it’s tragically easy to imagine better tech
I mean, except for the explosive collars Amazon workers will start wearing in 2019
@cathal still bezos’ fault
i guess if we’re asking about the ethics of the existence of weapons — like, is a sword oppressive by nature — i think the answer is no
@cathal that said: too real my dude
Bezos is the real weapon, forged in capitalism, quenched in the undervalued labour of the lumpen. Does not have to be cast back into the fires of mount doom though, because of planned obsolescence he'll fall apart in a few decades anyway
@cathal holy shit lmao
it always seems like there's a sort of technological determinism at work in the world. the tech's properties shape the emergent culture and history. i'm super _uncomfortable_ with the idea that a given tech (so in some sense a given form of _knowledge_) might be intrinsically "evil", but on the other hand...
@garbados secure scuttlecloud
@walruslifestyle scuttle the butt 😮
@polymerwitch i think about this a lot. we’ve agitated and we’ve educated — it’s time to organize!
@garbados ‘tragically easy’ is perfectly put.
@garbados There is really no reason why we can’t all host our own instance on our smartphone. The only reason we can’t is because capitalists have installed software on our machines specifically so we can’t do it.
> host our own instance
self-hosting is great but it hits an expertise distribution problem: just as not everyone can repair a car, not everyone can admin a server, and we shouldn’t expect them to. i’d like to see more self-hosted hypervisors, like a libre masto.host, so admin expertise can service more communities without a necessarily commercial relationship.
> on our smartphone
[insert rant about uptime here]
@garbados Admin experience yes. Still there’s no reason why the admin can’t be centralized and the actual hosting occurs on the phone.
Just plug it in at night and uptime. And perhaps people would simply accept 90% uptime like in the 80s and a lot of the 90s...
@garbados I am old enough to remember checking email once per day, if the server responded.
@lupine activitypub left a lot of things out of the spec in order to accomodate p2p approaches, but the tooling for this kind of stuff is still in its infancy. peertube uses some p2p tech to improve bandwidth, but i don’t know much about it.
@tibius fair points, but ok, here’s that uptime rant:
i think it’s possible to get 100% uptime on content even if the content’s source is offline using p2p protocols like dat, so uptime becomes a collective effort rather than a singular one. you could post to your phone and then turn it off while recipients propagated it amongst themselves.
@garbados That's one for the board.
@garbados only if you ignore the constraints under which the current tech has been built
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