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Here's a picture that I found today. Probably circa 1994 or 5. The Large PC case to the right is actually a case for 3-6 SCSI hard drives, and a tape drive. Feel free to AMA about the old gear.

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If you look way, way off in the distance, you can see a bit of the New York City Skyline. From Pyramid mountain park, Montville, NJ.
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@craigmaloney You reaction time to this post was nothing short of stunning.

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Found a picture that turned out to be timely for the meeting. From Canada day 2017. @craigmaloney

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Back in the 90s "what if your car had all the problems your computer has" was a common USENET joke and now we're living it

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In destroying content libraries, Warner/HBO is using a publishing trick.

Because of the way intellectual property is valued and taxed across much of the English-speaking world, insufficiently profitable property is more profitable out-of-print than bringing in cash.

I could do this too. Here's a vastly simplified example.

Let's take my Prohibition Orcs. What's the value of PO? Well, there's the film rights, the TV rights, audiobook rights, branded fedoras... This is such an innovative property, for a few grand I can easily hire an outside evaluator to tell me it should be worth, say, fifty million.

I claim PO on my taxes as worth fifty million dollars.

PO fails to live up to that. Nobody even buys the branded liquor rights, even though that's a no-brainer.

So I take the product off the market, and write off a fifty million dollar loss.

"It can't be this blatant," people think. But it can. Every IP-related industry lobbied for these laws. This is part of why tech is so profitable, because surely the new game is worth top dollar.

The catch is, only a certain kind of person can do this and sleep well at night.

The tax system is Dungeons & Dragons, except the dragons wrote the rules.

This, by the way, is why publishers won't bring back so much of the out-of-print blacklist. Internally, they value all those vanished first novels at a bajillion dollars, and resurrecting them would require un-writing-off those losses.

Under current tax code, creators are more valuable dead than alive.

Some publishers/distributors play the game fair, and have deep backlists. But if it's a big conglomerate, like HBO or Randy Penguin? It's sociopathy all the way down. Remember, it's not about making money; it's about the quarterly statement, and massive deductions are a win there.

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@adam I was just listening to Ep.190, and they were talking about Matrix vs. Discord, and talking about "going where the people are." I can see one side of that, but if you want to espouse Open source or Free Software, and you stay on the proprietary platforms, what does that say? Closed is fine, you don't need to change? Why do people that want freedom always have to compromise?

Figured I should post this now, as the update to 6.0 is up next, so this future will not exist.

Made it through clean, and now, tested positive for covid, dammit. Do your best to stay vigilant. No matter what they say, this isn't over yet.

Am I the only one who finds people paying extra money to the government to put "Don't tread on me" on their license plates funny?
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Took a @bike ride in northern #NJ today. I guess the there ARE wheels heavier than mine. @mastobikes
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software freedom beyond RMS 

seeing a great thread about how to talk about this without talking about him.

I sympathize with the impulse. It echoes an earlier struggle to talk about and teach without continuing to elevate another three-lettered self-inserted software sage, whose contributions have been more modest. I'm not going to name him (yeah, of course it's "him"). So, I've been thinking about how to balance an honest accounting & appraisal of the history without undue, even harmful, valorization.

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If copyleft was worthless, corporations wouldn't put so much effort into propaganda to convince you it's bad.

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