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If you enjoy radio drama, there's a live Sherlock Holmes adaptation streaming NOW

Oh wow... Song Fight is still going! 

Pondering the heat death of the universe as I pay my danged bills.

Some have said that the internet never forgets. That doesn't seem quite right. But from what I've seen, the internet does like to nurse a grudge.

Epitaph is just text and a few infrequent clicks for interaction, but it brings such joy and despair!

There is a potential happy ending. One of my observed civilizations reached it, and my heart is at peace.

It's true that we don't have to copy the practices of Facebook or Twitter here. There are no comparable commercial pressures. And in #Epicyon I've tried to add a few things to avoid falling into addictive patterns of behavior.

But one thing to consider is that the addiction dynamic gives sites like Twitter something of an advantage in terms of retaining its user base within their walled garden. They're not restrained by ethics, only return on investment. So they don't need to care about anyone's mental well-being, the presence of the far right, or much else.

This problem of being in competition with people who are willing to do unethical things is an aspect of the bigger capitalism problem, in which the same kinds of coercion play out within all areas of the economy as a race to the bottom.

So to have much of a chance, we in the fediverse should be trying to do things which don't exactly compete with Twitter but instead do things which they can't compete with without breaking their business model. Build for depth of relationships rather than breadth. Build for small but federated computing rather than for infinitely scalable silos. Give users the best possible control over what appears in their timeline - something which Twitter can't do without losing money.

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The Free Software community in Kerala convinced teachers why it is important and even when they were not at all tech savvy, the grasped the importance and demanded the govt to switch. So how we look at the situation is the most important thing. The teachers maintain a custom GNU/Linux distro with all the software they need included in it. #FreeSoftware #Kerala


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In Kerala teachers made a political choice and we teach Free Software in schools. The support for Free Software was provided by teachers themselves, they were not techies. They operated a call center for support and it is still going strong after many years.

TIL There are automatic saw blade tooth sharpeners that are *super* old. For some reason I thought these were modern inventions, but this one has to be around 80 - 100 years old

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Horray, the ActivityPub Conference 2020 videos are live! Which is great news because this presentation is probably the best overview of Spritely that's been made for a general audience yet!

Video: LLVM Backend for m68k - by Min-Yih Hsu

Recording from the m68k dev chat session on 25th of September 2020

Min-Yih Hsu explains the current status of the Motorola m68k (early Apple Macintosh, Atari ST, Amiga, Sinclair QL, SUN workstations etc) LLVM compiler backend, the challenges and successes of the project


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After the sidewalks in my neighborhood got besmirched with anti-mask sentiments, I put up a home-printed poster of Paul Sizer's great #WearTheMask illustration in a street-facing house window.

link goes to where you can get your own free download

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