Some notes on #Gitlab, in case you're considering it:
- Usability is OK;
- SLA was a joke. We were paying for silver, but we didn't get replies to issues for days/weeks unless we raised a ruckus on Twitter;
- That doesn't mean the issues were solved, just acknowledged;
- Build runners may or may not start, depending on the weather;
- When we decided we going to self-host it, we found the export/import was broken, was a known issue for months, still unfixed.
It was a mess.
Having said that, I had to work with GitLab recently, and it was a nightmare. It's just trying too hard to be too many things at once & failing to be a serious contender for any of these purposes.
"Looking at last year’s California DMV disengagement reports, Nvidia-equipped cars could not drive ten miles without a disengagement."
A vehicle drove itself (on average) for ten miles in an actual city's expressways and highways without human intervention. Commentator doesn't think that's cool enough.
Technological progress has us spoiled.
Not bothering giving the post more eyeballs.
I've been active as a professional since the 90s. I saw #Microsoft at the height of their predatory practices. I saw the Ballmer years.
Even so, the reactions around their acquiring #Github feel like hysteria and histrionics.
Run your projects where you will. I use Gitlab for my own things. But do it because you evaluate the trade-offs and choose, not because you get swept up in some meme.
You may find the alternatives aren't as stable, usable or available as you'd expect.
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Github 2008-2017: repeatedly makes international news for having an awful culture. Marginalized people are forced out, founders harass and stalk employees they are mad at, pushes meritocracy as a viable power structure, pretty much the poster child of Silicon Valley decadence.
Response: well, no one's perfect
Github 2018: Microsoft acquires Github
Response: now, this place is ruined
The average FOSS dev doesn’t have a lot new to worry about here, IMO. GitHub wasn’t ever a not-for-profit, people were already worried about over-centralisation.
However GCE, IBM, Oracle and other small cloud providers should be very worried. The entire “MS ❤️ OSS” strategy has been about driving Azure adoption. Every foothold they gain in the ecosystem will be used to steer towards that. Bad news for cloud competition.
Catherine Dixon's sensational talk at Monkigras 2018 about making things and design being more than nice layouts.
She quotes Norman Potter about it being "the conceiving of an action, and a fashioning of a means to carry it out, and an estimation of its effects".
Peter Watts has a new novel out, "The Freeze-Frame Revolution".
Sounds like it's the back story about the crew from The Island:
It's @yogthos' fault I'm aware of it and getting it. It's now my fault that _you_ know.
So many sites do:
“Here are cookie, advertising, tracking policies. Here is an OK button.”
After not clicking the ok button but attempting to continue:
“You must agree to our tracking policy”
That is explicitly not allowed/illegal under GDPR.
American companies including the Washington Post really have a damn hard time wrapping their head around that an agreement means you can decline to agree to it, and GDRP says refusing to be tracked is not grounds for a site to refuse service.
A not-too-technical read of the Verge hack. Great example of why getting "clever" and piling on complexity can be more of a liability than an advantage.
"The cleverness of this attack is in how it circumvents the barrier of mining difficulty instead of attempting to burst through it."
Includes a brilliant line on the net result of the hack. 😂
GDPR has been a boon for people who had images they wanted to use for the "add you to LinkedIn" meme, but felt they were too late and it was no longer funny.
Doctorow: "if that data leaks, it would allow anyone to break into your kid's cloud and plunder all their private data... Naturally, Teensafe stored thousands of parents and kids' usernames and passwords, without encryption, on an insecure server." #privacy #security
Online behavior as a Lamarckian epigenome, or how our actions convert into memetic behavior: