"Qualcomm Inc illegally suppressed competition in the market for smartphone chips by threatening to cut off supplies and extracting excessive licensing fees, a U.S. judge ruled, a decision that could force the company to overhaul its business practices." - reuters.com/article/us-qualcom

ICANN granted Amazon.com the domain '.amazon' today, rather than the entire geographic region of the Amazon Basin.

Acts like this are colonial, obviously, but also a slap in the face to early internet promises of global representation + shared power. Its really sad.


#GAFAM #GAFA #amazon

(via everest-pipkin.com/ , thanks ! )

A serial publisher of Windows 0-days drops exploits for 2 more unfixed flaws—that's now 7 such exploits to date for SandboxEscaper, and 3 in the past 24 hours. arstechnica.com/information-te

"embrace, extend, enclose" - new Microsoft EEE strategy since extinguish didn't work out so well for them

"A lot of developers have been spoon fed everything, and have no framework for realizing that they don't need the pneumatic nail gun for every problem. A hammer is often better, but they've only ever been shown the nail gun."

- grayhatter on IRC

More #NLUUG fun. A Microsoft talk: "VSCode has become one of the more popular code editors. Who here uses it?" In an audience of 100 people, nobody raised their hand. Someone commented "I tried, but I didn't have enough RAM".

Excellent audience.

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Today is the birthday of Joe Slovo, legendary Communist leader in South Africa.

He fought side by side with Nelson Mandela in the struggle against apartheid.

I'm *really* not happy about the #Github #Sponsors project (github.com/sponsors).
It'll bind a lot of open source project much more strongly to github's closed, proprietary ecosystem if that's where they have any chance of getting some money.

It's so hypocritical that soo many #FOSS projects are hosted on a non-free platform. With #Gitlab there's even a superior just as easy to use alternative there.

And most people are celebrating this move by github 😢.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
-- Louis Blanc

#anarchism #quote #bot

Zeus, I know you're upset, but I'm here to mediate the disagreement between yourself and Ra; my name is Flying Spaghetti Monster, I'm new around here so I have no bias...
#writingprompts #writing

@opensuse Leap 15.1 offers professional users, entrepreneurs and ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) a straightforward system upgrade to continue operations and maintenance of important infrastructure and workloads - bit.ly/2DxMq1w

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What do we mean by "the fediverse should move to a more p2p design"? Wikipedia explains:

> Peer-to-peer (P2P) computing or networking is a distributed application architecture that partitions tasks or workloads between peers. Peers are equally privileged, equipotent participants in the application. They are said to form a peer-to-peer network of nodes.

the tech industry has a really bad habit of just accepting what everyone else is doing as Legit(tm) and not thinking about it, inadvertantly contributing to absolute garbage being propagated everywhere

see: electron, mongodb, the x86 cpu architecture

This is precisely why I don't trust Google with much of my data anymore. I'm happy to see my purchase history report comes up clean.

“Google has been tracking nearly everything you buy online — see for yourself with this tool”

Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete

Google tracks a lot of what you buy, even if you purchased it elsewhere, like in a store or from Amazon.

Last week, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a New York Times op-ed that said “privacy cannot be a luxury good.” But behind the scenes, Google is still collecting a lot of personal information from the services you use, such as Gmail, and some of it (...)

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