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andrew lee just seized over 700 channels on freenode because they mentioned libera.chat in their topic.

This includes projects like openbsd, wikimedia, FOSDEM, etc.

archive.is/uHw1g shows 720 channels that match what is being checked.

here's an example log: gist.github.com/pushcx/ab2a1d5

boost this if you care about foss in any way.

Is anyone tracking the growth of open source software, quantitatively? I found a paper from 2008 which found "that the total amount of source code as well as the total number of open source projects is growing at an exponential rate."

Looked into "personal CRMs" and found one that's open source. Monica "helps you organize the social interactions with your loved ones." You can pay them $9/mo or host it yourself: github.com/monicahq/monica/blo

Note: It uses PHP.

"Elliptic estimates that 4.5% of all Bitcoin mining takes place in Iran, allowing the country to circumvent trade embargoes and earn hundreds of millions of dollars in cryptoassets that can be used to purchase imports and bypass sanctions.

This has implications for financial institutions engaging in cryptoasset transactions - who should ensure they have appropriate controls in place to avoid sanctions violations."

Good luck.

Dark patterns, those deceptive, but legal tricks that you might use on your website to increase profits. Like hiding free options, collecting personal data, or blocking for time instead of just giving you the info you seek. Now risk being named&shamed and added to the dark patterns database: darkpatternstipline.org/

"Make your old phone as Home Security Camera" turns out to be the name of an app that does that. There's also Salient Eye (simple, emails you photos when motion is detected) and Alfred.

"Elsevier and the USDOJ have declared war against Sci-Hub and open science."

Help preserve access to millions of scientific articles by seeding them before they get taken down. reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comme

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin sent 49 trillion Akita Inu tokens (AKITA) worth approximately $5mm at the time of this posting to the Gitcoin Community’s multisig wallet. This wallet is used to offer matching funds for Gitcoin Grants rounds. gitcoin.co/blog/announcement-g

Just learned about the University of the People (UoPeople), a nearly free online college accredited in the US w/ B&M Gates Foundation funds. They offer BAs in Computer Science, Health Studies, and Business Administration, as well as an MBA.

Why take on 6-figure debt for education anymore?

Why is running Linhx more secure than Windows? I stumbled upon some convincing arguments:
1. Most virus files are .exes which Linux can't run.
2. Linux has 2 passwords, Administrators and Roots.
3. Windows has more kernels so it's more dangerous.

One day MacBooks will have PgUp/PgDn above the left/right arrow keys. And Apple will act like they invented the keyboard.

Maybe time to consider the daemon-worshipping BSD folks (and their alternative free software license).

Discord considers selling itself to Microsoft. Now the app requires an update in Linux which breaks the install and no longer works. Coincidence?

JavaScript begot TypeScript.
JavaScript begot WebAssembly.

TypeScript and WebAssembly had a child called AssemblyScript.

Think of it as a way to write Assembly by hand using a higher level of abstraction.

Writing regexes by hand can be tedious.

regexgen is a CLI program that generates regular expressions given a list of strings. github.com/devongovett/regexge

Backdoor in Intel chips. Undocumented x86 instructions let you change microcode thus affecting all software running on the machine. twitter.com/_markel___/status/

What to do with old Android devices lying around? A subreddit with ideas: reddit.com/r/androidafterlife

Call for Code (w/ The Linux Foundation) - volunteer for open source projects for the public good. List of repositories: github.com/Call-for-Code

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