Newsletter #141: Our Cyberpunk Times

Hello Recompilers,

It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on, and sometimes it’s not even healthy to. For myself, I’ve been holed up in my cabin in the woods, trying frantically to make it sustain me full time–I’m spending more time reading about solar charge controllers and propane regulators than COVID, at least when I can help it. I hope you’ve been able to find what works for you.


Protests to force the economy to re-open have sprung up all around the country, largely led by rightwing interests that prioritize economic health over physical health. Trump is cheering on these armed protestors, calling for them to “liberate” states controlled by democrats. Some of these protests are blocking access to hospitals. The even-further-Right is continuing its tactic of accelerationism and yet another racist was arrested for trying to cause mass fatalities–this time trying, but failing, to firebomb a Jewish assisted living facility.

In the meantime, frontline workers at grocery stores and other retail outlets continue to be underpaid and under-protected. Instacart’s promise to its workers to provide them with PPE seems to be largely a PR move and hasn’t led to tangible results.

One of the more fascinating things to watch is how the cyberpunk promise/threat of corporate rule is moving forward in this pandemic as governments fail to meet people’s needs. Amazon is building its own testing facilities. Apple and Google might be the only entities capable of rolling out COVID contact tracing–for better or worse.


Worst Year Ever: The History and Possible Future of Rent Strikes

On this episode, the multiple hosts talk about the economic implications of rent striking, of how it is most effectively organized, and who exactly are the landlords in the USA.

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Your Tests Lack Vision: Adding Eyes to Your Automation Framework

Angie Jones at JSConf Hawaii 2020 goes over what we miss out on when we entirely rely on automation for regression testing.



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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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