Hello social.coop people,
I'm Alfonso, connecting from the Pyrenees, the mountains in the south of France.
Here in the Pyrenees, i've co-founded Lab Place, a maker and co-working space in a little village https://lab.place
I also take part in the international network Civicwise https://civicwise.org
Civic Tech Field Guide (mega-spreadsheet database). Lots of initiative and projects. It includes a section with failed projects: I really like this idea of compile fails and to document why a project has failed
The Hidden Environmental Cost of Amazon Prime’s Free, Fast Shipping
Even if Amazon optimized solely for consolidation and fuel efficiency, consumers are shopping so often that it makes sustainable, efficient delivery difficult.
That convenience is encouraging people in the US to buy more, and to make more individual purchases rather than placing a single order for several items.
You can avoid #YouTube's weird algorithms and broken subscription system by subscribing to channels through RSS instead. You don't need an account, just a feed reader.
Put the channel's username in this address:
You can then add this RSS address to your feed reader app.
For example, OnePotChefShow's RSS feed is:
You can also make RSS feeds from channel IDs (strings of letters and numbers):
Smartphone Repairability Scores
A device with a perfect score will be relatively inexpensive to repair because it is easy to disassemble and has a service manual available. Points are docked based on the difficulty of opening the device, the types of fasteners found inside, and the complexity involved in replacing major components. Points are awarded for upgradability, use of non-proprietary tools for servicing, and component modularity.
You can’t buy an ethical smartphone today.
"You have working conditions, you have environmental issues, you have problems with recycling," says Fairphone's Huhne, "it's very difficult for a single label to capture that." https://voragine.net/link/you-cant-buy-an-ethical-smartphone-today
Confidential Mode will push users further into Google’s own walled garden while giving them what we believe are misleading assurances of privacy and security.
It’s important to note at the outset that because Confidential Mode emails are not end-to-end encrypted, Google can see the contents of your messages and has the technical capability to store them indefinitely. In other words, Confidential Mode provides zero confidentiality with regard to Google.
Anyone here using her/his own video streaming server using free software? Recommendations?
Airbnb « not found » : nous voulons savoir ce qui se passe dans nos villes
Y a-t-il eu une augmentation significative des maisons à usage touristique ? Comment la prolifération des logements à usage touristique influe-t-elle sur le prix des loyers ? Comment ce phénomène affecte-t-il les différents quartiers ?
Pour comprendre l'impact dans nos villes des plateformes de location touristique comme Airbnb
We need a Mozilla for the fediverse.
A non-profit dedicated to incubating, organizing and maintaining ActivityPub projects like pixelfed and others.
I would transfer to such an organization!
Mastodon is nice because even if you're just some random nobody on here, you're still given an equal and fair spot on the public timelines that everyone sees.
There's no weird, biased algorithm determining whether you deserve to meet new people or should just stay lonely forever because the algorithm says so.
Some random fediverse tips from my experience in making it work for me:
1. Unfollow fast, follow even faster.
2. Find new people to follow from public conversations, as well as the public follow lists of people who interest you.
3. When in doubt, boost! Not so much for spreading that one toot, but to make it easier for others to find that account.
Is Gutenberg the End or a New Beginning for #WordPress?
"Eric S. Raymond on Keeping the Bazaar Secure and Functional"
For the readers out there...
"12 fiction books for Linux and open source fans"
Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain | Ars Technica
A Google spokesperson told Ars that Duda came up with a theoretical concept that isn't directly patentable, while Google's lawyers are seeking to patent a specific application of that theory that reflects additional work by Google's engineers.
But Duda says he suggested the exact technique Google is trying to patent in a 2014 email exchange with Google engineers
Check out my (~15m) talk at @firstname.lastname@example.org where I explain why it's critical that free/libre/open source software projects shouldn't rely on proprietary tools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY
It's a talk version of https://mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tools.html from 2010. Sadly still relevant.