Love LibreOffice? It's way more than just an office suite – it's a worldwide community, helping each other with various projects, having fun at events, and spreading the word. Find out how Sandra Louvero is building LibreOffice communities in Africa: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/07/27/community-member-monday-sandra-louvero/
The New Scientology of Elon Musk – Limited Hangout
Podcast with the same author
Tech Won't Save Us: Elon Musk is a Cult Leader with Ilari Kaila https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004689/3625303-elon-musk-is-a-cult-leader-w-ilari-kaila.mp3?blob_id=17229401
Tech Won't Save Us: Bursting the Reality Bubble with Ziya Tong https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004689/3518458-bursting-the-reality-bubble-w-ziya-tong.mp3?blob_id=17229416
The carbon footprint sham
Reminder: Springer has released a lot of digital textbooks for free in the last few months, and their special offer is ending on July 31st. There is no need to sign up to download the PDF and ePub files.
This lovely page has the full list of available titles: https://hnarayanan.github.io/springer-books/
Yes, Jeff Bezos could unilaterally end all kinds of poverty and homelessness issues, probably with a few key presses, but the planet brain version is that even the world's richest oligarch is a puppet of the general forces of capitalism. If he gave away his wealth then some other oligarch would rise to replace him and without more systemic changes the inequality would soon return again.
Overcoming the current paradigm is not so much about getting rid of Bezos - as tempting as that may be - it requires more general changes in attitudes and beliefs. A loss of faith in the old gods.
"There’s Now an Even Worse Anti-Encryption Bill Than EARN IT"
Get your IT business out of the US. This needs to have an impact on the economy.
I was reading A History of Clojure and noticed the diagrams for "introduction and retention of code" comparing Clojure and Scala, made using Hercules. What an interesting way to think about stability. "… Clojure was to be extremely conservative about breaking changes. I wanted Clojure to be a stable tool for professionals… "
But when free software started, it was more like, "I know I've got the absolute legal right to reverse engineer all your code and make a competing product, but that's such tedious work. Please, make it easy for me by giving me your source code."
Back then, free software was icing on the cake. Then they stole the cake and left us hoping for a little icing every now and then.
I hope you can make it! And I hope if you do, I don't screw it up!
The KDE Slimbook's AMD processor is better than the most recent MacBook Pro's Intel processor.
See the top two items in this chart.
The Slimbook costs half as much as the MacBook Pro (15-inch). 🤐
I wonder if proxies to #GAFAM sites like invidious, nitter and bibliogram can be implemented completely as Firefox addons without requiring a backend. 🤔
Got me thinking since @strypey mentioned that there's no such proxy for Medium. If I were to implement one in the existing model, I have to get a domain name, host a server and scale it up with demand. Also, an addon must be implemented anyway. All of this can be avoided if it's a pure browser extension.
Anyone know of a free code front-end that can do to #Medium articles what Nitter does to Titter threads? ie strip all the surplus JS cruft out of the article page, load the comments, and display them at the same bottom of the article, without a bunch of extra clicks and JS.
I think it's no coincidence that someone like me, who has worked with computers for over a decade, prefers to own a dumb TV, a blender with mechanical knobs instead of a touchscreen, no "smart home" stuff, etc. I know how computers work, and for that reason I am terrified of them
Idealist, technologist and general optimist.
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