Christopher Allan Webber email@example.com
Madison, United States
GNU MediaGoblin founder, former Creative Commons software engineer, python hacker, free software enthusiast, maker of weird drawings See: http://dustycloud.org/ (Any pronouns are okay.)
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DRM will unravel the Web
A blogpost, and a deep sigh of despair.maybe people need to write more browsers
(so that we don't end up with only two or three browser engines being used by 99%)
... and encourage websites to not implement things that only a couple of browsers can do.
I don't like the idea of not being able to trust the browser
I was wondering this morning, for people who are ok with a neo-nazi rally because "well it's free speech"... what percentage of those people would be okay with an ISIS rally? White terrorism gets a pass.
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It's called getting them right where we want them...for facial recognition and data capture. You don't necessarily need a warrant to take pictures at an open-air event where faces and people are openly visible to the naked eye. If they self-identify now, it can help with establishing motive if criminal acts occur later.
Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) likes this.I don't think one has to be "ok with" people saying repulsive things in order to believe that it should be their right. And I say "right" in the sense that it's the sort of thing that the government shouldn't have the power to stop.
That said, making actual (even if vaguely specified) threats is something that can and should be prosecuted.
And yeah, if ISIS were to hold a rally without engaging in or threatening violence, I'd be all for it. Well, all for not stopping it anyhow.
Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) likes this.Dunno about the US, but in Sweden both neonazis and ISIS fans -- and other radical islamists -- hold demos. At the point where they (both) encourage people to destroy the state of Israel or encourage violence against jews in general, they get prosecuted for hate speech.
As a side note, I definitely think the Social Community Group has been well served by using Mumble; it's libre and everyone seems to be able to use it without difficulty. I'd love to see more standards groups pick it up.
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Today's labor day is a good time to reflect on how we can ensure everyone is cared for when many jobs are being automated away.
Remember when Godwin's Law was a thing because nearly everyone agreed it was a bad idea to be a Nazi
Not saying Nazis didn't exist, just near-universally reviled in the abstract and as a boogeyman (probably not once you deconstruct actual policies). Definitely Nazis have never had such good standing with the state and the general population post WW2 in the US than they have now.
Mastodon is rolling out ActivityPub support this week & a new AP CR coming out. I feel like years of work are finally proving themselves. 😌Show all 5 replies
I'm not claiming I did any work on AP implementation in Mastodon of course, that's thanks to a herculean effort on Gargron and friends. But standards stuff unexpectedly occupied 2.5 hard years of my and others' life; sometimes I laid in bed wondering if it was worth it. Feels like it was now, and I'm grateful for that.
Harry Potter and the Y Combinator But Like the Math One Not the Startup Thing
Ian Price's GSoC for Guile Scheme -> JS project final update
It's a really impressive update; you can indeed compile much scheme code now to JS, which is a huge accomplishment. Congrats to Ian! I'm very proud to have mentored this (I didn't do much but manage).
Congrats again, Ian! Amazing work.
The best solution we can give users is to allow users to protect themselves by filtering their social stream, though that's not always easy. Facebook is suing the author of a plugin that tries to do just that.
Speech I gave at my brother's board-game themed wedding about what we can learn about life from games.