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Don't get shamed into disabling your adblocker to "support creators".
Ads pay so little, it really doesn't matter.
If you want to do the financial support, just donate to them. That is the equivalent of multiple thousand ad views.

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Surveillance capitalism is the same as climate change, but for data:

- Some people have been warning about its consequences for years
- Most people don't care because they don't feel concerned, they can't see it affecting them
- A few companies are making a lot of damage with the help of governments
- When we will face the consequences it will be too late
- We can still do something about it, and the sooner the better

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I absolutely hate hate hate HATE the North American culture of denying children their independence and literally taking children away from parents who would let them do something so bold as "walk to school"

American parenting culture is completely fucking bonkers

Children are people, not property

Anyone using light vim/neovim colorscheme? Any suggestions? Looking for light, but contrasty scheme. Was considering for a moment `syntax off`, but that seems too radical. Also would not mind it to be on less colorful side.
Currently using paramount, but it has some annoyances.

Perhaps I made a mistake mentioning text editors as example, since editors are a "special" topic :)
But yeah, it is much more complicated task to make a quality GUI tool/application than a text/cli counterpart.

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I have this feeling that perhaps our GUI based application ecosystem is failing.

For instance text editors. Vim and emacs are dinosaurs that should be long be gone. What is amodern replacement? Electron based jokes like VSCode?! Please, no.

It looks to be very plausible to me that the way forward is actually to take things backward.

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How Google Tracks Your Personal Information

Today, Google provides marketers like me with so much of your personal data that we can infer more about you from it than from any camera or microphone.


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A plea to anyone that believes in the return to a non-monopolistic free and decentralized internet.

Call out the hypocrisy of "open source" or "privacy respecting" organizations that continue to support as first class citizens, corporate platforms. If they truly believe in change, let them behave that way.


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Holy shit


The maintainer of harfbuzz got fucking black bagged by Iran and they're threatening his friends and family

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Goodbye browser, maybe goodbye Ubuntu?

Ubuntu chose to use snap for chromium, and that breaks so much for me: Again no passwords, no file access, no migration, no addons? Thanks, I am done and gone.

I immediately have to switch to an alternative browser.

For now I'll try with chrome, keeping FF as a backer (as it has always been). And try to use a browser-independent credential store (keepassxc).

Unfortunately Ubuntu forces users into non-free software (also their snap store is non-free).

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Screw chaos monkey randomly shutting down production machines to test resiliency

People should be given random vacation days to see what knowledge isn't distributed

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If you, your project or your team depends on an open source project, don’t hesitate to mail its creators and tell them that you do!

You have no idea how useful such endorsements are when maintainers want to justify their time commitments!

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Also, as a maintainer you're used to hearing your project being criticized all the time, because people usually only take the time to mail you when they're facing a problem they can't solve.

Sometimes, just sometimes, someone will send you a short, sweet mail saying "Hey, I'm using this and it's great. Thank you for making this!".

Be that kind of positivity in life! ❤️

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So, should I start planning what to use instead of ?

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layoffs, mozilla 

Mozilla laying off 1/4 of staff blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/08/

Confusingly COVID-19 is blamed, but I don't understand how that could be the case unless it directly correlated with losing specific funders. COVID-19 seems like it could also be an opportunity to close unnecessary offices, dramatically reducing costs.

- This probably means even more browser takeover by chrome
- Vague "pivot to products" talk
- Executive pay keeps going up twitter.com/withoutboats/statu

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Mozilla is a disgrace to the values it was founded upon. Get your shit together already.

More and more lately have I been hearing about bunch of weirdos and misfits having their way of exerting power in community. So called Debain oligarchs. This makes me sick and makes me want to distance myself of and it's by-products.
I mean I know there is much higher percentage of weirdos in IT, but WTF !?

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