@rra @aral @robertwgehl Hopefully I'm not stepping on anyone's toes too much by doing this, but I converted the report to plain text to make it easier to read with a screenreader. Posted at <https://the-brannons.com/the-new-pornographers.txt>.
This came out the other day: https://components.one/posts/the-new-pornographers-tech-reviews
"This report argues that consumer technology reviewers have failed their basic nominal purpose of critiquing tools. Instead, inspired by values introduced by Apple in the late 1990s, the tech review industry prioritizes aesthetic lust as the primary critical factor for evaluating objects. The reification of these values in their scoring system is transmitted to consumers and manufacturers alike. Like other prurient things, the objects designed within this paradigm are optimized not for usefulness but for photogenic and telegenic properties, a framework that finds its fullest realization in YouTube reviews and unboxing videos. There, even the intimation of critical rigor within tech reviewing vanishes, the smartphone becomes the center of gravity, and manufacturers are even further incentivized to design products for end consumers who are less users than viewers."
Taking notmuch (https://notmuchmail.org) for a spin because we need a better way to search our email. The 1 GiB of RAM on my mail system was not enough; it was OOM-killed. 3 GiB seems to be enough.
Ursula K Le Guin, on tech workers:
"Real power goes to waste. Every wizard uses his art against the others, serving the men of greed. What good can any art be used that way? It's wasted. It goes wrong, or it's thrown away. Like slaves' lives. Nobody can be free alone. Not even a mage. All of them working their magic in prison cells, to gain nothing. There's no way to use power for good."
- "The Finder", from "Tales from Earthsea"
@Sandra Please do keep using that excuse, because it brings much-needed attention to the problem. For every person like you, there are a thousand framework-of-the-week web devs who think everything's fine. And I struggle to explain why everything has turned to a pile of rage-inducing garbage for me.
angry early-morning invective
I had an invented Farcebook profile once under another name, replete with bogus biographical details. It was like having another identity or something; I had people calling me by my assumed name and such. Totally in favor of lying to the surveillance companies. Down with capitalism; fuck Sauron in the eye.
@4l3x Where do we even start? The cost of bitcoin in natural resources is well-documented. Plus, it circumvents any kind of democratic control of the currency. It enables the wide-spread ransomware attacks we've seen in recent years. Legitimate uses are few and far between.
A quick shout out to @epilys and their new community, <https://sic.pm>. From the about page: "[sic] is a community about everything that piques your curiosity and interest." Think lobste.rs or HN, but with a much much broader focus.
@storm Yeah, as a creative person, I find this sort of thing highly rewarding and reinforcing. When people are interacting with your creation, getting enjoyment from it, really digging it, that's an ego boost.
"The lifespan of bitcoin mining devices remains limited to just 1.29 years. As a result, we estimate that the whole bitcoin network currently cycles through 30.7 metric kilotons of equipment per year." https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/sep/17/waste-from-one-bitcoin-transaction-like-binning-two-iphones
@cadadr I have an account on a friend's NextCloud instance, running in a VM on a physical server that we share. I use CalDAV to access it. On the frontend, I use khal with vdirsyncer to manipulate and synchronize a local copy. I also run the Mycroft Voice Assistant software, which can read and write that remote calendar.
@nergal @paul @kensanata I'm no luddite. I still believe the same thing I did 20+ years ago, that tech has amazing potential for liberation. It isn't value-neutral though. Most web browsers are essentially advertisement delivery devices. Chrome is developed by "an ad company that happens to do tech".
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