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I finished 'breaking/__and/ entering|. 'the extraordinary story of a hacker called 'alien'.
Start at page 72 if you want to skip her drug / experimenting years at MIT. At page 105 I decided I didn't like her because she is an Emacs fan. :) I learned some tricks from the technical details.
Its worth reading, she is extraordinary.

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This is an interesting video on Gab and Mastodon. Unfortunately, it makes the error of not clearly differentiating Mastodon instances from some of its developers.

To be clear, the Mastodon developers do NOT speak for Mastodon instances other than the ones they personally operate. It is sadly clear that those developers. while doing good and laudable work in creating, enhancing and sharing this software, are none-the-less anti-free-speech.

Gab for their part is also far from perfect and arguably has caused harm to free-speech efforts. However, they are routinely and purposefully misrepresented by forces opposed to this basic freedom.

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Happy Independence Day!

In 1847 the Catholic bishops of the United States consecrated our country to the Immaculate Conception.

O my God, through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the United States of America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of religious vocations. Have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners and on all who are in need.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

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Moving away from the Apple eco system is taking me years. We still have that MacBook Pro, and there still are Photos libraries (remember iPhoto?) – mine is still about 100GB. I totally need to move albums in there into folders on the drive. When your over 40 years old you start to appreciate that the only way to archive pictures, audio and video is folders and files. All these tools that use databases and what not will eventually fade from your life. Don’t get locked in. Even if they’re free!

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Reasons someone using a PC should change from Windows to Linux?

Linux distros have more respect for your privacy.

Just run Wireshark on both Windows and Linux; you'll see that Windows loves to constantly chat with MS-servers.

Average Linux distro is completely silent until you choose to interact with the internet.

Being the product vs. using the product.

Linux gives you control & transparency. Easier and more secure usage.

Please add Your point of view if you will!
#WhyLinux #Linux #PC

One of the shortest poems in R. Kipling's collection "Epitaphs of War" published after WWI is just two lines long.

"If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied."

Kipling's son John had been killed in the war.

God bless the United States of America, their people, and their leaders on Independence Day and always.

-- from a distant son

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Faithful Christians uphold the family, anchored by a married father and mother. We hold that killing innocent human beings, in or out of the womb, is wrong. We believe in the equal human dignity of every person. In short, we believe divine revelation and will never forsake Our Lord for the acceptance of a culture rooted elsewhere.

These are human and Christian positions, not political ones. Yet those holding them are quickly labeled by one side of the political spectrum. That makes today's Prager U video applicable to you even if you don't view yourself as "conservative".

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swearing. WAPO. 

Wanting to play a 2-player game of Rise of Nations with my home-from-college son, I spent the weekend playing with Virtualbox. I haven't succeeded in my primary goal, but I finally got to see TempleOS up and running.

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@sobercatholic @ondax @papa

Pinterest is okay, but I prefer Trello. It's not as visual, but it's way more organized so you can use it for actual project management (which is what it was designed for anyway)

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when discord asks for your phone number, or facebook wants you to upload a picture of your face, or twitter makes you create an account to view the "tweets and replies" tab...

that's a paywall

you pay with your privacy

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Rainy season has started today in Osaka with a vengeance.

papa boosted lets you spin up and destroy many hysterical systems. Would you like to write some tutorials?

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... and if the description of the k-means algorithm sounds just a tad too abstract & boring for you, I've written a blog-post on how I used it to write a library that generates beautiful color palettes.

Worth reading if I may say so myself 😆

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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