Imo, one of the most damning aspects of capitalism is that it encourages people to have consumptive hobbies over creative ones.
It actively seeks to bar people from doing things like cooking, or writing, or making pottery, or anything else of that nature. Activities in which you are making something
Things like that are made either too expensive (in terms of money, or time, or both) or framed as something not worth wasting time on, because you can't support yourself doing art/writing/etc
On leaving the politics out of hacking
$2B valuations are never a good sign. I find it ominous. Could an integrated games store and Discord Nitro ever be enough to meet those expectations? I don't think so.
"I don't believe Google would conspire to push Chrome and punish competing browsers".
The reason why modern tech cos are so immoral is that they don't require conspiracies to do evil. Bog standard incentives and performance reviews are all they need.
This applies to all big cos. It's one of the more interesting discoveries of modern management. Command and control management is less effective than just giving people goals and incentives. Then they go do evil for you.
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Looks like Artstation is next...
See how easily we could have solved the climate crisis if we had started in 2000! Only 4% reduction per year. Now we need 18% per year. You can thank climate deniers, lobby groups and cowardly politicians for this delay. From Global Carbon Project, http://folk.uio.no/roberan/GCB2018.shtml
A take: any 'bad actor' moves that get reported for Mozilla are taken more seriously precisely because these events are rarer with Mozilla, and because Mozilla are (overall) a far better actor in the browser field than others.
This is not to excuse some of their actions, but the bar does appear to be higher for them than their peers, even though they are not the market leader.
This is toxic and is used by anti-mozilla folks to help keep their share down.
everybody knows that Tencent bought 48.4% of of Epic for $330M in 2013: https://www.polygon.com/2013/3/21/4131702/tencents-epic-games-stock-acquisition
did you also know Tencent participated in two of Discord's funding rounds? Series B in 2015, then again in a $20M round in January 2016 https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/discord
"freedom of choice" is not a very useful way of looking at social/economic organization because the whole point of societal systems is that they force people into doing certain things, and the left critique is that we should organize those systems in a way that results in positive outcomes rather than negative ones. looking at existence, i don't really think individual choice meaningfully exists outside of very specific personal spheres, like i can choose what to make for breakfast in the morning or what books to read in my free time but a lot of possibilities are constrained by infrastructure and society it's basically just liberalism to think otherwise
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