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when you see someone criticizing open source through reference to the free software movement, or vice versa, consider that they are conflating two aspects of computing that, on each side, have taken significant and long-standing pains to distinguish each from the other

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Warren Lyford Delano, in memoriam mh(-) 

Anyway, Warren suffered some sort of mental health breakdown and killed himself 9 years ago come November. I didn't know him in person, but his work changed my life, and very possibly yours, given how widespread it has been used in the biological sciences.

I remember vividly where I was and what I was doing when I learned, some months after the fact, that he'd died. I heard it in a podcast.

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"I've already told you my name, and it meant nothing to you. Or rather, it meant the wrong thing.

Names are tricky that way. The best way to know someone is to have a conversation with them."

--Enoch Root to Randy Waterhouse in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.

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@Linux

The point at which I begin to question anyone's rights of free association (which includes the right to pick whom *not* to associate with) is *very* close to the point at which that someone has sufficient heft to need being regulated (eg, de facto public utility w/ monopoly or monopsony power)

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(1) We had a new helper the other day being a badass and folding clothes. They said "so, whats this all about? What do you do"? And I said, "well, we aren't a church or a non-profit, we're just some friends who do this out of our house." And he said, "so, you just do it out of love for the world, that's what's up".

Friends, that's what it is. It's love for our friends known and unknown. It's caring that you got fresh vegetables, and non-expired pantry items, enough food to feed your family and not make weird ass meals. This is what it looks like to make food boxes out of love. This is what we mean when we say solidarity not charity.

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Every piece of electronics in your house has a cost, not just in currency but in blood. Often the blood of children. Sometimes the blood of slaves. Our appetite for cheap electronics subsidized by nightmarish misery and indignity is environmentally, financially and morally unsustainable, and it's shockingly easy to forget that. That's why I fix things, that's why I buy secondhand whenever I can, that's why I won't stop banging on about the evil idiocy of unleaded solder and planned obsolescence.

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Anyone interested in hiring a software engineer who is comfortable with low level programming, including embedded work? Now that 2021 is here, it's high time I start considering re-entering the work force.

I'm comfortable working in assembly language for several different processors, C, Python, Ruby, and C++ (in order of most recent to least recent experience).

My professional resume isn't terribly impressive in this area (who does low-level work anymore?), but I like to think that my Kestrel-3 and Kestrel-2 work shows my skills.

Let me know if you think I might be a good fit for your organization. Thank you.

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Oh, I forgot:

* Villifying Glimpse for forking GIMP.
I believe a right to fork is pivital to software freedom (though ideally it shouldn't come to it), and I can't count you amongst our movement if you have beef with this. Especially if you're defending slurs in the process.

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following my home timeline usually obscures from me various incursions and conflicts

how does that happen do you think?

I don't want to see more crap, but I wonder if maybe I should anyway

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Okay guys it's been 9 hours you can stop saying XMPP now.

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Poverty. Religion. Everything going on. Please read if you are desperate. 

OK. ProTip.

The Mormon welfare system is accessible to non-Mormons and in fact most of the time they are enthusiastic about helping you out.

They shouldn't try to talk religion to you but you will have to tolerate some religion, clearly.

Here's how it works. You go to visit with the Bishop or somebody similar. They will have you fill out a form to request what you need. This can bed rent, food, clothing, etc.

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Hacky, but brilliant:

github.com/imadr/add-subtitles

Add subtitles on top of any <video> element. This is useful because my local library has up to 5 films for rent but lacks English subtitles.

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musing about society and stuff 

@deejoe @urusan @natecull @Azure @vfrmedia

It is a wonderful way of seeing the world to describe "life" not as an intangible, undefinable idea that must rely upon some degree of spirituality to not entirely unravel into nothingness, the end of a rainbow that can never be caught... but to rather define it as a property of patterns in space. It becomes an analog rather than binary concept and it naturally connects to the good parts of anarchism and art.

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Note to C programmers: char doesn’t default to signed on all systems. Please be explicit in your type assignments. I just spent way too much time trying to figure out why an aprs wx utility that worked fine on my x86 systems failed on beaglebone and rpi.

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@kennon @dansup #discourse has stopped their intent to add #activitypub support in the short term and come to the #fediverse.

I recently posted to Discourse Meta about taking a different approach to evaluating, and evaluating *all* the possible ways in which they could do so.

Being first has the added advantage of being able to set the standard for any forum-related AP extensions. See:

meta.discourse.org/t/activityp

I'll mention this thread on Meta as extra encouragement, and - who knows - coop :)

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@red@moon.holiday here's the part where "i'd really need to be there". yes this is safe and yes that's the right pin but another 1st step is to unplug it from everything but the mobo. sometimes a DVD drive or whatever can die in just the right way. likewise, a dead video card can pull too much power so just pull that from the system is a good 1st debugging step, too.

i usually start with the video card, then unplugging everything else, THEN i start stuffing wires in connectors
😉 just a matter of doing what's easiest first, with a bit of luck in what is often the problem. PSUs tend to be reliable compared to the rest.

This version of the Jargon File/Hacker's Dictionary took me longer than I'd like to dig up again so I'm posting it here to boost its signal whatever little bit it might get from the effort dourish.com/goodies/jargon.htm

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And now, it's about to happen again. Every year, Duke University's James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins document the treasures we are about to receive. 1925 is a bumper crop:

web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdo

We're getting The Great Gatsby *and* Fats Waller; Woolf's Mrs Galloway and Hemingway's In Our Time; we're getting the Harlem Renaissance's peak, and the first year of The New Yorker. It's a good year!

(yeah, Mein Kampf is in there too)

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cold 

it's that time of the year when a dog walk involves muttering dark things under the breath about making it past the first marker

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@neil I like the idea of co-ops where you have agency as part of the org which manages your data.

Not sure if theres any real good examples of this, where most/many user-owners are somewhat actively involved in the running and/or governance of the service.

#socialcoop has been an interesting project. Lots of engagement/excitement early on. Then 'the crisis', following which there was a massive disengagement & many people left. Nice to see ever more efforts to get people more involved.

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