This month's XMPP newsletter contains links to all the XMPP-related talks given at FOSDEM:
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.
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.
@DwdDave@twitter.com @email@example.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.
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"
Weekend hack: Creating a retrofuture internet terminal by replacing the Motorola MDT-9100's i386SX with a BeagleBone Black and Teensy: https://trmm.net/MDT9100
#ProcessOne is removing facebook from their website and delets their fanpages.
Join the fediverse as a next step?
This sign is a pretty good indication that no one has any idea about what they’re talking about in Davos.
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?
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.
The Times front page two years ago today.
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
On the 30th of January the #XMPP community is organizing a development sprint focused on #UX and #UI in the XMPP ecosystem at OSP new office.
Fashionable names and words Show more
Each generation or age has certain fashions wrt names and words
When I was born, double-barrel names were in vogue.
Certain uncommon names associated with older people used to be fashionable when they were born.
Similarly, some lesser known words become popular for a while (until they're overused and lose their appeal).
"Leverage" is one. Nowadays people leverage things, instead of just using them.
Another one is "plethora".
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. https://twitter.com/gdead/status/1083714843834761219
event on design for libre federated chat ecosystem Show more
XMPP is a long standing protocol for federated chat which in recent years underwent impressive technical modernization that brought the ecosystem modern mobile clients, cross device chat and end-to-end encryption based on Signal.
The XMPP community organizes so-called sprints where developers gather from across Europe to work on the ecosystem.
Even though the ecosystem saw many improvements in recent years, the UX across the ecosystem still leaves a lot to be desired. To begin addressing this, the next XMPP Sprint will be focused on UX and UI, particularly in regards to naming conventions.
That is why we’d like to invite members of the open source design community to join us on the 30th of January in the offices of Open Source Publishing. On february the 1st we will also do a smaller meetup in the margins of FOSDEM.
If you already have an account on the XMPP network, join us in our Sprint chatroom:
If you don’t, the room is also accessible without an account via:
For more information have a look at:
Software development and electronic music.
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