let’s face it. diaspora is loosing in competition with corporate social networks. most of us don’t have our real-life friends here. i am cut from my society, from local political discussions, from cats who live with my friends, because i am not on facebook. that’s a loss. and that’s because diaspora, and other decentralized social networks loose.

we create our own interconnected world, but we lost connection with the other world, most people live in.

well, that’s not a big deal, may be. it’s just a diaspora. but this relates to other important technologies that loose. we failed to explain why it’s better to encrypt emails. why it’s better to use xmpp/tox. why it’s better to use free software. we failed.

and partly because we are doing “marketing” wrong.

who uses diaspora, and what kind of propaganda do we see here most of the times? leftist/anarchist points of view mostly. where is the other part of the society?

I believe, it’s perfectly right thing to have your own server.

If you think you should have a gun, then you also should want to have your own server and encrypt emails.

But we don’t market technologies with slogans like that. And this is partly why we loose. And when we loose, it’s not only about technologies, it’s about ideas. Our ideas fail. That’s why this is important.

P. S. sometimes we gain power. big part of software developers already want to not depend on corporations and prefer using free software for their projects. that’s why microsoft and apple had to open source their development tools. but these are developers. we need regular people to use free and decentralized technologies, and when facebook/google/twitter will change. facebook will adopt something like ostatus, or whatever it be, if he looses users in case he does not. google was using “don’t be evil” until it did not harm it’s commercial interests. so even company which did not want to be “evil” had to become in order to compete. Why? because of us. And because of our wrong marketing.

People don’t get us. They think we are a couple of religious fanatics. Because we behave like them. So they have a point.

#diaspora #free_software #xmpp #jabber #pgp #gpg #encryption #crypto #marketing #competition

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decentralization matters to the regular user: it is very much exhausting to keep several identities and keep them synced. on this site for these people and on that site for those friends. like we aren’t on a one global network, but several not connected worlds.

we had to underestimate what may internet become, and invent rss/openid much earlier, this had to be the foundation of internet, just like smtp was. may be rss/openid is not enough.

even if one chooses photo hosting service, she could choose one, and follow friends on the other services, because all services would provide generic interfaces to exchange the data. and that would lead us to the real competition - where every service has equal opportunities, but must work hard on be a better service.

because otherwise the user will get it’s data and move to other service! and this is what i call a true competition.

now we already lost this. :/ may be something new, in addition or instead of rss/openid will make a change. some new technology, which will define interfaces for data exchange.

#internet #decentralization #web #openid #rss #identity #competition

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apparently today software in order to be competitive, must be not only good, but also free and / or open.

software for software developers.

microsoft and apple probably got wind of that, and opening c# and swift compilers followed.

however, developers differ from the “regular user” and they let’s say developed and obtained more needs than they realized ten years ago.

will come a day, when this “regular user” will have a need to use free and/or open software, therefore software producers in order to be more competitive will have to free/open their software? i don’t know. i don’t know.

i don’t know.

#free-software #free_software #need #market #economy #competition #c_sharp #swift #microsoft #apple #freedom

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i have an idea: almost any software will eventually become free, because otherwise there would appear an analogue of that software which is free, and the first won’t survive competition with the second.

because free has an important property/quality - it’s free. and market will choose free software, it would prefer to pay for the free alternative and/or it’s support.

btw, this is about development, about progress, thanks to entrepreneurship and fair competition.

i would also like to add - free software is a way to measure democracy: if it exists in country, if it develops, it means that laws about equal possibilities to make business indeed work. moreover, if authorities choose free software over proprietary, it means that they are less corrupted, less dependent on already existing corporations that sell proprietary software. again, this means it is more about equal opportunities and working law and court, about society where companies must compete by qualities of their production, not by using law, authorities, brute force.

of course this is not binary, but scalar. countries have some value of democracy, it’s not true or false, it’s more or less.

and once the free software idea appeared, it’ll inevitably win. #free-software #free_software #democracy #market #law #court #entrepreneurship #competition

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I’ve read an interesting paper.

The idea that the market is about fair competition is increasingly negated by the facts of extraordinary monopoly, centralization, and internationalization on the part of corporate and financial powers. The startling increase in class and regional inequalities both within states (such as China, Russia, India, Mexico, and in Southern Africa) as well as internationally poses a serious political problem that can no longer be swept under the rug as something transitional on the way to a perfected neoliberal world. The neoliberal emphasis upon individual rights and the increasingly authoritarian use of state power to sustain the system become a flashpoint of contentiousness. The more neoliberalism is recognized as a failed if not disingenuous and utopian project masking the restoration of class power, the more it lays the basis for a resurgence of mass movements voicing egalitarian political demands, seeking economic justice, fair trade, and greater economic security and democratization.

source: Neoliberalism as creative destruction by David Harvey.

You may know him from this RSA video.

#neoliberalism #quote #david-harvey #market #competition #trade #economics #democracy

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competition is good. we can see it even by considering free projects: how firefox improved because of chrome/chomium and how gcc improved because of llvm.

btw, did you know about -fsanitze flag which first appeared in llvm and now in gcc? very useful!

#sanitize #gcc #llvm #competition #market #firefox #chrome #chromium #free-software #improvement

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