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TIL that you can adopt a unicode character and that Catalyst IT is a gold sponsor of the copyleft symbol 🄯 unicode.org/consortium/adopted

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talking to kids who are genuinely interested in how linux works is really cool. i just had one ask me about what the output of ls -l means and we wound up talking about filesystem permissions and privilege escalation :bunthink:
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The FSF is announcing a funded call for white papers to address Copilot, copyright, machine learning, and free software. Submit yours by Monday, August 23: u.fsf.org/3fi

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@amolith My colleague quit shortly thereafter. Then he mentioned one of his students he though was particularly gifted (he was a real troublemaker, running rings around the school's IT security just for LOLs). We hired him at age 16. He's probably 30 now, done very well for himself, still full-time, very gifted dev. 2/2

@amolith cool to hear it! I had a colleague who left the ratrace of web dev to teach design in high school. Went to a Microsoft Windows school (blech) and he showed the kids Linux. First day, they hated it. By the end of the next week, they'd all installed it on their home PCs. By the end of the month they were rebelling against school policy, demanding the school switched to Linux. School refused. 1/2

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This is why I love #freesoftware: you can go beyond being a user, and actually try (at least try!) to improve it.

First, I saw a possible improvement, reported it, and discovered that someone had already started working on it (gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/-/is)

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@doctormo @ByronCinNZ @freedcreative @alcinnz good questions. I think the key in a diverse world in which we live is to try to establish a culture of explicit graciousness: taking nothing for granted, and actively querying the group whether or not our expectations are reasonable to assess whether or not they are :). It's all about leading by example: being emphatic in laying out our assumptions for others to validate or not. Can't see any other way to do it, actually.

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@doctormo @lightweight @alcinnz This is exactly the philosophy that has me convinced of Inkscape‘s bright future.

I’ve seen the excellent leaps forward recently. The software has improved considerably even in just the few years I’ve been using it.

On that trajectory, if each of us who is able contributes what we can, Inkscape will consistently remove roadblocks to adoption and facilitate so many people in finding greater freedom in their creative work.

@greypilgrim @hund yes - the first instance of Oreos I saw in NZ was inside Oreo Cookie ice cream. You can buy the biscuits now in most supermarkets, but not Hydrox (yet, or at least not that I've noticed).

Which, of course, is lucky for me, as I wouldn't class myself as a code wizard - I know many far more clever devs.

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I've come to realise that projects don't need to be run by brilliant code wizards. Great FOSS can be written by workaday developers - if what they write works and fills a need others have. And, FOSS highlights that there're many valuable skills beyond technical wizardry. Community management, maintaining ancillary systems (e.g. community collab tools, code control, issue tracking, etc.), thoughtful communication, detail focus, and expectation setting are all at least as important.

@hund and now I learn that Sunshine was bought by Keebler in '99, who in turn was bought by Kellog's, who in turn (not sure of the ownership linkages) sold the Hydrox brand "Leaf Brands" who reintroduced Hydrox just recently. I always thought that Hydrox was the superior biscuit.

@hund I grew up in a Sunshine Hydrox family... and now I live on the other side of the planet where Oreos are still a new exotic thing and no one has ever heard of a Hydrox... *sigh*.

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@alcinnz interesting - thanks for point it out...This immediately jumps out: "People in web dev constantly assume that something somewhere must be paying for the OSS dependencies they use. This is why developers come in with the entitlement of a paying customer." I think this characterises many users in a context, too... Still reading...

@ByronCinNZ @doctormo @freedcreative @alcinnz ... because doing so is 'paying it forward' and makes the world a kinder and more welcoming place. But we have to avoid confusing intrinsic kindness with external obligation. That's key to setting valid expectations and avoiding ungracious behaviour and even exploitation by external parties (which I see in quite a bit). 2/2

@ByronCinNZ @doctormo @freedcreative @alcinnz Indeed. It's about makes sure the broader populace of computer users recognises that it's similar to the road rules. Road users are *legally obliged* for adhere to the letter of the law. They can, however, also choose to be kind and polite (e.g. letting people into a queue of traffic even where they don't have to) or giving a cyclist extra clearance when overtaking, or stopping to let a parent with a pushchair go... 1/2

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