There's a new "experimental feature" being tested in Firefox 83: sponsored sites in the URL bar.

"Mozilla works with advertising partners to place sponsored tiles on the Firefox home page (or New Tab) that would be useful to Firefox users. Mozilla is paid when users click on sponsored tiles."

You can disable this by setting `browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsoredTopSites` to `false`.

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All source code of abandoned software should be open sourced. Manufacturers should be forced to do so on the end of service date.

Archaeologists believe that in the early 21st century, every person had a 'true name', an odd string of letters, dots, and the symbol '@' within it. We believe the '@", given its similarity of shape to a spiral galaxy, was a sacred symbol of the cosmos, the world, or power. It was used almost exclusively in words of power.

While these 'true names' appeared everywhere, the ancients avoided writing them down and would often remove the '.' and '@' glyphs. Our current theory is that the ancients believed in a malevolent deity made of pork whose attention they did not wish to attract.

remember when programs were like


on the filesystem

and you could run them

this docker bullshit has me sticking my hands deep into systemd's guts and oh my god I miss 1990s linux when you could actually *understand* what something did

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dhewm3 (Doom3 Sourceport) 1.5.1 Release Candidate 1 is out, incl. builds for Windows and (amd64) Linux:

Some changes since 1.5.0:
- Windows Editing Tools are back
- Demo gamedata support
- Several audio bugfixes
- Not noticeable, but "Carmacks Reverse" is back
- Support for reproducible builds
- Fixed registration of dhewm3 multiplayer servers at id's master-server, so they can show up in ingame server-browser
- g_hitEffect CVar to disable camera effects when being hit

Please test!

If someone had the fortune to be able to save 100% of a six-figure salary (say, $100,000/year in this case), it would take 10 years to save up 1 million. It would take 10,000 years to save up 1 billion.

Billionaires should not exist. Not in a perfect world, and certainly not in our imperfect one.

Fun fact: you can't name any file anywhere in windows 10 "aux.txt" or "aux" anything with any extension, because it was a reserved name in CP/M before dos was a thing.

If you commit "aux.txt" to a git repo, you break it for windows users. If you distribute "aux.txt" in a zip file, windows computers cannot extract it without error.

#GMail is harmful to e-mail ecosystem; its antispam blocking policy matches too many valid messages as spam.

It blocked LastPass email leak warning email, because it contained "a link" to a leaked site.

It blocked an e-mail from goverment agency addressed directly to me.

It discriminates all non-gmail servers, and it's pretty much impossible to own a private SMTP server these days, because GMail will classify everything as spam.

It's not how e-mail should work.

Consider dropping GMail.

When you’re rich it’s called a loophole, when you’re poor it’s called fraud

you can tell star trek is utopian sci-fi because they address the ship's virtual assistant as "computer," not "Hey Siri™," or "Alexa™!" or "Okay, Google," or "Hey Cortana™ by Microsoft®,"

imagine the fucking marketing jingle you'll have to sing to your virtual assistant to get it to turn on the lights if capitalism continues its dystopia into 2364

The word queue is ironic. It's just q with a bunch of silent letters waiting in line.

the tech consultant hired to finish skynet 

a movie about a tech consultant hired to finish skynet while the union strikes to kill the project. as they read and patch and polish the source, they only understand part of the system. they get inklings of what it is this tech does -- things not fundamentally different from palantir's tech, or ICE's, for whom the protag has also consulted. as it dawns on the viewer what this thing does, how it does it, and to what a brutal extent, the protag remains unaffected. this is what they do. it is what they have always done, and it has always taken care of them. each day a private train carries him underground to work, past the picket line where rubber bullets fly through protest signs.

then, of course, the machine turns on.

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