I've been on the fediverse since a _long_ time, previously mostly on social.umeahackerspace.se, seen a lot of things move, seen a lot of things cool down.
I am, in no particular order, a musician of various kinds, a programmer, an academic, a white cis guy, a hacker, a burned-out activist (#telecomix among other things), a teacher, a student, appreciative and occasionally a contributor of art, of thought, and of justice.
Currently in CH, previously in SE.
Warner Bros wants you to know that transphobe J K Rowling is not involved in anyway with this new Harry Potter-verse game their cooking up.
None at all.
Except for money.
Schools and open source:
"Why, after all, proprietary software developers offer gratis copies of their nonfree programs to schools? Because they want to use the schools to implant dependence on their products, like tobacco companies distributing cigarettes to school children. They will not give gratis copies to these students once they've graduated... Once you're dependent, you're expected to pay, and future upgrades may be expensive."
Gonna be doing a 24 hour gamedev cram session on Sunday starting 8am EST and will be live on my twitch. I am going to be learning renpy to work on my game dev class project.
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"Ah, er, yes.” Martín is trying to break some unfortunate news as gently as possible. “The point of these questions is… for you to write the program yourself, rather than using someone else’s code.”
You shift, surprised. “People haven’t seemed to like that so far.”
This was a delightful uh.. short story? academic essay? exploration?
I should probably write #Samizdat up, especially in the context of the research done lately, and on how it can be used.
tl;dr is that it is potentially useful not just as a censorship circumvention tool, as originally envisioned, but also:
a). a privacy-enhancing tool for readers of sensitive websites;
b). a way to build an CDN on IPFS.
All three use-cases have their different requirements, and all three would benefit the most from different transport plugins. I am starting to map that out.
“The official reason given by Google for the removal of #Fediverse apps is that these apps can be used to access […] content which are dedicated to hate speech.”
Somehow this doesn't motivate removal of other apps from Google's app store. What could explain this difference?
“The more freedom you have to leave Google, the bigger a risk you present to Google.”
fascists have literally been attacking migrants on the shores of Southern England this summer, camps in Greece burned down and fascists attacking and killing refugees and the anti fascists defending them. I am sure there's a million other stories from across Southern Europe too
there are people risking drowning every day only to face actual armed fascists all across Europe, not just in Greece, so they can live in the continent which bombed the fuck out of their homes and drew the arbitrary lines that created many conflicts they flee from. we can boost shit about fuck ICE until the cows come home, and it's important to show that solidarity, but there's work to be done here too
currently reading, free software / hacker ethos
Finally getting around to reading Gabi Coleman's free software / hacking ethnography work.
Despite being admittedly driven initially by a desire to confirm my own existing beliefs and other forms of ego stroking, I have also really enjoyed some wonderfully thought-provoking ideological kernels and paradoxes to chew on in just the opening few pages, e.g.:
'Hacking, even if tethered to liberal ideologies, spills liberal tenets or liberal notions of personhood, most often melding with a more romantic sensibility concerned with a heightened form of individual expression, or in the words of political theorist Nancy Rosenblum (1987, 41), a "perfect freedom."'
Right-wing violence, Sweden
Saw a report from SÄPO, detailing violent political extremism in Sweden, from 1999 to 2009. To summarise, the far right kill people and attack queers and "foreigners," and the far left mainly punch aforementioned nazis (and kill nobody.) Truly both extremes are just as bad </sarcasm>.
PhD in theoretical CS, I do music, and hacking and stuff too.
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