I think the only solution to this will be banning long-term outsourcing.

Outsourcing can be a great solution to short term employment needs. Imagine hiring thousands of people for a short term event like a conference. It certainly makes to outsource in this case.

But if you are hiring people to work shoulder to shoulder to your other employees under the same roof, often doing the same job? Then it just becomes an excuse to treat people like trash.

It’s sad because companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft can absolutely pay for it, that’s no question. If they can hire people to build teams to create magic out of silicon, they certainly can hire people to build teams of well-paid maintenance staff.

In the 1960s a person could start as a cleaner in IBM and work all their way up to become a lead technician in their most prestigious product lines (over many years, of course). This kind of employment relationship doesn’t exist anymore.

theguardian.com/technology/201

So hey, is anyone starting any art-specific servers? The "I am an artist" category on joinmastodon.org only lists 2 that are actually themed around art (one if you discount photography), and mastodon.art is invite-only so there is definitely a need here

And (of all places!) I found some tungsten-filament bulb light strings! They’re so much nicer and more pleasant than most LED strings.

Finally got my shit together and bought a Christmas/Yule tree! πŸŽ„

My latest RollerCoaster Tycoon track design is a wooden coaster called Blue River. It has excellent stats for being something build on a budget and without much experience in wooden coasters 😊

Ps.: If you have a tablet you NEED to get this game. RCT Classic is the best port of a 90s game I’ve ever played, and it is even better on a tabled (rather than a phone).

This is a reminder that "Mastodon is Dead in the Water" post is over 1.5 year old now and both Mastodon and the Fediverse are going strong:
hackernoon.com/mastodon-is-dea

I like the irony of sharing this link here.

πŸŽ…πŸΌ festiverse πŸŽ„

Be wary of β€œnews bots” on the festiverse which basically only share RT articles (RT is a known β€œnews” outlet that pushes Russian propaganda in English).

Better yet: be wary of all news bots.

By the way it is an instrumental version. So no hope searching for lyrics.

Plus, I think I could describe it as what someone with a vague memory of what the verses of Jingle Bells sound like would play if asked to improvise it lol

There’s this version of β€œJingle Bells” that used to be played on radio ads around Christmas back in my home town when I was a kid. The chorus is just like the conventional jingle bells but the verses have a different melody. Dare I say it sounds simpler than the traditional song? (I don’t know enough about music theory to say for sure.)

Anyway, it is a childhood memory I have and I can’t find this version on the internet no matter how much I search.

if i had antlers i could hang decorations on them, baubles and lights etc

@tootapp is the best and prettiest Mastodon app for iOS by far. Look at this color picker! The haptic feedback is very welcome too.

Large Hadron Collider

Very Large Array

Quite Big Telescope

Moderately Enormous Antenna

Monstrous Magnifying Glass

Ludicrously Sized Observatory

Stonking Humungous Sky-Guzzler

Incomprehensibly Cyclopean Science Behemoth of Mind-Flaying Dimensions

A Pair Of Binoculars So Huge You Just Can't Imagine, They're Even Huger, No Far Bigger Than That, Now Double It

The Budget Eater

Also, the real reason this took so long to finish was that I put far, far too much effort into creating this colour picker. Figuring out a good touch interface, re-balancing the HSV wheel and triangle...

Considering releasing it on its own as a separate app after all that work!

Today’s cooking was a disaster. I attempted to fry an egg but the oil was too hot so it fried immediately (funny tho cause I had never seen that happen), and then went I went to put salt I basically poured a fuckton of salt on it, and even after removing the excess I probably ate my monthly dose of NaCl.

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Mastodon for Tech Folks

This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!

We adhere to an adapted version of the TootCat Code of Conduct and follow the Toot CafΓ© list of blocked instances. Ash is the admin and is supported by Fuzzface as a moderator.

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