Uni of Minnesota earned themselves a ban from contributing to Linux Kernel due to unethical behavior of a group of their researches: https://lobste.rs/s/3qgyzp/they_introduce_kernel_bugs_on_purpose
Another related story from comments: https://github.com/lobsters/lobsters/issues/517. The latter is particularly damning, as the "researcher" once their bullshit was uncovered tried to make it look as if the problem was with the maintainer's "hurt feelings". Which the latter handled rather well :-)
During this time away from computers something's been crystallising in my head: the culture and drama around foss/open source/floss/whatever-you-want-to-call-it isn't something I want to waste any more time with. I happily spent most of my life writing code without this culture war being a part of it.
Amazing what a difference having something actually really important to care about changes your perspective on things. :)
From Ars Technica :
"RCS includes things like typing indicators, presence information, read receipts, and location sharing."
*Every* *single* *one* of these is an invasion of privacy. We have no hope of unborking the current mess of messaging apps if even geeks consider those "features" a modern messaging app should have.
(I can agree with location sharing, if it happens on demand and if I'm sharing it with my party, and not the carrier.)
Open source photo editing software has become terrific! Darktable is a tried and true workhorse, bringing out contrast and sharpness and driving sky color to the unnatural blue-ness that I like. But then stitching two side by side shots into a panorama with Hugin happened pretty much automatically. It took me about 15-20 minutes to do everything.
Today, the #FSB raided the apartment of Roman Anin, a Russian investigative journalist whom I had the pleasure and privilege of working with:
This guy has balls of steel, and did some absolutely astonishing investigative reporting (worth checking out the linked thread).
I believe currently there is no contact with him, nor confirmation that he's been arrested. This is worrisome, to say the least.
I will share any updates if/when I get them.
JWZ's take on the whole Signal thing.
Of good things though, it feels much faster than 20.10
oh, IntelliJ IDEA is blurry — that's a big deal.
Thunderbird and Darktable are blurry under Wayland :-( (That's with fractional scaling.)
Hello from 21.04 beta! First impression: the touch pad is way more sensitive! :-)
When you're talking about Linux, it's okay to say that it's "open source".
It's okay to say that it's "free software".
It's okay to call it "GNU/Linux", "Linux", or to mess up its name.
It's okay to refer to it as "the one with the friendly penguin".
Part of RMS' legacy has been an incessant obsession with terminology and pedantry, overshadowing far more important shared objectives which are fundamentally emancipatory in nature.
Pedantry is not activism; it is alienating, not emancipatory.
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