So a friend of mine who hoards computer parts and books mentioned to me that he has an old Russian book on #COBOL.
Apparently it contains a line that goes something like "don't try to make your #code indecipherable to make yourself irreplaceable. Stalin knew what to do with people who make themselves irreplaceable."
Everybody remembers Prince for amazing songwriting and performances.... but this is what I admired most about his work.
He was a shredder that could put anyone to shame.
No Love for Johnnie (1961)
Read the plot synopsis for this film, from 60 years ago, and then tell me if you think politics has changed, at all, in the intervening years.
@ajroach42 You ever played scrap? It's a neat little roguelike where you are a robot that roams around battling other robots and can salvage parts from the ones you defeat to upgrade the part slots on yourself.
“Anytime someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won’t give you a key, they’re not doing it for your benefit” -- Doctorow's First Law
The erosion of personal ownership
I wish I had written this article myself. A must read!
Cigarette Boy: The Best Cyberpunk Media Artifact You’ve Likely Never Heard Of #cyberpunk https://blog.adafruit.com/2021/04/28/cigarette-boy-the-best-cyberpunk-media-artifact-youve-likely-never-heard-of-cyberpunk/ #cyberpunk
using a modern computer on the internet is like you've got this amazing studio workshop library full of tools and stuff, workbench space all over the place, and you're gonna put it all to use any minute now - except you just can't stop staring out out one dingy window at these people screaming at each other in the street
#britpol Owen Jones telling it like it is!
"Installation: we recommend that you use Docker."
what I'm supposed to see: "hey, it's a simple one-liner! Such clean install, much wow."
what I actually see: "we couldn't figure out how to install this thing on anything but our own machine, but hey, here is a well-compressed image of our entire disk, use this instead so that we can stop trying"
as we talk about the morality of vaccine patents
i think it is a nice time to also remember historical precident
jonas salk did not patent the polio vaccine. he went out of his way to make sure it was not patented.
he never got rich. he actively made sure he didn't get rich off of it.
but that history is full of stories about how for the rest of his life, jonas salk did not have to ever pay for a beer in any bar in this country. he would get on airplanes and once somebody recognized his name, the entire damn plane would stand up and clap for him. he constantly had hotel rooms comped, meals for free at restaurants, thus and so.
because he was surrounded by people who knew he had saved their children from having to ever consider the fear of an iron lung, and were overwhelmingly grateful for it.
he was always modest and demure when recognized thusly. but i think that when people start saying "well why else would someone make a vaccine, if not to get paid for it and hold the patent", i think it is good to remember these stories. the world did not punish jonas salk for not patenting the polio vaccine. the world loved him for it. maybe not in the structures that billionaires are most used to. but they did love him for it, in small ways, in humble ways, on the individual level.
promo: an RPG thing I wrote
I self published a little 20 page zine-sized RPG adventure about a group of folks who think they're going to the moon, but they've been tricked.
They're actually going to be lowered into a cavern that's decked out like a fake moon.
It's got some stats for Troika! but honestly, it would be easy to use any other rules light RPG system.. Grab Tunnel Goons, maybe, try it out.
Added RSS generation to my big ugly .gmi to .html script.
It's even uglier now!
And on the legacy internet: