The underlying assumptions of Big Tech projects are fundamentally different from those of Small Tech projects.

I am collecting my knowledge on this topic on this page.
njoseph.me/mediawiki/SmallTech

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#bigTech #smallTech #GAFAM

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@scottjenson A social network that lets you stay connected to your , you know, social network. All without algorithmically enticing you into more profitable but less relevant interactions, or getting you addicted.

Every name in Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson is a last name. He's literally the antithesis of John William Oliver.

waynehale.wordpress.com/2019/0 Imagine being the guy who has to sawzall a hole in the side of the shuttle to let a trapped astronaut out

@clacke @natecull @alcinnz @zens the part I don't get about this model is: once you've delegated access to part of your data to a remote app, you've lost control of that part of your data, have you not?

At least in the sense that you don't know where your data is going beyond the app you delegated to.

I understand that you don't lose access to your own data, which is good, but that's only half the problem IMO.

I wrote about an idea to make desktop applications sustainable.

"Can An "App Store" Be The Solution to Funding Open Source Desktop Applications?"

olivierforget.net/blog/2021/op

@lanodan we have the absolute worst standards of any engineering discipline, we have a million poorly educated programmers using toy hammers and orbital lasers to build bridges out of popsicle sticks and children's toys out of refined uranium and everything is on fire and WHY ARE WE OKAY WITH THIS

If I'm measuring it correctly, ActivityPub is a fourth-order abstraction

Don't get me wrong, computers can absolutely help us regain our environmental efficiency. They just *aren't*.

Not as long as we're:
* constantly syncing everything to the cloud,
* expecting same-hour delivery,
* funding our clickbait via surveillance advertising,
* buying a new phone every year,
* using AIs because they're cool rather than useful,
* running bloated software & webpages,
* buying into "big data"
* etc

Computing is environmentally cheap, but it rapidly adds up!

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47. Optical Adjustment
In the course of creating visual designs, designers very very often accidentally create optical illusions. This usually *isn't* desirable. Objects the same size appear different sizes. Lines that are meant to be straight look curved. The only way around this is to carefully adjust things by hand until they "look right". This is called "optical adjustment"

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@sir nice. This would work well to encode the payload for this little p2p protocol I'm working on.

@teleclimber

honestly, none of this person's complaints about the (A)GPL sound valid

"they're too long"
and basically the most clear licenses because of that

"i can't change them"
that prevents anyone having to dig through *two* "overly long" licenses to find the differences

"they define the word freedom"
is that better than *not* defining their exact goals?

"this reads like a manifesto against commercial software"
if you knew the depths of microsoft's patent war you'd want one.

@teleclimber centralized moderation is a proven failure and is just getting worse over time. I like how decentralized platforms like Mastodon are in effect like submarines - you can isolate the broken parts (eg Gab) rather than letting every compartments get flooded.

Personal opinion of a Facebooker who personally would use its products only under duress

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