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Imagine living in fear that on any given day, government agents could shoot you for any reason and face little to no repercussions.

Many don’t have to imagine it. It’s their reality.

When our actions aren’t enough to alleviate that reality and the fear it carries with it, we cannot respond by giving up or demanding approval.

Instead, we listen and learn to see the vision of a world without that fear.

And we hold that vision and take what actions we safely can to make that vision a reality.

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Microsoft should not buy Mozilla. That's nuts. If we live in a world where it is inevitable that big tech companies buy independent open-source projects, then we are living in an unhealthy system. (which we are, but still)

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Everyone clamors around GitHub because it feels nice (for now). But when (and it will happen, companies move against people and community by design) they move away from people, so many tools and components of the ‘community’ will be stuck behind those doors. (

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Technology doesn’t solve anything. It’s a mechanism for leverage.

When we grant that power freely, without thought to the way that leverage will be applied by we abdicate our responsibility as technologists.

Sometimes this is done due to coercion (We gotta eat!) but sometimes it is done for ego (People won’t adopt my project if it’s not MIT!)

FYI, the response codes listed at the bottom of the page are links to - the best HTTP status code resource.

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I've been working on an inline API documentation library for use with Ktor (a Kotlin/JVM server framework) recently - just published its first version!

It was a lot of fun to write - it benefits from a lot of Kotlin's language features - and using kotlinx.html to create the UI was a fairly good experience.

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I'm enjoying @1br0wn's paper, "Interoperability as a tool for competition regulation", explaining how governments can use open standards like ActivityPub to break up Big Tech monopolies. Really interesting reading, and it cites Mastodon specifically as a place where interoperability has benefits to content moderation (which is something I've been saying for years!)

(h/t @doctorow for linking this!)

cc @cwebber

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I wrote a small entry (which, tbh, I should have written on my blog first - think I’ll [PESOS][] that) that’s like a small rant and - I don’t know, tbh. (

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The Twitter hack is the latest in a long line of failures of centralised platforms. Regardless, the decentralised community underestimates resilience of these platforms and remains dangerously unprepared for the wolves that howl at the door of our users.

"This is Fine": Optimism and Emergency in the Decentralised Network.

Just to be thorough, I'll point out - if they really wanted to preserve open source, they could:
- create a better environment in their own company, let alone open source as a whole
- discount the notion that "code is apolitical" and treat their product as what it really is (a social network)
- stop centering the entire software ecosystem exclusively around themselves, and allow alternatives to become practical and interoperable with their services
- form a co-op that better serves the needs of maintainers & provides a fair exchange of labor, rather than enabling companies to exploit it
- drop ICE

...buuuut they won't do any of these things, because most of them contradict their own existence. A significant amount of open source work might inevitably grind to a halt from burnout, funding issues, and lack of contributors (due to their politics driving all the reasonable ones away) - and how will their fancy code vault help then?

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There's nothing quite like a massive tech company taking something that an entire field is already dedicated to and executing it poorly, with questionable ethics, for seemingly meaningless purpose and gain outside of PR and ego.

(yes, I'm talking about the dumb arctic code vault)

Sure, this company wants to "preserve open source for future generations." As if that's supposed to somehow make up for that other ice-related thing they're involved in.

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should have my website show a message if you _don’t_ have an adblocker installed recommending that you get one

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it sure would be nice if more people realized that the right to free speech does not at all give you the right to a platform

I wonder if all the emphasis on the importance of "having a code of conduct" hasn't just resulted in a bunch of communities only writing one so they can appear safe & miss the criticism, then failing to actually act on it when it counts or enforcing whatever the heck they want instead.

They're just as unsafe, except now it's harder for people to tell...

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Well, apparently I've already managed to boost some bigoted racist arse (one of their more reasonable posts) without recognizing them. That's great. I feel great. This is all fine.

I realize it's too late, but at least I've blocked them now. And I'll ban their instance too, if they don't moderate effectively. I have no sympathy for your "broken federation." Get off my server.

You'd think an instance that *actually has a relatively fair code of conduct* might do the bare minimum of holding themselves accountable to enforce it...

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