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This is the death of the unbridled scientific hope we had when I was young.

This is the result of wanton abandonment of infrastructure.

This is not political.

This is lazy.

A person born with little knows to maintain things as long as you can.

When only the super wealthy have power, everything is an incidental expense.

I hate you for what you’ve done.

Making a circus so grand that dreams die within.

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I am not smart enough to reconcile "Google is deprecating the user agent" - groups.google.com/a/chromium.o - and "Starting January, Google will no longer permit logins from unapproved browsers and spoofing is illegal" - developers.googleblog.com/2020 - in any way that doesn't boil down to "be a native Android app or go DIAF."

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The mental image I have right now of a terrified, white-knuckled Elon Musk wrestling with the wheel while the car judders all over the place alternating between 200mph and reverse while line after line of purple-framed "lol qq ol muskie" messages scroll past on the dashboard screen is magnificent.

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the rest of the story didn’t load for a bit and i was like ‘wow! i respect how succinct this is’

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Dear American friends and followers: health care enrollment - healthcare.gov/ - is now open and the deadline for it is December 15th. There hasn't been a major announcement from the U.S. Government about that because of course there hasn't and fuck you that's why, but if this matters to you at all I suspect it matters to you a lot. Please tell your friends, and don't sleep on this, this year of all years.

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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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Have you considered Die Hard as Among Us Fanfic though.

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Me: "You know that the whole world has Know Your Customer laws that make the entire Crypto part of Cryptocurrencies a complete dead-weight waste of time and effort, right?"

Crypto enthusiast: "..."

"It's an MLM scheme for people who know how to upgrade their GPU."

"..."

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Is your open source project still using Slack for its community? Consider:

Mozilla has migrated their chat to Matrix: wiki.mozilla.org/Matrix

Mattermost now offers hosted service with special pricing for OSS projects: mattermost.com/nonprofit/

There are probably even more I'm not aware of.

There are good Free options now. Time to get out of the proprietary SaaS lock-in.

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Can you imagine consenting to use a computer that tells somebody else what you're doing all the time, for anything you care about? That just stops working when a server halfway around the world falls over?

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if your economy cannot survive without mass human sacrifice i need you to seriously consider that your economy is a death god

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I keep thinking about the intersection of the “humans are in fact the most dangerous aliens out there by far” stories and the realization that the Star Trek series is secretly a hidden prequel to Iain Banks culture novels, by dint of the whole Hidden Strong AI Everywhere issue.

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you tied me to a kitchen chair
you broke my throne, you cut my hair
and made me scream hallelujah, Jolene

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