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Google removed K-9 Mail from the Play store with zero notice because the description of the app included alternate spellings of the app name we'd included to work around how bad Play's search is.

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Medier kan klassifiseres langs to akser:
- Hvor mange år henger de etter?
- Er det smart eller noe dumt, det de kommer med på etterskudd?

Kombinasjonene er dermed:
- Avisa som formidler dumme ideer flere år på etterskudd (vanlig)
- Avisa som formidler gode ideer flere år på etterskudd (mindre vanlig)
- Avisa som formidler ferske dumme ideer (sjelden)
- Avisa som formidler ferske gode ideer (hypotetisk)

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fosdem.org/2021/news/2020-09-0

Next FOSDEM: 6 & 7 February 2021, online

FOSDEM 2021 will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2021 as an online event.

Please bear with us while we work out the specifics. Further details and calls for participation will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Focus on "WebBundles will turn the web into a series of PDFs," geez.

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@pluralistic GAFAM have succeeded in doing what Microsoft (Gates & Ballmer specifically) proposed to Intel circa 1980: a carve-up of I.T. space.

Gates's proposal was IBM for business, Intel for embedded devices, and "hobbyists" for Microsoft.

theregister.com/2018/11/19/joh

In the autumn of 1980, Bill's unfamiliarity with his new purchase didn't stop him proposing, in a story told by Stanford's John Wharton who was Intel's second point man for negotiations, a three way carve up of the market between IBM, Intel and Microsoft - then a company with 30 employees.

If historians are to conclude that Bill "thought big", they'll be correct - but they may also conclude that he didn't always "think legally". Market carve ups are a violation of antitrust laws.

theregister.com/2006/06/17/sai

#monopoly #antitrust #BillGates #JohnWharton #microsoft #intel #AndrewOrlowski

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And just like you can express your support for "ecology" by campaigning for the ozone layer while your comrade campaigns for owls, you can fight oligarchy by fighting against Apple, or Facebook, or Google, or Comcast, or Purdue Poultry...or Purdue Pharma.

You are on the same side as the wrestling fan who just gofundemed a beloved wrestler, and the optician who's been chickenized by Luxottica, and the Uber driver whose just had their wages cut by an app.

eof/

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But once they'd chickenized all suppliers and corralled all customers, they started to challenge one another's territorial claims, and to demand that we all take a side, to fight for Google's right to challege FB's social dominance, or to side with FB over Apple.

And they run a risk when they ask us to take a side, the risk that we'll start to ask ourselves whether ANY of these (tax-dodging, DRM-locking, privacy invading, dictator-abetting, workforce abusing) companies deserve our loyalty.

13/

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Everybody says everybody else should be more aware of their own field of study. Programmers think people should practice better security, nutritionists explain you really do need your vegetables, doctors tell you to lift more, social scientists think you should learn about how society shapes the individual... Of course, they are all correct. It's just not going to happen. Nobody has the spoons to do all of it in the best way, and Leibniz was the last universal genius.

We must _help_ each other.

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A Teen Threw Scots Wiki Into Chaos and It Highlights a Massive Problem With Wikipedia t.co/yOJPKFsfvi #linguistics

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"in the 10+ years since the feature was added, we now find that half of the DNS root server traffic is very likely due to Chromium’s probes. That equates to about 60 billion queries to the root server system on a typical day."

This is absolutely bonkers.
blog.apnic.net/2020/08/21/chro

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~hot web design take~
❌ fancy imported fonts
✅ sans-serif, serif, monospace

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Václav Havel - Fjernforhør: samtale med Karel Hvízd'ala (1989)

Intervju med Havel gjennomført på midten av 1980-tallet, hvor han forteller om livet sitt før og etter den sovjetiske invasjonen og sine tanker om kunst og politikk. Det jeg liker ved Havel er at han funnet en forankring i noe eviggyldig menneskelig som gjør at du fortsatt får noe igjen for å lese ham, lenge etter at kommunistdiktaturene falt. Han er en vrang og egentlig ganske apolitisk tviler som ser at du ikke kan redusere diktaturet til En Ond Ideologi som må bekjempes med En God Ideologi, men at det har med mennesker å gjøre. Trusselen er det autoritære og ensrettende som abstraherer bort enkeltmenneskene. Dermed ser han også problemer med vestlig kapitalisme som i dag er ekstra aktuelle. At de store systemene vi har bygget også umenneskeliggjør. Det var morsomt å se hvor mye vekt han legger på at det å være menneske bare er mulig i liten skala, og vi drukner når systemet rundt oss blir for stort og abstrakt. For meg har den ideen vært drivkraften til at jeg har flyttet meg så mye politisk i grønn retning de siste årene.

I tillegg er det en rar kontrast å lese historien om Charta 77 midt oppi den underlige debatten om ytringsfrihet som foregår nå, hvor folk skriver under på opprop og bruker veldig store ord til forsvar mot .. eh, at enkelte mediefolk har blitt dårlig behandlet på sosiale medier? Mobben på nettet er fordummende og blant farlig, men jeg sliter med å finne en vinkel å se dette fra som forsvarer de pompøse ordene. Havels ideal om åpenhet og mangfold i offentligheten stiller jeg meg iallfall helt bak, og det er gøy å se hvordan han formulerer kontrasten mellom det han står for og den offisielle linjen i Tsjekkoslovakia. Det handler ikke bare om retten til å kjempe for en annen ideologi, men retten til å være et vrangt enkeltmenneske som lager ting uten tanke på at det skal passe inn i noen politisk platform. Dermed tror jeg han også ville sett problemene med de formene for radikal nettaktivisme som vil gjøre alt politisk og ikke takler ironi og ambivalens, men han ville formulert kritikken bedre enn de som snakker om dette i dag.

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Curious.. does anyone know of any major web app that utilizes SSE(server-sent events)? Seems so under utilized.. everyone seems to opt for websockets and pipe events over it... when there is something literally built for this.

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I know this is a cold take, but UI developers: The opposite of "yes" is not "not right now."

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Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect. There is nothing more or else to it, and there never has been, in any place or time.

-- Frank Wilhoit

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@dredmorbius @cadadr I'm a wealthy westerner at a wealthy western university and I regularly simply don't read papers because they are behind paywalls. Academic publishing is seriously broken.

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Github is sinking. What now? Some quick suggestions on my blog.

yarmo.eu/post/github-sinking

Move. No reason to stay.

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"It's intuitive natural-language writing! Just describe things in simple English!"

ok like what structure

"Whatever you want! The parser will figure it out."
"Except not that way."
"That's also wrong."
"That makes no sense."
"Nope."
"That doesn't work."
"Wrong again."

ok but what's the right way

"Intuitive natural language!"
"But not that way."
"Or that."
"Same to you buddy!"

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In 2020, "multiplatform" apparently means "iOS, iPadOS, and macOS"

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