If this plan actually succeeds (and there's a reasonable chance it might not) I'm going to print out and frame this email exchange

My guilty pleasure? Opening up the company email account and rereading the emails that I send clients. I find that I write nothing so elegant nor so beautiful as corporate-speak for "I will not give you a discount without a good reason and that is not a good reason"

did you know that your mastodon instance’s local timeline is publicly accessible through the API, even if you’ve disabled the timeline preview? there’s an issue on github to fix this; it might be a good idea to go and 👍 it if you agree this should change: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

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@tao I don't know if you remember Sten, our brief scrum master, but he put me on to the culture novels late last year. I love them, every time I get a new one I read it in about 3 days. I want to get some Minds into Wobbly somehow

@Bert And the thing about rules is that they're always only imperfectly matched with reality. So, when faced with a situation where the rule doesn't make sense any longer, the developer's instinct is to throw away the old rule and create a new one, whereas the lawyer's instinct is to figure out how to interpret the rule in a new way.

In their respective domains, these approaches are usually the right ones. But when in neither domain, there's a high chance of conflict between a lawyer and a dev.

@Bert I'd say the origins of this difference come from the different rule-processing-machines that the two professions work with. There are billions of computers in the world, and they can all easily process thousands of rules a second. There are only a few thousand courts in the world, and processing rules at a rate of one per second would be very impressive.

@Bert And these different experiences of rules filter into what counts as a virtue for the two professions. Having a great memory for old cases and examples is well prized in lawyers, but in the programming world bringing up loads of old programs and systems gets annoying very quickly (at least in my personal experience, a guy who used to be in our team did that a lot and it wasn't helpful to hear about how things were done in the mid 90s)

@Bert So for devs, rules are cheap but brittle. For lawyers, rules are expensive but flexible.

Almost like rules are made out of two different materials. For devs it's glass, for lawyers rubber. And to embed the metaphor a little bit, the rules are transparent for developers and more opaque for lawyers.

@Bert agree with your aside, surfing the web isn't a universally pleasant experience

On devs and lawyers, basically for devs, rules are simultaneously unbreakable and totally disposable. Your machine will execute according to what it's told to do, but if a rule isn't getting you the result you want, just get rid of it and write a better one.

Whereas for lawyers, rules are neither unbreakable or disposable. It's a matter of what a judge or jury will or won't buy.

Having said that, I am now going to start calling myself the 'Co-Initiator' of Wobbly

I think the reason I kind-of-not-really hate these people is that we're quite similar but different.

Like, software developers and lawyers are both professionals, they have similar kinds of career trajectories, but they have very different perspectives on rules and laws.

These people are living in a hyperconnected global world, like I am, but they're more likely to travel physically than virtually. For them a new idea is a plane ticket away rather than a search term.

I totally lose it at "exactly, exactly, that is the whole point. And, I've been to a couple of laughing workshops-" I just can't keep it together at that point, it's so absurd

I'm trying to listen to this podcast (thefutureisbeautiful.co/2018/1) because hey, maybe I don't already have all the answers (I definitely do)

Two Compass (UK centre-left think tank) alumni, talking about "politics with a small p", and empathy and the ignored people.

It's basically FALC-for-women (is that fair? you decide). If you want to know why in less than 90 minutes, follow the link and then go to 35:30 in, when they start to talk about humour. I'm really struggling to continue

@tao promptworks, the team (potentially) behind Gompers, mentioned using elixir in their tech stack, could send them an email for a connection?

Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.

Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).

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@tao not having read it myself, I think the book describes the terrain where a new mode of production could come into being, but doesn't go much into the social relations either of the new mode, or the movement to create it

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