it out soon with China?
What heretical software features can you imagine that would never fly at a growth oriented company but could totally work on free open source social media?
For example, algorithmic timelines are one way to deal with information overload. But what if instead your software offered suggestions for people to unfollow (this person posts a lot and you hardly ever interact with them)? Not necessarily a good idea but it's an idea we could implement that would NEVER happen on Twitter, Facebook, etc
@mattcropp I think you were checking out #Jitsi as an alternative to #Zoom? I’ve been trialing Jitsi in 1-2-1 meetings. Simplicity and free(-lunch) use are advantages. Audio & video less stable than Zoom? No screen share (tho etherpad is built in). Corporate owned, even though opensource code. On balance not inclined myself to use instead of Zoom - until I run out of ability to pay Zoom subscription. What’s your view? RU trialing other media too? Is Riot chatroom still in the running? Disroot?
#Bioneers.org is another organization I'd love to see putting their videos on a #PeerTube channel, or even hosting their own instance. The question is, how to make this manageable for organizations that have great videos to share, but may have limited sysadmin capacity? One option is community-hosted instances that gather videos on particular themes (eg 'environmentalism' or 'conference talks'). What about mass training of activist sysadmins, who can run services for some orgs they support?
so recently github announced their own package registry, and today they announced their own opencollective type of thing. i think at this point it's safe to say microsoft is using github to try to take over the open source software world. (it was safe to say this when they acquired github, it's just very obvious now.)
>The focus of this paper [has] been on start-ups . . However, there is scope to engage existing tech businesses that are disillusioned with how traditional funding models are undermining their mission-oriented, purpose- driven goals. [p 37]
The report has very helpful classifications of - platform coop business types, good sectors for initiatives, stakeholder mix
@Matt_Noyes @mattcropp @ntnsndr
@enkiv2 I feel like the current situation is the worst of all possible worlds—where we're essentially just all carrying around disposable subsidized supercomputers that we don't have control over but that big corporations can use to track us, pester us, and temporarily offload their "compute" onto when it's convenient for them
Interesting development work afoot . . Recent startup by a small UK coop, of a #credit_commons (actually, a *trade* commons?) led by a hand-holding approach to the partnering of traders, rather than full-on launch of a software-led platform
Thus, perhaps, an actual commons-community in the making, not just platformed book-keeping? Could join up (?) with #timebanks and #LETS. Here's to the end of #commodity #money, yay!
Interested businesses, please apply
A UK report on funding needs of platform coops, through 'the valley of death' in early startup phase . .
Coops UK has a fund for this now.
@Matt_Noyes @mattcropp @ntnsndr
Hey fediverse has anyone out there got any experience with fires and/or burning? My kitchen is currently engulfed in flames and from everything I've read that's generally a pretty bad thing. I really need some help or advice about this. I've been trying to inhale all the smoke myself to stop it ruining my furniture but there's just too much and it's actually pretty hot.
Boosts would be appreciated, this might be a long shot but I'm sure someone else out there has had this problem too.
Maybe the major difference is that the open-source (and free software) battles were born in an era when people who used computers and people who *programmed* computers were largely one and the same. So promoting OSS was a way to increase the sum total of human freedom, giving technicians control over their instruments.
Nowadays a much larger share of humanity is using computers, and most of them *aren't* programmers, so OSS is much less interesting to them. Instead, it's privacy/attention/etc.
The #Strike against #uber and #Lyft on the 8th of May will hit cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among others. There are also reports from London groups organizing for action on the day of Uber's IPO (Initial Public Offering: when a Company first sells shares on the stock market), and more cities from around the world are joining.
The demands (as listed by the organizers at Gig Workers Rising include:
+ Living wage: Uber and Lyft must pay drivers a livable hourly rate (after expenses).
+ Transparency: Clear policies on wages, tips, fare breakdowns and deactivations.
+ Benefits: Such as disability, workers comp, retirement, health care, death benefits, and paid time off.
+ Voice at work: A recognized independent worker organization, the freedom to stand together without fear of retaliation and a fair and transparent process for deactivations.
@bhaugen 5 of 2 !
This seems way beyond the kind of body-brain model Beer was working with in VSM: a meat machine, a cyber pilot, a hierarchy of homeostatic loops. No mind at all? Just a piece of animated physiology with transducers?
End of . .
@bhaugen 3 of 2
Not thinking of computational theories of mind at all, or anything related to information theory. I'm thinking of mind as that aspect of our capability that enables skilful choice, discrimination, attention to what-is (rather than what is desired or feared) and long-term considerations, as distinct from gut response, knee-jerks, fight/flight/freeze, dominance of alpha animals, herd-following, addiction to memes, immediate impulses, confusing what-I-feel with what-is-true, etc.
@bhaugen 2 of 2
Was thinking also of ways neuroscience concurs with dhamma theory-and-practice of mind - as explicated eg by Rick Hanson in The Buddhas Brain. Again, mind-in-body. 'Ethical' qualities of mind continuous with experiential capacities of mind in body, and cultivatable through body-aware attention practices.
Together . . materialist theorising of mind, supports cultivating of moral capability, wise choice and balanced response to emotional stuff that otherwise 'presses your buttons'
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