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“Anytime someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won’t give you a key, they’re not doing it for your benefit” -- Doctorow's First Law

The erosion of personal ownership

I wish I had written this article myself. A must read!

via @yogthos

#DRM #digital #ownership #Doctorow #IoT #neoFeudalism #bigTech #unauthorizedBread

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using a modern computer on the internet is like you've got this amazing studio workshop library full of tools and stuff, workbench space all over the place, and you're gonna put it all to use any minute now - except you just can't stop staring out out one dingy window at these people screaming at each other in the street

The radio will run, but sometimes no sound will come on, other times it will and later just stops. Sometimes turning the knob a bit will help, but not always. A lot of times it runs fine.
Any thoughts on if the volume issue is any easy fix? Should I just let it be? Would you know what the radio is worth? As far as what it's worth, I'm just curious and really don't want to part with it.

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This is an Admiral AM/FM solid state, radio plugs into a standard outlet. The backing says that the company was in Chicago and that the radio was made in Japan. I think it goes back at least to the 1970's, but I don't know its precise age.

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Calling all Hackers !
The Ninth Annual 26 Hour @HPR New Years Eve Show is about to start.
Listen live, say "hi".
Spread the word.

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Okay yes, the questions have started rolling in and so to avoid repeating myself:

- Email is the Original Decentralized Social Network, thus impressive
- It might never die
- But it will probably be mostly centralized, already is being so
- Security has moved to an "origin-oriented" approach, slowly dooming self-hosting (take note, fediverse)
- PGP model hasn't worked for 30 years, won't by this point
- A great way to get letters, a bad way to do cool things

That's all for now.

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The Ninth Annual New Years Eve Show
It’s that time of year again. Time for the 24 hr (26 hr) New Years Eve Show.

For those who don’t know, on New Years Eve 2020-12-31 10:00 UTC (5:00 AM EST), we will have a recording going on the HPR Mumble server for anyone to come on and say “Happy New Years” and talk about whatever they want.

We will leave the recording going until at menos 2021-01-01 12:00 UTC (7:00 AM EST) and then until the conversation stops.

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It is rare for me to get a food craving...

I'm craving shepherd's pie.

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My 13 year old coffee maker has starter producing this plastic kind of odor and taste. I've replaced it and oddly have a similar though lessened problem with newer model. I'm experimenting hoping to resolve.

Wednesday morning, a baby bunny is in my driveway. Today two. Adorable. And now, a good sized deer stayed awhile and grazed out back.

So my Fedora pen runs out of ink while I'm paying bills. What do I do? I find a similar pen from a local bank, take them both apart, switch ink chambers, reassemble, smile and continue.

I don't suffer often from earworms (songs playing in your head), but can say whenever I trim brush in the backyard, I am thinking of HP Lovecraft things. Any work in the front and I hear the theme song from Galavant.

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New here? Remember that Twitter is optimized to make you into passive consumers, by en(r/g)aging you with content that you don't choose yourself.

Here, that doesn't happen. But it also means you're responsible to find people to follow.

It will take some work.

If you're willing to put that in, you'll find a wide variety of friendly people that will be happy to have meaningful conversions and laugh and cry together with you.

Start by searching and looking at who other people follow.

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BREAKING: ICANN has voted to REJECT the sale of the .ORG registry to private equity firm Ethos Capital. This is a major victory for the millions of nonprofits, civil society organizations, and individuals who make .ORG their home online. #SaveDotOrg icann.org/news/blog/icann-boar t.co/sFLcwZqU1B

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This is a piece that a friend of mine wrote. Just want to push some more traffic towards his employer.


A little soup for lunch, but followed with skyr on crackers

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