Mozilla is shutting down their IRC servers and moving to Discord, a proprietary chat service.

Hey Mozilla, aren't we forgetting something here? Our very own "Mozilla Pledge for a Healthy Internet” states:

> Principle 2 The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.

> Principle 6 The effectiveness of the internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.

A Feud Between Two Popular Statisticians, Nassim Taleb and Nate Silver, on Election Forecasting nautil.us/blog/nassim-talebs-c

Pixelfed will be a year old in a few days.

I'm a high school dropout that has never taken any CS or computer classes.

Web development is just a hobby of mine, I work in the auto industry.

I'm so proud of this project, I never would have imagined that I could make something like this.

Thank you for helping me realize credentialism isn't so important as you think. ❤️ :pixelfed:

The first image of the #blackhole at the centre of M87 took five petabytes of raw data to produce one beautiful image containing proof that black holes (which had been theoretical up-until-now) do actually exist.

I read the comments under the lwn post regarding how browsers treat the ping attribute on html anchors and saw people defending the ping attribute because the alternative is redirects. In other words, people will be tracked regardless, and the ping attribute is better tech (and a better "user experience"). How often do the people who work on these things ever take a step back and think to themselves, "Wait a minute. Am I just optimizing surveillance and tracking?"

lwn.net/Articles/785185/

"Big Tech's problem is Big, not Tech" by Cory Doctorow (video) archive.org/details/decentrali

I missed this when it came out a few months ago, but this is a great talk. I'm becoming more and more convinced that the problems of technology centralization can't be solved without antitrust. Tim Wu's recent book "The Curse of Bigness" also comes to mind here.

hackers.town radio still looking for synthwave/punk/industrial/worldbeat music that is Creative Commons licensed...

inquire within.

I get quite a few annoying recruiter emails. I definitely don't want these jobs, it's just blatant spam that seems endemic in tech recruitment. Hassling people to work for you is not ok.

So, my new plan: return fire on all of them with GDPR.

Interesting investigation here: reverse engineering dropped raspberry pi zeros hidden behind trash cans in a college library youtube.com/watch?v=UeAKTjx_eK

The most excellent and lamentable tragedy of Flat UI Design, in two acts.

Reclaiming RSS

“Before Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism, there was RSS: Really Simple Syndication … As we move away from the centralised web to the peer web, it’s time to rediscover, re-embrace, and reclaim RSS.”

ar.al/2018/06/29/reclaiming-rs

#ethicaltechnology

When Gab sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing kekistan. They're bringing pepe. They're NPCs. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to server admins and they tell us what we're getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They're sending us not the right people. It's coming from more than Gab. It's coming from all over proprietary social networks, and it's coming.

#howto use the #fediverse with nearly no internet connection with #AndStatus:
Choose in the settings:
- to not fetch images
- to not fetch avatars
- increase the time of sync
Now next time you got internet connection, even if shitty as ~1kbs you can let AndStatus sync.
Also no problem if internet connection is just accessible for some minutes.
Messages get stored offline. You can read, fav., boost, and reply to them any given time. Once you've got internet again even you're replies will be sync.

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