Interesting symbolism that Docker chose for app containerisation.  Historical precedent of shipping containers and standardisation paving the way for automation, job loss.  Ops headed same way?

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Two interesting thoughts on how social media can dampen social change. Adam Curtis on Under the Skin talks about lack of current prospects for social change, references how in (for example) the civil rights movement even the middle classes bedded in and gave over large parts of their lives for the cause. This is less likely now, as middle classes scared of what might actually have to endure to bring about real change, happy to endure relatively comfortable mediocrity. Easier to be disgusted from the sidelines over social media. Zeynep Tufecki (@zeynep) talks on Spark about the 10 years of organising that the civil rights movement put into civil action, versus the 3 months it might take a Facebook and Twitter initiated protest today. With a side effect being that the 3 month organising doesn’t have much foundation to sustain it after that initial protest.

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“The more than 2 billion smartphones used around the world today function not because of Jobs’s singular genius, not even because of the private sector, but because of research and development funded by an entrepreneurial state.”

https://aeon.co/essays/most-of-the-time-innovators-don-t-move-fast-and-break-things

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more — https://aeon.co/essays/innovation-is-overvalued-maintenance-often-matters-more

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