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When devising a system intervention of any kind, consider that the power for lasting change increases as you move to the right in this figure.

In order of increasing leverage:

12) Constants, parameters, numbers
11) The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks
10) The structure of material stocks and flows
9) The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change
8) The strength of negative feedback loops
7) The gain around driving positive feedback loops
6) The structure of information flows (who does and doesn't have access to information)
5) The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints)
4) The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure
3) The goals of the system
2) The mindset or paradigm out of which the system arises
1) The power to transcend paradigms

Source: Thinking In Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows

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Simply put, those who 'hate' are on the wrong side of history.

Don't @ me.

> UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

— The Lorax

> I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride.

— William James

They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds. ~ Mexican proverb

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

— Frank Zappa

No but in all seriousness, when even Canonical can be compromised (, there really needs to be a @conservancy equivalent for securing small FOSS projects' infrastructure

The good thing about Pi-Hole is not that it blocks ads.
The good thing is that it gathers statistics on how much spyware my family uses and that I can show them those nice graphs.

The Dream of the 90's is alive on


cpu% go run hello.go
go: cannot find GOROOT directory: /tmp/tmp.SFZQl9LoxQ/go-plan9-arm-bootstrap
[no matches in 36 files]
[git9/ go-plan9-arm-bootstrap/]
cpu% GOROOT='' ^ /usr/glenda/src/go-plan9-arm-bootstrap/
cpu% go run hello.go
Hello, 世界

10x engineers are a stupid myth.

There's just 1x engineers and 0.1x engineers.

The Network is Someone Else's Computer®

Discourse is the most user-hostile software in existence.

Most software is just hard to use because it doesn't care.

Discourse actively punishes people for having the audacity to try to use it.

Jeff Atwood professes "complaint-driven development", but most of his development practices seem to be centered around preventing people from giving feedback and punishing them if they slip through.

I'm surprised so many open source projects are using a forum software that does this.

@ben Ah, I see they're using the lessons learned on Stack Exchange: you can shit on new users all you want, because in the end either of two things will happen: they'll leave, or they'll become old users and enforce the structure themselves.
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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.