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Call out fauxpen spin everywhere you see it. This illustration needs to be called what it is - the unjust and unquestioning elevation of faupen standards: theregister.com/2020/07/23/g_s They are preventing people from collaborating *unless* they buy proprietary software of corporations that are wealthier and more influential than most countries. Point people to resources calling out faupen like openstandards.nz/fauxpen-stand

More accurately, this doesn't explain, it illustrates. And all the poor folks who use MS Office day in and day out (and don't realise that there's any other software - this is a large percentage of people) are the "pressure" that forces the waters of digital injustice through the pipes. Some might think this is minor... but it's pervasive. And it's emblematic of the injustice perpetrated daily with impunity by mega-corporations. Not acceptable.

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This article explains all the reasons why we should actively shun Microsoft products and kindly but firmly refuse to collaborate with people who use them, polluting the world with their effectively proprietary formats... this is a teaching opportunity. Microsoft are a bad actor - people should avoid being sullied by association. And Google is only slightly better. theregister.com/2020/07/23/g_s

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Oh hey @drjudymelinek@twitter.com, you'll like this - this is one of the ways we do democracy! ;-) (For real - this isn't one of those Kiwi jokes like gardening being illegal)

theguardian.com/world/2019/dec

RT @NZParliament@twitter.com

A Members' bill ballot will take place at noon. Five bills will be drawn. Stay tuned to find out what gets drawn from the biscuit tin!

🐦🔗: twitter.com/NZParliament/statu

The alps, though snow covered, are hidden from view across the plains.

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Hasn't been powered up for quite a while, but in very good condition for 40+ years old...

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Do I know any amplifier nerds? I might have a mid-70s era Dynacord Emminent II-T tube amp to sell... radiomuseum.org/r/dynacord_emi it's the plain-faced model (not stripes).

Hah. This rather relevant post just arrived in my inbox from the Free Software Foundation: my.fsf.org/give-students-userf

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Do you want to work on free and open source software as a full-time job? People ask me all the time how to find companies who might hire you for this, and I share this command line snippet:

git log -n100000 --format="%ae" | cut -d@ -f2 | sort -u | less

This will produce a list of email domains who are committing in a given git repo, which often corresponds pretty closely with the list of companies willing to hire you to work on that project and others like it.

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As a user of liberating software, free culture works, or user-respecting online services, it's common to want to contribute back but not know how. One contribution anyone can make is to send a message to the maintainers telling them a few things you like about it, thanking them for their work. It's easy to remember to complain about bugs or missing features, but like everyone, creators need compliments too, especially when they are volunteers.

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Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs • The Register 

I broke contact with a high school classmate (in the US) who was claiming on social media that Trump is being unfairly demonised by the media. It amazes me is that anyone in the US can be so completely blinkered to the rest of the world's perspective on the US. From here in NZ (we have no horse in this race) the US is viewed as a farce - pathetically ignorant, beyond redemption, for the fact someone as clearly incompetent and malevolent as Trump has been allowed any sort of influence or power.

In NZ, if we're teaching kids in high school how to do digital art, these are the tools we should be using: opensource.com/education/13/5/ We shouldn't be using the "first hit's free" proprietary tools (from foreign multinationals like Adobe) that will force them into a continuous cycle of paying to access their own creativity once they leave school.

Wow, after a marathon effort, have managed to upgrade my OnePlus 6T phone from LineageOS 16 to 17.1 The transition was *not* smooth. Turns out the architectural leap from Android 9 (Pie) to 10 (Q) is substantial, introducing "slots" for multi-boot.

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It's a very bad thing for China to send federal forces to Hong Kong, but acceptable for Trump to send unwanted federal forces into states. No wonder USA has zero international cred now. Might even affect the almighty $
uk.reuters.com/article/uk-glob

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