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Things started out it a scholarly vein, but the rush of commerce hasn't allowed much time to think where we're going. — James Thornton, Considerations in computer design, 1963

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“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” ― Edsger W. Dijkstra

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It was less than a month ago that we reported on the volunteer staff walkout of the Freenode network, in the face of controversy surrounding control of the IRC network.

Now, Freenode may have ceased to exist entirely.

hackaday.com/2021/05/20/freeno

twitter.com/coolacid/status/14

Original tweet : twitter.com/hackaday/status/14

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RT @SWPrescott@twitter.com

When I joined Debian IRC on freenode 15 years ago, I never expected I'd be the one to turn out the lights at the end, but that's what I just did.

/topic #debian irc.debian.org is irc.oftc.net; so long and thanks for all the fish
/cs clear #debian USERS twitter.com/debian/status/1404

🐦🔗: twitter.com/SWPrescott/status/

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The Debian Project hosts all its development IRC channels on irc.oftc.net and also has a thriving community on irc.libera.chat. The Debian Project no longer has control of #debian on the freenode IRC network. We thank the former freenode staff for their tireless work over many years. Please read wiki.debian.org/IRC for more information about Debian IRC channels.

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Now that OONI Probe Desktop & Mobile support automated testing, they're contributing towards the largest volume of global measurements! 🎉

However, legacy-probe (which will soon no longer work) still accounts for a relatively big percentage of measurements.

If you're running legacy ooniprobe, please switch over to OONI Probe CLI: ooni.org/install/cli 🙏

-cli

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Wow, I get really frustrated when I see FOSS communities falling for Microsoft's "pro open source" PR spin - note, they never say anything positive about Copyleft (the "F" in #FOSS). They are no friends of FOSS - they're a parasite. Microsoft loves OSS like a tapeworm loves a healthy digestive system - exploiting what others produce for their own (proprietary) self-interest.

Is still growing? Many posts get very few comments, and often uninteresting.

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Tired: Make wubsite fast with CDN, thousands of locations, every major city

Wired: Make wubsite fast with delete stupid js you don't need

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Hot take: All image processing, etc. software that incorporates randomness should let you /set the seed/. Everything should be reproducible if needed.

If I want to remake my thing with the same process at a higher resolution but I CAN'T because I can't reproduce the randomness... arrgh.

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Neofeud is anti-capitalist, anti-racist & anti-imperialist cyberpunk. I'm a Native Hawaiian who made this game while working 40+ hrs in social services / teaching in ghettos, while homeless. Neofeud is my life, in art. Thread 1/?
silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

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Open Book:

"As a society, we need an open source device for reading. Books are among the most important documents of our culture, yet the most popular and widespread devices we have for reading — the Kobo, the Nook, the Kindle and even the iPad — are closed devices, operating as small moving parts in a set of giant closed platforms whose owners’ interests are not always aligned with readers’.

github.com/joeycastillo/The-Op

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We released 💫 OONI Probe Desktop 3.5.0💫 with RTL support! 🎉 🐙
ooni.org/install/desktop

OONI Probe Desktop can now support a number of languages that use right-to-left scripts, including Arabic and Farsi! 😍

Warm thanks to the Localization Lab community for the translations! ❤️

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