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If you have to type an email or a message that is about a sensitive topic, or one that you have trouble discussing, type it out in a notepad-like application instead of the email/message app instead.

Its much easier to be honest, forthright, and frank when you're just putting text into a blank document, without the pressure of seeing the person's name, avatar, online status, etc.

I need to do this when discussing family problems or addictions with people. Really helps.

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I've been trading emails lately with my best friend of the past twenty years.

Time and illness have robbed him of his sight, and work and life have kept us from getting together as often as we would like. But we can still talk, as old friends should, about life, and love, and all the things that come with it, because of technology ( / )

I am eternally thankful for technology and the opportunities it provides, and for the people who write the free software that enriches us all.

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GNU+Linux sysadmin of many years. Dedicated Gentoo user. Ask me about my USE flags!

Daily IRC user for ~15 years.

Amateur keto chef.

Born and raised in the city, but a country boy at heart.

Dog-dad to two rescued mutts who changed my life.

Technological redneck, in the sense of "why yes I rewrote that in bash, why?"

I never did very well with rules.

Live free (as in software) or die.

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Expect a follow from @flab since I'm moving instances... again. Cheers.

Expect a follow from @flab since I'm moving instances... again. Cheers.

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people sometimes ask 'why GNU? Why free software?'

because it was only 29 years ago that people could be thrown in jail for most of their life for sharing the source code to the operating system they used, for what was basically an academic discussion of how it functioned. It would be another ~1-3 years before GNU/free versions of BSD(eg FreeBSD) were available/free and worked at all. That was what life in a proprietary world was like. That is what Microsoft would bring us back to.

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Honestly if you have the fucking time to make 3+ websites for your vulnerabilities, fucking make it work without JS.
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"WhatsApp was hacked and attackers installed spyware on people’s phones"

you don't need to hack whatsapp to install spyware, users already installed the spyware themselves voluntarily.
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PSA: wttr.in is the raddest way to get your weather report.

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Back when the GNU project was starting, among the first things they rewrote as Free Software were:
- text editor / IDE (Emacs)
- assembler, linker, and compiler
- make

IOW, they made tools that they needed to further develop Free Software without relying on proprietary tools.

They wanted their project to be self-hosting.

Nowadays, we have more free software than ever, but we develop it using github and Discord...

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so apparently some fucking dipshit went and reinvented dd in electron and i am so angry about this??


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i used to like that old model where folks had a personal blog with rss feed but also a social profile where they tossed short thoughts and then links to a post when they made one.

it was a nice balance. discovery was simple but we didn't have something like Medium acting as the big ugly middleman.

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A woman is as old as she looks to a man who likes to look at her. -- Finley Dunne

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PSA: Stop labelling people interested in OPSEC and privacy as "paranoid". Paranoia is a mental illness, heavily influenced by fear, that makes someone believe they're under constant threat even when there is no evidence for thinking so.

Being careful about your online identity, privacy, taking care of your passwords, and using second factor authentication is not paranoia. It's common sense.

There are malicious actors who want to get their hands on as much information as possible. This is fact.

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If you cat /dev/urandom forever it eventually outputs a secure version of wordpress.

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Microsoft has released their new Terminal application to GitHub, marketing it as another demonstration of their commitment to "open source". While the project is MIT licensed, did you know it is inextricably linked and dependent upon numerous proprietary SDK tools, headers, and the Visual C++ ATL.

Do not be fooled, see through the mirage of feigned support to undermine and sabotage the original ethics of the free software movement!

gnu.org/philosophy/open-source

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haha imagine being stupid enough to use discord
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