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Our paper on the importance of considering *stress fluctuations* in simulation models of amorphous solids:

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A sad day for #FreeSoftware, #Kerala forgets its legacy in leading the world and falls for Google's 'free of cost' service.

I think we should educate teachers and general public about dangers of surveillance capitalism where you pay with your data, privacy and even at the cost of losing our political agency to big companies. #Google is providing 'Free of Cost' only because they know to make money out of people's data and has a monopoly in online ads. Would you join me?

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Well this is interesting. An original Sci-Fi show being presented in short segments on Youtube and Vimeo. Production looks good and acting seems legit. Hopefully the story is good.

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Today's side-quest: fixing contrast issues in light theme of my website

The workflow:

1. Use Firefox's accessibility tool: "Check for issues -> Contrast"
2. Use VS Code to convert colours in the #CSS from hex codes to hsl values
3. Reduce lightness value, typically to 33%
4. Repeat


Even with 20/20 vision, it looks much more readable to me now.

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August Community Update!

We're excited to announce the
#PineNote: fast refresh e-ink panel, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC, Rockchip RK3566- $399

- #PinePhone keyboard enters production - coming soon

- #PinebookPro new touchpad firmware

- #PineTime & #PineDio

- development updates

And _much_ more!

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Make Plasma 5.22 great! Join us for Beta Review Day on May 22 and help us squash all the bugs in Plasma 5.22 Beta:

Our paper on the importance of considering *stress fluctuations* in simulation models of amorphous solids:

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After the Five Eyes, the EU Council is now trying to backdoor encryption in messaging apps. We will keep fighting for your right to privacy. 💪 Here is why:
It's good that the MIT uses the same arguments:
(comic v/Stuart Carlson)

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Ad Observatory is an NYU project that enlists Facebook users to record the ads they see, building a database of the ads Facebook runs and to check whether Facebook is adhering to its own policies, for example, on labeling and limiting political ads


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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 and a few more sites.” ...

Micah F. Lee (EFF/The Intercept @micahflee

"RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos"

HN discussion:


Reddit search:


Censorship, propaganda, surveillance, and targeted manipulation are inherent characteristics of monopoly:

RMS, "The Right to Read" (1997):

Remember that the RIAA is a bad-publicity-deflection cartel of its major members. These are:

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

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Happy Free Software Day!

I'm accidentally celebrating by just learning about all the cool organizations and people working on free software in India. As in, I learned about FSFI first, and then I pulled on further threads from there and found more orgs, and then I discovered on their news pages that today is FSD. 😀

FSF India @fsfi

Swathanthra Malayalam Computing @smc

Software Freedom Law Center, India @sflcin

Free Software Community of India

The FSCI don't seem to have an official account on Fedi or Diaspora, but I'm now following some individuals mentioned on their website, by just searching for their usernames on Fedi and Diaspora.
Free Software Community of India
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Current Etherium Network Fees Are Killing CryptoCurrency Tokens Like The Browsers Currency. Smaller amount of digital currency tokens on the blockchain have become worthless due to the unusually high transaction fees.

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A Lawyer claims that he has filed a Contempt Petition against @[email protected] for this tweet on 9/7/2020

RT @[email protected]

CJI rides a 50 Lakh motorcycle belonging to a BJP leader at Raj Bhavan Nagpur, without a mask or helmet, at a time when he keeps the SC in Lockdown mode denying citizens their fundamental right to access Justice!


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RT @[email protected]

Never thought that I will come across a Statute, the name of which exceeds @[email protected]'s 280 characters limit. Here is a screenshot of the name. Is this the longest worded Statute in India ? @[email protected]


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This week in KDE: Elisa displays the progress of the playing song inline and allows you to customize the sidebar, the Disk Usage viewer recovers a classic widget design and KDE's remote desktop session viewer, KRDC, solves its cursor lagging problem.

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Why Mastodon and the fediverse are “doomed to fail”

-> a small rant about how the profit lens distorts our understanding of success vs. failure:

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Chapter 99 in The Tech Industry Is Broken With Problems It Has No Desire To Fix.

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