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I'm a geoscientist and co-op nerd in Boulder, CO. I work on creating affordable housing cooperatives and supplying them with food through a local bulk food buying cooperative. My day job is shutting down coal plants with data using Python as part of a worker co-op.

Also I love bikes and dense, walkable cities.

I'm part of these orgs:

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I'm using NordVPN on Ubuntu, with a little python based service/daemon called OpenPyn that stands in for the GUI NordVPN has on other platforms. But there's no obvious status indicator -- am I connected? To where? Is there a good VPN indicator applet for Gnome3 that would be able to detect and display the connection details continuously?

"It is possible to change the system through reason, but humans often need a deep crisis to get reasonable." Andreas Hofer, speaking about the real estate crisis that allowed Zurich's co-op renaissance to begin, 25 years ago:

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It looks like we need to add more servers.. again.

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Is anybody here familiar with the Edith Maryon Foundation in Switzerland? Starting in 1990, they've brought 100+ buildings in Germany & Switzerland into collective / cooperative management, for a variety of (mostly residential) social purposes. Pretty awesome!

What if Usufruct had become the dominant property rights paradigm? We're ephermeral beings. Our "time of enjoyment" is temporary. What if Abusus was always held in common, in the public trust?

"The Fructuarius could make such changes or alterations in the thing as would improve it, but not such as would in any way deteriorate the thing, or even render the maintenance of it a greater burden."

More on the history of Usus, Fructus, et Abusus -- the three aspects of civil property rights in Roman law:

It'll be pretty awesome if becomes a globally distributed co-op hive-mind.

Well this is cool. Developers from Python & R are getting together to create common low-level data science infrastructure. In the computational commons, there's a benefit to cooperating, rather than competing.

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The difference as articulated in 1930:

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Amazon threatens to suspend Signal's AWS account over censorship circumvention

Amazon and Google are both coming out opposed to people using their services for domain fronting, to circumvent censorship.

Note that Signal is actively blocked in Egypt, Oman, UAE, and Iran. So, that sucks.

The Boulder Food Co-op had a great annual member meeting & election today... and after 5 years of organizing I'm finally free! Looking forward to watching others steward the co-op into the future from a bit of a distance.

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Hi! I'm a CS PhD student at UIUC and have lived in housing co-ops for several years. I'm pretty involved in the governance and tech infrastructure of my co-op, and I held a workshop at institute last year on and distributed technologies. I'm also really interested in for academia and things like and . Always looking to make tech more inclusive and healthier. Excited to get to know y'all!

The vulture capitalists that own our local newspaper just fired the Editorial editor, because he posted an OpEd on the web, which they refused to publish (criticizing them, and their destructive business model).

There's *got* to be better stewardship ownership models for journalism organizations out there. Here's the editorial that got him canned:

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Turns out many public and cooperatively owned coal fired power plants cost more just to run than new solar costs to build from scratch... says the left-wing nutjobs at the Moody's bond desk:

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If you're into working with humans, free software & cryptography, and you love the idea of helping news organizations break their biggest stories based on submissions by whistleblowers, you may want to come work with me! New opening at Freedom of the Press Foundation just went up - boosts appreciated:

For a variety of reasons, after 12 years together, I am breaking up with Apple. A refurbished ThinkPad T470s is on its way from Lenovo, just in time for the Debian derived 18.04 OS releases.

I'm sure I will need some emotional support in this difficult time of grieving. And also, application suggestions. And what phone/carrier should I get to work best w/ Linux while also traveling overseas? Any ideas @ntnsndr?