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.
@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.
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
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SOMEONE: the internet is a magical place where all are equal through anonymity, and anyone be part of building it.
ISPs: Yep! just remember that we own it, and as long as you're using it, we own you too. We'll decide who can access it, when, and how, and now that the internet is a fundamental part of society, we also have direct control over many important determining factors of social class. Pay the fuck up, you have no other choice.
Oh dear. This is a fascinating little device: https://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/write-without-distraction-with-this-diy-eink-typewriter
#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.
@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.
'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."
"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.