Use #gitlab, they said. It’s Free Software, they said. They will respect your privacy. They’re the good ones. #WhereIsMySurprisedFace

The Debian Project stands with the @GNOME Foundation in defense against patent trolls bits.debian.org/2019/10/gnome-

I get that financial software for enterprise level use is not really an itch for free software developers, and thus something like a system for filing expense reports is going to be proprietary.

However, does it always need to be annoying, irritating, and awul to use?

I've worked full time for about a quarter century. The only time expenses were easy was when I worked for my own company, and even then it was awful.

to all game developers currently working on their ui: make your subtitles bigger. no, bigger. trust me, even bigger

newsbots.eu/@humanrights/10300…


♲ @humanrights@newsbots.eu: Amnesty International: "At the stroke of midnight same-sex marriage & safe abortion will be legal in Northern Ireland. There is always more work to do, but this is a big leap forward for human rights.

You helped make history 👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿

[nitter.net/amnesty/status/1186…] [#humanrights #news #bot]

radical.town/@starwall/1029261…


♲ @starwall@radical.town: So I'm sure you're all familiar with the UN projection of the Earth that puts the Arctic at the center and shows all the land, but let me present to you the inverse of that, the Spilhaus projection, which centers the map on Antarctica and shows the world's ocean as the single, continuous mass of water that it is.

Interesting and damning background (from April this year) on Trump's recent decision to betray the SDF in Syria. Again.

www.newyorker.com/news/dispatc… www.newyorker.com/news/dispatc…

RT @ChanceyFleet@twitter.com
Braille is how i read, write, play & sometimes dream. It's also how I'm asked at the TSA checkpoint whether there's a typewriter in my bag. Media types, please help Braille thrive: show modern Braille gear in publications and film so people will know what exists.

social.sunshinegardens.org/obj…

Note: Sarcasm


♲ @xj9@social.sunshinegardens.org: Free Software people. Why don't you work harder? My judgement is mainly coming from a place of already seeing so many of you lazy fucks spending your free time on things you enjoy. get off your lazy asses and write extensive documentation and tutorials. my favorite software (#react) has amazing docs and tutorials, why doesn't yours?

mastodonten.de/@gemlog/1029499…


♲ @gemlog@mastodonten.de: Tired of being ground down into the ground by Goog and her pals at twit and friendface?

Rejoice! You have Choice!

Ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives:
switching.software/

also:
framalibre.org/

Genie: You have ONE WISH.

Me: Alright, I have one, but it's very detailed.
Genie: As long as it is only one wish, you're allowed to spend as much time as you want detailing it.

Me: Alright, here we go. *Grabs notebook and takes a deep breath* The key words MUST, MUST NOT, REQUIRED, SHALL, SHALL NOT, SHOULD, SHOULD NOT, RECOMMENDED, MAY, and OPTIONAL are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

Genie: Wait, is that...?

Me: *Flips notebook* Chapter 1. Preamble.

There was an angry person on the MTR today, and I realized this is an exceptional event.

I have been living in Hong Kong for seven out of the last ten years, and I've taken the MTR several times per week. This is probably the second time ever I've seen a person be angry and shouting.

We're over a hundred people packed like sardines in a car with maybe thirty seats, and in 1498 cases out of 1500 or so, every person has been perfectly calm.

With this as the social backdrop, imagine what it takes to have even 1% of the population going out on the streets every weekend being super angry, consistently, for months.

do we need more applications named so that "the software, not the disease" can be applied

One of the really difficult problems in computing is formatting HTML or other rich text into plain text, which can't use fonts and colours. How do I know this? After many, many years, Google is still unable to send calendar invites via email, where the plain text part is readable. Google is too big and too lucrative for them to not fix this, if it was feasible. It's clearly beyond human technology.

toot.cat/@rhiaro/1028825089274…


♲ @rhiaro@toot.cat: Do you like data? Do you like standards? Do you like public good? Do you like co-operating and flat org structures and a good work life balance and not just chasing $$? Open Data Services Co-op are hiring: non-dev techie data standards roles. Fully remote. Check it out. opendataservices.coop/jobs/ #coop #cooplife

Now that I am awake, let me once again wish everyone a good Stanislav Petrov Day. On which we remember that on this day in 1983 a Soviet soldier, at the cost of his job, exercised his common sense and prevented an accidental nuclear war.

Weird how Amazon keeps putting it’s microphone powered “assistant” in literally every household object it can think of. I’m sure there’s no weird or nefarious reason for it

I'm wary of attempts to change free software / open source licenses to try to mandate users of the software or the code to not be evil or to harmful.

For one person, it's evil and harmful to promote atheism, and for others it's evil and harmful to promote religion. These are entirely contradictory positions, and clever people have argued (and are still arguing) for either position.

That situation would make the license pointless.

We need another way to make humanity better.

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