The new design of the #NixOS website https://nixos.org/ is online! It is made by a professional designer and implemented by the NixOS marketing team. The landingpage is ready, the other pages will be redesigned in the next days.
You can follow the progress here: https://discourse.nixos.org/t/new-nixos-org-design/9080?u=davidak
Announcing the SourceHut project hub 🎉
I don't usually explicitly ask for shares, but this is a big deal for SourceHut - the project hub solves one of our major goals for the alpha. Please help spread the word ❤️
Many times, I've seen arguments made like this: "I'd try Mastodon, but I already have Twitter followers", or "I'd like to use OSM, but Google Maps has better data for my city", or, in my case, "I'd like to use sr.ht, but GitHub has better discoverability".
Platforms for which popularity improves the utility of the service are skewed in favor of the incumbents. New platforms face a chicken-and-egg problem. You have to decide - will you help it, or exacerbate it? Those are the only two choices you have.
Don't let that cool new platform die in obscurity while you wait for it to become popular.
You can charge for material things - paper, ink, packaging material, the time of the workers to prepare it. You can even charge for bandwidth, server upkeep, and electricity. But information has no material cost and therefore cannot be sold.
Exercise civil disobedience: it's your obligiation as a good citizen to be a pirate. We can negotiate again when they change the law to make copyrighted works enter the public domain within our lifetimes.
If you find yourself working at a software or hardware company, and someone starts talking about implementing DRM, I want you to punch them square in the face.
Then I want you to immediately get all concerned and apologetic and play it off like an accident, and then when they start to get back on track and talk about DRM again, I want you to punch them in the face, again.
The EARN IT Act is aiming at destroying encryption. We must take action now: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/earn-it-barr-encryption
Just pushed the keyboard and touch sections for the Wayland book, which finishes all of the non-code portions of the input chapter.
Here's a preview 🙂
"Thanks for taking the time for this interview. Let's start with a simple whiteboard algorithm: can you reverse this string?"
Are we assuming ASCII? If not, define "reversal". Strings encode language, does the resulting sentence need to be meaningful? How do you "reverse" a sentence? Should we bring freetype2 and render the text mirrored horizontally, like text written on glass when viewed from behind? Or should we replace the words with antonyms? Or reverse the contractions, e.g. do -> don't? What about non-English languages? Does RTL text become LTR? What about languages which are written top-down in some contexts, like Chinese or Japanese? I'm only familiar with the semantics of a handful of languages, can we poll the rest of the office to find people who know others? Or maybe you mean we should construct a model of spacetime/linguistics in which language is time-symmetric. That's a cool idea for a conlang, actually. Do you have a copy of the Silmarillion handy?
Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.