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Since requests for help seem to work here, let's try a geeky one:

Dear friends, is there any newb-friendly alternative to VirtualBox? I really like VM's but don't like Oracle at all. What do you use for virtual machines?

I'm sad to see that the institutions that force me to have a google account are schools

"Julian Assange 'further arrested' on behalf of the US after extradition request"

https://www.theguardian.com/media/live/2019/apr/11/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-arrested-at-the-ecuadorean-embassy-live-updates

To all who doubted the threat of extradition to the US... what are you going to do now?

#FreeAssange

@KnowPresent
When you got the $, you can afford to outsource your screen time. Saw the word "screenless" and thought of you: nytimes.com/2019/04/10/opinion

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On a demandé à ma mère de donner les noms des personnages de Smash, voilà ce qu'elle a répondu

Do yourself a favor and avoid non-free #fonts in all #FreeSoftware projects. It is a pain to build upon work without having access to those fonts later.

Okay, so: based on my research I believe that RFC-69, from September 1970, is literally the first example of an internet person doing a reply-all and saying "please unsubscribe me from your list".

This is, of course, nice.

https://write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-69

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Using the mac voice in your art video is really played out and usually makes me hit the stop button. And don't get me started on auto-tune.

Use a talk-box, a vocoder, some super weird pile of 20 effects. Or maybe just get your friend to record a half-decent voice-over. Whatever. Surprise me.

@Siltaer @Mozilla @usul Question est: pourquoi Moz n'a jamais installé adblock et autres-protection anti-tracking *par défaut* durant ces dernières 10 années?

Ils auraient été en position de durablement changer l'écosystème en heurtant ce modèle eco. de surveillance de masse au porte-monnaie.

Est-ce en rapport avec les milliards collectés de Google? Quelle est la nature de leur deal? Est-ce que quelq'un a déja vu ce contrat?

Moz est complice de cette destruction du web par l'espionnage...

Lots of people weren't around for when the fediverse was at its first peak at around 2010-2011. Google Plus swept in and plenty of people quit the fediverse saying "Google will do a better job keeping this running than independent sites can." For this and some other reasons, for some time the fediverse was a ghost town.

Let's not forget that next time.

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So #FontAwesome is apparently offering a student license at $30 a year for their pro version of the icon fonts. https://fontawesome.com/buy/student?seats=1

I'd like to remind students that they are free to grab and contribute to the fully free and open source project called #ForkAwesome. It's packed with icons for #fediverse related projects and has a friendly community behind it.

Save those $30 and come join us: https://forkawesome.github.io

Dear fedifriends, question for you: if you were to start an email newsletter in 2019, what service would you use? Tinyletter looks interesting but maybe there are better/libre alternatives?

Problems we are having with #Signal:
* It is and will remain centralized (clear strategy of *not* federating servers)
* It requires strong identifiers/selectors (phone#) to use
* Author disallows distribution by anyone but Google, although free/libre
* It keeps pushing away verification of fingerprint in interface
* It relies on Google+Amazon infrastructure
* Its funding is shady (OTF = Radio Free Asia = USG)

= clearly unethical choices, unjustifiable by accessibility or technological reasons.

I've made a mock-up to illustrate my ideas about the next-gen terminal experience!

Featuring:
• the pathbar
• username, hostname and git branch displayed in the UI, shrinking the shell prompt back to just a $
• commands as cards
• syntax highlighting, including graying out the output a bit to differentiate it from commands themselves
• autocompletion (displayed in a native widget)
• built-in error handling options
• the time each command took (on the right)

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