If firefox on the cmdline won't open new tabs in the running firefox check to make sure /var/lib/dbus/machine-id exists. If not, recreate it with 'dbus-uuidgen --ensure'

Updated weathertldr.com to fix the distance units glitch. NOAA changed the namespace so it was showing up as unks instead of meters :)

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"Apps Getting Worse" by Tim Bray tbray.org/ongoing/When/202x/20

My wife and I have a running joke where she'll complain about some awful new "feature" in an app that makes the experience worse, and I'll say "Somebody got a promotion for that." The sad thing is it's probably true.

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I was going to write something up about Apple's new child safety features, but the @EFF post on the subject covers what I would have wanted to say, better than I could say it. eff.org/deeplinks/2021/08/appl

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The SeaGL 2021 call for proposals is open

office hours aren't yet announced, but we will have them

The #cfp closes August 5th for our November 5th and 6th virtual conference


#SeaGL #FLOSSconf #FLOSSevent

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Is it morally permissible to have a bot to retrigger CI until it either succeeds or the same test fails three times in a row?

I'm asking for a ... not entirely deterministic pipeline.

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It's gonna be hot today. Stay home and read a crime thriller.

Beaks: half Die Hard, half Robin Hood, and all trouble.

Apple: geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/b
My bookstore, as part of the 3-book bundle: tiltedwindmillpress.com/produc
Amazon: amzn.to/2QwLn6Y

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Long weekend? Chill and read.

#gitcommitmurder: Murder on the Sysadmin Express. Hackers, version control, and pubs. With cake! mwl.io/fiction/crime#gcm

Want more? #gitsyncmurder will be out at the end of next month. Murder at a con, with subnet masks and LN2 ice cream.

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a story about a huge malicious tor exit operation:

Blog: "How Malicious Tor Relays are Exploiting Users in 2020 (Part I)
>23% of the Tor network’s exit capacity has been attacking Tor users"


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A relative of mine accidentally signed up for 8x8 (the company providing meet.jit.si for free and paid corporate Jitsi plans). 8x8 billed them multiple times, in spite of calls and emails for help. My relative was unable to get a refund and ultimately had to cancel a credit card so 8x8 would stop billing. Does anyone have connections with 8x8 that could perhaps help me help my relative get some actual help?

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Students and faculty may complain about the price tag of parking passes, but there is also an unseen cost of driving on campus: privacy. Learn more in our latest update to the Atlas of Surveillance. eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/scho

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Amazon Assistant extension turned out to be designed in a very “special” way: all of its logic is located on Amazon web servers. This gives Amazon access to a very wide range of information in browsers of extension’s users.


Gadzooks, now Digikey is doing the 3rd party seller thing? Watch out for results from 'the marketplace' when searching for devices.

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"Beaks never met an oppressive oligarch she didn't like. To set fire to." :flan_set_fire::flan_molotov:

This #crime #mystery #ebook is 50% Die Hard, 50% Robin Hood, and 100% trouble. :flan_book::flan_mask:

Free everywhere, but here's some Kindle links.

US - amzn.to/2MwLFrc
UK - amzn.to/2CUqGim

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