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"Pollution now kills three times as many people worldwide as Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined. (...) Burning fossil fuels, according to a recent paper, is now โ€œthe worldโ€™s most significant threat to childrenโ€™s healthโ€

Ban. All. The. Cars.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

re: Tech gatekeeping and documentation 

@kensanata "I find your lack of cake disturbing." ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œB-but open software!โ€ Can you prove that the software in some public repo is the same one that they installed on the machine? Did they compile it in front of you? On a completely new, empty machine?

โ€œOpen hardware, then!โ€ No. That's even more stupid.

Forget about it! You can't prove the security of electronic voting. Just use paper ballots and transparent boxes, and let regular people chosen at random direct the process and count the results in front of a representative of each party.

@josemanuel

Yup. Paper voting is the gold standard for democracy.

Paper voting is anonymous, it's physically limited to one vote per person, recounts are easy, it's unhackable, you can check for counterfeit votes through forensics, the boxes can be physically sealed and stored forever in case of disputes etc.

It's the ultimate in transparency as literally anyone can watch a paper vote being counted, and we have centuries of experience on avoiding paper fraud. This is a solved problem.

Mastodon users,

If you want to protect your followers' privacy, you can make your follower lists private:

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Preferences
3. Tick the "Hide your network" box
4. Select "Save Changes"

You will still see your list of followers, but others won't.

(This also hides the list of who you follow.)

#MastoTips #Mastodon #Privacy

@lanodan I kinda just want to dump the mastodon front end completely and glue in the brutaldon one. I donโ€™t think Iโ€™d need webpack I could just go back to vanilla asset pipeline in that case.

The EU is starting a full on war on general purpose computing. A proposed law will make it impossible to install custom software on WiFi routers, smartphones and embedded devices!

This is insane. The hearing ends today. Please give your feedback: blog.mehl.mx/2019/protect-free

I mean, certainly it's no skin off my nose for my skills to be in high demand. But we can tell when we're working on a bullshit product and we don't like it.

Imagine a world without bullshit software. Every programmer currently working, making only the software that's no worse than benign.

By god, we'd all have sixteen-hour work weeks.

The increasing level of CO2 has now being verified to cause this in the wild. The shells of tiny sea snails also known as sea butterflies are verified to be dissolving in the wild due to rising levels of CO2.

#Oceans #Biology #OceanAcidification

hakaimagazine.com/news/the-she

if you write grammars that don't allow trailing commas (eg. {1,2,3,}) than know that you are making the life of everyone harder by not letting programmers produce data in that format easily in a stream

@kensanata I see, I can mute this conversation from notifications now because I'm mentioned in it but can't hide the thread from the stream. That's what the feature request linked at the end of the one you've linked seems to be about: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Welwitschia mirabilis grows in the Namib desert, sprawling along the ground. A ragged looking thing which is quietly amazing.

This is a tough plant. It can survive 5 years without water, and can live for over 2000 years. Impressive, considering it's nothing more than a woody stem, a shallow root system, and just two continuously growing leaves which split and fray with age.

It's also a traditional food source for local peoples. The Herero people in Namibia call it Onyanga โ€“ the desert onion.

Free Speechโ„ข isn't free folks every awoo $350.

Every. Awoo.

I've been occupying my time far more of late with philosophy, and far less with news.

It occurs that news is informational content with the shortest possible relevance, whilst philosophy has some of the longest. At least if you follow the good stuff.

And some of the best shows up in the History of Philosophy (without any gaps) podcast, by Peter Adamson of LMU in Munich, which I strongly recommend:

historyofphilosophy.net/

Wes Cecil is also excellent:
youtube.com/channel/UC9ff15w4u

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