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So, it seems scifi.fyi is down and my account there may be lost forever. Thanks Ilúvatar we are federated!

Elsevier rant, long, f-word 

Elsevier now confirms the submission of the copyright form¹ by sending you an E-mail with an HTML attachment called Order Confirmation.html. What’s inside? A two-section document, the second section having the title “Order Confirmation” and, among others, the fields: “Order number” and “Order date”.

Fuck you Elsevier! I’m not buying shit, I’m publishing a fucking paper!

Some colleagues refuse submitting or reviewing papers to Elsevier journals. As an early career researcher, I find it difficult to do because I have multiple colleagues exploited by Elsevier, and I do need to maintain good karma in my relationship with them. However, since interacting with this “publisher” gets worse and worse over time, I am seriously considering losing some karma points.

¹ Publishers in academia very often ask us to waive some of our rights over the article to them so that they can freely handle the profit they get from selling our works to the libraries of our own institutions. We, the authors, are paid nothing for our work. We, the reviewers, are paid nothing for our work. We are supposed to be just happy with the fact that our articles get “published” behind paywalls and with lots of restrictions prohibiting us from actually sharing our papers freely.

"There’s Now an Even Worse Anti-Encryption Bill Than EARN IT"

cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/202

Get your IT business out of the US. This needs to have an impact on the economy.

There's some crazy internal US politics right now that threatens #OpenTechFund, who funded #LetsEncrypt, #CertBot, @torproject , #NoScript, TLS ESNI/ECH, #DNSPrivacyProj, #ReproducibleBuilds, #Wireguard, #DeltaChat, #OpenKeychain, #pypi, @guardianproject , @signalapp , and more. Looks like a couple proprietary software companies are trying to take over this #FreeSoftware money. Please sign on to the campaign to try to stop it: saveinternetfreedom.tech

Step 1: Spin off a shell company.
Step 2: Enter data sharing agreement with shell company.
Step 3: Share data with shell company.
Step 4: After 24 hours, delete data from originating company.
Step 5: See, we deleted the data!

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The Baofeng software is so bad I'm currently looking at a codeplug in a hex editor... I suspect it might be easier to tweak this than use the actual software...

"A terrible command name is a curse, but a great command name has a poetic elegance."

"The Poetics of CLI Command Names"

smallstep.com/blog/the-poetics

scsi faq 

q: i'm having a weird issue with my scsi system. what can i do to troubleshoot it?

a: it's termination.

q: but i checked the terminators and they're fine. what else could it be?

a: it's termination.

q: but this drive and cable combination trips a psu fuse whenever i plug it in! that doesn't sound like a termination issue to me.

a: it's termination.

Hello everyone.

There is a non-zero possibility that major US cities are about to get their civilian communications infrastructure turned off or significantly restricted. If this idea scares you too much to contemplate, please move on. I can't think of how to CW this appropriately, so my apologies for your anxiety, but this is important to my social circle, so I'll continue.

If you're worried about COVID-19 but you still want to make a positive impact, you can help to prepare for this eventuality.

The best way I can think to fight against comms being shut down is to use Dual Power Structure thinking: let's make our own network. This is not as unrealistic as it sounds. HAM Radio folks are already doing it. The software is open source, and runs on a massive number of surplus hardware. Check out the AREDEN Compatibility Matrix: arednmesh.org/content/supporte

If you work your local network and make a few fast Amazon orders, I bet you'd have several square miles of coverage ready to go in an instant, and ready to backhaul internet to people who need it to protest.

You might say, "But Endomain, I'm not a licensed ham operator!"

I am not telling you what to do, but a lot of folks are breaking a lot of laws just by protesting. Folks are rightfully afraid of COVID-19 and that's fair, but you know what's socially distant? Rooftops of boarded up or looted buildings that are empty but still have electricity. Maybe this is a risk folks, licensed or not, are willing to take to take to keep comms up for protesters.

Digital clock in Conway's Game of Life - youtube.com/watch?v=3NDAZ5g4Eu

Also: RIP John Conway
Also 2: frak Coronavirus

#2307 "Alive Or Not" 

Computer currently fall somewhere between prions and fire.
xkcd.com/2307/

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