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compared to pretty much all the alternatives, yes. It's the Democracy of OSs - the least worse. There is, of course, plenty of room for improvement and thankfully there's a large, smart group of people with the ability to do so and diverse motivations and intentions (which is the best we can hope for). Similar to functional democracies (as opposed to faux- or dysfunctional democracies).

I feel like bookmarks are good but insufficient. What I really want is something more akin to a personal Wayback Machine.

Does anyone know of a tool to do that easily? I could write a web scraping tool easily but I feel like this must already have been done.

@Diego Roversi (see the complete thread)

Casual reminder, out of nowhere, that no, we are not entering a new decade on January 1, 2021. Decades don't work like that. If we called it "the 202nd decade" it would. But decades start on the 0 year and end on the 9, because we don't count them ordinally..

(In the same way, the 1900s and the 20th century are slightly different!)
the first decade is obviously 1 b.c. ~ 9 a.d.
btw, every year we are entering a new decade, it's just not one with a nice name.

Ciao a tutti.

segnalo l'esistenza del neonato gruppo @softwarelibero group ai gruppi dei due LUG che frequento, che immagino possano esserci degli interessati.

Ci sono già delle linee guida su cosa si vuole che venga postato? Immagino solo post in italiano.

@Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO

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(credo che highvoltage abbia postato tutti gli shoutout sul suo canale peertube)

Currently watching: the loop between talks at #

Which, this time, isn't just sponsor logos, but has pictures from old #, messages from this year's attendees, and this:

(superhero powers for video team volunteers haven't been officially confirmed. yet.)

PeerTube: Video team shout out, as seen in the DebConf loopy loop (highvoltage)

So ... in less than four hours # starts at your home. You can watch and follow everything online through the stream on

I'll be part of organizing three sessions:

a pretty useful tumblr post with care instructions for various natural fibers

TL;DR no, you don't need to dry-clean that.

TIL the term #, for when you take inspiration from historical styles and put them into your everyday clothing.

Which is what I've been doing the last few years, but it's nice to know it has a name/hashtag :) .

Last Friday of July: happy # appreciation day! Don't forget your backups, and show your appreciation to your local sysadmin :-) Our special thanks to the Debian System Administrators (DSA) for caring about the Debian infrastructure, today and every day

We're happy to finally announce EDeA, a hub to share and integrate your Open Hardware sub-circuits for KiCad:

Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks!

My shiny new¹ #, waiting for the sun to reach it.

Sadly I only have direct sun in the afternoon, so I can't cook lunch with it, but I'm making solar cooked apples for dessert this evening.

It's made of lasercut plywood with aluminium foil on one side, plus acrylic glass to completely close it, and easily disassembles flat. I still need to make a fabric cover (with a mylar layer sandwitched in) for added insulation, to make it perform a bit more like a box oven, while still having the portability advantages of a panel one.

¹ FSVO new: I've had the panels laser cut just before the lockdown, but it took me quite some time to fix some model errors and apply the tinfoil.
uh, nice! I didn't know about this: do you have more details?
1767 seems to be the first recorded solar oven, made by a French-Swiss scientist.

suddenly, I feel the need for a hot glue gun with the TS-100 open firmware.
I read about that and assumed that it was using the 32 bit microcontroller variant of RISC-V, not the one that runs a full OS etc.

So not very different from the TS-100?

I didn't look into the details, however.
Maybe it's an embedded thing with no OS, but using a whole CPU was still surprising to me. I thought the complexity of a soldering iron amounted to a bimetal switch and a relay, but I'm happy to be educated on the delicate details of the perfect solder!

Instead of endlessly composing and deleting toots regarding frightening world events, I want to put out a single toot today.

If everything feels like too much, it's okay to step away for a moment and gather yourself and your strength, and help others do the same. I hope that you all are well, and you are able to find a moment (hopefully more!) of respite today.

Dear # playing fediverse,

I haven't played any rpg for more than a decade because of LackOfGroupError, and now I've been vaguely thinking it could be a good time to try to start one campaign via jitsi/videoconferencing.

Any recommendation on a game system we could use? Is Fate the current freely licensed cool things to do? (also, where does one start from for that? core? accelerated? condensed?) or is there anything else I should look into?
Thanks for both answers!

We have a jitsi server (where we do turn the webcam off for regular chat nights), but then I realized that on the same server there is also mumble, we've just not really used it :D
OTOH, I think that the ability to turn the webcam on as needed can be useful.

For dice, it depends on how much the people involved will be fine with going for a storytelling-heavy approach (then we could keep the fun of rolling physical dice with the webcam on and trust each other); if they prefer a more D&D approach we'll probably need an app.

I'll look also into fiasco
I've used Mumble with my campaign for the last six months and we've not had any issues. Solid, concrete dependability with no hiccups. I'm honestly surprised that more people don't use it.

2020-07-12 21:10:54
"Do or do not. There is no 'try'." attempts to be inspirational, but is hilariously bad advice for many people. "Perfect or worthless" is a stupid dichotomy and its internalization prevents many from living up to their potential. Let people try, fail, and try again, especially in creative pursuits like writing, drawing, and coding.

(I'd recommend reading also the rest of the thread)

# collar supports (or “gravity? what gravity?")

Apparently, this is one of the exercises you're supposed to do when learning #

My current (and first and only :D ) set: a student-grade pre-assembled one that a) suits me just fine, since I'm still at the stage of “first attempts” b) costed about 1 eur less than a similar empty box from the same store, and appears to be practical and of good quality.

(The pink looking thing in the upper right corner is copper, and while it's technically watercolour I've bought it for calligraphy.)

I've been looking for an # document folder (two sides with flaps, and the covers have an internal space for more sheets) that I found a few ages ago, but seems to have disappeared from the internet :(

instead, I found this # for #, which looks extremely cute :)

I wonder how practical it would be for a real letter :)

2020-07-02 06:50:47

Happy 10th Birthday Friendica!

Ten years ago the 1st commit to the git repository of Mistpark was made by Mike Macgirvin, a project that since has become Friendica accumulating some 27.000 commits contributing the work of more then 250 people from all around the world.
Friendica themes from 2010 to 2020Mistpark and Friendica themes from 2010 to 2020
Together we have build a social media platform that had many faces over the years. It has grown from a decentralized communication platform into an integral part of the Fediverse and Federation. Allowing its users to interact with their friends and family across the borders of nodes, projects and physical distance outside the world of data-harvesting corporations.

Thank you Mike and everybody else who has contributed their time to the project over the years! And while we are preparing the 2020.06 release of Friendica, lets have a big party to celebrate ten years of this wonderful part of the free social web.

2020-07-02 09:22:22
Every thing stands still for money, while we want money to pay for some of the most necessary things that we promised ready money for in the height of our wants, as grapnells, &c.

I can see this as pretty relevant today, a few century later

Blagh is the Umbrian reflex of the Greek βλωγοσ, both ultimately from Indo-European *bʰleh₁-, “to blow, be vapid; to be wrong on the internet.”


please read the whole post (if interested in #, of course), it's worth doing so (and pretty short anyway)

2020-06-30 13:21:57

OpenCast Live #1

Inizia: Martedì 30 Giugno 2020 @ 21:00

Finisce: Martedì 30 Giugno 2020 @ 21:30


Seguite in diretta e partecipate via chat!

Si parla di Linux, open source, software libero e tecnologia in generale, sempre senza prendersi troppo sul serio.

2020-06-29 19:13:00
New Pepper&Carrot episode! ★ Episode 33: Spell of War ★

# # # # #

couverture de Episode 33: Spell of War

2020-06-18 14:45:50
Questa sera durante la settimanale riunione virtuale del GL-Como si terrà la serata “sales pitch” per linguaggi di programmazione: una serie di presentazioni
brevi nel quale cercare di convincere ad imparare un linguaggio di programmazione.

Il target sono persone con nozioni di programmazione: né completi
principianti né sviluppatori esperti.

Si parlerà di awk e di python.

Le presentazioni saranno in diretta all'indirizzo , con la possibilità di interagire via chat.

Appuntamento a partire dalle ore 21:00

What is that?
dry sourdough starter, packaged to be given away to friends.

Collapse OS is an attempt to implement a simple OS that can run on anything computer-ish in case civilisation collapses

Originally in assembler, the people around it discovered and then adopted Forth

The discussion around this topic is interesting

@Gruppo Linux Como

wooo, new article from exurbe/Ada Palmer!
Black Death, COVID, and Why We Keep Telling the Myth of a Renaissance Golden Age and Bad Middle Ages

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I saw that the other day. A long read, but well worth it!
How pandemics past and present fuel the rise of mega-corporations

Also of related interest to you:
"The Wealthy in Florence Today Are the Same Families as 600 Years Ago"
More detailed sources are all pay-walled, so that's what I'm linking you instead.

Family project for this weekend: a light box.

The box is made of corrugated cardboard, covered in a nice packing paper from the last time I ordered stuff from the internet (and one sheet of white paper for the inside); the “glass” is a leftover from a door. The light part comes from my SO's Secret Stash Of Things That Produce Light.

It… works

(while looking at it from the top the individual LEDs aren't as visible as in the picture, so I don't think they are going to be an issue)

Next step: trace all the things!
Back before computers took over everything, I used to use my DIY light box as part of my ink art process. I'd do pencil sketches to figure out the composition, then use the light box to help me transfer it to a new pristine piece of paper where I could then ink. Of course, the light box didn't help with inking errors. Definitely no undo. 😆

New leaflets available to explain how Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) works.

They are available in in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish:

You can print them out, to distribute them where ever you believe fits.

Thanks to @dileodile for making it, and thanks to @anhdres for the illustrations.

(Tails protects you against surveillance, censorship, advertising, and viruses with a full digital security toolbox to allow secret communication)

@Gruppo Linux Como

content warnings aren't just for white people, though. they're for preparing folks for the content they're viewing before they view it. it's informed consent.

(note: using second person for the sake of rhetoric, but I'm not specifically talking about you)

assuming that folks want content warnings because they want to shut out all content perpetuates the harmful idea that content warnings are purely for blocking content. they're not.

the reason why I want content warnings is because I want to engage with content without having it shoved into my face. simply telling me to block everyone who posts about it without a content warning is counter to that idea, because you're basically telling people to stop engaging with the information out there.

social media is fueled by outrage, and the idea that people can't stop the firehose of information headed their way. forcing people to leave platforms because they're fed up with you throwing heavy shit in their faces is directly counter to the fact that people are sharing this shit to inform and to show solidarity.

like, vent all you want without CWs to your followers, but if you plan for your post to be shareable, you owe it to your audience to preface it with a very small summary of what you're talking about, to give your audience the ability to engage in context.

you're not going to engage with the folks who don't want to see your content anyway. want to change a racist's mind? your untagged meme won't change that. all you're doing is forcing mentally ill folks to ignore everything about the situation instead of taking in stuff at their own pace.

and, there are loads of black folks who are hit harder by this deluge of content because they have to deal with loads of anti-black shit every day. experience dealing with stuff, and maybe even the numbness that follows, doesn't mean it's okay to shove something in someone's face.

«L'Osservatorio sulla censura dell'AIB ritiene estremamente grave e preoccupante che la Guardia di Finanza abbia bloccato l’accesso dall'Italia al Project Gutenberg, che dal 1971 raccoglie riproduzioni di libri di pubblico dominio».

OpenCast Live

Inizia: Martedì 26 Maggio 2020 @ 21:00

Finisce: Martedì 26 Maggio 2020 @ 22:00


Torna OpenCast in versione Live!

Martedì 26 maggio a partire dalle 21:00 saremo live all'indirizzo , con la possibilità di interagire via chat!

Opencast è il podcast del GL-Como che tratta di open source, software libero e tecnologia in generale.

I've just realized that warm colours are those with less energetic wavelengths, and cool colours those with more energy.

My life will never be the same.
This pops up in interior lighting too. Warm white is ~3000 kelvin, cool white is ~6000 kelvin.
Which is always confusing when doing colour correction in post production, since you apply the opposite to correct for colour cast, so for cool white light that you want to make warmer, you apply higher kelvin correction (6000K or so).

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