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In the holy name of Cthulhu, stop doing video tutorials!

They are useless, do not allow you to go in depth on a subject, and, unless your production values are top notch (read professional sound and image crew) will probably be horrible and a pain to watch.

If you care about a technical subject, please take the time to *write* about it and publish it on the Internet.

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This echoes @mako’s thoughts:

‘These decisions to embrace nonfree and private development tools undermine our credibility in advocating for software freedom and compromise our freedom, and that of our users, in ways that we should reject.’

— Free Software Needs Free Tools 👉🏻 mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tool

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Mozilla is shutting down their IRC servers and moving to Discord, a proprietary chat service.

Hey Mozilla, aren't we forgetting something here? Our very own "Mozilla Pledge for a Healthy Internet” states:

> Principle 2 The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.

> Principle 6 The effectiveness of the internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.

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For #libre projects, the time is right and the time is now: migrate to a libre #communications platform and ensure the #rights of your #community are respected


I went on a Scandroid binge at work a few months back. Anyone at SDF have similar suggestions?

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The web browser Brave is marketed as a privacy-friendly ad-free alternative, but that's pretty disingenuous.

Brave exists not to protect privacy, but to make money from selling ads.

Brave is a commercial company funded by venture capital. Its business model is selling advertising and cryptocurrency investment.

One of Brave's owners is Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. Thiel is also the head of Palantir (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palantir) and on the board of Facebook.

I do not recommend using Brave.


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boost if you give goths permission to pose and take photos on your grave after you die

Finally got to the gym twice in a week this week. Between work and the baby, that's been a challenge.

Anyone else still hanging onto an old copy of insurance.ae256 in case Wikileaks really did have something explosive that they were sitting on until the eleventh hour?

Exploring the space of auth on the WWW for a personal project, and I am disappointed at how it still seems nontrivial to set up user/password logins for an arbitrary independent Web service. HTTPS with Basic auth is always an option, but anything more complicated or secure quickly spirals out of control. Looks like there are a couple of attractors in the space of popular solutions, which really boil down to "shell out to someone else and hope they don't go under/change their TOS on you."

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yknow how some mathy instances have MathJax? we need instances where you can paste source code snippets without the indentation getting buggered

Anyone here on have some background with the -1 that you can dust off? I'm trying to rehab a g1g1-era XO-1 for the daughter of a friend, and after trying to bulldoze my old custom Debian setup with the newest Sugar, I am left with a device that only boots into the OFW command prompt and seems to be missing some vital part of its boot-up chain. (The installation process *did* seem to set up a new root filesystem, though.)

@SDF Is the MetaArray in Bad Place right now?

For those who like a good, swift read which caters to contemporary concerns, this came up on my radar at work: ironholds.org/resources/papers

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One of my favorite games is SketchFighter 4000 Alpha, a video game from 2006 that is no longer available to buy since the company that made it disappeared. I wanted to preserve the game, so I recorded a playthrough of it. Here is a [very small] piece of video game history!


Anyone else a fan of for their mail? What do you use? I've used rmail, ViewMail, and Wanderlust over the years, but I haven't found anything really satisfactory. ViewMail was really nice but seems defunct, and Wanderlust's interface and documentation have worn me down over the years. I think I'm going to push in the direction of notmuch, as described at wwwtech.de/articles/2016/jul/m sometime soon.

I miss scrollbars that do "mouse1 pgdn mouse2 pgup, mouse 3 jump here".

Just pulled files off of an old MS-DOS/Win3.1 machine's hard drive. Had to delve in a junk pile to find a working machine with a native ATA interface, and then I had to run an untrusted binary from the late 90s to read the DoubleSpace volume. But I got the data!

Just got my first Japanese language "i hacked ur computer, here's an old password that we pulled out of the LinkedIn database breach as proof. send BTC or i'll ruin u" E-mail.

Thank god. I thought the rest of the world was missing out.

Shouting into the void here: if you use E-mail as a weak form of 2FA, please don't assume that mail arrives in under 10 minutes. It's very annoying than to be put on hold for an authorization URL, only to be denied once it finally shows up.

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