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Being followed by a faceless and silent avatar is creepy.
Here’s my suggestion for newbies: set a picture and write at least one, preferably four posts that tell us something about yourself, about what to expect.
If you follow me, I will look at your profile and maybe I’ll follow back. But I’m not following a faceless and silent avatar.
Now... how to get this message out to newbies... 🤔

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Some pictures taken with the bigger camera. Remember to mute the thread if you have seen enough. Apparently we will get new flowers in March. 😄

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The Latvian Radio Choir singing Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil, Op. 37 "Vespers". The best music for crying and programming, both at the same time. Here I am, tears streaming down my face, thinking about some data import into an Oracle database. And I keep thinking: this is the time we live in. Crying, chagrined, as the world slowly turns into a swamp.

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"I’m feeling small because all these giants are standing on my shoulders!" – me, when thinking about copyright

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A reminder of why I think deleting old posts on social media is important: "I don’t think they have much value going back months and years. I never read through years of tweeting history! This only benefits your enemies, never your friends."

An article talking about Amazon and how they collect data about you but also about their Marketplace and data asymmetry between third party retailers and Amazon, and Margrethe Vestager’s investigations and more.

“Are all those trees definitely dead, or is there a possibility some will come back from the roots? ”

Answering that question is the reason I took this expedition. In a normal or I guess "old-fashioned" bushfire, some percentage of the trees die but many come back after a year or two. This fire burned a lot hotter than anything we've seen before. Compounding this is the general lack of rain going back 10-20 years. Many trees were already struggling to stay alive. In the native woodland on my property, half the trees are dead. We've been losing about 10-15 per year to the drought. This number should be one or two in normal times. The same thing that has been happening on my property is happening to the national forest - and that's why there was such a big fire. The trees are all drying up and dying. After a few years without significant water, the wood splits internally near the trunk, and once it has been damaged like this, it can't pump nutrients to its branches any more.  So to get back to the original question, most of these trees are going to die. A few came through without being significantly burned and if we get good rain in the next year or two, they'll survive. If we don't, they won't.

Also, what happened in Tasmania over the last several years has been well researched - some forests there have been through two or more fires in a short time span. This kills the seedlings and epicormic shoots and the only thing that survives after that is weeds that blow in. Those forests are wiped out and could take centuries for trees to come back. They are just forests full of dead black sticks and sparse weeds. This is what we desperately need to prevent happening in the Blue Mountains, but I don't know if we aren't already past the point of no return just based on how hot this fire burned.
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«The exhortation “learn to code!” has its foundations in market value. “Learn to code” is suggested as a way up, a way out. “Learn to code” offers economic leverage, a squirt of power. “Learn to code” goes on your resume.
But let’s substitute a different phrase: “learn to cook.” People don’t only learn to cook so they can become chefs.»
I really like this blog post.

Via @aadil and @gueorgui 👍

Today's episode comes accompanied by the brisk smell of sea air, plus a hefty dose of Francophobia:

I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
But I won't turn off my ad blocker

@trappleton or you could go full troll mode and start categorizing European history using other civilizations’ eras. I hear Tang dynasty Europe was kind of a bummer, compared to Han dynasty Europe lol

#Ubuntu is placing ads in its motd when you ssh in.

The way it fetches this ad is by doing

USER_AGENT="curl/$curl_ver $lsb $platform $cpu $uptime cloud_id/$cloud_id"

curl -A "$USER_AGENT" ...

In other words, Ubuntu is sending Canonical tracking information so it can serve you an ad.

This doesn't exactly run every time you log in (it caches the ad in /var/cache), but still... phoning home for a frickin ad?

Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry

Congrats to the Kickstarter staff for blazing this incredible trail!

"Workers voted 36 to 47 in favor of unionizing"

They're the first "white-collar, full-time employee" union in tech.


Advertising Is a Cancer on Society

...Real world advertising is not about informing, it's about convincing. Over time, it became increasingly manipulative and dishonest. It also became more effective. In the process, it grew to consume a significant amount of resources of every company on the planet. It infected every communication medium in existence, both digital and analog. ...

-- @temporal

#advertising #AdvertisingIsCancer

Second attempt and now it works for my laptop and my phone, but I haven't managed to do the secret button mash on the iPad. Will try again, though.

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Listening to Ed Snowden’s book. I love that man. Thank you for everything you did!

Holy cow. Firefox on iOS: «scroll down and tap the Version line a handful of times. After a few (five?) taps, more menu items will appear including Advanced up under Sign In. In there, you can set a custom sync server or a custom token server.»

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Anyway, I think I'm going to stop all of this. It's making my head hurt. Apparently there is a rewrite in Rust in the works. Apparently you need to use either MySQL or Spanner as your DB. And with that, I've decided that not running this service and not syncing my stuff is probably for the best.

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Holy cow. Firefox on iOS: «scroll down and tap the Version line a handful of times. After a few (five?) taps, more menu items will appear including Advanced up under Sign In. In there, you can set a custom sync server or a custom token server.»

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