Charles ☕ Stanhope firstname.lastname@example.org
Software/hardware developer interested in programming languages, open platforms, art, diy, craft, music, making a living, learning, life etc. Trying hard to be part of the solution. See also http://charles.stanho.pe
- Made with Creative Commons from Paul Stacey and Sarah Hinchliff Pearson is out: "A guide to sharing your knowledge and creativity with the world, and sustaining your operation while you do." License is CC BY-SA.
- Interesting developments in Guile/Guix land:
"Mes aims to create full source bootstrapping for GuixSD: an entirely source-based bootstrap path. The target is to [have GuixSD] boostrap from a minimal, easily inspectable binary --that should be readable as source-- into something close to R6RS Scheme."
- I'm somewhat bemused by all the "mp3 is dead" stories coming out of tech news and being parroted by others. It's hard not to think that this isn't some sort of PR push to get the general population thinking that MP3 is obsolete so that the patent encumbered technologies can be sold as "advanced". I admit it appears to be working. Somehow terminating a licensing program is being reported as killing off an obsolete technology as opposed to simply indicating that the patents have expired and the technology is finally free for use by everyone.Show all 5 replies"They terminated the licensing". No. They terminated the licensing *program* because they no longer have any money to collect from the racketeering.
Problem is that most of those that write about it either don't even grasp the concept or are malignant to misinform.
- If you're in the USA, and you are concerned about preserving net neutrality, the FCC has opened the commenting period on Ajit Pai's proposal to have net neutrality rest on voluntary agreements from our monopolistic ISPs. The EFF has a tool to make it easy to submit comments: https://dearfcc.org/
- Ugh... "Amazon Wants to Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom" https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/amazon-echo-look-bedroom-camera
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- It's World Intellectual Freedom Day! Unfortunately, it appears the WIFO site is down, but archive.org has our back. :)
- The US has recording laws that vary by state. If you install one of those always listening devices in your home (e.g. "smart" TVs, Amazon Echo, or even a Mycroft), I wonder if you would be required to notify house guests depending on where you lived. (Of course, notifying guests seems like the polite things to do regardless of the law, but I doubt people want to be reminded they are being monitored.)
Then again, I just remembered that people are already walking around with listening devices in their pockets that are often always monitoring what is being said ("OK, Google!"), and I haven't heard anybody suggest we need notification. I guess when we are constantly recorded, there isn't much point in notification. Privacy is the exception, not the rule.
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Also, almost all cellphones (and perhaps tablets), even some older ones, have a baseband processor, which is listening to things you say until you remove the battery. In newer models, they can also continue on/working some hours after the battery has been removed.
Open source FPGA toolchains!That's not a great picture, and it should probably be a video to properly appreciate my rotating, blinky light "hello, world", but I'll just go with what I've got. After way too much time, I finally had an opportunity to sit down and try to play with the Lattice Semi IceStick dev board. But instead of using the proprietary tools, I used Project IceStorm tools. It was an amazing feeling to sit down with just open source tools and go from Verilog source to a binary that is sent to the FPGA. This should be as commonplace as using GCC to compile a program for a CPU, but it still isn't. Anyway, it's a start, and I hope it leads to more things.
- Domain Swap! "Bring a list of old domains you hesitantly keep renewing, domains that no longer fit, domains you've outgrown, domains you've had parked for years and haven't used. Give them away to friends, trade for better domains, and pick up some hot, new URLs for 2017."
I realize this is Earth Day and all, but this is a form of "reduce, reuse, recycle" right?
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- I'm sure this observation has been made before, but it just occurred to me that Facebook, Twitter, OStatus, Pump, Mastdon et al., are essentially mailing list providers at the level of the individual. Their differentiating features are mostly UI and marginal addons (e.g. likes, favorites, tags etc.) that tempt engagement.
This thought occurred to me while I was imagining what a unified interface to mail, RSS, and social platforms might look like. Take away all he UI embellishments and it seems like you are mostly left with inboxes of various sorts.
- "Finally, surveillance capitalism makes it harder to organize effective long-term dissent. In an setting where attention is convertible into money, social media will always reward drama, dissent, conflict, iconoclasm and strife. There will be no comparable rewards for cooperation, de-escalation, consensus-building, or compromise, qualities that are essential for the slow work of building a movement. People who should be looking past their differences will instead spend their time on purity tests and trying to outflank one another in a race to the fringes."
From Maciej Cegłowski's Build a Better Monster.'We need a code of ethics for our industry, to guide our use of machine learning, and its acceptable use on human beings. Other professions all have a code of ethics. Librarians are taught to hold patron privacy, doctors pledge to “first, do no harm”. Lawyers, for all the bad jokes about them, are officers of the court and hold themselves to high ethical standards.'
- I just created my first org-mode file to help me plan and track my driver development. I'm... I'm a little nervous...
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TFW you remember proprietary app stores aren't really about protecting you
- I'd like to refurbish the home keys on my keyboard (desktop PC). The bumps are worn down, and I can't tell when my fingers are in place. I'm thinking an epoxy perhaps. Do any of you fine people have any other suggestions?
- I Learned this morning that PackageKit and dnf on Fedora (with Gnome) are two completely independent, parallel ways of keeping software up to date on your system. If you only use dnf (like I do), the default PackageKit setup will happily keep downloading .rpm files into a cache and will seemingly never delete them. Eventually hilarity will ensue when you run out of disk space (as I did)...
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Maybe it's also important to keep in context that the original Charging Bull piece was guerilla art...
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- Christopher Webber's thoughts about approaches to distributed anti-abuse got me thinking about other forms of abuse. What will the general approach be to protecting individuals and the nodes they are on from legal bullying, either from the government or from people with too much money and lawyers? Right now the general approach is for people to hide behind large enough networks that can push back against unwarranted legal aggression if that network thinks it is in its best interest. That's not much protection, but it is more than what an individual would get on their own. Also the large network is unlikely to be harmed regardless of what happens, so the rest of the network is "safe" and continues on.
It occurs to me that small federated nodes may be more vulnerable to legal threats and would be less able to provide protection to its members. Will people who are likely to be targets (activists or anybody outspoken) have to run their own nodes? Will an organization be formed that federated nodes can join to obtain legal counsel?
An example of the kind of legal bullying I am thinking about: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/twitter-sues-homeland-security-fake-alt-uscis-236965
Probably the answer is that the "federated web" needs to move more peer to peer so it's harder to squash individuals like this, or pressure a "node" to do so.
There are some decisions in ActivityPub and the linked data approaches which mean that they will survive mostly intact in a move to a peer to peer encrypted system. The main thing you'd want to do is remove HTTP as a transport protocol in favor of something more decentralized. The "being attached to a node" aspect of federated networks will need to be phased out.
Luckily, we can still use the concepts of inbox/outbox and our vocabularies and etc and things should still be roughly compatible. The only thing in ActivityPub that I think is very strictly HTTP is GET/POST, but I think that can be layered over a more peer to peer system anyway.
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In the meanwhile, it's still useful to work on the HTTP as a transport approach, because that's where people are. But I hope we can migrate.
Of course, the "migration success" of IPv6 doesn't give much hope for the capacity for large systems to migrate... :)
Btw, I think one point in your above post is very important:
Will an organization be formed that federated nodes can join to obtain legal counsel?
They should exist, and they already might... EFF, ACLU might already be willing to take on such work, and thus should be supported. And if not, hopefully another org will, and we should support that.
- Okay. I admit that being able to browse the web from my editor is actually more useful than I thought it would be. #LessonsFromEmacs