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«The exhortation “learn to code!” has its foundations in market value. “Learn to code” is suggested as a way up, a way out. “Learn to code” offers economic leverage, a squirt of power. “Learn to code” goes on your resume.
But let’s substitute a different phrase: “learn to cook.” People don’t only learn to cook so they can become chefs.»
I really like this blog post.

Via @aadil and @gueorgui 👍

@tinytoydragon @lyskar
1998: IRC? lol anon, why don't you use ICQ instead, it's much better.
2002: IRC? lol anon, just install MSN, stop being such a nerd.
2006: IRC? lol anon, with Skype you can make phone calls for free.
2010: IRC? lol anon, Chat is all you need, everybody is there already.
2014: IRC? lol anon, you should try WhatsApp, you can even send voice messages.
2018: IRC? lol anon, that's prehistoric! you should checkout Discord and Slack, so much better.

@kensanata At the rate we're going, not only do the dystopias write themselves, but they write their own dystopia-generating-AIs to write their own dystopias.

Text of an email I sent to the FSF in response to their request for comment on future engagement with the GNU project:

The 1994 game Perihelion: The Prophecy has a terrible nightmarish dystopian version of the internet. So I wrote about how it speaks to fears about the future of digital information

I don't usually get to write about games from a librarian perspective!

Every time you go on a job interview, you lose a piece of your soul.

This is an amazing and entertaining history of CSS and browser layout. Check out the comments, too, from some of the original authors.

Git is planning to switch to SHA-256 soon. This is all great news, but the best thing is the command to convert an existing repo to the new hash. It reads like a shitpost and gets better with each argument:

git convert-repo --to-hash=sha-256 --frobnicate-blobs --climb-subtrees --liability-waiver=none --use-shovels --carbon-offsets


This article has a lot of explanatory power.

"the managerial control stripped from middle managers and production workers has been concentrated in a narrow cadre of executives who monopolize planning and coordination."

Software is like an onion. If you open up the inner layers you start crying

My new came in yesterday and I've been tinkering with it. I had to open it up to get it started at all, so my expectations were met.

I'd like to report a murder.

(The opening lines of Greta Thunberg's speech at Davos)

[Culture war] is the centrality of beefing — a stylized, theatrical pattern of conflict designed to present a theater of moral righteousness, signal virtues, visibly strive towards a declared utopian condition, and most importantly, resist meaningful resolution. The conflict must be as impossible to terminate as the notional utopias being sought are impossible to actually attain. Beefing ... is ... an excellent way to perpetuate and grow a sustainable [conflict].

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I am a current member of ISOC German chapter.

I have asked the board of the German ISOC about the .ORG sale, but their answers did not convince me that the sale is any good.

I fear ISOC is lost to the money.

I waited for positive developments around the .ORG sale.

Critical voices coming from ISOC NL and CA.

But it seems neither ISOC Board nor ICANN are listening.

I decided to leave ISOC. That is sad. 🙁

<< If anyone has a right to be mad at Harry and Meghan it's the people of Sussex, who have been left leaderless without their Duke and who are now defenseless against incursions from Hampshire and Kent. >>

How strange will it be when we detect alien sentient life somewhere off in space at such a great distance that it takes millions of years for light to travel between us so we just gaze up at their ancenstors and wonder if they are gazing back at our ancestors.

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