For one brief shining moment in the 1980s-1990s, it seemed like we the people would own and control our own computing infrastructure.

That we wouldn't ever after need permission from opaque central authorities to process data, send messages, create devices, teach machines ideas. No corporations or governments could put themselves between us and the data bits in our machines. We would be free to think.

That moment is rapidly slipping into a history that feels ridiculously over-optimistic.

@natecull Yeah the problem isn't with the inability to do any of this, it's that people don't seem to remember or understand that corporations can effectively buy the methods to make it either impractical or illegal to do so.

Freedom doesn't really work when the tools involved in it are for sale.

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