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An optimist is a man who looks forward to marriage.
A pessimist is a married optimist.
If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.
Fourth Law of Thermodynamics:
If the probability of success is not almost one, it is damn near zero.
-- David Ellis
In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way.
-- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982
I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when
you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
-- Poul Anderson

Whining about ADE 

Just in case I am going to forget, I just want to note for self and world:
Adobe Digital Editions is a steaming pile of shit.
If at least this über-proprietary junksack was slick and sexy, at least you would know what you are selling your soul for. But this is some really vile shit.

Of the companies that market stalkerware—sometimes under the guise of child safety or employee-monitoring software—@evacide told the TED audience, “Do these companies know that their tools are being used as tools of abuse? Absolutely.” eff.org/deeplinks/2020/05/watc

Testing @nextcloud Talk self-hosted with NC20 and Talk 10. It actually works quite well - tried between two laptops and with my laptop and my phone. Pretty solid quality. I can see this work as an internal video meeting solution.
I never had it working well before, but it definitely does now.

Waiting cautiously before pushing the button to upgrade Fedora 32 => 33...

Wow, two-factor authentication on websites without SMS is sure easy these days:

install f-droid.org/en/packages/org.li
on the website where you want to enable 2FA, go to settings and find where it can be enabled;
you'll be offered to scan a QR code. Do it. A new item will appear in the FreeOTP+'s list of tokens;
whenever you log in, open the app, tap the appropriate token, and enter the code it shows into the input box on the website.

Why did I wait so long to do this? It's e-e-e-easy!

Also if you're generally frustrated with having to strip CSS or do other various odd things to a page to get it to display correctly without JavaScript, try this: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

It's an addon for Mozilla-based browsers that uses Mozilla's readability library to display only text and images from an article. It effectively achieves the same thing as Mozilla Pocket without relying on proprietary network services (it's all done locally).

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GitHub has removed the ability to access youtube-dl's source code due to a DMCA request by the RIAA

... The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube, and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorization for such use. We note that the source code is described on GitHub as “a command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites.” ...

github.com/github/dmca/blob/ma

Micah F. Lee (EFF/The Intercept @micahflee nitter.net/micahflee/status/13

"RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos"
zdnet.com/article/riaa-blitz-t

HN discussion: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

Reddit: old.reddit.com/r/programming/c
old.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/c
old.reddit.com/r/linux/comment
old.reddit.com/r/youtubedl/com

Reddit search: old.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius/s

Nitter/Birbsite: nitter.net/search?f=tweets&q=y

Censorship, propaganda, surveillance, and targeted manipulation are inherent characteristics of monopoly: joindiaspora.com/posts/7bfcf17

RMS, "The Right to Read" (1997): gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-re

Remember that the RIAA is a bad-publicity-deflection cartel of its major members. These are:
#Sony
#SonyMusic
#UniversalMusic
#AtlanticRecords
#Disney
#ExcelerationMusic
#InterscopeGeffen
#NonesuchRecords
#PartisanRecords
#ProvidentMusic
#SireRecords
#TommyBoy
#WarnerMusic

#DMCA #youtubedl #RIAA #MPAA #github #Censorship #Surveillance #Propaganda #Manipulation #Monoply #CensorshipPropagandaSurveillanceMonopoly #TheRightToRead #EFF

Just bought a used x260, which is excellent with @fedora .
However, because this used to be a corporate laptop, it used to have a sticker on it which is no longer there, and that area needs to be covered.
Now, Fedora used to have a sticker deal with UnixStickers, which is now part of Stickermule. But it does not seem like I can order Fedora stickers unless it is a package with all kinds of other stuff. Anyone know about this?

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