So I have an announcement. I sent an email to my work saying that I wanted to be able to focus on my work on taking advancing the federated social web to the next level. Read: better security / abuse resistance, richer interactions, virtual worlds.
How will I be funded to do this? I don't know. I do know that the state of the political world scares me enough that I feel I have to do this. If you want to support me: https://www.patreon.com/cwebber
Wish me luck. More updates soon.
Hi! You may most likely know me as co-editor of ActivityPub, the decentralized social network message which is more-than-likely how you're actually receiving this message! https://www.w3.org/TR/activitypub/
Other things you may want to know:
- I'm a user freedom activist (free software, free culture)
- I post a lot of leftie politics stuff
- Expect lots of tech posts around lisp, decentralized network stuff, obscure-ish programming history
Overall I think planning, recording, and editing this episode probably will have taken about 18-20 hours, definitely the longest one *by far*. I hope it's worth it (especially since the topic is both semi-personal to me and also one of some anxiety!)
Web monoculture thoughts
So what if we accept that Gecko and, eventually, WebKit are doomed and that there's a single shared implementation of The Web Browser Engine that everyone builds from and it's Chromium.
What are the implications? What could we collectively do to make that world better? Can we change project governance? Can we do an antitrust breakup of Google? Where do the W3C and friends fit in?
Web monoculture thoughts
The fundamental questions are: can a feature or behavior be added to the web platform if Google does not wish it to be do? And can a feature or behavior be removed from the web platform if Google prefers they remain?
Adherence to decisions made by standards bodies would be important if Google retains keys to the kingdom.
Hey maybe it feels like you have no choice in this election between shitshow + apocalypse and just shitshow. The world not ending is a better vote in that extremely terrible lack of choices. But could we do better?
Yes, but it requires structural changes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3jE3B8HsE
Really glad I've done REPL-to-tests driven development. I have a ton of tests I was able to just dump in from when I was testing things. Rackunit makes this easier than anything I've ever seen, and easy is important, because it's too easy to drop testing on the floor.
Really saved my butt today: finding a regression took minutes which could have taken hours.
Hey cool, my run-it-in-your-terminal space shooster game Terminal Phase appeared in the Polish version of Linux Magazine (June 2020 edition, apparently)!
Choice A: literally the apocalypse
Choice B: blasting the dem party even further to the right than it's already gone because clearly that'll gain enthusiasm
"Hi can I choose something else"
"Thanks, good democracy we've got going on here"
"Just vote B"
"I mean I guess I feel like I have to but jesus fuck"
End of Arctic sea ice by 2035 possible, study finds
The northern #polar #ocean’s sea ice is a crucial element in the #EarthSystem: because it is highly reflective, it sends solar radiation back out into space. Once it’s melted, there’s no longer any protection for the darker water and rock beneath, and nothing to prevent them absorbing the incoming heat.
By 2035 there could be an end to #Arctic #SeaIce.
@cwebber Oh absolutely, and they completely know better. The only good VPN ad is the one Tom Scott did where he was like "A VPN company tried to sponsor a video but they wouldn't let me actually explain what a VPN does and what it does and doesn't protect against, so I'm just going to explain this anyway and not mention the VPN company."
@cwebber Not to mention a not so subtle hint at abandoning Firefox with the "We have to focus on the products that make money" bit 😬
Mozilla laying off 1/4 of staff https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/08/11/changing-world-changing-mozilla/
Confusingly COVID-19 is blamed, but I don't understand how that could be the case unless it directly correlated with losing specific funders. COVID-19 seems like it could also be an opportunity to close unnecessary offices, dramatically reducing costs.
- This probably means even more browser takeover by chrome
- Vague "pivot to products" talk
- Executive pay keeps going up https://twitter.com/withoutboats/status/1293188958705168384