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My italish in action in Brusell few days ago talking about how to do browser extensions.
#mozdem #firefox #opensource #fosdem2018

"Mozilla's DeepSpeech and Common Voice projects -
Open and offline-capable voice recognition for everyone"

Video is now available!


Watched the #FOSDEM Monero talk. It's nice that Monero fixes some of the failures of Bitcoin, but it's still based upon proof of work which is pretty disastrous from an environmental and decentralization point of view.

The questions were revealing. On the question of how Monero would stop five companies in China from controlling all of the hash power, like Bitcoin, the speaker avoided it and answered some different question about transactions. Proof of work with increasing hardness over time always favors the already rich who can build hashing factories at great expense. They might not be able to do it with asics, but for them that's just an implementation detail.
So you might think that software development is broken, that there are too many bugs and that developers never know what they're doing. But I think if you go down the route beyond simple bug bounties into bug futures and bug derivatives and bug derivative swaps - turning the making and maintaining of software into gambling bets - then there's the potential to really bork FOSS development in a major way.

Open source tools are by and large NOT user friendly in the name of remaining powerful and familiar to those who are already used to them

It’s a degree of tech elitism that’s locked out the public. The typical computer user is not going to familiarize themselves with the command line. Meanwhile, point and click tools got the upper hand in the market

It's uncommon enough to be announced: there are free seats in the Mozilla devroom. Come and learn about WebXR.

Open source development is not about making products, it's about running projects. Projects don't consist of code, they consist of people. When making decisions, always consider the long-term good of the project first.

It would be a good idea for #FOSDEM to re-evaluate their association with Google. What do Google stand for? How much of their software is actually open source these days? Is Google just openwashing at these types of conferences by promoting closed stuff and opaque algorithms behind APIs?

This year's question at the Beer Event's door is "how do you exit Vim?" Sorry cool kids using Sublime or Atom.

time for western civilization to curl up and die.

Start-up Fire Engineers Attempting To Form A Union:

Moral: Don't use the company Slack to discuss your unionizing efforts.

However, this isn't over. The second moral might just be: It's not a good idea to fire employees for discussing organizing in CA.


Performance ≠ Security 🔥

This is what the Intel architecture security bugs mean at scale. AWS clients already see up to 50% decrease in performance and basically all cloud providers use Intel architecture. Are you prepared to nearly double your spendings for servers in your company?
#security #intel #cloud

This small patch, to the Linux Kernel, is the most epic burn on Intel by AMD.

Paraphrased in English:
"If the CPU isn't AMD, assume it's not secure."