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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.

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Democracy appears to be showing its weakness.

I get that it’s “the least worst” or whatever, but I can’t help but feel that there is a silver lining to the fact that most of earths democracies are collapsing under the weight of their own predictable vulnerabilities.

@uranther The set of possible MAC addresses is pretty small, and all of the MACs for a given manufacturer trivial to enumerate. Just have to be willing to wade through the ones you don't care about (though they make a good smokescreen).

Music Labels Sue Charter, Complain That High Internet Speeds Fuel Piracy

Indeed. Beware of the fallacy that code is complicated because the problem is complicated. While there's always irreducible complexities in software, my experience indicates that the bulk of software complexity stems from complying with the needs of other components in the system. Rarely is the problem being solved so complex that one or two can't understand it in its entirety.
@varx @xj9

Tech conferences are class unconsciousness-promoters and capitalist praise-fests destroying everything.

You and your friends and family built your relationships. Facebook et. al. inserts itself between you two and charges you to relate, while manipulating elections.

IP companies insert themselves between you and your nostalgia so you can't access Spiderman without giving billions of dollars to a billionaire war profiteer.

Google - access to information
Amazon - access to products

Don't clap.

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Oh dear. This is a fascinating little device:

#eInk #TypeWriter for distraction-free editing. Unlike many attempts, this does not attempt to make eInk refresh fast, but incorporates a second LCD screen. The LCD screen shows what you need to know while writing, the eInk screen shows what you wrote, so you can read it back. Fascinating idea!

@chuck And that's saying nothing about all the crap nVidia forces down your throat, including signing up for an account just to get the drivers for the hardware you bought and paid for, thus demonstrating that proprietary *hardware* is malware, too.

This Apple event, where they're announcing a credit card, an "arcade" for games, and an expanded TV app that's basically a streaming service, has me wanting to scream: Use Linux! Use FOSS! Avoid large walled gardens!

@chuck Proprietary software is malware. The software for my graphics card (MSI Afterburner) downloads and tries to install software from some company that's obviously paying them for the privilege without even asking. It just starts the installer. You can click cancel but most people don't know enough about how computers work to know that doing that won't break the update of the base software.

Anytime I feel bad about browsing the web and using ad-blocking software, all I need to do is open a website in a browser that *doesn't* have ad-blockers.

I mean... damn, son.

tesla is the apple of cars...because instead of using standards they make you whip out dongles for no good reason

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the thing that resonated with me here is:

“We saw the updates come down from the Live Update ASUS server. They were trojanized, or malicious updates, and they were signed by ASUS."

Thats nightmare fuel to anyone working in this sector :(

'Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good' (via NYTimes)

"Life for anyone but the very rich — the physical experience of learning, living and dying — is increasingly mediated by screens... Humans are more expensive, and rich people are willing and able to pay for them. Conspicuous human interaction — living without a phone for a day, quitting social networks and not answering email — has become a status symbol."

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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.