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Good read:

Drone strikes are now partly determined by location data bought from tech companies that surveil their users.

Article quote:

> I’ve often heard the excuse that employees of large surveillance companies “want to feed their families, like anyone else”. Well, thanks to your work, a child you’ve never met was orphaned, and doesn’t have a family anymore. Who’s going to feed them? Is there really no other way for you to support your family?

so.. uhhh... i actually did this?? i am aware it's a dumb idea but it's my site i can do what i want.

anyway if you want to try your ad blocker with it, link's in my bio

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I mean -- _only_ having events >3 months away to add to my calendar probably tells something else as well, but y'know...

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Look at me, setting up a CalDAV server and adding events >3 months away, knowing full well the server is probably not going to last that long without another re-building from scratch

Random thought:

What's stopping Fediverse, Matrix, etc. clients from randomly choosing an instance when someone asks to register?

The client would say "You will be registering on" and have the options to "re-roll", "list other options", or "specify manually" and anybody who doesn't care and just wants to talk can click next and skip that hurdle entirely.

This both avoids centralization and removes a hurdle from newcomers just getting started.

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Irregular remindar that whilst Signal might have issues, the fork of it "session" however has been developed by people with strong ties to alt-right shit, as documented here [1]. Please remind yourself of that before(!) sharing their content.


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TIFO Dev-C++ is still developed and it's free software:

No, I'm not crying.

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elon musk is the modern day thomas edison in that he is not only known today as an inventor, he will be remembered in the future as an inventor, despite not actually being an inventor

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uhh hey

why would a code editor unconditionally depend on a printer library?

how many of you ever printed any code you have written in the last 5 years? (and how frequently?)

/opt/vscodium/codium: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

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I feel like a lot of my problems would benefit from a tablet with a big screen and a good battery running free/open software, a stylus with a fine tip, good voice recognition, some initial motivation to write some code for it, and some kind of apparatus to keep all this quickly accessible within an arms reach for my entire day

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Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading. It’s so brilliantly simple and can help children’s literacy so much that we want to shout it from the rooftops!

There’s extensive global research that shows just how effective this is and with the help of our wonderful partners – including charities, companies and famous ambassadors – it’s our mission to share the results in this simple message.

So now, along with our friends at a number of leading charities and universities, we’re encouraging broadcasters, policymakers and parents to Turn on the Subtitles.

We need your help too. Please share this message with anyone you know who has children or works with children – this quick, free tip can help make TV time, reading time.

thinking about adding a bit of js to my blog so it forces you to enable an ad blocker (or disable js, that's fine too)

probably not going to do it because it's a dumb idea, but it's fun to think about

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❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


• Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.

• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

• Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after telling her not to publish).

• Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

• Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.

• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

Why is there no binary Linux distribution that lets me modify packages sanely?

For example, I wanted to test some ffmpeg filters that Arch's build doesn't come with.

The official solution is to "fork" the PKGBUILD of the ffmpeg package and enable the filter I'm looking for, which now makes me responsible for keeping ffmpeg up to date because I flipped a switch when building.

The distro has to keep track of new releases anyway, is "an AUR helper for official repo patches" too much to ask?

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Calling smartphone equipped teenagers 'digital natives' is a mistake because a smartphone makes you a consumer rather than a native of anything.

If you want a child to become a digital native give them an actual computer instead of a corporate controlled and curated consumer device.

my brain: "hey you should stop complicating things for yourself, go install kde or something i heard they are doing pretty good stuff"

also my brain: "gentoo with all use flags disabled by default. you know you gotta"

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