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Stop using "Zoom" as a general term for video conferencing.
Stop using "Google" as a general term for searching the web.

Just updated to mastodon v3.3.0 works fine so far. Thanks @Mastodon @Gargron

Long Rant About Tech 

Musing on my experience of working in tech.

If I could sum up the startup life in a simple phrase, it would be this: the contemporary model that tech start-ups adopt is fucking cancer. Virtually all of them start from good ideas, or at the very least, good intentions. At first, it seems cool to work at a tiny company where everything is scrappy and the future is uncertain, where your first big customer feels like a huge validation of a big idea.

But, at some point, there's this horrific pivot where the startup decides it MUST act like "a business" and, without coherent guidance, copies over the conventions that thousands of other startups have bought into, with little consideration towards their corrosive effects.

One of the biggest, most telling things about my last startup was in what happened to personnel. It's representative of the wider industry: most employees stay for about 1-2 years, then fuck off to some other company in search of advancement in either payment or status, or both. Turnover in tech is extremely high, despite the purported benefits: there's a snack bar! We do team-building exercises once a month! There's yoga and inspirational talks, and a diversity initiative, and all of our messaging focuses on how much we care about you! We're a family, after all!

Deep down, all of these concessions do little to address the more horrific things going on. Someone's fucking the boss. The Diversity and Inclusion initiative doesn't actually do anything. The community outreach program just has the same people coming back every month to leech off the free food while we mindlessly play powerpoint karaoke and interview industry veterans over buzzwords like kubernetes. We pretend to be progressive, and care about people, but we're part of why the rent is going up, and a factor in why that homeless guy is shitting in the street. The poop in the street is treated as a meme - we all talk with a smile about whether that's dog or human poop, then bring up whether the problem will ever get better, as we mosey down to a sandwich shop to pay for our $15 lunches without the hint of irony.

Dear web developers and admins,
please stop embedding Google's hideous #ReCaptcha into your websites. Its algorithm is faulty, forcing regular users to click dozens or even hundreds of fire hydrants, bicycles, or traffic lights each day. It puts a 'suspicious activity' flag on users who won't obey to Google's business model - such as people who don't sign into Chrome, use anonymity VPNs, or use browser extensions to suppress common tracking mechanisms. Enough is enough. Stop it.

Black folks only, non black folks don't interact besides if you want to boost. 

So when you got onto the fediverse where there any hashtags or anything you tried to search out to find other black folks on here? Wondering if there is any consensus could use to try and signal beacon to other folks. Or maybe I just need to start something and hope it sticks? Like they have #BlackTwitter i've seen on posts so maybe #BlackMastodon or #BlackFedi ?

Hello people. I'm looking for an that allows communities to create microsites on a single platform and connect to each other.
Any links or recommendations are very welcome.

Corona Contact Tracing Germany now on F-Droid 🚀

No dependency to Google, no microg app required. Pure open source, built reproducibly.

(This time posting the correct URL 🙂)

Working on a German version of the new books from @davidrevoy
Already got my first PDFs exported and everything translated well. Will hopefully be able to order a proof soon.

I'm looking for good (science) fiction stories or books under a creative commons license. If anyone can provide me with some links I would be very happy.

I'm looking for good (science) fiction stories or books under a creative commons license. If anyone can provide me with some links I would be very happy.

@plausible Hi there. I'm self hosting plausible and wanted to know if there is a way of automaticly purging old events/data to limit the required disk space?

Wir waren mal kurz offline um den Server zu updaten. Entschuldigt die Unannehmlichkeiten.

Und wenn wir gerade mal posten: Ihr ladet viel zu wenig Menschen ein, sich hier einen Account zu erstellen. Lest hier, wie es funktioniert:

wow, #privacyredirect als #firefox #addon ist ja mal voll gut! endlich keine sch*** #youtube cookie pop-ups mehr :) Wenn es nicht funktioniert, checkt: "In privaten Fenstern ausführen" "Erlauben", und: bestimmt in den Einstellungen eine #invidious Instanz, nicht alle sind schnell, zufällige Auswahl ist hier voreingestellt.
wenn ihr videos hochladen möchtet, nutzt lieber #peertube

Warum Apple, Google und Microsoft in Schulen nichts verloren haben, begründen wir in unserem #Bildungspaket und nennen freie Alternativen.

Kostenloser PDF-Download oder schön gedruckt per Post:

#digitaleBildung #GAFAM

Blender ist wohl das beste Beispiel für ein unglaublich mächtiges Werkzeug, mit den man eigene Welten erschaffen kann. Die NASA verwendet Blender, um Modelle von Satelliten oder interaktive Webanwendungen zu bauen.

Außerdem wurde für Szenen von Blockbustern wie Spider-Man 2 oder Wonder Woman mit Blender gearbeitet – oder sogar ganze Filme wie "NextGen". Gaming-Firmen nutzen Blender, um ihre Spiele zu entwickeln.

#freesoftware #creativity #kreativität #nachhaltigkeit #freiesoftware #blender

The developers of Signal are currently doing a user survey:

I told them that I really like the app but also that I would like:
a) Signal on @fdroidorg
b) a proper desktop client
c) no data stored in "secure enclaves"

Maybe you'd like to tell them, too?


Der #OpenBikeSensor und die #SimRa (Sicherheit im Radverkehr) App arbeiten jetzt zusammen

Geht mit aktuellen Geräten und auch noch mit dem alten #RadmesserS. Firmware-Upgrade notwendig.

SimRa kann so Fotos bei Unterschreitung des #Abstand|s auslösen.

#Fahrrad #Sicherheit

#BoykottBlackFriday | #BlockFriday

Die Produktflut jenseits echter Bedürfnisse strapaziert durch Herstellung und Entsorgung unsere planetaren Grenzen. Wenige Klicks zu Ressourcen Zerstören. Das geht anders!

Heute rufen wir zum Boykott des Onlinehändlers Amazon auf!

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