Besides the simple concreteness of “right to repair” there are some other benefits I see as well:
- MUCH easier to apply to physical systems and products than trying to awkwardly apply software licensing concepts directly
- clear line to political action (e.g. improved consumer protection legislation)
- disentangled from intellectual property concepts we may not need or want to keep around in the long term
What if before we go and waste a bunch of energy on various pedantic fights over ownership of the concept of “free software” or trying to shoehorn ethics into “open source”
…we just reorganized under a “right to repair” banner and moved on?
I don’t have a link handy, but I think it was
@betsythemuffin who compared the terms over on the bird site the other day and it really stuck with me.
Tried to repair the corroded power switch on my old Gameboy Color over lunch, but ended up pulling the whole switch off the board when I tried to pry the cover off, and it pulled up one of the pads. :(
Tried to re-solder everything, but there’s still an open connection somewhere because it doesn’t power in at all now. (Used to power on ~1% of the time due to corroded switch)
I’m concerned the pad may be hard to repair. :-/
There's a trend I really dislike, wherein someone gets excited about something, and someone pops up to tell them that actually, it's not exciting at all. Not because it's problematic or because the excited person is misinformed, but because [only tangentially related thing] has happened before, so it's not cool now.
Please, I implore you: DON'T DO THIS.
Announcing ActivityPub Conf 2019! September 7th & 8th in Prague, immediately following Rebooting Web of Trust. https://dustycloud.org/blog/activitypub-conf-2019/
Space is limited, see post for details. We are also soliciting talks.
Hope to see you there!
The service manuals of old professional equipment are truly amazing, the schematics are shown in three different abstraction levels, every single connection is shown, waveforms at 100 different test points are drawn, every single component is listed, with step-by-step test and calibration guidelines. You can almost remove everything from the board and put it back together with a service manual.
Something that today's consumers can only dream of...
(just thinking about https://runyourown.social — the "More on scale" passage in particular, and how it's weird that Darius has to present "the notion that software does not have to scale" as some kind of tendentious heresy instead of, like, a default so obvious that it goes unstated)
Mostly I’m thinking about this:
What if we just stopped, and reversed whatever we still need for all the hardware we have RIGHT NOW before building more new things?
I’m pretty sure the answer is “no.”
I looked at some wikis to see how hard it is to get non-iOS things to boot on iPhones, and the answer is: quite hard.
But I also think I’m probably not alone in wanting this. If there are enough of us, maybe we could power through those hard problems together. 🤷♂️
politics of communications infrastructure development
Who all are we boycotting over refusals to de-platform fascist hate speech now?
This feels like it’s _probably_ the right tack and very important to get ahead of now, but I’d definitely be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little worried about purity tests being _yet another_ wedge driving our already fractured society further and further apart.
An exciting announcement, solarpunk
I've been keeping quiet about this, but I can finally share!
My friend and I are officially contracted for a book from the West Virginia University Press's series Salvaging the Anthropocene. Our book, Almanac for the Anthropocene: A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures, will focus primarily on collecting practical, substantive applications of #solarpunk thought. And we are currently accepting submissions/pitches!