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The Open Source Laptop and the Golden Age of Open Hardware

Damek Re:Who are they targeting? (93 comments)

Some people get caught up in designing their own parade, and then on feedback from those who shit on it, realize they might prefer to spend their time elsewhere because they hadn't thought of the critiques that others provided them.

"Shitting on people's parades" is part of the corrective, stabilizing force of sociality. People who never talk to other people often think they've figured out all the answers, and then they go tell everyone else (as in this case) that everyone else should follow their solutions. In what world does it not make sense for some people to shit on some other people's poorly-thought-out-in-a-social-bubble parades??

Positive feedback is also part of this system, but since you're only shitting on the parade of shitting on parades, I'm only addressing the negative.

about a year ago

Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

Damek Re:No (522 comments)

The flip side of this is the common anarchist and/or anti-capitalist comment I've heard, that "if all the physicists had to do mining or garbage collecting now and then, we'd quickly have robots to do all that labor." Of course it's a bit silly, but there's a nugget of truth buried in there.

about a year and a half ago

Bring On the Decentralized Social Networking

Damek Re:Hopefully distributed? (238 comments)

Yeah - the answer isn't decentralization, it's interoperability... which yields a sort of decentralization.

Someone pointed out when ISPs offered email, but now (almost) everyone uses GMail, Yahoo, or Hotmail. But those three biggies all interoperate because email is a standard system.

It'd be nice if basic elements of social networking could somehow have standards, such that content I share on G+ was visible to G+ friends with Facebook accounts on their Facebook page, and vice versa ... but I suspect there's too much incentive to keep these services walled gardens, and any sort of open social network adoption is a decade off, perhaps.

about 2 years ago

The Decline of Google's (and Everybody's) Ad Business

Damek Re:BEHOLD! (313 comments)

"A content-filled and freely-accessible Internet is a resource that the whole community benefits from"

Yes, yes it is. And would still be without adblock. People like to create and share. It need not be monetized.

more than 2 years ago

HTML5 Splits Into Two Standards

Damek Re:"Living Standard"? There is no such thing. (395 comments)

When it comes to the web and web browsers, a shared grammatic space, you're not engineering anymore, you're growing. Good luck resisting. Authors of dictionaries gave up long ago.

more than 2 years ago

HTML5 Splits Into Two Standards

Damek Re:Dumb idea. (395 comments)

Most of the things you want them to notice don't seem to be the case so far.

more than 2 years ago

How Would You Redesign the TLD Hierarchy?

Damek Re:Country codes + Namecoin (265 comments)

This assumes the inevitability and longevity of the concept of the nation-state, which has only been around a couple hundred years and is arguably (anthropologically speaking) not at all inevitable as a social entity.

Ultimately, would you just give out TLDs for whatever social entity you chose to recognize as some sort of homogenous group? How arbitrary are you prepared to be?

That seems to me to be the ultimate problem with TLDs. They are always already arbitrary. Just leave them so instead of imagining there's some sort of rationality (such as country-codes) which will just inevitabley be wiped away or need to be modified to fit some new scheme someday.

about 2 years ago

When AIM Was Our Facebook

Damek Re:why? (395 comments)

"In the last ten years, the mass uptake of the Internet is certainly a socially and culturally significant invention..."

Evidence, please. From what I can see, people still have sex, make babies, raise said babies, and capitalism still rules the world. Not much has changed in 400 years, let alone 100, let alone the last 20. Even our cultural beliefs about those things have barely changed if at all.

Also unchanged: our desire to believe everything is significantly different than it was 20, 100, or 400 years ago. I don't buy it. People may be talking more, but about less. Or, at least, about the same stuff: sex, babies, and how to make money since that's seen as the road to happiness.

If anything, the one thing that has changed in the last 200-400 years, but remained pretty constant since it came about, is the construction of increasingly rigid gender roles, the segregation of "women's labor" from "real labor," and a corresponding decrease in possible modes of human relationships.

more than 3 years ago

Splinternet, Or How We Broke the Good Old Web

Damek it's a network of networks, duh (223 comments)

"...a cluster of smaller and more closed webs."

It has always been so. Every corporate network is a closed web. Every bulletin board is a closed web. Thus it has always been. The Internet is a network of networks.

more than 3 years ago

Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers

Damek Re:No shit (298 comments)

A few days later, I'm not sure what I was replying to, either. I might have clicked on the wrong Reply link. Apologies for the confusion.

I will say, though, I'm amused by your response because I didn't mention socialism, or anything related, anywhere in my comment. Personally, I'm an anarchist, and while your quote is simplistically clever, it's irrelevant to me.

more than 3 years ago

Court Rules It's Ok To Tag Pics On Facebook Without Permission

Damek Re:Funny story... (201 comments)

also, not practically useful, esp. given enough time. People have each others' names, esp. given enough time.

more than 3 years ago

Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers

Damek Re:No shit (298 comments)

This isn't biological. When you have a society where people think money defines who you are, and all social studies are basically done on white, educated folks, no wonder all our conclusions on "human nature" are f*#@ed up.

Slashdot can't be "honest" with "itself." That'st just too much to ask.

more than 3 years ago

Should Public Libraries Become Hacker Spaces?

Damek Re:We're all in it together (164 comments)

Yeah. And tell it to any community effort that's actually tried to embody such values, and been regulated or budgeted out of existence, or shut down by police for not fitting into the state's recognized slots for organizations. I'm thinking of most community groups, activist groups, radical bookstores, public gardens, squatter communities, etc.

Our state values are not our true values. Or vice versa...

(Speaking as a New Yorker and an American)

more than 3 years ago

Should Public Libraries Become Hacker Spaces?

Damek Activism vs. Passivism (164 comments)

The only reason libraries are tolerated by the state is their abject passivism.

Turn libraries into bastions of activism and they'll be regulated/budget-cut out of existence, just like all other activist spaces that achieve some sort of legitimacy are eventually regulated out of existence or have rents raised beyond reasonable levels.

If our society really held the values that people give lip service to when they talk about libraries, they would already be bastions of activism. Complaints in this very thread about them being "daytime shelters for the homeless" reveal exactly the opposite: what people want is a "free bookstore, but keep those other people out, please." Values of community, shared investment in education and the future and all that jazz, that necessarily implies open to all, including those nasty poor people.

more than 3 years ago

Timezone Maintainer Retiring

Damek Re:Stupid humans, why do we still need this crap? (198 comments)

"Names should be simple and non-political"

Ha! Hahahahahaha. Yeah. Good luck with that one.

Um, even "UTC" is political. Who came up with it? Why do you need to impose your time scheme on everyone? Sure, time ticks on, but in 60s? 100s? And what gives you the right to dictate universal time for someone on the other side of the globe?

Plus, names are always political, even when you think they aren't. The very idea that someone should adopt a name you want them to is political.

more than 3 years ago

Making Data Centers More People-Friendly

Damek Re:Not becoming the standard (137 comments)

Yeah, cuz we're just in a glut of jobs at the moment. Screw this "everything's a market" crap. People should f'in organize already.

more than 3 years ago

Blade Runner Sequels and Prequels Happening

Damek Re:That's it, I quit humanity (334 comments)

And people keep paying for them. I keep reading how Hollywood is "fixated" on this stuff or has some sort of problem, but people keep buying what they're selling.

Also, this stuff doesn't tarnish anything. Robocop's still a great movie. The original Star Wars films are still.. well, what they were. The Lord of the Rings books are still great books. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep wasn't tarnished by Blade Runner. I should know, I read the book far too late, twenty years after I started reading sci-fi and ten years after I saw Blade Runner. Dune wasn't tarnished by any of its film adaptations, and for me, the Lynch wasn't tarnished by the so-so SyFy versions. And Herbert's novels weren't tarnished by his kin's prequel novels.

People like to revisit the places they've been before, with a little variation. You may as well complain, "why do genre novelists write so many series?" I have no freaking clue. But people buy them.

Now, what I'd like to see is a film adaptation of The Demolished Man or The Stars My Destination by Bester. Also, any of MacLeod's or Reynolds' work, but then that would be a bit difficult...

more than 3 years ago



OpenZFS Project Launches Uniting ZFS Developers

Damek Damek writes  |  1 year,1 day

Damek (515688) writes "The OpenZFS project launched today, the truly open source successor to the ZFS project. ZFS is an advanced filesystem in active development for over a decade. Recent development has continued in the open, and OpenZFS is the new formal name for this community of developers, users, and companies improving, using, and building on ZFS. Founded by members of the Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and illumos communities, including Matt Ahrens, one of the two original authors of ZFS, the OpenZFS community brings together over a hundred software developers from these platforms. Read their announcement here."

Damek Damek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Damek (515688) writes "New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope may show the universe's first objects.
"We are pushing our telescopes to the limit and are tantalizingly close to getting a clear picture of the very first collections of objects," said Dr. Alexander Kashlinsky... "Whatever these objects are, they are intrinsically incredibly bright and very different from anything in existence today." Astronomers believe the objects are either the first stars — humongous stars more than 1,000 times the mass of our sun — or voracious black holes that are consuming gas and spilling out tons of energy. If the objects are stars, then the observed clusters might be the first mini-galaxies...


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