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Since the whole blogpost would be unseemly long, I decided to publish the first chapter - on popculture:

"For years, we've been accepting the capitalistic and individualistic narratives on technology, painting an invention as a work of a single, exceptional individual - not years of work of the whole scientific community or a group of engineers."

Fellas... I can't believe it works... I created a DigitalOcean snapshot where you get asked a few things on first boot, and it gives you a working Mastodon installation, with SSL and everything. Holy shit

Someone responded:

"As an artist that stores their art on twitter and a lot of art related sites. This troubles me deeply. Imagine if Twitter or even Youtube did this. Every video gone forever."

And just holy yikes, y'all. This gave me palpitations.

Please don't think of uploading/sharing stuff as "storing" it on any of these sites--twitter/tumblr/etc. There's no good retrieval process, you don't control compression, etc. It's nice to access stuff one's shared for resharing but not storage.

Do you know ArXiv, the open pre-print database of scientific articles?

Well, there's also for African research:

AfricArxiv is a free, open source and community-led digital archive for African research. We provide a non-profit platform for African scietists to upload their working papers, pre-prints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), and published papers. We also provide options to link data and code, and for article versioning.

@alxd No to Fedbook, we really need to stop accepting it as a necessary evil for organizing before it's used against us

As for a logo, have you seen :greensun: ? I made it to be a solarpunk symbol, and it's :cc: so you're free to use and modify it as you please. Larger version and variations here:

I'm thinking about starting meetup in Warsaw. Starting with a talk on what is solarpunk both within the ecological and societal dimension.

I think we'd need a logo.

Do you think we should have a Facebook group?

Microsoft up to their old tricks.

Microsoft’s New Skype for Web Doesn’t Support Linux and Mozilla Firefox

I realized I don't know any common / public spaces to hang out with people in my city. Everything is commercialized or closed. I don't mean a cafe where I go see a specific person. I mean a community where you go to have a conversation, do something together.

Maybe a squat? I have heard a lot of bad things about squats in Warsaw ._.

In the end re:publica 2019 decided not to give me a slot. Well, I'll make it a blogpost then.

Whenever some venture capitalist or Singularity University lobbyist or Silicon Valley tech bro mentions “exponential growth” or “accelerating growth” just look them straight in the eye, say “tumour”, and walk away.

RT @jeremyburge

For years Facebook claimed the adding a phone number for 2FA was only for security. Now it can be searched and there's no way to disable that.


Kurzgesagt decided to delete two of their most controversial videos and redo one of them so that it matches their current standards.

They allow reuploads, as long as theyre not monetized (not FB, YT).

I respect that.

From my blogpost on hackers in popular culture:

Seeing "computeromancy" as an aesthetics makes the true hacking much more tame and hackers' criticism of our capitalist culture - toothless. They're dangerous because they're skilled / criminals / geniuses, not because they see more than us or raise valid points against how we use technology.

A University is inviting me as a speaker to their conference. They don't want to pay my regular rate, so I offer: I can do it for free if you guarantee that students will not pay for access to my talk in the conference.

They reply that they need the money and can allow _some_ of the students to come for free, but the first rows will be ticketed.

I don't know how to feel about it.

@carlchenet I just found your text -

Thank you for that! I was extremely wary of VSCode before, but not knowing you can not even analyze the binary... it's bad.

Beyond the question of not destroying Earth, do you think humans will be able to colonise the solar system in flesh?

Do you think we'll be able to make habitats supporting our bodies and adjust travel vessels to our needs?

Or will we need to bio-engineer our bodies or upload minds before we set foot on other planets?


This is a public service announcement.

If your job uses Slack, please remember that the administrators that have been configured can view any channel and download all files and all information published, including channels that are "private" or between 2 individuals.

Your discussions are not secure and can be snooped upon, even private conversations.

In other words: there is no privacy on Slack. Period.

This is the end of this public service

(Don't ask how I know that)

I've just finished 's and I have to say I don't like it.

The world is absolutely beautiful and I'd love to read more about it, but it's presented in such a bad way. The story is a chore to follow. The real problems of an anarchist society are presented only 90% in. Despite the main character making two very important decisions on the course of a book, it doesn't feel like he had any choice, or there was any real tension. It just kind of happened.

Properly researched comparison of a few password managers: 1Password 7, 1Password 4, Dashlane, KeePass, and LastPass.

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