From today's wikipedia anniversaries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Herald_of_Free_Enterprise a ferry called Herald of Free Enterprise capsized because both the ship and the procedures were designed to maximize profit at the expense of safety.
how sadly appropriate…
Imagine living in a city where every passage has a door that is difficult to open, because by doing it you do some work for the owner of that little piece infrastructure. And of course new fences and walls pop up all the time, because they create more opportunities for monetization.
Would you like to live there, or would you rather continue to pay taxes, so that the city can be maintained without such inventions, and everyone has equal access to everything without having to do extra work?
PSA for schools: Google is not your friend. Google does not want to help you learn. Google collects data on your students and they have no option to opt-out. You sign contracts on their behalf that sign their data away to massive companies who have no accountability. Attending public school is not a choice, and you should not force students to use spyware without their explicit consent. You should not base entire classes on proprietary spyware.
@big_chip I new a guy that named all of his servers after elements from the periodic table.
The next DIY #MiniDebCamp starts in two weeks in Laveno, Italy https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/it/2019/SnowCamp #SnowCamp
Debian SnowCamp in Laveno 28 Feb / 3 Mar 2019 https://social.gl-como.it/display/3e3ce0df-175c-5b4d-6c50-9c4971126279
git-annex rocks Show more
The more I learn about git-annex, the more awesome I realize it is. They do a pretty lousy job of marketing it, though, because rather than saying "It's like SyncThing only way more awesome because it uses real version control" they talk about all the different things people use it for.
Oh, also, it uses Tor as a way to enable roaming and firewall traversal rather than anonymity. I think more stuff should use Tor this way. I may add it to DeskControl.
TIL there is such a thing as #InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month).
Now wondering if I want to participate…
PSA, doodle.com alternative Show more
Please don't use doodle.com. Just don't. Ever!
Instead, for example use the "dudle" (since doodle is a TM I think?) by the technical university of Dresden: http://dudle.inf.tu-dresden.de/
Apart from being a lot more privacy oriented, it has a tonne more features such as non-date polls, the ability to GPG sign votes, etc...
Only 2 days left to get Conservancy to their fundraising goal and they're SO CLOSE https://sfconservancy.org/
Just 4 more days to help us meet our challenge grant and to have your financial support for our work to build a diverse, community-driven, free software future be doubled -- we are so close, thanks everyone! https://sfconservancy.org/supporter/
@clacke As I get older I feel more strongly that one should not idolize people, regardless of how great they seem. Idols seem to always disppoint. Also, it's unfair to require humans to be super-humanly good in every way, just because they're good in one way.
If someone does something excellent, appreciate them for that, but don't assume they're excellent in every other way. If they happen to also do, or have done, something bad, condemn that, in a proportional and just amount.
wildfires (+) Show more
It would be nice not to be reminded about it, but firefighting aircraft are pretty cool from a technology point of view, especially if you consider how just a few generations ago there were no airplanes at all.
Now that I have an ebook reader I can go through all of the huge backlog of things I've bought from storybundle, right?
Oh, this harry potter fiction I had been reading has been completed, at ~600k words, let's download it on the reader… together with the first part (500+k words) that I have already read, but is nice to read again before the rest…
What can possibly go wrong?
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