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The FSF should have been more present over the past decade. They should have been publicly arguing free software is better for basic infrastructure, or getting funding for developers, or commissioning new software to fulfill unmet needs, or presenting free-software ethics to CS students, or getting these issues on the political radar in the US. There's a lot they could do!
Instead Stallman wasted a lot of time arguing with people about GNU/Linux and squabbling on the emacs-devel list. (2/2)

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Honestly, it's about time. The has been largely a one-man show for too long.

Back in 2009, Stallman gave a keynote talk at Wikimania, the conference for Wikipedia editors. At the time I listened to a Wikipedia-oriented podcast, and they discussed the keynote afterwards, concluding that he wasn't very convincing and that Stallman was more of an impediment to the growth of free software than a successful advocate for it. (1/2)


i honestly see nothing but good things coming from resignation of RMS. time for the old guard to step aside and let fresh ideas take root


A busy weekend.

Attached is my post to the member forum on Friday.

Enough is enough.

It's long past time the board exercised their duty under Article VI Section 7 of the bylaws and vote him out. I understand that they have tried before but failed. But by now, his behavior is doing serious harm to the public interest the public charity is chartered to support.

Many other folks have also cancelled their memberships over the weekend.

The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom. Our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. RMS does not speak for these values.

Hey #Python library maintainers! Python is looking into increasing its release cadence. You can read the current proposal here:

More importantly, we need your input. Read the PEP and please let us know what you think via this form:

In my latest #video, I go On Tour with a supermassive black hole….or something like that. Check it out!

A photo from the vendor room at : small figurines and busts of Lovecraftian monsters, distressed to look antique.

More from this vendor at

Indiegogo project from : Fund the translation from into of "The Road of Ice and Salt", an award-winning, cult novella by author José Luis Zárate.

The story is told from the point of view of the captain of a ship headed from Varna to Whitby with an unusual cargo: fifty boxes filled with Transylvanian soil. The name of this ill-fated ship is the Demeter. Yes, that Demeter which brings to England.

Yesterday my afternoon Trail of Cthulhu RPG session went well, except for right at the end when our group made the wrong choice and destroyed the world. Oops!

In the evening, I saw more theater: the same performer as last night is doing a third M.R. James story, the grim "A Warning to the Curious", paired with the one-man "The Hound" that I saw at the DC Fringe a month ago. I really liked "The Hound", so I didn't mind seeing it again.

Have arrived in Providence for . Like last time, I'm on one of the upper floors of the Omni hotel, so this is the view of downtown from my window.

Tonight I saw a great performance of two M.R. , "The Ash-Tree" and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad", performed by Robert Lloyd Parry. I wouldn't think you could do a jump scare in a one-man show, but he did (by suddenly moving, or by clattering a tray that he'd used as a prop earlier).

THIS IS A QUILT. Somebody designed this and sewed it up with hundreds or even thousands of pieces of fabric. Don't ever let anyone say textiles can't be art. Amazing. (Not my photo, quilt is by Montse Forcadell Blasco.)

The recommendation algorithm tossed up something good: a performance of my favorite , "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme". The Netherlands Bach Society is recording the entire Bach repertoire & posting it to YouTube. (30 minutes)

Though the video was inexplicably put under the topic "Rock Music"... still some bugs in the system, I guess!

The 2019 opening ceremony is about to start. It'll
feature the award of the retro .

You can follow a text-based commentary at

Youtube: "Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository", by Rachel Potvin (30min)

This 3-year-old talk was brought up at work recently. Potvin talks about the scale of 's monolithic repository and the tools they've built to cope with the sheer volume of changes.

programmers love to use titles like "architect" or "engineer" or "designer" instead of the more accurate "plumber" or "custodian" or "firefighter"

Ever wonder what's underneath the ? The local public-access news program gets a tour of what's called the Undercroft.

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