An Experiment

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Oct 262018
 

To all zero of my readers,

Actually writing things seems to be something I can’t muster up the will to do.

So I hacked up an rss plugin for wordpress last year to repost excepts from my tt-rss shared feed, but have left the posts it generates private. Since it’s OK if not ideal, I’m just gonna set the plugin to post publicly for now to see if it works out, and maybe as motivation to hurry up and finish tweaking the format, or writing a fresh plugin from scratch that only does what I need.

For now it will post every time I update my shared feed from tt-rss; I am leaning toward modifying it so that it collects all posts and makes a single daily entry, but I’ll see how this works first.

Apr 022020
 

Wow, how convenient On Monday, Amazon fired Chris Smalls, a worker at its Staten Island, New York, warehouse, who had organized a protest demanding more protection for workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.…

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Apr 022020
 

For a biz that prides itself on not censoring the internet, it sure likes censoring the internet Updated  Cloudflare, known for free speech advocacy, rolled out a self-styled family-friendly variation of its DNS service to block adult content – and ended up denying access to LGBTQ websites and sex education resources.…

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Apr 022020
 

$5,179 was earned last week at the United States box office. Not $5.179m, not $51.79k, but just over five thousand dollars. It’s the worst week in history for the American theater industry, due to coronavirus restrictions and company policies that all but ended public movie attendance. Okay, did some math. A movie ticket was ~35¢ in the 40s, which means collectively all theatres in America would only need to sell 14.5k tickets in a week…

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Apr 012020
 

Could be a wearable, could be wired. Backed by big fines and jail The State of Western Australia has given itself the power to install surveillance devices in homes, or compel people to wear them, to ensure that those required to isolate during the coronavirus crisis don’t interact with the community.…

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Apr 012020
 

We are proud to announce that dak, the Debian Archive Kit, has been replaced by a neural network for processing package uploads and other archive maintenance. All FTP masters and assistants have been re-deployed to concentrate on managing neuraldak. neuraldak is an advanced machine learning algorithm which has been taught about appropriate uploads, can write to maintainers about their bugs and can automatically make an evaluation about suitable licenses and code quality. Any uploads which…

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Mar 302020
 

This piece first appeared on Just Security. If asked to give up their privacy in the interests of stemming the coronavirus, many Americans might be inclined to say yes. But the answer requires more nuance, both because there are serious tradeoffs to be made, and because sacrificing privacy may actually backfire.Consider, for example, serious discussions reportedly underway between the tech industry and the White House over how our cellphone location data might be used to help in…

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Mar 302020
 

Yet another reminder that copyright is really, really broken. As you may have seen, there have been a few viral videos making the rounds of people locked down in apartment buildings deciding to hold impromptu music performances from balconies. When the first of these came out, I had joked that it would only be a matter of time until some music collection society called these an unlicensed public performance and demanded royalty payments. Thankfully, that…

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Mar 292020
 

The coronavirus shock has shaken the world’s stock markets, imposing the need for massive state bailouts. But the measures to deal with the crisis risk spurring an authoritarian controlled capitalism — one that protects corporate interests while offloading the costs onto the rest of us. US president Donald Trump speaks as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House on March…

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Mar 292020
 

Bob Dylan just released his first new song in eight years. It’s a 17-minute murder ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. From the lyrics to Murder Most Foul: “It was a dark day in Dallas, November ’63. The day that will live on in infamy. President Kennedy was a-riding high, good day to be living and good day to die.” Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and…

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Mar 292020
 

On March 25, the Ohio legislature passed HB 197, which lets any registered voter request an absentee postal ballot for the 2020 primary. However, the bill does not allow anyone who had not been registered already to register in time … Continue reading →

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Mar 292020
 

We are pleased to announce GNU Guile 3.0.2, the second bug-fix release of the new 3.0 stable series! This release represents 22 commits by 8 people since version 3.0.1.Among other things, this release fixes a heap corruption bug that could lead to random crashes and a rare garbage collection issue in multi-threaded programs.It also adds a new module implementing SRFI-171 transducers.See the release announcement for details and the download page to give it a go!

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Mar 292020
 

We are pleased to announce GNU Guile 3.0.2, the second bug-fix release of the new 3.0 stable series! This release represents 22 commits by 8 people since version 3.0.1.Among other things, this release fixes a heap corruption bug that could lead to random crashes and a rare garbage collection issue in multi-threaded programs.It also adds a new module implementing SRFI-171 transducers.See the release announcement for details and the download page to give it a go!

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Mar 292020
 

Enlarge / Hazard tape blocks the book returns slot at a London library. (credit: Richard Baker / Getty Images) One of the casualties of coronavirus-related social distancing measures has been public libraries, which are shut down in many communities around the world. This week, the Internet Archive, an online library best known for running the Internet’s Wayback Machine, announced a new initiative to expand access to digital books during the pandemic. For almost a decade, an…

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Mar 282020
 

The United States could have followed the example set by countries like Denmark, which have guaranteed workers’ wages during the crisis. Instead, America has set itself up for a devastating and unprecedented wave of layoffs. A grocery store worker recycles boxes on March 28, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) The coronavirus pandemic may be global in scale, but its material impact on ordinary workers thus far has varied widely from…

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Mar 282020
 

As housing becomes more and more unaffordable, liberal mayors have jumped to recognize the crisis. At the same time, they’re fully committed to the status quo, giving carte blanche to developers at the expense of legitimately affordable housing. Staircase for the 167th Street (Jerome Avenue Line) on the southwest corner of 167th Street and River Avenue in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. Wikimedia Commons In big cities today, the housing problem is obvious to…

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Mar 282020
 

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, a Democrat, wants the legislature to eliminate mandatory petitions for the 2020 elections. See this story. Thanks to Pat Quinn for this news. … Continue reading →

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Mar 282020
 

Two Florida poll workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the March 17 primary, which was held contrary to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention against large gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  Both of the workers were stationed at polls in Broward County, in the southeast part of the state. A spokesperson for the Broward County Supervisor of Elections said on Thursday that all 16 poll workers…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-florida-poll-workers-elections/

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Mar 282020
 

More than a decade after announcing that it would keep Polaroid’s abandoned instant film alive, The Impossible Project has done the… improbable: It has officially become the brand it set out to save. And to commemorate the occasion, there’s a new camera, the Polaroid Now. The convergence of the two brands has been in the works for years, and in fact Impossible Project products were already Polaroid-branded. But this marks a final and satisfying shift…

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