by Wendy Liu // Organising the tech industry may be difficult, but it’s crucial for challenging capitalism. A transcript of the Tech Workers Coalition session at TWT 2018.
As Tommy Robinson gets boosted by the UK press, and Brazil’s stock market backs Jair Bolsonaro. We ask: Why are the mainstream media, big business and fascists all besties? With Ash Sarkar and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.…
One glimmer of positivity at the end, that there is a resistance movement already organising.
Do any other git hosts do a similar thing?
Had to remove my overriden kind views for now, as some functions have been removed. So posts look a little funny, but not too bad.
by Hendrik Erz // Capitalism has pocketed much of the foundational infrastructure of the internet. Here's how we can start uprooting it.
"Gevulot is a form of privacy practised in the Oubliette. It involved complex cryptography and the exchange of public and private keys, to ensure that individuals only shared that information or sensory data that they wished to. Gevulot was disabled in agoras."
The internet and near-costless scaling of digital has allowed the concentration of too much power in too few hands. Our systems for…
I don’t like the commercial nature of most PDS offerings (including Solid now).
Either way, some good general food for thought in this article.
Direct action against it; grassroots alternatives; state support for alternatives; legislation/anti-trust; state alternatives. Maybe some combination thereof.
I’d probably plump for the first two/three.
The only definition of user experience that puts Facebook or Twitter ahead of alternatives is a broad definition that includes the network effect (people I know are on it) and familiarity (it’s what I’m used to).
But in such a broad definition, I would then include things such as ‘you manipulate me with ads’, ‘you steal my attention’. This is bad UX.
In a narrow definition of user experience – how easy is it for me to sign up; how easy it is for me to share an image; how easy is it for me to share a note; there is nothing special to Facebook or Twitter in these regards.
You rarely hear someone complain about the user experience of signing up for an email provider. But that’s (nominally, at least, gmail black hole aside)
a decentralised service. It’s just because people are familiar with it and it’s where people already are. If a company came along and said – hey – for email – everyone on the planet must sign up to this one megaservice to exchange emails from now on. People would say – what a terrible idea. Because people are familiar with it not working that way.
I don’t think centralised services have better UX. All they have is a monopoly.
How can we secure luxury for all without careering even faster towards climate catastrophe? Aaron Bastani discusses.
Following on the previous ‘degrowth vs accelerationism’ article, a view from what the other article would call the left accelerationist approach.
I wouldn’t call it accelerationism though. Just a harnessing of technology for the aims of equality and abundance. But not blind techno-optimism.
You need to:
– create an app (developers.deezer.com/myapps)
– go through the oauth dance (developers.deezer.com/api/oauth)
– find the id of your ‘Loved tracks’ playlist (developers.deezer.com/api/explorer -> user -> playlists)
– get the tracks for that playlist (developers.deezer.com/api/explorer -> playlist)
I haven’t finished typing it yet you nob
Now I’m listening to hibernate on Resonance Extra and it’s awesome. extra.resonance.fm/
I was thinking about how to approach music discovery since ditching Deezer (which was pretty terrible for it anyway). I think back to radio is the way to go (I mean duh, pretty obviously really).
Maintenance lacks the glamour of innovation—and is harder to measure
Repair is one of the secret keys to a better life. Repairs keep our gadgets in use longer (saving our pocketbooks) and divert e-waste from landfills or toxic recycling processes (saving our planet). Repair is an engine of community prosperity: when you get your phone screen fixed at your corner…
“This is the golden age of repairs, a moment made for a renaissance of shade-tree mechanics, electronics tinkerers, jackleg fixit shops, and mom-and-pop service depots. It has to be: our planet, our pocketbooks, and our neighborhoods all benefit when our property lasts longer, works better and does more.”
Is it all an elaborate satire? Or is it just shit? Fingers crossed the former.
I figured it as around 100 critical security flaws I was potentially vulnerable to, thanks to Samsung stopping support for a barely 4 year old device.