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It would be nice if anti-monopoly regulations could be done before monolithic corporations had killed off their best and most innovative competition.

However it seems like that it never works out that way.

The latest e-book collection from Storybundle is the The Aurora Award Bundle 4, curated by three-time Aurora Award Winner Douglas Smith.

A great mix of speculative fiction genres: SF, fantasy, science fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, as well as young adult.

DRM-free and in multiple formats.

The latest Humble e-book bundle is the Pawsitively Clawsome Cats Bundle.

27 e-books about cats... yup! From comics to DIY manuals.

All DRM-free and available in multiple formats for all devices. (Some not available in the UK/Europe)

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Alright fedi I need some help. I'm currently working on an online store using Stripe for payment processing. I want to know what annoys you the most when buying things online and things that I should avoid.

So far my plans:

No user accounts.
As little JavaScript as possible.
Order progress alerts done via e-mail.
returns and support done via e-mail.

(boosts are welcomed)

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More reasons not to take on venture capital:

- Investors need their returns within 3-5 years, so rushing to sale/IPO becomes more important than building a long-term quality business.

- You're just getting started and you have no leverage, so you'll get a bad deal.

- You end up caring about your investors interests more than you care about customers.

- Raising money is slow, uncertain, and very distracting. It takes months of effort, a time better spent building a great product.

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How did they build Stack Overflow before they had Stack Overflow?

While browsing Book View Cafe's eclectic and broad selection of e-books, I came across its Specials page.

And look what I found!

Tech-Heaven, the prequel to the Nanotech Succession series by Linda Nagata, is on sale!


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Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then?
-- Henry David Thoreau

#anarchism #quote #bot

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I am looking for a digital to commision for three assets for the mastodon client @Tusky: A generic "elephant friend", an image for the error view (maybe a sad elephant?) and an image for the empty view (maybe a sleeping elephant?). Must look good on dark and light background and fit well with material design. Artist must be ok with the assets being published under an open source license. Vector assets preferred. Commission will of course be payed.
Pls boost!

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@iona one of the things about being on benefits long term is you kinda get used to the idea that politicians can obliterate your quality of life - sometimes your life itself - in a penstroke, with neither clue nor conscience :-(

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Privacy advocates, I’d like to ask for your help. What kind of privacy settings/features would you expect from a calendar application? Don’t mind if it’s already done in or already documented as an issue; I would really like to see the whole picture!

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Very interesting link, thank you. It is very disturbing to see what happens when you replace human curators with automated algorithms 😖

It's reminiscent of this essay about YouTube's algo resulting in some very strange videos:

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@lilithsaintcrow Also, too many of my fellow software engineers are clueless dudes who don’t consider use cases beyond their own sheltered lives. The flaws in the resulting creations are then magnified when they scale up.

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@mithriltabby I think it's automation married to the balls-out quest for profit that produces the bad stuff. Together they're more toxic than the sum of their parts.

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“...Kobo and Barnes & Noble online have human curation, and that’s why you don’t see stuffers there. Because they can’t get away with it there.”

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The Prime Day Strike thing is great to get me not to go there and waste my time looking at things, because Prime Day honestly isn't very good anyway.

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Interesting things I've noticed a lot of at #OSCON Day 1:

iPad check-in
Pathable mobile conf app
Keynote, PowerPoint, Google Slides
Twitter hashtags
macOS & MacBooks
DocuSign contracts
Dropbox file sharing

Wasn't this supposed to be the #OpenSource Convention?

#ProprietarySoftware #FreeSoftware #FLOSS #FOSS

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#Amazon Workers in Europe #Strike During #PrimeDay Crunch

Thousands of Amazon workers in Europe seeking better conditions and pay are engaged in a coordinated strike meant to coincide with Prime Day, the company’s invented shopping holiday.

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Go, German workers! It is good to see Amazon have so much crap dealt back to them after such an atrocious record. I refuse to buy from #Amazon. My #Kindle will not be replaced by another. #DeleteAmazon