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I used to be a lot weirder. I'm a middle-aged geek, father to two boys, and I bang out code at #Google. I live near Boston now, but I grew up in central Mississippi.
I play a bunch of #music instruments, but none well enough to perform. I've been playing around with a DAW.
I started the cantos.social instance, trying to be a part of the small-scale Internet.
I try to be as kind as I can.
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I've been reading The Dictator's Handbook (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13106117-the-dictator-s-handbook) lately and it's good, but it's really bumming me out. Like, what if everything really is hopeless bullshit?
It has a hard dream-crushing inevitability about it that reminds me of The True Believer (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15916.The_True_Believer)
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I guess I should have described #ColoBot a bit more. It's a 3d game where you play as an astronaut. The main game is in missions. You start out building some stuff. Then, you quickly progress to controlling robots to build some stuff. Then you start *programming* the robots to do stuff.
If I had more time, I might invest it into sprucing up the UI and gfx because the core game seems solid.
I wish people would quit assuming my interest in decentralization is based on privacy concerns. There are lots of things that are much higher priorities:
• Censorship resistance.
• Resilience. An entire library of content/social graph isn't destroyed because of a change in corporate focus.
• Evolution. Protocols can change more when not under a single administrative domain of control, and in ways that meet the interests of user communities rather than productization committees.
• Flexibility. Since things are decentralized anyway, it's much harder for the system to ossify in a way that relies on one particular family of devices.
• Namespacing. Being able to 'reserve your brand' across all social graphs is an antifeature.
A short writeup I've made: https://nl.movim.eu/?blog/phoe%40movim.eu/4b0daa97-54e2-4caf-9c7f-deea31d6b130
Will write more tomorrow. Enjoy a screenshot for now. And a 1000x+ speedup, as demonstrated above.
we're seeing more and more people come to this realization that corporate appropriation of open source is harmful; the article I linked above as well as https://blog.joeardent.net/2017/01/say-no-to-corporate-friendly-licenses/ but there are plenty more being written all the time
it's interesting to compare this to RMS's writings because a lot of these people are saying RMS was right without coming out and saying "hey you know what, RMS was right"
fediverse drama is better than twitter drama because with the fediverse its:
-find out admin is terrible
-everyone leaves the instance
-drama is over
but on twitter its:
-jack does something terrible
-everyone gets angry about it
-everyone just stays angry forever and it just keeps growing and growing
This is totally wild. Some malicious nut with a drone is closing down an airport. #cyberpunk https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/dec/20/the-drone-crackdown-gatwick-if-a-trained-eagle-cant-stop-them-what-will
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and its COO Sheryl Sandberg, and its public relations people, and its engineers have lied repeatedly, exhaustively. They have lied so much they've lost track of their lies, and then lied about them.
the original storyline ended with this quote from Dune:
I know the evil of my ancestors because I am those people. [...] I know that few of you who read my words have ever thought about your ancestors this way. It has not occurred to you that your ancestors were survivors and that the survival itself sometimes involved savage decisions, a kind of wanton brutality which [civilization] works very hard to suppress. What price will you pay for that suppression? Will you accept your own extinction?
On the other hand, as accurate as this turned out to be, I didn't notice any grand utopias coming from the post-Butlerian Jihad, either.
In the future, it's unsettlingly possible we're going to need all the machine intelligence we can get. Either to solve the problems of our own making or to compete against those that have embraced them.
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