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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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> Liberties aren’t eliminated, they are restricted and violated – until they erode. Rights aren’t abolished, they are undermined and trampled – until they become privileges. Truths aren’t buried, they are mocked and twisted – until everyone has their own.

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Pretty R graphics for the day; seasonal fire danger for Canberra since 1950 as Unknown Pleasures

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A dreamy child was overwhelmed in the land where he used to live

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RT @ahidalgosre
Does anyone know of a example of someone applying to and getting hired at a company with the express intent of fixing/adding a feature they badly wanted? This has to have happened at least once, right? Please RT for reach. This is a very important Sunday afternoon discussion.

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Porta & Bella, from the Spritely Project - @spritelyproject is so cuuute - and is one of my favs for its promising features. :blobaww:

Kudos to @davidrevoy for drawing the lil' characters, and thanks to @cwebber and whoever is helping him build Spritely! :ablobcathappypaws:

Don't know wtf I'm talking about? Check: spritelyproject.org

Or watch: conf.tube/videos/watch/18aa2f9

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It's kind of funny in retrospect that the programming language whose mantra was "There Should Be Only One Way To Do It" featured two separately maintained, incompatible, versions of itself for 11 years.

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Test and Trace, UK 

SERCO are sending out texts to lots of people asking them to download the App. I got mine this evening.

It comes from NHSTracing, and I suspect they're going out as a blanket text to every phone in the UK, whether you've downloaded or not, and whether or not your phone is compatible.

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Pinephone 

A lot of people are curious about whether Pinephone software is good enough be used as a primary phone. There is no one answer to that because everyone requires different things from their phone and has different standards of what is acceptable. The most accurate answer is yes, maybe if you're a certain type of person but probably not for most people.

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everyone uses duolingo, but there's also a free and more open couse for learning to speak, if not spell, languages!

saysomethingin.com/

it's a welsh thing, it started as a welsh course only (i can confirm it's very good!) but they now offer #welsh, #manx, #cornish, #spanish, #dutch and #latin!! which is pretty neat, right?

#language

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I want to recognize all the amazing work that has gone into being able to run @postmarketOS on my new PinePhone. I'm privileged to be in a position to watch the capabilities and UX continue to evolve. The hardware teams at @PINE64 and a lot of software teams have contributed hours of work to make this possible. Big thanks to you all!

#PinePhone #postmarketOS

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I want to write a technical/design article about computer systems and how they treat names.

Based on my knowledge of and social experience with white America, cisgender men almost never have to even give the slightest thought to their name ever changing.

But I wanted to check myself and scope that assertion, if needed. Is men changing names common in other cultures? :boost_requested:

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Mosses and other bryophytes aren’t like vascular plants because they don’t have to be. That doesn’t mean they’re more primitive. The idea that they are “less evolved” is a gross misunderstanding of evolution. Most extant moss species are actually more recent than many vascular plants. Also, bryophyte-dominated landscapes, namely sphagnum bogs, sequester more carbon than all forests combined. Learn more about bryophytes and pervasive misconceptions:

#moss #bryophytes

vulgarbotany.wordpress.com/bry

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"An analysis of privacy design principles as applied to decentralized systems" by Cristina DeLisle

Q&A Session: Sat October 3rd, 18:00 UTC #apconf2020

conf.tube/videos/watch/a019681

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Riding a bike over dry, crunchy leaves. Boost if you agree

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Feds are using sophisticated electronic surveillance against protesters in Portland. I wrote about how you can protect your Constitutionally protected privacy and freedom of assembly rights against these threats theintercept.com/2020/09/25/su

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I went into the #camera store today. I plopped down three rolls of #film and said "I'd like to get these developed."

The customer next to me said "You can still get that stuff?!"

I pointed to the two glass cases full of all of the films they carry and said "There's LOTS of film available!" This seemed like a cue out of a bad musical, so I wanted to burst into song. Sadly, nobody has written a musical about #FilmPhotography.

Untapped opportunity, folks! Get on it!

(What rhymes with Fuji?)

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Did you know that #Unix groups have passwords? Apparently if you set one, you then have to use newgrp to log in to that group.

I have never seen anyone use unix group passwords.

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@jkb
If you look at software as just a tool, then it is only natural you don't give that priority. Only if you see the politics of controlling the software in the big picture, you can appreciate it. It is not only about your phone, it has implications on medical devices that some of have to connect to your bodies, voting machines that decide who rules you, big tech that monitors and influence your decisions. Of course there is arrogant people in FOSS, like in rest of the society.
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