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Change my view: the pain and obscurantism involved with current gen software metatooling (necessary tools to create and improve software, including compiler toolchains, build systems, source control systems and distribution hubs, etc) is indistinguishable from a set of UI dark patterns that protect the interests of the current systems' beneficiaries.

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Suggestion: World Takeout Day

* celebrate the spirit of the Data Transfer Project and bring awareness about personal data portability
* encourage everyone to export their data from Google Takeout and other DTP "signatories"
* encourage indies to implement takeout options
* public shaming for large orgs (like GitHub [maxlaumeister.com/articles/git]) that still haven't implemented an easy and straightforward takeout option

datatransferproject.dev/

The truest remark I've come across since the most recent layoffs comes from the venerable Frank Hecker:

'Twitter search on ”Mozilla” gives a good feel for public perception of Mozilla among technologists, but unfortunately most of the people commenting have no real idea what they’re talking about.'

civilityandtruth.com/2020/08/1

We are a *long* ways off from the days of Firefox as a socially responsible product.

hecker.org/mozilla/firefox-as-

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That so many people are only now taking up arms as a result of Mozcorp laying off some of its (bloated) workforce (good!) kind of... bristles. Comments about "slippery slopes" have always been a naive, delayed reaction at best—usually made by uninvolved folks living in a space beyond the periphery.

There's so much self-sustaining and fickle energy in gossip-, rumor-, and hype-fueled social media.

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Don't know if I should be relieved or annoyed that everyone is suddenly sitting up and noticing where Mozilla's at.

I abandoned ship 2013, and I knew then that it was about a year overdue. I'd been a module peer. *Everything* that has transpired between then and now was not just "foreseeable", not "foreseen", but instead already happening—at least on some scale—all through these intervening years. Mozilla is just in a long feedback loop:

colbyrussell.com/2018/10/11/mo

"Oh, you just HAPPEN to agree with the position that's most convenient for you and doesn't negatively impact you in any way?"

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A decent way to gauge how thoughtful and evenhanded a policy is is to look at its perscriptions and proscriptions and figure out how it affects the person(s) making the proposal versus how it affects others.

A position that would have the proposer bear some cost or burden is more likely to have been chosen out of fairness/rationality/pragmatism than is one that pushes all externalities onto others. The latter is more likely to be the result of self-serving opportunism.

Change my view: the pain and obscurantism involved with current gen software metatooling (necessary tools to create and improve software, including compiler toolchains, build systems, source control systems and distribution hubs, etc) is indistinguishable from a set of UI dark patterns that protect the interests of the current systems' beneficiaries.

Sometime in the period following the W3C HTML5 schism, and around HTTP2/SPDY/QUIC ramp up, but before hiding parts of the URL bar became the norm, browser makers should have transitioned to a new URI scheme 'what'. E.g.:

what://indieweb.org/URL_design

... rather than:

indieweb.org/URL_design

Suggestion: World Takeout Day

* celebrate the spirit of the Data Transfer Project and bring awareness about personal data portability
* encourage everyone to export their data from Google Takeout and other DTP "signatories"
* encourage indies to implement takeout options
* public shaming for large orgs (like GitHub [maxlaumeister.com/articles/git]) that still haven't implemented an easy and straightforward takeout option

datatransferproject.dev/

Due to how oral arguments played out, I'm less confident in the outcome than I was years ago. I'm hoping, though, that the court will recognize the strength of the principles argued in the petition, and that the Justices' reception of Google's performance in-person is not indicative of which way the court will actually land on the issue of fair use, API copyrightability, and merger considered in full.

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It's hard to imagine that given all the time to prepare, Google's team would have fumbled like this during execution. Reminds me of how, given four years to figure out how to prevail in an upcoming high profile election that should have been a slam dunk, it's actually an open question how it'll end because of how feeble one camp's attempt has turned out to be.

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I spent about a week in Jan 2019 reading through the first jury trial of Oracle v. Google. Last week I read Supreme Court oral arguments for the same (and have been shadowboxing in the week since).

Maybe the catalyst in 1993 had something to do with the song "Galileo" by the Indigo Girls from the previous year, which peaked at #10 in the US.

Or maybe it was the success of the second Earth flyby for NASA's Galileo and Sagan's subsequent article in Nature about its first flyby.

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... and there was a dark period between 1915 and 1993 where "Galileo" wasn't popular enough (<5 newborns per year) for us to even have the data for it. But from 1993 onwards, it's popular enough to chart.

It's been most popular over the last 5 years; since 2015 the number of newborns with that name is in the range of 25–30 per year.

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Sometimes I go through the US's Social Security Administration's records of names for newborn babies and look for things that seem interesting. Things like:

Over the last 65 years, the name "Mavis" was at its most popular in... 2016.

@matt I take it back.

I just went through the process of cloning the repo, etc. 45 minutes later and after tons of stdout/stderr spew—including warnings about 81 vulnerabilities classified as "high" and 2 classified "critical"—I got it successfully running on localhost.

But the project and its 4000+ dependencies is 2.5 GB! Not including docker images. Yeesh.

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An issue that I see keep running into amounts to recurring entanglement with the semipredicate problem and trying to work out issues from use–mention distinction.

@matt since Gitter is going to abandon their client in favor of the flagship Matrix client, do you think there's an opportunity for @abunchtell.com to snag a bunch of refugees by incorporating the current Gitter look-and-feel into its comments/federation strategy?

The problem with most arguments on social media is that most people don't engage with the argument that their opponent is making. They choose to engage instead with the argument that they *wish* their opponent was making. (Of course! It's way easier to seem like you're the rational and reasonable one that way.)

Imagine if we didn't incentive people who write papers to inflate their works with unnecessary crap...

I want to read more 2-page papers, not skim through 12-pagers.

Broadcast "internet" (no uplink) over repurposed satellite TV infrastructure began seeing use in Iran during last blackout:

restofworld.org/2020/cat-and-m

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