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
Simply put, those who 'hate' #bitcoin are on the wrong side of history.
Don't @ me.
No but in all seriousness, when even Canonical can be compromised (https://www.zdnet.com/article/canonical-github-account-hacked-ubuntu-source-code-safe/), there really needs to be a @conservancy equivalent for securing small FOSS projects' infrastructure
The “new” electronic voting machines in Pennsylvania use Windows 7, which goes EOL on January 14th. Also, it’s not just PA. https://apnews.com/e5e070c31f3c497fa9e6875f426ccde1
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.
“The Network is the Computer” is now a CloudFlare trademark, WTF?!
To me, Sun Microsystem was generally seen as the engineering-oriented, techno-idealist, "Wired" flavor of the Silicon Valley. Does this move mean that Cloudflare wants to brand itself as the next successor after Sun?
Anyway, #Retrocomputing folks, beware, don't get sued by CloudFlare 🤣
The weirdest thing about constructing things is that mastery makes things look effortless despite them really taking a massive amount of effort. You'll have to carry out a lot of research, then you'll have to not use most of it. Be it writing manga or research papers, that seems to be unavoidable.
Facebook is embedding tracking data inside the photos you download
(submitted by meerita)
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." — H. L. Mencken
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.