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josh

@josh@josh.tel

A wild philosopher appears! Booster for the commons. Community is my practice 🌱 Painfully earnest. Technicolor geek. Committed to being a good ancestor.

he/they 🏳️‍🌈 bi+disabled white guy 🦓 in <3 w/ https://social.coop/@chrisjrn

Managing Director of @matrix :matrix:
VP of Petaluma Pride :pride:
Former President of https://social.opensource.org/@osi :osi:

#OpenSource #CripTheVote #TransRights #BlackLivesMatter #LandBack #Cats #Nature #Journalism #SolarPunk #HopePunk #1U #AVGeek

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josh, to random
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The wildest detail about the massive Discord user and message dataset is not even that it's connected to a notoriously toxic and violently transphobic community, but that Discord has known about it since at least February... and done nothing?

But maybe I shouldn't be surprised. Discord also didn't give a damn when it was used to coordinate the largest-yet spam attack in the history of the fediverse. https://www.404media.co/spy-site-selling-discord-messages-linked-to-kiwi-farms/

josh,
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@irenes Yuuup. Profit motive strikes again.

josh, to random
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Bet on open source, open standards, and interoperability.

"But several Twitter alternatives are still standing — and all of them are part of the fediverse, which means they’re open to sharing their content with other social platforms. The decentralized platforms Mastodon and Bluesky are still going strong, while Meta’s Threads launched its fediverse beta in March and added Taylor Swift to its user base."

https://www.theverge.com/2024/4/19/24135011/twitter-alternative-post-news-shutdown

josh, to opensource
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As much as I don't think every single project or ecosystem needs its own dedicated FOSS foundation... I would much rather that than have a massive swath of the FOSS commons under the auspices of a single organization.

I've not been shy about my views that the Linux Foundation has become a dangerous single point of failure.

josh,
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Nonetheless, I wish the Jupyter Project good luck and a prosperous future as they contemplate their Executive Committee's proposal to move from NumFOCUS to the Linux Foundation Charities.

josh,
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@funnelfiasco At a high level, I think that's about right – tho of course the devil is in the details. Ultimately it strikes me as a question of governance, fundraising, and power.

josh,
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@jehb @funnelfiasco Yeah, that's a great point!

josh,
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@rtyler Yeah, there's definitely something to that. Eclipse Foundation seems to be doing very well, which is encouraging.

Hopefully we see more players rise to the challenge...

vmbrasseur, to animals
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josh,
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@vmbrasseur Happy gotcha day, lil monster! :ablobcatheartsqueeze:

josh, (edited ) to random
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Saying "post-COVID" as someone who is tasked with looking after public health is a fast track to the nope zone.

(Here's looking at you, Blue Zones Petaluma.)

#SFBA #Petaluma #COVID

Aphrodite, to Israel
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I’m getting some informal reports that users in are no longer able to access @signalapp and @matrix.

Anyone else have any info about this?

josh,
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@Aphrodite oh that's very concerning. First I'm hearing of it. I definitely want to stay apprised on @matrix's behalf.

josh,
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@gabek @Aphrodite @matrix Yeah, should be very difficult if not impossible to completely block Matrix. That said, the size of the matrix.org homeserver would likely make it a target for those who seek to censor and block organizing activity.

josh, to random
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Having overseen some FOSS foundation elections, I knew they were beastly projects to manage.

But my goodness, now being personally on point for creating voter rolls, implementing election systems, and doing the communications ... it's even more than I imagined 😵‍💫

josh,
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@trevorflowers It really is 😅 Establishing voter rolls is particularly painstaking.

josh, to random
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Whooooops 😵‍💫 Mixed cash and accrual accounting methods when handling my estimated taxes last quarter.

Made for quite a scare when I went to make today's payments and the numbers didn't add up!

Thankfully it'll all shake out in the wash.

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USians: Can anyone tell me anything about getting a new booster if you were boosted in fall? We have adults under 65 who are self-attesting to being high risk who just got turned away by a pharmacy bc not old enough. If you've pulled this off, how? Thanks!

(Hope this is clear, ask me if not)

josh,
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@inquiline ?! Yikes, I'm sorry to hear that. Sounds like I've had an easier time than most – I booked appointment at local Safeway Pharmacy, showed up, when asked about qualification self-attested, and the pharmacist just carried on.

I've had a couple friends who've had to cite the CDC guidance and self-advocate until the pharmacy staff relented. And at least one who did that and was still turned away. (Fuck KP.)

josh,
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@inquiline sobs in "we have the tools"

josh, to NWSL
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Sad to miss out on seeing the inaugural at match in person, we had tickets! But elder care takes priority.

Still, tuning into the match and rocking my team gear 🧢 Go Bay FC!

be, to random
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Are there any options for end-to-end encrypted video calls besides Jitsi and Signal? I'm leaning towards setting up a Jitsi server, but I want to know if there are any options I may have overlooked.

josh,
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@be Element Call is end-to-end encrypted these days, tho makes a lot more sense to use if you're already invested in Matrix.

josh, to random
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I honestly kinda love that the Port of Oakland is looking to incorporate "San Francisco Bay" into the name of the airport.

And it wouldn't be out of step with what we see at airports clustered around other metro areas. https://www.portofoakland.com/press-releases/san-francisco-bay-oakland-international-airport-receives-preliminary-approval/

josh, to random
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@loren I just thought you should know that your nature photos and shit posting are a regular source of joy and I appreciate you!

josh, to random
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Local dog walkers suitably amused to see me with Pico-cat on a leash exploring the front yard 😂

josh, (edited ) to privacy
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Does your public library use Overdrive/Libby for ebooks or audiobooks? ⚠️

In the US and Canada, the answer is probably yes. And you should speak to your library staff and commission about it.

Libby is now owned by a private equity firm & making sketchy changes: https://buttondown.email/ninelives/archive/the-coming-enshittification-of-public-libraries/

The latest development is that their overbroad privacy policy allows them to sell your borrowing history to advertisers: https://infosec.exchange/@longobord/112243098104196246

Thank you @karawynn and @longobord!

#Privacy #Libraries

josh,
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Follow up: bless the Sonoma County Library :blobcathearts:

I'm on the Petaluma Library Advisory Board and raised this with staff. It's struck a chord and we'll be exploring what we can do about it!

josh,
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@PeachMcD I'm so encouraged to hear that many librarians are already clued into this! Here's hoping we can all find a way to push back on this together.

josh,
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@rolandelli so very welcome! Our libraries are such a joy to be involved with 💖

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