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Since many users are joining today and over the next few days/weeks, a refresh for those new or want to get a reminder of who I'm about:

Here's some hashtags. If you relate to any of these and more, I would love to interact with you all!

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Just as I have feared for years that a EU -like bill makes its way towards the US.

Tillis and Leahy are officially introducing a bill that would effectively kill the internet for Hollywood's benefit and it's called the .

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So the is back in the proposal stage. This would be a huge killer blow to not only our and but our online freedom of expression all at once.

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Looks like I too lost some followers after the instance upgrade. If you interacted with me before, let's reconnect since that was beyond my control.


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Activists rally to save Internet Archive as a lawsuit from publishers threaten to shut it down

If people are smart, it's time to archive the Archive right now. In other words, fork it and turn it unto a decentralized platform. I hope someone out there is working on that.

Plus you have to think libraries need some decentralization as well as this lawsuit could kill libraries as we know them.

covid vaccine 

Just got my second booster, aka the updated BA.5 shot.

Wait and see how this feels the next two days or so....

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Oxford teen arrested in UK on suspicion of hacking. Speculation online that the arrest is in relation to the recent hacks of Uber and Rockstar Games.

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My sister is wants to start a cafe in Groningen (in the North of the Netherlands) owned and run by Deaf people.

Mostly because something like this didn't exist yet, because she would have loved to work in a place like this when she was younger, and because we can do with more Deaf representation.

She is doing crowdfunding for it now here (Dutch language):

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Watching 's rarely seen US pilot that someone uploaded into the and I can clearly tell what went wrong. The concept is good and in spirit with the original UK run but in retrospect I couldn't see it last very long due to lots of things that I can't fit here.

Watch for yourself!

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I'm sure large cars such as SUVs are the death of us long term.

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This week is #BannedBooksWeek.

- 2,532 individual banned books
- 1,648 unique book titles
- 1,261 different authors
- 290 illustrators
- 138 school districts
- 32 states
- 5,049 schools
- 4 million students

- 41% LGBTQ+ theme
- 40% prominent characters of color;
- 21% directly address issues of race and racism

Most books were banned in the red cancel culture states of Texas and Florida.

On the upside: the bigots clearly know their ideology is indefensible.

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US Military Bought Mass Monitoring Tool That Includes Internet Browsing, Email Data

The “Augury” platform includes highly sensitive network data that Team Cymru, a private company, is selling to the military. “It’s everything. There’s nothing else to capture except the smell of electricity,” one cybersecurity expert said.

Looking at the most expensive to develop and wow, what a list here.

Star Citizen for example just passed $5 billion in funding despite continuing to break promises and steal people's money.

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One year ago on "Computer Chronicles Revisited," I looked at an early 1985 episode, the second devoted to computer games. One notable guest was Activision's David Crane, who demonstrated "Ghostbusters" for the C64. Another guest was Kathe Spracklen, who developed the Sargon III chess program.

My favorite tidbit from the research was that Spracklen and her husband sold the original Sargon for $15 as source code. They actually sent you a Xeroxed copy of the code!

covid pandemic over (a blatant lie) 

So Biden declaimed the covid-19 pandemic "over" on 60 Minutes this past Sunday night which shocked even his administration.

Helen Branswell over on STAT News says "reaching the end of a pandemic is not like driving out of one county into the next."

She's right on, and this certainly won't help the messaging on the updated booster vaccines at all either.

Be kind to an professional today, since they're appricated every day by every company.

First day of the new client project worked out fine as I expected. Maybe not perfect but will do.

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"The Moral Majority" is a stupendous marketing gimmick: it allowed a small minority of vicious, paranoid, hateful creeps to brand themselves as a "silent majority" who were all around us, afraid to speak their minds.


Client work this week (for four days at least).

Fun times as myself and a long time friend of mine catching up before the end of summer.

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