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us politics 

trump finally built the wall - it's around the whitehouse, incomplete, and a bunch of wooden panels painted to look like concrete twitter.com/poppy_haze/status/

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Now that it's Election Day in the US, a friendly reminder:

Vote like your life, liberty, and your existence as a human being depend on it. Because they truly do.

Apparently a "Gendèr" is a type of Indonesian musical instrument and if you happen to play one, idakoos.com has got you covered

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Everyone was so happy to unload on DigitalOcean for #hacktoberfest spam, but nobody seems to be saying anything about them having fixed it. Here's me correcting the Fediverse's mistake with a link: hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com

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Halloween snowstorm and it feels like the end of the world

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Emacs could be improved immeasurably if it did a major release that just ditched all the obsolete terminology. "Alt" instead of "Meta", "Cut and Paste" instead of "Kill and Yank", "Fonts" instead of "Faces". Rip off the band-aid and join the rest of us in the 21st Century

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This is the bisexual dad representation I didn't know I needed 🦢🦢🦢

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FUCK THIS

youtube-dl taken down from GitHub. Some maintainers are in the comments of this discussing it: github.com/github/dmca/pull/81

where's the fork on sourcehut and/or codeberg and/or anywhere else besides fucking Microsoft GitHub?

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For most of this year, @zwol and I have been working on a pretty ambitious project:
* to make a fresh release of GNU Autoconf, a crucial #FLOSS build tool that hadn't had a new release since 2012
* to get paid for that
* to help put Autoconf on a more sustainable footing so it doesn't have to get rescued again a little while down the road

Autoconf 2.70 is due out next month, and you can read my fresh LWN story about the rejuvenation & what's next:

lwn.net/SubscriberLink/834682/

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Celebrity death 

James Randi passed away on Oct. 20th.

What an amazing life. He will be missed.

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uspol, elections, trump 

Finally there is some serious discussion in the mainstream of the possibility of a coup in the USA. Before it was either clickbait or irony.

I've been worried about this for quite some time, but most people I spoke with played it down.

I like how "American exceptionalism" is explicitly called out as a cause of that here:
theguardian.com/commentisfree/

This is also a decent read about this:
vox.com/policy-and-politics/20

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The pandemic has proven touch id right and face id wrong 😷

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