Just typo'ed a servername while reconnecting to an IRC channel, and accidentally put in libera dot net instead of the correct dot chat, and you wouldn't believe where I found myself: Back on Freenode. Who've apparently secured that domain, and are using it to try to trick people back on to their services.
“Breaking: GitHub’s Copilot Is Generating Functional API Keys” https://fossbytes.com/github-copilot-generating-functional-api-keys/
Yep, we need free software for vacuums too: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/26/971681198/users-report-drunken-roombas-after-software-update "go home roomba" "where's that?"
Please remember: functional cookies (login session, shopping carts) do not need user consent. So every time you see one of this oversized cookie banners someone is trying (often through dark patterns) to make you accept the whole tracking and spying as well. Don't be mad at the legislative for creating the need for tracking consent. Be mad at the websites that are trying to stir you up against that law by annoying you with those banners.
If you weren't among the 33,600 people😮 at online @FOSDEM@twitter.com this weekend, be advised: 100% #FOSS for online conferences is production ready *today*. Say NO to any Zoom (or other proprietary software) online events from now on. Demand software freedom! https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/feb/08/just-say-no-to-zoom/
Google has suspended Element (@matrix) from the Play Store for "Sexual Content and Profanity". Basically same story as with Subway Tooter a while back. Element is to Matrix as Chrome is to the web. Curiously, Chrome is still on the Play Store.
Okay I don't know how to say this better than the commit message I just wrote so I'm just gonna quote that:
"OMG CAPTP HANDOFFS WORK
With a test, too!
... holy butts"
Big moment for @spritelyproject! (Probably not obvious how big!)
"This is probably not the update you want." https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2021-48866282e5
The result of Google restricting their services to particular user-agents and builds.
Are standards really standards if you only let yourself (and maybe one friend) participate?
(HT @mhoye for the link)
tbh i really do miss when technology was superficially bad by accident rather than now where it's deeply morally bad on purpose
We closed the gap between Stage0 and #GNU Mes: the Full Source Bootstrap is near!
The package graph is now rooted in hex0, a #357-byte binary & ASCII-equivalent https://github.com/oriansj/bootstrap-seeds/blob/master/POSIX/x86/hex0_x86.hex0
Make your distro #bootstrappable!
@edsu 2) The Section 230 fight has been so exhausting, because I understand why people want something to stab big tech with. But it's really a bad local sharp implement to grab, because we've been fighting to protect intermediaries -- including bloggers, forums, and decentralised tools, for decades, and S.230 was one of the few bright spots. And both left and right think it's the devil.
The Pandemic Heroes Who Gave us the Gift of Time and Gift of Information
Moderna’s vaccine was apparently designed in just a few days, over a weekend, after the genetic sequence became available on January 10th, 2020.
Here’s why that date matters: the sequence was published ten days before China acknowledged the severity of the problem by admitting sustained human-to-human transmission and shutting down the city of Wuhan, on January 20th. The sequence was published while China—and the WHO, which depended on China for information—were still downplaying what was going on, in their official statements. The sequence wasn’t published in an official document. Instead, it was published independently in an open-source depository by Yong-Zhen Zhang, a professor at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and School of Public Health.
HN discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25257544
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