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Next question, since I have come to appreciate the feng shui of my environments in shaping my willingness to do a thing: what are good ways to develop on without touching a lick of Java?

I'll entertain any suggestion that's both stable/unlikely to bite me with its own bugs, and has a reasonably large userbase exercising it. I personally enjoy Python but I'm open to other cool languages.

@kbve If I did that, would it have a head start at being, say, also a progressive web app, or generally working in a browser too?

I have always liked UI/UX work though, I feel like mobile apps might be an area where I could shine? The other I suspect being whatever Venn diagram contains both microcontrollers and weird glue code (I first got paid to code in high school, developing automated ways to transmogrify & normalize previously hand-edited scientific bibliographies.)

I wonder if I could be any good at Android development, because I'll be damned if there isn't still a need for a Google Calendar reminders workalike in Y2K19. (A mission-critical need for me, at any rate, and I suspect others who have a complex relationship with linear time.)

But like. It'd be so much more a thing I might actually do if I could get even $50/mo out of it. And I would open source it and I just don't know how well beg-ware gets compensated, even for cool fedi devs.

@[email protected] oh I thought it was a feature for pasting in commonly used tags 😅

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PSA - Brave "privacy" browser is malware 

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Instagram ranked worst for young people’s mental health [0].

I am very aware of the toxic side of IG and look forward to establishing Pixelfed Labs [1]. The goal is to get the community involved in solving these tough issues through discussions, proposals and implementations.

We can build better alternatives if we work together!

[0] - rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/inst

[1] - mastodon.social/@pixelfed/1015

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I'm so old I remember when the entire tech industry FREAKED THE HECK OUT at the idea of 'Total Information Awareness' and now it's just 'yeah, that's literally our business plan, what's wrong with it'

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_In

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if you have any (achievable) ideas you'd like to see implemented in #FediBooks, let me know!

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@maloki I've long been interested in a hacker/community-oriented standards org. IETF is the closest we have, but isn't quite that. Though one thing the W3C does have is its patent non-aggression policy, and the reason that works is that it's able to bring a bunch of corporate participants to the table. I don't think a hacker standards org could do that. (There's also some government groups that will only accept work that come from "official" standards groups.)

Maybe it's still worth trying.

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meta, worries 

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mastalab rebranded as fedilab and changed the logo with latest update, I thought I had misplaced it entirely as one sometimes does

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Study Shows Richest 0.00025% Owns More Wealth Than Bottom 150 Million Americans: "U.S. wealth concentration seems to have returned to levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties." commondreams.org/news/2019/02/

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Don’t bring #lefttwitter culture to the fediverse. Literally fuck off with that.

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let’s befriend all the maintenance people who seem capable of singlehandedly taking down giant banks by kicking a power strip out of a wall or burning a piece of toast

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bay area tech leftism is: posting about the revolution while being socially anxious and ignoring the person restocking snacks or fixing the elevator so i am 0% surprised we don’t have solidarity and aren’t getting big things done

including myself in this critique btw

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