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Anatomy of a moral panic

The piece claims that “users searching for a common chemical compound used in food production are offered the ingredients to produce explosive black powder” on Amazon’s website, and that “steel ball bearings often used as shrapnel” are also promoted on the page, in some cases as items that other customers also bought. The ‘common chemic...



Probably inaccurate feature comparison table
A comparison of the capabilities of some of the most used #XMPP clients

@Gruppo Linux Como
goffi 2 settimane fa
oh forgot about this page, would be nice to add SàT and Movim.


This is VENETO!

While having breakfast near Venice one of our group of friends noticed that the ingredients in the chocolate filling of his croissant included ethyl alcohol.


This isn't that strange, as it is commonly used as a preservative in such creams, although there is a bit of contrast with the labeling "prepared: with non-OGM ingredients without added preservatives nor colorings without hydrogenated oils".


A bit more unexpected was the fact that also the jam croissant included alcohol, as usually jams spoil less than chocolate creams.


Evidently there is one explanation that is simple, self-coherent, fun and unlikely: Venetian people being Venetian, and needing their bit of alcohol in the morning!

(In the picture above I've removed the name and address of the producer because this post is just me being silly, but I've left the province: TV)

FSFE announces Software Licensing Best Practices #fellowship - #news # fsfe

FSFE announces Software Licensing Best Practices

The FSFE launches today its best practises in licensing for Free and Open Source Software project. Targeted at developers and companies, these best practices show you how to make it clear to others wh...


Python FAQ: Why should I use Python 3?

Part of my Python FAQ, which is doomed to never be finished. The short answer is: because it’s the actively-developed version of the language, and you should use it for the same reason you’d use 2.7 instead of 2.6. If you’re here, I’m guessing that’s not enough. You need something to sweeten the deal. Well, friend, I have got a whole mess of sugar cubes just for you. And once you’re convinced, you may enjoy the companion article, how to port to Python 3! It also has some more details on the diffences between Python 2 and 3, whereas this article doesn’t focus too much on the features removed in Python 3.


End Summer Camp

if year % 2 == 1:

ma vuoi che un branco di hackers non sappia arrangiare una soluzione?



improved slatts belt

In one of the comments (near the bottom) on there was a suggestion to alternate the direction of the loops to prevent the paracord from twisting badly.

This is the process and the result:

(making a full belt with 20m of paracord took about a day of picking it up, doing a couple of rows while in front of the computer and putting it down again)
Questa voce è stata modificata (3 settimane fa)


Instant gratification

In the last few days I spent my sewing time on a complex project that — of course — was having issues, so today I decided to take a break and go for instant gratification and a couple of quick project.


A ticket bag with magnets closure, to be worn on the same lanyard as a badge to prevent the issue of people being called "on site meals" .

This involved sewing tiny (~2mm ⌀) magnets on slipperynesssilicone coated fabric, because instant gratification is one thing, but making it too easy wouldn't be masochistic enough.


A simple drawstring backpack. I'm not completely happy about the ends of the drawstring channels, so when I make another one I may change them a bit.

Both are made in cheap, relatively light (90g/sqm) silnylon, and thus at least water resistant (I didn't seal the seams to make them completely waterproof).

I took pictures and notes, so full instructions will be posted on my website... sometime...

Harald Eilertsen 4 settimane fa
Nice, that ticket bag looks really handy!

Elena ``of Valhalla'' 3 settimane fa
And the drawstring backpack:

@Harald Eilertsen yes, I've now had a chance to use them and they are working quite fine. They don't completely solve the problem of badges turning around and the ticket bag covering them, however.


Bits from Debian - Work on Debian for mobile devices continues

Work on Debian for mobile devices, i.e. telephones, tablets, and handheld computers, continues. During the recent DebConf17 in Montréal, Canada, more than 50 people had a meeting to reconsider opportunities and challenges for Debian on mobile devices.

I don't know, to me it looks like a phone with all of the interface disadvantages of a dumb-phone and the battery/stability ones of a smartphone.

setThemFree 1 mese fa
Yes, it's not practical at all (at this form yet), yet the idea seems intriguing and somehow beautiful. Phone out of a raspberry pi zero...


Debian Day in Varese


The decorations *may* have been changed a bit from the way they originally came from the restaurant kitchen... :D

#debian @Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO


Qt 4 removal in Debian testing (Buster)/unstable

So, if you depend on FLOSS which is still based on Qt 4 be sure to try to port it. If you depend on a proprietary vendor software which uses Qt 4 then you better start telling them it's really time to update it. Really.



So today is the last (official) day of DebConf17 and it looks like #844431: "packages should build reproducibly" will be merged into debian-policy today! So I'm super excited, super happy, quite tired and a bit sad (DebConf is ending…) right now!


Bits from Debian - Blog from the Debian Project

Today, Saturday 12 August 2017, the annual Debian Developers and Contributors Conference came to a close. With over 405 people attending from all over the world, and 169 events including 89 talks, 61 discussion sessions or BoFs, 6 workshops and 13 other activities, DebConf17 has been hailed as a success.
All of the videos except for one have already been published, so if you weren't there nor watching the streamings you can now download and watch them...

and why not contribute to the subtitling effort (not yet set up, but do come on #debconf-video@OFTC and let the team know that you are interested in contributing).

Uh, I've just realized I forgot to post this

PDP-8/e Replicated — Introduction

I am creating a replica of the DEC PDP-8/e architecture in an FPGA from schematics of the original hardware. So how did I end up with a project like this?
The story begins with me wanting to have a computer with one of those front panels that have many, many lights where you can really see, in real time, what the computer is doing while it is executing code. Not because I am nostalgic for a prior experience with any of those — I was born a bit too late for that and my first computer as a kid was a Commodore 64.
And then there is a follow up post:

@LIFO @Gruppo Linux Como #retrocomputing
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I’m Tomu, a tiny ARM microprocessor which fits in your USB port. I have two buttons and two LEDs! I’m fully open source, have a BOM of ~$10 (in individual quantities) and am constructable by hobbyists! Designed for 2-factor authentication or anything else you can think of.
@Gruppo Linux Como


The Pac-Man Rule at Conferences — Eric Holscher - Surfing in Kansas

I firmly believe that conferences can provide a lot of value for people in an industry. Conferences allow people to create a network, which helps them feel integrated in a community and profession. In order to build a network you need to meet other people at events, and for this to happen attendees need to feel empowered to reach out and connect to...
(thanks lamby for mentioning this on # debconf)


Debian Day in Varese

I'm stuck home instead of being able to go to DebConf, but that doesn't mean that Debian Day will be left uncelebrated!

Since many of the locals are away for the holidays, we of @Gruppo Linux Como and @LIFO aren't going to organize a full day of celebrations, but at the very least we are meeting for a dinner in Varese, at some restaurant that will be open on that date.

Everybody is welcome: to join us please add your name (nickname or identifier of any kind, as long as it fits in the box) on before thursday, August 10th, so that we can
get a reservation at the restaurant.


Allthetropes: a fork of tvtropes