With news of Unroll.me selling user inbox info to Uber, lots of people are repeating "if you're not paying for it, you're the product."
I've said before, and will continue to say, that that is the wrong formulation. Sometimes you pay for it and you're still the product – look at US ISPs. Sometimes you don't pay for it and you're not the product – free software.
The real question is whether a software or service empowers users, which can't be boiled down to whether you paid.
Everyone read this incredible essay by @u2764
If you're wondering why I stopped working in MastoDev, and why my posts about how development already includes marginalized voices are no longer applicable, then read that essay because it gets into all of it super fucking well
when i was little my dad paid me $5 to go tell someone he disagreed with that his point of view was "exceedingly obvious even to the most casual observer" i couldnt say it at first so he had to rehearse it with me word by word. see this is how the boomer generation set up their millennial children for a lifetime of disappointment in the employment market wrt compensation, job duties, and training
Human interaction tip: Many humans are sensitive to some subjects and will have involuntary emotional reactions when they are discussed.
As such, it is considered polite to warn in advance on public forums if the topic of discussion could such a reaction. This medium provides an explicit mechanism for doing so.
another nice thing about spending all my time on mastodon, following politics sensitive folks who use CWs if they talk about it is that whenever I do go back to birdsite or check the news generally, I'm actually *upset* by it again.
For a while after the US election and Inauguration I couldn't handle the news much, and after awhile it sort of dulled because I was so inundated with it.
Having a safe harbor here, I actually feel outraged again when I read the news
- something you have
- something you know
- something you regret
Most thing that you have or want to say have already been said by someone else. Probably more aptly than you'll ever be able to put it, too.
This is good. It means you can learn from those who have gone before. It also means that you can let go of the pressure to be original, and focus on being you.
This here life is hard enough without it being a competition, too.
> grab an esp8266 that I won in a cereal box
> try to make annoying noises come out of it
... it does not work.
> read the docs
... ok, i'm invoking that function properly
> read the source
... but seriously, it's like it doesn't even--
> waaaaaaait a second.
> git blame app/modules/gpio.c -L /serout/ | head
... feature was added 2015-04-03
> power cycle the board
... NodeMCU 0.9.5 build 20150308
> mystery solved.