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Topics:
🌎 Politics (especially U.S.)
⌛ History & philosophy
🐧 Gnu+Linux & FOSS
🔐 Computer security & privacy
🖥️ Programming & web development

Today the Amazon is burning, and y'all are rightfully upset about that.

But then please, PLEASE, maintain that anger when in 2-3 years, certain goods start to drop in price because of the agriculture set up on this cleared land. Everything from industrial lubricants to fad diets are going to be affected by this, and it's important our consumer decisions don't reward this exploitation.

I had the opportunity to meet a very smart Mastodon developer recently and was struck by three things:

1. They're young and expect software look professional and work right out of the box.

2. They're thoughtful and are as much product managers as engineers.

3. They think in terms of what user will experience first, and implementation later, but equally competent discussing either.

If this is the next generation of the Free Software community, I couldn't be happier/prouder.

This was a decent article: newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08

Discusses Silicon Valley grappling with their moral failings.

Personally I think the whole problem is that these few companies have so much power, and I find it funny that Software Freedom doesn't occur to people as a (partial) solution.

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings."
- Ursula K. Le Guin

#anticapitalism #anarchism #feminism #IWD #IWD2019

8 Things Science Says We Can Do To Become A Little Happier

1. Exercise
Exercise helps release a compound in muscles, cathepsin B, which appears to migrate to the brain’s hippocampus and spark the development of new brain cells.

2. Thinking about the things you put in your body
Avoiding processed sugars has been shown to reduce the likelihood for depression, which is another way of saying it promotes happiness

3. Make a schedule
Having a structured schedule that you set and follow is proven to help depression.

4. Social interaction
A sense of community significantly adds to our happiness and overall mental health.

5. Getting it out
Directing those thoughts outward, by either talking to someone you trust or by writing it out in a journal, is a lot more therapeutic than just cycling it around in your head

6. Cognitive behavior therapy

7. Meditation

8. Be easier on yourself
This one is very hard to do without feeling self-indulgent, but self-compassion is actually a really important element to being happier. And it actually affects your connection to yourself and other areas of your life.

From: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2016/06/28/8-things-science-says-we-can-do-to-become-a-little-happier/
I am coming to value my time more than trying to trick obscure software into working the way I want it to.

Software, or features thereof, should be easy to use and configure, and use.

Usability is for everybody.
Software isn't cool just because it is hard to use.

If software doesn't value my time, I'll move on.

Huh. Did you know that if you use Avast anti-virus, they are tracking every single thing you click on in your web browser, storing this, and selling this data to marketers?

sparktoro.com/blog/less-than-h - scroll down to the “methodology” section.

I launched a new blog this week. It's stupidly fast, uses zero external JS or CSS resources, is responsive, and supports modern features many sites don’t like dark style support. But Google just emailed me saying they might deprioritize it on Google because it doesn’t use AMP.

@TheAdmin Is there something being done to address this type of spam?

Somebody from mstdn.jp with no followers, no posts and a suspicious link in her profile just followed me.

The Linux App Summit is coming to Barcelona in November! KDE and @gnome join forces to create a strong, free and open app ecosystem.

dot.kde.org/2019/07/31/linux-a

The /e/ foundation has started selling phones with their own version of Android preloaded on them:

e.foundation/

The /e/ version of Android is aiming to be de-googlised, but there are still a few remnants of G on them:

infosec-handbook.eu/blog/e-fou

Just wondering what people think about /e/?

Should I list it as an alternative to Android? Is it degooglised enough to consider as a "least worst" option?

#Android #Alternatives #EFoundation

Last month, Kazakhstan attempted to break encrypted web traffic by asking citizens to install bad root certificates on their devices. Now the authorities say it was all just a "test." We've updated our article on the matter with the latest info: protonmail.com/blog/kazakhstan

Superb blog post on what Free and Open Source Software can mean to those of us who have committed ourselves to this way of life! blog.effenberger.org/2016/04/2 Danke vielmals, Florian!

Instead, it uses an entirely decentralized moderation system based on game-theory. 🚩

Follow the link below to understand how this is achieved!

👉 particl.news/particl-explained

#TowardTheMarketplace

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