Jan 062021
 

You may remember in 2017 when a bizarre, blunt-shaped object came whizzing our way in space. It measured approximately half a mile in length and was moving at an irregular pace, getting alien watchers excited. The vast majority of scientists who have studied the object have said ‘Oumuamua, was a natural phenomenon, but the head of Harvard’s Astronomy department just published a book in which he says he believes the giant object was alien in…

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 2021-01-06  No Responses »
Jan 062021
 

YouTube user Psyraven—who is apparently Bernard Schilling himself—created this video as an introductory demo for DOSBox Pure. Recently, indie developer Bernard Schilling published a new fork of the DOSBox classic-gaming emulator. If you’re not familiar with DOSBox, it’s a way to play classic MS-DOS games from the 1980s and 1990s on a modern Windows, Mac, or Linux PC. DOSBox Pure is an attempt to simplify and eliminate some of the donkeywork involved in actually loading…

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Jan 022021
 

New Year’s Eve two years ago I wrote about the open-source / Linux letdowns of 2018. It was well received at the time and sparked some interesting discussions so as we celebrate the start of 2021 I figured it would be interesting to look back and see which of those letdowns were since resolved and what ones are remaining…

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 2021-01-02  No Responses »
Jan 022021
 

Wikipedia is turning 20 years old on Friday, 15 January, 2021! Join us for a global virtual birthday party as we celebrate two decades of Wikipedia and the incredible people who make it possible! Since Wikipedia first began in 2001, it has exemplified the idea that many people working together can build something truly remarkable. Twenty years later, Wikipedia continues to live up to its promise of free and open knowledge by and for humans…

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Dec 272020
 

Last month, Maine used ranked choice voting for president, the first state ever to do that.  Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee, polled slightly over 1.00% in Maine last month.  That made Maine his best state, by far.  His second highest percentage was Hawaii, with .67%, and no other state was higher than .52%. One might say that Maine is always supportive of Green Party presidential nominees, and that is true, but not to that…

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Dec 272020
 

On the day before the Trump administration killed Brandon Bernard, Shanyce Matthews sat on her deck on the north side of Milwaukee. She wore brown sheepskin boots and a bright green T-shirt printed with the word “Love” in loopy cursive below two photographs. One showed Matthews, elegant and demure in a black and white headscarf. The other showed her partner, Orlando Hall. Hall had been executed less than three weeks earlier, just before midnight on November…

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Dec 272020
 

Philadelphia is facing a housing crisis with little help from the Democratic city council, mayor, or governor. In the city, 5,700 people are currently unhoused. Almost a thousand sleep on the streets on a given night. But more than that, this year has already seen 4,400 evictions filed in Philly courts. Another 2,000 renters are facing the very real threat of eviction and becoming part of the unhoused. This multifaceted crisis of housing is taking place as the…

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Dec 262020
 

US citizens: call your congresscritter and your senators to tell them to remove the copyright and trademark changes from the Covid-19 relief bill. The wrecker’s veto, while surely intended for manipulation, offers the chance to fix this. Let’s seize the opportunity. Why the copyright repression of the CASE Act is so bad. Increasing the relief payments would also be a good thing, but if the wrecker were sincere about wanting that, he could have said…

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Dec 252020
 

It seems as though we still can’t hit the ceiling on better control schemes for 3D Printers. Input Shaping is the latest technique to land on our radar, a form of resonance compensation that all but eliminates the ghosting (aka: vertical ringing) artifacts we see on the walls of printed parts. While the technique has been around for decades, only recently did [Dmitry Butyugin] both apply it to 3D printer control and merge their hard…

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 2020-12-25  No Responses »
Dec 252020
 

Last month, the Maine Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Lisa Savage, polled 4.95%.  That was the highest showing for U.S. Senate in Maine for any party, other than the Republican and Democratic Parties, in history.  U.S. Senate elections have … Continue reading →

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Dec 252020
 

It’s been a turbulent year and 2020 is certainly ending interesting in the Linux/open-source space… If it wasn’t odd enough seeing Sony providing a new official Linux driver for their PlayStation 5 DualSense controller for ending out the year, there is also a new Linux port to the Nintendo 64 game console… Yes, a brand new port to the game console that launched more than two decades ago…

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Dec 242020
 

Enlarge / The puppy’s remains are dried out but mostly intact thanks to being buried in permafrost. (credit: Government of Yukon) This Ice Age wolf puppy doesn’t look much like a fearsome predator, what with her tiny puppy teeth and soft little ears. According to her DNA, however, the mummified puppy, named Zhùr, came from a population that’s among the ancestors of all modern wolves. Canada’s permafrost freeze-dried her remains shortly after her death around…

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Dec 242020
 

This year has been the year of home video conferencing. If you are really on the ball, you’ve managed to put some kind of green screen up so you can hide your mess and look as though you are in your posh upper east side office space. However, most of the consumer video conferencing now has some way to try to guess what your background is and replace it even without a green screen. The…

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Dec 242020
 

Over the past month, two high-profile incidents reaffirmed why police body cameras cannot serve as a police transparency and accountability tool as long as state law empowers the police to determine what footage the public gets to see. As we have said time and time again, when the police are given the discretion to publicly release favorable body camera footage but withhold negative footage, police body cameras become nothing more than a police propaganda tool.The…

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Dec 222020
 

We’re in the middle of a brutal pandemic during which millions are suffering. Yet according to the New York Times, Joe Biden actually moved to undercut progressives demanding greater economic aid in the stimulus negotiations, giving “Democrats confidence to pull back on their demands” — and surrender to Mitch McConnell. President-elect Joe Biden has endorsed an initiative to slash the stimulus bill in half. (@jlhervàs / Flickr) If there is any consistent through line in…

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Dec 222020
 

Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis helped ram through a gift for Hollywood: getting the felony streaming copyright bill that he’d only released a week earlier included in the must-pass omnibus funding bill despite literally no discussion or debate about the problems with the bill. This morning, he really doubled down. As announced last month, Tillis has now released a draft of his DMCA overhaul, which appears to be exactly what he had hinted at last month…

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Dec 222020
 

Just yesterday we saw two wretched copyright bills-the CASE Act and a felony streaming bill — slipped into law via a must-pass spending bill. But it seems some people in Congress were just getting started. Today, Senator Thom Tillis launched a “discussion draft” of the so-called Digital Copyright Act. But there’s nothing to discuss: the bill, if passed, would absolutely devastate the Internet. We’ll have a more in-depth analysis of this draft bill later, but…

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 2020-12-22  No Responses »