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Austin here. Pronouns are We/Us because we must collaborate.
BSc student at University, Montreal, Canada.
English/简体中文/Français.

Part-time developer, mostly working on Android apps. F-Droid addict.
I'm known for having made , the better client. You know how that worked out

Music tastes are 70s/80s/90s hits, jazz, blues... just not the modern stuff.

Ask anything.
Nice to meet y'all!

Is your school forcing you to use Zoom, Skype, or other proprietary videoconferencing software to learn or teach? That's a violation of your educational rights. Support #FreeSoftware fsf.org

is important, but not as much as how we get to that truth. People used to believe, based on religions, that the sun rotates around the earth, until it was - despite fierce objection - disproven with science.

To dispel lies and promote truth, education is key. We must learn - and teach - that truth does not come from some popularity contest or word of the mouth, but from objective inquiries, observations, and analysis.

Looking at you, and !

I agree. It is time to force a trickle-down for the .
nytimes.com/2021/10/18/opinion

But corporations do whatever they can to deceive employees (as seen in the unionization efforts of Amazon warehouses) for maximizing their profits. They cannot be trusted to serve the interests of employees. Government collecting tax revenues on growth (fix the loopholes first!) and appropriately distributing them to the employees is still the way to go, provided that the process is financially transparent.

Yeah, so Facebook isn't rebranding because we've somehow got them "on the run." They're pivoting their brand into controlling the data flow of all of our future digital social spaces at the hardware level.

It's so valuable to them that they're willing to risk the obscene value and relative power of their existing brand. Don't misunderstand that: They're willing to risk one of the single most powerful and financially valuable brands in the history of human existence for this.

I know it feels great to think, but the idea of anyone having them over a scandal-shaped-barrel is a weird techno-utopian fantasy.

I don't mean to take the wind out folks' sails, but it's so much worse than anything they've done so far, y'all.

The core mistake that Facebook thinks it made is being a data collection layer on top of someone else's hardware. They're actively trying to correct that by leaning into the hardware that supports the future of digital social spaces (including those that exist withing workplaces) and defining the narrative around it to prevent external criticism of their business model.

The ramifications of this are profound, in a way the current narrative doesn't convey.

I have to admit that Matrix has come a long way.
The protocol feels more snappy, from a user's perspective and the clients are constantly improving. Also, it's very reliable, which is a must for a communication platform.

must be treaded carefully. It must not be controlled by corporations that monetizes time. Once people get into addictive experiences, they will spend so much time on such entertainment that the line between reality and fiction becomes vague before they even realize it. If they start ignoring the actual reality, then some of the most burning issues nowadays will not be resolved, and more people will run away from reality, creating a vicious cycle that will be disastrous for humanity.

Humanity is so divided that it has unfortunately forgot how to cooperate. It's sad that we have to resort to a vaccine mandate and even public shaming (like r/HermanCainAwards) to get people to act in public interest, in this age where technology is more advanced than ever.

Internet can fix the gap between people by letting us see the larger world with ease. But instead, it furthered the gap by letting us only see the world it wants us to see.

"Time is money" is being treated too literally.
nytimes.com/2021/10/16/technol

companies are racing to push as many as possible off the cliff and into addiction. Just because some are leaving doesn't mean they're rid of the poison.

You are only a data point to them, so why care about these platforms?

So apparently the alleged "future" of is made of barbed-wire walled gardens:
newyorker.com/culture/infinite

> The future may look more like hundreds of Rayas, each with its own paying members and rigorous community regulation. But those users who don’t fit the mold or can’t pay may be left outside the walls, to continue living in a digital landscape that looks even worse than it does now.

I agree, but it doesn't have to be like this. Come to the !

nationalpost.com/opinion/sabri

Valid point, but a bit short-sighted. Some people happily take on more debts so to buy more houses, which leaves others without a good place to call home. If there is a in , that would be homeowners and legislators watching young adults fighting to death for the squeezed housing supply.

The bubble burst. Now.

今天照了很多街头的涂鸦!

其实整个白天都超级焦虑。到艺术广场上的长椅坐了大半个小时发呆,还打了个电话给队友干嚎。不过到了傍晚,在Nos Thés捧着奶茶就觉得,今天的份焦虑完了,明天的焦虑就交给明天吧。

Between the two of us, today we completed 2 dental appointments, long-distance managed 2 sets of elders, hauled a whole bunch of books up 3 stories, AND I got a dead bug out of the car. We even managed to eat a pretty tasty/diversified dinner!

#art #streetart #montreal

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Once again, someone's defending the indefensible:
nytimes.com/2021/10/13/opinion

Comics, rock music, TV... Dig a bit deeper and you'll know those are hysterias. Yet the author, a parent, assumes that is a "moral panic" and refuses to go further! How will kids know the pros and cons of anything if their parents can't even be bothered to decide for themselves?

I had a nice chat on digital parenting with @Soitgoes (thank you!) and I think insights like that are so rare these days.

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is a path to freedom. As long as we're willing to learn, we can our way out of the ignorance created by proprietary software designed to keep us dumb so to squeeze money and data out of us.

Events like encourages you to not just code but also learn valuable skills like cooperation. Unfortunately, it is hosted by corporate interests... There should be more grassroot events that encourage and reward contributions to !

Happy world standards day!

May all your software be interoperable! May you use the software of your choice rather than the software others want you to!

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