The points made in the interview offer a useful perspective on the discussion of recreational coding and exploitation of open source. I always felt uneasy about the "Coding in one's free time is to do unpaid work" perspective, even though I did not disagree with it.
“Socialist theories of the labor process do have a point here: many people work harder at their job than their contract requires; they work beyond the call of duty’ because they do not like to be seen as sloppy and want to take pride in their work. Employers know this and must be prevented, for example by industrial democracy, from capitalizing on it by underpaying their workers. But this doesn’t mean that progressive politics must aim at reinforcing workers’ alienation.”
Holy shit: every year 7.7% of all Amazon warehouse workers suffer a serious injury on the job https://revealnews.org/article/how-amazon-hid-its-safety-crisis
“Proprietary” meaning “relating to an owner or ownership” (Lexico.com), and free software and proprietary being opposites seems to imply that free software has no owner.
I think a better way to think about #FreeSoftware is that it is *owned by everybody*. This way of thinking may emphasize better the need to care for the communities around free software and the point of copyleft.
Too often people refuse to believe others: when ethnic minorities describe the racism they experience, when women report the discrimination they see, when sexual minorities share their feelings (e.g. gender dysphoria, same-sex attraction), when the poor say they cannot find jobs. The arrogance of the powerful is disgusting; if they do not know or accept something, they decide that it is because that experience is not real.
From "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin:
I was just reminded something that I think is important to remember: Legal racial segregation, even slavery, was not that long ago. People can (falsely) claim that the laws in USA are not racist anymore, but even if that was the case, it is important to remember that today's senior cops were trained by people who got into the job to enforce the blatantly racist laws of the past. A tradition built on racism cannot go away in a couple generations with too few legal changes.
From my limited experience, I think this is a really good advice:
“I actually don't think the bug tracker is a very good place to look for project ideas. There's usually a reason why bugs remain open for as long as they do: they're either not as simple as they look, or not very interesting (or both!)." –Ell,. GNU Image Manipulation Program contributor
Rest of the interview that I got this quote from is also interesting:
Helvetica, another documentary by Hustwit, is also quite interesting. Listening to all the people interviewed, it is amazing for some people a typeface can carry so much ideology with it.
Weirdly, I can watch it by clicking the suggestion at the end of Objectified but cannot by going to what appears to be its URL. It was last week’s free watch.
Objectified by Gary Hustwit, “a documentary film about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them,” is free to watch until the 31th: https://www.ohyouprettythings.com/free
Design is not a subject I am normally interested in but if you appreciate good design, I think it will be a quite enjoyable and thought-provoking watch. Hearing from designers why they design the way they do makes one reflect on their own preferences and values underlying these.
the year is 2050. GTK is still preparing the move to version 4, and has collaborated with the FBI to assassinate anyone who mentions the filepicker thumbnail bug. qt stil has an open source version, but it requires you to have create an account with a valid email address and physical address, and limits applications to only containing one window.
microsoft is still "transitioning away from winforms" to the Multiversal Windows Platform, For Real You Guys, We're Doing It Platform. iOS desktop (formerly macOS) has deprecated all system widgets in favour of the cloud. google has created an artificial intelligence to randomly create and deprecate new GUI frameworks, rendering it essentially impossible for anybody but them to create android apps with "native GUIs".
the only usable framework is electron, but everybody hates it because bloat.
as people struggle to find a desktop ui framework that hasn't been bogged down into uselessness by licensing issues or lack of features, a saviour emerges from the heavens: java swing
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