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"Nature is our biggest ally and our greatest inspiration."
"In this world, a species can only thrive when everything else around it, thrives too."

"When we take care of nature, nature will take care of us."


Some quotes by Sir David Attenborough in "A Life on Our Planet"

Mother Nature will survive. Whether we will be part of that remains to be seen. We can choose to do that. Or let nature decide for us.

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On :birdsite: @SamHarrisOrg said:
"Welcome to the panopticon...
China becomes an episode of Black Mirror"
and shared this article:

to which my response was:
"Give it 5-10 years, then we'll have it too, but with better marketing, but effectively similar.
IIRC Eindhoven has a system (in pilot?) 'similar' as shown in the head picture (Person of Interest style) ... for a snitch city project. Fighting crime and/or terrorism will be used too"

TIL about , one of the world's most popular chess servers, run entirely on free software by a nonprofit, ad-free, supported by donations with a budget of ~$420K/year according to

They've been around since 2010.

As awesome as this is to see, imagine how many free/open nonprofit alternatives to Big Tech platforms would exist if, down to the municipal level, we decided to support them with funding & infrastructure.

Kijktip voor de :
"Rondje Binnenhof"

In 10-20 minuten nemen Marleen, Herman en Xander de politiek van de afgelopen (2) week(/weken) door.
Het is vooral erg grappig en ze nemen regelmatig de politiek en politici 'op de hak' πŸ˜‰

I just wrote a little blog post why you should create your own music library and why use the free and open source MusicBrainz Picard for this.

Before you buy that e-book from Amazon, do yourself a favor and see if the publisher has a website with direct sales.

I've found a number of books that I was interested in DRM-free, in EPUB format, and sometimes at a discounted price, just by poking around a little.

Now at the #rC3 conference.

German Sovereign Tech Fund will fund open source digital infrastructure to avert the next log4j variable-variability.blogspot.

The famous #XKCD cartoon has resulted in an open source digital infrastructure fund. Thank you Randall.

#SovereignTechFund #FOSS #OpenSource #Digitization #DigitalInfrastrucutre #Ampel

I'm looking for recommendations for a terminal program to be run on Wayland.
I'm currently using 'foot' as that was automatically installed when I installed 'sway' window manager, but I don't have any attachments to it (as I have ~ no experience with it).

In so far it would matter, it'll run on a which only has limited graphics capabilities (OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0)

One of my devices is connected to my AVR, which itself is (also) connected to my 4k TV, and it runs both mpd and ncmpc, which runs in a tmux session ... on a tty console.

That has some limitations and I thought that was a great opportunity to try wm on Wayland. I'm a total noob on this, but I've now found out how to start a terminal window. But the font is soo tiny, it's impossible to read.
Window and (dynamic) font scaling (Ctl+-?) is primary reason to try/use sway.
Any tips?

Tired: paying for proprietary software
Wired: donating to free software

Today I saw an updated Debian package for youtube-dl, so I went looking at the GH repo and then found the following commit: titled "Move myself to inactive" so that doesn't look good as there is now only 1 maintainer listed as 'active' :-/

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... actually Bush's fault. Apparently the US president is powerless?!? Ofc taking credit for commuting Chelsea's sentence ... they 'forgot' to mention that an Obama military court convicted her. And tortured her.
- They think it's not whistleblowing
- NOTHING on the principle case and what huge negative effect it has on Press Freedom itself

Followed by an equal length part about a beauty contest for camels. πŸ™„ 🀬

I guess I should thank for making it soo easy to boycott you ... πŸ–•

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About 6 days after that horrendous video where Blinken speaks about Press Freedom, another episode of PStW dropped.
Despite the above rant, I choose to listen because was one of the topics.

- They mentioned TWICE the 2016 election. Also mentioned that it's irrelevant for the case, but still had to mention it πŸ€”
- Argument for dropping: 10 y/o case
- Argument for continuing: the wheels are churning 🀦 Same argument used for Obama's unprecedented prosecution of whistleblowers; IOW it's...

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my kid just figured out how to put a full debian install on his school-issued locked-down chromebook. the first thing he did was install firefox which lets him bypass the school content blocker system (they did this as a browser extension rather than an OS-level firewall, oops). second thing was to put ublock origin on it, since somehow the school locked all the students out of installing ad blockers. (I know, right?)

anyway he's pretty stoked about it and wanting to learn more. he likes learning thru videos; can anyone recommend a video series for command-line basics? he's got some basic programming experience in Lua and knows HTML but has only very rudimentary shell exposure.


The Omnicron variant is just another example of how COVID will be prolonged if rich nations and Big Pharma keep blocking vaccine distribution.


thinkin about web3 discourse 

nearly every article in the popular press I've read about "web3" uncritically discusses "web 2.0" as though it's a historical/technical term (and not, as is actually the case, a marketing gimmick), and then contrasts it with "web 1.0" as though THAT refers to something and isn't just a back-formation demanded by the concept of "web 2.0." and "web3" is presented as the natural (if controversial) successor to these. simply by virtue of its number following in sequence?

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