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I want to say that running an instance is not profitable - most of them are run at a loss because most don't have Patreons. This isn't a business - this isn't politics - this is a hobby, a service offered so friends can be made and a space offered to do so.

I guarantee you no successful instance is doing this for "clout" or for profit or good PR. That's simply no good motivator for running one and the ones that start that way always, and always will, crash and burn.

We found an open source license that Google is against so we're changing to it: Hello AGPL!

It helps prevent corporations from taking our code and selling it as a proprietary competitor.

No change to you as a Plausible subscriber or self-hoster.

plausible.io/blog/open-source-

I think @libreoffice are very much within their rights to ask the Apache Software Foundation to update their website so that new users are aware that a mature (and frankly better) 10 year old downstream project exists.

blog.documentfoundation.org/bl

CO₂ 

Scary thought, h/t @XavCC – I was born when CO₂ was 329ppm. On October 9, 2020 it was at 411ppm.

Ergonomic computer keyboards went from being a simple necessity to very overpriced status symbol, perhaps due to the #mechanicalkeyboard / gaming crowd. I cannot find a good ortholinear keyboard at a reasonable price anymore. Either 150 euros or nothing. On top of that, the technology for mechanical switched hardly improved from 1960

#Minetest is 10 years old! It was first released publicly on the 10/October/2010. Here's to 10 years more.

You can download the first version from here, it's a Windows executable but works well in wine: packages.8dromeda.net/minetest

Oculus, Facebook, military 

The founder of Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook) is now a proud military contractor.

youtube.com/watch?v=zq9Mj5eMpB

The video shows one of their engineers lamenting the fact that the best minds of our generation are working on ads and not killer robots.

scifi short fic 

"Very well", said the general. "Professor, can you tell us about the alien civilizations you've found?"

"Of course, general. First we found the Earthlings from planet Earth -"

"Wait, did you say Earth?"

"Yes, general. Then we have the groundlings from planet Ground, and then the Landlers from planet Land."

"Uh..."

"Apparently it's a common trait of intelligent species to name your home planet after the place you're standing on. So far we have found at least twenty three civilizations whose home planet is called Earth."

"Well this is going to get confusing."

"But we found an exception!"

"Ah, good! Tell us about it!"

"Sure, it's the sealings from planet Sea. They're an aquatic species."

#microfic #scifi #creativeToots

@sir I'm my instance operator :flan_wink:

But yeah, if the Fediverse wants to stay alive at large, people are going to have to invest in building sustainable communities. Neither solo instances nor mastodon.social monsters are going to cut it.

I noticed that the device's performance took a hit after connecting an external hard disk.
Fixed this by connecting a second power supply to the device.

njoseph.me/mediawiki/FreedomBo

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I think Google should save everyone a lot of time and effort and jump straight to discontinuing new services:

"We are proud to announce that Google Kitchen Tools will no longer be available on Sep 1st 2020, nor has it ever been available. Should you wish to export your Google Kitchen Tools data, you should be aware that there is no data, as Google Kitchen Tools has never existed.

Thanks,
The Google Kitchen Tools Team"

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