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I have a Nokia 3310 (3G) and it's had 95% uptime since 2017. I pulled it off the charger this morning. Tonight I plugged it back in before bed and it says "Battery already full. Please unplug to save energy." The battery life on this thing is STILL measured in weeks.

Imagine there were a mobile computing/communication device designed and built for repairability, affordability, low power consumption, and completely open source; a smol-phone, if you will. What would be your preferred charging/communication connector for this device? Any opinions welcome.

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environmental impact of container tech 

I haven't seen anyone seriously study the environmental impact of continuous integration and the redundant steps of containerised workflows. like, it feels pretty likely that it's at least a nontrivial impact.

the standard in tech nowadays is to download and build everything from scratch when you make a change, such that even a small non-code change can result in upwards of an hour of computing work.

like, for example, at work we use Circle CI, and the standard plugin (Circle calls them Orbs) for Node.js will manually download and extract a copy of Node every single time a container is launched. this makes them all prone to supply-side attacks, requires huge infra on the servers that host the Node builds that also cannot go down without impacting code changes made by loads of people, but is extremely wasteful and probably has a measurable carbon footprint.

I personally don't have the ability at my current job to properly examine and fix this waste, but I hope that at least someone in tech seriously takes a look and figures out a way to at least improve things. at minimum, I feel like open-source projects not bound by deadlines and profit margins should try and reduce waste in their CI pipelines.

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"Smaller farmers warn that a country without local farmers can create problems in the food supply chain. If one company is providing all the milk or cheese to an entire region, what happens when that plant gets contaminated or a storm isolates it from the rest of the country? 'It’s an incredibly fragile supply chain, and when it fails, it fails completely,'"

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@paul @praxeology Remember when twitter was all about freedom during the Arab Spring? In the late 80s, Ursula Franklin gives four examples of technologies that started out being sold as liberation, but quickly turned into systems of enslavement. One is the sewing machine, which was supposed to give women freedom, so that everyone could make their own clothes - the reality was production line sweatshops. Another is industrialised food - sold as freeing up time, and indeed people do sew and cook less, but then have to work harder in order to afford food and clothes, when food is flown around the world to iron out the seasons. Another is cars - sold as a hobbyists dream of freedom, but then (at least in the UK) train lines were ripped up, and possibilities of active travel were taken away, and we sit in traffic jams.

A farming friend about starting her business: "I just subscribed to QuickBooks the other day, but I haven't entered anything into it because I don't have internet at home."

I am pretty sad that there is almost zero public awareness that internet access is not a requirement to making calculations.

She seems open to learning about Ledger, so hopefully I can get her hooked. I feel like I have a moral duty to convert as many Intuit customers as I can in this lifetime.

@tickfoot and I pulled 90 POUNDS of produce today. Beans, cucumber, zucchini, patty pan. 👨‍🌾

terrible idea 

centralized bittorrent:

1. write a script to chop up movies into small 10 second segments, splicing them into longer videos
2. upload to youtube or wherever
3. "it's fair use"
4. publish the timestamps and a script that will download the right segments and splice them back together
6. profit: no bittorrent traffic snitched on you

Or rather, I know there's a low-tech solution hiding in there somewhere, but I just can't put my finger on it. 👨‍🌾

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Anybody have any low-tech ideas on how to do this?

It needs to be accessible to non-tech people, so basically the web and email are just about the only tools I can think of at my disposal.

I feel like setting up a MySQL database and some bloated PHP app is just too much...

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We sell vegetables, and sometimes nature blesses us with excess. I'm looking for a way to offer them to our customers on a first-come/first-serve basis.

If I send out an email that says "we have 10 extra shares of squash" and 20 people say that they want it, then I have to tell half of them that it's already spoken for.

I could host an e-commerce thing, but all of the ecomm projects out there are WAY too much. I don't need payment processing or anything, just an inventory/reservation system.

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Farming, particularly small, organic farming which is 99% hand managed, is a ton, I mean a ton, of sweaty, dirty, thankless work... and well, I love it. I really do. 🤸

Over 20 lbs of summer squash harvested today. I hope some locals are ready to dine real fine.

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3 stages of dog companionship:

1. Try to clean the hair before it gets in your food.
2. Accept that the hair gets in the food and that you need to pull it out.
3. Just eat the hair.

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There's something incredibly... wonderful about writing a person an email after you've read their gemlog which you randomly stumbled over. And if they answer and you actually end up having a real conversation. This. This is peak internet.

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