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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... πŸ€”

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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. πŸ˜„

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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." alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2017-04-

@kensanata Not sure if this helps, but I usually go to Our World in Data website for info like this.

Here's their info on Income Inequality, which was last updated in 2016.

ourworldindata.org/income-ineq

Sadly, the "The World Distribution of Household Wealth" page has no graphic, and the latest numbers seem to be based on a report from 2008.
wider.unu.edu/sites/default/fi
Are there no updated numbers? I guess there's the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report.
credit-suisse.com/about-us/en/
"The share of the top decile and the top 5% remains at the same level as in 2016, while the share of the top 1% has edged down from 47.5% to 47.2% according to our best estimate…"
That report looks pretty interesting!

"The Gini coefficient is a number between 0 and 1, where 0 corresponds with perfect equality (where everyone has the same income) and 1 corresponds with perfect inequality (where one person has all the incomeβ€”and everyone else has no income). Income distribution can vary greatly from wealth distribution in a country (see List of countries by distribution of wealth)."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_
Dark green is best.

I worked on both corporate open-source software and real free software and there's a world of difference between the two. Makes me cringe every time someone says open-source where free software is more appropriate.

I reserve my use of the word open-source for software made by corporations for which the source code is available, but no attention has been paid to respect the freedom of its users or the rights of the developers who worked on it.

#FreeSoftware #OpenSource

Looking at my logs... my gopher server gets traffic, my http server lives only for bots and people looking for exploits. This knowledge is satisfying. Long live port 70!

My timeline... lol

Undoubtedly a lot of Twitter bird shit I don't have to suffer.

over a thousand students pledge to not work for Palantir because of ICE contracts... but I mean, don't work for them regardless! notechforice.com/20190916-2/

Switching away from Gmail to a new mail provider: the first thing I notice is that I get multiple spam mails a day, now. (The new email mailboxes have addresses over fifteen years old that just didn’t work for many years. But spammers remember.) Curious, I checked Gmail spam and found a few notifications by Blogspot – some containing spam and some falsely qualified as spam. You give some and you take some. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps I need to up the filter level.

@kensanata You might want to check this very informative talk about modern email security. I saw it live at #fossgbg

conf.tube/videos/watch/376e148

There are also free services that provide DMARC weekly aggregate reports. E.g.: dmarc.postmarkapp.com/ (have not checked their privacy policy)

And the other site that runs my software: "Welcome to the Rainbow Community for Halifax, Nova Scotia!" gay.hfxns.org/

Nova Scotia LGBT Archives Project! How to get involved... dal.ca/sites/lgbt-archives/get I don't live in Canada but apparently my wiki software is being used somewhere in the process.

If I were a mean one I’d just tell them to use official channels: emacs.co.uk/contact-us/
But I’m not. In my imagination, though… also talking about it on social media, I guess.

Weirdest email in a long time: somebody sends me a report saying their emacs26-common package doesn't update. When I ask why I’m getting the mail and say that this seems like a typo it turns out the searched for "Emacs email" in DuckDuckGo and got my email address. πŸ€ͺ

I'm realizing that this is a case study of how people evaluate how much they trust something without actually understanding anything. Before long, I will develop sympathies for homeopathy, vaccination scepticism, flat earth, alt-right and the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.
zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

Hm… there's more here:
scs.stanford.edu/~dm/home/pape
Searching for "stellar" I find two additional papers in proceedings, and an expired Internet draft. I still don't know what to make of it.

"Stellar is a blockchain, but it works more like cashβ€”Stellar is much faster and cheaper than bitcoin, for example. And it uses far less electricity."
stellar.org/overview
""The protocol was first proposed by Prof. Mazières. You can read his paper here."
stellar.org/papers/stellar-con
It looks nice but it doesn't look like an accepted and published, peer reviewed article in a reputable journal, though. His Stanford page:
scs.stanford.edu/~dm/
Should I know him?

People running their own email: do you use DMARC? What for? I added the DNS entry and now I'm getting sent reports which I don't read. That seems stupid. Do I just remove it again, or is there some secret magic I should be thinking of?

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