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Here’s my latest posts to the free fediverse, some rambling, some ranting, mostly just commenting on stuff I’ve read lately. Some of it gets syndicated to Twitter but mostly not. The best of it reaches my monthly digest email.

Sat, 30 Sep 2023 02:12:32 +0000

And of course it's so obvious it hardly feels like a mention but:

The reason you won't hear the corporate-owned media discuss the legitimacy of corporate-ownership-of-media is because... Duh...

Come on now, you can get it. Think. Think! Why would corporate owned media be reluctant to report on the problems of corporate ownership?

Duhhh..

Sat, 30 Sep 2023 01:43:12 +0000

And while I'm ranting about ownership of the means of production: Here's one nobody much thinks about. Ownership of the means of indexing.

The actual namespace, the search, the placement in the default global index.

Who should own that?

Should it be the highest bidder?

Google allow scams and fraudsters in the top two so often I can no longer reassure my mum that the app-stores are safe.

And the app-stores are already the means of digital distribution: The namespace, the search.

Who should own the index, and what should count to rank it? That's as important now as who owns the factory and gets to boss the workers ever was.

Sat, 30 Sep 2023 01:25:57 +0000

This is the thing which made much of the modern world possible: You can abstract ownership over a group project in order to fund that group project.

We can club in together to fund the bulding of a bridge, or a school, or a bomb, or whatever.

And that's great.

But what proportion of the ownership of group enterprise should go to the people who fund, own, and then charge rent on it?

And what proportion to the people who actually do the work?

Why do they get to decide who owns it, and the 60 people who work there and the thousands of bands who use it get fucking jack shit say about anyting at all?

That is what capitalism is: The ownership of the means of production by those fuckers who are doing nothing but charging rent.

Free markets mean driving that out, not encouraging it.

There are other ways to fund enterprise than giving 100% of all control and ownership to the fuckers that fund it.

Sat, 30 Sep 2023 01:14:09 +0000

Oh, you're staying on Facebook and Twitter?

Cool!

... Have fun staying surveilled!

And good luck against the adversarial advertising models they are training against you, based on your every interactions!

I'm sure that will be a very profitable interaction for them. Nice...

But. Did you know about the railroad?

The underground railroad that leads out of there?

It's like a portal to freedom!?

No? Not ready?

Oh well.

When you *are* ready, we'll be here. On the free-web. Away from the corporations.

For the few of youse that manage to escape.

I'm sad for those of youse that won't make it. Those who will be stuck in the plastic corporate panopticon forever!

I feel sorrow for those lost souls!

I hope the corporations are kind to them, and that they mostly escape the attention of the Character Of The Day.

But we must press on, denying captial ownership of our commons.

Our data is ours!

It is not yours to sell.

It was never yours to sell.

Sat, 30 Sep 2023 00:32:53 +0000

I think I remember trying to set up a thing where if you looked for a nostr DNS confirmation on pre and dalliance.net you'd get that public key.

Is that a thing? Does it work?

Sat, 30 Sep 2023 00:30:09 +0000

Until this evening, the best Nostr client I had interacted with was Snort.

It nagged me a bit about a PIN I didn't want to set.

After this evening, the best Nostr client I have interacted with is iris.to

By like an amazing margin. The new one is just better in every way, in ways that might make the difference between Meh and Huh.

The fact my identity remains npub1pkhzm90462y3cfat45m25nmz6p9ku0lw0ak4fqjttpy8qvfhrymqjlln8r is a thing which is inexplicable to me.

I guess if you know what to do with npub1pkhzm90462y3cfat45m25nmz6p9ku0lw0ak4fqjttpy8qvfhrymqjlln8r then I'll see you there!?

Fri, 29 Sep 2023 22:44:53 +0000

This is actually pretty weird. Can you imagine trying to explain it to an alien?

So the people that work there can just be sacked and the whole org shut down without their consultation?

And the people who use the service don't need to be consulted either?

The only people who are seen as having an interest in the group enterprise are a bunch of share-holders of a different enterprise who decided to sell them?

Capitalism is actually utterly mad.

Fri, 29 Sep 2023 22:34:43 +0000

Went to see the at the electric ballroom.

The amount of noise that four guitars and a sax can make is immense, and when they're all coherent with some suited dude wearing sunglasses talking over it, it can sound pretty amazing.

They have a dancer who has been with the band since the start. It seems cruel to keep this man in his 60s at least, maybe 70s, sweating and jumping up and down, but maybe it'd be more cruel to stop him.

My usual problem with rappers is that I can't hear what they're saying, and that applied here too. Dunno what any of the songs were about really. I got the impression that all the audience in their 50/60s also can't really hear well now though too. They just already know the words.

What?

What?

Yes, I said they're very good.

Fri, 29 Sep 2023 22:18:51 +0000

Bandcamp is a group enterprise which is constructed out of the work of around 60 people or so.

None of those employees actually *own* the enterprise though, the enterprise's ownership is abstracted away from membership of the group of people that make Bandcamp work.

Which means the owners, without consulting with the members of the group, can sell the group to other owners.

And that is indeed what has happened.

The new owners of the group are likely to insist that the members of the group enshitify their service and impoverish themselves and their customers.

This is capitalism: The abstraction of the ownership and control of a group enterprise to make it separate from membership of the group itself.

The boss's bosses ain't in the group, and they don't care about the mission or the music or the bands.

They only care about return on investment.

The only way to prevent capital from selling out your group enterprise is to never let capital own the group enterprise in the first place.

Try to work for co-ops, and if you are a worker or musician at Bandcamp, maybe just quit and start something that isn't owned by money.

cnbc.com/2023/09/28/epic-games

Fri, 29 Sep 2023 13:36:38 +0000

When Google made spy-glasses that can record everything you look at, the people who wore them were outcasts! Ejected from polite company as being creepy recording weirdos.

Now that Facebook are making some spy-glasses, I'm sure it'll be completely different! Because everyone knows Facebook are such good data-guardians and they are so respectful of consent and privacy.

Fri, 29 Sep 2023 09:03:29 +0000

Seven-bins Sunnak loves speed and cars. He likes the noise that children's bones make as they break under the wheels, and the gasping coughing sound of them trying to breathe through poisoned air.

Let it be known I intend to drive at 20mph in urban areas whether that's the limit or not.

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-669

Thu, 28 Sep 2023 21:18:18 +0000

This is an illustrative story:

TV Misogynists chat on TV about how some female journalist is so awful they wouldn't even wanna screw her.

Which at least causes a bit of a fuss. Enough so that another TV show invites on a lefty journalist woman to debate some right wing dude on whether there's really a patriarchy and if misogyny exists.

The dude lets it slip that they're paying him to do so, which takes a few seconds to sink in. You can see the outrage on her face as it dawns on her that he's getting paid and she isn't.

To talk about whether there's really any culture of misogyny.

youtube.com/watch?v=d_nT-yQZZc

Thu, 28 Sep 2023 20:58:40 +0000

Read a couple of books by Annalee Newitz, some sci-fi novels.

"The Terraformers" is about the fight for community and solidarity over corporatism during the construction of whole private planets. Many animals are engineered to talk, but with the corporation makes them with limiters to stop them getting too smart. Should they be part of the community and get solidarity too? What's it like to be a talking moose that can only use one syllable words?

It was good and engaging and thoughtful stuff. Train-people and cat-people can fall in love it seems.

"Autonomous" is about a copyright pirate liberating drugs from their corporate restrictions and giving them to all the people, and fixing it when it goes wrong. It has robots with human brains that aren't that person, and sex with military battle-robots, and themes on freedom of will.

It was also good mind-bending scifi. Love between exotic consciousnesses portrayed sympathetically.

Thu, 28 Sep 2023 19:41:37 +0000

Done my company accounts.

The company has made minus four thousand pounds in the last year.

Though it has some stock of undermined value to show for it.

There is no tax to pay.

Thu, 28 Sep 2023 19:13:42 +0000

Well that's creepy and weird: lex interviews Zuck as both avatars in virtual space.

youtube.com/watch?v=MVYrJJNdrE

Sun, 24 Sep 2023 16:26:44 +0000

Brilliant. So looking forward to getting to David Tenant on RT Davis screenplay again. And Neil Patric Harris too.

This is gonna be great.

youtube.com/watch?v=tEkC6InjWQ

Fri, 22 Sep 2023 13:04:06 +0000

It's been up all summer really. Dark summer. No light in the flat. Glad they're taking it down now.

Fri, 22 Sep 2023 13:02:56 +0000

They're taking the scaffold down! Hurray. Now I will have light again, just in time for the clocks to change and to have no light again.

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 17:23:22 +0000

ukpol - climate


Gosh, Rishi is so brave!

Look at him making the difficult decisions. He's so committed to doing the right thing regardless of how it looks!

See how he bravely capitulates to every demand of the oil and gas industry.

See how he's bravely doing the right thing by stoking the culture war and promising never to do woke things that neither the government nor opposition was ever going to do anyway.

See how he's bravely doing the right thing, by valiantly chasing the votes of climate-change-deniers and other angry gammon.

Look, as he bravely throws the actual planet under the bus to try and defend the power of the party of capital.

How brave he is.

Re: Sunak, "Can we be brave in the decisions we make, even if there is a political cost? Can we be honest when the facts change, even if it is awkward? The real choice confronting us is do we really want to change our country and build a better future for our children, or do we want to carry on as we are?"

Mon, 18 Sep 2023 22:21:29 +0000

twitter


Can you imagine if they did try and charge all users, or even just all posters?

That place would empty so fast. We've seen nothing like it. Records would be broken.

He doesn't really want it for the money, or for getting rid of all bots, he just wants everyone to attach their bank details.

Part of the plan to turn it into a banking app for some reason.

Won't happen. The pay-to-use. Even pay-to-post would be suicide for that debt-ridden company.

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Bookmarks

A list of the last few things I’ve enjoyed reading/watching or sometimes bookmarked to read later. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed here or follow the little robot on the fediverse that toots them out as I bookmark them.

The Mass-Media Memory Hole – Blair, Ukraine and Libya – Media Lens

"A key function of state-corporate media is to keep the public pacified, ignorant and ill-equipped to disrupt establishment power...."

DEF CON 31 - An Audacious Plan to Halt the Internet's Ensh*ttification - Cory Doctorow - YouTube

Cory Doctorow at DEF CON talking about why the internet is all shitty now and what we can do about  it.

Unity promises “changes” to install fee plans as developer fallout continues | Ars Technica

"It's currently unclear whether those changes will amount to tinkering around the edges of the fee structure as currently planned or represent a more complete rollback of the idea of charging install fees in the first place." -- Really the point is that they have proven the price model is arbitrary and unpredictable. Whatever they set the price to today, it might well be different when you finish the software in two years or more.

We Are Witnessing the First Stages of Civilization’s Collapse | The Nation

Climate doom from The Nation, looking at how our systems collapsing mirror those in the past: -- "each of those civilizations arose in a period of relatively benign climate conditions, when temperatures were moderate and food and water supplies adequate. In each case, however, the climate shifted wrenchingly, bringing persistent drought or, in Greenland’s case, much colder temperatures. Although no contemporary written records remain to tell us how the ruling elites responded, the archaeological evidence suggests that they persisted in their traditional ways until disintegration became unavoidable."

[2309.02390] Explaining grokking through circuit efficiency

AI/Neural-Network paper on how networks can learn: "memorising circuits become more inefficient with largertraining datasets while generalising circuits do not, suggesting there is acritical dataset size at which memorisation and generalisation are equallyefficient. We make and confirm four novel predictions about grokking, providingsignificant evidence in favour of our explanation"

Unity is offering a Runtime Fee waiver if you switch to LevelPlay as it tries to "kill AppLovin" - Mobilegamer.biz

A "mediation platform" here means a way of putting adverts in your games - in July the game-making software project unity3d was bought by the advertising company "Iron Source". Now the combined company will charge the game-studios that use Unity money for every time their users install a game, even a free one - unless they also agree to use the Unity/IronSource advertising platform.

Climate Collapse – The Grim Silence Of Our Leaders – Media Lens

"One hundred thousand deaths per year from terror attacks would not merely generate occasional reports on the latest disaster; journalists and politicians would be screaming ‘WORLD WAR THREE!’ from every screen, newspaper and magazine, 24/7, without a pause. It would be massive news on the scale of 9/11 and WW2. This is obvious and indisputable. - Is this what we’re getting on climate change? Absolutely not."

How Labour succumbed to big business and ditched its progressive plans | openDemocracy

The labour party are very cosy with big business now. They may have 170,000 fewer members but corporate donations more than make up for the loss of membership fees rising 12 million dollars in the last few years.

20 Years of Badgers - YouTube

Weebl does a thing about the thing he done 20 years ago.

Carbon Capture: BUSTED!? - YouTube

Thunderf00t's climate 3-parter, part two.

Our Legacy, Your Future....Explained! - YouTube

Thunderf00t's video on climate change. Sad and yet funny. Good visual visceral metaphor with blowtorches to get a feel for just how much heat there is, and how little chance there is of stopping it. Just stopping the CO2 won't even stop the warming, and we aren't even doing that. We're adding more burners, continuing to make it get hotter faster. We have no brakes and we're not even taking the foot off the accelerator, just accelerating harder.

Last rites for UK's ridiculous Online Safety Bill • The Register

The Register on the snooping "Online Safety Bill" and what the existence of Cult Of The Dead Cow's new open system "Veilid" might mean to that. In short: The law was already stupid and broken, but Villid makes it even easier to break and more pointless to enact.

Overview | Market Map

This 3d-map of the US stock-market is pretty cool. A sphere for every stock, placed in 3d based on market-cap and stock/earnings and stuff, sized by the size of the company.

When Naomi Klein Realized People Regularly Confused Her With Naomi Wolf, She Went Down a Rabbit Hole | Vanity Fair

Naomi Klein talks about being mistaken for Naomi Wolf and the concept of a brand doppelganger.

Empty World | Quick D - YouTube

The Captain teaches us quickly how to remove things from a scene, and create a completely empty world.

Pluralistic: Forcing your computer to rat you out (02 August 2023) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

Web Environment Integrity is Google's proposal to integrate remote attestation into everyday web-browsing. The idea is to allow web-servers to verify what OS, extensions, browser, and add-ons your computer is using before the server will communicate with you:

Pluralistic: The surprising truth about data-driven dictatorships (26 July 2023) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

In other words, GIGOGBI is a system for concentrating bias. Even trace amounts of bias in the original training data get refined and magnified when they are output though a decision support system that directs humans to go an act on that output. Algorithms are to bias what centrifuges are to radioactive ore: a way to turn minute amounts of bias into pluripotent, indestructible toxic waste.

Has Western Democracy Now Failed? - Craig Murray

Keir Starmer’s determination to use his refusal to alleviate child poverty as the issue with which to demonstrate his macho Thatcherite credentials, has provided one of those moments when blurred perceptions crystallise.  A Labour government in the UK under Starmer will bring no significant changes in economic or foreign policy and will make no difference whatsoever to the lives of working class people....  We live in a post-democratic society. That is difficult to accept, but it is true.

Generative AI Space and the Mental Imagery of Alien Minds—Stephen Wolfram Writings

Stephen Wolfram on exploring the mindspace of AI image generators and how stable diffusion works.

A tentacle themed attire for the gig