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Like many other technologists, I gave my time and expertise for free to #StackOverflow because the content was licensed CC-BY-SA - meaning that it was a public good. It brought me joy to help people figure out why their #ASR code wasn't working, or assist with a #CUDA bug.

Now that a deal has been struck with #OpenAI to scrape all the questions and answers in Stack Overflow, to train #GenerativeAI models, like #LLMs, without attribution to authors (as required under the CC-BY-SA license under which Stack Overflow content is licensed), to be sold back to us (the SA clause requires derivative works to be shared under the same license), I have issued a Data Deletion request to Stack Overflow to disassociate my username from my Stack Overflow username, and am closing my account, just like I did with Reddit, Inc.

The data I helped create is going to be bundled in an #LLM and sold back to me.

In a single move, Stack Overflow has alienated its community - which is also its main source of competitive advantage, in exchange for token lucre.

Stack Exchange, Stack Overflow's former instantiation, used to fulfill a psychological contract - help others out when you can, for the expectation that others may in turn assist you in the future. Now it's not an exchange, it's #enshittification.

Programmers now join artists and copywriters, whose works have been snaffled up to create #GenAI solutions.

The silver lining I see is that once OpenAI creates LLMs that generate code - like Microsoft has done with Copilot on GitHub - where will they go to get help with the bugs that the generative AI models introduce, particularly, given the recent GitClear report, of the "downward pressure on code quality" caused by these tools?

While this is just one more example of #enshittification, it's also a salient lesson for #DevRel folks - if your community is your source of advantage, don't upset them.

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Finally, #digital #DeGrowth proposal has hit the mainstream: “rationing Internet” (time/data) Of course, it’s unpopular, & it’s for the wrong reasons, & it doesn’t address inequalities… but it’s an interesting suggestion that can be tweaked: now that we can talk about it ;)

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@greg @Lats Starlink cannot provide internet to many people - it can't handle the bandwidth. What it is trying to do is to sell lower latency than other satellite internet services at a steep premium, and even then it does not make money.

And satellite internet is _ not _ generally more efficient than running out fiber and putting up cell towers. For example: The Hoh Tribe got a lot of publicity as early users of Starlink. But it is now switching to community-owned fiber and local wireless.

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@sundogplanets I am amazed that the economics stack up. The satellites deorbit in a few years and must be replaced. The sheer cost of doing that must make it the highest maintenance cost communications system existing. Totally ignoring the rabid climate change accelerant caused by these incessant launches the whole concept seems unsustainable.

For governments, the message is don’t let your terrestrial network decay as the tech bros could pull the pin at any time.
#starlink #techbro #cellnetworks #climatechange #fossilfuel #spacex

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Most posts about #37c3 were published on the Fediverse.

I found 11.130 posts on the Fediverse (known to or, 2.620 posts on X/Twitter and 1.069 on ATProto/Bluesky. Published between 2023-12-23 and 2023-12-31. (I haven't figured out how to collect posts on Threads, but I have found 150 there. Maybe there are more, but they don't show up in the search results.)

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There was a 2G and 4G network which was made possible by a frequency sponsorship. About 1 000 people used this network and handled 16.8k calls.

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say NO to 2024! no more years! #EndDates

• every year is worse than the last
• "being on time" is neuronormative and ableist
• date/time math is inconsistent and annoying
• "number goes up" is unsustainable
• "see you in a bit" is just fine
• nobody ever knows what day it is so let's just stop pretending
• buses don't run on "time", they show up when you light a cigarette
• deadlines were invented by capitalists
• global south forced to winter during summer
• time is an illusion and calendar isn't real - we made it up!

we can do better!

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