This interview with polymath and inveterate overachiever Dr Martine Rothblatt is just incredible... What a CV.

tim.blog/2020/12/16/martine-ro

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The Audacity/telemetry PR was closed, the author said they won't use Google or Yandex, and it *looks* like there's a fork that will never have any telemetry that the KXstudio team is going to maintain.
https://github.com/audacity/audacity/pull/835#issuecomment-835880865
https://github.com/KXStudio/audacity

The whole situation is worrying but it will be interesting to see what happens in the future.
https://github.com/audacity/audacity/pull/835#issuecomment-835772456
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Susan Rigetti née Fowler’s new post!

So you want to study philosophy … https://www.susanrigetti.com/philosophy

I hope it makes more thinkers out of us, just like her physics post encouraged hundreds of thousands of folks to take up physics

Find that at https://www.susanrigetti.com/physics

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I had loads of things to do, to-day.

So, what did I do? Yeah, I went for a walk.

Well, it was sunny again.

#photo #photography #Highlands #Scotland #Outdoors

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New shot today. 4x zoom. Really happy with the results. Almost finished with editing.

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I'm close to moving back to Windows. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to hold oneself back, deny oneself better and easier accessibility in the name of open source, when many open source developers don't give a crap about accessibility, and/or don't educate themselves on it. KDE connect, GSConnect, all were inaccessible for one reason or another, not the least because of Gnome-shell's terrible accessibility issues. That was just the last straw. With the only thing holding me to Linux being Emacs+Emacspeak, I think its time to quit Linux and just use what actually works. It's interesting how being "free" just means being under the power and whim of other people, a mass of developers who have no insentive for accessibility, rather than a cohesive company who does. This is serious, and I want every developer to understand this, understand my deep frustration with FOSS.

#FOSS #Linux #KDE #a11y #accessibility #Windows #comunism #capitalism #software #developers

Apart from Masto/Fedi, what are your other favourite sites, blogs and online communities to regularly spend time in and why?

I'm in need of new haunts.

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“Cheery was aware that Commander Vimes didn't like the phrase 'The innocent have nothing to fear', believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like 'The innocent have nothing to fear'.”
― Terry Pratchett, Snuff

“Everyone should occasionally break the law in some small and delightful way, Drumknott. It’s good for the hygiene of the brain.”
― Terry Pratchett, Snuff

Re: / /

As a writer, it is important to give one’s characters vulnerabilities/inner challenges. Just stumbled upon this site, aimed at fostering inclusive design, which also doubles as a convenient character-idea generator for this very purpose.

cardsforhumanity.idean.com/

May at least help jar me out of my patterns and write more three dimensional characters representative of a broader selection of human experiences.

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New #blogpost: “Misinformation about Permissions Policy and FLoC”.

Lots of people have been spreading the often-unnecessary advice to add a Permissions-Policy response header to their sites, and some have been going so far as to ask FLOSS maintainers to patch their software to make this the default.

If you read the actual proposals and W3C specs, you’ll find a different story.

Everybody: please calm down, take a deep breath, and read before you make such prescriptive advice.

FLoC is terrible, but telling everyone to add a magic “opt-out header” in every situation conveys a misunderstanding of everything you need to know about the opt-in/out process.

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@namtari Like they say, the difference between USA and USB is that one connects to your devices and reads data while the other is a hardware standard.

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Clean up the web!

Developers, it’s time for you to choose a side: will you help rid the web of privacy-invading tracking or be complicit in it?

cleanuptheweb.org/

#CleanUpTheWeb #FlocOffGoogle

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I can’t believe I’m having to write this code in a fucking web server. What a mockery of the web, human rights, and the GDPR.

Fuck you, Google!

#FLoC #Google #SurveillanceCapitalism

I love Afua Hirsch.

“... we abandon our supposed commitment to meritocracy and equality by accepting that these human beings are born deserving of special reverence. We receive access to their charity, but in return we lose our freedom to challenge their authority... There is no escaping the haunting legacy of empire. Its ghosts have long taken possession of our royal family, turning them into emperors w/out colonies, bounty hoarders w/out raids, conquerers w/out wars.”

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

For Sale... One Cool Internet Screen Name: “Deleuze Lautrec”. £40 or nearest offer. Would suit transcendental-empiricist artist with specialty in gaudy post-impressionist depictions of decadent Parisian night life. Would swap for a Guy Debord Ouija Board or similar. No time wasters.

If Player 1 succeeds they have won a round. This continues with Player 1 alternating between partners for as long as both parties can bear it. The person with the most rounds to their name wins.

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Player 2 must respond by naming this or some other person with a first name matching the aforementioned surname. If they cannot then they have a right to challenge player one. Failure to provide an answer results in a loss. If, however, the serve is returned then Player 1 must name a third person in the same fashion.

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