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After many thoughts and even more revisions, I've finally managed to upload the blog post I've been writing for about a month now - on the Free Software Movement, and why RMS doesn't get to say what it means. jfenn.me/blog/2019-10-28-Free-

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I decided to publish something I wrote for class about Apple and @RepairCoalition@twitter.com. My writing is far from perfect, but I believe it is a decent summary of the issues / arguments surrounding the Right to Repair movement, and what is being done to improve. jfenn.me/papers/2019-04-14-Rig

Would anyone be interested in a sort of "API federation" tool for interacting with REST APIs for git-like services (GitHub, GitLab, Gitea, Sourcehut) through a somewhat uniform structure? Does this already exist?

I'm looking at migrating a couple tools I built on the GitHub API to other services, and thinking it'd be so much easier to write a common library/service to manage all of them instead of creating a different implementation for every single one.

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we aren't addicted to services; we just really like human connection and tech companies are devilishly desperate to monopolize that experience

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in FOSS this is just a hindrance to everyone involved or that would like to be involved

proposal: start including ATLAS.md files in the roots of repositories, explaining the starting points and structures of important modules for new contributors. check it's up-to-date regularly, such as every week

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Extremely unpopular opinion among web developers I guess, but most websites should not be programs.

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@DissidentKitty ahhh individualism. "The individual is the ultimate arbiter over their own life and is in control" is quite a preposterous proposition and yet most people take it at face value and blame themselves when bad things happen to them up to and including being robbed. "I can't control other people so it has to be my fault somehow, other people are entirely unaccountable."

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Ok so... let's unpack this:

Money is not a thing unto itself, it's a proxy:

If your typical income is low, in our capitalist hell-scape, it's a proxy for not starving or healthcare or having a home. For your family starving or not starving.
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RT @bitfield@twitter.activitypub.actor
A regular salary is the death of self-development. Why learn new things, when you get paid regardless? Why put in effort, energy, and inspiration, when you'…
twitter.com/bitfield/status/11

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cosmic.voyage just celebrated it's first year in operation. In 365 days we had 283 user-submitted logs to the QEC Relay 001. Amazing job everyone!

I'm putting together the year one anthology now and I'm just giddy. I'm rereading everything as I go and there's some truly great stuff here.

If you haven't been reading now is a great chance to jump in.

#writing #scifi #collaborative #fiction

Not to say that this is *bad*, it's just... a dramatic change. Their initial plans seemed to be "give us control of public services so we can test some algorithms please", and it's almost like the sustainability angle isn't their main focus now...

boingboing.net/2019/10/30/citi

I love the framing of this article. Sidewalk proposes reinventing urban infrastructure to create a "smart city", realizes nobody is buying into that, then immediately changes their role to a... self-driving rubbish bin provider? huh.

business.financialpost.com/tec

Conclusion: "AI tech" doesn't exist. Every use I can find just means something else. I mean, it's a buzzword; I should expect that.

Companies growing too fast are using it as a scapegoat to avoid being responsible for their decisions. Now put on your tin foil hat and scream.

It's such a vague thing to talk about that includes way too many different approaches to hold any significance. Nobody says "let's build an AI to process this data" with any definitive meaning.

"AI poses a threat of dehumanization and bias" - I don't think AI is the problem here, or machine learning. That threat isn't limited to AI; those are problems of scale. Replace that with "the tech industry" and it all starts to make sense.

Trying to define "artificial intelligence" in a paper is actually incredibly difficult. Like... it's a program... that... pretends to be smart? Its cultural definition of human-like robots seems to completely oppose the technical meaning (machine learning / neural nets).

How do you "use AI ethically"? What does that mean? AI governance? I'm so confused.

Not that they care about the people that depend on their product to make a living, or the impact it has on their lives. They care about them because of profit! Unpaid volunteers! How... thoughtful of them.

What happens when they don't need us anymore? Will they return the favor and trust we gave to them? (hint: NOPE)

I think it's pretty obvious most "community statements" are just a PR front and don't need to be nitpicked, but still - this is an incredibly bad stance to take.

I've been thinking about how some products benefit from their users recently - particularly with all the debate on open source/free labor...

"We care about our community because they've brought us where we are today" really says a lot about what a company thinks is important.

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Laughed aloud on the sidewalk reading this. Sarah T. Roberts will not be making my Tech Cassandras reading list (but will make my others, I think).

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I greatly enjoyed this essay by PhD student Lizzie Kumar that summarizes the big takeaways from recent academic papers on "explainable artificial intelligence".

iekumar.com/2019/11/06/please-

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Technically talented people are finding the drama in #OpenSource communities so toxic that they avoid sending their mods upstream, and instead just circulate them in hacker Fight Clubs:
rachelbythebay.com/w/2018/10/0

I find this very dispiriting :(

I'm writing a 6-page essay on pattern matching and some words are starting to not look real anymore.

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