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Things from the 1920s we should bring back in the 2020s...


(stolen flagrantly from some discord)

Imagine if Amazon was run as a cooperative, and the money generated by the workers went to them instead. Amazon could literally hire 10 times as many people, and have each employee work 1/2 a day a week while getting the same salary they get now. The only reason that's not happening is because a guy named Jeff takes the lion share of the profits.

Pet peeve for today: people who point the slide-advancing-clicker device at the screen showing the projection instead of the computer that needs to receive the IR signal.

Every once in a while something reminds me that, canonically, The Chronicles of Narnia are a Sherlock Holmes fan fiction

"Over 60,000 people in Finland are about to go on strike to prevent 700 postal workers from a wage cut"

Fuck yes, solidarity.

– So, what games are you playing these days?

– Mostly Open Street Map

The name collision between Walkaway the novel by Cory Doctorow/off grid & economic philosophy and the wacko scam of people leaving the democratic party in droves is really unfortunate.

The fact that MacOS defaults to opening markdown files in XCode as opposed to literally anything else cracks me up. Talk about killing a fly with a sledgehammer...

Rise and shine #MozFest, we're here at Ravensbourne University, 6th floor in the #decentralisation space! Come and chat to us - here's Brendan setting up our demo, and taking time to review the many bridges we support! #mozfest19

Genie: You have ONE WISH.

Me: Alright, I have one, but it's very detailed.
Genie: As long as it is only one wish, you're allowed to spend as much time as you want detailing it.

Me: Alright, here we go. *Grabs notebook and takes a deep breath* The key words MUST, MUST NOT, REQUIRED, SHALL, SHALL NOT, SHOULD, SHOULD NOT, RECOMMENDED, MAY, and OPTIONAL are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

Genie: Wait, is that...?

Me: *Flips notebook* Chapter 1. Preamble.

A worker owned taxi #coop in Southend has grown from 6 to 70 drivers.

They repaid all their investors and returned £3000 to their members last year. The same year Uber left the area after failing to compete with them.

We need this in every town and city!

The more you dig at modern life, the more it becomes obvious that the reason we can't have nice things is just capitalism. That's it.

We have an AMA on /r/privacy happening right now for all your privacy related questions - head over to and get involved :)

The first Librem 5 smartphones are shipping “This is a big moment, not just for us as a company, but for everyone concerned about issues of privacy, security, and user freedom. The Librem 5 represents years of work, building the software and hardware required to make this phone a reality.” - Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of #Purism #Librem5 #Librem5Aspen #Linux #LinuxPhone #LinuxMobile #GNOME #FOSS

Its amazing to me that its 2019 and nobody has built any sort of error handling into offlineimap. No network connection temporarily? HANG! Timeout reaching the server? CRASH!

Been playing with linux bluetooth the past week or two for a side project and holy fuck the BlueZ documentation is horrible. Some of the worst API documentation I've ever seen.

What if the answer to Fermi's paradox is that evolution only produces greedy sentience?

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