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enthusiasts: don't resist . Facing a 1-to-~25 transmissibility and much larger portions of asymptomatic cases, the results of lockdowns are fragile: one case comes in and you're back to square one. Instead of stopping the symptoms, stop the root cause: we already have vaccines and drugs available to make less severe. The is not going away, so control the virus, not letting it control you. End the , not dragging it on...

This is what's wrong with the tech industry. The expectation that one should give their free time *EVERY DAY* or you're somehow "not passionate".

My response to that would be fuck you and your shitty fucking culture.

My kids and family are FAR more important to me than your ridiculous expectations.

</rant> 🙃

But we do have unionizing workplaces now:

While it is regrettable that college-educated kids' specialized knowledge is wasted as everything still revolves around making a living instead of following their own desire, a education has provided good qualities and open minds. I certainly hope that this gives way to good future leaders instead of the current hellscape.

cc. @stux

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or strongarming never works out: kids are naturally curious and will stumble upon ideas that adults might not necessarily appreciate. What and educators should do, however, is to provide them with guidance on building their own answers to the subject, as avoidance will leave the kids on their own with the discovery of new ideas which, given their incomplete mindset, may harm them. Talk it out openly to resolve their confusion.

spent the better part of the day theming my phone's home screen...

PSA: To everyone who is #NewHere, and those who are not.

When you use hashtags it can help those using a #ScreenReader to use #CamelCase. Screen-readers can then find and pronounce the constituent words, rather than trying to pronounce the whole thing.

It's not essential, but it's one way we can make the Fediverse more welcoming.

the Javascript ecosystem is essentially a failed anarchist society (long) 

What it used to be:
- many early adopters were anarchists/communists/etc.
- a huge public commons of highly reusable, high-quality, collaboratively developed libraries on npm, built for the benefit of the public, not for profit
- high degree of interoperability between different people's work, no need for pointless busywork to redo the same work over and over again
- successful(!) 'community specs' designed through community consensus (Promises/A+, CommonJS, etc.), gaining near-universal adoption
- fundamentally different structures from other language ecosystems, both technical and social, to make this work

What went wrong:
- large influx of users from other ecosystems due to hype in startup circles, unfamiliar with the established practices and reasons why
- early adopters failed to effectively convey and explain the ideological basis
- corporate adoption and subsequent capture; increasing "business value", leading to corporate steering of many essential pieces of the ecosystem (language spec, Node.js, etc.)
- npm became npm inc., a for-profit corporation, eventually being acquired by Github due to its large userbase, placing control over the public commons and its namespace in private hands
- ideological basis was forgotten, early adopters eventually left for greener pastures, now an almost purely parasitic environment of people leeching off the commons without guarding its integrity or health
- community-consensus specs started being replaced by "official", by-decree-from-up-high language specs (CommonJS -> ESM, Promises/A+ -> ES Promises)
- widespread adoption of these "official" specs, even though they were in many ways worse, due to their "official" label and many people assuming that what a central authority says must be correct or better
- rapid increase in shiny, well-marketed new tooling that is not interoperable with the existing ecosystem at all, and frequently works less well
- more and more commercial/proprietary 'sidecar' services (eg. Snyk) that you are expected to use, sometimes replacing open initiatives
- now an ecosystem and public commons that is rotting in every aspect with no real hope for recovery

... we should probably learn from this?

Dear parents, 

Your child is an independent person capable of independent thought. You have no right to control what they do with their adult life.
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However, it remains to be said that the frogs have already been boiled: those freedoms have been erroded slowly for a while now, and people seem to only realize the fact when they are made obvious. Thus, even when we arrive at a safer place like the fediverse, we should still remain alert of the threats (eg. scrapers, demands, etc.), however small they are, to our own freedoms, because only us can protect them. Of course, better realize it late than never, so for the , welcome aboard!

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WOW. Yeah I've been on mastadon for like only five days now but I'm already flabbergasted at the world that should have been...

Like literally how did we all agree to just NOT have interoperable social networks??? Looking at the activity pub docs makes it clear how ridiculously easy that would have been. You want my content? Just GET my outbox. Want to send me something? Just POST to my inbox. The server can be anything you want, just format your messages in this (VERY INTUITIVE!) way. It's so simple it's STUPID.

I'm very new to all of this, so I'll admit that there's a lot I don't know, but what is painfully obvious right now is how, yet again, the tendrils of Capitalism have fundamentally altered the STRUCTURE of the Internet to make it less open, less empowering and generally WORSE for most users. However, what's also becoming clear is that it does not have to be that way, and being here is in some small way, bringing about that better possible future.

I wonder how many people turn to from ( social) and (publicizing users' IP address locations), both driven by : the former, further loss of free discourse; the latter, further loss of ; and for both, being harassed for having different opinions (Weibo encourages reporting to stiffle opinions coming from "outsiders"). Instances should keep their users safe from threats (eg. hate speech, state agents, etc.) while maintaining free discourse.

When people vote to block , when people vote to block , they no longer choose a leader based on the candidates' own merit, but on the demerit of others instead. It is a race to the bottom, yet despite increasing amounts of political discourse, we have not seen any good leaders emerge. In fact, it appears that many now claim the loud ones as leaders, like technocrats (looking at ) and celebrities. Surely people can't talk, but actually lead us out of our misery...

Still trying to practise the semi-realistic portrait thing and wanted to draw some shiny hair, which also turned into some shiny hanfu (traditional Chinese attire).
I keep falling into the trap of overworking details. My next study focus should be a looser painting style. Plus, keeping the really huge anime eyes with this style always ends up looking slightly weird. Notice the eyes tend to be smaller in most other anime-esque semi-realistic work I see out there.

#MastoArt #DigitalArt #Anime

Can't wait 'till, inevitably, Discord screw up big time and there's a mass exodus. I'll be pointing my sign towards Matrix.

My followback policy (more of a tendency and less of an obligation), which I would also encourage you to use, is:

1. Be active, but not spammy, and activity must not solely comprises retoots;
2. Mainly toot in a language that I can understand (or images);
3. Don't have anything that may get me into trouble, since my follows are public. I'm open to alternative opinions as long as you're respectful.

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I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as , is in fact, /Twitter, or as I've recently taken to calling it, plus Twitter. Twitter is not a platform unto itself, but rather another binding component of a fully functioning attention economy made even less bearable by loud influencers, the playboy mentality and manipulative components comprising a full "free speech" platform as defined by the billionaire who thinks he's a hero.

New to replace

Austin here. Pronouns are We/Us because we must collaborate.
BSc student at University, Montreal, Canada.
English/简体中文/Français. Can read Japanese, but can't speak much.

I contribute to .
I made , the better client. You know how that worked out.

Music tastes are 70s/80s/90s hits (English and J-Pop), jazz, blues... just not the modern stuff.

Please ask anything.
Nice to meet y'all!

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