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Reposted OpenUK (@openuk@hachyderm.io)
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Attached: 1 video State of Open Con 24 is now live https://stateofopencon.com/ Volunteer now Submit to our CFP next week Buy 2 day tickets at £199 - community, unemployed and student tickets available free, apply to admin@openuk.uk #stateofopencon #soocon24 #opensource #openhardware #opendata

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Reposted Jean :donor: (@bohemianchic@infosec.exchange)
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I've been asked to comment on what I think the biggest tech trend in 2024 will be? Short answer: Slavery and let me tell you why. Data is the lifeblood that allows any machine learning model to perform its task. It’s not magic. It’s not the so-called “AI” being intelligent or intuitive. It’s statistics. And as the tech sector delves into rapid developments of specialised LLMs that they can further commoditise, they will require vast amounts of diverse data to train—leading to what some have called as data hunting. And unfortunately, all of us who have posted even a single piece of content online are all part of this—whether we like it or not. We are now part of a universal digital sweatshop that transcends international borders. Our labour is ignored and uncompensated based on the capitalist belief that since we shared content freely, companies have the right to monetise it whenever they want. Time and time again, as we have seen in recent news, companies have collected our data without explicit consent. And when they do ask for ‘consent’, they give us word salad in the user agreements or just ask us to opt our way out of the inferno that they manufactured. The aggressive collection of data paves the way for a future where a few corporations will have disproportionate control over vast datasets, which they can exploit for unwarranted targeted advertising, surveillance and practices that would reinforce biases or unfairly influence individual choices and behaviours. And let’s not forget the second step in the process where people (they call as taskers), mostly from the Global South, are hired for 2 USD a day to classify images, videos and texts so that your LLMs will not spew out gibberish. This is the reality behind your glamorous “AI” models. While “AI” companies in the developed world reap huge profits, the groundwork is outsourced to workers in Bangladesh, Kenya, the Philippines and India. But it is fine, isn’t it? As long as we don’t see them. Out of sight, out of mind.

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Reposted Dave Rahardja (@drahardja@sfba.social)
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Workers: DO NOT OVERWORK YOURSELF to avoid getting laid off. - You’re damaging your life and health. - Your employer doesn’t actually notice (no, really, they don’t.) - Your behavior enables future mismanagement of resources. - When layoffs come, you’re gonna get laid off anyway. Remember that a company’s job is to extract maximum work from you for minimum pay, so your job is to extract maximum pay for minimum work. Somewhere in the middle, both parties find an equilibrium that they agree on. Do not voluntarily modify your side of the bargain to your detriment. #FridayDevAdvice

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Reposted Estelle Weyl (@estelle@front-end.social)
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Normalize talking about about income, menstruation, mental health, and everything. Shameful , aka “taboo”, topics are a form of control; a way to keep people in their place. Shame benefits the patriarchy and the predator class. That’s why calling it what it is — the white supremacacist capitalist patriarchy— is proscribed as well. Normalize it all

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Reposted Daniel (@dznz@cloudisland.nz)
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PSA: until you've experienced burnout, you are likely to underestimate how long it takes to recover. It's not a couple of months, it's 6-18 months for partial recovery, and maybe 3 years for full recovery (all depending on how bad it gets). The company burning you out will almost never support your recovery, mostly they'll drop you when you stop being productive. Nobody in business cares about your health but you, so be your own advocate, or suffer the consequences.

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Reposted Jacky (@jalcine@todon.eu)
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I have not slept well at all. Instead of working on negotiating layoffs, leadership is taking this extended break to congratulate themselves for what they've done. Meanwhile, workers of all disciplines and levels are either scrambling to find work or understanding what next steps they can take. I truly don't understand how people who run layoffs sleep well at night - knowing that you've signed off on the destabilizing action of so many.

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Reposted Jacky (@jalcine@todon.eu)
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Myself, along with almost 40 other workers (a large amount of @cfaworkers@union.place), were laid off from Code for America. Instead of working with workers to get a union contract, they gutted our stances. AFAIK, we will be getting COBRA covered until November 2023 and one month of severance. The workers wrote the following: https://cfaworkersunited.com/stories/2023/08/31/code-for-america-lays-off-35-colleagues

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Reposted nebulossify (@nebulos@comicscamp.club)
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If you work in tech and haven't heard about "being glue", I would say that it's vital to read about it: https://noidea.dog/glue by @whereistanya@hachyderm.io You'll either feel extremely heard, or it will open your eyes to what some of your (disproportionately female) coworkers struggle with on a regular basis.

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Reposted marasawr (@marasawr@mastodon.social)
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Zoomers & boomers: «IDGAF. It doesn’t affect me; everyone already has all my data—» Me: No. No, they do not. You *generate* data every time you touch that service, visit that site, patronise that business. Your data isn’t just your PII, and it isn’t finite. You are a living, breathing fountain of data that can be and is used in ways that harm the vulnerable and marginalised, even if it’s never used to harm *you* It’s not zero-sum. Limiting use & reducing dependence still counts as a good

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Reposted Allie R. 🏳️‍⚧️ (@grissallia@aus.social)
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A little professional story: Please be kind when "correcting" co-workers about something you feel they've misunderstood or are just wrong about. One of the really weird things in my life is that I seem to encounter -or trigger- edge cases. For non-technical folks: an "edge case" is a generally rare bug that only occurs under a very particular set of circumstances, usually quite obscure. Someone might report a bug that no-one can reproduce, and it turns out that the bug only occurs on the last Friday of the month, if the device is used between 9pm and 10pm. We refer to something like that as an "edge case". A few years ago I found a *really* weird bug in one of our products, and I mentioned it to one of our senior developers. That person then proceeded to loudly, and in front of an entire group of co-workers, lambast me for something that was OBVIOUSLY end-user error, and was "fundamentally impossible" to be anything else. It was one of the most humiliating professional experiences of my life. It made me incredibly wary of raising Jira tickets, unless I could fully reproduce and document a bug. A couple of years after this incident, I was chatting with another dev who'd started working with our company, and was in QA, and he mentioned this edge case he'd recently encountered. If condition A, and condition B, and condition C, AND condition D were all met, it would trigger this really weird bug. ...the same one I'd mentioned to one of our senior devs a couple of years earlier. It wasn't end-user error. It was an edge case. [sigh] Yesterday during our weekly technical meeting, I asked a question as to whether an underlying software process had been significantly & quietly changed recently. I explained that I'd encountered a number of weird incidents over the past couple of months, but nothing I could log or document, just that I had a gut feel that there's a intermittent bug in play, and that after my 15-hour day on Wednesday, I was now almost certain that changes might have occurred in that particular process. Turns out that entire process had been rewritten. I was asked why I hadn't raised any Jira tickets for it. Our dev team could have had a couple of months headstart on this issue, and documented occurrences of it, if a deeply frustrated and under-pressure dev hadn't publicly ripped me a new arsehole five years ago. Everything is copacetic. No-one is upset with me, the dev who asked me why I hadn't raised the ticket was the QA dev, and all I had to say was "Bug X", and we both laughed, and the dev team gets more of my "gut feel" bug reports moving forward. The other dev and I are on excellent terms these days as well. I went to the mat with them three years ago, and they apologised, and we talked out our differences, and we have a great working relationship now. How you treat people matters, even in a moment of deep frustration, and can have long-term consequences in ways that you may not expect. Be kind. Always.

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Reposted DevOpsDays London (@DevOpsDaysLondon@hachyderm.io)
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Attached: 1 image ❓ How reliant are you on Open Source software? 🤔 In this lightning talk, Jamie Tanna will describe how having a clearer picture & understanding of his team's OS dependencies is helping them to make better decisions on how to support, upgrade & migrate their projects. 🎟️ Tickets are available: https://ti.to/devopsdays-london/2023 #DevOps #DevOpsDays

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Reposted Matthew Garrett (@mjg59@nondeterministic.computer)
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Remember that free software licenses are irrevocable - even if a vendor changes a project to a non-free license, the older versions continue to exist as free software. So while we should absolutely criticise vendors who take the work of others and make it non-free, we should also bear in mind that they gifted us the earlier versions in the first place, and cannot take that away again.

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Reposted Elisabeth M (@independentpen@mas.to)
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Alt text isn't just helpful for the sight-impaired. By reading alt text I can identify what the OP is calling attention to in the pic, helping me get the joke or social commentary that would otherwise be illegible to me. (Without this I'm like, I see a thousand details and I don't know which one matters to you.) #ActuallyAutistic