A few months ago, Microsoft decided to collaborate with Google and drop its web engine in favor of Google's.

Earlier this week, Google blocked all ad blockers, and now Microsoft has de-listed UBlock Origin (a powerful ad-blocker). Without real choice, monopolies will dictate what you see and do on the Internet.

Real choice comes with Free/Open Source Software.

Repeat after me: Don't attach critical services to the Internet.

The letter S in IoT stands for security.

for those wondering how to establish trade relations with crows:

- feed crows food A regularly
- when crows decide to bring you gifts, feed them food B
- when crows bring you different categories of gifts, feed them a food-per-category, ex: food C for jewelry, food D for paper money, etc
- crows will recognize these exchange patterns and opt to bring you things in order to acquire desired treats

good luck! 🐦

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I just updated WadSmoosh, a tool that allows you to merge all the retail Doom content into a single (PK3) WAD file, to include SIGIL support: jp.itch.io/wadsmoosh

A. Privacy is not a good, it is a human right

B. Google is a surveillance capitalist; its business model is diametrically opposed to respecting privacy

C. Google protects *their* information, not yours, because that’s what your information becomes once they have it: their asset

Has anyone ever noticed that Apple stores seem to be mostly built out of.. Windows?!

Don't believe entrepreneurs, or their cheerleaders in the press, when they say that any of these are possible. Believe scientists who have dedicated their lives to the search for truth, even if the truth means nobody gets to live forever in a robot body traveling the stars.
If we're to survive to the end of this century then we need it to be one of bold social, more than technological, visions.

Overconfidence in the specific path or overall rate of technological process serves capitalist expansionism. You can perpetrate all kinds of harmful shit if you believe tech is going to take care of the externalities later. That doesn't mean don't dream of better possibilities, just don't assume that scifi concept X is eventually going to become a reality simply because you really want it to.

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The most frustrating thing about Uber etc is that people think they're cheap because they're somehow innovative.

They're not. Uber and similars are just using an age old scam where investors' money is used to dump cheap goods on the market to kill competition. There's nothing new going on here. The apps are just window dressing for a scheme that should be illegal.

Reminder: I'm on the lookout for a working PA-RISC machine for ports development. If you or someone you know has a machine that can run OpenBSD/hppa that is no longer wanted, please let me know.

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Watching BBC documentary on WWII.
"It's estimated that over 300,000 civilians died during a 6-week orgy of rape and murder, at the hands of the Japanese troops"

Five seconds later: "The worst incident was when they bombed an American ship and killed 50 crewmen"

What. The. Fuck.

The worst incident was 50 Americans killed, and not 300 fucking thousand Chinese??? WAT?

Hi Mastodon 👋 . I'm a non-binary C++ and weird film nerd. I'm into fermenting everything in sight and not getting enough sleep.

Totally forgot to toot this:
The first pre-release of dhewm3 1.5.1 (Doom3 Source Port) is out, see dhewm3.org/#a-first-prerelease … ! Most notable changes since 1.5.0 so far:
* (Windows-only) Doom3 Editing Tools are back
* Doom3 demo gamedata can be used

There aren't too many changes to the editors, but I was able to fix an annoying bug in the particle editor that already existed in the official Doom3 1.3.1 release: After selecting a material the game would be rendered in a tiny viewport in the edge of the window

This is the only pinball machine to ever have a safety interlock switch on the glass. The reason for this is the "Time Expander" mini-playfield, which raises and lowers throughout the game. Bally knew that the Time Expander would be up and down all day long and replacing the motor would probably be a pain in the arse, so they had the foresight to overspec the drive motor.

If you put a finger in there, you might not get it back.

Images show the Time Expander at each of its three heights.

As relevant as ever:

"The events of 1933-1945 should have been fought no later than 1928. Later it was too late. One must not wait until the struggle for freedom is called treason. One must not wait until the snowball has become an avalanche. You have to crush the rolling snowball. No one stops the avalanche."

-- Erich Kästner

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