The next FLOSS philosophy
If I could restart the FLOSS philosophy from first principles, and re-derive everything, I would start by separating the existing concept of "user", which currently means both "one afforded the means of software development" and "one without the means of software development", and rethink the rights that fall out.
For instance, the existing pillar of "freedom to modify" is no longer equitable.
I have no answers now, but identifying the problem is a good step, I think.
The RMS resignation was inevitable and right, but at the same time very sad.
Things can be right and sad at the same time. We can feel empathy while knowing this was necessary.
For people celebrating, we understand why. For those feeling sad about it, it's okay to feel sad too, but we all knew it had to happen.
"When C is your hammer, everything looks like a thumb"
Banned C standard library functions in Git source code:
Kind Words is a "game" where people send very short anonymous requests for letters, and anonymously reply to them. There's no scoring, no reward beyond a mention of thanks and a small collection of stickers. There's no possibility of fame or going viral, and it seems to bring out the best in people. The vibe reminds me of Mastodon's better moments.
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"The concept of what constitutes our lives has changed profoundly. It is no longer the people around us, or even the landscape, our lives now are made up of people who are not here (and landscapes in travel brochures and nature documentaries). That is quite something."
In the 1960s, the ecological notion that "there is no 'away' to throw things" finally became widespread regards pollution, first stated by Barry Commoner.
In the 2010s, the informational notion that "there is no 'other' informatics ecosystem" on which security, privacy, or surveillance practices and principles apply is slowly dawning.
"..things that can be parsed as variable names are treated as variable names in arithmetic contexts. ..bash does this *recursively* until it gets to an integer, or to something that can't be parsed as either an integer or a variable name."
OMG. This is _not_ documented.
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