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USpol, privacy 

We're in a horrible situation in the US, but I guess one silver lining is that some politicians are finally taking more seriously


somebody pulled the codeforge equivalent of sending a mail to the entire address book and put their not-so-good PR into the inboxes of all ~400k people who ever registered for access to Unreal Engine code. 👌😂

I think I'll put a notice on Odysseus's website & Github repo that I no longer plan to continue unless someone takes it over. Future development will go towards adding what I consider to be some of Odysseus's most important features to GNOME/elementary Web.

Even if I don't like writing GTK apps in C (usually I'm ambivalent).

And towards building my own chrome for my own browser engines, which I now plan to publish on the @elementary AppCenter & @gnome FlatHub amongst elsewhere.


"Some people want to buy and sell Bitcoin so we're offering services to do it." makes as much sense as "some people voted for Trump so we should treat their opinions as legitimate."

I’m going to start a monthly desktop screenshot to chronicle whatever changes I make on the desktop, OS, DE, wallpapers, themes…etc. Starting today, and isn’t it nice how well this wallpaper matches with the Sweet theme.
#fedora #linux #monthlyscrot #plasma #kde

New York state passes first-ever ‘right to repair’ law for electronics with tools, parts, and instructions for repair available to both consumers and independent shops

@xpil internationalized domain names (aka. IDNs) are a hugely difficult subject.

On the one hand, yes they enable these kinds of attacks.

On the other hand, speakers of languages using alphabets different than plain ASCII should have the technical ability to use their alphabets and scripts online in full capacity.

There is no good, clear solution, still. Using punycode solves the security angle, but dramatically reduces usability for anyone using non-ASCII script. I.e. most of the world.

This looks cool: #mozilla has released an add-on for #firefox that can do web page #translation *locally* instead of sending data to the cloud.

Based on Project Bergamot and implemented in WebAssembly

A direct-access storage device based on tape! 

"In comparison to the contemporary IBM 2311 Disk Device, the IBM 2321 Data Cell Device holds 55 times more data, while being only seven times slower (85ms and 600ms access times respectively)."

My dad just told me about this crazy machine that he managed to avoid working on. He apparently switched to programming to avoid having to work on things like this.

IBM 2321 Data Cell - Wikipedia

“A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge successfully replaced a battery with algae to provide continuous power to a microprocessor.

“The tiny system is roughly the same size as an AA battery and runs an ARM Cortex M0+ processor. However, rather than sipping power from a rechargeable battery, the researchers used a non-toxic blue-green algae called Synechoycystis to naturally harvest energy when exposed to the sun through photosynthesis.”

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i made a keyboard that looks like two slices of toast with eggs on them

eggy toast breadboard

@natecull "Not having applications at all" goes a long way toward conveying my intent in relying strongly on shell / console / command-line tools principally. I've never liked monolithic applications, and for a long time the only one I really used was a GUI web browser (and if possible, I'll still gravitate to a terminal-based one).

I'd also started off mostly working with remote access to my real computer, whether that was running Unix, VMS, MVS, or whatever. The idea of a local interactive client (text or GUI) and some remote box, or set of boxen, on which Heavy Shit ran, seemed sensible. Local side remained responsive. Any given remote box might get saturated, but there were usually others.

Shared resources might be disk, comms channels to common storage, and external networking. Mostly those didn't matter much (we're talking 1990s-era here).

The workstation age was ... in some ways a step back. I mean, it's nice having a bunch of power on my desktop, but that also means that when I want it to get busy it's absolutely pigged out.

And no, I'm not a gamer, so local low-latency high-graphics performance wasn't really a need.


You, with your laser eyes, telling me Bitcoin is environmentally friendly.

Me, with my block button, blocking your whole damn domain.

OpenCollective are currently hiring, 2 senior software engineers

Longing for the day when "crypto" means "cryptography" again.

#introduction Hello! I am a #sysadmin for #linux systems at the #highered #university level and interested in #privacy #federation and #horizontalism (in an organizational/political sense). With a sprinkle of #psychology and #philosophy thrown in.

I am an #OSR (whatever that means!) #RPG gamer and run one #OSRIC based game in meatspace and play two #1e #PbP. Also playing some #burningwheel . Open to other systems for #TTRPG ; I'm a curious kid!

My actual system is base OSRIC with some "secret sauce" OSR bits thrown in. Rounding out with a sprinkle of #Dragonsfoot Footprints articles and my own houserules wiki. - is the #OSRIC #SRD

Feel free to say "hello!" I may not approve a follow otherwise. Also the case if you have no avatar or profile or any posts. Just be a human!!

Alt account is @PresGas

The problem I have with the Internet today is that, in the 1980s, I thought (hoped) that massive access to a) personal computing and b) networking would be a force that (slowly, perhaps, but inevitably over time) made us all smarter and kinder.

Instead I fear that networked computing is making us all dumber and crueller. And the dumbing and the cruelling is accelerating.

That's maybe too simplistic an analysis: it probably always had the potential to do both, and it probably *is* doing both.

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