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Anyone looking for a remote IT job for a good cause?

Systems Admin at Translators Without Borders

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I've decided I want a country song called "Console Cowboy" about tractor hackers.

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@bob I have this feeling that blockchain technologies will move in the following directions:

a) bitcoin will stick around but people will give up on it being a currency... instead it'll be an e-gold value store to back other currencies
b) blockchains are not unlike signed git logs. Why are we trying to put everything in one repo? Instead the multi-repo approach, along what DAT and SSB are doing, will become more popular (with maybe consensus of "latest values" in one big chain")

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Are there any halfway decent books etc on the Seattle WTO protests and/or Occupy? That are reasonably easy to get hold of?

I'd especially be after anything that incorporates accounts from people who were there.

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Overworked? Tired?

Tough shit, that's just the way the world is mate. Buy some Advanced Fizz and get on with it.

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This sunday at 12:00, we invite you to follow Framasoft 's livestream at #FOSDEM

1⋅ The emPeerTube strikes back (about our #activityPub #decentralized #federated #FLOSS alternative to YouTube):

2⋅ Contributopia (about what we've done for the last 3 years and what we envision for the next 3 years):

Livestream URL:

(please RT if you think that @Framasoft should be known outside french spoken countries ;) )

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@aral Yes. I don't remember if they were sponsors in previous years. They might have been. In the more distant past, pre-Snowden, Google was considered more favorably. But now they're just a giant spyware company which has long since abandoned support for open standards.
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I want to make one thing very clear regarding #fosdem2018 #fosdem

A conference on freedom-and-human-rights-respecting technology should not have a titan of #SurveillanceCapitalism like Google as sponsor. The good people in our community shouldn’t have to choose between having a platform to meet up at and having their legitimacy usurped by association to whitewash such companies. I’m attending under protest to meet and chat to some lovely members of the community.

Google doesn’t belong there.

Please join me in celebrating Dr. @Gin!

After two short years of crazy intense work, she has successfully defended a PhD at the Institute of Education (UCL, London)

I'm sure this credential from the old guard will come in handy while she's revolutionising with to ensure free and open access to knowledge for all 😉

Check out the project at

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Had a great time at the unofficial meetup with @mayel and @Gin! They showed me this amazing place called Novelty Automation (I think you can see the proprietor in the background there)

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RT A lot of people are angry at the idea of "anti-homeless architecture" such as spikes on benches, window ledges, underpasses etc.

But there's a form of anti-homeless architecture I recommend and I hope it catches on. It involves a roof, plumbing, electricity, beds and heating.

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There needs to be an #emoji for sarcasm. It would be very useful.

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The punk rock internet – how DIY ​​rebels ​are working to ​replace the tech giants

Today, in The Guardian:

“I got into the web because I liked the democracy of it,” says Kalbag, who has just published a book titled Accessibility for Everyone… “I want to be able to be in a society where I have control over my information, and other people do as well … I think we have to have technology that serves everybody – not just rich, straight, white guys.”

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keeping my eyes on students often being exploited, without proper authorship or compensations, and professors in power "take the burden" to be the lead editor. 😂

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getting to the point where i feel the most productive and least stressed when writing Go. i know if i'm honest with myself though, i'm still far far faster in javascript, but the maintenance burden just ain't worth it anymore.

Strangest thing. I happened to be walking through one of London's financial districts and there was a guy on a bullhorn promoting a (Steem). The crowd gathered around seemed both interested and entertained.

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Is professional notetaking a real thing? If so, do conference organizers ever hire them to create summarized reports on conferences that go beyond posting PowerPoint presentations and take less time than watching a lengthy video?

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Start-up Fire Engineers Attempting To Form A Union:

Moral: Don't use the company Slack to discuss your unionizing efforts.

However, this isn't over. The second moral might just be: It's not a good idea to fire employees for discussing organizing in CA.

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[Do] I reject all authority? Far from me such a thought. In the matter of boots, I refer to the authority of the bootmaker; concerning houses, canals, or railroads, I consult that of the architect or the engineer. For such or such special knowledge I apply to such or such a savant. But I allow neither the bootmaker nor the architect nor savant to impose his authority upon me.

Mikhail Bakunin