This is why I only use & support Free & Open Source Software in my personal life. This man is going to prison. Prison.
"A California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the “restore disks” he made to extend the lives of computers had no financial value, instead ruling that he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000."
“I got in the way of their agenda,” Lundgren said, “this profit model that’s way more profitable than I could ever be.”
Stupidity of the judiciary and the greed of capitalism put yet another innocent to prison.
For the sake of supporting ethical softwares, I am moving all my personal projects to Gitlab.
I dunno how that would help or turn out in the long but this is a start.
@ajroach42 I read what you wrote but have not dug through all the responses, so please forgive me if I say something that's already been mentioned.
I think a lot of the problem is that the nature of the people programming computers has changed. Back in the 60s-80s, nearly everyone writing software was a tinkerer. Nowadays "programmers" are mass produced, and by and large they are neither tinkerers nor engineers; they are laborers.
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Found an amazing resource on how to do mass edits to OSM
@prashere Listen to this song
this quote from Bunnie Huang is, i think, probably the best justification for proactive correction of biases i've seen
Regarding Facebook tracking non-users Mark Zuckerberg said "This kind of data collection is fundamental to how the internet works."
I'm not a networking expert but I know enough to be able to confidently say that nothing at all about this data collection is fundamental to how the Internet works. I guess he was using Silicon Valley speak where "the internet" means "huge corporations who make most of their money by selling ads and illegally collecting as much data as possible".
Technical competency as a hindrance to contributions to the digital commons is a misnomer. You have to identify with a language, tool or free software project. If you love the linux kernel so much you will contribute. Competency only decides the kind of contribution. You will either introduce new features, fix bugs, clean old code or just write documentation but contribute you will.
Now what do you want to identify with?
Gamers are being delivered half finished games. These kinds of management failures can be prevented through a democratic model of management which is present in cooperatives. Valve Inc is an operational cooperative through their flat hierarchy and they are the market leaders in keep their customers happy and surprised.
Valve's Employee Handbook for more on how they work - http://www.valvesoftware.com/company/Valve_Handbook_LowRes.pdf
If you want a revolution, make sure you know what it’s for, and not merely against.
Good lesson from previous revolutions.