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If had fallen asleep in 2001 and woke up now...

Google owns a monopoly on browsers.

Microsoft owns a defacto monopoly on the servers where almost all of FOSS is located and development is done.

Micosoft's IDE is also what all the Kool Kids are using and is rapidly taking over.

ISP's are a monopoly in most locations in the USA: Comcast, AT&T, and a few others, but many places have just one (1) choice. South Korea (and indeed much of the world) has far better residential and mobile internet connectivity than the USA.

Almost all the servers on the internet are running Linux.... but owned by Amazon, Inc. and rented to people on an hourly basis.

All the personal devices are running either Linux or FreeBSD, but owned and closed down by Apple or Google and cellular carriers.

One of the most dominant languages is JavaScript. Some of other most dominant languages are owned by Google, Oracle, and Microsoft.

Steve Jobs is dead, Bill Gates is retired, and RMS has been run out of town on a rail for being a creep.

Endless September has been extended to a large portion of the world, who is all online and trolling each other relentlessly on massive privately-owned walled-garden fora owned by corporations. Elections have been turned by desinformatsaya purposely spread via these fora and there's no way to stop it.
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With the US mulling the decision to ban #tiktok, we should also consider banning #instagram and #facebook because they essentially do the same thing: piss all over your privacy while allowing you to be "connected" to people that atrophy helped you get rid of long ago.

Oh, wait, American companies that spy on people are okay and acceptable. It is different when the Chinese do it.

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@nathan Damn, not a lot of people answering the call to join the glorious mastodon.

What is your opinion so far of Mastodon's usability? I think it is working quite well!

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When people distribute their API documentation as a PDF, you know the only thing worse than their software is their documentation.

Looking at your, EFA.

Still waiting for someone to call me a philistine in an online argument.

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they should just put trump in a replica oval office after the election and have him sign big papers in front of cameras and he wouldnt even know he wasnt actually president

reuters.com/article/us-mexico-

"Funes, the Huawei executive, denied the company pays criminal groups for access to its sites, and said Huawei does not permit subcontractors to do so either. He said the company sometimes pays higher rates in smaller markets where it is more difficult to find engineers."

Sure, expect your workers to stand up to a drug cartel, maybe pay them a bit extra for it. Can't see how that goes wrong. At all.

Nerdy rant about Canonical's Livepatch 

"Community (read: not paying) Users of the Canonical Livepatch Service who want to eliminate the small chance of being randomly chosen as a canary should enroll in the Ubuntu Advantage program (starting at $12/month)." (Ubuntu docs)

A friend translated it to:

"this is a dangerous neighborhood, maybe you walk around one day rendering video, maybe your kernel brick because of 'accident'. Better to pay small fee for ... ghow do i say... protection, no?"

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I'm very smart it's just my intelligence overflowed and reached negative numbers.

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LEWD/SHITPOST 

These days I'm masturbating less out of genuine desire and more because of my ongoing vendetta against the ghost of W.K. Kellogg.

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Let me put it this way: if you are not a startup (i.e., you don't have venture capital and you’re not looking to scale exponentially and have a billion-dollar exit) and yet you call yourself a startup, you are actively helping the startup that will offer your services for free until it kills your sustainable small tech business.

So maybe don’t call yourself a startup.

Startup is a Silicon Valley brand. It does not mean a new, small tech business.

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