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Come watch me and my colleagues discuss what we're working on for @fedora and at this year's @fosdem and CentOS Dojo! From speeding up to managing desktops and servers at scale, these should be fun.

Both free to attend. And our time slots should work for both EU and US attendees since we're doing this from our homes in the US.

michel-slm.name/posts/2021-02-

This post is day 13 of my challenge






The #WaybackMachine/ #InternetArchive now presents... the #WayforwardArchive! Pick your favourite URL and see what it will look like in 2046:

wayforward.archive.org

Do you use Zoom? The company recently announced they may begin showing ads at the end of video calls for "basic" accounts (blog.zoom.us/zoom-continued-ac). Would you rather your work or school video calls be free from advertising and tracking? Check out Jitsi! (meet.jit.si)

"A new #COVID19 variant with a “very unusual constellation” of mutations was detected in South Africa. As many as 90% of new cases in Gauteng, the province that is home to Johannesburg and about a quarter of the country’s population, could be of the strain. Governments, concerned by its possible high transmissibility, called for an urgent meeting with the World Health Organisation on Friday."

That $50bn to vaccinate the whole world is sounding better by the day huh

espresso.economist.com/a448e9b

My company is still hiring for the engineering roles listed on this toot hackers.town/@pixelpaperyarn/1

Please pass along to anyone who might be interested. This company is a fucking unicorn in this industry. Kindness makes a comeback with the skillz to pay the billz.

#hiringnow #getfedihired #pleaseboost

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I really like this Intelligence^2 discussion between Yanis Varoufakis and Gillian Tett. Yanis argued that we're in a post-capitalist, #technofeudalism, while Gillian thought #capitalism can be salvaged but what we have now is not it.

One note though: apart from data portability, which is indeed insufficient due to the network effect, forcing interoperability a la #Fediverse or Bluesky (or #email) would free #SocialMedia users to move without losing contacts.

play.acast.com/s/intelligences

All Linux and Mac Computers Get Their Time Zones From the Same Database
m.slashdot.org/story/391297/ou
The whole world (windows too) depends on one man maintaing the project. In the comments you can learn that it is not a problem actually because he does it right and transparently.

Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition is here! It brings a glossier Breeze theme, a beautiful new wallpaper, new features, faster and re-designed tools and much more.

kde.org/announcements/plasma/5

#KDE25years

🎉 Happy anniversary KDE! For this occasion, I painted this artwork (using #krita on #kubuntu, of course).
→ The party continues on 25years.kde.org/
#kde25years

As a way of naming the problem “surveillance capitalism” does an impressive job of simultaneously placing and blunting the blame: the problem is the technology…but only the parts of it that are constantly spying on users; the problem is capitalism…but not really capitalism (as such) but just this particular mutation of it.

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Sneak peek:

As a framework for discussing the ills of companies like Facebook and Google, the concept of “surveillance capitalism” has much about it that is appealing to many—for it manages to keep afloat the utopian hopes associated with the early Internet, while still acknowledging that something has gone very wrong.

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Really long read, but very well thought out essay on , and how ex-tech employees often still promote this gospel (and we should listen more to those who have been consistent critics), how critical dependencies should be run in the , and more

librarianshipwreck.wordpress.c

Interesting boycott taking place on Nov 10, this time asking users to log out, rather than asking advertisers

thefacebooklogout.com

I'm a firm believer of Hanlon's Razor, but over a week, Facebook has flagged a post and a comment of mine, both about Mastodon (and including a link to joinmastodon.org)

🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

Daily reminder that for many blind people, #Apple is the most useful and productive mobile operating system. It's not that Android is hard to use, but when text selection, especially on the web and in email, is from hard to impossible, and when one cannot spell check what they've written, and typing is either a minor annoyance (braille (input not registering sometimes) onscreen keyboard (very slow usually) external keyboard (yet another device to manage)), you begin to understand why people who don't enjoy customization, or getting the "most" out of a device choose iOS, especially for accessibility, and the AI of image recognition and such. And FOSS phones, like the PinePhone, won't be accessible until Orca/ATSPI can communicate with touch screens, and that won't happen without developers.

So, when you get that urge to say "I told you so you Apple sheeple, you should have been using FOSS!" Try to remember that some people don't have much of a choice.

#a11y #FOSS #PinePhone

Windows UX rant 

And since I completed the initial setup without a network connection, this is hilariously worded

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covid family bullshit 

If you refuse to get vaccinated and you, say, take in an octagenarian cancer survivor who's just had a stroke and they die of covid you should be charged with negligence in their death imo.

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