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.)
Whitepaper I'm drafting with Mark S. Miller (!!!) on building a capabilities system on top of Linked Data Signatures
Also HOLY SHIT MARK S. MILLER OFFERED TO BE CO-AUTHOR ON A WHITEPAPER WITH ME OMG* shamefully looks up who this miller person is *
> Project Xanadu
> invented Miller columns [which apparently is the tree visualization with one column per hierarchical level that is now used in every file system browser everywhere]
OMG man that is epic.
Christopher Allan Webber likes this.Also wrote papers together with Eric Drexler:
Christopher Allan Webber likes this.> This paper examines markets as a model for computation and proposes a framework--agoric systems--for applying the power of market mechanisms to the software domain.
> Algorithms that manage processor time and storage in ways that enable both conventional computation and market-based decision making will be useful in establishing agoric systems: they lie at the boundary between design and evolution. Algorithms are described in detail.
> This comparison suggests that a form of ecosystem here termed a direct market (as opposed to the indirect market of human society) is a promising basis for computational ecosystems.
In 1988. Very cool.
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The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.
Uh, "most" weren't breached, which means "some" were... were votes changed?
Other stories indicate that attacks were on voter registration systems rather than the voting systems themselves. As a former poll judge, I can easily say that that's the attack surface you gotta worry about. If you don't have an accurate voter roll even the dead can vote perhaps repeatedly in that Chicago way.
The American Yawp
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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