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It's probably not polite or diplomatic to describe certain internal deployment processes as forbidden by the Geneva Convention.

Anytime someone proposes "hey we could solve this problem by adding a flag saying don't do the things I don't like, and if they still do those things they've violated the spec, problem solved in-specification" (this happens more often than you may think) I wonder if that person is familiar with RFC 3514.

Last Friday of July: happy #sysadmin appreciation day! Don't forget your backups, and show your appreciation to your local sysadmin :-) Our special thanks to the Debian System Administrators (DSA) for caring about the Debian infrastructure, today and every day

Excited to participate in ActivityPub conf and talk about go-fed, number 7 in this list! Come see all the talks:

Reminder: Springer has released a lot of digital textbooks for free in the last few months, and their special offer is ending on July 31st. There is no need to sign up to download the PDF and ePub files.

This lovely page has the full list of available titles:

Google Search revenue down 9.8% year over year, dropping by $2.3 billion to $21.32 billion for Q2. This means that Alphabet reported its first revenue decline in history (2% decline). Cloud, YouTube still doing well.

I'm always a little surprised to find that people strongly prefer certain web apps to their native versions. App quality aside, a browser is a shitty window manager.

idea: a children’s cartoon series where each episode’s moral lesson is a counter argument to each of Umberto Eco’s 14 elements of Ur-Fascism

The microG Project develops free open alternatives to Google's proprietary services in Android. They are now on the Fediverse, and you can follow them at:

➡️ @microg

Their website is at

The aim of the project is to allow freer android devices and apps to be made, by removing the need to use Google-controlled proprietary software.

#MicroG #Android #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #Smartphones #Google #Alternatives

"Cicilline, for his part, is expected to issue a report in August outlining the case for updating federal competition rules that would give regulators more power to probe and penalize the industry. The fruits of his investigation could offer Congress one of the first major actions it can take if it aims to rein in big tech."

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google grilled on Capitol Hill over their market power
By Tony Romm

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I fell down a rabbit hole by asking gdb about signals and it told me about one I'd never heard of before, SIGSAK. As far as I can tell, this signal doesn't exist in Linux; it doesn't appear in current kernel source or any of my various signal.h headers or any Linux man pages I can find. The only documentation I've been able to find about it is the description "Secure attention key," which both gdb and the one man page I could find apply to it.

"Break 'Em Up" is Zephyr Teachout's outstanding book on competition, corruption, monopolies and the revival of America's glorious tradition of trustbusting. It just came out. It's GREAT.

Sector by sector, industry by industry, Teachout shows how monopolists do their work. Her writing starts with the first-person, wrenching tales of workers, small businesspeople, and bystanders in monopoly's blast zone.


Time to stop talking about F(L)OSS 

I guess I'm kind of late to the party since I think many have already pointed it out, but I am realizing it's actively harmful to talk about Free Software and open source in the same breath. Originally these were two terms that were essentially synonymous but indicated differences in philosophy, but as the camps have diverged, they have started to mean very different things.


Hey guys, what's up

I am conducting an anonymous survey for my MSc dissertation on the barriers to uptake of alternative social media platforms. If you're interested, please click the link below. Your input would be much appreciated!

The link is:

#fediverse #pleroma #gnusocial #diaspora #friendica #peertube
#alternative #socialhome
#pixelfed #nextcloud

Student of mine is conducting a survey on the barriers to uptake of alternative social media platforms. Your input would be much appreciated. Please boost.

#fediverse #pleroma #gnusocial #diaspora #mastodon #activitypub #ostatus #pubsub#xmpp #mstdn

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