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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).


Sigh, today we found the second commercial flyer in our post box since the start of the lockdown (and the first was a request for donations from a charity that is in the next block from us).

This is a bit of normality that I wasn't looking forwards to have back.

(OTOH, yay, free paper to protect the working surfaces while crafting, I guess...)


on AO3 and not being a social network designed to sell your eyeballs to advertisers
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pins, following the instructions on

made with 0.6mm copper wire, because that's the one I already had plenty of. I also have some huge 1.2mm brass wire that I want to try (but probably will only be suitable for things like coarse wool?) and silver plated copper wire that I'm not sure would survive the hammering part.

I also need a better surface to do the hammering on; the scrap of wood I used is probably too soft and didn't enjoy the process :D

Definitely something I need to get better at (and will probably try to).
Second batch (the ones on the right). The silver plated copper is too thin to be really useful, and the brass is nice, but too thick. I do plan to buy thinner brass, the next time I have a chance to.

I also found a better surface to do the hammering on: one of my multifunction heavy washers / fabric weights (placed on top of the wood scrap).


Introducing Inkscape 1.0! After a little over three years in development, we're excited to launch this long-awaited version for Windows and Linux (and the macOS preview) Watch the release video ( and download it here:

Note: If the download link doesn't work, check back a little later. The files are being propagated across our CDN.


Apparenty I've discovered that: a) sewing reusable masks stresses me out b) sewing reusable masks by hand relaxes me.

I'm not sure whether it's the pattern I'm using being full of nice features, but also a bit fiddly, making the same thing multiple times or the guilt over having had two months of quarantine and not having managed to make masks even for my close neighbors.

Sewin by hand while on confcall and the like is not really different from sewing by hand random things, apparently (at least for the first mask I'm making, maybe I'll need a break from this too).

Anyway, doing them by hand is slower, but probably faster than leaving a big pile of cut mask pieces near the sewing machine and avoiding watching in that direction :D




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Well. I've already been Mr. Cranky Pants enough for today, so I won't provide any more detail.

Please, don't worry about that, I'm sure that there are plenty of ways to implement self-checkout in a way that it is a hassle for customers!


Just in case you needed this in your life: instructions for a pieced and quilted plague doctor mask by mctreeleth (they also include instructions for a single fabric piece version, too):
A person wearing a plague doctor mask made from brightly coloured quilt pieces.
A plague doctor mask made from brightly coloured quilt pieces.
E' incredibile: scopro di averne bisogno!


it! could! work!

(a picture of a somewhat crumbly dough in a glass container)

I've successfully reproduced baker's # following the instructions (in Italian) on ( and the linked videos ( plus (

The basics are: mix 25 g fresh yeast (or 8g dry, which is what I used) and 25 g water, add 60 g flour, knead a bit and put in the fridge (low temperature is important) in an airtight container (low oxygen is the other important factor) for at least 24 hours. Use in the following week, and start again from the last 25 g.

It smells definitely like baker's yeast (as opposed to sourdough) and the bread I've made with it has risen as expected.

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How much do you use each time? I use one 7g dry packet per loaf normally. ~480g of wholewheat flour (I don't have a good scale).
It depends on the recipe: the proportion between dry and fresh is about 1:3 (but my 7g dry packets are marked as equivalent to one 25g block of fresh yeast).

I'm also used to dry yeast, so I don't really have an idea of how much that would be in volume. In the picture the container is a bit less than 10 cm wide, if that can help.

Also, I tend to make a lot of bread with pre-ferments, so I may be using as low as 2-4 g of fresh yeast (around 1g dry) for 400-500 g flour. The highest I routinely go is one 7g dry packet (i.e. 25g fresh) per 1000g flour.
Thank you!
This bread making game is a real adventure. At least my recent efforts are good and edible. Last year's experiments were a disaster - even the crows couldn't eat the sourdough rye Rocks I produced.
Oh! This is kind of a sourdough but instead of relying of wild yeast starting from a particular strain 🤔

Interesting! I hope it lives forever 😀
Starting from a particular strain and trying to prevent anything else from growing.

I don't think I'm going to keep this alive long-term for a few reasons.

Between the low amounts of yeast per dough and the fact that I also have an active sourdough, this is making more yeast than I use (and it only keeps for a short time between feedings — although it can keep in the freezer for slightly longer and I could try to experiment with drying like I do with sourdough).

While sourdough grows with time and gains flavour, with baker's yeast the idea is to have something that is consistent, so one would want to remain pretty close to the original, and I suspect that after a few generations mutations may start to change the way it behaves. I believe that this reason alone makes it worth restarting the batch from commercial yeast periodically (maybe every few months?)

And then there is the bit where dry yeast is soooo convenient, while this is a bit of a hassle to get the same results, and I'm basically lazy…

OTOH, it's an excellent way to get more yeast from a package now that it has disappeared from the supermarkets (and this means that I'm currently in the 1% or less of italians that have more yeast than they can use, and I can't even share it with other people in a reasonable way :( (at least not outside the building where I live))
I understand.

Anyway, it is a great experiment and could be useful to prevent packaging as well in the future when it can be shared.


@Ondiz I've received this (via xmpp) and for some *strange* reason I thought about your italian lessons :D

(image is a screenshot of a post by some Claudio Marinaccio with the following contents:

"C'è la faremo" = Il signor La Faremo è presente.
"Ce l'ha faremo" = Faremo è in possesso di qualcosa.
"Ce la fa remo" = Remo riuscirà a fare qualcosa.
"Cela faremo" = Qualcuno nasconde Faremo.
Ce la faremo?
Va detto che se in italiano le maiuscole contassero, ci sarebbe qualche errore ^_^

se però li si vede come modi possibili per separare un hashtag scritto in sole minuscole (come viene scritto di solito fuori da mastodon e dal fediverso), tutto torna :)


the palindromic prime 1000000000000066600000000000001 is known as Belphegor's Prime, named after #, one of the seven princes of Hell. Belphegor's Prime consists of the number 666, on either side enclosed by thirteen zeroes and a one. Belphegor's Prime is an example of a beastly # # in which a prime p is palindromic with 666 in the center. # # #


Conventionally accepted spelling, grammar and typography are not absolutely necessary when writing. However, if deviations from convention distract the reader from the actual point of the text, that's a disservice both to the reader and the writer.


A few days ago I found out that the shop I buy kitchen appliance from is making home deliveries (this is still allowed under our lockdown rules for any kind of product), so I decided to buy the pasta machine I've been wanting to buy for quite some time (everybody in our household is still working, from home, so I wanted to spend some money in the local economy).

Yesterday we called them to order… and about two hours later we had a shiny, new, pasta machine: take that amazon and next day deliveries!

(ok, it was just a lucky accident: they already had a delivery scheduled to our area — and they have known us long enough to trust us with delivery before the payment had cleared — it's not going to happen a second time)

(in this context, the real advantage over amazon is that this involved the shop owner preparing and delivering the package safely on her own, rather than underpaid workers risking contagion in an unsafe warehouse)
I have a small manual pasta machine at home, but right now my wife is using it with polymer clay.. so I think it's better not use it for pasta....
yeah, I have been considering buying also second one, for polymer clay :D

what is she doing?

(and no, you can't use it for pasta afterwards)
what is she doing?

... things ...
flat things, round things, or oddly shaped things? :D
cylindrical things to be cut to round things, with many colors...


This is a pretty good quote!

Oh my god, this quote someone posted on Reddit, I'm not sure who said this but...

"I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because your judgement and intentions are."

(the source has been found and is linked in the original thread)

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Regarding the situation with the Qt Company, KDE relies on the KDE Free Qt Foundation to always seek the most beneficial outcome for all Free Software developers and advocates. Read more at


Last time we had #, some of the dough got wrapped around a diced apple (one quarter of a big apple per roll).

I think this is going to happen every time we have pizza, at least as long as renetta apples are available (probably not very long, since they are a winter variety).

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One day I also want to try it with the full strudel filling (and/or other fruit).


apparently, the # shortage may not be caused by hoarding and stupidity

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This article is presenting a sensible argument. But dang, it could've so easily been explained in two sentences.
The point they make about people using more, because they are at home is valid, but reading that article you'd think there weren't hordes of hoarders at the beginning. They certainly exist where I live!
The stores here were selling out for a few days, but quickly adjusted their truckloads. There was supply every day. After a few days they weren't ever selling out.
Hoarders turned to flour next, but that's fixed, so now there is no yeast! Or isopropyl.
Plenty of bog roll though! :-)



I did this one of the first days of the lockdown, but I only took pictures a couple of days ago a sami-style leather pouch from an old (and quite ugly) leather jacket¹ and some red felt I had around:

I browsed through a number of search results for “sami style leather pouch” and drafted my own (very simple) pattern; I'm afraid I've lost the links I used.

My SO mentioned that it looks like pouch of gold coins from fantasy games, but the real contents are much more preciooouuuusss:

(the biggest, heavier steel washers I could find in the local DIY stores, that I use as pattern weights)

¹ that I got for free under the menace “if you don't come to take this (and other perfectly working things, including some almost-new garments) I'm going to throw everything away”


>> Who led the digital transformation at your company?
>> A) CEO
>> B) CTO
>> C) CIO

> Chief Officer of VIDeoconferencing


Inspired by an article that @Fabio wrote, I spent this afternoon configuring an nginx to serve video streams.

Almost everything works, except that apparently my letsencrypt configuration has broken (aaargh). Well, it can still be used with a non-matching certificate until I get to fix it.

And then I tried to install OBS Studio, and discovered that my laptop is too old, and it doesn't even try to load.

maybe. I'm not sure if I have the motivation to go down that sinkhole.

At the moment I don't really have plans for any kind of streaming; it was just something cool to do together-ish with the lug.
I guess I will be able to watch a more professional-looking streaming of @Fabio making gnocchi than the one he did via jitsi :D
that's why I spent time looking on how this work, obviously


An explanation of some social dynamics that is definitely worth reading even if formatted horribly.
I think I did mention that it was formatted badly :D

thanks for the dump :)
You absolutely did mention it! I just couldn't believe how bad it was!
Then I got more interested in extracting the information than in actually reading it for a while, because... I'm like that.


I have family and friends who work in the NHS and other health sectors that feel exactly like this.


The crones huddled in their secluded hut, brewing merrily.

They startled as a voice called from the entrance, "Are you well?"

"We are," said one.

"For now," said another.

"Supplies are running a bit low," mentioned the third.

"I can fetch what you need," offered the voice.

"What do you wish in return?"

"The secret to your health."

They agreed, gave the list and it was fulfilled.

"So what is your secret?"

"Wash your hands; now go."

# # # # #


Non sai che server # scegliere? Su metti il nome della stanza e poi il isto ti assegnerà il server più libero #



Decided to keep a local copy of reference essentials just in case anything disconnects us. All of Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Project Gutenberg's eBooks, and some Linux distributions. That's it there, on my pinky.

The world may be terrifying these days, but it's still kind of amazing.





debian social


# # # # and .... more?
The Debian social team aims to run a few services under the domain. Our goal is to create a safe space for Debian contributors (whether their project members or not) to share what they're doing in the project and to showcase their work, collaborate with others and share knowledge. Just like planet Debian, it's completely fine for these platforms to have a personal touch, however, our goal is not to create any kind of social network per sé.
You can read it here!

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