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The Case of the Top Secret iPod 

It was a gray day in late 2005. I was sitting at my desk, writing code for the next year’s iPod. Without knocking, the director of iPod Software—my boss’s boss—abruptly entered and closed the door behind him. He cut to the chase. “I have a special assignment for you. Your boss doesn’t know about it. You’ll help two engineers from the US Department of Energy build a special iPod. Report only to me.”

tidbits.com/2020/08/17/the-cas

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"It seems that, over the last few years, non-binary and trans folks have reached stage three on the Williams Scale: ‘then they fight you’. Hopefully, it won't take long to reach stage four: ‘then you win’."

- Tom Scott, tomscott.com/gender-neutral-pr

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Anti-Black racism in policing costs everyone. That’s one of the most important take-aways of the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s recent report on the Toronto Police Service, writes contributor Moya Teklu. torstar.co/rbMp50B1RIO #news #toronto

Who will be worse off in the switch from CERB-to-EI 

Breaking down the CERB by province, we see that the more populous provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia are home to the most recipients. However, 87% of CERB recipients in B.C. and 84% of recipients in Ontario will be worse off after they are rolled back into the EI program under the current rules.

behindthenumbers.ca/2020/08/14

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original: `git branch --delete master`

In three steps you can rename a git branch without making a big deal out of it, all while avoiding the wrath of internet reactionaries.

danso.ca/blog/git-branch-delet

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What would it take to set software free? 

Stallman framed the argument for free software in moral terms, positioning it as not only technically but ethically superior to proprietary software.

It wasn’t until the free software movement shed its rebellious roots and rebranded as the more business-friendly “open-source movement” that it really took off. Corporations that had previously considered open source to be dangerously redolent of “communism” started to see its value.

logicmag.io/failure/freedom-is

Cryptocurrency is not a traditional business in any sense.

These “investments” are not tied directly to economic activity, these are what economists call non-productive assets.

In this negative sum game each early investor mathematically needs to onboard more investors or inflate the price of the asset. The mechanism that has risen to achcieve this is effectively a new religious movement deeply entangled with fringe economic theories and right wing conspiracies.

stephendiehl.com/posts/crypto.

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Inclusiveness in Language for Outsiders Looking In 

I've recently been in a few discussions related to open-source projects that have received pull requests asking to change words being used in their code and documentation.

You might disagree with the idea that you should just "fold" and make the changes people ask you to make. My counter-argument is that if you're not an asshole, you already do it and it's entirely natural, but just not in that context.

ferd.ca/inclusiveness-in-langu

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acab, fuck cop unions 

Unions are a method to organize the power of the proletariat in an attempt to equalize it to more effectively combat the disproportionate individual power of the bourgeoisie.

Refusing to recognize cop unions as legitimate completely falls in line with communist and especially anarcho-communist ideology because cop unions don't organize the proletariat. They organize the bourgeoisie's protectors.

Canada has an unused card up its sleeve against China: our immigration system 

As the People’s Republic seeks to impose its will on Hong Kong, an open-door refugee policy is one that permits Hong Kongers to vote with their feet between an oppressive China or an open Canada.

Above all, welcoming Hong Kongers aligns with Canadian democratic traditions – standing against tyranny and welcoming the oppressed.

theglobeandmail.com/opinion/ar

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oh so you think we should just give EVERYONE health care for FREE? what’s next, free college?!? Just give them a house?? for fREE??? and free food????

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“Abolish ICE!”

*a finger curls on the the monkey’s paw*

“Oh shit Greenland”

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Don't.
Use.
#Zoom.
Just.
Don't.

“Free users for sure we don’t want to give that [end-to-end encryption] because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose” - Eric Yuan, CEO.
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bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

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