A feature I like from Riot now comes to Signal beta: emoji reactions 🤩
Y'all, imma issue a challenge:
Before buying a thing on Amazon, take just two minutes to see if it's available elsewhere online.
There's very often another seller that is price competitive, and free shipping is super common these days.
If you still wanna buy from Bezos I'm not gonna stop you, but it's worth at least checking for alternatives. Divesting yourself can be easier than you might think.
Make no mistake. Whether the person choosing to do this understands it or not. This is inherently an act of violence against our people. To perpetuate these images, and these falsities, to trivialize our existences by wearing redface and furthering sterotypes of us has been studied and shown to have negative impacts on our youth and in how we view our selves
Quite often, burning a trashcan is considered violent but evicting someone from their home is not. Signing a policy into action that will leave millions without healthcare is not considered violent. Poisoning drinking water is not considered violent. But resisting those things is.
What is ‘violent’ is always defined in favor of those in power and in favor of the status quo. Maintaining the status quo is rarely seen as violent, challenging is almost always is.
The sordid tale of #Microsoft's epic tax evasion and the war they waged against the IRS
“For years, the company has moved billions in profits to Puerto Rico to avoid taxes. When the IRS pushed it to pay, Microsoft protested that the agency wasn’t being nice. Then it aggressively fought back in court, lobbied Congress and changed the law.”
I Saw the Devil (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Saw_the_Devil); probably the most brutal, devastating tale of revenge I’ve seen. Recommend.
TIL Coraline Ada Ehmke, the creator of the awesome Contributor Covenant (https://www.contributor-covenant.org/), also created the Hippocratic License:
> ...an Ethical Source license (https://ethicalsource.dev) derived from the MIT License, amended to limit the impact of the unethical use of open source software.
License here: https://firstdonoharm.dev/version/1/2/license.html
I've been asked in multiple interviews in the last six months about how we can prevent private or semi private social media from becoming a place where people are radicalized. The only honest answer I can give is that I'm not opposed to radicalization per se. I'm opposed to right wing radicalization and I'm also opposed to the status quo and centrist incrementalist notions of justice and progress. I think we need more spaces online and offline for left radicalization.
Some #Vaporwave for today ☁️
"Moonlight" by Disco Bambinos
"slowdance" by 静けさテレビ [Tranquility TV]
wtf techcrunch.com on mobile browsers redirects through Verizon Media’s guce.advertising to give visitors a unique session ID.
“If you have iCloud Backup turned on, your backup includes a copy of the key protecting your Messages.”
Direct link to the guide: https://foundation.mozilla.org/documents/58/Mozilla_Zine.pdf
Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech
the prevailing opinion in the open source software sphere seems to be that if the program isn't working properly for you, it's your fault. obviously you were supposed to do X, not Y. obviously you need this installed first. obviously you can't use it like that.
when you work with software, it's very very easy to think that everyone interprets things the way you do. of course the end user is going to know the difference between authentication and authorisation, right? who wouldn't?
the point behind open source is, at its core, accessibility. the code should be accessible to all, and they should all be able to use it the way they like. so why don't we also take the concept of accessibility through understandable language seriously? it's no good having your program be usable on any computer if only some of the target audience can even understand how to use it.
this MLK day, consider actually giving Letter from a Birmingham Jail a read. It's not long, and MLK criminally gets mostly digested through trite soundbites and quotrs. His thoughts deserve to be read and understood in full.
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