A couple things I saw and thought "Mastodon will love this":
- Alias, a 3D-printed "parasite" that sits on top of your Amazon Echo or Google Home, feeding white noise into its mic until you say the wake word: http://bjoernkarmann.dk/project_alias
- The adminbook, a wonderfully ugly design for the ideal sysadmin notebook: https://m.habr.com/en/post/437912/
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ActivityPub is an enabling technology. It enables alternatives to existing capitalist platforms. Social media is the most obvious application, but 2019 is going to see the beginning of federated alternatives to gaming platforms. software development, and economic organization. This is critical infrastructure for revolutionary dual power structures to offer viable economic alternatives to capitalism and political alternatives to hierarchical organizations
According to the EU Commission, “…Google and Facebook are being rewarded financially for all their hard work in producing amazing software, clever algorithms and exciting designs…”
On a scale of zero to zero, how much trust do you have that this institution will protect your human rights in the digital/networked age?
Even if it were practical for implementers never to provoke an error and thus to provide an idyllic world from which error had been banished, that design would still have a major drawback because the goal of a program is not so much to avoid committing errors but rather to fulfil its duty. – Christian Queinnec "Lisp in Small Pieces"
#SaudiArabia | #Apple and #Google are facing major backlash, from #HumanRights activists and lawmakers, after being accused of supporting patriarchy with a “woman tracker #app." #WomensRights https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Google-Apple-Under-Fire-to-Block-Saudi-Woman-Tracker-App-20190215-0006.html
>I found during my ten years in Plan9 it was the most usable OS I have experienced in my 35 years of computing. My only problem with it is every other platform is now ruined because I gnash my teeth and say "would have been easy in Plan9".
Everything you've heard about how amazing Plan 9 is, is more true than you can imagine
the http://matrix.org homeserver is struggling thanks to all the traffic surrounding Riot 1.0 release - we're at almost double ambient traffic. working on a fix.