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the fact that there are ten million different genres of music in 4/4 with drums and guitars but that a century of recorded music from literally hundreds of different countries is expected to just fit under the absurd "world music" umbrella tell you all you need to know about the white mindset

Yikes; HARD PASS on this bad take.

Philosophically, free software is about the four freedoms. Diluting that with "greater good" aspirations is an ends-justify-the-means fallacy. Undefining your own movement to make it into service some vague other principal is a guaranteed way to ensure that it does not accomplish it own stated goal.

For the rhetorically curious, the #weaselword that sneaks this argument in is "ultimately". Meaning "I'm changing the subject but I want to seem like I'm not".

Adblocking, old man yells at cloud 

I can't fix everything, but I should still fix what I can.

Oh good the crypto vans are here. I was nearly out of primes.

Blind trust without verification needs to be earned.

@liw Here's a good start:

Imagine if instead of (solitaire) running with your full authority, you passed in the authority you need, eg (solitaire get-input write-to-screen read-write-score-file)

Instead of solitaire being able to exfiltrate your private keys and cryptolocker your data, now solitaire doesn't even have network and general file access (only to the one file), you simply didn't pass access to it.

Lambda is your new security model now.

I hate that Mozilla uses the designation "extended support release" because the string "esr" absolutely raises my hackles

Hey! :) The Recurse Center is "funding Fellowships of up to $10,000 for women, trans, and non-binary people to work on programming projects, research, and art at RC this fall.

Apply by July 22nd and start August 12th or September 23rd."

This is an incredible opportunity – if you want to be part of a diverse, kind programming community, and spend three months focusing on projects close to your heart, this is your chance! Happy to answer any questions you might have! \o/

Many people seem to think imperfections in communication tools (e.g., email mailing lists, web forums) are the reason communication is difficult and why consensus isn't reached.

The tools may (and probably do) have an impact, but make no mistake: communication is always difficult. See also Wiio's Laws (

In order to have a constructive discussion, humans will need to put in a lot of effort into it. It's not about tools.

Gab; Nazis; blocking people; suicide mention 

People who write books have book editors who "copy edit" the text and story telling to make it a better book.

Should people who write code not have code editors?

OH: “a certain "agent" which gets run on hosts to check if they're compliant … was periodically running something not dissimilar to "free && sync && echo 3 >/proc/sys/vm/drop_caches && free".”

“so far as we could work out this was an attempt to measure system memory usage without those pesky cached pages confusing things.”

"Why is the orphanage on fire?"
"Well you said to check if the sprinklers were working."
*pushes glasses up, pinches bridge of nose*

#sysadmin #programming

It really is clear when the Debian Buster release happened to our file archive.

Thanks @debian !

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Lars and friends