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Berkeley burrito-delivery bot purported to be using 'advanced neural network' is actually remotely piloted by Colombians, who are paid $2 per hour.

Welcome to capitalism, where tech startups fake 'genius' AI using hidden POC sweatshop labor in a 'black box' to rake in profits.

"AI, games, Amazon, it's all made with magic! In our magic black box!"
"What's in it?"
"Nevermind, just eat your kale salad and let's do yoga!"
*Open box, find a sweatshop*

Announcing the #ForgeFed ticket comment federation demo! The first ForgeFed demo :)

It's implemented on Vervis (whose UI is very lacking at the moment, sorry for that) and uses #ActivityPub (with some little custom details, I'll write about them soon!). Demo details and instructions here:

Thoughts, feedback, bug reports and questions are very very welcome :)


Why would I watch a film when I can simply watch somebody on youtube tell me the plot and that it is bad?

If you are in Germany, please vote today! Even if you don't care about any of the parties, your vote can still cancel out a vote for AfD/NPD

Google to drop all support, including security patches, for Android on Huawei, because Trump

<< NEW YORK (Reuters) Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world. >>

We should announce each day there's no new vulnerability discovered at this point.

@Wolf480pl @MatejLach Funny story with the FreeDesktop.Org community, not too long ago they were slowly switching to GitHub from CGit. Now they're rapidly adopting self-hosted GitLab and are no longer using GitHub.

@alcinnz @MatejLach

I mean, it's not as bad as it could be, but it's definitely going in the wrong direction.

@MatejLach @Wolf480pl Not to mention Canonical, FreeDesktop.Org, & GNU.

Seriously if you want to know how your OS works, the vast majority of that code is not on GitHub.

Back when the GNU project was starting, among the first things they rewrote as Free Software were:
- text editor / IDE (Emacs)
- assembler, linker, and compiler
- make

IOW, they made tools that they needed to further develop Free Software without relying on proprietary tools.

They wanted their project to be self-hosting.

Nowadays, we have more free software than ever, but we develop it using github and Discord...

Together with some fine folks, we're starting up a local web development meetup! 🚀 If Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK is a location you could get to, we'd love to have you along. Or if you know anyone who might be interested, please share it with them. Our first event is on June 18th and will feature @thisisjofrank speaking about PWAs and Nick Meldrum speaking about 'serverless' cloud options for scaling Node: #JavaScript #WebDev

We use the word "boilerplate" a lot at work. It's such a strange phrase that seems like it's probably traveled far from its original meaning, so I looked up what that meaning was.

It goes back to newspapers. Large advertisers and content syndicates would distribute ready-to-go printing plates to local newspapers that could easily just go onto the press and be ready to print without any modification. These plates resembled rolled steel that was used to make boilers.

Hence: boilerplate.

UKpol, liberals 

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Hi there! I am a free software developer. I enjoy working on useful software, as well as advocating for software freedom and the use of open standards, promoting data ownership, decentralization and privacy. If this is important to you, I may be worth following. If you like Go, Rust, or Swift, it may be worth following me as well. Besides computing, I enjoy metal, a good read and occasionally some gaming, (not much time for that these days).