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Don't fret bird fans! Despite having to go in to the office today, I still came through with the goods.

Here's an unusual Australian Magpie with leucism (a condition that means the bird produces less melatonin than normal).

#bird #photo #nature #leucism #AustralianWildlife #AustralianMagpie

Hey :) This is an account for karrot - an open source community organising platform focused on resource saving and sharing.

We're currently being used by a bunch of groups around Europe who save and share food from being wasted (see karrot.world/#/groupPreview), but heading towards general community organising uses too.

We're into stuff like participatory design, democratic process, non/less-hierarchical structure.

We're open source (you can use our main instance, or self-host).

#introductions

> With the possible exception of Mary Harron’s “American Psycho,” it’s hard to think of a film adaptation that’s more invested in refuting and satirizing its source. The anti-Fascism of “Starship Troopers” is mordant and merciless, but Verhoeven advances his argument by making its every frame lavishly, overbearingly Fascist.

— How “Starship Troopers” Aligns with Our Moment of American Defeat newyorker.com/culture/culture-

On Elsevier:

> The Little Prince meets a businessman who accumulates stars with the sole purpose of being able to buy more stars. The Little Prince is perplexed. He owns only a flower, which he waters every day. Three volcanoes, which he cleans every week. "It is of some use to my volcanoes, and it is of some use to my flower, that I own them," he says, "but you are of no use to the stars that you own."

— In solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub custodians.online

@deejoe It's amazing. They are the one true equal space. You can learn anything you want in a library. They will even get books from other libraries and states for you. They have music. They sometimes have beautiful gardens, and classes. It's amazing. Their understated existence let's them be anti-capitalist spaces that no one really sees as anti-capitalist because they're such a cultural institution

laughing at people who think that “what about disabled people” is a huge gotcha argument in favor of personal cars. do you know how much a personal car or van with accessibility features costs? do you honestly think disabled people are not already taking public transit, and would not greatly benefit from its expansion?

I've struggled with "User Interface" though, since it's the name of the thing you work with when creating applications for people, but I just realised it's just a special case of the first one above, you can just drop it since its effectively redundant: "An interface element", "high-priority interface and network tasks", etc.

How is everyone else doing this?

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Other times you want to refer to the person using the computer explicitly, like "folders created by users", you could say "folders created by people" but that's somewhat vague. A longer alternative is "folders created by the person using AppName", but that's somewhat convoluted.

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So I've been trying to avoid referring to people as "users" since you know, that's pretty crap, and have found it at times pretty easy and at times somewhat convoluted.

Sometimes you can just drop the word altogether since it's implied or redundant. Instead of "display a button to the user" you can just write "display a button".

FOSS videos not by FOSS bros 

Still, when you get off the beaten path of techbros with huge followings that YT keeps pushing (who are also frequently troll/4chan adjacent, ew), there's a much broader variety of people who aren't about the slick production values and attention-grabbing titles, just everyday people sharing their passions and frustrations with tech. I really enjoyed these, for instance:

- The writer who used Windows all his working life before throwing his hands up at Windows 10 and moving to Linux youtube.com/watch?v=WMwslhX7uK and the saga continues! youtube.com/watch?v=9Sn9ruNAW_
- The British lady who grumbles tartly at Apple's bs while discussing her setup on Mac OS youtube.com/watch?v=y8n3Ob_bQG
- A young man discussing his history with Linux & Mac and how he installed Linux on a Macbook youtube.com/watch?v=0BOo42F-kL

I like these kinds of videos because they're not slanted by fanboys or ideologues, and they often have in-depth, thoughtful content foregone by the snappy and short videos from viewership-conscious big channels. They could be a bit long to sit down and watch in full, but given the specific way I consume YT content (downloaded as audio and listened to on headphones while I relax) they're a pretty good match for me.

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https://keys.openpgp.org finally launched!

A modern, fast and reliable keyserver that additionally verifies key uploads (so no-one can upload key with your e-mail) and allows key deletion (so it’s GDPR compliant).

See more details here: https://keys.openpgp.org/about/news#2019-06-12-launch

#SysadminLife 

(For those who missed it: a security researcher has reverse-engineered the TikTok app on Android and found that TikTok scans the LAN for devices and reports back to HQ; moreover, the app has the ability to download a payload from HQ and execute it.)

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I’ve just created an official fediverse account for Geary announcements: @geary

Feel free to follow that if you're just looking for Geary news and not my cool links and commentary. ;)

Computer lovers 🤝 Computer haters
Computers are garbage

Just because you're designing a wire protocol you can't afford to ignore human factors. This should be required reading for any entry level software/systems/networking design course:

“The purpose of this page is to explain what's wrong with HTTP content negotiation and why you should not suggest HTTP content negotiation as a solution to a problem.”

— Why not conneg wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/Why_not_c

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