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I walk into the law office

name: bartleby
occupation: scrivener
preference: not to

I am forcibly removed from the law office

Amnesty International petition to urge Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and other pharmaceutical companies to join C-TAP and ensure manufacturers in other countries can scale up covid vaccine production

act.amnestyusa.org/page/82608/

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18 Years ago, Joel Spolsky wrote an important treatise that I think still holds up very well

Especially so with what seems to be discussions of the platform itself, creating its own rolling phenomena. Influence of platforms on people is self-reinforcing

joelonsoftware.com/2003/03/03/

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as we talk about the morality of vaccine patents

i think it is a nice time to also remember historical precident

jonas salk did not patent the polio vaccine. he went out of his way to make sure it was not patented.

he never got rich. he actively made sure he didn't get rich off of it.

but that history is full of stories about how for the rest of his life, jonas salk did not have to ever pay for a beer in any bar in this country. he would get on airplanes and once somebody recognized his name, the entire damn plane would stand up and clap for him. he constantly had hotel rooms comped, meals for free at restaurants, thus and so.

because he was surrounded by people who knew he had saved their children from having to ever consider the fear of an iron lung, and were overwhelmingly grateful for it.

he was always modest and demure when recognized thusly. but i think that when people start saying "well why else would someone make a vaccine, if not to get paid for it and hold the patent", i think it is good to remember these stories. the world did not punish jonas salk for not patenting the polio vaccine. the world loved him for it. maybe not in the structures that billionaires are most used to. but they did love him for it, in small ways, in humble ways, on the individual level.

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This is the ideal scroll bars. You may not like it, but this is what peak performance looks like.

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What if we started making scroll bars that were like easily visible again

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Hey, fedipals - what are some of your favorite resources on the evils of cryptocurrencies, NFTs, all that bullshit? I need concrete facts to cite, but all sources are welcome here.

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The word “internet” has been so effectively hijacked by its most dystopian corners that it’s grown harder to even refer to the older element of online life, let alone bring it back into the forefront of society’s consideration. It's time we did so. eff.org/deeplinks/2021/05/intr

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Tuned the graphics down & managed to actually get through collecting an item and getting back to my ship without the computer shutting down! Even when interrupted by a real-world earthquake! (it was small)

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and now it's latched onto another tune

Murderbot! Murderbot!
Gonna keep you from getting shot!
Sends their drones all around
Hacks computers without a sound
Look out! Here comes the Murderbot!

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Really disconcerting when the computer abruptly shuts off in the middle of a game

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I guess I'll have to turn down some of the settings in order to play more than 30 minutes at a time.

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Finally tried out No Man's Sky. Starting planet is not only overheating my character, it's overheating my CPU too!

No, brain, you are not allowed to sing Murderbot to the tune of Lollipop

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Ready for split views and Gempub? #Lagrange v1.4.0 is out:

gmi.skyjake.fi/gemlog/2021-05_
gemini://skyjake.fi/gemlog/2021-05_lagrange-1.4.gmi

The announcement post as a Gempub: gemini://skyjake.fi/media/lagrange_v1.4.gpub

#Gemini

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