This is not to alarm anyone, but the system we have is set up to fail. Redundancy is a thing you can skimp on to make some fast money in the short term and no one notices until it's too late. Let's not do that.
People are talking about a backup plan for when shit hits the fan and just-in-time delivery fails due to months long logistics problems here in the "West". No food in stores, no replacement parts for water treatment plants, sabotaged internet and so on. Seems like now is a good time as any to try to get self-sufficient together with your neighbors.
Okay people, we've seen #Mozilla degrade more and more for years, and we've always hoped it will find its way and get better.
Now people working on Developer Tools, #MDN, and the Rust team - arguably some of the most useful and valuable teams at Mozilla - have been laid off, to make space for more profit making activities.
This is utter bullshit.
But perhaps this is also an opportunity. The FLOSS community forked OpenOffice, XFree86, and other huge projects.
Snow Crash: HBO Max adaptation of Neal Stephenson's 1992 cyberpunk novel - https://www.cbr.com/snow-crash-hbo-max-adaptation-dream-cyberpunk/
Absolutely fantastic article that gets to the heart of what's going wrong with this nation:
"How Freedom Turned Sociopathic in America"
"In America, you are made to battle everyone else for…everything. Nothing is your right, really. You must fight bitterly for education, for healthcare, for a little bit of money, for food to eat, for a roof over your head. How can such people really be “companions” — when they are busy being enemies, opponents, adversaries? And when you look at the world this way, why would you want to stay home to keep others safe? And yet if a society is an organization of companions, of fellow travellers, of pilgrims all wearing humble cloth walking the same road — how can such a thing made of competition ever be a society?"
Neurotypicals: rather than explaining "when we say these words we don't actually mean these words", why not explicitly state what you mean instead, and cut out all the confusion from the middle? Would it not be more efficient to say precisely what you mean the first time, rather than needing to spend additional time and emotional energy explaining your true intentions a second or perhaps even a third time? This does not make sense to me.
Keybase, the company that asks you to upload your private keys to their servers, has just been acquired by Zoom, an essentially Chinese company notorious for having terrible concepts on how encryption should be implemented.
Even if you gave Keybase the benefit of the doubt beforehand, this is corporate suicide at it's most graphic. Delete your Keybase keys. Close your account. Rotate everything that Keybase touched, be that password or cryptomaterial.
Here is that photo. This is fine. I have edited out 2 faces and 1 logo.
I asked the photographer for permission and if they wanted to be attributed. They gave me permission and attribution was not required.
Someone sent me a photo of people's backs. I think that would be OK in most cases. Do consider the presence of non-participants walking in the other direction.
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