Relatedly, I'm currently reading _Break 'Em Up_ from Zephyr Teachout. I admit that I am I feeling a bit of futility on the topic of monopolies because of all the problems we face globally concurrently and because monopolies will cooperate (are cooperating) with governments around the world to maintain their power. I want to believe otherwise, but I'm not sure the monopolies are going anywhere.
(Good grief that's a downer. This is partly why I don't write more on here.)
"If there was any doubt, the pandemic erased it. Locked down, viewing the world through our screens, there is no longer any distinction between human rights and digital rights. There is no software freedom. There’s only freedom."
I think I've just completed my once a year dive into Tcl as I attempt to automate something or other on these FPGA designs. I learn just enough to get the job done and get the heck out. Then I forget all of it by the time I need to do it again in a year or so. Thankfully these aren't typically large jobs. Just a little tiresome.
[Stifling rant about the FPGA vendor IDEs here.]
The First Man to Reach the North Pole was an African American Desk Clerk the World Forgot
Some years ago I read the book written by Admiral Robert Peary, the """first""" person to the North Pole, so now I'm reading "A Negro Explorer at the North Pole," about the actual first person there. You can get it on Gutenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/20923
A little corner of computing history I was not previously aware of
"Inside the HP Nanoprocessor: a high-speed processor that can't even add"
Story time! Here's how offline internet can help people that are technically "online"👇 (a #Thread)
Is there something like a demoscene for web designers? I'm imagining competitions where a HTML file is provided and contestants need to write a CSS file for it subject to stringent limitations (maximum file size measured in bytes, or single digit maximum number of statements, or certain properties are forbidden), and the most beautiful submitted design is determined by a vote or something.
Chromium, aka Google, just keeps proposing new standards to make the web less private and secure for users. We need to find a way to stop this.
Packaging up an entire website into a file so individual ads can't be blocked? Also sure!
Bandcamp Album of the Day:
Seven Waves by Suzanne Ciani
AASM advocates elimination of Summer Time
"American Academy of Sleep Medicine calls for elimination of daylight saving time"
"The AASM supports a switch to permanent standard time, explaining in the statement that standard time more closely aligns with the daily rhythms of the body’s internal clock. The position statement also cites evidence of increased risks of motor vehicle accidents, cardiovascular events, and mood disturbances following the annual “spring forward” to daylight saving time.
“Permanent, year-round standard time is the best choice to most closely match our circadian sleep-wake cycle,” said lead author Dr. M. Adeel Rishi, a pulmonology, sleep medicine and critical care specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and vice chair of the AASM Public Safety Committee. “Daylight saving time results in more darkness in the morning and more light in the evening, disrupting the body’s natural rhythm.”"
Now you can get AI ethics advice from Google #nottheonion
RFC 8890 The Internet is for End Users: https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc8890.html
Big news: NLnet/NGI0 PET will fund the development of two new open hardware processor modules compatible with MNT Reform: An NXP LS1028A module developed in partnership with RBZ Embedded Logics and an FPGA module for prototyping with open CPU designs:
Folks, the Ursula Le Guin PBS documentary is free this week. https://www.tor.com/2020/08/26/pbss-documentary-about-ursula-k-le-guin-is-free-to-watch-this-week/
Did you know that @lindsays is working on an open source to pro-audio?
The project is called #OSSudio and it could use your help!!
Do you have an idea for a module?
Do you know how to do PCB designs?
Maybe you just like the idea. Pass it along! :D
Here's the link
Bongo Cat in Space
Look, I know there's a lot of awful, horrible, and important things to look at and deal with. But when you need a break, please consider Bongo Cat in Space:
24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
(Yeah, it's plugging a book, but I think it's a concept worth thinking about and trying.)
Interests: programming languages, open platforms, art, craft, diy, and justice. #nobot
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