A lot of the friction of modern life comes from capitalism's mandate that the workplace must operate with the smallest number of staff possible. To do otherwise is to needlessly spend money that could go to profits, the theory goes.
In practice, this means that every workplace is constantly running on the ragged edge of failure and disaster, keeping it together by their fingernails. So staff are stressed, struggling and burned out, and customers are rarely if ever satisfied.
I say this with all my heart - there's a lot of genuinely really good people in the freedesktop community. I'm just kind of thinking about how some of the conversations I've had with folks, some of which have been more personal then would probably not happen in most communities.
well except for the rust community probably have you seen their discord
JoJo Part 6 Jailhouse Rock fight spoiler (EP 24)
I only realized because I kept looking at Emporio's computer and going "why is there a math formula on his computer is this just decoration or what". this man is clever as hell
JoJo Part 6 Jailhouse Rock fight spoiler (EP 24)
What the fuck!? ARAKI. Araki!!!!
That's. That's how a computer works. You literally got it!? Like I'm so floored right now I thought the ending to this fight was bullshit but IT'S NOT. HE GOT IT ALL CORRECT.
"How would Joleyn know what to do with the binary?" the motherfucking formula to turn the binary to an image is on the paper handed to Joleyn, and is on a post-it note on the computer in the previous scene.
HOLY SHIT holy shit I looked at the website I found out about atropine treatments on and the guy running the website has a full ass fucking whitepaper filled with citations from medical research
it's actually fucking real, HOLY SHIT
Like - I had my eyes dilated multiple times by optometrists. Every single time I no longer can see the floaters, and my vision substantially improves.
holy fucking shit. I could fucking get relief for my eyes. i could fucking have normal god damn eyes again. this is literally unbelievable holy shit.
Everyone I don't even know how to describe this in words because this is such a strong emotion I am feeling right now. I did my semi-regular "try to look for solutions to my eye floaters" google search and found out there's another fucking treatment no one seems to talk about using a low dose of atropine to very slightly dialate your eyes but without any of the health risks associated with that. Holy fucking shit, and I -know- this works because of prior experiences I've had
I don't even know what else to write because the fact this is even still a discussion is astonishing. The party that literally stormed our capital and denies that to this day should not be the party you should be looking towards to "build bridges"
It genuinely hurts my head that there's still candidates running that genuinely believe that they can somehow make an appeal to conservative voters, and that somehow that appeal would be worth the inevitable lose of actual progressives that would have supported you???
It doesn't matter what your viewpoints are, you could literally advocate for _anything_ and they aren't voting for you. You aren't conservative. You aren't convincing them to not vote conservative.
Of course: the simple existence of a government isn't synonymous with you having input. But it's arguably still a valid point because one side, the government, at least in theory is supposed to be the representative of a living populous. If it isn't, you can in theory fight to make it so. The other is quite clear about you explicitly not having input, and seeing as a company's main motive is profit - arguably you cannot fight to make it representative of a populous without changing that
When in reality of course, allowing the deregulation of things and privatization of previously-public industry technically reduces freedom since you've literally just voluntarily sacrificed your only input into the outcome of a situation by allowing the government to relinquish control.
What I'd say is really happening here though is simply that the power one structure held has simply been moved to a different structure, one which we have less say in. It's basically a quiet coup of sorts
Something I feel like I've concluded from talking to conservatives is that as a society I think we put way too much emphasis on "government" instead of being honest and just calling it a power structure. I say 'honest' here because a lot of conservative discourse is framed around this idea that government is "over-bearing" and that by allowing the privatization of services, they will be more successful and we will have more freedom.
It also pushes this idea that companies should just be able to use shit that people have made for the public benefit for free, at the expense of those things not being financially supported by the powers that literally have every ability to do so. And that we're bad for not enabling it. That's not really ok! Do we also think that people should be shamed for not allowing companies to reuse their art? Music? Literally anything a human is capable of creating?
again - not saying automation is bad. You should make your job as an employee easier. You would be out of your mind to avoid automating things at your job. But there is a political side to all of this, which means there's interests at play when you're talking about things like not restricting corporate use of software. And that those things, really do not necessarily translate to making the employee's life easier if the company is the reason their job is shit in the first place.
The whole lie behind making employee's lives easier is just ignoring the fact that once it's easy enough, there is no longer a need for the employee. If anything, you're literally financially incentivized to get rid of the employee because - unless you're not publically traded - you are literally legally obligated to make more profit for shareholders. If a decision results in more profit, regardless of the moral issues at play, it will be made.
Do I think automation is bad? no, that'd be crazy of course not. But do I think automation in a capitalist society will inevitably lead to the loss of jobs which will not be followed up by anything to replace it? yeah buddy you bet I sure do think that. This was literally industrialization of the U.S., and reusing software is in some ways the same phenomenon. Less code to maintain, less work for employees, and finally - less employees.
it's all capitalism's problem. literally.
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