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July 30, 2015

Louis Suárez-Pots

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OS X El Capitan: Working & Not Working Apps | MacRumors Forums.

 

I’ve been using the dev versions of OS X for over a year now, and El Capitan is offering more whiplash than Yosemite ever did. Stalwart apps, like Adium, JustNotes (uses SimpleNote) and even, on occasion, Chrome dev, crash after short periods of use or even, in the case of Adium, nearly immediately. The precise cause varies, but I think the crashes relate to security provisions introduced by El Capitan. The list compiled here, at MacRumors (a great site), is useful. Does this long list give me pause? Nah. The opposite. It’s actually immensely, uhm, enjoyable to go through the code (that I can) and try to trace the issues. As well, it’s useful to think of El Capitan as a kind of platform for apps—you know, what we used to call programs. (And the genealogy of the term, “app,” is itself of interest, and what it says about the user’s ability to intervene ….)


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by oulipax at July 30, 2015 12:07 AM

July 26, 2015

Louis Suárez-Pots

lupo

via Mozilla utilizes open education resources to improve participation | Opensource.com.

Mozilla has long realised the importance of formalised education. So have I–Mark Surman and I even discussed years ago to further formalise open source collaboration…..


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by oulipax at July 26, 2015 04:01 PM

July 24, 2015

Louis Suárez-Pots

lupo

oulipax:

This Thursday’s (23 July 2015) podcast by Doug Henwood was on Greece. Two interviews: James Galbraith & Leo Panitch, recently returned (this week) from Athens. Both Galbraith (the son of… ) and Panitch have been advising the Greek gov’t. and both (along with Henwood) give a strong defence of the choices made. Basically, not a betrayal of the referendum held a couple of weeks ago but, as Panitch put it, a crucifixion (Galbraith termed it a capitulation, suggesting there was no meaningful choice). The interviews are superb and insightful. (Doug needs —!!— to get Yanis back on the program.) The interviews, especially the one of Panitch—who is an extraordinary scholar and wonderful speaker—made me think of practical ways one could, working within the catastrophic conditions set by Brussels, engage community resources to bootstrap at least portions of the Greek economy. Starting with open source, of course—but also, and importantly, cooperatives beyond what is already there. But I must assume that all I could think of is already being done or at least being considered; necessity leads to invention, after all.

Originally posted on Yanis Varoufakis:

Interviewed by Mariano Alonso and Luis Martin of the TRUMAN FACTOR.

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by oulipax at July 24, 2015 11:26 PM

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Made with Creative Commons: A book on open business models by Creative Commons — Kickstarter.

I do wish that “sharing” were not used here. I’d much rather replace it with something closer to actuality, like “collaboration,” or even “co-operation.” “Sharing” sounds (and is) lame marketing-speak that has been, uhm, coopted by neoliberals who argue that the individual contractor is just like the entrepreneur and both are radically free to maximise their potential, provided full access to the Web and its wealth of knowledge—a claim, and vision that is, if not frankly cynical, grotesquely naïve.

Yet the CC people are, as far as I know, neither cynical nor grotesquely naive. And they certainly don’t have to deploy gilt marketing words.


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by oulipax at July 24, 2015 02:34 PM