Ethics as PR (or the ‘Some Very Good People Work There!’ Fallacy)
Recently in public statements in front of Congress, to customers, and in court, Apple has claimed that there were two eras in selling software: in boxes on retail shelves, and then their App Store.
Apple is full of shit. They're trying to erase the largest and most significant way people have sold software: directly to others, online.
"What It Was Like to Sell Apps Online in 2003"
COBOL - Built to Last
In this sense, COBOL and its scapegoating show us an important aspect of high tech that few in Silicon Valley, or in government, seem to understand. Older systems have value, and constantly building new technological systems for short-term profit at the expense of existing infrastructure is not progress. In fact, it is among the most regressive paths a society can take.
“…terms like ‘ethics’ and ‘AI for good’ have been so completely denatured of any actual meaning…let’s actually look at who’s running the levers of these systems…shifting away from just focusing on things like ethical principles to talking about power.”
The Nickel Iron Battery is the only known lifetime design battery. These last 100 years, such as the Edison batteries unearthed after a century that work like new. Thus, it is the primary electrical energy storage device for the GVCS, outside of indirect sources such as Compressed Air Energy Storage, water Gravity Storage, and storage of energy via Hydrogen Production.
hey my department at NYU has two very exciting opportunities you all should apply for: a teaching/research fellowship ($30k stipend, due 4/15) https://tisch.nyu.edu/itp/red-burns-fellowship and a project residency ($5k stipend, due 5/1) https://tisch.nyu.edu/itp/itp-ima-project-residency1
i've tagged out 600+ open source, experimental and tiny tools by their qualities and built a new website for sorting through them!
these are all tools towards joyful digital creation, with the goal of enabling working entirely outside of proprietary systems- moving instead from one hand-made software to another.
(the list takes submissions if it is missing yours >:))
Hey fedi, the Recurse Center is offering up to $1000 to trans/non-binary/women programmers for upcoming batches. RC changed my life and is just an amazing experience/community -- see here for more: https://www.recurse.com/blog/156-were-offering-grants-for-our-spring-2-and-summer-1-batches
I just discovered this show from the 80s called “the secret life of machines” and it’s absolutely marvelous. I highly recommend anyone here go watch it. The person who made it has now uploaded many of the old episodes and added a updated addendum at the end.
To be truly countercultural today, in a time of tech hegemony, one has to, above all, betray the platform, which may come in the form of betraying or divesting from your public online self.
if you have ever overthought an image description i recommend this piece on "alt text as poetry" https://www.eyebeam.org/alt-text-as-poetry/
There are two kinds of people in this world and in every story. Most are cautious and do not press random buttons.
Not long ago I started using lynx as a browser for gopher holes, now it is starting to take over my web usage:
I see too much tracking going on -> lynx
to many popups -> lynx
background video making my fan spin -> lynx
Cookie banner without opt-out option -> lynx
For most websites the experience is so much friendlier.
"The question is not how we can evolve towards a circular economy, but instead why we continue to evolve away from it." https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2020/12/how-and-why-i-stopped-buying-new-laptops.html
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