For several years now, I’ve been trying to square open source code with the fact that its been fully incorporated into the structures of control. For example, I was looking for a way to prettify stack traces and I found a library that Palantir published.

There are other options, so I can just avoid using it entirely without having to roll my own, but coming across it reminds me that whatever ideals open source communities may once have had, they’ve been fully co-opted.

Open source can still make inroads with algorithms and AI models. Proprietary black boxes of untold harms are certainly worse than reputation laundering through contributing source code back into the public.

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