Software and Wetware: updates on my #FOSDEM talk, @fedora change proposals, #EPEL work, and ... oh yes I'm a new parent so I'll be off the grid for a few weeks! See y'all on the other side

This post is day 14 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge


"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

Uptain Sinclair

Whether it be pollution of the Great Lakes or the pollution of fence line communities today, the rule is the same. Businesses don't decide to take policies to limit harmful externalities unless they believe that it will be better for them in the long run.

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America’s covid response has failed in no small part because, from the very beginning, people have been looking for the Product to Buy to fix it — hand sanitizer, masks, plexiglass shields, disinfecting wipes — while maintaining the exact same lifestyle uninterrupted, without any consideration for what actually spreads the disease. every problem must, by rule, have some sort of consumption-based solution


is still in crisis, and minority rule will be all but guaranteed unless the is revoked or at least curtailed in scope

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go

~ Oscar Wilde

SFFBookClub February: Scarlet Odyssey 

I'm using the awesome powers vested in me as organiser to close the #SFFBookClub poll while there's a clear winner so I don't have to choose. And February's book will be Scarlet Odyssey by C. T. Rwizi.

I think I'll reuse all the runners up for next month, except The Ministry For The Future, which only got 1 vote.

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If you missed my boost, Amazon's got a union busting campaign and well they want you to rat em out. It would be such a shame if everyone sent them junk and spam.

US politics, conspiracies, betting 

Best way to defeat QAnon? Bet against their followers on prediction markets.

Sigh capitalism...

I'm not the only one who fictionalizes attacks like this. Within hours of the attacks, right wing conspiratorialists were calling it a false flag and describing their colleagues in the videos as secret antifa infiltrators.

The narrative aftermath of this is gonna be *wild*.


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uspol, rw extremism (+, promise) 

Enrique Tarrio, leader of the violent far-right extremist Proud Boys, has been arrested.

's Death to 2020 is a great way to start the first week of 2021. Full of silly jokes, but we do need to be able to laugh at this.

Much lighter entertainment than the episodes from the same producers!

#SFFBookClub, To Be Taught, If Fortunate 

My review of the January book club pick, Becky Chambers' novella. I quite like it, though agree with the discussion started by @Quare about how some aspects such as somaforming could be explored more. The curious mix of stupendous technological developments (and reliability!) and presence of life also rather jars with what happened to Earth.

All in all though, 👍️

#SFFBookClub, Martha Wells alert re Amazon pirated copies 

Heads up #SFFBookClub. Martha Wells, author of the Murderbot books, amongst others, is having trouble with Amazon and pirate copies. Info here:


Installing an adblocker is the gateway drug into anti-consumerism, which is in turn the gateway drug into anti-capitalism.

Tell all your friends how to install adblockers.

this is a good point. the UK (and US) governments are in an obvious state of failure and self-contradiction, but we're also at the tail end of a decades-long war of propaganda and oppression designed to make it impossible to conceive of mass action as a solution to anything

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so when the manifest unreliability of institutions of liberal democratic crash headlong into the concept that those institutions are the only possible valid form of power, people grasp at whatever explanations they can find, including wild conspiracies

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