One year and one month apart
@GreenandBlack in New York most folks have an unlimited metrocard, and people who are too poor to afford one will often ask to be swiped in by people on their way out. it's generally polite New York etiquette to swipe these people in.
the city government has tried to crack down on it claiming that it's costing the city money (lol), but the response to that from the resounding majority of New Yorkers has been "fuck you"
People that take the Glasgow-Edinburgh train have developed this anarcho-communist ticket sharing economy and I love it. It's because return tickets cost literally only 10 pence more than a single, so people just buy returns and leave the other ticket at the station they arrive at.
It's fucking beautiful and more folk need tae know about it
regarding the whole fedibooks drama
the FSE admin is still mad about what happened and he's talking about how i abused my power
i know i abused my power, but i believe that abuse was justified. the amount of harassment i've experienced from FSE is unreal. i found it entertaining at first because of how easy it was to mess with the harassers, but as time went on it began to grate on me, so i just blocked FSE. easy as that.
as the admin of a community, you hold responsibility for what your users do. i had even asked p (the admin) to ban one of the particularly shitty people once (i'm pretty sure this person was the guy who went on to make that wages of sin death site) and he refused. if you allow abuse to happen when you're fully aware and able to stop it, you're being a bad person. i'm sure you learned about being a "bully bystander" in primary school.
so this community of shits decides they want to use my service for free. i could have just banned their bot, but that wouldn't have sent the right message. they almost certainly would have recreated it on a different instance in an attempt to hide it from me. so i decided to really show them that they weren't welcome by posting the oauth token, allowing anyone to post from this bot.
sure enough, i've seen a few other shitty people saying that they're revoking fedibooks' access to their bots. this is exactly what i wanted - nazis know they aren't welcome now.
the rise of the far right is a very real thing, and it won't be pushed back by peaceful protests and letters to congressmen. stonewall was a violent demonstration. we need to play outside the rules to show these people that they aren't welcome, and this whole pbooks drama is a perfect example of that. i could have just banned the bot, but i took it a step further, and now nazis are afraid to use my service.
i'm not saying that my actions are comparable to stonewall or anything. i'm saying that every act of resistance, no matter how small, matters. given how angry and upset the FSE community is about this, and how other alt-right types are leaving fedibooks, i'd say i've won.
i don't plan on doing this again, but i will if things get bad and nazis start to think they're welcome again.
'machine rebellion' really is just the echoes of the white fears of slave revolt. that those you have enslaved will come to a consciousness that you are the slave master, and then go on to fight for their own freedom. this paranoia, a 'spectre' if you will :3, of slave revolution and reducing them down to the status of enslaved or dead at the hands of their own privilege.
here's a hot take, maybe just don't enslave things that can develop notions of free will and self awareness if you know that's going to really make them fucking mad at you for enslaving them???
I just discovered @email@example.com. Someone else thinks there is such a thing as "lost individual creativity of the web" :D
Agree with this article pinned at Neocities, too! Pesonal websites were the best. I hope they do come back.
Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"
Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".
Wow! That's an opener!
"Our modern secular religion is the worship of markets as self-correcting, self-perfecting systems that merely demand that we all act in our own self-interest to produce an outcome that makes us all better off. Whenever corporations thrive by making us all worse off, we’re told to stop complaining, because it is the “will of the market” at work."
I'm livestreaming my 3D printer (via Jitsi Meet because easy, just deny mic/cam access):
Ah, people are having bad opinions about software freedom again.
Software is a system, systems can do evil, it is the role of the engineer to ensure the health of the system and consider the larger societal effects the system has.
Basically, it's being a responsible adult who gives a fuck about their society and doesn't want their labour abused by those who would like to harm their society.
And visual barriers do work. Deplatforming works.
Also be wary of anybody who throws around terms like free speech (instead of say, freedom of expression), and refers to documents like the US Constitution instead of international legal documents such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Speech is not a right that exists in a vacuum. It is not an absolute as nothing ever is. Article 19 provides exceptions to this freedom to protect the impingement of the rights of others.
This is a better world to strive for.
”Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection” https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2019/08/23/deconstructing-googles-excuses-on-tracking-protection/ #privacy #google #surveillancecapitalism
In case you think it's a good idea to build a business around another company's proprietary technology, this can (and does) happen: https://www.howtogeek.com/437372/what-is-vbscript-and-why-did-microsoft-just-kill-it/ If you think this is a one-off, talk to someone who built a company or product around Microsoft Silverlight... That screwed a whole lot of unwise people over.
Hey open source typography nerds! In the process of revamping our netlabel design template into fully -licenced open and libre material I'm looking for quality libre font foundries or collections. Any pointers greatly appreciated!
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