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Some notes on , 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.

I like that people are discussing alternatives to (yet again), and I also am fond of and what they've achieved in the past.

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.

Please also consider alternatives like Gogs or Gitea. They both work incredibly well and are scaling to any size gogs.io gitea.io

"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 at the height of their predatory practices. I saw the Ballmer years.

Even so, the reactions around their acquiring 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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Do we need more takes on the acquisition? Well...

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".

youtube.com/watch?v=wYUeLxecP-

Peter Watts has a new novel out, "The Freeze-Frame Revolution".

tachyonpublications.com/produc

Sounds like it's the back story about the crew from The Island:

rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterW

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.

I see people are finding birdshot again. I still plan to continue developing it, I've just been tied up.

Meanwhile, feel free to comment here or open Gitlab tickets.

gitlab.com/Numergent/birdshot

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. 😂

blog.theabacus.io/the-verge-ha

Talk-writing tip: don't get too clever. If you get too clever, don't fall in love with it.

When you get to practice it, you may find that the stuff that is too clever does not fit as well and needs to go.

Not falling in love with it makes the whole process easier.

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.

Zuckerberg's EU appearance doesn't really add anything which the much more lengthy congress hearings havn't already whitewashed. The questions were all quite similar and Zuckerberg delivers his set piece describing his strategy like a school master delivering a speech to an unruly classroom.

I'm not a great fan of Mr Zuckerberg, but here he looks like more of a statesman than the bumbling EU bureaucrats who seem to have little grasp on the complexities of the internet or any idea of what appropriate internet governance might be. There is no questioning of the centralized strategy and no critical faculties are exercised. Theirs is merely to render unto Caesar what Caesar desires to implement.

What this tells me is what I already knew anyway. That the EU institutional structure isn't fit for purpose and the people who inhabit it are creations of the pre-internet era. They can only think in terms of Big Everything. Zuckerberg's appearance is more of a performance than an attempt to resolve anything by meaningful dialogue.

Is there a Mastodon-like equivalent?

A federated platform where you can do more long-form writing, include images in the text, and maybe re-blog other users' posts?

Asking for a friend.

Anyone using on desktop having any success stopping video auto-play?

I have chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy set to "document user activation required", but that doesn't seem to mean what I think it means - video still plays regardless.

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."

boingboing.net/2018/05/20/utte

"My device makes everyone in range say exactly what they think."
"That's a horrible idea, how stupid are you?"
"Why does everyone say that?"

Online behavior as a Lamarckian epigenome, or how our actions convert into memetic behavior:

theverge.com/2018/5/17/1734425

It's also a leaked video from X on how their systems can shape global behavior as a "benevolent" overlord.

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