Both FB and Google want to show themselves being "good corporate citizens" to domestic governments as the trend moves towards regulating social networks at national level, and they count on FOMO encouraging many young adults to simply hand over the ID information (same as not wanting to be kept out of a nightclub/pub when all your mates are being let inside, which by the 2000s conditioned many British youth into routinely carrying ID around with them...
I appreciate Substack and what it represents as a platform that democratizes content while respecting writers.
But the fact of the matter is, its lack of customization will hurt it over time.
I wrote about this topic here: https://t.co/p6fuvXo7V3
at this point i’m just waiting for google to remove downloads entirely
ActivityPub can be confusing and/or hard to test or develop against.
I started a new side project called FediDB to help Pixelfed and other implementations debug federation issues.
It will be launching soon, need to test DMs and Federated Stories in Pixelfed 😅
I'm eager to work with other projects on this!
A few of us are working to restart the Tech Workers Coalition newsletter. We published our first issue yesterday: https://news.techworkerscoalition.org/2020/05/01/issue-1/
As the issue says: "Learning about how we’re all connected and building relationships to make positive change across the industry is a slow but necessary process."
Surveillance capitalists, Lord of the Rings
I didn't know the origin of the term "Palantir" until encountering it in Lord of the Rings just now.
Holy fuck the attitude on surveillance capitalists. You actually named your damn surveillance company after the device fucking SAURON used to chat with his bros.
Should have just straight up called the company "Eye of Sauron".
The U.S. faces a crisis of its own, but Trump gets busy imposing inhumane sanctions against the Venezuelan people, says Evo. https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Evo-Morales-Expresses-Solidarity-With-Venezuela-Amid-US-Attacks-20200329-0004.html
open-source low-cost ventilator (covid)(pls boost)
Here's the MIT E-Vent, an open source ventilator (costs $100 from parts on hand), which company Newport was going to build for USA pandemic reserves, until rival company Covidien (yes, real name) bought them out to stop competition with their own more expensive ventilator unit.
DIY tech project question, please boost
I'm looking for a USB thermometer/temperature probe
one that can plug into a computer (windows or linux) and be able to plot data over time, preferably into a csv format although if it only does so using its own software that is acceptable
also preferably it can plot at a relatively frequent polling rate (at least every minute)
can anyone point me in the right direction?
We've just updated the easiest email encryption guide ever. 🥳 Enjoy: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/email-encryption-guide-how-send-encrypted-email
Even more #free as in #gratis stuff from #GOG:
* Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition - #Soundtrack (#mp3, #flac)
* Neverwinter Nights: Darkness Over Daggerford - Soundtrack (mp3, flac)
* #NeverwinterNights: Premium Adventures - Soundtrack (mp3) * #Pathfinder: #Kingmaker - Artbook
* #ShadowTactics: #BladesOfTheShogun - #Artbook
* #Frostpunk, Children of Morta, Moonlighter - #wallpapers and #avatars
I threw some money at a local food pantry because apparently food pantries are being really leaned on RN (unsurprisingly) https://www.ksnblocal4.com/content/news/Hastings-Food-Pantry-serving-more-than-before-during-pandemic-569156331.html
BTW, it's strongly preferable to give cash, not food donations, to food pantries, who can get better deals in bulk themselves (and more useful food, in general). https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/donating-food-food-bank-consider-cash-instead-canned-goods
But I wonder if food pantries will also need to pivot to a delivery model soon, using volunteer drivers? Are any doing so yet?
#Github seems to be having issues ATM...
We're happy to announce that the #PinebookPro is back in stock at our webstore! This batch will come with @ManjaroARM @kde Edition preinstalled -- this brings the mainline Linux kernel to the Pinebook Pro as default. Expected delivery worldwide in May.
If the website fails to load, please don't F5 our server out of existence! Wait a bit and try again -- this is a large batch, there will be units available for quite some time
An orangutan named Fu Manchu was inducted in to the American Association of Locksmiths because he fashioned a lockpick out of a piece of wire and kept escaping from his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Apparently, once he'd get the door open, he'd take his entire family over to the elephant enclosure and hang out in a tree, relaxing and watching the pachyderms.
To anyone who is considering rushing to the nearest grocery store to buy the entire goddamned aisle of bread, canned vegetables and beans, frozen food, paper towel, toilet rolls, etc., please consider:
1. You are manufacturing your own artificial food and supplies shortages.
2. You are screwing over people who cannot afford to buy 3 months worth of food and supplies at one time like low income families and the elderly.
3. Washing hands with soap and warm water is better than hand sanitizer.
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