Imagine if we actually *had* user agents.
Like, imagine if our computers were doing things we wanted them to do, automatically, on the network. And, it was our computers doing these things, instead of a rental service like ifttt or google alerts that's selling info on the back end. Imagine if they stopped doing things when we told them to stop.
Imagine if non-technical users had this too.
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Elf on the shelf is awful, at best it's gaslighting your kids more then normal give Christmas law at worst it's habituating children to the idea that their privacy will be violated. I don't like it.
from the same article: "For twenty years, we’ve been making corporations rich by buying into standardization and scale — making it feasible for them to funnel us into silos. We can stop this process, and perhaps even reverse it, by refusing to make un-frivolous software. Personal software should be personal: it should not scale or conform; it should chafe at strictures the same way you do, and burst out of any box that dare enclose it."
I dunno if you lot know this about me but as well as fixing coin-ops, I run a little indie multiplayer text adventure game at improbableisland.com. Have done for just over ten years now. No ads, no creepy addictive game mechanics, kept alive by voluntary donations.
I'd really appreciate a boost, 'cause Project Wonderful shut down earlier this year, and we could do with some word of mouth.