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"The factors a scientist would remove from a rat’s life to make it depressed — predictability and control — are the exact things that have been removed from workers’ lives in the name of corporate flexibility and increased productivity. There’s little more relief for many low-wage workers than for those lab rats desperately trying to keep their heads above water."

vox.com/the-highlight/2019/7/6

This is interesting for those doing renderings: open cascade CADRays - opencascade.com/content/cadray

Below rendering is done in 3 mouse clicks in less than 30 seconds:

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Honestly I don't know how I used the internet before I got a password manager. Biggest lifehack to recommend to non-technical friends and family.

Unix and Linux filesystem demystified - I didn't know that it is subject of the official standard:
linuxjournal.com/content/files

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Design Futures Council in #australia #sydney have just held a small conference on open source architecture.

It is clear that people in AEC are frustrated with interoperability, proprietary monopolies, closed data, and unnecessary rework.

Push #openbim. Push #opensource. Push #ifc. Push #blender. Push #freecad. Push #openstreetmaps. Push #radiance. Push #openfoam. Push #energyplus.

We can change this.

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The public, for better or worse, tends to judge designs for the built environment based on how pretty they are. Architects and developers have been consistently lying to the public in their renders and marketing images.

I explore these ideas and more in my article on why we need a free #opensource _photometrically-correct_ 3D model repository, and why I've created one to share with the world.

thinkmoult.com/radiance-free-3

Architects are behind the times.

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Part four of the TechDraw Survey: Section and Detail views. Also a bit about clip groups.
youtu.be/3zSdeFV6I5o

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Who even needs the binomial theorem?
(20+25)²=2025
(30+25)²=3025
(68320+14336)²=6832014336
(60494+17284)²=6049417284
and so on.

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#FreeCAD steel construction masterclass by oddtopus, the brain behind the Flamingo workbench youtube.com/watch?v=IqEccmsg5d

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Well, at least I know that versioning works well! For some reason, the vast majority of my data had been deleted from my drives (not idea how or why).

I _think_ it may have been a Duplicity backup gone rogue, but I'm really not sure - I hope Syncthing isn't randomly deleting my data!

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Word of advice to FreeCAD users on Ubuntu who also have the freecad-community PPA in their software sources: do *not* update the python-pivy package! It will *break* your FreeCAD installs, even ones you compiled yourself.

-daily -stable -community

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0.18's Part workbench gets new "Explode compound" and "Slice apart" commands.

We know, we're supposed to be in feature freeze, but we couldn't stop ourselves! Thanks to DeepSOIC for these additions!

forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic

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