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This month's XMPP newsletter contains links to all the XMPP-related talks given at FOSDEM:


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The ancient Greek word for "bear" was άρκτος.

The Arctic is named after the animal; it's the place where bears are.

Naturally, when you find a place at the opposite side of the globe from the Arctic and where there are no bears, it's the anti-Arctic - in other words, Antarctica.

So the Arctic is Bears Place, and Antarctica is Not Bears Place.

RT @domenkozar

Such a great article on rewrites. Sometimes you do a rewrite and it pays off. Took me a while to realize that for replacing Hydra in Nix.


🐦🔗: twitter.com/domenkozar/status/

RT @SimonRWaters@twitter.com

@DwdDave@twitter.com @mrjamesob@twitter.com @JimMFelton@twitter.com As voters I think you need to look at the candidates for MP & ask "is this someone I'd trust to spend 35% of my salary wisely?". If they've previously shown propensity to dodgy expenses, or voting to appease newspapers or party, don't encourage them by voting them in again.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/SimonRWaters/statu

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The #XSF #Summit just officially ended.
Thanks to everyone who was there and contributed to the interesting discussions on the #XMPP protocol in #Brussels.

Next will be #FOSDEM!

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Curious fact: "Jupiter" (the god and the planet) comes from a combination of 2 indoeurpean words: "Djëus/Djòs" -which Latin "deus" (generic god) also derives from- meaning "sky/lightning", and "Phter", meaning "Father". Check out corresponding chief gods in other indoeuropean languages:

Greek: Zeus Patér
Sanskrit: Dyáuṣ Pitṛ́
Persian: Daeva Pitr
Celtic: Dēuos Athir

A Djëus root is also found inside "Tuesday"

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Sometimes low-tech is a cooler solution than high-tech.

This sensor device detects if your package was handled roughly during transport: no electronics, just clever engineering.

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Weekend hack: Creating a retrofuture internet terminal by replacing the Motorola MDT-9100's i386SX with a BeagleBone Black and Teensy: trmm.net/MDT9100

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#ProcessOne is removing facebook from their website and delets their fanpages.

Join the fediverse as a next step?


RT @RMac18@twitter.com

This sign is a pretty good indication that no one has any idea about what they’re talking about in Davos.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/RMac18/status/1087

RT @NorthmanTrader@twitter.com

Davos summary:
We got filthy rich over the past 10 years thanks to central bank easy money policies.
Now there's populist anger everywhere and we just don't understand why.
Took me forever to find parking for my private jet. What's the world coming to?
Chart: @michaellebowitz@twitter.com

🐦🔗: twitter.com/NorthmanTrader/sta

RT @maxlynch@twitter.com

I don't think tech folks quite understand how pervasive remote work has become. It's not even a debate anymore, it's a full on revolution. Hard to do any recruiting these days and not constantly run into talented folks who will never go back to working in an office again.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/maxlynch/status/10

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Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’

Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished


RT @osp_kitchen@twitter.com

On the 30th of January the community is organizing a development sprint focused on and in the XMPP ecosystem at OSP new office.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/osp_kitchen/status

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RT @mattblaze@twitter.com

Devices are now marketed as “smart” if they are unable to function unless in contact with a remote command and control network that tells them what to do, which seems like the opposite of “smart” to me. twitter.com/gdead/status/10837

🐦🔗: twitter.com/mattblaze/status/1

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