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Using OpenOffice? Getting messages like "This document was created by a newer version of OpenOffice"? If so, the document was probably created in LibreOffice, a successor project with many extra features and updates. LibreOffice 7.0 introduced ODF 1.3, an updated document format: blog.documentfoundation.org/bl

The watergate hotel was named after the scandal where a busboy accidentally brought a glass of water instead of a Coke to Howard Hughes.

Sharing git code by using Apache directory browsing on a git --bare directory FTW.

Disney is trying new tactics to not pay writers for work that they purchased as part of their myriad of mergers:

sfwa.org/2020/11/18/disney-mus

Your periodic reminder that periodic reminders are periodic reminders.

Here's how to make your science fiction predictions believable:

First, take the hardest problems that we have. You might need to dig a bit, but they're ever present. Got a few? Good. Now assume that we only made fleeting progress to address them.

Now take the mid-range issues. Take 50% of them and imagine that our law makers fucked up the solution.

Now take the easy stuff. Take 75% of those and pervert them because the easy answer isn't the right answer.

Serve to taste.

Dear Christians 

Ya ever think that maybe, just maybe, y'all are really bad about not following the antichrist?

What I want: the ability to wave my phone at something and have it send money to a merchant.

What I don't want: a play-by-play analysis of how 11 banks and one search engine would like me to wave my phone at things better:

news.slashdot.org/story/20/11/

(Note: not a request for advice. Take your opinions about Google and keep them out of my mentions. I shouldn't have to add this to every post, but there's always someone out there that feels I need to hear their opinions on Google. I don't care.

Please, if you have a bot, make it post in unlisted rather than in public. There is so many bots posting in public now that the federated timeline is becoming unusable.
I don’t usually ask that, but can you boost this to spread awareness?

The Replay Foundation, my employer, announced their liquidation today. This means no more Pinburgh. It also means I'm Officially out of a job for the forseeable, so if y'all wouldn't mind boosting a link to my other source of income Improbable Island, that'd be just super.

improbableisland.com

It's a silly online game and it doesn't pay as much as fixing pinball machines but heck it's what I've got right now, and this winter's probably gonna be a hairy one.

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