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Christian Werner
3D printing, projector building, 28 hour day Universalist
3D printing, projector building, 28 hour day Universalist

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Always remember:
Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You'll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.

There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future.
Everything up until now will have been lost.

That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them?
Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It's outrageous and unacceptable.

"I agree," many say, "but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it's perfectly legal — there's nothing we can do to stop them." But there is something we can, something that's already being done: we can fight back.

Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.

Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by
the publishers and sharing them with your friends.

But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It's called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn't immoral — it's a moral imperative. Only
those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.

Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who can make copies.

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It's time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.

We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.

With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we'll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?

Aaron Swartz

July 2008, Eremo, Italy 

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Seems like valid logic.
"Fuck the Community" - working in deep infrastructure

Work in infrastructure is a strange thing. "Hey, I flipped a switch and the light actually went on" said nobody ever. But flip a switch and it stays dark only once, and it's the fucking GE again, which is ruining the country and the reason why we can't have nice things.

Infrastructure is invisible. When infrastructure people are doing their job right, nobody will thank them, ever, because they do not exist.

The is also true for the Linux kernel. It is a given, invisibly at work on your phone, on the switches that carry your packets from your phone to your provider, and on the servers that your phone is talking to. But the Linux kernel is only talked about when xyz-FS has eaten your draft, or your laptop fails to wakeup from deep sleep when you open the lid.

So while infrastructure developers are using the same tools that other people are using - languages, test frameworks, DCVS'es and so on, the operate under completely different success metrics, and consequently under a completely different value system than feature developers.

Feature developers are doing just that. They build new features = new best cases. Infrastructure developer are concerned about failure and avoiding breakdown = worst cases.

If you show up on the LKML with a patch containing shiny new code = new best case, they will recognise you as an alien from a different universe. Because as long as more code = more bugs at a constant bugs/LoC-ratio, more code is not an asset - under a failure metric it is a liability. You need to convince people why adding your code to the project is actually making life easier by avoiding future failure or improving recovery, or avoiding future irrelevance, because you are talking to professional pessimists.

You also don't want feature persons in an infrastructure environment, because they look at things from the wrong angle. So as long as your project is staffed sufficiently, you do not want these people on board. Educating them, and teaching them professional pessimism could be valuable if you needed them, but as long as you don't it's better to not integrate them. Just keep those that stay around anyway, because they have the right mindset that enables them to contribute even if they are invisible and nobody will ever thank them their work. Because that's what infrastructure is like.

There are many of these people around you. You never notice them. They are not only making your kernel and the libraries everybody links. They are also providing your internet, your power and gas, and they also edit your Wikipedia.

They don't want your contribution and they don't want you, because you are not helping. Unless you do, in which case you are like them, and fuck the community.

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How US politics work,
explained by the best conspiracy theorist ever in 1985.
Call me a cynic, but I think even 30 years later his views still hold true.

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The linear bearings for my next pet project have arrived.
This will become a low-cost CoreXY 3D printer. 
If my reasoning proves correct, it should be easy to scale, simple to build (no extrusion profiles), and quite quick.
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