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Silly musings 

Sometimes I think about what it would be like if when you bought a product (e.g. a laptop) you also received the "end credits" for it. It would be a list of the names and roles of all the people who touched something that went into the product and were involved in delivering it to you. I'm sure it would be a ridiculously overwhelming for some things, but perhaps eye opening if we could do it.

To understand why fundraising for the Python Software Foundation would be so transformative, and to understand the history, check out this thread: nitter.net/Yhg1s/status/133855

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node "knowledge is power" as knowledge
node "documentation is praxis" as documentation

knowledge --> documentation

The first known maths mistake in history ... Kushim of Uruk (also the earliest name recorded in history ...)

youtube.com/watch?v=MZVs6wF7nC

c19 BLM vaccine 

Sometime next year, you may get a vaccine.

A vaccine that will be shipped around the world in extremely cold temperatures, made possible by the invention of an African American engineer, named Frederick McKinley Jones, who invented portable air-cooling unit for trucks.

The company he created with is partner, Thermo King still exists and will provide special containers designed to ship the Covid-19 vaccine at very low temperatures (from -20 C for Moderna to -60 C for Pfizer).

Anytime someone boosts "Endless Screaming" posts into my timeline, I find myself always nodding in agreement.

Emacs survey results are out! Lots of interesting tidbits: people love magit, ivy and flycheck, and a striking number of respondents are fairly new to Emacs! This seems great for the health of the community.

emacssurvey.org/2020/

"As long as humans choose to embrace diversity, I think hackability will have value. ... Fortunately, accommodating the wonderfully diverse, quirky, and interesting range of humanity implicates just a few simple engineering principles, such as embracing screws over adhesives, openness, and modularity. That we can’t hack our products isn’t a limitation of physics and engineering. Precursor demonstrates one can build something simultaneously secure and hackable..."

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"As long as humans choose to embrace diversity, I think hackability will have value. ... Fortunately, accommodating the wonderfully diverse, quirky, and interesting range of humanity implicates just a few simple engineering principles, such as embracing screws over adhesives, openness, and modularity. That we can’t hack our products isn’t a limitation of physics and engineering. Precursor demonstrates one can build something simultaneously secure and hackable..."

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This should be a movement with all products: "With Precursor, I’m bringing screws back."

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I think I've given up on the concept of a phone as a general purpose computer 

Of course, I realize I am speaking from the perspective of somebody who already uses a large general purpose computer everyday. And I also understand why somebody today would chose a phone over a laptop (for example) if they could only afford one item.

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I think I've given up on the concept of a phone as a general purpose computer 

I won't deny the appeal of a small, hand held computing device, but the compromises that result (even ignoring lock in) seems to me to make them more "neat!" than "useful!". At least for me, I find them fragile, hard to use, and not as useful as promised. I think my preference would be phone as a peripheral for my computer. Small, hand held devices could be mostly task specific tools and shaped accordingly.

Sad to see this happen. I hate to see any Linux hardware vendors losing in the market, but ZaReason was one of the first that I became aware of.

www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/12/zareason-linux-laptop-shut-down

Check out the QEMU advent calendar: an amazing disk image to download every day!

qemu-advent-calendar.org/2020/

It's Bandcamp Friday again, and another chance to remind you that blackbandcamp.info is a listing of black artists and labels on Bandcamp, searchable by genre (if you're looking for something specific) or location (if you're looking to buy local)

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