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Greetings, people! I am a software developer. Outside of work, I use free/libre software almost exclusively. I am pained that we continue to allow nature and community to get degraded by crony individualism. We can do much better, e.g. the voluntary refugee concept.

I have been chuffed with the almost all of the time I have been on it. There is plenty of food for thought in many a toot out there. I am having to move off @wyatwerp now, and really happy to find a Fediverse instance that ... uh ... federates.


PS: Now it makes much more sense that I had to go through many #ActivityPub implementations (e.g.: honk, gotosocial, ktistec, epicyon) before I found something with reasonable interoperability. Until I did, I thought ActivityPub was ActivityPub.

Next in the saga: “what do you mean we can't assassinate our political rivals?”

Head of Amnesty's Ukraine office quits after group accuses Kyiv

The head of Amnesty International's #Ukraine office has quit the human rights body in a disagreement with it after the group accused Ukraine's armed forces of endangering civilians by basing troops in residential areas during the Russian invasion.

We need a better way to distinguish decentralized “host your own” or local-first software, from crypto-grifterware.

There are so many recent knee-jerk reactions / suggestions of alternatives to GitHub, GitLab, and similar situations that don't take into account that stuff actually costs money to run & host.

Bouncing between free hosting options is a process that's more or less guaranteed to have no end.

We need to be seeking out, or creating, stable *paid for* options, which do not have the unwanted baggage of VC funded or big-corp owned platforms.

When considering purchasing ebooks, don't directly go to the Kindle store.

Today, I bought 3 DRM-free ebooks from the publisher at a lower price than the DRM-ridden versions from the Kindle store.

#ebooks #Kindle #DRM

@strypey @nextcloud currently we recommend to rather install directly our APK rather than fdroid. Using the one year old 1.22 currently on fdroid is asking for many troubles and running into bugs already fixed. We hope fdroid publishes the newer versions soon.

Start a blog. Don't amplify stuff you disagree with. Mute stuff that bugs you. Focus; veer occasionally. Add context to links. Consider waiting a day after writing something before posting it. Write for yourself first. Expect to not know what you have to say until you've written.

"it might be a bit heavy on slower devices" ah yes, the permacomputing VM, where this would have easily been avoidable, but understanding anything about language implementations would go against the aesthetic
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"Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change, free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality ... Life is not suffering; it’s just that you will suffer it, rather than enjoy it, until you let go of your mind’s attachments and just go for the ride freely, no matter what happens."

#DanMillman, 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior'


@requiem Focusing on autonomy above all else eventually would lead to a situation where the power structure is completely divergent with my values, and if the point of having said values (politics, ethics, norms) is to reduce human suffering and make the world a better place, autonomy-above-all feels ultimately like a retreat from my own humanity into isolation and self-marginalisation.

@molly0xfff these all sound terrible. However, this is what they wanted. No courts, no laws, no accountability. They wanted to get away with murder, but now that they're the victims, now it isn't ok. I feel bad for the folks that fell for the lies, i really do, but this insanity has to be stopped. It's a gamble, you lost, let's not make the same gamble again in the future.

When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.

By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.

The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.

It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)

Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.

Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.

How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.

@dentangle @humanetech @codeberg @gitea Honestly, I find that a bit unfair. Codeberg is a small non·profit organisation managed by a couple people in their free time, and they're facing spam. How do you expect them to get rid of it? Integrating one of those invisible reCAPTCHAs? 🤡 What's wrong about just asking the staff via e-mail to set up an account for you?

Also, it's not your “human right” to use someone else's services. We should be thankful that Codeberg exists in the first place.

I just sent an unencrypted mail to a contact where we usually encrypt our mails. That was surprisingly easy to do and I find that super annoying. Gaah!

the only thing i hate more than graphviz node placement is every other diagramming tool

@psyops @Suiseiseki @alyx i thought about trying plasma again but the thing with gnome and plasma is they trigger me with how much ram they use for what little need them to do
> For the upcoming Ubuntu 22.04 release, the Yaru developers are removing the aubergine (eggplant) color from the default Ubuntu theme, replacing it with orange, since libadwaita will only allow Ubuntu to use one accent color.

:blobcatpurple: this is racism
the great trick was instead of getting you to fight the corpos you're fighting each other over pronouns and silicon tits.


This is very important for open source software, as it is usually developed very slowly, but gradually improves over the years, accumulating both stability and features. It wins in the long run. But if you manage to disrupt that accumulation, suddenly the project finds itself in a red queen race — you have to run as fast as you can just to stay in one place!

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