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Why you shouldn't rely on centralized US services:

> \@GitHubHelp , you blocked our entire company account after one employee opened his laptop while visiting is parents in Iran. We are completely blocked from deploying!

@downey @matrix

That's actually an easy question to answer: The IT guy who has to pick these platforms is *essentially* responsible for the decision.

If a self-hosted or non-mainstream solution goes down or has a problem, its *his* fault. And he's get piled on by the ignorant for using a "non-standard solution."

If he gets them to buy Slack and it goes down, it's Slack's fault, as he used an "industry standard solution."

Why should the IT person stick their neck out for that?

You know things are really bad when...

"Microsoft President Brad Smith, who does not particularly like assertive antitrust activity, called for antitrust scrutiny on the app stores of both Google and Apple."

The article is from June 2020. Google and Facebook are facing antitrust lawsuits according to the recent articles on the same blog, but it's going to take decades.

YouTube-dl tip, music, CLI 

Want to listen to a song from YouTube without actually opening the browser and wasting data on video?

Try this on the command line.

mpv `youtube-dl --get-url "ytsearch:the song name" --extract-audio`

(vlc can also be used instead of mpv)

ytsearch only picks up the top search result, so make your query as specific as possible.

"More bad news: most synthetic nitrogen applied on farm fields in the United States is not going into crops. Recent studies put nitrogen uptake by crops at about 30 percent. This means that 70 percent of what is applied either goes into the atmospher or into water. Hence, 'two-thirds of the US drinking supply is contaminated or high levels with carciongenic nitrates or nitrites, almost all excessive use synthetic nitrogen #fertilizers."

description of suicide trends 

"In India, the overproduction of farm commodities, overwhelming debt, and pressure to conform to chemical companies' use of expensive pesticides have driven many farmers to commit suicide. Since th early 2000s (when GMOs were first introduced in India), suicide has taken the lives of over 100,000 farmers in India. In a cruel twist... one of the most common forms of self-immolation is by drinking pesticide."

This book is fantastic. I know the barest outlines of U.S. agricultural history, and "Kiss the Ground" tells it with humor, drama, and loads and loads of concrete facts. I'm really getting a lot out of it, and it's not a slog to get through.

This is cool:

"For a modern smartphone to be sustainable, at the very minimum it has to get security updates and it needs to be possible to change the inevitably failing battery. This site is designed to help with finding those phones: Phones that are supported by an alternative Android distribution are listed together with guides for changing the battery."

Today in digital archaeology: I wanted a PDF calendar generator and found one from 2009 that seemed nice, but the website had long ago disappeared. Luckily the internet archive had crawled it, and since the code was GPL'ed, I was able to update it to build on a modern system and produce page-a-day agendas for my e-ink tablet.

Joke's on #Microsoft - if all their code was open there would be nothing for the #SolarWinds hackers to steal.

Hmm, now I wonder if there's a platform that could help them host it.

Looks like php-mcrypt is missing in Bullseye, and that takes out a swathe of apps, such as privatebin, dokuwiki, Lychee, Friendica and Zap. #Freedombone

@aral Yeah! Shortly (2-3 days) after you said that,… was merged, representing the last remaining two boxes on the checklist!

Sounds like migration should happen any day and will become the upstream for #gitea development. It's there as a placeholder repo, and you can already file issues.

Other gitea org projects like the CLI tea and the git library for go are already hosted there.
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