I saw some news about a backlash over a capitalist brand piggy-backing on a social justice movement.
I expected to read critiques of their exploitation of the movement for profit, undermining the integrity of the cause.
Instead, I nearly gagged as I read that the massive backlash was actually just regressive people complaining about the brand's support for social justice.
News on the collapse of insects https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/insect-collapse-we-are-destroying-our-life-support-systems
We need reviewers for new apps submitted as Merge Requests to #FDroid. There are over 40 pending MRs:
It's almost 2019, which will bring the first new batch of US public domain works in over 20 years:
This "public domain day" used to happen every year until 1998, when 20 years was added to copyright terms for no real reason other than that large companies like Disney wanted it.
Copyright currently lasts 95 years in most countries, but until the late 1970s it was 56 years, or even shorter if copyright wasn't actively renewed.
Amazing wild food (plants and insects) introduction: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/12/20/673275961/video-four-ways-that-wild-edibles-including-insects-will-wow-you
New #Disintermedia blog post; 'An Open Letter to Not-for-Profit Projects on Your Choice of CreativeCommons License':
TL;DR please use the latest version of #CC BY-SA unless there's a good reason not to.
Ugh, I don't have to be a journalist *myself* to be really concerned about the danger of proprietary apps recording and tracking journalists!
In other not-at-all-news, Facebook is a deeply, fundamentally, pathologically dishonest company.
Community-driven plastic recycling and repurposing
This isn't like, throw it in a bin and ship it to china kind of recycling, but rather taking plastic from your local community and remaking it into something else with community-made machines and processes. Super cool.
I *still* haven't fully escaped Google :(
But in addition to my Googleless Android phone running LineageOS, I just installed Google Container in my browser: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-container/
Probably not so needed since I have uBlock Origin and *multiple* other things that block tracking, but this way any place where I log-in to anything Google won't let that log-in itself be used for other places where I didn't accept it.
Excellent and scientific critique of the false dichotomies behind gender binary stereotyping: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/opinion/male-female-brains-mosaic.html
"Donald Shoup is the Richard Stallman of parking" — me, lunch conversation #SeaGL2018
We still have a tech position open at the Freedom of the Press Foundation (a nonprofit): a Sr. Software Engineer position to work on SecureDrop, the open source whistleblower platform used by 65+ media organizations, originally developed by the late Aaron Swartz.
You get paid to work
✅ from anywhere in the world
✅ on a world-changing project
✅ that's open source,
✅ stewarded by a small team
✅ that's led by a woman.
Help spreading the word is much appreciated:
social.coop is a 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]