The recruiter's reply to my message was very kind and understanding. I gotta say: As problematic as Amazon is, AWS's recruiting staff seems to be top notch!
@bignose Was their reaction to your answer equally understanding?
I think we - the community of skilled IT professionals - often aren't fully aware of the kind of power we would wield over many industries if we all made corporate responsibility a top priority in deciding whom to work for.
Given how hard it is to find good IT professionals, if most of us did what @bignose did and now I did as well, corporations who aren't responsible would be really screwed.
@colomar I went further and politely listed the conditions of my employment. Such as paying all workers a living wage, paying me to work only on creating freely licensed software, guaranteeing that my work would never be part of a surveillance system. And so on.
All conditions that, if met, would make them a candidate employer. It's well to remind them what it would take to get desirable employees :-)
After the AWS recruiter replied "Should anything change in the future please do let me know!", I took @bignose suggestion to heart and replied:
As soon as Amazon and its subsidiaries use 100% renewable energy, pay all their workers a living wage, stop participating in surveillance, and stop aggressively attempting to monopolize markets (I know AWS itself is better than your parent company in many of these points, but it's still a subsidiary after all), I will be very happy to apply!
@bignose Great idea! I'll do that as well, then.
I just got a message on LinkedIn recruiting for Amazon Web Services at Dublin. This was my reply:
"Thank you for your message! I am glad to hear that you find my profile interesting, and Dublin would be a great place to work at, but I have to say that I don't see myself working for an Amazon subsidiary. Amazon's values and mine are too far apart for that, unfortunately."
It did feel cool to be approached by AWS, but nope, I won't contribute to their quest for world domination.
Steam Big Picture Mode now finally has Steam Play (aka Proton) in its settings, allowing me to activate it on my Steam Machine without the need to start desktop mode.
I tried it with Deus Ex: Human Revolution and it worked flawlessly!
I hope the Steam Machine idea will be picked up again once SteamOS is at a point where it actually makes sense.
I, for one, love the idea of playing PC games on Linux on the TV!
@blaubachn Well then, as I said: They probably should just hard-code one or more accessibility modes and drop theme support otherwise.
Either you allow theming, or you don't. But allowing a way of theming which you know is bad is just begging for trouble.
@blaubachn Are you sure? GTK+ 3 allows to set the theme used via an environment variable. That's not "replacing stuff that wasn't meant to be replaced" to me, that's using a capability provided by the toolkit.
What am I missing here?
@blaubachn Well then, why not remove the ability? If it's for accessibility reasons, it could be limited to accessibility themes provided by upstream.
@blaubachn They are addressing the right people, but with a weird message. Why isn't the message "Please fix your themes" instead of "Please keep the default themes"?
@blaubachn Why not ask Ubuntu to fix their themes, then, instead of asking them not to apply theming at all?
@blaubachn AFAIK theming is supported in GNOME apps like in any other GTK apps, and the website even says that they could block theming by hard-coding the theme in the apps, but they don't want to.
@kiri KDE applications can be themed as well. And yes, sometimes we get bug reports that are caused by faulty themes. Then we close them as downstream and that's it. Yes, it's annoying, but it comes with themability.
@mdbekhit I haven't seen Lucifer yet. Should put it on my list, I guess :)
@blaubachn If they believe theming is bad in general, why even allow it?
If it's certain themes breaking your app, as @mooshoe said: Talk to the people making those themes.
And fix GTK's theming so it can't break apps.
Having a capability to customize and then telling people to please not use it just seems weird to me.
@nicodemus Indeed. Sourceforge had its time back when it was basically the only independent open source repo out there, but it hasn't developed much since then, and has been far surpassed by others since.
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