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I have connected to #FreeNode using #telnet after 3 minutes of reading of #RFC1459.

It is really *THAT* easy to use.

I'm disappointed that the state of open source video conferencing software is so bad. There are two apparently mature projects based on WebRTC. One thinks I'm going to allocate a new hardware server to it to run a version of Ubuntu so old that it no longer gets hardware support updates (and hence won't run on a new hardware server). The other one thinks that I'm going to have users install exactly Google Chrome to use it. Neither of those things is true.

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It's still not a perfect trolley meme for this situation, but it's much better than the previous one than screamed “hurr durr cApITaLiStS want to kill us for profits”

Open source self-driving software is definitely something the world needed.

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"But if I want Self-Criticism Virtue Points, criticizing the Grey Tribe is the only honest way to get them. And if I want Tolerance Points, my own personal cross to bear right now is tolerating the Blue Tribe."

Nicely done Scott, nicely done.

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The world clearly needs more "smart" devices, as indicated by this factory reset procedure for GE light bulbs:

Buying home routers for OpenWRT is annoying. The used market especially can result in getting some weird stuff. I just spent like three days figuring out how Shaw had messed up the firmware on my newly acquired refurb Netgear WNDR3700.

Luckily, sometimes the world gets a VW Bus and a video camera into the right hands.

Note to self: Don't put two routers on the same network with the same IP address.

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@purism Question -- is one able to use a custom domain for the mail app?

Mozilla: The problem wasn't that you couldn't push updates fast enough, the problem is that you built an innately broken system. If you cease to exist, my browser should still work in five years. And you shouldn't be preventing users from running software of their choice to begin with.

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Eben Moglen in his keynote at #republica:

"The federation of all services is not an inconceivable idea....This is the intended goal of the little gesture I call #FreedomBox: the manufacture of simple, inexpensive, self-administrating servers that we can hold in the palm of our hands and distribute throughout the world like apple seeds."

VIDEO: "Why Freedom of Thought Requires Attention"

Good job Mozilla. Not only did you foist this addon signing bullshit on users and then forget to renew your signing cert, you made your broken browser continuously check for certificate validity and disable already installed and working addons.

Someone really needs to put in the effort to maintain a de-crapified Firefox fork designed to keep working even if Mozilla and all the companies who give them money cease to exist.

Switzerland is planning to run an election over the internet. Turns out their software has a backdoor that would allow the election administrators to undetectably alter votes.

The security requirements for an election are pretty straightforward. The #1 threat is the people running the elections. Anyone running an election who downplays that point should be treated as actively engaged in election fraud.

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Here's why the gun debate isn't just about guns. Making guns isn't that hard, and any regulation that effectively prevented it would also necessarily ban any sort of useful home workshop. This very quickly becomes an issue impacting the right to repair, and more importantly the freedom to tinker.

Great. Apparently the New England Journal of Medicine can't even meet their own commitments on handling statistical cheating in papers they've published.

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