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Why FOSS "community-support" doesn't work, strong opinions 

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A friend of mine who works at the Wikimedia Foundation wants to spread the word that they are hiring for two research positions:

Research Engineer: boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia

Research Scientist (Disinformation): boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia

Application deadline is Aug 31. You'd be working remotely in either case. I can put you in touch with my friend, if you have questions.

The Goth Librarian Podcast: 037 - Spanish Flu
gothlibrarian.libsyn.com/037-s

Some may say the parallels between the 1918 Spanish Flu and COVID-19 are unsettling. You be the judge after hearing this special episode.

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Anyone who tells you to "do your own research" without giving you funding to get at least a masters degree and set up a lab isn't serious enough to listen to.

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Mozilla Google budget screaming 

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OpenOffice -> LibreOffice fork and transition seems particularly instructive here:

A huge, user-facing organization? ✅
Managing a bunch of connected, complex software projects? ✅
With a huge amount of documentation (wiki, etc) for both developers and users? ✅
Deeply engaged in open standards debates that affect everyone? ✅

It's not about the individual software projects. It's about all of the above. LibreOffice came out stronger after the fork. So could a fork of Mozilla.

#MozillaLifeboat

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Maybe this could be a part of the simple web:

Until we have an economic-layer replacement for advertising-based publishing models, the least we could do is get personal data tracking out of advertising. This company tried it and their revenue went up despite all of the claims in Google’s own research on the matter.

outline.com/tkX4xp

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OK Netizens... my brain is now preserved. Preparing bare metal restore.

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Alright, I fixed it. Protip, if you're gonna edit .profile to launch your favorite programs, make sure they start as separate processes so they don't block the rest of startup. XD

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PIN-less RFID Debit Card.

That sounds like a bad idea.
Why would enable that by defautl without noticing people first?

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"Faster connections in themselves are not threatening the access to the internet. The problem is that most websites will adapt to the ever faster connections, which makes them gradually inaccessible for people with slower connections. Today, most websites are impossible to download with a dial-up connection, because they have become too corpulent."
lowtechmagazine.com/2008/02/fa

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plague, christians, joke but not really 

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You don't need to speak English like a native

It's okay to have "weird" pacing when speaking. It's also okay to make sentences with correct meaning but uncommon phrasing

Don't allow yourself to pause because you're struggling to find the most native-sounding way to phrase what you mean

Just express what you mean in the most comfortable way to you

There's no "broken" English. English isn't owned by Americans or the British. For better or worse, it's become an international language.

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"A Dutch public broadcaster got rid of targeted digital ads—and its revenues went up" 

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hackers.town

A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.