Speaking of weird times, Alberta crude dropped to $5.03 cents a barrel which makes it 3 to 4 times cheaper than buying Elefun's "Barrel of Monkeys" game which runs $18 to $20, depending on where you buy it. Yesterday, when the linked article was posted, Alberta crude was selling at $6.45 a barrel. Yikes!
This is cool.
"On April 22 and 23, New Horizons will take images of two of the very nearest stars, Proxima Centauri and Wolf 359. When combined with Earth-based images made on the same dates, the result will be a record-setting parallax measurement yielding 3D images of these stars popping out of their background star fields that the New Horizons project will share with the public."
OpenVidu is an open-source platform for video calling and conferencing https://openvidu.io/
DatoRSS is a powerful RSS search engine to search RSS feeds https://www.datorss.com/
Worse, it is hugely amplifying the effect of setting family members against each other.
Yet this wholesale transfer of control, to corporate monopoly, will be monumentally difficult to undo after the crisis passes.
#RFC1984 managing and tracking people who may have caught #COVID-19 sounds reasonable. However it's like any grab for power, what are the consequences of giving that power to others? Will they hand it back? Will they shut it down? Or will there be another excuse to keep that power
Mobile phone industry (@GSMA) explores worldwide tracking of users for 🦠 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/mob…
Singapore Covid contact-tracing Software Open Sourced
This is interesting and it's good that it's going open source, I think. I had to read the article about 5 times to understand how this was supposed to work AND protect your privacy. Looks like it's private until you say so, i.e., after you've tested positive - also pretty much relies on everyone having it on their phones.
Spotted a Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) at Coney Island, SIngapore, on 23 March 2020. It moved from tree to tree for a while, making me chase after it for these shots, before finally flying off. An amazing encounter.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40577201 ].
@oilyfish Is there an "introduction to fosstodon culture for newcomers" document which could explain things like the mindset behind caring so much about using invidio.us?
(Personally, I care about the risk of broken links so much that I think it's bad enough to be using YouTube, even with its own frontend... let alone a frontend that considers it a point of pride to not use YouTube's official API when youtube-dl spends so much time keeping up with YouTube's changes.)
It's the theme song for our current global situation:
(yes, youtube, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
Lately I am trying to convince more and more people to join the fediverse and stop using facebook, instagram etc. One thing I find difficult is the following: If someone is not techsavy and (as bad as that sounds) doesn't care about privacy, which benefits do they get by joining the fediverse?
What are you convincing points for that?
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Today is the Iranian new year.
The word Nowruz is a combination of Persian words نو now—meaning "new"—and روز ruz—meaning "day".
It has been celebrated for over 7,000 years.
Nowruz's timing is based on precise astronomical observations (vernal equinox: The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator, equalizes night and day), and moreover use of sophisticated intercalation system, which makes it more accurate than its European counterpart, the Gregorian calendar.
long-time (since red hat 5.1) foss user, one time civil engineer, ESOL teacher, linguist and jack-leg programmer (LAMP) - now retired but still interested
Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.