Google, Microsoft, Amazon, actively ramping up the use of fossil fuels with AI and machine learning.
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if you advice freesoftware to someone, don't just choose the one that you are the most passionated about, choose the one that fits the needs of that person the best.
Otherwise it might be propably counter productive, and can end with someone being disapointed.
#freesoftware is great. Choose the one that is great for that person. Start with listening and understanding what they want.
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Silicon Valley is full of the stupidest geniuses you'll ever meet. The problem begins in the classrooms where computer science is taught.
I'm looking for literature (articles, blog posts, books) that covers "succession planning" for IT/sysadmin in activist groups. Like, for a volunteer group, what happens if your IT person just leaves? What are best practices so that the group isn't locked out of their web hosting etc (simply through lack of information rather than malice on the previous IT person's fault)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoIcsj9ysvs addresses some of those points, showing an increase in "deaths of despair" and the details hidden inside national averages.
...also makes the point of ideologically motivated selective fact sharing... a few facts are rarely the whole story.
Still though, this is all a very narrow view. Would also like to factor in the environmental impact too (China is the country that had biggest poverty change, but probably also biggest environmental change too?).
Also, getting out of poverty isn't the end of the story - plenty of empty despairing lives await. Has that gone up or down?
What about freedom from coercion? When I see "normal" society it seems highly coercive to me. Has that gone up or down?
I doubt much of this data is available.
Also interesting is this article explaining that in the period of the poverty reduction that both capitalism and state socialism grew https://ourworldindata.org/historical-poverty-reductions-more-than-a-story-about-free-market-capitalism
Hard to disentangle the two from that data.
(That site is part funded by Bill Gates Foundation, also part of y-combinator 2019 - so on the capitalist side of things)
I'm often wondering what to make of the claim that global poverty has dramatically reduced and the reason is capitalism. It's a heated area and I thought this article did a good job of exploring some of the viewpoints https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/2/12/18215534/bill-gates-global-poverty-chart
I bought Hickel's book as I appreciate his perspective to widen the discussion into colonialism. I am a little wary of him being one sided though.
I made a list of non-Guardian media sources I can hopefully casually browse (although sometimes too long/intense for that use case).
Also, maybe some more things from this nice media co-op https://themediafund.org/about-us/the-media-partners/
I would like to stop casually reading The Guardian, specifically because of it's coverage of Corbyn, Brexit, and Venezuela (but also the luxury lifestyle bits, and the numerous meat recipes).
Any recommendations on what to read instead?
(use case: idle reading when I should be doing something else)
Woo! We finally got foodsharing.de open source, after 2 or 3 years - and have 30 contributors listed now https://gitlab.com/foodsharing-dev/foodsharing#-contributors
feel a great moment!
Nationwide fraud detection is over eager and blocks my transactions from time to time, I complained to them that their algorithm does not accurately fit my usage patterns, but they say there is no problem, when there clearly is a problem for me.
The problem is they've built a big fancy automated system driven by algorithm and I am probably an edge case.
I just had my first patch merged into a project I've just started contributing to, the website foodsharing.de (where people can share unneeded food with others, and coordinate picking up and sharing unsold food from supermarkets).
It's not open source yet (open-sourcing is their next milestone), but it always feels great to contribute to something which makes the world a better place :)
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