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To those who think I'm being too hard on the Microsoft Corporation... it'd be worth watching this recent investigative documentary (German-made): youtube.com/watch?v=duaYLW7LQv After watching that see what your impression is... Note, that most of this has happened since Microsoft's PR claiming its "love" for Linux & (they've always hated Free Software & Copyleft)...

In a diner for my boy's 8th birthday lunch... Watching cars go by on busy road. So many drivers actively texting it makes me question my faith in the goodness of people.

A warning to open communities. Microsoft is a parasite abroad in the open world. They will buy influence & try to manoeuvrer you into dependence on their $, proprietary technologies (Github, Active Directory, MSO364, etc.), & cloud services. If they can't, they'll divide & conquer you. As a public US corporation, they are constitutionally incapable of doing the right thing by our communities. They are charming psychopaths & we are being embraced, extended, & eventually co-opted or extinguished.

Listening to rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ about Tiwai Point's aluminium smelter's lack of profitability paying for electricity... Sounds like they need the boot. No more subsidies. Let's cut them now - the gov't should invest the potential subsidy instead to convert the facility into an aluminium recycling facility, and also look at investing that $ in building new businesses in Southland to create opportunities for those displaced. Take flying leap, Rio Tinto.

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RT @_SJPeace_@twitter.com

He has Cerebral Palsy and wanted to skate board so his mom created this for him so that he could.

MY HEART 😭❤

Mother Of The Year

This is also what Free Software is all about - giving everyone the tools - and taking back the *right* - to technological self-reliance. People have let their right to ignorance and impotence hold sway.

Yes - Sagan had it right: the goal of a gov't should be to make the people *self-reliant*... youtu.be/ywBjL1mEulU?t=474

Carl Sagan in the 80s:"Only a handful of people in Congress have a background in science"... "this combustible mix of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces..." youtube.com/watch?v=ywBjL1mEul

Just set up some cool organisational secrets using our family (Fully Rust implementation) to ensure my family can get to my important stuff if something happens to me. Puts my mind at ease. You can do it too: tech.oeru.org/setting-your-own Next challenge: to get my wife and kids to actually use it... 🤔

Contentious opinion: I think billionaires are inherently immoral. A moral person would be appalled by the idea of benefiting from such obscene inequity and would actively seek to distribute that wealth as widely as possible (and cease to engage in exploitation of others, which is how most billionaires are created). From what I can tell, an example of such a wealthy moral person is J.K. Rowling... businessinsider.com.au/jk-rowl

I'm embarrassed to see our Ministry of Education publishing content they want people to read and follow in DOCX (MSFT's "fauxpen" standard - openstandards.nz/case-study-mi) here education.govt.nz/school/board Can't help wonder whose side the Ministry is on? What are their "guideline publication" guidelines? Seems like they need a serious upgrade.

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I'm also looking forward to taking part in the #oeru19 partner meeting in Dublin, coming up soon!

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Hmm, we have a loose network of autonomous regional organizations, some of which are struggling financially. Let's merge them into one, giant, centralized, too-big-too-fail corporation, spaning the whole country. Have we learned nothing from the debacle? rnz.co.nz/news/national/395772

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The freedom open-source software gives you may be priceless, but that doesn't mean you can't support developers nor should you take their work for granted.

Support your favorite open-source projects and their developers! Give them a chance to become self-sustainable! Lots of small contributions can make all the difference!

Do it, become part of the greater common good. It's not everyday you get to participate in a revolution! 😄

(No, I won't get tired of repeating this message. It's important)

Anyone in my social sphere being using Ecotricity for power (in NZ)? Anything good/bad to say about them? Do you have solar?

This renews my faith in humanity (which typically takes a lot of hits in any given week): theguardian.com/world/2019/oct Let's show theistic religion the door. Blind faith is not a virtue.

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