I get nervous when I think about how long it's taken community-oriented free software to have interfaces that resemble "could be comfortable on mobile" and how much more critical user freedom concerns will be when we're all wearing sensory-modifying wearable computing and how hard it will be for the FOSS world to adjust its software to comfortably work on augmented reality type systems

When computers are involved in the inputs you experience, the outputs you produce, and your reasoning process, the distinction between those computers and you blurs considerably.

Increasingly, not having user freedom means not having agency. This work is critical.

@cwebber FOSS has been very good at the "no binary blobs!" kind of freedom, but not very good at the "you can actually use this without special skills" kind of freedom.

@lain Indeed, we need to do better; everyone deserves user freedom, not just people who can figure out how to compile software at the command line.


@lain Obviously we want to leave that path open but not have it be you-must-be-this-tall-to-have-user-freedom :)

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@cwebber @lain Matrix got it exactly backwards. Hackers be all "I don't even see blondes and redheads, I just see green kana, green kana ..."
@aidalgol @cwebber @lain In Matrix there's a scene where one of the hackers says "I don't even see [the falling green characters] anymore, I just see blonde, redhead ...".

He is so used to seeing the symboIic representation that he has internalized the simulation.

What happens more in real life is that a hacker seated in front of a GUI ("simulation") gets frustrated with the abstraction layers and streamlined experience that just make her think "what stupid button do I need to click to make X happen in the underlying model", and longs for a rich REPL where you can be more fine-grained and hands-on with the model, and create your own abstractions as you need them.

@clacke @cwebber @lain Oh THE Matrix. I thought you were talking about Matrix, the federation messaging platform.

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