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when you see someone criticizing open source through reference to the free software movement, or vice versa, consider that they are conflating two aspects of computing that, on each side, have taken significant and long-standing pains to distinguish each from the other

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Warren Lyford Delano, in memoriam mh(-) 

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"I've already told you my name, and it meant nothing to you. Or rather, it meant the wrong thing.

Names are tricky that way. The best way to know someone is to have a conversation with them."

--Enoch Root to Randy Waterhouse in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.

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The point at which I begin to question anyone's rights of free association (which includes the right to pick whom *not* to associate with) is *very* close to the point at which that someone has sufficient heft to need being regulated (eg, de facto public utility w/ monopoly or monopsony power)

This pervasive consumerism inherent in otherwise ostensibly user-centered advocacy rises from, and supports, a narrative in which Our Brand™ stands with each person, alone together, against the whole world.

Consumerism pervades much of the discourse on user experience, implicitly and often invisibly.

I started this instance because I wanted to make a cool place for people to meet and communicate. Thank you for your support, 🇧🇷 :blobheart:

And here’s some more Quito #florespondence. I could happily spend another week here, but I’m also very excited about our next stop.

I hope all my fedi friends have a great day today, full of the things that make them happy. :ms_sparkling_heart:

@popstar @denikombucha And during the Civil War era, southern whites claimed Cherokee heritage as a "convenient" way to claim they had more right to the land than Northerners, so a lot of these stories are tied up in Confederate white supremacy.

@puffinus_puffinus There's a Fediverse channel in the English XR Mattermost that has some people trying to get more groups into Fedi and co, if you're interested in that

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We're signing up for Excited to see if new users will sign up to join our little corner of the #fediverse! 🎉 #mastoadmin

“What are you without #racism? Are you any good? Are you still strong? Still smart? Do you still like yourself? ...If you can only be tall because somebody’s on their knees, then you have a serious problem.”
- #ToniMorrison, 1993 Charlie Rose interview

@grainloom No.

They, sadly, have no idea that people in the US have no idea about the Geography of the US.

Also, they don't know that other countries exist.

The only thing they know is that they live in the US, and there are 50 states, and they're like, California and New York and the one they live in and the others where no one important lives.


A properly functioning system would greatly reduce car ownership. This would have the effect of significantly reducing the number of parked cars in a lot of places because, for one, the limited number of cars would be 'on the road' most of the time and for two because there are obviously fewer cars to park.

If currently a non zero percentage of time is spent, say, in city centres 'looking for a parking space' then that traffic is reduced.

In fact 'parking' in a properly functioning system...


@jerry @loke @kungtotte @vilbi @kensanata

Every summer around where I live the highway is stop and go with people coming down from the nearby city to the beach. When I drive away from the coast I pass (literally) miles of stopped cars all sitting on scorching pavement, engines idling.

It blows my mind that we all accept this as better than mass transit.

Ironically there used to be a train devoted to coming from the city down to the beach but it became "obsolete" in the early 1900s.

Regarding that boost of @loke’s post: I think a lot of self-driving cars can reduce the actual number of cars standing around. The numbers of cars driving will remain the same. The kilometers driven will remain the same. And if it turns out that we still largely orient our workdays around the sun rising and setting, then we will need the same number of cars on the roads at the same times, so we might not actually decrease the number of cars by orders of magnitude. #cars

Every day I spend at home with Manjaro makes me realize how lucky I am to not be dealing with Windows 10 at work :smug:

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