Tresorit just raised €11.5 on a series B:
Some months ago they had failed to raise $1MM on IndieGoGo for Preevat, a privacy-focused social network. I expect those plans are now out the window.
Glad to see a #privacy-focused service get some backing. Let's hope it signals a change in market perception.
Here's the transcript for "Ledgers - When would you even...", a talk I gave to enterprise developers at SAP Inside Track Berlin.
There should be a video online soon.
Reminder, Google AMP is bad for the open web. It was bad at inception and it just gets worse.
Ugh. Google AMP is now “improving the performance of mobile content and advertising” by jamming ads *into* photos.
There's a lot of customer culture attitude in Mastodon-the-community, where people treat Gargron and other devs, the instance admins, moderators, etc. like service workers. It's a spoiled, entitled attitude, where "the customer is always right" and it's okay to be abusive or demeaning to people providing a service when they don't give you what you want.
The fediverse isn't a corporate model. When you're rude or demeaning to someone here, you're being abusive to volunteers building a playground
The project was dismantled by the Pinochet regime. Visionary approach aside, it doesn't look like Cybersyn was staying true to its self-organized ideal.
"The design looked more like bureaucratic centralisation of control via bottom up reporting and top-down direction. Workers were expected to perform processes and use resources in the ways that had been modelled and planned. Any significant deviation from was to be reported upwards, and corrective directives were to be cascaded downwards."
Can't believe I had never heard of Project Cybersyn:
It was a fascinating, prescient attempt at using a computer network to develop self-regulating factories, complete with Star Trek-looking control room. In Chile. In 1973.
According to Wikipedia, it allowed the Allende government to still guarantee food transport to Santiago using only 200 trucks, when 40000 drivers were striking.
"Now what?" said Dr. Dastard. "Will you beat me up?"
"Ain't nothing easier than violence," said Captain Clever.
"My killer robots weren't easy to make."
"Easy to break, though. Breaking is easy."
"You'll break me?"
"I'm stronger than that. I can be kind."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
In #Berlin? I'll be speaking at SAP Inside Track this Saturday about distributed ledgers. Stop by!
The talk is currently walking a fine line between "how do you even?" and "why would you even?". It'll be interesting to see which shape it's in by Friday.
Please don't demand content warnings from strangers. Content warnings are a sort of social contract between an author and their followers; if you are not happy with how someone chooses to use them, do not follow that person or outright mute them, or mute words.
One of the most alienating experiences on Mastodon I've observed is when someone posts about something they're passionate about or is part of their identity and the first response is "please cw that" from a complete stranger.
this is 2018's "recording is killing the music industry, we left this side of the tape blank so you can help" and I'm hella here for it
City street orientations around the world:
Any urban designers in the house?
- Local timeline is intimidating. Imagine getting a twitter firehose as your welcome page. Maybe ask before showing it.
- Remote follow is a new concept. For new sign ups, showing some sample users to follow might double as a tutorial.
- No concept of "instance" in top-of-mind when using mobile apps, only email/pwd.
- "How do I find my friends?" is a big one.
Birdshot now walks your #twitter status timeline and deletes tweets older than the expiration date.
Sorry it took so long to add a few dozen lines, been busy. ☺️
Remember that the timeline API only returns the last 3200 tweets. To delete tweets older than that, you'll need to request an archive.
I'd like to make leaving Twitter more convenient for anyone inclined to jump, and I've noticed one of the things that keeps me there is it's where a bunch of media outlets post and they don't run accounts here.
So I'm starting up a GamesIndustry.biz account that will toot out stories for people who want to keep up with industry news:
In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or End Up Dying in 'Hospice' | "Anyone who does care about news needs to understand Facebook as a fundamental threat."
"She noticed that her Android phone prompted her to rate a shopping trip to Kohl's, even though she had turned Location History off."
Yeah, I've gotten that myself. According to AP, Google still tracks your location, even if you've turned that setting off.
Technical Director @ Samsung NEXT Europe. \o/ Tech, open source, privacy.
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