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Reading: The Website Obesity Crisis

Shared Article from idlewords.com

The Website Obesity Crisis

idlewords.com


Almost three years later, this is still one of the funniest and best things that has ever been written about the web, web publishing and web design.

Kevin Carson, The Desktop Regulatory State

So I’m happy to announce that brand-new print copies of Kevin Carson’s recently-released fourth book, The Desktop Regulatory State (2016) are now available for purchase from the Distro of the Libertarian Left, hot off the presses and part of the Bookshelf of the Libertarian Left trade-paperback book series. Check it out; here’s a bit about the book:

The Desktop Regulatory State: The Countervailing Power of Individuals and Networks

Kevin A. Carson, 2016.

Defenders of the modern state often claim that it’s needed to protect us — from terrorists, invaders, bullies, and rapacious corporations. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith, for instance, famously argued that the state was a source of “countervailing power” that kept other social institutions in check. But what if those “countervailing” institution — corporations, government agencies and domesticated labor unions — in practice collude more than they “countervail” each other? And what if network communications technology and digital platforms now enable us to take on all those dinosaur hierarchies as equals — and more than equals. In The Desktop Regulatory State, Kevin Carson shows how the power of self-regulation, which people engaged in social cooperation have always possessed, has been amplified and intensifed by changes in consciousness — as people have become aware of their own power and of their ability to care for themselves without the state — and in technology — especially information technology. Drawing as usual on a wide array of insights from diverse disciplines, Carson paints an inspiring, challenging, and optimistic portrait of a humane future without the state, and points provocatively toward the steps we need to take in order to achieve it. [Read more]

Kevin A. Carson is a contemporary mutualist author and a prolific writer on subjects including free-market anti-cap­it­al­ism, the in­div­idualist anarchist tradition, grassroots technology and radical unionism. He is the author of ”The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand”, Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, The Homebrew Industrial Revolution, and The Desktop Regulatory State. He keeps a blog at mutualist.blogspot.com and frequently publishes short columns and longer research reports for the Center for a Stateless Society (c4ss.org).

Rad Geek, to-day:

HTTP Status Code 451

Shared Article from mnot.net

mnot’s blog: Why 451?

Today, the IESG approved publication of "An HTTP Status Code to Report Legal Obstacles". It'll be an RFC after some work by the RFC Editor and a few m…

mnot.net


It is so profoundly saddening that this development of HTTP is, practically speaking, necessary.

Rad Geek, to-day:

The Dead Hand of C

Programming language designers have a saying: “Every new language is a response to the successes and shortcomings of other languages.” C# was specifically designed to be familiar to users of C, C++, and Java, while at the same time addressing the shortcomings of those languages. Looking back at my top 10 list, more than half of these annoyances are a direct result of including a feature primarily because it would be familiar to users of other languages. The overarching lesson is that long history and familiarity are not good enough reasons to include a dubious feature.

–Eric Lippert, Sharp Regrets: Top 10 Worst C# Features
informit, 12 Sextilis 2015.

Shared Article from informit.com

Sharp Regrets: Top 10 Worst C# Features

Though C# has many great features, a handful could have been designed differently or omitted entirely, says Eric Lippert, who should know, because he …

Eric Lippert @ informit.com


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