Epic Fail https://inkdroid.org/2022/01/23/epic/ This weekend my daughter went to continue reading an ebook she has available to her from her public elementary school on the Epic Reading Platform.
When she went to advance to the next page she was presented with an error message saying that the book was only available during school hours, and she would need to subscribe for $9.99/month.
If you still remember physical textbooks, can you imagine being forced to pay a company a monthly fee to brin
An absolutely amazing article about how GPS works. It's a great achievement to visually explain things so well on the web. (most likely needs a modern browser) https://ciechanow.ski/gps/
Did you notice that rather than on PC where you download a generic image which you can just live boot from USB, on ARM every distro needs to support every device individually? It's not just lacking mainline Linux support, it's also lacking a generic way to boot these devices like x86 has. #SPIflash can solve this perfectly by implementing UEFI on a dedicated chip but current new @PINE64 devices are lacking this. Let's get loud to make them add this again in new devices!
I want a Web where CDNs are unnecessary.
Where different organizations, different website operators, can help each other out by hosting assets for each others' websites, thus spreading the load across many orgs in solidarity, instead of centralizing it in gatekeepers.
I've had this idea for years. The problem always was: how do I trust third party operators with my website's assets?
I believe I might slowly be getting to a point of having a decent answer to that question.
No blockchain required.
Texas scientists’ new Covid-19 vaccine is cheaper, easier to make and patent-free - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/15/corbevax-covid-vaccine-texas-scientists at last...
LibreLingo is a free open source language learning platform. You can follow the project at:
You can find out more and try out a beginner's demo on the official website at https://librelingo.app
This week on my podcast, I read my latest *Locus Magazine* column, "Science Fiction is a Luddite Literature," an essay about the historically unsupportable libel that turned "Luddite" into a slur.
Far from rejecting technology out of some reactionary fear, the Luddites instead demanded a renegotiation of the *social relations* governing that the new textile machines of the industrial revolution.
I have set up push notifications for fedilab with the https://gotify.fedilab.app instance following these https://fedilab.app/wiki/features/push-notifications/ instructions but I still do not receive any notifications.
"Some people want to run their own servers"
Remembering Aaron Swartz, who died on this day, a victim of the copyright system https://walledculture.org/remembering-aaron-swartz-who-died-on-this-day-a-victim-of-the-copyright-system/
Aaron's face gets thrown around the internet to prop up campaigns and etc, but it's important to remember that Aaron was an activist for digital rights, and was bullied into suicide by a system that wanted to punish him for his activism. He was also a human being with friends and family who loved him dearly.
To contemplate technology only in terms of a fast-changing and eternally-growing free market economy is shortsighted.
The features -or, problems- of the free market are not necessarily problems for technology; unless we can't take the free market out of the equation.
On top of that, if we rule out minorities who think differently -and they want to run their own servers- we reach conclusions that seem strong. However, it is just our own premises that made them seem strong.
FLOSS developer intentionally corrupts his libraries and has multiple depending applications print out garbage, stating that "I am no longer going to support Fortune 500s [...] with my free work."
I spoke with Jack Rhysider a little today about fleshing out the open podcast subscriptions standard. He's working on something similar and we might try to see if we can mesh the two ideas into a standard. We'll see.
Not sure yet, but I've started putting my original idea down "on paper" tonight:
Any first thoughts on this idea? Am I crazy?
Wow, #fosdem2022 has a dedicated track for FOSS on mobile devices: https://fosdem.org/2022/schedule/track/foss_on_mobile_devices/
From democracy now this morning, despite being stonewalled by us gov, doctors at Texas Children's developed their own patent-free COVID vaccine and production is now underway in India
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