I beat Portal today. Although it's not FOSS, it ran very smoothly and without any problem on my linux machine, which is really cool. Looking forward to Portal 2.

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computers suck dont they?? if you go in ur BIOS and configurate the fans so that theyre quiet, well, the computer gets too hot, and then the fans turn on loud. its fucked up. computers are so bad

You know you're watching the wrong kind of videos when YouTube starts showing you toy adverts for 7 year olds

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FOSS/tech company secret plan (Don't open if you're Bill Gates or Tim Cook!!) Show more

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Yay!

"In the future, we would prefer users to not have to just trust Mozilla, especially when we’re collecting data that is sufficiently sensitive to require an opt-in."

hacks.mozilla.org/2018/10/test

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How old were you when you saw your heroes die?

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What is the definition of free/open source software?

strawpoll.me/16741426

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Why do SATA/IDE disk cases always connect with mini USB cables ? Micro USB cables are so much better in every way 😭

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Stuff like Hacker News, Instant messaging, IRC (over weechat+tmux+ssh), and _thoughtfully_ built websites are still usable. A bit slow, but you can get stuff done.

OTOH: Every damn news website, Google, e-commerce platforms, etc are outright unusable. Like, I am technically unable to use them because the stuff so much !@#$ down my browser throat, that connections are timing out.

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anyway now I can turn letters into lsystems and grow plantpersands

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If your site has so many cookies that your GDPR popup needs a *progress indicator*, you have no idea what you're doing in an org leadership OR a technical sense.

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want a small programming exercise in privacy-preserving statistics? Show more

It just took 12 freaking attempts to complete a Google ReCaptcha???

Okay, can tech websites stop talking about $300 smartphones as "cheap" or "low-end"?

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Here's a fun TIL: Because the ratio of terms in the Fibonacci sequence approaches phi, and because phi is close to the ratio of km to miles, you can approximate conversion between distances with adjacent Fibonacci numbers.

So 2 km ≈ 1 mile, 3 km ≈ 2 miles, 5 km ≈ 3 miles, 8 km ≈ 5 miles, 13 km ≈ 8 miles, etc, etc

Today I've made the choice to make all of my devices Javascript-less by default (using uMatrix or uBlock Origin). I was holding back on mobile but decided to try it out. Let's see how this goes.

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