covid doom 

"Girls with too much free time on their hands couldn't resist the allure" is a creative way to spell "Predators used menstrual products to coerce sex from children who needed them after the schools closed."

I'm thinking about writing an article about public domain resources like the Gutenberg Project, Librivox, and With libraries closed across the country (and even when they are open) free archives of great works are incredibly valuable.

There’s a big difference between theoretically thinking about a multi-day power outage and knowing the power will go out tonight for somewhere between one and five days.

The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom. Our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. RMS does not speak for these values.

I wrote about how we, F/LOSS lovers, need to drop toxic 'heroes' and need to either reform or move on from organizations that WON'T help

Can I just turn your attention to Edwige Pitel for a sec: an engineer and PhD who started professionally in 2003 and just finished 6th at stage 2.

At 52.

There's no overestimating how shafted we are if even developers are not aware of the sophistication of tracking that most ad companies employ.

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"Smart" and networked proprietary devices should be very much called what they are: dystopian junk.

If you want a less polemic term, use "automated surveillance devices," but really all of these TVs, home assistants, toasters, fridges, smoke detectors, etc. are dystopian junk.

We need "low tech" appliances, and we need personal computing devices that are, by design, fully controllable by the people using them.

Blog post on everything Tusky and rickrolling, a one-stop-shop of all of my rebuttals against the common arguments I've seen over the past week or so.

my dissertations entire methods section will be just this image

shop talk, hot take 

people arent using electron because of some kind of personal moral failing on their part, theyre using it because it lets them do UI programming in a system they already understand and also because of the miserable failure of other UI systems to make cross platform UI programming not a complete pain in the ass

tech 🦓​ 

i want this on a quilt that i can wrap myself in after i look at twitter

Post related to a thread but I can't really slip it in anywhere: IRC is dead. It's a great protocol but the development community has rested on it's laurels in staying up to date with a changing userbase and baseline expectations in usability.

There's nothing fundamentally unfixable, but it's too late. Slack and Discord have eaten the markets IRC should compete with it in. Matrix is cannibalising the currently active IRC userbase and I don't see them coming back.

IRC is on the back foot, and IRCCloud aside, no one is pulling in the right direction to improve it. And even IRCCloud is caveated as a closed source, for-profit venture.

celebrity death, tech 

The news broke on Twitter this morning that Joe Armstrong, the creator of the Erlang programming language and one of the most influential figures in distributed and concurrent systems, has passed away.

Joe's work and ideas have had a significant impact on my career. On top of his professional accomplishments, by all reports he was a genuinely kind person as well.

I don't usually get emotional about celebrity deaths, but I'm gonna make an exception here.

Goodbye Joe.


TIL that as of version 8, has had its own native plugin management system. So, no need for or anymore?

true programmer efficiency is already hating your code before you write it

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