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The ancient gods, reminding us on winter solstice that Darkness doesn't last forever.

Or, a humble double rainbow.

RT @margit_stumpp@twitter.com

Die Chefs von Nextcloud und Ionos, @fkarlitschek@twitter.com und @achimweiss@twitter.com haben an MP #WinfriedKretschmann geschrieben. „Unabhängigkeit und Datensouveränität der Lehrer und Schüler sollten uns allen am Herzen liegen“
Dringend notwendig, den Ministerin #Eisenmann ignoriert dies permanent!

🐦🔗: twitter.com/margit_stumpp/stat

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In Germany, coal corporation RWE is set to destroy our villages in order to burn the 600 million t of lignite underneath. They want to displace us and trash the climate.
Please share the video & join our struggle for #ClimateJustice and that #AllVillagesRemain!
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Trump will ban TikTok in the US because it is owned by a chinese company. bloomberg.com/news/articles/20 In the future it will matter where services are hosted and who owns the data and the software. #nextcloud

did it again!
CJEU invalidates EU/US "Privacy Shield" data exchange agreement.

EU to GAFAM: Surveil this!

CJEU Media Page | noyb.eu

noyb.eu/en/CJEU-Media-Page

it’s fucked up to see governments say “how will we pay for it” because it just means they’re owned by capital. capital gets to say what they can and can’t do. you can’t solve poverty, an entirely artificial condition, because it’s too expensive. you can’t build homes for the homeless, it’s too expensive. you can’t own networking infrastructure, only comcast and verizon can do that because — you guessed it — it’s too expensive. “it’s too expensive” means you have to let The Market decide who lives and who dies.

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i. it is better to delete code than to write code.

ii. the more code software has, the worse it becomes.

iii. the best software is that which does not exist.

iv. merely good programmers solve problems. truly great programmers do not confront them in the first place.

v. the greatest programmer of all is the humble farmer who spends his days in hard and honest labor growing food for his family and people, who has never in his life heard of a computer, and never will

Companies consider abandoning open office layouts to prevent disease spread
nytimes.com/2020/05/04/health/

(submitted by tekdude)

covid, apps, 🇳🇴 

in Norway the debate among experts is apparently between a badly designed centralized app and using Apple/Google APIs....
like, assuming that one wants to implement digital contact tracing, alternative options are not contemplated. both approaches have serious issues.
Norwegians have a society based on trust, and most people have automatically granted trust to tech companies that are ubiquitously used at the institutional level, like Apple/Google/Facebook. :blob_pensive:

It is amazing, and also depressing, watching national- and global-level strategic health/science/politics communication being done over Twitter, a platform expressly designed to make communication hard.

People resorting to Tweeting screenshots of Tweetstorm essay screenshots, because they need to discuss and fact-check complex logical arguments line by line, and Twitter just didn't think that was an important use-case and actively wanted to disincentivise it.

That makes my programmer soul sad.

Dear any platform designer:

If you ever find yourself saying "but nobody would ever need/want to use my platform to do X"...

Just close your lips at that point. Your future trial in the court of public opinion will go better if there's no record of your self-incriminating statements

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The Malleable Systems Collective is a new group that's launched just December 2019 and looks really exciting.

<< Modern computing is far too rigid. Applications can only function in preset ways determined by some far away team. Software is trapped in hermetically sealed silos and is rewritten many times over rather than recomposed.

This community catalogs and experiments with malleable software and systems that reset the balance of power>>

malleable.systems/

h/t @jfred

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