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So, should we:

Address the fact that the software industry is a pile of bullcrap that could collapse in any moment.

Or rename our branches to "main" and call it a day.

@tyil @sir @loke true, but while I'm unsure about the timeline, in my memory ZFS and btrfs availability for linux happened around the same time.

But it's not a fair comparison. Nobody is threatening us with 'hard maintenance mode' for ext4. Or ffs with softupdates.

@loke @sir Wayland has done a terrible job of selling itself. Compare btrfs. By all reports, it has its share of problems, but at least it has a couple of compelling new features: checksums, snapshots and volumes.

Wayland's is that it works well on high-dpi monitors. Great news for graphic designers, but nobody else cares.

Most people who use X are programmers or sysadmins. They UNDERSTAND that sometimes you need to rewrite an old legacy system. But be honest.

@deejoe Today I Learned Americans are actually required to have a grassy lawn. The more I learn about the Land Of The Free, the more it seems like the Land Of The Fussy.

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@StayGrounded_net I think even the shortest of these is hundreds of kilometers long, which makes me wonder about the smaller stretches, the ones that help people commute to work and visit relatives.

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RT @GretaThunberg@twitter.com

In the midst of a climate & ecological emergency the EU is about to lock nearly €400bn into a new agricultural policy, completely ignoring climate & biodiversity. And no-one even reports about it!? Even a child knows this isn't how democracy is supposed to work. #FutureofCAP twitter.com/HarrietBirdlife/st

🐦🔗: twitter.com/GretaThunberg/stat


Do you ride a bike, but have you always been envious of the poor visibility and the poor manoeuvrability car drivers enjoy? There's something for you now!

People saying VPNs don't work.. 

@jasper good point, I typically don't think of (targeted) propaganda as an infosec issue, but it probably is.

Helen Nissenbaum's pamphlet "Obfuscation" lies on my bedside table, unread ...

People saying VPNs don't work.. 

@jasper I'm trying to understand the threat model here. I agree that for most people there are diminishing returns in defending against targeted hacks by the NSA, but where do insurance companies fit in?

@viv @rum_and_tea most Europeans have never thought about how hard it is to get into Europe. There's an almost perfect cognitive disconnect between European border policy and the mindset of European holiday goers.

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a linguistic shitpost, I guess 

Proposals that are in favour of the environment, even though they do not belong to a single group of the political spectrum, are not adopted by the majority, making the minority simmer with anger.

In other words, colorless green ideas sleep furiously

@vfrmedia To be honest, I think the BBC has an exceptionally difficult job to do, navigating the British political landscape, which seems even more divided than it is here.

@vfrmedia Not just the Christian groups ... Joop, for example, is a website run by a public broadcasting group associated with the Labour party. Their programming is openly left wing, and this made perfect sense fifty years ago, when people would only watch the programming associated with "their" party.

Nowadays, people turn on the tv and, if they're of a different persuasion, wonder why their tax money funds this.

@vfrmedia that makes a lot of sense as well. To be honest, I think NOS (and the regional broadcasters) is the only television broadcaster has a large budget for news reporting. There's no serious commercial competitor like, say, CNN in the US.

@vfrmedia Maybe. But if you read the, er, less savoury parts of the Dutch internet, you'll see the invective is directed at public broadcasting. Unlike the BBC, Dutch public broadcasting has no requirement to be non-partizan (quite the opposite, they're allied with different political parties), but the general public in the Netherlands has largely forgotten this, and is indignant about their "biased" programming.

@vfrmedia although "far-right" is the Guardian's spin on it, it's not in the Joop source. Sure, activist farmers, Corona denialists and football hooligans typically aren't card-carrying green party members, but it's a simplification that hides how diverse the groups that distrust the NOS are. And it's just the NOS, not other tv stations. It's not a bunch of neo Nazis on an organized campaign.

(Fwiw I find them perfectly adequate)

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I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

“Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”

“What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

“Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”

The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”

“Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so.”

“Easy, chief,” I said. “Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair.”

He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”

“Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

It didn’t seem like they did.

“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.

I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.

“Subway™ Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!®” I yelled.

Too late. He was already out the front door. I went after him.

“Stop right there!” I yelled as I ran. He was faster than me because I always try to avoid stepping on public sidewalks. Our country needs a private-sidewalk voucher system, but, thanks to the incestuous interplay between our corrupt federal government and the public-sidewalk lobby, it will never happen.

I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”

He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.

“All right, all right!” the man yelled, throwing down his weapon. “I give up, cop! I confess: I took the bitcoins.”

“Why’d you do it?” I asked, as I slapped a pair of Oikos™ Greek Yogurt Presents Handcuffs® on the guy.

“Because I was afraid.”


“Afraid of an economic future free from the pernicious meddling of central bankers,” he said. “I’m a central banker.”

I wanted to coldcock the guy. Years ago, a central banker killed my partner. Instead, I shook my head.

“Let this be a message to all your central-banker friends out on the street,” I said. “No matter how many bitcoins you steal, you’ll never take away the dream of an open society based on the principles of personal and economic freedom.”

He nodded, because he knew I was right. Then he swiped his credit card to pay me for arresting him.

@JonathanMBR interesting way to formulate it. I can add that most farms in the Netherlands are open field, and most areas are open field. But there is a small number of horticulture farmers (in a small part of the country) that produce most of our vegetables in greenhouses.

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Airline lobby: "Prioritizing air transport is key for the eventual recovery of the world"

Are they talking about the same world as us? The one that's on fire and approaching climate breakdown? 🌎🔥🛫

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