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Happy birthday to the late John McCarthy, father of AI & LISP: (credit: @wired)

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My brain is exploding after playing with I've been looking for years for a simple pedagogical OS that boils things down to their essence and is yet easy to get running on any computer.

I've always had a question in my mind about how to bootstrap the OS. I knew about BIOS but vaguely considered it "cheating" when compared to the "purer" way of working within the processor's ISA. But I'm starting to realize that BIOS is _part of the ISA_.

Mu will soon drop Linux. Watch.

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"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say."
— Edward Snowden

Similarly, the argument that you don't care about software freedom because you don't know coding can be considered as same. It's like arguing that you don't care about the food you eat because you don't know cooking!

#FreeSoftware #SoftwareFreedom

@alrs But when was the last time you read the fortune?

@kmicu That is actually a brilliant critique of evolutionary psychology.

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#Icecat is not just a rebrand, it does significant changes from Firefox, that's why it can't use "firefox" name unlike Debian's version of Firefox. It also removes DRM from firefox's source code(Not just disable it).

And Icecat is not being maitained is not true, Just visit the Git page and you'll see recent commits.

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@schestowitz @redstarfish Linux Foundation lawyers are now literally recommending omitting copyright holders' names and copyright dates from copyright notices in source code. Why would a lawyer recommend something so dumb? This is an obvious attempt to try to hinder GPL enforcement:

@EnglishRed I do not consider myself Belarussian. My father is Belarussian and lives there now, as do many relatives. The flag was made up by Poles and Polish collaborators; the only other use was by the Nazis; so yes, it is certainly tainted. Not that it matters - there is no such thing as nationalism without fascism. Waving a flag around as a symbol of nationalism instead of a symbol of justice is an expression of ethnic entitlement and an invitation to fascism. Seeing the same in the US.

@EnglishRed I meant that the flag is literally a variation on the banners used by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. "Poland annexed parts of Belarussia, Lithuania and Ukraine in 1920" also not entirely true. There was no such country as "Belarus" until the Belarussian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1922. Before that it was just a part of Duchy of Lithuania and later Poland.

@EnglishRed It is not even a Belarussian medieval flag, but a Polish medieval flag. I have a hard time understanding how people view it as a legitimate symbol of Belarussian nationalism when Belarussians were progressively marginalized as an ethnic minority under Polish rule after the Polish-Lithuanian union. My family is from Western Belarus and my grandmother could not attend a Belarussian language school until liberation by the Soviets; Belarussian was not recognized as an official language.

Received a signed paper copy of Vsevolod Dyomkin's Programming Algorithms book in the mail today. Can't wait to read it!

@sir A lot of what people from large companies try to pass off as "software engineering" has nothing to do with engineering (and barely anything to do with software) - it is just mediocre management techniques.

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