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Popular webcomic "The Oatmeal" no longer asks people to follow them on #Facebook, #Twitter, #instagram etc. Here's their explanation as to why (contains minor swearing):

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PS Currently if you want to follow them, visit here:

As I suspected, you can't fix gerrymandering by making rules about voting district shape.

@ademalsasa I use LibreOffice for quick and dirty documents (e.g. a one paragraph letter), but for anything meant to be revisited I strongly prefer formats that can be managed in git.

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@fribbledom Jurassic Park was an excellent business plan. Hammond just needed to budget slightly more for staff.

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I refuse to run Docker containers inside of Linux Containers so my options are…
- Install manually and make upgrading a pain in the ass
- Don't use the app

As much as I would *love* to use it, the reliance on Docker for managing 100% of the stack is a *hard* no. Figuring out how the image has changed between releases would make manual maintenance absolute hell and I am unwilling to shoulder that burden.

Not everyone is *able* to use Docker and not everyone is *willing* to use Docker. By not supporting any other deployment method, you are preventing some individuals from using what could be *the* application they've spent years looking for.

Let the admin decide how to architect their own systems. They know their backend better than you do.

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Glenn Greenwald 

@micahflee I'll admit that I missed that it was, in fact, your quote. Given that, please disregard my inappropriate comment and continue your completely fair personal internet fight with Glenn Greenwald.

Glenn Greenwald 

@micahflee If you're seriously considering trusting random "the daily beast" editors over Glenn Greenwald, it's worth stepping back and carefully considering your process for evaluating information.

Dismissing Glenn Greenwald as "right wing" today would be like dismissing Neil Sheehan as "anti-american" in 1980.

Good job Canadian parliament. Way to play into the "COVID panic is destroying democracy" narrative. Regardless of the intended goal or actual effect, voting to "suspend elections" is not a good look.

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@fribbledom I have three, dunno which is the most controversial, but let's go with this one:

Writing a program for an imaginary model user is stupid and produces inferior UX. If you don't have a real user at hand, write a program that you yourself would like to use.

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proprietary (no source code included) s/w is like supermarket packaged goods without ingredients label. And you know how bad that would be.

It's not that everybody reads the list of ingredients, but that *anybody* could, & that organisations can randomly sample to confirm the list adds up.

We need this for software just as much as food:

- 20% evil, sends data to Google
- 38% screwed, displays adware based on that data
- 17% previous purchases shared with Amazon
- 26% audio history to Apple

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Just published Google lawsuit evidence indicates that like always retained users' location data, even if disabled in user interface, to the extent that its own employees flashed LineageOS on their phones to avoid tracking. Full thread on

#privacy #google

@kingannoy The insane conspiracy theories exist to cover up the real conspiracies. This technique goes back at least to the Aliens at Area 51 thing in like 1960.

And yes, that's a conspiracy theory. Or maybe just a "government theory", since governments have people on payroll *explicitly* to spread disinformation.

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Imaginative fiction trains people to be aware that there *are* other ways to do things and other ways to be, that there is not just one civilization and it is good and it is the way we have to be. -- Ursula K. Le Guin

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“Current trends in the automotive industry point to a future with you locked in a remote control car, your vendor holding the remote."

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Do you have a few dozen gigabytes of free diskspace and a machine that can seed it via #bittorrent?

You can help save an unbelievable trough of scientific knowledge from disappearing behind the elites' paywalls!

Spread the word and seed till you bleed – for the betterment of humanity!

@rysiek Is it any worse than JavaScript or Python or Rust or Go or any other modern language that pretty much explicitly excludes the concept of a "system" install?

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I'm looking for a federated RSS reader with functions like commenting / liking.

Does something like that exist yet?

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"I am resigning along with most other Freenode staff"


@lightweight @alcinnz That's still a full LTS version behind. Canonical is no longer providing updates for new hardware support, and will be ending free security updates in less than two years. That's not a reasonable deployment requirement for many scenarios where BBB would otherwise be useful.

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