Penny Arcade is being on point today: https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2019/05/13
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really
good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they actually change
their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really
do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are
human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot
recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
-- Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP keynote address
"I feel called out by this comic strip." - Everybody on Mastodon.
Ouch... #hugops to the Mozilla team right now https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1548973
Guix 1.0 is out at last! YEAH!
It even includes a "graphical" (read, curses-like) installer now! (The oldschool DIY route is still available if you like that though!) Lots of other stuff too!
Congrats Guix team!
I'm not too worried about Librem One in the software forks... I don't suspect it will impact the fediverse or original projects too much, whether or not some decisions end up being misguided. The original branches will survive; it's free software.
But I do think @purism has a good and really critical mission with making libre hardware. There aren't many options that are modern and fairly easily available. It seems like the org is biting off a lot; I hope the hardware work continues.
People Are Clamoring to Buy Old Insulin Pumps: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/04/looping-created-insulin-pump-underground-market/588091/
Interested in hearing the Libre Lounge folks take on Instant Messengers? Their history, their influence on Free Software, and their emotional impact? Join us for "The Rise and Fall of Instant Messengers"
Reflecting on the fact that most of the people I know who are concerned about online surveillance work in tech themselves.
Like, is it because we work more closely with it and thus know how all this stuff works? If the general public fully understood what they were accepting with recent tech, would they be okay with it?
Not all tech workers are concerned with it, but the number of less-technical people I've encountered who are concerned with it is pretty close to zero.
"Around the year 2030, 10 years 252 days and 10 hours away from now, we will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, that will most likely lead to the end of our civilisation as we know it..."
"These projections are backed up by scientific facts, concluded by all nations through the IPCC. Nearly every single major national scientific body around the world unreservedly supports the work and findings of the IPCC."
Systems Engineer @ Linode
"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