I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

Open 👏 Source 👏 Companies 👏 Get 👏 Off 👏 Discord

They are absolutely shit if you do anything to protect your privacy.

I straight up refuse to invest anything substantial (money/time) on an open project if the only promoted/official means for real time discussion is a closed source platform with a bad security and privacy track record.

You shouldn't either.

You'd think as China becomes a bigger and bigger part of the news, that English speaking news companies would invest even the smallest amount of effort into not butchering every Chinese word they say. It's comical how many ways they can mispronounce "Tianhe" and "Shenzhou". 🤦‍♂️

hey @VickyRampin ! just wanted to point out for people citing this thread that, according to www-users.cs.umn.edu/~kjlu/pap , they did not apply for IRB *before* the study.

(Which is exemplary of how there is a severe lack of ethics considerations in empirical software engineering research.)

Then, when they did apply, IRB did not consider it human subjects research, as you point out. But there was another major flaw in the process before that one (= not seeking approval).

People, we just flew a helicopter on another planet. As disappointed as I am by humans most of the time, we can still do some amazing stuff.

@herag Also, I am really enjoying the Anarcho Book Club. As someone who is "Anarchist-curious" I find it to be a good introduction to the ideas. The non-book based discussions are super valuable to me. I beginning to see there are places I can adopt anarchist thinking into my own worldview, despite not considering myself an adherent to the philosophy.

#HPR is looking for shows!

> Our shows are produced by listeners like you and can be on any topic that "are of interest to Hackers". If you listen to HPR then please consider contributing one show a year. If you record your show now it could be released in 5 days.


On hackerpublicradio.org/calendar… next week's Monday and Tuesday are currently empty slots.

The last time I contributed was three shows in the middle of last year, and before then it was the middle of two years ago when I had a good streak. Since I started full-time employment in an office I've had difficulty trying to make my hours last for anything other than eat, sleep, work, parenting and somehow spending a lot of time on fedi when I have important things I'm procrastinating.

I will try to put one in this weekend, but if you're reading this and you have something you've been meaning to write a blog post about, consider writing your blogpost as shownotes, speaking it and uploading it to HPR. There really isn't a lot of overhead.

No need for a Blue Yeti or other fancy equipment! Your computer or phone microphone is fine, we've heard worse. I use f-droid.org/en/packages/com.gi… on my mobile for most of my recordings!


Question. I REALLY want to love PeerTube, but I can't watch any video faster than 1x without MAJOR buffering. Even lowering it down to 480 it can barely keep up in real time. I've tried across multiple machines/connections and I get the same performance. Does this match everyone else's experience?

Ham Radio Rant 

I love hearing the "Ham Radio" community talking about how hard it is to get new people into the hobby, when a great deal of their outreach is middle aged, upper-middle class white men reminding you that you need to buy quality equipment costing +$1000 to get into the hobby in order to "do it right". You need younger, diverse, people using open, cheap, hackable equipment to do what they want, not keeping up traditions. Stop talking about what is and isn't "real" Ham Radio.

Gina Carrano being fired from Star Wars 

Am I the only person that finds it ironic that the people bemoaning this blaming "SJWs", "PC Culture", and lack of "Freeze Peach", are typically very supportive of "free market solutions".

Look she was fired by a corporation, because her bad takes would potentially lead to a loss in profits, that's it. Sounds like a market solution to me...

If you're into spacey, instrumental, post-rock music, a few friends of mine have started a new project that I think sounds pretty dope.


In the last year Google has banned: the Element app, the LBRY app, and several Fediverse apps. If you get all of your apps from a single corporation, be it Google or Apple, you should make an effort to change that.

If you have an Android phone F-Droid is an alternative app repository, and it’s very easy to install! All of the previously mentioned apps have been available from F-Droid throughout being dropped from the Play Store.

If you have an iPhone, please consider other options for your next device. Apple does not respect you enough as a user to consider you possibly more capable of deciding what you should install on your phone than they are. That is absurd; please stop rewarding this behavior with your money.

Best quote I've heard about the Reddit/Game Stop situation. "Wall Street done fucked around and found out"

The FOSS community should gather together all the different public domain universes(Lovecraft, Robin Hood, Dracula, all the pulp/noir characters, etc) and build some sort of dope expanded franchise/universe of free & open source games/movies/books/TV/other cool stuff.

Come on, you know you want this to happen :D

uspol, but not really 

One interesting thing I've noticed from all of the news surrounding the situation in DC, is the rapid increase in the use of the word "foment". It's a good word we don't use nearly enough.

It's time again for the
HPR New Years Eve Show.

For those who don’t know, on New Years Eve 2020-12-31 10:00 UTC (5:00 AM EST), we will have a recording going on the HPR Mumble server for anyone to come on and talk about whatever they want.
So please stop in. Say “Hi” and maybe join in the conversation with other HPR community members.
We will leave the recording going until 2021-01-01 12:00 UTC (7:00 AM EST) or until the conversation stops.

Go to hackerpublicradio.org for all the details

OK my Linux audio folks, can anyone point me in the direction of some decent documentation/tutorials on making JACK and Pulse Audio play nice with each other? I've spent about half a day trying to get it to work on Arch and have gotten nowhere. 🎵 🎶

Both Hacker Public Radio and GNU World Order are on the "Top Stories" of Hacker News today. Interesting. @ken_fallon @klaatu @perloid

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