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git changing master to main by default 

The argument against the word "master" is based on the unproven assumption that the term is loaded with racist connotations, and the mandate for change is based on the fact that the possibility of the assumption's truth is nonzero and that the side-effects of the change are small.

If that were true, I would be on board with it. However, it's plainly clear that the impact of git upstream switching the default branch name to "main" is going to be huge. Many scripts with the "master" hard-coded are going to break, scripts written on the valid assumption that the name "master" was an intrinsic, unchanging property of git.

Every programmer who works with repositories before and after the change are going to constantly mis-remember which is which, and we'll have to guess at the default when working with new or unfamiliar repositories.

This event is going to establish a new epoch in git. We should take that seriously.

Which means we have to confront the fact that the assumption (that inherent racism is present in the word "master" and is causing harm to those who have suffered under racism) may not actually be true. The claims do not hold up well under scrutiny. And, as far as I can tell, the cause is championed disproportionately by white people.

The moralized nature of the question puts an external pressure on decision makers on the git project, which is normally not present for other patches. They have to consider, if they review these changes negatively, will it affect their personal reputation? Their careers? If there's even a slight chance of this, is it better not to argue the matter at all, and rubber-stamp the patches? I don't think this change is being developed under the right conditions.

On the left, we have a tendency to rubber-stamp social causes with a lesser degree of scrutiny. I think that this is a testament to how much we value empathy and solidarity, but I don't think it's a healthy way to approach our problems. Software breakage has a social cost, too.

a jewish friend on fb (who is now in rabbinical school!!! i am super proud of them) shared this meme that i think some of y'all will appreciate :blobheart:

it's crazy how good apple's spin doctors are. it's art and i'm truly in awe.

the art of objectively not lying while causing false information to be conveyed to your readers due to their tendency to conflate details with which they are unfamiliar is really beautiful if you think about it.

you say truthful thing x, your audience hears and remembers lie y.

I'm doing a bit of research for a talk, could you send me anything relevant to paper computing, diy punchards machines, graph-paper coding, vedic mathematics, mechanical programming, and other things you have stumbled upon that you found interesting related to computerless computing?

This #map shows the percentage of #female #researchers in Europe.
Germany, France and Netherlands have the lowest share of female researchers. It seems that they can learn from Albania, N. Macedonia and other Balkan nations how to reach "European standards".
milosp.info/maps/full/female_r

"These machines are the first general purpose computers ever where you have to make an exclusive choice: you can have a fast and efficient machine, or you can have a private one... Short of using an external network filtering device like a travel/vpn router that you can totally control, there will be no way to boot any OS on the new Apple Silicon macs that won’t phone home, and you can’t modify the OS to prevent this."

sneak.berlin/20201112/your-com

Toutes mes félicitations à @julietteTaka pour son ArtWork qui a été sélectionné pour être le thème par défaut de #Debian 11 🎉 .

"Homeworld" will be the default theme for Debian 11 :
bits.debian.org/2020/11/homewo

depression & st. john's wort 

Clinical use of Hypericum perforatum (St John's wort) in depression.

Too bad plants don't have a lot of marketing or lobbyists.

1. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/280641

2. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/

3. cochrane.org/CD000448/DEPRESSN

The EU Council is pushing for encryption backdoors to messenger apps such as WhatsApp and Signal to fight terrorism (German article): fm4.orf.at/stories/3008930/

Despite the fact that errors of investigation in Austrian authorities had made the attack possible in the first place and not a lack of digital surveillance powers. Politicians must start to understand that more surveillance will not lead to more security. That's why we fight any attempt for an encryption backdoor: tutanota.com/blog/posts/why-a-

@nos In Dutch news:

The minister of education in the Netherlands defends religious schools (with state funding) to require students to denounce their homosexuality in writing before being allowed to enrol.

i made this roland mt-32 version of 'fall together' by @powderpaint that was going to be used in a music video that we never made

Latest screenshot of my work in progress Live Coding IDE with built in synth. Showing:
- Janet language scripting of the audio graph
- Ixi lang scripting for music
- Node UI for audio pipeline
- Spectrum analyzer
- Built-in profiler (mostly for my own benefit during development)
#theWorkshop

Nothing is more characteristic of the totalitarian movements in general and of the quality of fame of their leaders in particular than the startling swiftness with which they are forgotten and the startling ease with which they can be replaced.

-- Hannah Arendt

@yogthos
"It looks like you're trying to bring back child labor" 👀📎

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