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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2016-11-01T00:47:10Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersPersona service shutting down in 30 days, "spiritual successor" self-hosted only (AFAICT at a glance) Portier announced.
https://github.com/portier/portier.github.io/blob/master/OtherProjects.md has comparison with other projects including Persona and an evaluation of Persona.
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2016-10-28T17:46:04Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersThe Workshop on Data and Algorithmic Transparency (DAT'16) is being organized as a forum for academics, industry practicioners, regulators, and policy makers to come together and discuss issues related to increasing role that "big data" algorithms play in our society. Our goal is to provide a venue for fruitful discussions and high-quality academic research papers focused on increasing understanding and transparency of large-scale data collection and the systems and algorithms that it powers.
Looking forward to reading the papers.
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2016-10-18T00:31:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers"Bassel Khartabil’s story is a dramatic and public example of the kinds of risks that contributors may face"
Privacy, Anonymity, and Perceived Risk in Open Collaboration: A Study of Tor Users and Wikipedians
Interesting paper, recommendations at end. Lazy summary: http://acawiki.org/Privacy,_Anonymity,_and_Perceived_Risk_in_Open_Collaboration:_A_Study_of_Tor_User...
Just voted for @mcgrof
2016-10-04T16:48:32Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttp://patentlyo.com/patent/2016/10/amendment-finally-reaches.html
Concurring opinion presents case against all software patents.
Rather, the big event is Judge Mayer’s concurring opinion that makes “make two points: (1) patents constricting the essential channels of online communication run afoul of the First Amendment; and (2) claims directed to software implemented on a generic computer are categorically not eligible for patent.”
Wow! What a sane statement! :)
2016-09-08T19:41:21Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersApparently FirefoxOS is transitioning to a community project, better name (I always liked Boot2Gecko) and people are still working on it https://discourse.mozilla-community.org/c/b2g-os-participation
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(As clarity, it's good that Mozilla is willing to try things. I wish they would give projects longer to prove themselves though, it feels like a lot of pivoting. What has lasted aside from Firefox?)
Nonetheless, I hope the B2G community can make it happen! Good luck, all!
2016-09-05T20:36:00Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://sandstorm.io/news/2016-08-31-sandstorm-for-work-ready
Go Asheesh & co!
I really appreciate:
* "Sandstorm for Work is 100% open source software"
* I got this announcement from their newsletter email, which contains the same material as blog posts, and does not use reader-hating obfuscated/tracking links. Thank you Sandstorm crew for not hating your readers like everyone else.
2016-08-17T16:52:47Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersRead, enjoyed, some things to [not |un]implement http://www.heydonworks.com/article/on-writing-less-damn-code
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2016-08-15T03:56:52Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersManually syndicating
Hey @mlinksva and @cwebber, how would I go about publishing my RSS feed to a pump.io account? I had a recipe for this before, but I can't find the packages I knew of. I am considering using various social media networks as alternatives to feed readers for the folks that use them, and I am not going to load up on closed networks before I have my federated eggs in a row. Aside: federated omelets. I suspect I'll need a a small server to poll my site, and then a pump account somewhere that has a security cert installed in a certain way (I couldn't use this on jpope's instance because of the SNI setup, but that feels like the cert dark ages now...). I was hoping one of you could point me in the right direction, or point other folks to this thread. I can also be reached at email@example.com. ^_^
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2016-08-04T03:52:29Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers@n8 leaving LWN employment to study fonts and type design and LWN is hiring a writer
Read and subscribe to the best publication.
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2016-08-04T03:31:25Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttp://lists.prplfoundation.org/pipermail/fcc/2016-August/000602.html
https://twitter.com/FCC/status/760178543766626305 Today's groundbreaking settlement: TP-Link must cooperate with #OpenSource community & chipset makers to allow custom router firmware. #tech
Haven't looked closer. Anyone have links to more detail?
2016-08-02T00:46:16Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersI am further behind on email and related tasks than I ever have been in my life and I am procrastinating by leaving this tombstone. Bankruptcy is not my style though.
Having been there, repeatedly:
First, be ruthless and just delete any unanswered email you don't have to respond to or otherwise react to. It's unfortunate and makes some people unhappy, but if you're in a hole, you need to do what you can to get out. You can always send everyone an email explaining you're under a mountain of email and ask them to mail about the topic again in a month if it's still relevant.
Second, after you've dug yourself out from under the mountain, maintain the ruthlessness until you feel you can stay on top of things easily.
Third, if you haven't already, consider introducing a system for managing email (and other inputs) and actions that should result from that. I happen to favour Getting Things Done (http://gtdfh.branchable.com/) but whatever you fancy and works for you is fine.
I too hold on to e-mail messages, unanswered or not, far too long and I suspect not to my good health. What we require of others, as those we demand to ourselves, are simply too many and too frequent. Everyone needs a break.
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2016-07-21T20:52:20Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersI'd prefer free license for FLOSS rather than promise to use only defensively, but 99% congratulations to @firstname.lastname@example.org and company https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/07/blockstream-commits-patent-nonaggression
2016-07-21T19:41:02Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://lwn.net/Articles/695014/
> Any early successes of troll-like behavior is thus short-lived and evaporates as soon as new Linux adopters learn to adapt quickly with compliant behaviors.
Great. Let's encourage "trolling". Successes of principled behavior haven't led to such quick adaptation.
No surprise. I think of copyleft as regulation, and many regulations need steep fines for non-compliance to encourage proactive compliance. Copyleft doubly so, since it is a private mechanism that has no publicly funded regulators whose job it is to enforce.
I know Conservancy can't explicitly encourage trolling. But I'm hopeful talking about principled enforcement increases awareness that trolling is a possibility, and many copy McHardy.
bthall likes this.In a related thread https://lwn.net/Articles/694906/ bkuhn writes:
> If we did focus on money, we could easily line up an array of less-than-savvy violators, demand funds, not worry about whether the users ever got source code, and have a reliable revenue generator. We don't do that because (a) it's not the intention of the GPL, (b) it's not in the public good, and (c) does not help users of Free Software.
(b) and (c) are false if troll-like behavior causes new adopters to "adapt quickly with compliant behaviors".
> We do think there should be a financial penalty for violating the GPL; I've said so in my talks for at least a decade, and the Principles say the same. The question is what is the priority: revenue or compliance?
Are they not complementary priorities? Could not prioritizing revenue lead to more overall compliance than prioritizing compliance?
Not for Conservancy to pursue, but again, I hope such messaging spurs others to see opportunity.
2016-07-07T19:20:27Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersGood for Mozilla! http://www.recode.net/2016/7/7/12116296/marissa-mayer-deal-mozilla-yahoo-payment
(Their contract with Y! to be default search engine for Firefox in US has change of control clause that allows Mozilla to back out and still collect $375m/year over next few years.)