- Some day, some day, the tech world will agree on whether you need to include the space when it's a verb (hint: yes).
- Great to see @cecilia_cmd written up in @lwnnet, in @praxagora's article "Making institutional free software successful" at https://lwn.net/Articles/750781/ #opensource #foss
- Waiting for the @SlackHQ IRC gateway to turn off (they're shutting it down on May 15th) is surprisingly similar to the weird, out-of-time feeling between the Nov 2016 presidential election and when Obama actually left office in January 2017.
- This was great -- read all the way to the end: https://blog.communitydata.cc/workshop-on-casual-inference-in-online-communities/
- Not liking this direction... I *so* do not want possession of a particular physical object (mobile phone) plus a carrier contract to be what I need to get access to online accounts online :-(. https://medium.com/pcmag-access/us-carriers-are-prepping-id-protection-that-goes-beyond-passwords-a2...
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- Looking forward to panelizing with @Smiljana_A at @IITDesign's "Design and the Blockchain" on Wednesday, April 1st at 12pm in Chicago: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-and-the-blockchain-tickets-44566653059 . Open to the public; please register if attending.
- Hey @eventbrite, idea: have a button to print an event page in leaflet-appropriate-for-physical-bulletin-board format. (Just using browser's built-in "Print" is not quite right, for obvious reasons.) I wanted to do it for this: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-and-the-blockchain-tickets-44566653059
- This is proving to be amazingly useful: a CSV explorer script (i.e., make that CSV file human-readable in 2 seconds). Why didn't I write this years ago? https://github.com/OpenTechStrategies/ots-tools/blob/master/csv-scope
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- Today's thought: "A centralized online service will always trade the interests of its users for the interests of its billable clients." Looking at you, @SlackHQ, re https://mashable.com/2018/03/21/slack-direct-message-privacy-change/ and https://opkode.com/blog/slacks-bait-and-switch/ (At @OpenTechStrat we use @Zulip for chat and it's great.)I've actually cooled on XMPP due to how poorly it often handles network transitions and temporary dropouts making it kindof a terrible experience on mobile devices, but yeah, I'd certainly rather use XMPP than Slack. Perhaps a better Slack alternative is Matrix/Riot.im, which has most of the upsides that Slack does but is federated and entirely FOSS (it still has an IRC bridge, too, unlike Slack).
- The wording "before the 2nd Tuesday in May in the year in which a regular election is held" is completely unambiguous -- @GovWalker's misreading is deliberate & unlawful. There's no other interpretation. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/walker-republican-lawmakers-no-special-elections-streak-democratic-wins
- Wishing huge success to @tidelift in helping #opensource with their Tidelift Subscription launch! http://blog.tidelift.com/announcing-the-tidelift-subscription
- Sometimes @JoshTPM reallly knocks it out of the park with analysis of present-day politics & choosing the perfect historical comparison: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/gun-rights-positive-good-and-the-evolution-of-mutually-assured-massacre
- Spot-on: @RickPerlstein and @HenryFarrell understand the widespread falsified video/audio that are about to cause major havoc: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/opinion/hacking-politics-future.html (c.f. http://www.rants.org/2017/01/forecasting_faked_kompromat/ FWIW)
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- This article by Christine Peterson (@lifeext) on how she coined the term "open source software" is unexpectedly fascinating reading: https://opensource.com/article/18/2/coining-term-open-source-software
- TFW when you look closely at browser URL referral policies and are suddenly surprised and disturbed: http://www.rants.org/2018/02/a-mystery-firefox-and-user-privacy/
Tyng-Ruey Chuang likes this."Why would the site author get to decide what the value should be?"I didn't realize site's more liberal referrer policy could override, but the common use case for site specifying a restrictive referrer policy is an intranet where existence of a URL might leak info, including to competitors.I'd like Mozilla to be more aggressively pro-privacy and free software than it is on all the things, but I don't think there's anything unusually nefarious going on here, just the normal level. I recall in the 1990s everyone knew the full URL was sent as referer, didn't give it a second thought or have privacy even cross our minds, and built applications expecting to utilize the referer. I'm pretty sure I did that several times. I was naive for sure. I guess that some applications still rely on that behavior and that turning it off abruptly would cause users to be frustrated and Firefox to lose market share. Same winning argument as for supporting encumbered media formats and DRM. Sigh.Oh, I meant to reference JanKusanagi's comment. This isn't about the current WWW being worse than in the past (there are plenty of other things making that case), but holdover/bad decision from the old WWW. I suppose that misspelling was also an unintended signal of a design mistake.
Yeah, well, it started to suck back then, with the little things, and then exploded into the sh*tshow that it is today =)
The thing is, back then it was an "extra" for life, now it's more of a necessity, and now, the fact that it's cr*p matters more.
Sorry for the negativity :p
- Tired of using military/medical metaphors in DevOps ("after-action", "post-mortem", etc). I'm going to start saying "CLOD analysis" instead: "Cold-Light-Of-Day Analysis" is what your team does after the service is restored and you're now all calmly discussing what just happened.
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