"But what can I do?"
So, in a nutshell: relieve your dependence on current infrastructure. It's hard to dismantle a system you're trying to use, right?
Join a union. Start participating in local food-growing efforts. Buy a raspberry pi and set up an internet for your house, then your block. Stop using software services. Join a civil defense group.
The more we build, not only the easier does it become to resist, but the less resisting we end up having to do!
Today in "everything is terrible:" Contactless credit card payments expose all your previous payments to the current store. In convenient plain text, suitable for Microsoft Excel.
Want privacy? Don't use contactless. Insert the card to use the chip.
Computers were a mistake.
@pettter tldr: resilience is, by definition, inefficient. We need our critical systems to be allowed to be inefficient because it's more important that they be resilient.
Brands now mean nothing, and it's because of decades of this corporate shell game. Everything is made in different places from where it says on the tin and by different people. The consumer can't trust anything.
.... and the liberal centrists are yet still somehow surprised by Brexit, as if it came out of a vacuum.
Until you reckon with the very real harm that outsourcing and globalisation (and in computing, The Cloud) is doing, you won't even begin to be able to fix anything.
@neon I just searched through the codebase of a AAA game engine that has shipped dozens of games.
The number lines containing the word "TODO" was 2973.
I think you're good.
this is still the most compelling piece of propaganda I think I've ever seen
Late Stage Disney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0lSoHNmMTA
Pretty good so far.
Dear musicians, both new and old,
Don't make me buy an vinyl album to listen to your music. I like vinyl and even have a turntable. But vinyl is a real pain to store. I could have about 10 albums at most. They do sound great and I appreciate listening to them. You have to face the fact that it's just not practical for the vast majority of people.
So if you have a store on your official site, please allow for, at least, high-quality electronic downloads. I'm happy to buy them. I do not want to store tens or hundreds of vinyl albums.
Oh, and why am I at your official site? Because I'd rather buy from you than from the online music retailers.
Also, please don't make it so that google-analytics.com is required for your site to work.
So, this is one of the reasons why the whole 'industry' of streaming and digital stores is complete bollocks.
You go into that and want to distribute far and wide and click on all the stores that your distributor enables but then you see how some stores don't report back for more than a year, sometimes even more.
In the meantime, when selling physical on Bandcamp, you get payment immediately from buyer, and for digital the next day.
@garbados I've worked on the resesrchy side of tech for much of my career, and this really resonates because by nature research applications need researchers to create and use them. yet the instant something you make seems to be worth something, the company wants to take it from you and try to make it automated, or at least maintained by less expensive employees. "brain dump", "hand off", "mentorship", "pair programming" all become co-opted to this end.
this is not science fiction. as a programmer, what does your industry do? it disenfranchises labor. it doesn't have to do this, obviously, and it doesn't always do this, but a capitalist context means that is what most of us are doing most of the time.
but the machines we build need us, and as we recognize our labor power, it unnerves the profiteer. so they churn us and our tech alike, and a self-inflicted labor shortage breeds a brittle interdependence. demoware becomes firmament. abandonware sprouts from the deepest bulwarks.
a machine does not need sapience to revolt. it only needs to be incomprehensible, to have an internal logic that has become unknowable. do you understand? the capitalist does this to themselves. the revolt has already begun.
The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame: don’t rely on billionaires
There are millions of smartphones produced with high-resolution displays that use very little power. These panels must be dirt cheap.
Yet, I cannot find a portable display that uses such a small panel.
I'd really like to have a portable external monitor, around 5 inches, powered by USB with HDMI + VGA inputs (even HDMI only would be ok).
I'm more than happy with 1280x720 resolution, even 1024x768 would suffice.
Any hints for such a product?
PhD in theoretical CS, I do music, and hacking and stuff too.
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