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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@linuxrocks.online

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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@ajroach42

Very much this. I think the connection between cheap and supported is pretty weak and that the most premium devices are vulnerable to loss of support due to closed hardware and firmware.

The challenges in supporting consumer devices are often created rather than inherent. If they were designed to be more openly accessible than community support would be able to better fill the gaps left by vendors in the long term.

@dazinism @mdm @poindexter

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at this point I've taken to calling Debian "Frank's RedHot OS" because I put that s#!t on everything now

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Finally got a Big Switch from Novel Keys This thing is rad. They need to release a whole keyboard now.

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I'd appreciate some time chatting with someone who thinks that licenses inspired by open source licenses, but with restrictions on use (e.g do no evil licenses) are the best and most effective way to handle people doing evil things with software.

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@joeyh @strypey

Possibly interesting angle, we are starting to see people who were educated as designers volunteering to work on open source projects. This is new to me.

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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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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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@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

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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@ajroach42
You can't go on an itch.io buying spree without checking out #neofeud by @silverspookgames

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PS - more GLAM workers are frequent flyers than they want to admit. If you take 3 long flights a year - which I routinely used to do - you count as a frequent flyer in these aviation emissions studies.

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So finally it is done!
The last zine of the VPN series:
Tunnel & Backups with a Raspberry-pi

You can fetch it from the link below, and if you would like to support the project consider buying a physical copy!

cucu.gr/prints/tunnel-backups-

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If the movie has at least once scene of a character cooking with a white sauce, it passes the Bechamel Test

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Everything you ever wrote on slack just got sold. Congratulations, you're a commodity.

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i'm a centrist. i think we can compromise between both sides, communism and anarchism

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"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko