On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant
by David Graeber

"In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century's end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There's every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn't happen."


It has been a while since the last time I ordered something from AliExpress. Now, I can't buy anything unless "I verify my identity". They asked me not only for personal info such as my name and address but also a scanned ID (!)

Did it happen to someone else recently? Is there a workaround for this?

"European industry is gradually becoming less competitive as software is the key differentiating and value-adding factor in products and services. This is not only detrimental to Europe’s economy, but also affects Europe’s autonomy and sovereignty at the strategic level. Since software reflects and shapes society, core values, such as privacy, safety, fairness, sustainability and inclusion, are increasingly under threat."

Read and sign this petition here:

"One of democracy's foundations is the fact that all human beings have certain inalienable rights and freedoms. Suspended by trust and shared values. Today, trust and shared values are being replaced by 'control and surveillance'."


Come on guys, all this mess just to get yet another shitty paper published? You can do better.

Greg KH: 'Commits from @umn.edu addresses have been found to be submitted in "bad faith" to try to test the kernel community's ability to review "known malicious" changes'


I encourage everyone to chip in on this crowd fund campaign. Louis Rossman, well-known Right to Repair lobbyist wants to get laws passed in his country USA for Right to Repair.

This will greatly benefit projects like coreboot and riscv-related projects.


Right to repair means: access to schematics, boardviews and other such info necessary for repair. Presently, hardware/logic info is highly restrictive. This law would be a huge legal precedent for future rights.

When you have a build system that is full of warnings, your brain starts to filter them out.

Once that all developers don't pay attention to warnings anymore, what do you do?

Of course, you add yet another message on top with a different colour that says: "This is a real problem, someone needs to investigate"

Google is now tracking your visitors for advertising purposes even when you’re not using Google Analytics or Google Ads.

I took a closer look at Google’s FLoC initiative and how you can fight back and opt-out as a web user and a web developer


Now that FOSS is "cool", many companies profit from "supporting" these projects and being "open".

I was looking into Jitsi-meet GitHub repo and I found that you have to sign a Contributor License Agreement in order to contribute to this "open-source" project.


Even more disgusting, they write within the first paragraph of that agreement: "This license is for Your protection as a Contributor" ...

Well, "thanks" (but no thanks).

I'm pretty new to social media. This week I discovered what "don't @ me" means (I'm serious, I did not know).

I had a very negative reaction to that practice. I wrote a rant post about it and then I deleted it.

I know some people use this as a joke, but others really mean it.

Can someone explain to me a valid reason for posting something in a place like this and add a "don't @ me" at the end?

Some of the "expert panel" findings regarding US law enforcement in autonomous vehicles:

- Research on systems to enable law enforcement to identify a vehicle’s authorization to run in automated mode.

- Research on technology that enables law enforcement to communicate with vehicles in automated mode.

In other words, your fancy car will have a backdoor buddy, just in case you are a terrorist or a "hacker from a hostile regime".

Check all the "findings" here:

How are your skills? I've found the perfect place for you to train if you feel out of shape.

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