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People who think "Open Source is thriving, it's everywhere!" and are all optimistic about it are doing the same thing as the people with electric cars and solar panels on their McMansions thinking that we're on track to deal with the climate crisis.

The *real* solutions for a healthy sustainable FLO world are all still marginalized and struggling, and the capitalist #greenwashing and #openwashing serve mainly to delude people about the state of things.

I just rediscovered Oberon+ after forgetting about it for a while. When I checked out the traditional TRADITIONAL ALL CAPS KEYWORDS version I realized something: I'd absolutely hate to write that, but I kinda prefer it when *reading* it. So that made me wonder: are there any IDEs that let you use syntax highlighting to display some things (keywords for example) as all caps?

oberon-lang.github.io/
oberon-lang.github.io/2021/07/

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My sister is wants to start a cafe in Groningen (in the North of the Netherlands) owned and run by Deaf people.

Mostly because something like this didn't exist yet, because she would have loved to work in a place like this when she was younger, and because we can do with more Deaf representation.

She is doing crowdfunding for it now here (Dutch language):
crowdaboutnow.nl/campagnes/luh

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Queen Elizabeth 

Imagine learning of Elizabeth's passing via a YouTube spam-bot that automatically changed their profile picture and name to match whatever is trending on Twitter.

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dukop.dk/en/ har nu support för #events i #Malmö och #Lund! Extremt fett om vi kan slippa vara låsta till Facebook. Vill då också varmt rekommendera alla att gå på det här eventet på Möllevångstorget på fredag kl 18: dukop.dk/en/event/freeznar-lat

#FreeZnar #FuckErdogan

Aargh, there are people clutching pearls on a Dutch (supposedly) pro-biking/anti-car forum because of a news article describing how activists non-destructively gave 14 SUV flat tires in Hengelo.

Like what are you even doing in such a community if that's your attitude? Do these people have the *slightest idea* what civil disobedience is and why it historically has been absolutely necessary to achieve any form of social progress?

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"Does it strike you as odd, though, that virtually all educational institu-
tions in our culture, from kindergarten through college, define cheating as giving aid to others or receiving aid from them? More specifically, does it strike you as unusual that we define cheating as an act of helping or being helped by others?" (2/?)

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Here's a thought: self-hosting all technology, a common end goal of many software freedom enthusiasts, has nothing to do with freedom. Rather, it's the logical end of hyper-individualism applied to source code.

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The interesting thing about capitalism is that it’s entirely incompatible with the future, so we’ve just decided to get rid of the future and keep capitalism

This is only going to work for a short while imo

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"Climate activists in southern France have filled golf course holes with cement to protest against the exemption of golf greens from water bans amid the country's severe drought."

A very good point they have, as swathes of the region dry up.

It's been claimed by Extinction Rebellion Toulouse

bbc.com/news/world-europe-6253

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Today's the day!

#js13kgames will kick off in a few hours!

If you are interested in #GameDevelopment and know a little bit of #JavaScript, I encourage you to participate. 1 month time is plenty of time.

The barrier to entry is really low!

This evening there will be a kickoff event on #Zoom (🙄).
#RSVP linked at medium.com/js13kgames/js13kbre (🙈 yes, meetup.com)

Three library authors are going to introduce you how to use their library to make games.

See you there!

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A quite disturbing note: the JS code that Facebook injects in every webpage through their in-app browser (connect.facebook.net/en_US/pcm) is basically a spartan spyware.

You can think of it as a Greasemonkey user script that does the following:

- It gets injected into every DOM
- It attaches a callback to every <button>, <a> and <form> element in the page, whose purpose is to send a request to the Instagram GraphQL endpoints with some encrypted payload on every click/submit events
- It attaches tracking parameters to every opened URL

Why don't we just call these things with their appropriate names? How did we get to a point where a company can inject spyware in every web site through an app used by billions and get away with it?

If you still want to use the Facebook and Instagram apps, at least do yourself a favour and use PiHole as a DNS sinkhole, so domains like connect.facebook.net and all the faecal matter they contain get flushed down the right hole.

Using these apps without blocking the trackers that they inject is like shagging the whole world without wearing a condom.

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More sanity from my home country: Māori tribal leaders & their advisers call for data sovereignty, to take back control of what is theirs. Cited is "an intergenerational approach to data, as a taonga (treasure)"

Self-hosting is included as a strategy, servers at home & on the marae (meeting house).

This initiative can be seen as a form of infrastructural de-colonisation, reclaiming what has been lost to the digital imperialism of AWS, Microsoft & other 'cloud' giants

rnz.co.nz/news/national/471967

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It's really unfortunate that a ton of the new GUI libraries out there for newer programming languages like Rust or Zig have left accessibility as a long-term goal instead of something core to the project.

TIL: artwork consisting of 127 bytes of code caused a traffic jam in New York in 1976

quaxio.com/kaleidoscope_part1/

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@danie10
Rather hilarious/ironic comments by Joey Hess at lwn.net/Articles/903858/

"This made me curious how many projects have a 1 year gap in commits. Here's a one-liner to find them:

<omitted for brevity>"

"Hilariously, this includes some of gitlab's own dependencies, like the ruby seed-fu library which has not been updated since 2018.

No need for Gitlab to worry though ... that's hosted on Github. ;-)"

🤔 😂

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How to Speak Economist.

"The Economy is Doing Well" = The wealthy are spending borrowed money that they don't intend to repay and their corporations are spending rapidly to climb up the pyramid scheme. You still may get fired, but if you do, it's for "strategic growth purposes."

"We're in a recession" = The wealthy have decided to close this phase of the pyramid scheme and take in their profits. Someone else gets stuck with the bill for the money they borrowed. Their corporations are ordered to cut labor costs for a period of pure profit. You'll get fired and be expected to pick up a job for less money, because "in this economy" you can't expect to demand more.

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The DOS Games Jam has started! This is a casual, unranked jam for creating games that would fit in with the games released for DOS. Tabletop games and zines inspired by games from that era are welcome too! The page also lists tools for creating DOS games

itch.io/jam/dos-games-august-j

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My latest @datawrapper@twitter.com blog post is about the *interpolation* of choropleth maps (or heat maps!) – what it is, which types exist, and why the type you choose matters so much for what your readers take away from your map.
Read it here: blog.datawrapper.de/interpolat

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