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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.

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.

I really wish I could use Mastodon on plan9 without vmx. All the mastodon clients are in node or python 😢

“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)

I'm basically re-exploring the ideas I had last year, but I was not able to deliver on them, the technical side of things were too much of a challenge.

But trying now, it feels so easy and absolutely painless.

Imagine if browsers set scroll speed based on page weight lol

Pour your mind into the void.

Build the things you need from the ether.

Make the Cyber-occult utopia real.

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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.