(you, a programmer, weak): "I must automate this task so that I will do no manual work! my editor software crashing is unacceptable!"
(a 3D artist, poweful): "I will place 2000 vertices manually doing retopo. then my program will crash, and I will start over doing the same thing again."
As a programmer it's been really hard to wean myself off of thinking in terms of global solutions. This, in comparison to building local or community technology.
Thinking this way can make things harder (now your tech needs need to scale to the world) and not useful (different people in different places have different needs).
This kind of blew my mind: like, you can just go and build a piece of tech and only give it to your friends & the immediate people it's helpful for. You don't *need* to design for The World. I think this kind of thinking is really important for breaking away from capitalistic modes of thinking.
we need to reclaim programming as something for everyone
we need to reclaim it as a thing to use for fun and as a personal tool, instead of something you learn for careers to impress corporations
computer programming should be a place where misogyny, sexism, corporations, and capitalism don't belong
Absolutely. The main barrier between non-technical users and programming is not 'learning to code' but the assumption of a division of labor between non-technical users (who are assumed to run away screaming at the sight of a config file) & programmers. It's enforced by the use of binaries: our software is packaged in hermetically sealed containers in faraway factories, & only wizards can change the running code.
"University of California terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research"
Context for those not in the US: this is huge. UC is a uniquely enormous and influential university system in our country. When they do things, many other universities follow suit.
Did you know? You can tell the approximate era of a circuit board by how the traces are laid out and spaced. I’d say this is mid to late 70s. Hand-traced, with beautiful curves! #Retrocomputing
Off the back of what I posted last night about language and ideology I want to do a thread (probably fairly long) about language and history in Scotland because it's near and dear to my heart and also it informs a lot of today's politics here even if people don't realise it. Also I see well-meaning people reproducing bad history related to this all the time
Free software and the revolt against transactionality https://medium.com/@enkiv2/free-software-and-the-revolt-against-transactionality-3a44a1b7f96d?source=friends_link&sk=dcc51b815d020b5fb50852ed6844922a
@clacke @Shamar @scolobb @strypey @z428 @Purism @aral @ente Seconded. Funding FOSS development directly risks turning it into a de-facto business, with donating parties de-facto customers (as has happened with Mozilla). Ensure developers' basic needs are met & then let them work on whatever they feel needs work, and the result will be less business-oriented (and thus, more user-oriented) software.
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