WeAreNameless is a monthly community project on the Fediverse where Hackers and their friends watch old sci-fi cyberpunk movies.
This month's movie is WarGames and we'll watch it together on Saturday, 23 of February, at 21:30 UTC (AKA 9.30 PM UTC). Get ready for eeeeet!
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"Big Tech's problem is Big, not Tech" by Cory Doctorow (video) https://archive.org/details/decentralizedwebsummitmedia-2018-courtyard-2?start=509
I missed this when it came out a few months ago, but this is a great talk. I'm becoming more and more convinced that the problems of technology centralization can't be solved without antitrust. Tim Wu's recent book "The Curse of Bigness" also comes to mind here.
Is it just me, or was the original iPod's text menu UI the pinnacle of computer UIs?
It was fast and lightweight, intuitive and accessible enough to be easy for my grandma, as discoverable as any GUI I've used, and was completely free of distractions and flashiness.
The touch wheel can stay dead, but the menus should work equally well with just about any input device. We should get back to building text menu UIs.
This is a 10 on the Cyberpunk Scale, as determined by science.
Niklaus Wirth apparently worked on a plugin that would run JIT-compiled oberon ASTs in the browser as applets back in the mid-90s: https://github.com/berkus/Juice
I'd apologize for making this but I'd be blatantly lying.
Hashtag #Rust meme squad or something.
The scene: me, sipping tea, casually resting in ny armchair, looking out the window. Outside are chaos.social and anarchism.space, along with a few others. They're reading a sign posted on the edge of my yard: "MAKE YOUR INSTANCE AS SOCIALIST AS YOUR MEMES". They are mumbling to each other, hands gesturing wildly. I pick up a book, and start reading, knowing change is coming to the fediverse.
The roots of this idea go deep: to the 1960s-70s 'encounter group' movement and personal-improvement cults like Scientology and est / Landmark, where the idea was you'd sit in a room with strangers and reveal your deepest feelings and this 'process' would be painful but bring you to self-realisation.
Beyond that, to economic laissez-faire and then Protestantism and the Renaissance.
That there's a process (market) that should not be 'distorted' by intervention.
Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more