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It is time for tech workers to realize that we are not elite. We are a labor class, one that is increasingly disenfranchised and marginalized. We come to work, build code or servers to specifications, and then we go home. Companies look to minimize pay and benefits, to prevent workers from organizing, and at the same time instill the promise of the mission so workers will stay loyal.

Nothing we do is magic. Tech work is a skill, like any other. It is a skill that some can't perform. I can't lift heavy shit or mix concrete or design bridges or fly a plane. Some folks can't code or sysadmin. Some folks are better at these skills than others. This is the general human condition, in the context of skills and learning, and no one is better or more elite than anyone else because of their skills or lack thereof.

I have watched companies time and time again refuse to offer mentorship and training because their more skilled workers couldn't be bothered. They stop offering lower-skilled jobs because the more skilled workers refuse to work with people "who can't keep up".

It's just awful and it's a situation that we white men of tech created, encourage, and sustain.

if you wanna listen to cool stories about computer security i highly recommend it

darknet diaries is such a good podcast omg

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Decided to see what would happen if I trained a neural net to write names for self-aware AIs.
May I present: GPT-2 trained on AI names from Iain M. Banks's Culture novels
aiweirdness.com/post/185883998

which energy drink are you?

monster energy: goth on a dirt bike
relentless: 15-year old who calls his mom a bitch
red bull: into minimalism and sleek clothes
dragon soop/four loko: yolo-enthusiast

who are some devs to follow on the fediverse?

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Moral of the story: telling nazis to fuck off is great behavior. fuck them and their feelings and their comfort. no one advocating eugenics should feel comfortable.

End thread. Guerrilla out. *trips in mic cable while exiting stage*

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first they came for the nazis, and i said "thanks for getting rid of the nazis"

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ussr, genocide 

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gab, moderation 

idea for blocking gab 

idea for blocking gab 

idea for blocking gab 

gab, moderation 

gab, moderation 

gab, moderation 

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Why bother abolishing ICE when we could simply abolish the border? And if we're already going to abolish the border, we might as well abolish the nation state while we're at it.

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So, I've been thinking. And you're all right. Neutral will never bring on change.

#FLOSS is riddled with the "we must stay neutral" mentality, this creates a problem in this space, it simply isn't safe for minorities to participate in a lot of the conversations.

This means being neutral isn't neutral at all.

Who's onboard to work on FLOSS from an anti-racist, intersectional feminist perspective?

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@sir

if free software is supportive of nazis then I don't want free software

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