Bicycles are kind of an obnoxious technology in that they set your bar for how capable other tech should be wayyyyy to high.
In every metric bicycles are unrealistically good
1) Bicycles can double the top speed of a human easily, even if the operator isn't especially good at biking
2) Bicycles require absurdly little maintenance per mile
3) Bicycles are so prevalent that old bicycles barely hold any value even if they function perfectly
4) Bicycles are tough as shit for the most part
> "Facebook is extremely thinly staffed ... and this is because there are a lot of technologists that look at what Facebook has done and their unwillingness to accept responsibility, and people just aren't willing to work there," Haugen said
If governments of the world realised (as I've often suggested) that they should be funding critical digital #FOSS infrastructure, instead of OAuth run by mega corporations, slurping our data with their surveillance capitalism bizmodels, we'd be using Mozilla Persona and our lives would be better for it. Huge opportunity missed. Sadly, by failing to take it, you've thrown further fuel onto the fire currently razing our national and personal sovereignties.
Exciting EU study on open source software:
> strongly contributes to GDP
> avoids vendor lock-in
> reduces costs & maintenance
> drives state-of-the-art tech
> fosters competition, interoperability & tech-neutrality
I really enjoyed this interview: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018815698/doireann-ni-ghriofa-the-story-of-how-we-haunt-each-other Make me realise how lucky we are in NZ to have RNZ and, especially, Kim Hill, to help us gain insights into interesting, thoughtful people doing important things. No dumbing down to be seen. Unapologetically inquisitive and erudite.
In Fiji I feel if OER creation and adoption is added to the professional development hours or even their APA it will motivate teachers to participate in sharing OER. Also I feel if this course is promoted and talked about more teachers would be attracted to it to as their incentive would be to upskill themselves and make a difference in the teaching.
First Microsoft 'saving us' with a plan to build an Azure zone in NZ and now Amazon... https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/126468116/amazon-to-spend-75-billion-making-auckland-a-centre-for-cloud-computing massive Digital Corporate Colonialism incoming.
#DS4OERS Office hours session now live. To connect, see instructions here: https://pacificopencourses.col.org/ds4oers/interactions/webinars/#Office_hours_drop-in_sessions
Welcome to #WalledCulture - https://walledculture.org/welcome-to-walled-culture/ "it lives..." my first post - of many, I hope - about the dysfunctional system we call #copyright, what's wrong, and how to fix it...
The only melancholy aspect of that ride is seeing all the beautiful vista and wide open expanses being filled by private houses (with fences to spoil access and the view)... ah well, just have to ride even higher, I guess... 😓
Today's lunch hour #rideupahill... Nice springtime outlook over the Canterbury plains towards the Southern Alps and out over Christchurch city towards Pegasus Bay and the Kaikouras in the distance (about 200km away)...
(and FOSS = Free and Open Source Software - like this Mastodon system you're reading this post on.)
FOSS creates huge opportunities for indigenous communities around the world to ensure the technology they use reflects their unique and precious cultures. Software is a personal and cultural sovereignty issue and deserves a global uprising - in the form of people who desire to learn. We need a new 'enlightenment' with true, deep digital literacy as the goal if we want to achieve a true balance of power. Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple and others like them are just digital colonials.
Oops - need to proofread - we're facilitating "an online course in how to build Open Educational Resources (OERs)"... forgot to include that little detail.
Open Source Technologist with the OER Foundation - I blog about OERs and free and open source tech for delivering them on https://tech.oeru.org.
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