Huh, didn't really realize this was a thing, make sense though. Its pretty cool from a censorship evasion standpoint, although it seems the consolidation of the internet is having some ill effects between certain governments and major providers.

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I just found this software to model your apartment in, and I'm just blown away by it. It's GPL3, and packaged on NixOS.

You can even walk through the flat and open doors!!


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LibreOffice 6.4 is nearly here – and in the meantime, our documentation community has been updating the guides! For instance, the guide for the Math module is already available: blog.documentfoundation.org/bl

I see all this zero day stuff about IE, they can't fix it, it's actively exploited, they are frantically working on a patch, etc... And the first thing I think is: You deserve it. If you aren't someone who is too old to understand better (the only place I'll cut you slack) and you still use IE, then your organization needs to feel pain until you are forced to actually upgrade to a different browser.

It's not acceptable to think some crappy 90s to early 2000s webpage you built internally will work forever, anymore than you can drive your car for 900000 miles and not expect problems. You've had plenty of opportunities, and you failed to actually upgrade because your company is so paralyzed with bureaucracy or cheapness to develop anything new. At a certain point, your business or agency needs to fail, because while fires are bad and no one likes them, they are also a natural process whereby mountains of decaying trash gets removed.

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True tech nerddom utopia is thirty devs in a room all using different linux distros and arguing about which one is best

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Verifying that the Update is done?

Windows Key -- Updates -- View Update History.

In the list, you should see an entry similar to this one. The KB (Knowledge Base) number could be different, as it is a different patch and KB issue for the different sub-versions currently out there.

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* Regarding the Windows 10 January Vulnerabilty and the Importance of patching it! *

The NSA came out in public to announce this vulnerability, a sign of their concern and how serious this could potentially be.

Microsoft has made patches for the various versions of Windows affected.

However -- it's possible that your own machine hasn't received the update yet, as there sometimes other pending updates, etc and things might get blurry.

A user has posted a direct link to the Microsoft Advisory page for this, and the page has links to each of the correct fixes to be downloaded and applied, depending on what version of Windows you have running, the patch level, processor type (x86 32 bits, or x64 64 bits ones)

Please consider checking your own system - and manually getting and installing the proper patch if not installed yet.

Steps I would suggest :

1. Find out the current Windows version you have running. This might very even if you do have Windows 10 running. Open a commmand line --> Windows button, then type "Winver", which will run a Windows Version program, that displays on a new window your current system info.

2. Write down the Version and processor type. E.G., version 1809 64 bits, or 1903 32 bits, etc.

3. Open the Microsoft Advisory page here : portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-U

4. Locate the proper version of patch for your system -- based on the current version level you are running.

5. Click on that type, and a new window will open, offering download options. Select the file with the proper processor architecture to match yours; either x86 which is for 32 bit versions, or x64 for 64 bit versions (more likely on newer computers and laptops).

6. Click on the correct file and it will download. It is a LARGE file, so wait until it's completed.

7. Once the download is completed, you can click on the file and allow it to install as a "manual update".

8. Since the patch files are fairly large, the installation will take a bit of time. Wait for it to finish, you can do other tasks while waiting.

9. Once it completes installing, it will prompt you for a Restart. Do it. Now.

10. Done? It will reboot, installing the patches during the shutdown process.

11. Verify the Install? You can go into the Windows -- Updates -- Show Update History list, and you should see a new update with today's date installed in the list.

Good luck, and please make sure to have all your home and work machines updated ASAP...

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Climate may play a bigger role than deforestation in rainforest biodiversity

"Save the rainforests" is a snappy slogan, but it doesn't tell the full story of how complicated it is to do just that. Before conservationists can even begin restoring habitats and advocating for laws that protect land from poachers and loggers, ...

phys.org/news/2020-01-climate- #biodiversity #climatecrisis #climateemergency #pollution #environment #deforestation

Very happy to see OpenStreetMap is active on Mastodon!

For reference to my friends in Qoto, OpenStreetMap is a reservior of high quality street data for use in various applications. Its one of the best examples of an open source community managed GIS project.


Here is a link to their Mastodon page, which until a couple of seconds ago I didn't realize existed.

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Today I would like to give you a financial incentive to work with #OpenStreetMaps. If you have a #OSM account, you can register here and receive money from #OsmAnd as a thank you, depending on your rank and the amount of processing. Maybe we can finally bring the maps up to date. You need a bitcoin address to recieve money.


#openstreetmaps #openstreetmap #bitcoin #osmand

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We gotta get the #OpenStreetMap planet file shared on #BitTorrent to share bandwidth resources

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boosting colleagues:

Open Tech Strategies (OpenTechStrat on birdsite)
Please share: We're looking for more engineers for #opensource work. Esp: Javascript experience and experience in back-end scalability (load balancing, detecting serialization bottlenecks, etc).


/cc @lizhenry #MozillaLifeboat #DigitalOceanLifeboat

For the science of Sociology, should the findings and recommendations of these scientists be given the same weight in the decision making process of political bodies as Physics or climate change scientists? Should it be more? Less?


One day. One day I won't be too retarded to understand this. It accomplishes quite an amazing feat - creating interpolated data on the edges of a map where you have none, based on what is surrounding it. Not a perfect solution, but one that has some amazing potential applications, not just in GIS.

A couple of other notes -
+ Its atrocious to not handle the case that both comparison sets are the same - in which case one can go from n ^ 2 to n / 2, where n is the number of geometries to compare.

+ Warn. Warn about many, many things. Its not that its "wrong", just that the user (which might well be me, doesn't have a clue what they are actually doing)

+ Find some way of avoiding loading everything in memory. This is an underlying QGIS issue... it seems that opening up an .getFeatures() method corrupts another that is still open before.


Not a Git master yet, but here is my GitHub, where I will be posting my generally hacky and work in progress QGIS tools.

Currently working on my Near Matrix tool. Near has a long and sordid history in GIS as being the trolliest tool to paywall in Esri's ArcGIS. (although Erase can give it a run for its money sometimes).

Near, for reference, merely takes a set of geometries and compares it to another set of geometries (I'll go into more detail on other posts) finding the shortest distance between them.

QGIS has a couple of built in routes one can go down on this path, one of which is the "Nearest Neighbor Analysis", which does exactly this - but only for points, not lines or polygons, which limits its helpfulness.

Another route would be to use its GRASS module plug ins, one of which is v.distance. These are excellent tools, but you really need to pay attention to the input and outputs. They tend to be a bit "clunky" from my experience.

Instead, I'm building my own, which does what I need, as well as something extra that none of these tools does in a manner I appreciate - visually generate the line between the two geometries in question.

I wouldn't be supervised if QGIS has this natively soon (after all, all I am doing is using the underlying methods the main developers have exposed) but until its available in LTS I'll keep using this one.

Some things still left to do:
+ Better handle geographic coordinates (if these come in, the distances will be functionally useless, better either use some insane math or error out to the user)
+ Better handle NULL geometries (these are not going to play well with anything)
+ Create another field and dump the unit in them. (Experience with GIS tells me that a free floating "distance" double field will eventually be sent to someone with no idea if it is in feet or meters)
+ Create some fancy pants SVG icon for it, so I can get away with not useing the default.
+ Actually learn Git so I'm not constantly deleting / reuploading to the web interface

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