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#NVidia Cripples Proprietary Graphics Driver In Order To Sell Specialized Crypto-Mining Cards. This is what you get with proprietary graphics drivers, this is what Richard #Stallman has warned us about for several decades.

Yes, it's an old post, but someone pointed out a spelling error in it which I just now fixed, and the post predates Mastodon so wasn't marked as tooted.

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State of "the day of rest" in 2012
A recent story about the Beren Academy basketball flap reveals a happy ending, that the games will be rescheduled to accommodate the Jewish observance of the Sabbath on Saturdays (which actually runs from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset).

Several people of prominence, including Houston mayor Annise Parker, former...
-academy -of-rest

Outrage in DC: A second impeachment, a second acquittal
For those that missed it or need a refresher: Second impeachment of Donald Trump (from Wikipedia). Basically, the vote to convict fell short of the two-thirds margin, 57-43.

The good news is, that means seven Republicans put decency before party loyalty. One of them, perhaps not surprisingly, is Mitt Romney (who would have made a decent...

Speedy's visit summary through January 28
This is a very quick summary of what I was able to put up through the last three weeks of January give or take. This includes one post-tournament game on January 24 but the actual tournament will be summarized in a later post. So yes, this will be slightly out of chronological order, something I don't really like to do but which is unfortunately necessary to get caught up in...

Game Preserve Tuesday Three Strikes, January 12
Not one of my better tournaments, so I'm going to go through it very quickly and summarize most of what I remember. TL;DR: I only lasted four rounds, meaning I avoided a strike in only one round; the rest of the tournament also went by fairly quickly.

Round 1 was Charlie's Angels with Matt Rodon, Holden, and Fred Revnew (I would play first). We were...

Maybe the long nightmare is finally over?
For better or worse, it's been an interesting past couple of weeks here in the US. I have not weighed in on the domestic terrorist attack on the US Capitol--and let's just be honest with ourselves here, that's what this was--or anything to have happened since. Many of the former...
#2021-presidential-transition -terrorism -trump

Once again, most of these will be a bit light on detail but there will be a few highlights to comment on.

The Game Preserve (The Woodlands), January 1: ...
Speedy's, January 3: ...
The Game Preserve, January 8: ...
Speedy's, January 9: ...

uspol, impeachment, despair 

Thinking real hard about how our president actively and admittedly sparked an insurrection into our capitol that came literal minutes from taking hostage or killing our heads of government and the total count of people in his party that thought he should be impeached for this is 10.

Ten. Out of over 200. When he bold-faced did something that our laws say without ambiguity should disqualify him from office.

This system cannot be saved. Not with these people in it.

medical care, legal 

Yes it's another old post I had to fix a typo in. We have changed sheriffs since then so I hope the problems have been fixed.

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medical care, legal 

"Inmate..." revisited
I've let this sit here way too long. It's time I post this and be done with it.

This is a follow-up post to my original post on this story back in 2009 November, so just in case you have not already read it, you may wish to go back and read that one and get some of the background. In case you don't, here it is in a nutshell: I...
-county -killian

I don't know where to look so I guess I'll just public it -
Where did and the entire Lesbian Pile discord server go? They were just there, like, yesterday. Now her mastodon and the website it was on are gone, I'm no longer on the discord if it still exists, and her Fortnite account even seems to have vanished. I assume it's not just a block thing since even her website's gone.
Let me know if you know anything. Boost if you feel comfortable I guess. Kinda worried.

Have you heard of the Royal game of Ur?

It's a 4000 year old game found in a royal gravesite in the ancient city of Ur. What's truly amazing about it is that we've also found a clay tablet with the rules for it! The oldest rule book in the world!

I had not heard of it, until I found this beautiful Free and open source online digital version of it! It looks great, and it's fun too! And you can play two player locally

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Yes this is an old post I recently re-edited; I went ahead and tooted it out again since many of you may have never seen it first-run.

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Mislabeling of Microsoft's latest Windows addition
Recently Microsoft made the announcement regarding the ability to run some GNU/Linux programs under Windows. Unfortunately, it was a lightning rod attracting the most high-profile abuse of the name of the kernel, Linux.

In Mike Gerwitz's blog post entitled "GNU/kWindows", he sets the...
-kwindows -shuttleworth

US politics/events 

Chaos in the Capitol
In most of the other Presidential elections of my lifetime, the Congressional certification of the Electoral College vote count is a non-event. Like just about everything else lately, though, there was nothing routine about it this time around.

Among many other outlets, CNN reported on all hell breaking loose as protests...
-trump -terrorism

The last arcade visits of 2020
I am way behind on these, so these will be a bit light on detail and picture heavy. The good news is the next two from January will be more recent.

Speedy's on 12/22...
Speedy's on 12/24...
Einstein's in Richmond on 12/30...
Speedy's on 12/31...

The latest chapter in Apple stupidity: the charger shell game
As Daring Fireball recently reported, Apple has done it again with their gratuitous incompatibility. In a nutshell, Apple has released a 20W charger that looks like a previous 18W charger, and a 30W charger that looks like a previous 29W charger. You would think that one or two watts would not make a difference. Well, this being...

A closer look at Microsoft's unethical business practices
A recent reader's article on offers a very insightful look into the unethical side of Microsoft's business.

The author, Roy Schestowitz, makes a number of very good points. In particular:

Microsoft abuses "guerilla" or "viral" advertising more than other companies, disguising...

Has the FDA lost its %^$#*@ mind?!
If this doesn't make your blood boil, I'm not sure what will. Reason recently reported on an absolutely bizarre and insane action by the FDA, going back to the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At that time the nation's hand sanitizer manufacturing capability was stretched to the limit, resulting in frequent out-of-stock conditions as well as stores having to limit quantities when...

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