Seems to me that using is just as silly as using a "how strong is your password" site that requires you to enter your email so it can send you your "results"... *facepalm*

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I don't normally say positive things involving Facebook, but I must call out the well written/spoken women who started the Grammar Vigilantes Aotearoa group on Facebook who are doing excellent work!

So yeah, lately my standard breakfast on my "non-hungry-days" is to make what's effectively stuffing, using whatever's left over from the previous few day's dinners (e.g. rice, potatoes, pasta, stale bread, veggies, meat) and augmenting it with veggies. Helps reduce food waste, it's lush and yummy, and I think pretty healthful. Lovin' it.

Christine Dann's written a superb submission to our gov't on the Zero Carbon Act (far better than mine) - thanks for sharing!

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NZ national Centre for #OER is offering free course: Learning in a Digital Age. Starts 7 August. All welcome. Reserve your seat today: #digitalliteracy

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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.

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Over the past month of working at Walmart, I've noticed something quite sad. The number one food item I see Americans buying is frozen TV dinners. I didn't realise it was quite as bad as it is but . . . wow. I've heard a lot of stereotypes from friends in other countries and always knew that there would be some level of truth to it but, being a cashier and actually *seeing* what these people are buying, there is a LOT of truth behind those stereotypes and it's just sad.

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Why is software created using taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software?

* Tax savings: Similar applications don't have to be programmed from scratch every time.

* Collaboration: Major projects can share expertise and costs.

* Serving the public: Applications paid by the public should be available for everyone.

* Fostering innovation: With transparent processes, others don't have to reinvent the wheel.

#democracy #democratic #politics #freesoftware

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Windows Phone is dead! Its a proprietary OS so Microsoft can just kill it. Firefox OS isn't. It is still alive in #KaiOS because it's open source. #UbuntuTouch is open source too that's why it is still maintained by the community. New features, new apps, bugfixes and improvements every week. Looking forward the new hardware from Pine64 and Purism.

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#OpenDocument Format (ODF, a real standard everyone can implement) and Free/libre software should be taught in schools; it’s not supposed to be just a matter of #privacy #microsoft #de #odf

As usual, Rod Oram is totally sensible: and is, by implication, calling out NZ National for the pandering unprincipled fools they've revealed themselves to be over the past decade or so.

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This shows that the wilful cluelessness of local, regional, and national gov'ts who continue to proceed with systems is a) widespread in the world, and b) still deeply flawed, according to pretty much all the relevant experts.

Just wrote a brief submission on the Zero Carbon Bill - submissions close tomorrow, so you still have a few minutes if you want to put one it (you're welcome to copy/modify mine):

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AOC slams Trump for racist attack on woc in Congress 

This is something the NZ Ministry of Education should be investigating here. I think they've been way too casual about US corporate technology use in schools.

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