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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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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)

I get very exhausted when people use their knowledge about how things are done in the big tech / surveillance capitalism (or maybe just "capitalist") world, and try and apply it in totally different domains, like community-focused volunteer projects.

Almost all the implicit assumptions don't hold.

Capitalist projects have a lot of resources to solve problems because they are willing to engage in destructive and extractive behaviours.

If we remove that part, the equation massively changes.

Here’s the video of my talk “Beyond surveillance capitalism: alternatives, stopgaps, Small Web, and Site.js.” from Creative Mornings Istanbul on Friday.

Edited to fix the audio sync issue, add captions, chapters, and links to all the mentioned tools, etc.

Enjoy + please share! :)

tired: gender reveal party for fetuses
wired: gender reveal party thrown by trans and nb people
inspired: gender reveal party thrown by anyone who wants to share and celebrate their gender or genders, or not having a gender, at any age

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Steps to save your code:

1) clone locally and keep it somewhere findable/your personal archive
2) deposit a copy in Software Heritage with this form:
3) deposit a copy in Zenodo ( or use the Open Science Framework's ( integration with Bitbucket to drag and drop the files into OSF storage (or GL or GH) for persistence

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The collection of software artifacts accepted is nearly identical from the one to the other. If you look only at this micro-level view, of course you'll be confused, perhaps to the extent of trying to make something up in your own mind about the differences.

there are differences, but they are about aspirations and goals and process. You have to look at this wider context to see these differences.

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FOSS terminology subtoot(s) 

ugh. people still confused about the terminology.

free-as-in-freedom and open source differ almost not at all in terms of licenses and how they apply to what you can do with the code. *neither* approves read-only, no-derivatives, 'source available' licenses.

Main website linking to this blog post says "open source"

Blog post url contains "open source"

Blog post title contains "open source"

Last paragraph of blog post "That being said, Cyph isn’t considered free software. In addition to the patents, our source code is licensed under Ms-RSL, which is effectively a read-only license"

That, my friend, is not ok. #foss #fossposters

Okay, I will say it: I find how #hashtags are being auto-corrected to lowercase in the #mastodon interface really damn annoying.

I *know* what I'm doing when I spell a #LongAnnoyingHashtag in camel case: it's way more readable that way. Why do I have to jump through hoops to have it tooted out like that?..

This thread on cis women who have been labelled as trans in order to belittle and attack them by deliberately mis-gendering them. Just, wow...
RT @BasicBitching
Since cis women think they are immune from being clocked, here is a thread on cis women with uteruses who’ve received transphobia over the years. I’m going to make myself very clear since I know a lot of you are going to suddenly act like I’m speaking a foreign language. finally launched!

A modern, fast and reliable keyserver that additionally verifies key uploads (so no-one can upload key with your e-mail) and allows key deletion (so it’s GDPR compliant).

See more details here:

someone on twitter said "want shorter games with worse graphics made by people who are paid more to work less and i'm not kidding" and man do i agree.

A far lesser reason to caption your images but the most useful one to me personally: xyz deletes the cache of other instances' images (not sure that's how it works, but you get the idea) after like 2 months, so if you boost something old I can't see it

names for all future Microsoft software must be able to take the suffix -ium for the fully free version expunged of surveillance capitalism telemetry

PSA: cloth and paper masks worn to help prevent spread of Coronavirus (and other diseases) do not need to form a seal to be effective.

They do two things:
a. capture most of the droplets you exhale/cough/sneeze out
b. slow down (and thus reduce the range of) any droplets not caught

If you have two layers of fabric covering your nose and mouth, you are wearing a fabric mask correctly.

If breath reflects off of them and escapes around the edges, that is just fine -- the bulk of the droplets were caught, and those few that leave around the edges are slowed a ton. Mission accomplished.

Misinformation on this point (most of which seems to be repeating proper fit and donning for PPE masks, which do need to form a seal) is leading people to not wear masks because they believe they are difficult or impossible to wear correctly.

You know I think the internet was better when it went WEEEWEEEWEEEWEEEhrlaughrlrlrlrle B'DANG, B'DANG-U

I'm quite liking what happens with `pkill Web\ Content`

so now that I've seen it I have some questions about the design of that guillotine

subtooting tankies on news sources 

caught flak for suggesting NPR as an alternative to both free-as-in-FOXnews and paywalled WaPo, but here I am today reading a full fair share of AP and Reuters and I can get DW and BBC and so many other things that my "fuck FOX viewers" stands and I'll just add a "fuck you for setting up a false FOX vs WaPo dichotomy just to make a dunk"

testing CW in tootstream 

so I am not even sure how 'toot -c' in tootstream works so I guess this is a test.

tfw you are reading about something awful in a web page, you see a comma-separated list in anchor text and you mouse over each item to see if there are multiple links for each item or just one

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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