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I'm starting to think this is their backup business model if/when advertising becomes less profitable.

All their offerings are significantly better in terms of ease of use compared to Microsoft (Azure + IdP) / AWS (EC2, Beanstalk).

My entire business is on Google services now...

Backend: Google Cloud Platform
Frontend: Flutter
Marketing, Calendar, Files, etc: G Suite
TLD: dev
Registrar: Google Domains

We're paying zero people other than Google for any services. Crazy.

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I continue with the North America nebula for three hours last night. Here's the end result.

The image was taken with a narrowband filter that only passes light emitted by hydrogen glowing at a certain wavelength when exposed to the harsh ultraviolet radiation from nearby stars.

With narrowband filters it is possible to separate different elements from each other, and also - maybe more importantly - get rid of most of light pollution.

New blog post on trying to build a LoRaWAN gateway and failing miserably.

tsukuru.club/posts/adventures-

Anyone know if there’s a way to use some kind of physical token for people to access shared Linux or Windows workstations? Linux is using GDM and Windows is Windows.

Signing in with LDAP user/pass is too hard because I don’t actually have my password memorized.

Things I use SD Cards for:

[10%] Camera
[90%] Burning OS images and booting from them

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Valve: latest Linux gaming work boosting AMD Vulkan framerates up to 44% (!)

Even in its infancy, this new shader compiler is resulting in a 44% framerate boost on certain AMD graphics cards.

In one particular DX11 game, it's even beating Windows even though the title isn't to be played natively on Linux (but via Proton / Steam Play).

==> forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelh
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Major upsets in both games I follow 🤔

Best timeline.

What even was yesterday...

Albert (globally unranked player, top 3 Texas) beats Hbox (best player in the world) and Lucky (~18th global) in .

Shanghai Dragons (team which lost literally every match season 1) beats Vancouver Titans (best team in the league) in .

I really want to start building my own but there's actually no way I could start another project right now if I were to be the sole developer.

We still need an E2E encrypted social network. I don't even care about pure decentralization / federation at this point, centralized servers to send data through are fine as long as there's some pathway for people to run their own server or communicate directly.

Also I just realized that I use significantly less FOSS software than a few months ago... :(

I also signed up for LinkedIn and Snapchat to maintain connections with people who I'm not going to see in person for a long time. Still no Facebook though, and I hope I never have to get one.

I don't know if I'm reading too much into this or what, but I noticed a pattern:

- Contacting support from my home IP means that I get a good customer service rep, even when the company is known for having bad customer service.
- Contacting support from my phone or on university wifi is a mixed bag.

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As of yesterday #Microsoft's #DRM server is gone. If you have any ebooks through their store . . . bid them adieu ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Users will be given refunds but the books themselves will no longer be readable. If you made notes on the titles, you'll get $25 credit as a, "we're sorry you'll no longer have access to the notes you took on all those books. Here's $25 and we'll call it even!"

#DefectiveByDesign is a campaign run by the #FSF to combat Digital Restrictions Management and they work to prevent this exact kind of thing from happening.
defectivebydesign.org/

I decided to explore the federated timeline and found a lot of articles that are outright false (the events in the article just did not happen/aren’t grounded in reality at all). 🤔

The fediverse in its current form cannot be for the average person.

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In other news, the safari per-tab private browsing feature is kinda cool. LinkedIn in one tab doesn't know about the other tab 👌

(They actually probably do anyway because of other fingerprinting but...)

So I signed up for LinkedIn because I felt obligated to, and O_O are there some dark patterns here.

Most notably: A slider which looks like its off by default, but to actually turn it off you need to turn it on and then off.

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