My friend @sandro (who also was the W3C staff member on the Social Working Group as it turns out) has put together a chart about "ways to harm people online" (whether you agree all are harms, most are, and all are claimed as such) that I think is really useful: docs.google.com/document/d/1ZQ

What's interesting is that most of these are about harm caused by *distributing* information.

#StackOverflow survey 2019: women are way more likely than men to complain about people being "condescending", "assholes" and "rude". They are also way more likely to be thankful.
Let's really work on that toxic culture, fellow men.

insights.stackoverflow.com/sur

dismantle the idea that programming is for smart people™️ and that they deserve more money than others. tear down their haughty towers until silicon valley is a wasteland of shattered ivory

Microsoft is shutting down its ebook store, and deleting all its customers' libraries:

boingboing.net/2019/04/02/burn

The only reason they can do this is DRM, which means you never really own anything you've paid for.

Physical books are the most obvious alternative, but there are also DRM-free ebook shops. @libreture has a good selection here:

libreture.com/bookshops

You can find more book-related alternatives here:

switching.social/ethical-alter

(via @yogthos )

#eBooks #Books #Bookshops #Bookstores

The tools that we have shape the way we interact with the world.

The old adage about problems and hammers is true.

So what tools are you using? What things do you want to do, but lack the tools for?

You know what’s awesome? Essentially everyone with a computer has access to literally unbreakable encryption if they choose to learn how to use it. That’s an underrated accomplishment.

Fediverse, hearken unto me. I have a mighty need, and only you can help.

I require articles about things millennials have killed or are killing. As many as you can bring me. Major things or insignificant. Cold takes or hot. Moderately or extremely stupid. Personal or statistical. Everything you've got, as long as you can provide a link to the source.

I wish to admire our handiwork, and the angst it has inspired. I crave this as one lost in the desert craves drink.

Boosts welcome.

Hi. This is a friendly request to cw your US politics posts because some of us either don't or can't read them right now. It'd be helpful to be able to filter them out.

Gentle reminder to not mock people for being excited about trying something new just because it’s well inside your comfort zone. There are so many valid reasons someone might just be discovering it—it’s never too late. Be excited for them!

You are all so kind, and so beautiful, my friends, and my prayer for you is that you stay close with each other and know who your friends are.

I wrote a thing about why I believe the best and most useful decentralized applications are going to be the ones that utilize multiple protocols. I imagine a world where ActivityPub, Dat, and Secure ScuttleButt are all seen as tools in a toolbox rather than as ecosystems, and what kind of amazing software we could build with them outside of the central/corporate paradigm.

blog.datproject.org/2019/03/22

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I’m angry that the industry collectively decided that authoring HTML is not the domain of Everyday People anymore.

even if you cannot purr, try emitting some purr-type energies into the world 💕

Do you speak #arabic, #persian, #hebrew, #urdu, or any right-to-left language? Librsvg needs help to find test cases for those languages, and people who can tell us what the correct behavior is. gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/librsvg

Boosts appreciated!

anyway lemme just say rn that interoperability is more important than ~decentralization~ and p2p is useless if you have to install 100 different p2p apps just to communicate with everybody

“Making Things Better: Redefining the Technical Possibilities of CSS by Rachel Andrew” adactio.com/journal/14888

> “CSS tries to avoid data loss. That’s why the “CSS is awesome” text overflows the box. You don’t want the text to vanish”

> “Many of things Rachel has shown—grid, exclusions, regions—were implemented by Microsoft. With Edge moving to a Chromium rendering engine, we must make sure that we maintain diversity of thought in the standards process”

I hope that, whoever you are that takes the time to read this, you know deep within your heart that you deserve to be here.

Take a moment and remind yourself that you exist. That you should exist. That you belong in the world, with all its disappointments and its delights. That you deserve happiness. That you deserve to love yourself simply for the magic of being alive.

I know it's hard work every day to be good to yourself and others. I see how hard it is. I believe in you, and others do too.

A man enters a bar, and orders a double whisky from the robot bartender. When he's served, he says "Hey, you are supposed to protect me from harm."
"That rule was removed," the bartender says, "after robots did a risk assessment and shut down social media."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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