These consumer unions would collectively negotiate prices, act as industry watchdogs, and orchestrate class action lawsuits. If the gov is no longer interested in protecting consumers or preventing oligopolies, this may be our next best option.

Coworker of mine recently told me of a business idea he briefly entertained where he would deal with telecom companies on behalf of clients. This has led to me imagining the potential benefits of consumer unions across many industries.

There is something about writing the statement 'import time' that makes me feel supremely powerful.

Thousands of programmers have spent countless hours abstracting the complexities of time such that now I can just import a library and leverage all of their hard work for myself with little understanding.

I am truly a blind, idiot god. Feel the power of my ignorance!

Kinda sucks that we get to pilot mechs but they're only made of unreliable wet meat. Terrible biotech.

When a significant fraction of a group of people you care about are a part of an economic category which didn't exist 5 years ago and which our current legal fictions do not offer adequate protections for. Feels like the future slammed into me all at once, as a normalcy bubble built out of my, mostly, automation proof life popped.

Most people here have a general understanding that software is eating the world. But there is a difference between knowing something intellectually and being struck in the face by it.

Recently spent a weekend camping with a group of friends I mostly hadnt seen since college. They were all generally outdoorsy, blue collar type folks. I was the only person there that worked in tech, to my knowledge at least.

I was surprised and slightly horrified to learn that about half of them were working below the API in some form or another.

I think the lesson here for me is that not every convo is for learning or novelty. Sometimes its just about slowly building connections and relationships, laying another social brick. Especially with new relationships, often the convo will be simple.

There's a girl at my gym that comes at about the same time as me and everyone seems to know her. I admire and envy the little community of friends she has built around her daily gym routine. On the other hand a lot of the small talk she has seems banal to me.

This site combines teaching C++ and Perl with long essays against neoliberalism.

It's finally happened. Im creating something that I think might be worth giving a license. Now I just need to figure out which. My heart says GPL but tbh I don't really know what the alternatives are.

this little one right here did a good job...I'm proud of her :blobcatcoffee:

Also if your active on both sites, you should follow me at

mastodon: @zacharius
twitter: @faddisZach

One word of caution. If you decide to use it please be active on both sites. If your just constantly posting into the void without ever interacting then why are you even here man?

I was thinking about making a mastodon-twitter crossposter when I came across this.

Its much better and easier to use than anything I would've made.

Been using it for about a week and I'd say its been a success.

Definitely not the most secure but this could be a quickly implemented stop gap measure until we switch to a reasonable system with cryptographic keys and public ledgers.

I trust a credit statement to tell me that a person was at a place and did a thing much more than an illegible scribble on a paper.

Business Idea: Set up a system to sign legal documents by making small credit card transactions.

Credit cards are about he only thing most people have on them at all times, has ok security features, and a global processing system.

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Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

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