I may be slowly turning into Bill Adama from Battlestar Galactica. I'm increasingly concerned about any device with networking capabilities, and about the "internet of things" trend.

No, I don't want a "smart" lightbulb, vacuum, or bicycle. Keep it stupid, stupid.

free software, repost to public 

we have a fortunes-off file so you can print offensive quotes at login time. No distro I know of comes with a fortunes-supportive file that lists encouraging, calming quotes.

You can make sudo(8) insult users when they type their passwords wrong ("Defaults insults" in sudoers). There's no option to make sudo be gentle and understanding when you mistype.

I grew up in free software circles and only really learned any emotional skills after growing out of them.

Hi folks, how are you holding up? I found this chart to be very helpful for talking about people's mental health in the pandemic+coup+climate crisis.

Source: cohcwcovidsupport.org/


I don't think police can be reformed. Although some cops may do good sometimes, so long as police are not held accountable, the police as a whole will continue to do evil. I think the systemic lack of consequences for wrongdoing can only be fixed by abolishing the police and starting over, with entirely different people in a different organization taking a new approach.

I would be happy to be proven wrong, that police can be reformed. But no progress is possible without accountability.

I want to buy the book "Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software" by Nadia Eghbal. I actually ordered the hardcover from Amazon, but it never arrived. I refuse to order from Amazon again.

Sadly, Stripe Press offers no alternatives to Amazon.


My prediction is that Joe Biden will squeak a win with barely more than 270 EVs, and the Democrats will win exactly 50 seats in the Senate.

That will be good enough for the people to apply pressure to win e.g. a Green New Deal, but it will be a long and hard road w/ no mandate. One or two obstinate people like Joe Manchin will wield veto power over every progressive policy, and will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

Does anyone have a smartwatch, like the Apple Watch? Do you use it to browse the web at all? What is the web browsing experience like? Why do you use your smartwatch to browse the web, instead of literally any other device?

If y'all wanna read some 🔥, @hugh posted this piece about maintenance and memory on Saturday and I was like "oh this will be interesting!" and then ended up reading the whole thing with my hand over my mouth like "oh damn."


Open Letter to Apache OpenOffice: Today marks 20 years since the source code to OpenOffice was released. And today we say, LibreOffice is clearly the future of the suite (see the timeline). Let's all get behind it, for the benefit of all users: blog.documentfoundation.org/bl

If you have a sunny window, does it use more energy to let the sun in and run air conditioning, or close the blinds and turn on a light?

I'm sure it depends on hot it is, how hard the AC has to work, and how much energy your lights draw, but is there a rule of thumb?

Whenever I see something at a surprisingly low price, I'm not thinking "wow, what a good deal!"

I wonder, "Who is getting screwed to get the price that low? Is it me? Am I getting screwed by a substandard product? Or is it the workers who produced it, or the environment?"

My #keyboardio #atreus2 #mechanicalkeyboard is here! Really nice packaging and build quality. The #speedcopper switches seem fine. Thanks @technomancy for the design and @obra and crew for all the effort going into producing and shipping these!

cc @mkb

🔗 The Supreme Court hears Oracle v. Google tomorrow—here’s what’s at stake - Ars Technica

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Oracle v. Google, a landmark case that considers whether application-programming interfaces can be protected by copyright. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

Got my new @keyboardio@twitter.com Atreus, lovely as expected!! The minimalist keyboard for all that traveling I had this year 😅🙈 (still looking forward to learning it)

Twitter's web interface has stopped accepting my likes and bookmarks.

The official Twitter Android app works fine, and so does the open source Cawbird on Linux, so it's not my account. I turned off all of my adblocking add-ons and still can't like tweets. What could be wrong?

Corporations are people in the same way that Soylent Green is people.

😍 Can we please ban cars and do this when there's *not* a pandemic going on?

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