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Opening raw images with feh


Up to debian buster, feh was able to open the thumbnails inside my .cr2 files using Imlib2 directly; this has stopped working in debian bullseye, but I've found that there is a way to open them properly using dcraw: it only requires adding --conversion-timeout 5 (or any other suitable positive number) to the command line to enable the use of external programs.

so

feh 141140-img_5195.cr2

results into various errors including feh WARNING: 141140-img_5195.cr2 - No Imlib2 loader for that file format

while

feh9 --conversion-timeout 5 141140-img_5195.cr2

prints 141140-img_5195.cr2 is a Canon EOS 1100D image. and shows you the preview you wanted :)

And this shaves the neck of the yak, now I can proceed with the original task...



In the last few years I've been adding little boy blue and similar shades to my clothing (beside black, which remains the main me-colour).

Last week I suddenly realized that I “needed” a #fountainPen ink in a similar shade., asked for recommendations on a forum and ended up buying two (online, looking at pictures, because I don't have a shop that keeps a variety of inks nearby :( ): Noodler's Polar Blue and Herbin Bleu Myostosis.



The Herbin is more periwinkle, which is not really me, but I love it and it's very me-playing-old-lady (only missing some lavender scent…), and the bottle with a pen holder is very nice.

The Noodler's is a problematic ink, but the shade is just as I wanted (and I've managed to make it behave with #dipPens by adding some gum arabic: that's the sample in the middle of the picture).

Also, I've managed to open a Noodler's bottle without spilling ink everywhere, and I consider this a personal achievement :) (there is a reason why other producers leave some air in their bottles…)

There are any number number of evil ink pushers out there "the first colour is free".

And I would never give ink samples to friends with the subtle aim of starting an ink sample exchange and end up with even MOAR inks to try.

NEVER!

(sometime I just give ink samples with no other reasons :D )



I'm hearing more people at coffee shops ask "Do you take cash?"

Every time I hear it, I scream into my head, "What kind of world are were creating FFS where only people with access to the right technology can buy shit!!!"

I know of one restaurant in town that is cashless. They're completely fucking proud of it, how futuristic it is. And, honestly proud of how it keeps certain people out.

Know what's super futuristic? Technology that doesn't enable discrimination.

Of course, part of the reason for that is that people are terrible.
Holding cash on site opens you up to the possibility of being robbed, sometimes violently.
If people weren't terrible, that wouldn't be a concern.

It isn't all that though, there is, at least in Australia, laws stating you MUST be paid into a bank account (not cash) for your labour. That is the Tax Dept making sure they keep their fingers in your pie.

I live in a place where luckily armed robberies are rare (although extortion isn't, but that doesn't depend on the amount of cash kept on-site).

OTOH, places with a lot of cash flow do have ways not to keep too much inside the premises, at least not in a way where it can be accessed on demand (time-based deposit safes, people regularly moving cash away to a bank, etc.). Maybe it's helped by the fact that those who have that need really have a lot of money around (and thus can afford paying to keep it safe).

OTOH, since recently we also have laws that state that payments above a certain amount can't use cash, but at least that's quite above a typical restaurant bill, even for large groups.



I wonder how I managed to miss this:

@Elena ``of Valhalla''

> Bits were stored as sound pulses sent into a nickel wire, about 50 feet long. The pulses traveled through the wire and came out the other end exactly 5.5545 milliseconds later. By sending a pulse (or not sending a pulse for a 0) every 500 nanoseconds, the wire held 11,008 bits. A pair of wires created a buffer that held the pixels for 480 characters

That is so punk.



Watts also suggested that the police should wear baby blue uniforms because, he asserted, this would make them less likely to commit acts of police brutality than if they were wearing the usual dark blue uniforms. This proposal was never implemented.


from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_blue

I guess it can't hurt?

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Una voce nella mia mente ha appena esclamato “strega comanda color… pervinca!”

devo preoccuparmi?

un poco magari si...

la voce nella mia mente è stata fatta uscire dal parco giochi fino a che non smette di trollare, meglio?



Publishers Should be Making E-Book Licensing Better, Not Worse


https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/11/publishers-should-be-making-e-book-licensing-better-not-worse





#hash(0x187a550) #hash(0x187a628)

Macmillan, one of the “Big Five” publishers, is imposing new limits on libraries’ access to ebooks—and libraries and their users are fighting back.

Starting last week, the publisher is imposing a two-month embargo period on library ebooks. When Macmillan releases a new book, library systems will be able to purchase only one digital copy for the first eight weeks after it’s published. Macmillan is offering this initial copy for half-price ($30), but that has not taken away the sting for librarians who will need to answer to frustrated users. In large library systems in particular, readers are likely to experience even longer hold queues for new Macmillan e-book releases. For example, under the new Macmillan embargo, the 27 branches of the San Francisco Public Library system, serving a city of nearly 900,000 people, will have to share one single copy right when the demand for the new title is the greatest.

The harms to libraries and their patrons during these two months go far beyond wait times. E-books are a critical resource for library users with vision impairment, dyslexia, and other physical or learning needs. An embargo on new e-books disproportionately harms these readers who rely on digital formats, and violates the principles of equitable access at the core of library services.

After the two-month embargo period ends, libraries will be welcome to purchase additional copies of the e-book under normal terms, which aren’t great to begin with: typically, a $60 price tag for an e-book that can only be lent out to one user at a time for two years or 52 lends, whichever comes first. After that, the library has to license another e-book. On top of that, libraries tend to have different agreements with each of their publishers and vendors, all of which are subject to change.

This is a significant mark-up over what a consumer might expect to pay for a new e-book, and a falsely restrictive model compared to libraries’ rights for physical books. When a library purchases a physical book, the purchase is covered by first sale doctrine, which means the library can lend it out freely, repair it, give it away, or resell it. But libraries don’t have any of those protections when it comes to e-books.

So why is Macmillan imposing additional burdens? In a July memo, CEO John Sargent says the publisher’s move is motivated by “growing fears that library lending was cannibalizing sales” of new e-books and a need to “protect the value of your books during their first format publication,” but fails to present any evidence to back up his claims. (He also ignores existing, consistent evidence to the contrary.)

In response, libraries across the country have boycotted, or at least strongly denounced, Macmillan e-book purchases. In another extraordinary step, the American Library Association has invited library users to sign onto a petition against the new embargo. The campaign, called #eBooksForAll, had over 160,000 signatures before the embargo started last week. Since then, the signature count has climbed to nearly 200,000.

All of this does not mean that Macmillan has it wrong on e-books across the board; for example, Macmillan publishes Tor Books, the only DRM-free imprint in the Big Five.

But of all the Big Five publishers to change e-book terms in the past year, Macmillan’s e-book embargo for libraries is by far the most contentious. The other four—Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster—are surely watching the backlash. We urge readers, and authors who like to be read, to sign the ALA’s petition and let Macmillan know that the embargo is a mistake.



#esperienzeDiVita: andare a farsi fare dei panini da un macellaio¹ granata con un vegetariano juventino, poche ore prima del derby.

la mattina dopo ci ha incontrati, salutati, e anche augurato buona giornata a noi altri tre, ad esclusione del suddetto, quindi credo che nei nostri panini non avesse sputato :)

¹ del tipo che è anche negozio di alimentari generale



While in front of the wacom stand at Lucca Comics I realized that what this world needs is a crowdfunding to pay for a stand for #Krita and the rest of the Free Software comic toolchain.

With @David Revoy and paper copies of Pepper and Carrot, of course.

No, I'm not volunteering to run it, sorry.





TooItalian;Didn'tRead: a letter from a parent explaining why they will not create an account on Edmodo for their child, because they don't want to authorize the platform to do data collection on them.



non-free, but I think I've just spent the last 30 minutes or so looking at receipt slips from antiquity (my search was from 0 to 400 CE)



TFW you're enjoying playing strategic games (in this case widelands, with a strong emphasis on economy building), but there is a tiny voice in your mind asking what's the point of conquering lands, when all of their resources have been used up for the war.



Image/photoKlaus wrote the following post Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:23:17 +0200

The-Open-Book
joeycastillo/The-Open-Book
THE PREMISE: As a society, we need an open source device for reading. Books are among the most important documents of our culture, yet the most popular and widespread devices we have for reading — the Kobo, the Nook, the Kindle and even the iPad — are closed devices, operating as small moving parts in a set of giant closed platforms whose owners' interests are not always aligned with readers'.

The Open Book aims to be a simple device that anyone with a soldering iron can build for themselves. The Open Book should be comprehensible: the reader should be able to look at it and understand, at least in broad strokes, how it works. It should be extensible, so that a reader with different needs can write code and add accessories that make the book work for them. It should be global, supporting readers of books in all the languages of the world. Most of all, it should be open, so that anyone can take this design as a starting point and use it to build a better book.






I'd recommend reading both the article and the mastodon thread, as there are a number of useful pieces of software in both.



With notes on how to deal with an industry that is very dependent on proprietary software and formats, using only free software