2017-02-23T16:52:17Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersCommunications generalist job at institute that does lots of interesting work http://thegovlab.org/seeking-talented-communications-professional/
2017-02-09T17:59:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersApart from the obvious hypocritical element of this and serving as a data point on destructiveness of patents, curious...would love to read a deconstruction:
2017-02-08T20:21:33Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersAmway? Are you kidding me? JHFC. (Belatedly reading about the DeVos family.)
2017-02-06T20:29:47Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://sandstorm.io/news/2017-02-06-sandstorm-returning-to-community-roots
IIUC no longer attempting to build a proprietary enterprise backend (and their work on that now free software) or a large business, though no shutdown.
Some discussion at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13582942
Sandstorm is still a great project. I hope it finds lots of success, even moreso now!
2017-01-31T15:53:57Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers#FREEBASSEL Campaign Denounces U.S. Executive Order Excluding Refugees http://freebassel.org/campaign/statements/2017/01/31/us-exclusion-statement/
2017-01-31T03:42:01Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://sfconservancy.org/news/2017/jan/30/opposing-us-immigration-ban/
I modified the 2nd to last sentence, because I do not wish to see or pass on the names of extreme narcissists. Link to original with name included above. Maybe @conservancy will start posting here again soon. ;-)
Software Freedom Conservancy Opposes U.S. Presidential Executive Order on ImmigrationJanuary 30, 2017 The free software movement is, at its core, a social justice movement. Software freedom is essential for people to be confident their technology works in service to equality, justice, and democracy, and not as a tool for the privileged and the powerful to quash those values.
For this movement to succeed, it must welcome people from all nations and religions. If people are excluded from our work, what we build will fail to meet their needs. As much as we’re able, Conservancy strives to make free and open source software development accessible to people around the globe. We help our member projects organize conferences in many different countries. And our member project Outreachy provides internship and mentorship opportunities in countries that are thus far underrepresented in FOSS development.
Moreover, we house dozens of member projects that develop free and open source software and do so on a global scale. Their developers live around the world, collaborating thanks to licenses that give them equal rights to work on the software. In-person conferences are crucial to their work, providing important opportunities for focused development and community-building. Many of those developers have found employment in the U.S., enriching the economy and the world. Prohibiting arbitrary groups from traveling to the U.S. destroys these opportunities. It exacerbates the very inequalities that free software strives against.
Diversity and inclusion are core Conservancy values. The travel ban in the U.S. regime’s recent executive order runs wholly counter to those values. We oppose it in its entirety, and support its full reversal.
2017-01-27T04:10:56Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13493311
The company that developed RethinkDB, something like MongoDB but with a better reputation, went out of business, and apparently the developers want RethinkDB in a foundation. But are held up because foundations want them to change the license from AGPLv3. Apparently they are talking to the wrong foundations.@jxself yeah I made a snarky comment to that effect https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13497625
Now I see Erik Moeller made the obvious suggestion nearly six months ago https://github.com/rethinkdb/rethinkdb/issues/6137 ... I don't follow these conversations about choosing a 'foundation' closely, but I get sense that somehow, maybe without lots of awareness, lots of developers think joining a trade association is the right, or perhaps high status, thing to do, not really taking non-profit stewardship seriously. Am I crazy to sense this? I would love to change it if true.
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2017-01-26T21:39:37Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followersentropy : rng :: vacuity : ???
Thought upon reading some particularly vacuous sentences.
2017-01-22T18:55:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersRevamped FSF High Priority Projects top of HN at the moment https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13455776
2017-01-08T05:26:46Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersMongoDB is web scale
2017-01-01T02:00:50Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersI recall Evan Prodromou in particular predicting that equity crowdfunding would be a boon to boiler room operations.
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2016-12-28T04:14:18Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://en.goteo.org/project/vikings-world-s-first-libre-friendly-data-center
Seems almost no chance it'll meet minimum funding (€520k) but nice to see the idea out there.
Mostly skeptical discussion at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13184421
2016-12-24T01:10:37Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://www.cooleygo.com/documents/form-employee-confidential-information-inventions-assignment-agre... includes:
- Incorporation of Software Code. I agree that I will not incorporate into any Company software or otherwise deliver to Company any software code licensed under the GNU General Public License or Lesser General Public License or any other license that, by its terms, requires or conditions the use or distribution of such code on the disclosure, licensing, or distribution of any source code owned or licensed by Company except in strict compliance with Company’s policies regarding the use of such software.
2016-12-02T22:15:12Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersNot free as in freedom:
Human resources software startup Zenefits has been ordered by the state of Washington to begin charging customers who use its currently free software platform. Mike Kreidler, the state’s insurance regulator, said the company’s free software business model is illegal and violates an insurance law against inducements — rebates that health-insurance brokers offer to attract new customers.http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2016/12/02/washington-orders-zenefits-to-charge-for-hr....
2016-12-02T05:06:56Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttp://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/11/28/tweaks-to-the-existing-machinery-or-newer-better-machi...
> If I were starting a city from scratch I’m pretty sure I could write an awesome zoning code. It would be very short and look more like the MIT software license than today’s zoning codes.
Amusing to see an analogy made to a free/open source software license here. Do software licenses really have such cultural currency?
But since we're there: I imagine a still simple zoning code that would always allow the next level of intensity but not promote speculation might be a bit longer and look more like the GPL software license than today's zoning codes.
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2016-11-21T03:41:30Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersWhat is critical technology appropriation?
Little bit of history of IRC. Hackers as luddites -- sophisticated users of technology that use certain old technologies in favor of certain new technologies in part because they reject changes to life the new ones would bring.
Related text https://relay70.metatron.ai/writing-against-the-grain-keep-empirical-political/
Combining ethnographic and historiographic methods is also a way to perform a somewhat traditional function of intellectuals, which is to build solidarity through narratives between different people, not just conceptually and geographically. Historiography can help to build solidarity between people and struggles across time, and give a sense that things can and will change. This is very important in an apathetic moment such as ours, when the future is uncertain, yet old social structures seem to persist with depressing persistence. At this point it is always tempting to make predictions and programs about what will happen next. However, as you can see from this lecture, I am more keen on looking at what people actually do and what they did before, rather than extrapolate big visions and speculate about possibilities for the future. I think there is a historical window of opportunity for hacker studies to make an intervention not just in various domains of scholarship, but also in various scenes of practitioners. In fact the current needs of scholars and practitioners are not very far from each other, because in scholarship all the hopeful and positive things have already been said about hackers – and likewise, the activist discourse of practitioners has exhausted itself in repeating the same few visionary claims. So to echo this quote from Biella I have put up a moment before, what is needed now is a more nuanced view of technological politics and political technology, which can generate a collective awareness to the problems of articulation, critique and recuperation. There is perhaps an opportunity to make such an intervention because hackerdom is going mainstream, incorporating new areas of technology such as biohacking, and reaching new audiences such as women. There is a general sense in which everybody feels that “this hacker thing” is becoming important, yet the currently available narratives are not adequate to capture the complexities of the situation. Therefore, many individual practitioners – and some significant scenes as well – are going through an identity crisis which a more nuanced and rigorous scholarship could help to resolve. That is why I believe that there is a historical window of opportunity for critical interventions not just in scholarship but also within practitioners.
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2016-11-20T20:35:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersIf you happen to be near Taipei early next month, @firstname.lastname@example.org has organized an interesting workshop on collaborative data projects http://odw.tw/2016/programme.html which follows the excellently named http://i.iias.tw/CSCon2016/ "Disciplining or Empowering the Citizenry through Citizen Science-Historical and Normative Perspectives on Knowledge and Power"
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2016-11-19T20:24:19Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersGNOME developer and friend Travis Reitter http://treitter.livejournal.com/ recently struck down by scary thing I'd not heard of before https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillain%E2%80%93Barr%C3%A9_syndrome recovery plausible but arduous.
Fund for his family https://www.gofundme.com/travis-katie-reitter-support-fund
According to FB they are overwhelmed and don't want messages at this point.
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