If Google does abandon android/linux for research project Fuchsia. AOSP and it's various public forks suddenly become a lot more interesting.
In that their will be a a vast number of developers familiar with the platform free to innovate and take it any direction they want, google will suddenly not be at the helm; and the ecosystem's reliance on google services will have an end of life date.
Just realized what I hate about terms like "Rustacean" and "Pythonista";
I'm learning a language, not joining a cult...
remembering the late nineties when I had a "microblog" by which I mean "nested <ul>s on a web page that I manually added <li>s to on occasion" those were the days
The message I wrote to my Instagram followers to announce that I was closing my account there.
USpol Show more
The US is going to declare war with Iran over Twitter, aren't they?
@noelle end users taking back control of their own computers and online life.
We've heard maxims like "the cloud" and "serverless computing", but in reality it's all software that runs on someone else's server.
It also makes me sad that Facebook has systematically destroyed peoples' desire to host their own little blogs and webpages or even navigate to different websites by themselves.
In your opinion*, what is the most important benefit/best selling point of decentralized, federated software (like Mastodon, PeerTube, etc.)?
* I'm looking explicitly for opinions, not Statements Of Fact or well-meaning condescension.
Bio update/Mental Health/LGBT Show more
It's short & a bit emoji-heavy, but it hopefully the new bio conveys my career status more simply and highlights some non-work stuff I talk about. 👍
The other understated step is publicly admitting I'm gay, and not bi as previously stated.
That's the byproduct of periodic counselling sessions started after I tangled with burn out 6 months ago. Hopefully this means I can stop self-sabotaging and date people I'm actually attracted to. 😅
Hacker News, tech meta Show more
It can be hard to tell someone why ActivityPub-based social media is better than silos when they don't see the obvious reasons as sufficient. (understandable)
Explaining why it's better than other open source social media protocols, however, is easy: It's a W3C standard, and popular software uses it already. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17592828
Python has brought computer programming to a vast new audience
Hey remember all those 1990s cyber-games about the future Internet! It's 2018 now!! What if we made an Internet that looked like the prophecies!
* terrible graphic design (check)
* random eyeballs starin at you for no reason (check)
* hideous interface navigation (check)
* controlled by corrupt omni-corps and space pirates (check)
How do make money off of your creative work? I've tried a bunch of things and most did not work out at all.
What worked for you? Suggestions welcome.
Navel-gazing Show more
I was being a bit sarky with @vfrmedia, but the point stands that a lot of what I do that seems altruistic is intended to keep me employable so I read his toots with a grimace.
My genuinely altruistic contributions to the world in 2018 consist of the $10 a month I now donate to various people on Patreon, a generous pledge to the PeerTube kickstarter and a Free Software Foundation associate membership.
I could do way more.
I'm a little conflicted about that last boost.
I agree with the "don't persecute nerds trying to help" idea, but I also think we need to be held to account so we don't become that which we're railing against
(i.e. soulless egotists that don't give a crap about the wider impact of what they do & see other people as a resource they can exploit for more money than they can ever reasonably spend)
hot take, nerd haters Show more
Many nerds and programmers are non-binary, anti-mainstream, belong in minorities, not hipsters, and aren't rich bastards because they share what they have.
Whenever you direct hate at them because of your apprehension towards Mark Zuckerberg, who isn't a hipster, programmer, or nerd, but a billionaire opportunist, you're being a horrible ignorant mainstream person directing normality against people who are working to free you from your shackles too.
Be less horrible.