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Things cooking in the Minkiverse. They move elsewhere when the oven pings.

Update: Graduated to the OSI Blog

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While the Free Software/Open Source movement is based on an essential and timeless concept — that users of software should be self-sovereign in that software — the linguistic frame in which it was positioned long ago continues to have some unfortunate consequences that ironically distract from the very goals the frame sought to achieve.

Empty picture frames mounted on a wooden wall

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One of the tragedies of platform lock-in is that it's victims suffer from a kind of trauma bonding where instead of blaming the proprietary software or walled-garden platform that's locked them in, they find fault with the thing that's going to liberate them. That's lock-in syndrome. We've seen a lot of it lately what with the waves of Twitter Migration.

A bird-of-paradise flower pokes through the railings of the Sydney Botanical Gardens, like a prisoner looking out at freedom outside.

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I often hear about how open source is not sustainable because it is “made by volunteers”. But that's misunderstanding the nature of volunteering in open source projects. Volunteering is relative, not absolute and it is not a useful indicator of the sustainability of a project because in independent open source projects all contributors are volunteers.

A concrete wall shows a remarkably 3D shadow of a sphere, resulting from the projection of light throufgh a wire geodesic globe containing a grey glass sphere that is suspended in front of the wall. The shadow is more striking than the globe, raising the question of which is the artwork. The background is a rich sodium orange from another exhibit The shadow may seem more real than the thing itself

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Many of the arguments that turn up in the Free and Open Source Software movement(s) – between people who apparently should agree – are because of a difference of view over the appropriate degree of causality that applies to the situation. This conflict between degrees of causality actually powers many other human disagreements too.

Beware, Falling Rocks

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This is the “Hello, world” for this site, which started 1st January 2023. Earlier posts that haven't “graduated” have been imported.

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Unexpectedly, a prominent Paris monument speaks to the usurpation of the very freedoms it celebrates.

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Google's Judge Dredd-inspired process for dealing with phishing and malware is a nightmare for the self-hoster

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Interoperability is good, and breaks down the walls of walled gardens, but it isn't always possible for every feature to be interoperable, as I discovered decades ago writing import filters for a word-processor.

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Certain style guides, and an errant bloc on Wikipedia, think it should be. But they are wrong, both by grammar and by popular consensus.

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