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- I also serve our English masters, I keep their precious trains running
- Are you happy keeping their trains running?
- Happy? I don't know, but I'm good at it.
- I dream of hunting in this jungle of metal and asphalt. I imagine my true form leaping from beam to ledge to terrace roof until I am at the top of this island. Until I can growl in the faces of all the men who believe they can own me.
Love, Death & Robots - "Good Hunting"

Clever solution for dotfile management: drewdevault.com/2019/12/30/dot by @sir. This is what I wanted, insta-adopt. But maybe I'll also add the files to include negated in .gitignore, so there's no need to use -f and the tracked files are listed in there.

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Here's a textbook takedown of a riot cop. Go in low, you can take the baton hits on your back. Don't stop them with your arm. When you're low, most of the momentum of the baton has been lost. You have to move with some confidence and quickly. Once they're on the ground, they're helpless. All that riot gear makes it difficult to maneuver around. Then you can use ziptie to completely incapacitate them. These are people using military gear without the training. Think of it that way and they become way less dangerous. Remember to keep your posture upright, or else you might land face-first if they shove you on the back. #OurCheats

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@tao Capitalism took all the joy from hacking when they turned it into another business, and with the joy went any respect for the craft and the people who do it.

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Developer-driven software distribution is a bad idea, which is why I dislike things like Flatpak.

Having distro maintainers involved in the process and installing your software from a free software distribution like Debian or FreeBSD is a much better distribution of power. The packages can be tuned to suit their environment without the developer having to repackage it for every distro, and the distro maintainers can keep out anti-features like telemetry and advertising.

The middleman may seem annoying to developers, but embrace the model and it'll work for you. Landing packages in your favorite distro isn't actually that hard, and the rest of the distros will follow. If you're an end-user who wants to see some software available for your distro, look into packaging and volunteer - it's easy.

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I had a minor revelation researching computer networking in the early 1970s:

the reason that the unique identifier for any internet service is called an ACCOUNT... is because it originally correlated directly to a BILLING ACCOUNT, like in an accounting system. Now that I see it, it seems blatantly obvious, but for an entire lifetime of internet usage I never thought about what "account" actually means (or meant).

write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-350

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Dave Snowden - Engage citizens, empower communities, enact stories:

"We're becoming techno-fetishists. We've become so obsessed with computers and digitalisation that we haven't realized that it's a tool. And the point about a tool is that when you pick it up it should fit your hand. You shouldn't have to bio-re-engineer your hand, or worse still - bio-re-engineer your brain, to fit the tool."

youtube.com/watch?v=eAWzj6jucL

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My present Recaptcha policy:

Request audio.

Respond "Fuck you Google"

Repeat until access granted, or the joy fades.

Bonus: All audio AI parsing tends to "Fuck you Google".

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@sir @strypey I vaguely remember disagreeing with your framing on this and the last section of that article could be a response.

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Messaging systems that require you to give out your phone number as identification are ... at best, suboptimal. See Signal, Telegram.

I realize it makes many things easy, but it's got so many drawbacks (starting with security) that I can't really accept it as a compromise.

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@queeranarchism @zeh @piggo @GreenandBlack

It should be noted that it is precisely because we French have a tradition of long-lasting social struggles that we also had a socialized system of insurance against all the risks of life (and not financialized capitalist insurance).

And do not stop at what you see on TV, the French do not burn enough cars.

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