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There is dysfunction. There is bad decision-making. I have been as fast as anyone to criticize specific organizations for specific missteps, and to call for specific changes that I think would be beneficial. For instance, I think that Ubuntu's commitment to Snap packaging is a foolish decision that ultimately doesn't serve their users or customers, and I've written about that.

But the vast majority of the problems are because you, personally, whether you use Linux or BSD or Windows or Mac OS, are under attack. What you want is not opposed to what the corporations want; it is simply irrelevant. They do not care. Microsoft will scrape your screen all they want and we will suck it up. Apple will remove LGBTQ+-friendly apps for "adult content" and we will suck it up. Google will terminate developer accounts without reason and we will suck it up. Because we have no choice; because they are building a world where the "non-default option" is as hard as possible to build, to use, and to sustain.

The post ends by saying, "we need to be trying to make the better, harder thing more accessible, not blaming people for not using it." I agree with that. Scolding people for running Windows is cruel and unproductive. Mocking people for being harmed by harmful things that companies do is cruel and unproductive.

In equal measure, though, it's necessary to understand why things are the way they are. If you're truly okay with your digital life being controlled by Microsoft, and Google, and Apple, then by all means, sit on the sidelines and throw peanuts. Talk shit about how only nerds use that, how everyone who uses Linux is a privileged jerk with unlimited disposable income. (This sentiment erases the contributions of volunteers marginalized on any axis you choose to name, which are many and hard-won, by the way.) But understand that it's not those "nerds" making things worse for you.

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insanely funny thing about walking with a walking stick is if i wear sunglasses people think im blind and i can scare the piss out of them by seeing them there

people still talk about "May '68" like I cant walk 15 minutes down the road and buy a pre rolled joint that wouldve killed every single member of the Students for a Democratic Society

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all rise for the national anthem (Take Me Out to the Ballgame) and some other song (The Star-Spangled Banner)

You will encounter some people in your life who will encourage you to get closer to them (by shooting arrows at you) and then, when you do, will simply climb around on your fur and stab your glowing weak points with a cool sword. These are the sorts of toxic people you need to cut out of your life.

We are so used to the "sell more bathrooms" joke format now the I feel the significance of the maddie post breaking the boundaries of mastodon so extraordinarily is easy to overlook. In my mind it deserves a hall of fame spot

nervously explaining that actually my girlfriend doesn't make me sandwiches because of misogyny, but as a sex thing

sailors call the bathroom "the head". what's going on in there? are they giving each other head. is the ship giving them head?

@kniferoomba one of the first stops on my father's descent into internet talk show insanity was this guy who obsessively reported on solar weather as though there was always some kind of immediate solar-flare based catastrophe right on the horizon

i really need to get this information out to his audience somehow

auroras are literally caused by the sun cumming on the earth

a fun fact is we have a large navigational buoy (the red light in the water) in front right here and sea lions sit on it and "talk" all night. so you look at this and think of the silent magic of an alaskan night but really it was just a ceaseless stream of huge and menacing belching noises echoing off the mountains lol they do not shut up

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