UK Home Office Consultation, input needed to prevent genocide against Travellers 

When I finished college, it was nearly impossible to get papers in the fields that interest me without spending a small fortune in fees

Sci-hub is probably saving independent research around the world

@codesections @myr @mike It would not take you very long to find projects that take a "no politics here" stance on FLOSS, which is of course itself a political position. And one that goes against the political basis of FLOSS, so it often speaks to a fundamental disconnect that will likely cause conflict later anyway.
Distros, like any other FLOSS project, can fall into this trap really easily.

@myr @mike Mind you, Debian are less afraid to embrace the politics of FLOSS than other more techbro-ish distros, so I'd like to see them survive and thrive, maybe capturing lots of Ubuntu escapees.

@myr @mike Mint's past behaviour with LMDE left me with an upgrade-bricked machine I had to nuke, and a conviction to never again trust those clowns with my hardware.
If Ubuntu sank, they'd tear down a huge part of the Linux ecosystem with them. Debian would be my first port, but I would probably renew my affair with Arch. Whatever succeeded Antergos. Debian depends on work paid for by Canonical too, IIRC.

I wish everybody knew about

when "hey you should read article! [link]" leads you to some hideous monstrosity of popups, autoplaying videos, and begging for/demanding money to read the damn text, you can instead:

1. copy the URL
2. paste it into the box
3. enjoy reading the actual text
4. (optional) say "not today, Satan"

sometimes it doesn't work, for some mysterious, unexplained reason. sometimes chokes on NYT articles, for example, but other times if I close the tab it's in, open an new tab, and try pasting the url again, it works, so.

anyway yeah! spread the news!

@grainloom @KitsuneAlicia
Decisively: "I will use this power for good"
*wracks brains for about 20 seconds, shrugs gormlessly*
"I will use this power"

Roma community & UK govt so-called consultation 

USpol, antisemitism 

I've noticed some of y'all slacking, so here's a helpful chart

open cpu design, risc v 

@Shufei @cypnk For domestic thermal mass storage, the right choice of brick might be cheaper, easier to build, and perhaps denser too. Not as rugged looking though, for sure.
In Ireland there used (like, Iron age and earlier) to be a sort of sauna-with-cooking called a Fulacht Fia, where a pool of water was heated by throwing in hot rocks. You can boil water quickly enough, like that. Huge thermal capacity.

twitter decentralization, in the news 

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