Hello cybre.space, time for #introductions! :)
I'm a networking geek and researcher living in Berlin, currently working on a PhD in Computer Science. On a technical level, I like access networks such as WiFi and mobile networks, I like measurement and understanding performance, and I do low-level user-space programming in C. I sometimes talk about science, free software, and tech communities, among other things.
I'm still figuring out how to stay in touch with all those people who are now 8 or 9 timezones away.
But I kind of also want to meet new people who are in the same timezone... (Pacific)
How is that supposed to work? I have no idea, but I guess it's worth trying... something.
Also worth mentioning:
“If you are part of a group that is under-represented in Free and Open Source Software communities, we particularly encourage you to apply. We acknowledge that our project and team are not as diverse as we would like them to be. We understand that we're part of the problem. We want to be part of the solution.”
“Feel free to not include your legal name, gender, or photo in your CV.”
The Tails team is looking for a “Privacy loving Linux generalist”:
Emphasis on the last two items in the list of requierements:
“• Have guts feelings or ethical reasons to be interested in online privacy.
• Like to learn new stuff: Tails is big and you probably don't know everything yet — nobody does!”
If you feel like applying, do it now!
covid-19, working class, organizing
Seriously, I've got friends in the hospitality business. They're already struggling to get by. Layoffs are gonna devastate some of them.
It's time for some serious organizing around this. Universal health care, universal paid sick leave, universal full salary unemployment benefit for disruptions by emergency.
People should not be bearing the brunt of the failures of a system designed for maximal wealth extraction rather than wellbeing and resilience.
Many of you already do it but we want to ask and urge everyone on chaos.social and of course on other instances to add a CW (corona or covid19) to *all* toots in a relation with the corona virus pandemic. Additionally adding the #covid19 hashtag is also a good idea to filter the toots.
The topic is important but there are a lot of people that are for example in a risk group and really don't want to hear every bad joke or every new headline. Help them and be a nice citizen of this instance.
COVID-19 Queer community response
If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things
I hear tech folks saying that RSS is dead, and people on social media saying that blogs are dead.
The problem with this is twofold:
- RSS is doing just fine, and not even remotely dead
- Blogs are doing just fine, and are not even remotely dead, either
There's this strange sort of defeatism around. "Well, we lost, so what can you do". Um, not undermine things that still work and are actively being used? Support them as well?
characteristics of white supremacy culture
Know the characteristics of white supremacy culture, so that you may know better how to confront it both in ourselves and in the spaces we're a part of.
These characteristics are: Perfectionism,
Sense of Urgency,
Quantity Over Quality,
Worship of the Written Word, Paternalism,
Fear of Open Conflict,
Progress is "Bigger, More",
and the Right to Comfort.
Think for a moment on each of these characteristics, where you've seen them be upheld and what you've done to perpetuate them yourselves.
The article below goes into deeper detail on what these characteristics and the antidotes to them are: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/white-supremacy-culture-characteristics.html
This article is a part of "Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups", by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, and you can find the rest of its resources (as well as plenty others) here: http://www.dismantlingracism.org/
The #OpenSalary hashtag now has community unanimity (2 persons 😄)! Use it to share your work conditions, compensation and what you’re up to as a tech or non-tech worker.
Two examples to start:
I'm currently making a list of events I want to attend this year, and was wondering whether there's a standard for writing date ranges. Turns out there is! Thread on some other weird things I found while reading the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601
"Every platform dies off some day. Geocities, LiveJournal, now Yahoo Groups. One day, Medium, Twitter, and even hosting services like GitHub Pages will be plundered then discarded when they can no longer grow or cannot find a working business model"
If you want to try my mini CTF, it's here: https://briancallahan.net/ctf/
Note that it's just 3 introductory crypto challenges. Not supposed to be too difficult. Aiming to be finishable in an hour or two. It's for my infosec students who are new and have never done a CTF before.
If you play let me know.
Git is planning to switch to SHA-256 soon. This is all great news, but the best thing is the command to convert an existing repo to the new hash. It reads like a shitpost and gets better with each argument:
git convert-repo --to-hash=sha-256 --frobnicate-blobs --climb-subtrees --liability-waiver=none --use-shovels --carbon-offsets
Decentralized SMTP is for the greater good
- SMTP is the way computers exchange e-mails
- it is a decentralized protocol meaning that ANYONE can run a node and be independent
- it is being centralized at companies that have a history of abuse
- it is being centralized in a country that has a history of abuse
I just created a new personal Web page for myself (not online yet), and I'm pleasantly surprised how easy it was.
I used the Huge static Website generator (https://gohugo.io/) and it was mostly quite easy to learn for me.
In general, I feel guilty for throwing stuff away because what if somebody could still need them?
Also, I feel like it's not sustainable and I should rather repair everything. But I just don't have the time and energy to do it and I usually don't even enjoy taking things apart. :/
Also, I'm wondering what to do with old books and especially magazines.
I can't bring myself to just throw them away, so I'm trying to find somebody who wants them.
But seriously, aren't magazines weird?
They're sent to my house continuously, I might or might not read them (I rarely do), and then they just sit there and keep accumulating dust. :/
Because I'll be moving far away soon, I looked through all my stuff to figure out what to keep, what to give away, and what to throw away.
I found this quite difficult, as I've never been good at throwing stuff away.
Like, I still have my old laptops, some of which are still half working... Still figuring out who to give these to.
Network geek and researcher. Recently moved to the Bay Area. Queer feminist, bisexual, fights for social justice. She/her
Cybrespace is an instance of Mastodon, a social network based on open web protocols and free, open-source software. It is decentralized like e-mail.