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“@DuckDuckGo is a poster child for a future in which companies stand with their users and still make money...They counter the assumption that we’ve all been socialized to accept: that it is normal to hand over all your information." - EFF's @jenuhhveev

“We’ve been engaging in a lopsided arms race in which the technologies encroaching on our autonomy were praying with increasing precision on deep-seated vulnerabilities in our brains, while we still naively believed that we were just fiddling with fun gifts handed down from the nerd gods.” - Digital Minimalism (Cal Newport)

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Six Stages of Debugging

Step 1 : That can’t happen.

Step 2 : That doesn’t happen on my machine.

Step 3 : That shouldn’t happen.

Step 4 : Why does that happen?

Step 5 : Oh, I see.

Step 6 : how did that ever work?

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y'know, whoever decided thousands of years ago that we should stop worshiping cats and instead worship, like, some random dudes, was a real dingus, like have they SEEN cats??

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The Kdenlive team released the 19.04 "Refactored Edition" version of the popular video editor today. Look forward to automatic audio-video splitting, configurable timeline layouts, different layout modes, and much more in their biggest release ever.

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We've reached a point where we'd like to start #hiring developers to work on the #WriteFreely roadmap 💻 :writefreely2:

This would be remote, contract-based work for now, with a chance to go full-time later in the year (assuming all continues going well). You'd be creating free / open source software.

I'll have more details soon, but especially if you're a #Go / #Golang developer and want to work on a growing #fediverse project, I'd love to hear from you!

#FOSS #job #jobs

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Not caring about privacy is often an indicator of privilege. But the surveillance and data abuse that happens to the poor and marginalized is a possible future for everyone.

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@ondra @polychrome

Even if Google's paid accounts respected privacy, you are still paying Google, and that money is supporting a company that violates privacy of its "free" users.

You can't compartmentalise services, you have to look at the bigger picture because they are all part of the same corporation.

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ValveSoftware releases Proton 4.2. Lots of updates and improvements. Not sure how much it changes the compatibility profile for games that did not launch before, so I guess I will have to do some testing!

#linuxgaming #wine #linux #valve #proton

Currently on 2nd read of Cal Newport’s “Digital Minimalism”, worth the read as you lift your head up to see the smartphone and distraction problems of today. Along the same line this article from focused writing app “iA Writer” is spot on.

Topics like this are why I moved to Write Freely from WordPress, so I could have a simple, focused place to return to writing.

There we go, Federation working now on the main site and followed.


Likewise, I won't do much for Automotive writing for a while, but the shell site and federation is also working for:



Just finished migrating my site to a much cleaner and simpler Write Freely platform, thanks to @write_as for the excellent product! I will easily be donating to the project very soon :) It's now up and running at

I'm not entirely certain if federation is working for it yet, but I have a few pinned pages to prep and whatnot first before I fiddle with that. If it is working, the settings page says the handle is ""

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@anomaly @whiskeysailor @Red
Finland have a system where fines are based on income. There's no upper limit, so rich people can be fined hilarious amounts for relatively minor things like speeding. For those in poverty, they also account for things like cost of living and dependents, reducing the amount accordingly. They've been using this system for nearly 100 years, I think.

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New article about #WriteFreely on #LWN (note: paywall):

It's great to read something like this from someone using it for the first time: "WriteFreely has achieved its goal of making it possible to set up a new blogging site with a minimum of effort."

But also plenty of valid criticism there that'll help us making the project better.

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@brandon the minecrafter in me is screaming “YOUR FARM ISN’T AS EFFICIENT ASVIT COULD BE” I love a bit of minecraft to relax to.

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It's not surprising to me that Google can track you outside of you simply being logged in or a few cookies. I imagine this has to do with fingerprinting either using canvas or some other method.

I wonder how different this would be without fingerprinting.

Measuring the Filter Bubble: How Google is influencing what you click via @wallabagapp

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"The nostalgia for the old #blogosphere is a yearning for #socialmedia without #scale, without the looming threat/promise and daily occurrence of #virality.

That world seemed driven by #ideas, or some sort of rationalist ideal of discourse, where the #socialinfrastructure we have now is palpably driven by affect, by #emotions coarsened and made detectable and #quantifiable."
Rob Horning

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I used to associate the xfce Desktop for Linux with low powered machines but it's a really nice desktop to run. Incredibly smooth and responsive. On a high powered machine the responsiveness of everything is amazing. Most distros when booted into it will start with a total RAM usage of somewhere between 250 and 350 MB.

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