NPR included a piece this morning on leaving Facebook, pros and cons of large networks, etc.
I'm posting because it included a snippet about Mastodon. It's short, about 1/3 to 1/2 way through, but it was there.
Hm, apparently #letsencrypt now provides mor than 50% of the web certificates.
On one hand: FUCKING AWESOME.
On the other: Shit. They're getting very powerful and we are centralizing our trust. I think we could reallu use 2-3 new orgs like Letsencrypt, with similar technology and mission statement, but entirely independent.
Are there any out there yet?
Social networks give us an effortless way to tune in to the broadcasts of people we know, satisfying our need to know “what’s going on”… but those broadcasts are often a shallow intersection of what people think they want to share and think we want to know. Vulnerability is rare and difficult.
They aren’t well-suited to the deep connections humans need. They’re tuned for meeting people and leaving relationships on autopilot. Really connecting takes work, discussion, and—yes—emotional labor.
Since when was Monty Python on Netflix?!
After living in my apartment for about 7 months now, I finally got my first power bill. Sorta makes you wonder if they really care in the first place.
Ah! I get to talk about testing at work tomorrow in book club. I think this is when I recommend Working Effectively with Unit Tests by Jay Fields. Awesome read.
Coming from Clojure, Scala's REPL leaves a lot to be desired
"This is extremely dangerous to our democracy"
I haven't posted here in a while, but GetTogether.Community, the open source, federated alternative to MeetUp is really starting to come together!
We have support for teams, events with photo galleries and comments, Organizations to group teams and plan multi-team events, and much more!
I know that people want to shoot everything with decentralization and blockchain these days but a decentralized social network with private data is even more risky than a centralized one. Data deletion and decentralization does not go together well.
Oh snap. "Mozilla Presses Pause on Facebook Advertising": https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/03/21/mozilla-presses-pause-facebook-advertising/
Every time I talk about security I feel like a nut job. :|
An un-paywalled version of this article:
There should be a law that bans the word "burrito" from being used in tech talks.
This image from the article is fucking amazing https://www.heise.de/ct/ausgabe/2018-6-Verteiltes-soziales-Netzwerken-mit-der-Twitter-Alternative-Mastodon-3976925.html @eloquence
I've never been an employer at a job fair before. This is a strange role reversal. I'll sorta miss talking about tech stacks with the employers. Ah well.