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"The Only Thing I Do Know Is That We Have To Be Kind. Please, Be Kind. Especially When We Don't Know What's Going On." — Waymond.
Best quote.
It was beautiful, confusing in a good way, emotional in a good way, but also very American: the violence too over the top, the end speeches too long, needlessly verbalizing the obvious. Also, too many jokes about dildos, anal plugs, BSDM. At least I didn’t leave the cinema arguing the logic faults of the movie but talking about relationships, so I’d say still a net positive.

Tech rant 

I came up on hardware that was 10-20 years out of date when I was using it, because that's the best I could get. And you know what? It worked fine. Using these junky old systems taught me patience, and how to think through a task before I do it. And most of all it taught me to never trust a computer with anything important: paper is crash-proof. It also taught me about the relentless cycle of enforced obsolescence that pervades our society, and that I want no part of it.

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Do you still wear your mask?

Please boost i wanna get more people to vote

Reminder! I'm speaking at #HOPE tomorrow about #Wikipedia: "How to Run a Top-10 Website, Publicly and Transparently".

It's at 17:00 UTC / 1pm ET in 416 DAC.

Or stream it at hope.net/416dac.html

More details: meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:L

SFP#14: Elektra Wagenrad explains the theory behind mesh networking protocols & dives deeper into the philosophical idea behind it. Listen to @kirschner and @elektra_42 in our latest Software Freedom Podcast episode.

#Freifunk

fsfe.org/news/podcast/episode-

My new website is live: kira.solar

It's basically the same content as before, but it's now powered by a little wiki engine I wrote from bash and nodejs scripts!

The single, greatest thing a tech conference can do to increase speaker diversity?

Stay. Virtual.

There are many technologists out there that cannot attend a conference because of restrictive laws, bigotry, disability, health, or just plain time and money.

Thought Experiment 

A dog holding a stick tries to pass through a narrow gate. The dog alone can pass through, but not while holding the stick horizontally.

A motivational speaker is passing by. He teaches the dog that success is all about attitude. If you tried harder and gave your 100%, you will not only be able to get through the gate, but also have your stick.

The dog keeps trying with increased energy until the stick breaks.

Attitude is no substitute for a paradigm shift.

“There was a time when academia was society’s refuge for the eccentric, brilliant, and impractical. No longer. It is now the domain of professional self-marketers. As for the eccentric, brilliant, and impractical: it would seem society now has no place for them at all.”

― David Graeber

[from The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, 2015]

soft. ware.

basically hacker news went down yesterday and in this screenshot someone chimes in talking about it saying that they had a batch of SSDs manufactured by SanDisk all get bricked after exactly 40,000 hours (4.5 years) uptime because it overflowed an internal counter and corrupted the SSD's internal state.

someone from hackernews replies and says that the SSDs HN was hosted on were in fact SanDisk Optimus Lightning IIs and almost exactly 4.5 years old.

never trust a firmware

VLC on Android isn't a good choice for playing audiobooks. It loses a few seconds when trying to change playback speed. Also, it doesn't understand a folder of audio files as one book.

I switched to AudioAnchor from F-Droid. It doesn't suffer from the above two issues. However, it expects a folder for each book, even if it's a single file.

I have a Syncthing folder for Audiobooks now, holding only the current ones.

Did I ever talk about why exoplanets have "boring" names like WASP-96b here?

Is anyone interested in a post on that?

#Science #Exoplanets #Astronomy #Astrophysics

We are moved all of our repos from Gitlab.com to salsa.debian.org/Mobian-team

Please use this for the new home for all things Mobian Gitlab related.

"If the average, well-off North American were to cut their carbon emissions to levels on par with typical top ten percent earners in Europe, they would trim their carbon footprint by roughly 44 metric tons annually. If just one in five Americans did that, the country could hit Biden’s goal of cutting U.S. annual emissions in half by 2030."

#JagBhalla, 2022

undark.org/2022/06/30/davos-wa

#ClimateChange #CarbonEmissions

The world doesn't have to be perfect for us to carve out moments of joy and spaces of safety.

Cory Doctorow: The Swerve

People are already getting really badly hurt, and it’s only going to get worse. We’re poised to break through key planetary boundaries – loss of biosphere diversity, ocean acidification, land poisoning – whose damage will be global, profound and sustained. Once we rupture these boundaries, we have no idea how to repair them. None of our current technologies will suffice, nor will any of the technologies we think we know how to make or might know how to make.

These boundaries are the point of no return, the point at which it won’t mat­ter if we yank the wheel, because the bus is going over the cliff, swerve or no.

Focus on the swerve.

locusmag.com/2022/07/cory-doct

HN discussion: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3

#ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #BusinessAsUsual #TheSwerve #CoryDoctorow #LetsRoll #MassCivilResistance

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