“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.
Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.
Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.
I realize that when working as a freelancer in Poland I seriously miss a community to be a part of.
When the local hackerspace I used to be a part of decided to become an exclusive tech club instead of an open society I felt strongly opposed.
Only years after I realize that it's not only because I saw the hackerspace's mission as something else - but because suddenly there is no community for people like me in my area.
Tip to everyone using #mastodon 2.7: you can go to Notifications > Options and choose "Display all categories" to be able to sort between All / Mentions / Favs / Boosts / Follows!
“Physical abuse is normally preceded by verbal violence. When the language of the elites violates the limits imposed by decency, it causes more and more physical violence. Unfortunately this is not a theory but the reality, as the growing cases of racially and religiously based violence demonstrate"
Pawel Adamowicz - murdered on stage on Sunday in Gdansk
*IF* –> “Hero” -
This is a tribute to hackers all around the world, without whom we would all have a microphone plugged in our butts by now...
Of course when you have to mention heroes, you think fire fighters, hospital workers, etc. But hackers are essentials to allow us "mortals" to resist huge corporations and governments alike that all want to spy on us.
request for advice, technology career, disability
my wife is a freelance developer who is highly skilled in unity, C#, python, django. due to disability, she has been struggling with the demands of her corporate contracts and would like to offer her skills on a remote-only basis to conserve spoons. we’re wondering what kind of pay cut we’d have to offer to get the necessary concessions.
is anyone in a similar situation who would care to dm me their day rate or any advice? (pls boost)
I know great social innovators from Singapore who work hard to keep their society well-informed. The youth with mobile-friendly webpages, and the seniors with flyers.
Sierra Leonean hackers keeping the country's infrastructure running during an epidemic.
Indian educators bringing the Internet to schools on TV EM band.
There's nothing exotic about it, and we'll be able to have a proper conversation only after understanding that.
Swedes! Poles! Germans! Luxembourgers! The world is depending on you to save the internet from the EU! (PLEASE RT!)
I realized that core message of #Solarpunk regarding non-western cultures should be to stop treating them as exotic.
We should totally ban the word "exotic" and the mindset of something being appealing only because the culture is different than ours.
Other cultures have their own problems and ways of dealing with them, but we're all people. Let's stop fetishizing this cultural distance, even in aesthetics.
Have you heard about Solutions Journalism? Its main idea is to step beyond the regular investigative journalism and show solutions to the problem which worked in other places.
It combats news fatigue and allows people to see that they _can_ do something. It gives hope where regular journalism just exhausts us with a constant stream of bad news.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34150927-the-sound-of-the-world-by-heart? is pretty good, as well
A photographer takes a challenge not to talk to anybody for several weeks and always wearing headphones, only taking photos.
Copyleft Conference… sponsored by Google.
Kindly go die in a fire.
It looks like The Verge published an article exploring very similar themes of status quo among superheroes on the same day as me:
Since the whole #HackerNarratives 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."
Future visions other than #cyberpunk listed by the author:
1. #chaohuan - Chinese Ultra-Unreal
4. #cli-fi - Climate Fiction
7. #kitchenSinkDystopia - looking like realistic Black Mirror
Intro: For 33 years I was a professional journalist: reporter>editor>managing editor. I founded & ran, for 12 years, a nonprofit dedicated to helping young people write: https://youngwritersproject.org.
Now I focus on my own projects: a novel that has occupied my mind for 18 years; a journalism project: words, sound, images centered on a courageous opioid addict.
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Programmer, hacker, educator, activist and a wannabe writer fascinated by how technology is portrayed in culture - and how that affects human lives.