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I love this part in the sidebar:

“It is correct to call Borealopelta an ankylosaur (which would mean Ankylosauria) or a nodosaur (which would mean Nodosauridae). You just can’t call it an Ankylosaurid, Ankylosaurine, or Ankylosauridae (as these have specific meanings).”


> Archaeologists have confirmed that a papyrus scroll discovered at the Saqquara necropolis site near Cairo last year does indeed contain texts from the Egyptian Book of the Dead—the first time a complete papyrus has been found in a century, according to Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt. The scroll has been dubbed the "Waziri papyrus." It is currently being translated into Arabic.
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Great interview and great book What's great about the proposed solutions here, is that they don't require us to teardown capitalism, we just need to make a few very practical reforms
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Hopefully we’ll see more driver developers pick up Rust


Weird, I’ve been using 1.2, 1.5 and 2.0 scale with sway (wlroots) for a while now

So, is this announcement for something new? Or this standardizing/stabilising something that has already been working (in potentially a different / non-standard way) so far?


I think the point being made here is not against you, but against the privilege that professional athletes in Western countries enjoy

It is normal for them to exist in a space where they can say very basic things about human rights

And yet, it is normal for others (e.g. citizens of Qatar, but also billions of other humans on earth) to exist in spaces where human rights are not allowed to be discussed


I’ve been using https://github.com/TrackerControl/tracker-control-android which is effectively the same thing, just open-source (there’s an F-Droid link there if you don’t like Google Play)


The Framework is the most exciting laptop I’ve ever broken – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow
> Entropy is an unavoidable fact of life. "Just don't drop your laptop" is great advice, but it's easier said than done, especially when you're racing from one commitment to the next without a spare moment in between. > > Framework has designed a small, powerful, lightweight machine – it works well. But they've also designs a computer that, when you drop it, you can fix yourself. That attention to graceful failure saved my ass.
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The Age of PageRank is Over | Kagi Blog
> Over the years, the web deteriorated to the state it is in now - a highly destructive force. Much of the damage is driven by the monetization of users and every aspect of their lives. Enterprises capture our preferences, our friends, our families, the information we consume, and the information we create. They manage and maximize for their benefit our preferences, our opinions, our purchases, and our relationships. The web can poison individual opinions, freedoms, and political and social institutions. It steals from us, addicts us, and harms us in many ways.
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I think Poettering’s assumption here, which I agree with, is that it’s difficult to produce software without bugs, and it’s even difficult to patch those bugs without ever introducing new bugs

But, let’s pretend that we’ve accomplished this and never have to fix any bugs: we’ll still have to update firmware and other software components when a new CPU or other device needs to be supported

Although, admittedly, a user might not decide to install a hardware-enablement update if they know in-advance that they’ll never upgrade their hardware or plug in a new device


Netfilter Workshop 2022 summary (nftables, etc)
> This is my report from the Netfilter Workshop 2022. The event was held on 2022-10-20/2022-10-21 in Seville, and the venue was the offices of Zevenet. We started on Thursday with Pablo Neira (head of the project) giving a short welcome / opening speech. The previous iteration of this event was in virtual fashion in 2020, two years ago. In the year 2021 we were unable to meet either in person or online. > > This year, the number of participants was just eight people, and this allowed the setup to be a bit more informal. We had kind of an un-conference style meeting, in which whoever had something prepared just went ahead and opened a topic for debate. Neat summary of topics discussed around nftables
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It’s mostly a certification thing (which is performed by Intel): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolt_(interface)#Royalty_situation

According to that, anyone can make the standalone chips now regardless of CPU (although most of them are still made by Intel, I think)


Thunderbolt 4 is not exclusive to Intel, only 1-3

I’ve just ordered parts for a new AMD system with Thunderbolt 4 (transferring some parts from an older machine): https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jokeyrhyme/saved/dLCRVn



Microsoft posses a vast corpus of code that they unambiguously own the copyright over: their own private code for Windows, Office, Visual Studio, etc, plus all of their open-source stuff

It’s pretty telling that the models were not trained using Microsoft’s own code, but everyone else’s instead



> The UX team has been carefully designing widgets and applications over the last year. We are now at the point where it is critical for the engineering team to decide upon a GUI toolkit for COSMIC. After much deliberation and experimentation over the last year, the engineering team has decided to use Iced instead of GTK. > > Iced is a native Rust GUI toolkit that's made enough progress lately to become viable for use in COSMIC. Various COSMIC applets have already been written in both GTK and Iced for comparison. The latest development versions of Iced have an API that's very flexible, expressive, and intuitive compared to GTK. It feels very natural in Rust, and anyone familiar with Elm will appreciate its design. The main jumping-off point for COSMIC is this repository, I think: https://github.com/pop-os/cosmic-epoch The iced crate is here: https://github.com/iced-rs/iced Other GUI tookits for Rust can be found here: https://www.areweguiyet.com/
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I expect an upcoming patch will check during boot whether the fix is needed and only apply it for those old systems


Today's Rust and Linux project is up :) I built this plugin so that I could see NetworkManager controls in results that come back from [`pop-launcher`]( https://github.com/pop-os/launcher) I'm using [`onagre`](https://github.com/oknozor/onagre) to query/display/action those results
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There is no “software supply chain” — iliana.fyi
> This is where the supply chain metaphor — and it is just that, a metaphor — breaks down. If a microchip vendor enters an agreement and fails to uphold it, the vendor’s customers have recourse. If an open source maintainer leaves a project unmaintained for whatever reason, that’s not the maintainer’s fault, and the companies that relied on their work are the ones who get to solve their problems in the future. Using the term “supply chain” here dehumanizes the labor involved in developing and maintaining software as a hobby.
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Garage leverages the theory of distributed systems, and in particular Conflict-free Replicated Data Types (CRDTs in short), a set of mathematical tools that help us write distributed software that runs faster, by avoiding some kinds of unnecessary chit-chat between servers.

Huh, “avoiding some kinds of unnecessary chit-chat” is the weirdest benefit of CRDTs to mention here (and I’m not sure it actually is a benefit)

I would have pointed out that they help multiple devices safely synchronise copies of data, or something 🤷

The word “efficient” doesn’t even appear in the main part of the Wikipedia page (just once in the footnotes): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict-free_replicated_data_type


If the USA and it’s allies were truly enthusiastic about human rights and democracy, then they should find out how much a company saves by having supply chains with worse human rights protections, and tax them some portion (I’d say at least half) of that saving

To encourage them to employ more expensive staff in countries with decent democracy and human rights laws

(And encourage other countries to transition to better human rights frameworks)


I wonder if the monitor for an output/sink is enabled as an input/source? Using a pulseaudio control panel like pavucontrol might show you more information? Most distributions provide pulseaudio/pipewire as a useful layer on top of ALSA, so pure-ALSA tools like alsamixer might not be showing you the whole picture


Might be worth trying a bunch of different live USBs to find a distribution with a working sound setup, and then seeing what it’s doing differently compared to Zorin



> Imagine being a preteen or young teenager in Borneo 31,000 years ago. Your small community survives by hunting and foraging in the mountainous, cave-riddled tropical forests. And then it happens: You get an injury so severe that cutting off your leg offers the only chance of saving your life. Most likely, something has cut off circulation to your lower leg, some of the tissue is now smelly and gangrenous, and it’s spreading fast. What’s your prognosis? > >Based on Tebo 1, that situation was less dire than you might expect, although it almost certainly wasn't easy. > >For one thing, the severed leg bones show no signs of inflammation, which means that if Tebo 1 suffered any infection after the amputation, it wasn’t serious enough to reach the bone. Without antibiotics, infection is a major threat; most of the casualties in American Civil War field hospitals died of infection, not of their actual injuries. > >The fact that Tebo 1 apparently didn’t face serious infection suggests that whoever performed the amputation understood how to keep the wound, the surgical tools, and their hands clean and understood that they needed to do so (which puts 31,000-year-old hunter-gatherers ahead of European and American surgeons just a century ago). It also suggests that someone took very good care of Tebo 1 after the operation.
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Anyone who thinks it’s actually because of silly things like “not wanting to be associated with such a disgusting, festering cesspool of a site” is naïve.

Not sure where you got this from, this didn’t seem to be in the CloudFlare blog post anywhere


> The new type of USB4 will continue the USB-IF's questionable naming scheme that only its members and a thumbtack-and-string-covered corkboard can truly appreciate. When it's all said and done, it seems you'll be able to find USB-C ports that are USB4 Version 2.0, USB4 Version 1.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, USB 3.2 Gen 1, or USB 2.0, plus some will opt for Intel Thunderbolt certification. And in the case of USB4 Version 1.0, you'll still need more information to know if the port supports the spec's max potential speed of 40Gbps. **screaming intensifies**
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> - “The age problem”: Young people aren’t using Facebook at all and are using Instagram less, but the success of both platforms as advertising revenue bonanzas is predicated on usage by the youth demographic. > - “The innovation problem”: Facebook hasn’t invented a new hit since the blue app itself and its other successes were all acquired. > - “The metaverse problem”: They’re betting the company on AR/VR, but it remains to be seen whether that’s going to be a big thing. > - “The antitrust problem”: No summary necessary. I really hope Meta/Facebook/Zuckerberg runs out of money and goes away forever
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In theory, a government is democratically-elected, and courts are democratically-controlled, so isn’t a corporation obeying laws and courts exactly what we want here?

I’m not sure we can expect them to go above and beyond what is legal, no matter how much we might wish them to do so, they simply wouldn’t exist for very long otherwise

We hated them (and they hated it, too) when they extra-judiciously blocked traffic they didn’t agree with in the past, so surely requiring laws/courts to do so in future is better?


> Just as the telephone company doesn't terminate your line if you say awful, racist, bigoted things, we have concluded in consultation with politicians, policy makers, and experts that turning off security services because we think what you publish is despicable is the wrong policy. To be clear, just because we did it in a limited set of cases before doesn’t mean we were right when we did. Or that we will ever do it again.
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> Japan's newly appointed Minister of Digital Affairs, Taro Kono, has declared war on the floppy disk and other forms of obsolete media, which the government still requires as a submission medium for around 1,900 types of business applications and other forms. The goal is to modernize the procedures by moving the information submission process online.
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A review of postmarketOS on the Xiaomi Poco F1
> On the whole, I would rate the Poco F1’s bull**** level as follows: > - Initial setup: miserable > - Ongoing problems: minor
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> A Princeton professor, finding a little time for himself in the summer academic lull, emailed an old friend a couple months ago. Brian Kernighan said hello, asked how their US visit was going, and dropped off hundreds of lines of code that could add Unicode support for AWK, the text-parsing tool he helped create for Unix at Bell Labs in 1977.
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> A Princeton professor, finding a little time for himself in the summer academic lull, emailed an old friend a couple months ago. Brian Kernighan said hello, asked how their US visit was going, and dropped off hundreds of lines of code that could add Unicode support for AWK, the text-parsing tool he helped create for Unix at Bell Labs in 1977.
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> Google has a right to decide which users it wants to host. But it was Google’s incorrect algorithms, and Google’s failed human review process, which caused innocent people to be investigated by the police in these cases. It was also Google’s choice to destroy without warning and without due process these fathers’ email accounts, videos, photos, and in one case, telephone service. The consequences of the company’s error are not trivial.
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> Google has a right to decide which users it wants to host. But it was Google’s incorrect algorithms, and Google’s failed human review process, which caused innocent people to be investigated by the police in these cases. It was also Google’s choice to destroy without warning and without due process these fathers’ email accounts, videos, photos, and in one case, telephone service. The consequences of the company’s error are not trivial.
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> The reasons for NOT tracking are myriad: First, you’ll engender goodwill with your supporters. Second, you may not imagine your organization to be the likely target of ransomware or of a data breach, but the less data you collect, and the less you share with outside organizations or companies, the less likely that your supporters will be affected. Third, data privacy laws vary across regions, and we are in a time of rapid change with respect to those laws. Minimizing data collection and retention can help ensure you’re complying with those laws.
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> It sounds like something out of an urban legend: Some Windows XP-era laptops using 5400 RPM spinning hard drives can allegedly be forced to crash when exposed to Janet Jackson's 1989 hit "Rhythm Nation." > >But Microsoft Software Engineer Raymond Chen stands by the story in a blog post published earlier this week, and the vulnerability has been issued an official CVE ID by The Mitre Corporation, lending it more credibility.
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