I think I've never been more forcibly struck than today with the realisation that today's Web developers have never used 1980s BASIC systems and just have no awareness that computers used to be things you could both use and program interactively, in the same session.

We've deprived an entire couple generations of children of a basic formative mind-expanding experience of cognitive freedom, and now they're making tools that restrict other people's thought lives and see nothing wrong with that.

so which researcher is going to analize @umn.edu's decline in commits across all free software? It's like a free paper, and no IRB even needed.

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as GitHub, is in fact, Git/GitHub, or as I've recently taken to calling it, Git plus UI.

Excellent report on the FreeBSD WireGuard driver scandal:

I am a bit bothered by the final outcome. Do I understand it correctly that Netgate and FreeBSD Core have put WireGuard support in FreeBSD on indefinite hold?

I hope I'm wrong, because that would be an incredibly petty way to retaliate against the WireGuard project for putting a spotlight on the problems with code review in FreeBSD.

’s Functor typeclass defines an operation (fmap) that preserves the structure of the functor, but not the “payload”.

Is there a typeclass that does the opposite: preserves the payloads but might alter the container?

We are calling for RMS to be removed from all leadership positions in the FOSS community, including the FSF and GNU, and for the FSF board to resign. Join us. rms-open-letter.github.io/

waterlogged hexagon fields with neon-pink water (I better choose a different neon sky colour)

Internal Gotek floppy emulator on Amiga A500 with external Knob and OLED in 3d-printed mount


they say cats are anarchists but mine will not shut up about Mao

You know, it's interesting how communist and anarchist and socialist FOSS folks all think they're on higher moral ground than capitalists, and then you look at how they treat disabled people through the software they write, and you find that big capitalist corporations, particularly Apple, treat blind and other disabled people with more equality than *most* FOSS projects, and even corporate FOSS like RHEL and Ubuntu. I'm not saying Apple is perfect, walled gardens rarely are. But the number of accessibility customizations, and the thoughtful implimentation and stability of those features, show that they at least know how to keep most of the blind community on their side. FOSS rarely even tries. Remember, you can judge people by how they treat the most vulnerable among them. Just something to think about, y'all, when you feel superior and elite. So when you think communism works, or socialism works, or anarchism works, think of me.

#a11y #worldview #accessibility #foss

Do any UK folks here have any experience with US parcel forwarding services like shipito etc?

Jack Dorsey and Musk endorsing bitcoin tells you something.

No, it doesn’t say anything about bitcoin. It tells you that these people are somewhere on the showman - conman - fraudster continuum. That’s it. That’s what this tells you.

“What happens when people use the equations of scientific models without a proper understanding of their stories is nicely illustrated by the joke about the physics student who combines Einstein’s E = m ⋅ c² with Pythagoras’ a² + b² = c² to deduce E = m ⋅ (a² + b²).”

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