I think this is the first time I've ever heard someone rapping about climbing:
I'm on a Rope
from Tape.CLIMB.PerfectRepeat. (S-Side) by Devin Dabney (HHLH)
TIL https://takeout.google.com is a URL you can use to create archival backups of the content you've piled into Google services over time.
Who knows how long it will last, or how they will hobble it in the future to make escape more difficult.
Even if you can't sever your ties with Google right away, get those periodic archives for when you can!
I'm trying to learn a bit more haskell by using it for Advent of Code. Would any experienced haskellers please offer critiques of my first bit of code?
tech-libertarian bad takes
"Intel designed a secret security flaw into every computer on the planet but that's their business decision so it's not for us to judge"
"I use the most permissive license, so amoral profit-driven paperclip maximizers can do whatever they want with ~no obligations~"
"Gosh I wish the paperclip maximizer had the common courtesy to tell me about its plans to turn the universe into paperclips."
"No, that's my only complaint, do carry on."
tech-libertarian bad takes
> Intel uses MINIX to keep secrets from its users and enable total third-party control over their computers
Creator of MINIX: "this reaffirms my view that the BSD license provides the maximum amount of freedom to users." 🤢 http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/intel/
When you enable "users" to rescind freedom, it benefits powerful companies at real individual people's expense.
This is why I advocate "AGPL3 everything" and why I despair that nobody has written a fully AGPL3 OS kernel yet.
Intel's management engine - in most CPUs since 2008 - can be p0wned over USB
I put out my first blog post at my new gig today: I published and wrote up some free software tools I built to make PDF copies of articles for folks who worked at Gothamist and DNAinfo before the sites were abruptly closed last week. I've made 44,107 PDFs with them so far. https://freedom.press/news/saving-gothamist-archives-journalisms-billionaire-problem/
"Pleroma is an OStatus-compatible social networking server written in Elixir, compatible with GNU Social and Mastodon. It is high-performance and can run on small devices like a Raspberry Pi."
It's also AGPL3 licensed! 😎👍
(But many toots I've seen promoting it are also antagonistic toward Mastodon. That doesn't seem nice. Surely burning birdsite to the ground, never to rise again can be a fun, collaborative and pluralistic effort?)
It gets on my nerves that people use WhatsApp or Signal or Threema or Telegram or whatever hip new thing they came up with for instant messaging because "it is too hard/weird to create an XMPP account".
XMPP is a protocol for federated instant messaging in case you never heard of it.
If we are already getting people to use Mastodon instead of birdsite, how about we made it really easy for instance owners to also run an XMPP server using the same credentials as Mastodon for user authentication?