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Taxpayers to foot £200bn bill for PFI contracts.

"After 25 years of PFI, there is still little evidence that it delivers enough benefit to offset the additional costs of borrowing money privately"

"An analysis of costs for building one group of schools “found costs are around 40% higher than the costs of a project financed by government borrowing,” auditors said."


A-ha, thanks! Very cool. So with this it looks like pull requests, issues, etc are also decentralized, nice. I'd like to investigate more the underlying mechanism for that - wondering if it is git-ssb platform specific, or it's based on a reusable protocol? I like @mayel's idea of some kind of standard based distribution, so the platform itself doesn't matter, as long as it implements the standard.

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What do we mean by decentralised git remotes? Might be missing something, but in my mind it's not setting up git remotes that's an issue, more the easy forking, pull requests, discussion on issues, that kind of thing, right? git remotes can already be decentralised, kind of the raison d'etre of a DVCS, I can set one up on any server. But github has locked people in with their 'value adds' and network effort, classic anti-disintermediation.

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Any resources/ideas around federation of the social side of github? Tiny bit of discussion at indieweb (right at the bottom here: but not come across much else.

@mayel I guess just a post-commit hook that pushes from framagit to gitlab doesn't work?

git-drink-base, really handy git command, surprised that not a lot of people know about it:

git-drink-base - drink non-staged unstaged bases from any quiltimported non-filter-branched upstream trees

Be careful of the --plunge-history option though


@gilscottfitzgerald I saw Joplin get a bit of limelight recently - - haven't used it though. Although currently, oddly enough, only has OneDrive as its backend but appears to plan other drivers soon.

For the record I use a Rube Goldbergian setup with org-mode and syncthing.

@cstanhope Exactly, something like that. Some means of surfacing and archiving good threads and turning them into "institutional memory". I guess a simple start could just be a page on the wiki linking to them.

A track mixing Boards of Canada and a Chris Morris cut-up of George Bush. I made this 16 years ago, oh those halcyon days of the Bush administration.

The First Things First manifesto from 1964. Graphic designers advocating for a use of their trade that has more benefit to the social good.

"In common with an increasing number of the general public, we have reached a saturation point at which the high pitched scream of consumer selling is no more than sheer noise."

Just to repeat, that's *over 50 years ago*. It sure as hell hasn't gotten any better.

Fascinating sprawling discussion on counter anti-disintermediation, decentralized social media, decentralized infrastructure, politics of coops, mesh networking.

Two thoughts spring to mind:

- Mastodon isn’t great for reading a threaded discussion
- Seems a shame all this great discourse is destined to just eventually slide off a timeline, what's to be done about that?

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Hey, so my husband got his lay-off notice today. He was the brewer at Mendocino Brewing Company.

Do any of you socialists know how to put together a worker's coop? Because it is absolutely ridiculous that the brewery is standing on one side of a locked door, and everyone who knows how to brew and bottle beer is on the other.

“Pass completed, 120568268 bad blocks found.” OK. Going to assume that that’s bad.

Finding a replacement laptop battery is not an easy task. Most retailers get 1 out of 5, ‘do not buy!!!’ reviews on trustpilot. The best one selling my part averages 3 out of 5, with reviews like ‘first one I received was faulty, but customer service was OK and they sent out one that worked.’ Doesn’t inspire confidence. Oh well, time to gamble £30…

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@raucao Fantastic! I would like to do similar. Your site looks like Known - does the POSSEing to Mastodon work out of the box with Known?

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@clayton Very interesting, and remarkably similar to a lot of the indieweb concepts ( Kind of surprised indieweb isn't mentioned in fact, given the W3C link.

Rather than sexual relationships and reproductive organs, humbly suggesting the use of more genuinely offensive phrases for times of anger, e.g.

- you're a total archon
- what an utter sultan
- oh put a crown on
- why don't you go and abdicate you absolute monarch