I'm trying to figure out how to verify an .ISO I just downloaded from #Debian. I've done this before, but there seem to be more steps now. This is painfully complicated. Is there some way we can make this easier for Jo User to understand the benefits of, and to do, the first time they are figuring out how to dual-boot #GNU #Linux?
If every US state had one of these, to run their internal elections, then federal elections could be run as a collaboration between them. Also, proportional representation is cool, but in hindsight I wish NZ had gone for #STV rather than #MMP.
Hey USAmercicans, I hear from some of you that you think your election systems are a bit shit:
@emacsen The #CodeOfConduct approach is better than ignoring the problem of exclusion altogether. But it doesn't solve the underlying problem of exclusion, it just changes the location and mechanics of the exclusion barrier. I've never seen CoCs as more than a stopgap, and I've long argued for a '#WelcomingSpaces' approach, as a replacement for Safer Spaces Policing. I think the Kind Communication Guidelines are a great contribution by Stallman, perhaps his most important one since the #GNU GPL.
"In the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines announcement, RMS explicitly states that diversity is not a goal of his."
If you look at the whole quote, this totally misrepresents what Stallman is saying, which is about diversity within "a specific free software project". In other words, if a project has one developer, who happens to be a straight, white man, nothing is gained by trying to shoehorn gay, POC, or female developers into that project.
"I disagree with making "diversity" a goal. If the developers in a specific free software project do not include demographic D, I don't think that the lack of them as a problem that requires action; there is no need to scramble desperately to recruit some Ds. Rather, the problem is that if we make demographic D feel unwelcome, we lose out on possible contributors. And very likely also others that are not in demographic D."
@cwebber @emacsen So when middle class "cool" kids like #AnitaSarkeesian start making money off laying into a nerd subculture, the angry backlash is disappointing, but hardly surprising. Let me be very clear, #GamerGate was horrific. Anita made plenty of fair points, and I think it's great she was able to support her work via #crowdfunding. But while from her POV she was a marginalized person attacking privilege, from the gamer POV she was using "cool" privilege to attack a marginalized group.
@cwebber @emacsen I get that the commercialization of the web has changed that for people with desirable tech skills, but not for the rest of the nerd subcultures (gamers, genre fandoms, etc). Those are, for the most part, still ghettos. Still welcoming to anyone who groks the culture and wants to join in. Still the butt of "cool" culture jokes (the chubby comic book shop guy from #TheSimpsons is a classic example). Nerds are the only people it's still PC to pick on.
@cwebber @emacsen there was a high proportion of white males in the nerd social groups at my schools, but not because anyone was excluded. Any women or POC who wanted to hang out with us were as welcome as anyone else. Nerd culture was what we ended up gathering together to do because we were excluded from "cool" culture. In other words, nerd culture was a ghetto, not an ivory tower.
Another great episode. I'm not neurotypical, and I was a classic "computer nerd" at school. I was into video games, programming (a bit of #BASIC and #Pascal), #SciFi and fantasy, D&D etc. I was a school librarian all through school, and at high school I was part of the nerd crew who hung out in and around the library. I mostly abandoned this around the time I left school, and only came back to hacker culture later via activism, and being involved in projects like #Indymedia.
Just finished listening to #LibreLounge 'Episode 3: Hacker Culture, Past, Belonging and Inclusion':
It would be great to have a way to tie a post as a reply to two of more other posts. For example;
* I post something
* three people reply separately along similar lines
* I want to do one reply post that addresses the points made by all three, and merge them into one thread, so we can discuss it together
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#FrancesLee was interviewed by #TimWise on his #SpeakOut podcast. It's such a relief to hear people who clearly care passionately about social justice, critiquing the excesses of "call-out" culture, and emphasizing the importance of relationship-building to achieve lasting social change:
#Linux is a good privacy-conscious alternative to Microsoft Windows. It's free, fast and easy.
-Modern forms of Linux (such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint) are as easy to use as Windows or Mac. They're well supported, with popular apps like Spotify and Steam.
-If you're having trouble making an installation USB stick, you can order them online: https://www.osdisc.com/
-You can buy PCs with Linux preinstalled from a wide range of shops:
Types of discourse
There is a time for discussions like:
* How to interact with police safely
* How to navigate capitalism and live
* How to talk to doctors without screwing up your life
And there is also a time for discussions like:
* Why we shouldn't have to worry about safety around police (or whether they should exist)
* How capitalism itself could be replaced/improved
* Why we should be able to trust our doctors
And derailing one kind of discussion with the other is rarely helpful
"The experiences of oppression do not grant supremacy, in the same way that being a powerful colonizer does not. Justice will never look like supremacy. I wish for a new societal order that does not revolve around relations of power and domination."
Frances Lee, 'Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice'
If you're in Aotearoa (or Oz) in Jan/ Feb, look out for #permaculture troubabors the #FormidableVegetableSoundSystem, heading downunder for a summer tour: