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Templates for paper mechanisms: a precious resource and a gorgeous layout by Kelli Anderson

( @xuv you probably saw this already? )

#Signal turning into a crypto-ponzi currency scheme?


That Signal:
- isn't really free/libre software (as Moxie denied freedom to redistribute modified version)
- would *never* federate (political choice of centralization)
- updated server software wasn't published
- invaded people's phonebooks
- runs on Amazon+NSA's infrastructure
- is virtually impossible to use out of Google's infrastructure -
- etc.

...didn't seem to be enough to alarm Signal users.

was just making a practical visual test to ensure that the new arcs in Shoebot work properly, and hey i like this


Employees of Microsoft, IBM and Google signing appeals for the FSF board to resign

I mean, just imagine BP, Exxon and friends running a campaign to change Greenpeace's leadership

The "open source" camp really succeeded in presenting itself as neutral, but make no mistake, this is as ideological as things could get: "open source" was created to counter the free software/copyleft movement, and this is the long-awaited killing blow

so-called "cancel culture" 

Regardless of our positions, it seems like many of us are guilty of thus:

"Women get fired every day for spurning their boss' advances, and black kids are disproportionally suspended from school for 'bad attitudes,' despite no actual differences in attitude quality. But we don't yell at each other about these cases because they never hit the main feed and the chattering classes are far more likely to focus myopically on cases they can see themselves in rather than the domination and injustice constantly suffered by far more vulnerable people."

notes on #fsf 

Some notes after reading responses and ongoing threads:
- "cancel Stallman" is quickly becoming "let the FSF die"
- I can hear Tim O'Reilly & co. popping the champagne, the demise of the FSF is the final triumph of the "open source" agenda
- I am not canceling my FSF membership and neither should you

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Who is concerned about Stallman's return to the Free Software Foundation, instead of empty critique should work hard to solidify the next steps of the Free Software Movement. The nihilist rebellion just benefits groups like Red Hat (IBM) waiting to occupy board of directors (as it does at Linux FDN beside Facebook & friends). It's not about #stallman and #fsf , it's about the Free software/culture movement. So purposeful manifestation like this is way better than tears:

An open letter in support of Richard Stallman, already signed by dozens of developers:

#freesoftware #fsf

(btw it's clear to me that MIT does not play the same institutional role towards the MIT license as the FSF does toward the GPL. That was a bit of a cheeky hot take)

But if you're on this thread, I'd suggest this article for what i think is a sober and well articulated perspective about canceling RMS:

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It gets into a whole new level when I'm reading that is considering a switch from the GPL because of the FSF/Stallman episode

It makes zero sense to me how these would be connected. I mean, might as well trash the MIT license because of MIT's role in the Epstein coverup?

I hate this whole novella.

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Struggling to deal with the organisations shunning the FSF for the sake of inclusivity and equality

who are still comfortable with Google and IBM's patronage, orgs who are doing a great job ensuring that the future (w/biased AI, algos) will be very unequal and shut out minorities.

(also, the Gebru/Mitchell episode)

In less than 6 hours, we'll be celebrating Manufactura Independente's 10 years of libre design practice, over at !

and a cool feature in Shoebot: a simple syntax to make a basic GUI to tweak any parameter in a sketch

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and after some back and forth on the Shoebot matrix channel, now there's a simple syntax to tweak variable fonts. I'm really happy with this

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I've got back to hacking on Shoebot, a project I started 13 years ago at Piet Zwart to make images with code (they seem to call it "creative coding" nowadays)

I seem to go back to it in yearly bursts, and thankfully Stuart is around to take care of things in the meantime.

Now that we're looking at implementing variable fonts, I noticed we had no apparent way to set a font's weight or style; it turned out it was mostly done in the code, but not documented. So yesterday I took care of that. Tiny victories are always encouraging and worth the effort.

Over here, the hostnames for our laptops and other computers are drawn from the list of cousins from the Katamari Damacy series:

and our external hard drives are named after characters from Turma da Mônica (a brazilian comic series we grew up with)

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Once you spend enough time with servers, sysadmin and making sense of it, eventually you try to find a consistent naming scheme for hostnames and such.

Lurkfriends, what's your system for coming up with server names?

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