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I was born in USSR. There were no votes in USSR. I remember Perestroika. When I was just a teen, my parents were seriously discussing going off the grid to sit out the civil war if the 1991 KGB putsch against Gorbachev succeeded. Everybody was surprised when it failed. What followed was very confusing time, people had no idea how democracy is supposed to work, including the people who somehow made it work anyway, for a few years.

uspol, fascism 

Take Trump's coup seriously. It's no joke — and Biden's win was just a sugar high |

Amazon Workers in Alabama have officially filed with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a unionization vote.

This is huge news because these kinds of things typically only get filed after the union advocates determine that there is overwhelming support in that workplace. There are 1500 staff in this warehouse. Alabama is one of the most anti-union states in the country.

Absolute support for these workers.

«So the team trained a machine-learning algorithm to predict posts that users would consider “bad for the world” and demote them in news feeds.

“The results were good except that it led to a decrease in sessions, which motivated us to try a different approach,” according to a summary of the results, which was posted to Facebook’s internal network and reviewed by The Times.»

Facebook: We know we're bad for the world.

On safety razors and technology, musing about proprietary vs openness in both personal care products and hardware and software platforms.

#100DaysToOffload #FreeSoftware #OpenSource

@InvaderXan It's basically the norm in low cost mobile data plans wherever net neutrality isn't enforced (like here).
So you end using your free data on the few first days of the month and after that you are trapped on the big silos.
A typical consequence of that is that, if you want to read news, you are restricted to headlines and the comments people make about it. Welcome polarisation!

Zeynep Tufekci's latest newsletter makes some important points about how poorly the media is covering what is important about the Hunter Biden story: the obvious blackmail.

Some open source projects which solve problems so difficult that they have no real peers:


TIL that adding a second user to an Android device will cause that device to _reinstall_ all the default shovelware you might have removed from the device, nosy-by-default permissions and all.

All it takes to build and launch a container on Barley (

sudo make postgres.tar.zst
zstdcat postgres.tar.zst | ssh qemu-seed machinectl import-tar - postgres
ssh qemu-seed machinectl start postgres

The entirety of the code behind that make command — when you take what Debian gives you instead of reinventing the wheel — is these 21 lines of config:

Let's see what it takes to wrap this into a Terraform provider.

uspol police covid 

A tale of two curfews.

San Jose police chief in March: “no-no, we won't be holding the bag on this” — when it comes to stopping irresponsible idiots from killing people.

Two month later: “oh yes, we'll arrest people even when county DA tells us not to” — when it comes to stopping protests against the police killing people.

It's like killing people is the one thing they care about. Police in "liberal" Bay Area is as bad as anywhere else in the US.

"There’s Still No Viable Open Source Business Model"


SourceHut proves this wrong. Every single line of code we've written is open source, since day one. There are no periodic code dumps, no prototyping in private, no open core with paid extensions. We accept patches from the public. Our company is 100% bona-fide open source.

We've been profitable for 2 years, and our profit margin continues to grow. We published our Q3 financial report last week:

It's still early, and we're still small. We did not take on any outside investments, either. But the model works. You CAN make money in open source.

I think the reason for COVID denial, particularly in the US, is because once you accept the reality that one sick person can infect an entire nation, the whole Ayn Rand philosophy becomes completely indefensible.

The top-two annoying pieces of technology I'm trying to avoid until they go away on their own are #grpc and #graphql. This strategy worked well for chef, puppet, fcgi, and mongodb, to name a few. Fingers crossed.

18 and 19 November 2020: the <s>OMON #Belarus</s> #Poland police have increased the level of violence used against human rights protestors in <s>#Minsk</s> #Warsaw.

Video 18 Nov: member of parliament (MP) Magdalena Biejat displays her identity card showing that she is an MP. A plainclothes policeman pepper-sprays her in the eyes.

Radio RMF: the plainclothes policemen who assaulted protestors with extendable batons are BOA - Bureau of Anti-terrorist Operations.

Big milestone for Barley ephemeral image-based bare metal provisioning system: network-booted Seed hosts register themselves with the Sower boot server.

Now that you can keep track of your Seed hosts, you can integrate them into your preferred deployment and orchestration systems.

And if your preferred deployment and orchestration systems don't grok nspawn, don't worry: I'll get to that.

Interesting empirical findings in software development: the adage that "given enough eyes all bugs are shallow" is not only false but dangerous. Once three people with domain expertise have examined some piece of code it is very unlikely that the fourth, and extremely unlikely the fifth, will find a new issue. Worse, many developers assume that code that has been reviewed by many people will be error free, which is provably false.

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