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@carl_klitscher @strypey AFAICS many (all?) of the NZ bus systems provide real time route data that can be used by 3rd parties. See e.g. transitapp.com/ most likely in google transit format developers.google.com/transit/

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MightyScape: One Inkscape Plugin Collection To Rule Them All - There are 194 extension folders with 335 .inx files inside

The current MightyScape release has a whole bunch of useful stuff inside, for tasks as varied as laser cutting, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, as well as improvements on areas where Inkscape is a bit weak out of the box – like CAD, geometry and patterning.

See hackaday.com/2021/05/27/one-in

#technology #opensource #graphics

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About two months ago I decided to use my spare time to work on a Plasma Mobile/Kirigami podcast player. Mostly because I wanted to do a hobby project to learn qml. And also a bit because there seemed to be no (mobile) linux podcast players which were anywhere near what I wanted to see in a podcast player.

Two months later I suddenly find myself with developer access to KDE and a project under review for regular release through KDE / plasma mobile. 😃

I love the FOSS and KDE communities!

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Outstanding game developed by Ryerson University and @greggy introducing those new to web accessibility to potential barriers. Brilliant! See: de.ryerson.ca/games/accessibil

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Latest batch if sourdough, with spelt, rye, and amaranth flours, plus poppy and caraway seeds, and salt and sesame on the crust...

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IT monocultures, just like ecosystems lacking diversity, are ripe for exploitation and total collapse. The recent spate of ransomware is a digital infection in an environment that was *designed* to be brittle, in the mistaken impression that that would be lower cost and more manageable. IT in our institutions are designed by people who are insufficiently skilled. They've created cultures of disempowerment, so the good people leave, and the incompetents dig in, forming dysfunctional fyfedoms.

Wow, our NZ district health boards (DHBs) have proven remarkable inept at managing IT... rnz.co.nz/news/national/443364 and the worst thing: they're outsourcing more and more to overseas multinationals. It's only going to increase costs and the difficulty of attracting competent IT people (the levels of competence are already worryingly low, and the frustration of poorly served DHB staff running high). IT is meant to enable, not hold back, an organisation!

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Most people never read terms of service - but even when they do, "agreements" are subject to unilateral "renegotiation" by companies that engineered high switching costs as a means of corralling you into clicking "I agree" to things no rational person would *ever* agree to.

Consent theater lays bare the fiction of agreement. Real agreement is based on negotiation, and markets are based on price-signals in which buyers and sellers make counteroffers.

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When it reneged on both promises, it papered this over by with a dialog box where they had to click I AGREE.

This "agreement" is a prime example of "consent theater," the laughable pretense that Facebook is "making an offer" and the public is "accepting the offer."

onezero.medium.com/consent-the

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In the decades since Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook were upstarts, luring users away from the giants of their days, these same companies have labored to stretch copyright law, terms of service, trade secrecy, patents and other rules to ban the tactics they once used.

This has all but extinguished comcom as a commercial practice.

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Any discussion of monopolization of the web is bound to include the term "network effects," and its constant companion, "natural monopolies." This econojargon is certainly relevant to the discussion, but really needs the oft-MIA idea of "switching costs."

A technology has "network effects" when its value grows as its users increase, attracting more users, making it more valuable, attracting more users.

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Belarus now engaging in airliner hijacking, outright terrorism.

news.yahoo.com/belaruss-forced…

(just like the US when they hijacked a plane believed to hold Snowden)
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