Framework for Ethical Computing

Many frameworks, declarations, regulations, and consumer bills of rights have been put forth to help prepare and adapt society to the digital information age. Many of these have targeted privacy, security, and trust. Very few have addressed the wide gamut of ethical computing values directly. My draft proposal for an ethical computing framework is as follows:

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Goodbye, JavaScript

Why have JavaScript embedded in a web page for a simple blog? Not having it makes one less thing to maintain. I am down to one external dependency embedded in this site: Bootstrap. The site isn't backed by any database and there is no server-side processing of templates or code--just plain old HTML pre-compiled using Jekyll.

I still use JavaScript for other projects--some on the server but mostly in the browser. I go through cycles of building things up, and then simplifying by taking things away until I have what I like in the end.

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Only the free-wheeling artist-explorer

"Only the free-wheeling artist-explorer, nonacademic, scientist-philosopher, mechanic, economist-poet who has never waited for patron-starting and accrediting of his coordinate capabilities holds the prime initiative today. If man is to continue as a successful pattern-complex function in universal evolution, it will be because the next decades will have witnessed the artist-scientist’s spontaneous seizure of the prime design responsibility and his successful conversion of the total capability of tool-augmented man from killingry to advanced livingry—adequate for all humanity." -- R. Buckminster Fuller

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How can I be of service?

"It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom?" -- R. Buckminster Fuller

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Make the world work, for 100% of humanity

"Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone." -- R. Buckminster Fuller

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Install Fira in Ubuntu

Mozilla's new typeface, used in Firefox OS: http://mozilla.github.io/Fira/

I use this font everywhere, including on this site, as an operating system font, and as a monospace font for code.

One of the first scripts I run after a fresh Ubuntu MATE install:

wget https://github.com/mozilla/Fira/archive/master.zip
unzip master.zip
sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/fonts/truetype/fira
sudo cp Fira-master/ttf/* /usr/share/fonts/truetype/fira

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