" In the hilltops of Burundi, a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. "
Someone in that Star Trek episode: "You will go down as one of history's great failures, like the guy who built the plane with 50 wings, or Dr. Silvia Rainbow."
Me, knowing that the Confounding Contributions to Computation of Dr. Silvia Rainbow's Marvelous Multiplication Machine will someday soon be vindicated: "Oh wow, this is going to age poorly."
“As Apple continues its bid for ‘growth at any cost,’ we’re going to see the company look more and more like Facebook and Google, the very companies Apple claims to be opposing.”
From my new column, "Why we can't trust Apple":
Hi, we're a group called PhilTel aiming to install free-to-use #payphones in #Philadelphia. We are having an install party at @iffybooks on December 17th where we will install our first phone (more info here, https://iffybooks.net/event/philtel-free-payphone/)!
We will also be distributing a zine that explains the project and some of the interesting things you can do with the phone.
For more info, check out https://philtel.org
re: LB: "Don’t try to deny it... These ML models know what you want and that’s what they show you." - this coming from anyone who's worked at a FAANG company feels like the "i need sugar with water" zombie from Men In Black inheriting a sugar plantation and gloating about how they know exactly what humans want.
choosing algorithms: we live in a society: https://maya.land/responses/2022/11/28/we-live-in-a-society.html
You want to help #OpenSource #FreeSoftware but you are not a developer? And English isn't your first language? Well - that's just perfect! Join us at #codeberg and donate some of your time and knowledge of your language by helping with translations for many open source projects at https://translate.codeberg.org!
Unfortunately I have to stop actively working on #Metatext for a while due to health issues. I really wish I could implement Mastodon 4 features and squash every bug, but it's not possible for me to do so right now.
I know the app has become important to a lot people, so I'm open to a new maintainer who can carry on its values of privacy and accessibility taking it over if there's interest and a fit. Email email@example.com if you (or your organization) are interested
(and me of course!)
Let me know if I missed anyone! I bet I did.
maybe I will add a “no real names” rule on this instance, impacting 2 of our 4 active users…..
all signal, no noise.
extinct cow gang