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when you see someone criticizing open source through reference to RMS, 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(-) 

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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)

10 years ago I started using ad blockers because I thought ads were annoying. Now I think that's the _least_ important reason to use them.

I think we should call them "browser firewalls." That more accurately describes their purpose.

Update: The #PineTime $25 smartwatch will be based on the Nordic NRF52832 SoC, providing a 64MHz ARM Cortex-M4 MCU, Bluetooth 5 and more. Memory will likely be 512KB flash + 64KB SRAM, probably with some added DRAM. Will run FreeRTOS

tuxphones.com/meet-pinetime-th

@cosullivan

At the risk of over-helping, I recently started learning git too. I've amassed a fairly decent pile of tutorials.

Let me know if you'd enjoy a link deluge. :)

Try to imagine a world where every advertisement was replaced with art celebrating you as a worker and reminding you of your power and value.

At their core, all ads are telling you that you aren't happy, but you could be if you bought something. The cumulative effect of seeing that all day every day must be devastating, but we've never known anything else

The Conspiracy doesn’t watch you. You watch The Conspiracy.

Break free! Spend six to eight hours a day staring at the face of J. R. “Bob” Dobbs instead. Here is a tiny one to get you started.

:jrbd:

@kemonine @chuck It's a Hannibal Tactical 36L with Molle. I unclipped most of the extraneous mall ninja stuff because I don't care about that crap. The Secret Squirrel velcro patch is from cyberattribution.com. The googly eyes are velcro'd on because this backpack takes itself way too seriously.

I use the Molle straps for cable management when I go war walking and data point gathering for OSM. I can mount the GPS, wifi antenna, and display in such a way that they're able to get LoS and not get broken as I move around. RasPi and power supply stay in the top pouch (where I keep Windbringer's PSU).

Bright orange zipper pulls are glow-in-the-dark paracord (also from Amazon) because I can't see them otherwise (yes, I need new glasses).

Amethyst hanger is because I think Amethyst is cool.

It's very early days, and I have a lot of design work to do, but #Readlebee is on its way to becoming a reality!

If you'd like to #contribute to making this #Goodreads alternative as good as possible, check out the project on GitLab. Ideas and designs will help just as much as code:

gitlab.com/Alamantus/Readlebee

If you have questions or want to discuss the project or contribute, check out the Gitter link, which lets you log in with a GitHub, GitLab, or Twitter account:

gitter.im/Readlebee

📖🐝 #openSource

The moon was a fat orange last night, encircled by red crayon smudges. I'm trying to capture the picture. The moon was a flaming baseball, caught in the act of gravity, golden orange with flames of flight. I'm not doing a good job. The moon was both distant and close, far enough to be removed and near enough to touch. Now I'm getting away from myself. The Autumn moon was breathtakingly beautiful, so we held each other in silence and watched it brighten our horizon. There it is. #smallstories

Earlier this week, I migrated my shared hosting package to an Ionos VPS running Plesk. It's a huge performance increase for not a lot more money.

Also, their support is superb.

Registration #A897961 - 1926-08-10
Title: Thermodynamics and chemistry
Author: Macdougall, Frank Henry
Claimants: J. Wiley & sons, inc., Chapman & Hall, limited, F. H. Macdougall
No renewal record found.
catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/

@aparrish Yottabytes Georg is an outlier adn should not have been counted

eff.org/deeplinks/2019/09/effs

(As an aside, the fact we had transcripts available this year is partly a side-effect of thinking more about the accessibility of EFF events).

tech stuff 

#Keybase just came out as a crypto-currency marketing scheme. Moreover, they're trying to spin the fact that they actively hid that their funding was coming from a crypto "non-profit" as a positive, _somehow._

I know they're popular on the fediverse as an identity verification service. If you're using it for that purpose, I urge you to reconsider in light of this.

fedi meta - no specific cause, just stepping on *all* the toes 

I started using plaintext emails after reading useplaintext.email, and now Gmail is quarantining one of my replies quoting a broken plaintext version of an email I received because it's "suspicious due to the nature of the content and/or the links within.".

🤦‍♂️ useplaintext.email
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