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"A site got rid of targeted digital ads—and its revenues went way up"

Ad-funded sites going back to the contextual ads will help solve many of the issues of the current web:

Surveillance capitalism
Slow loading sites
Spam / Low quality / "AI" content

wired.com/story/can-killing-co

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"Chrome for Android may soon send notifications reminding you to use Chrome"

When the 71% total browser market share is not enough and you have to resort to spam and tricks to squeeze a couple percent more...

9to5google.com/2020/08/04/chro

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"There is not even a thought, or an invention, which is not common property, born of the past and the present. Thousands of inventors, known and unknown, who have died in poverty, have co-operated in the invention of each of these machines which embody the genius of man."

And that, ladies, gents, slimes and moulds, is why all technology should be free and open.

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Me: *Creating a gtk ui with rust for invidio.us. Basic functionality already working*

Invidio.us right now: "this instance will be shutting down on September 1st."

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so around a century ago, there was a comic strip called The Outbursts of Everett True, where the titular character saw people being rude jackasses and decided to deal with this harshly and folks a lot of these still hold up perfectly in modern times

but i am delighted to announce

somebody's found the comics about mask-wearing

and They're Good, Folks

(uncaptioned, feel free to help out with descriptions here, i'd appreciate it)

Universal Basic Income is Capitalism 2.0 - timjrobinson.com/universal-bas

I'm not sure this is the best way to go, but I still think it's an improvement for everyone, compared to the current capitalism.

youtube.com/watch?v=f4phKWMaOr
Ondes Martenot: a keyboard made in 1934, with the ability to modulate sound as you move your fingers. It's similar to the current Roli keyboard, but it's in 1934.

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Yes, Jeff Bezos could unilaterally end all kinds of poverty and homelessness issues, probably with a few key presses, but the planet brain version is that even the world's richest oligarch is a puppet of the general forces of capitalism. If he gave away his wealth then some other oligarch would rise to replace him and without more systemic changes the inequality would soon return again.

Overcoming the current paradigm is not so much about getting rid of Bezos - as tempting as that may be - it requires more general changes in attitudes and beliefs. A loss of faith in the old gods.

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@Gargron a project with a thousand dependencies has a thousand liabilities

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"How could I ever trust my Mastodon admin with my data? A large company like Twitter is more secure because they have proper procedures in place" A large company like Twitter:

reuters.com/article/us-twitter

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KDE just released new Slimbooks with Ryzen CPUs!

This is one sexy machine, I would actually consider getting... 😍

kde.slimbook.es/

What's the difference between coding and programming?

An extrapolated definition from the blog of Richard Stallman:

A programmer designs and writes the code.
A "coder" simply writes the code, by implementing a design done by someone else.

Source: stallman.org/stallman-computin (it's the second last paragraph).

Programming > Coding

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rant (
"""Most of the software we use is unstable and insecure.
We have some solutions. Functional programming, memory safe languages, etcetera...

Can we end the "it works on my machine" plague? Can we give a bit of dignity to the software industry? Why not?"""
)

Why is java so popular?
Probably because of marketing.
wsj.com/articles/SB10551045464
theregister.com/2003/06/09/sun
Some articles from 2003, about Sun Microsystems preparing to spend 500$mln on java marketing.

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After the city of #Barcelona and the Parliament of #Asturias now the Municipality of #Benigànim, #Spain, commits to the principles of our #publiccode campaign by publishing any publicly financed software development as #FreeSoftware. They also plan to gradually switch to Free Software in all municipal facilities.

beniganim.es/noticia/lajuntame

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History of computers and programming that helps you understand why tech people are Like That, why user facing software works the way it does, and why everybody doesn't know at least basic programming or even how a computer works

History of computers and programming that goes further than "and then this dude invented this language but then this other dude invented that language with similar features and then Microsoft and Oracle did"

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