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And here's the sting in the tail: if you opt for "Amazon exclusive," you are locked in for SEVEN YEARS. Amazon silently made the switch to "no hassle returns" and clawed back half its creators' money, with no chance to opt out.

Amazon gets to change its deal with creators when it wants to, but the creators don't get to change their deal with Amazon. For seven years after they spend thousands to produce their own audiobooks, they are locked to Amazon, regardless of Amazon's policy changes.

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Day 2 of Pewvember: Featuring clumsy design and a dispiritingly high defect rate, the Oxthrot Novalizer Type A was used by the notoriously ineffective Somatic Security Forces in their failed bid to subdue to Hyggian Rebellion. A classic.
#pewvember

Ugh. I am really struggling to explain the concept of daylight savings time to the toddler and the cat. They just don't seem to get it. "Shoo! Go back to sleep! Both of you!"

If you're looking for some stress-free escapism, I highly recommend Mutazione, a lovely & chill narrative adventure game where you get to meet a community of mutants inhabiting an island that was hit by a meteor many years ago. There's a bit of soap opera, a bit of mystery, and you grow some gardens along the way. Full review:

lib.reviews/review/f8ef8531-1f

Someone is building a flat text file editor with a UI like a spreadsheet and each cell contains JavaScript so it all updates instantly. And because #mastodon is full of cool folks sharing cool stuff (instead of filling the interwebs with garbage)...

You and I know about it!

Mesh Editor: mesh-spreadsheet.com/

Happy Halloween! Here's a photo of some guarana fruits! 👀

Open source is diverse, there is more than one way people are doing things and it will always be that way. That's actually a good thing.

Time for bed over here. I would like my last toot of the day to be on a bright note. So here's a little musical treat from a group that's completely new to me: Sylvan Esso (covering Gillian Welch). G'night, all!

youtube.com/watch?v=pGoYG5HBdD

SiFive inches closer to offering a true RISC-V PC: Latest five-core dev board includes PCIe, SSD interfaces
theregister.com/2020/10/29/sif

#SiFive #riscv

covid19 aerosol transmission 

"A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air.

Here is an overview of the likelihood of infection in three everyday scenarios, based on the safety measures used and the length of exposure":

english.elpais.com/society/202

I am still looking for one more support engineer in US East to join us in supporting devops/secops/log management wizardry boards.greenhouse.io/humio the listing says senior but we actually need another brilliant junior person. We can teach you stuffs. I'd particularly love to bring more black or brown women into the mix. Come throuuuuugh!

Mobilizon. Your events. Your groups. Your data.

Go behind the scenes of the design of #Mobilizon, our new tool to free your groups and events from Facebook.

framablog.org/2020/10/27/mobil

(illus CC-By @davidrevoy)

unionofmusicians.org/justice-a
this is a very sensible effort for musicians to unite against Spotify's existing hegemony & poor payout for artists that aren't already millionaires

With the wind combined with a temperature hovering above freezing, I'm going to skip running this morning. I had to deal with worse when I lived in Montana, but I'm not equipped for it now. I gotta get my cold weather running kit back together.

On Reassembling Scholarly Communications: A book about the ethics and egalitarianism of open access. Themes: colonial influences; epistemologies; publics and politics; archives and preservation; infrastructures and platforms; and global communities.
eve.gd/2020/10/21/on-reassembl
reddit.com/r/Open_Science/comm

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