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Firefox is on a slippery slope | Drew DeVault’s Blog
"For a long time, it was just setting the default search provider to Google in exchange for a beefy stipend. Later, paid links in your new tab page were added. Then, a proprietary service, Pocket, was bundled into the browser - not as an addon, but a hardcoded feature. In the past few days, we’ve discovered an advertisement in the form of browser extension was sideloaded into user browsers. Whoever is leading these decisions at Mozilla needs to be stopped."
mozilla  firefox  marketing 
22 hours ago
The Terrible Truth About Dreidel | Math with Bad Drawings
«But mathematics has never been about “understandable” or “desired.” It has always been about insinuating itself, over all manner of protests, into nostalgic memories and cherished holiday sentiments. And I refuse to let that tradition die.»
dreidel  holidays  math  probability  chocolate  judaism 
2 days ago
notmuch
" Notmuch is not much of an email program. It doesn't receive messages (no POP or IMAP support). It doesn't send messages (no mail composer, no network code at all). And for what it does do (email search) that work is provided by an external library, Xapian. So if Notmuch provides no user interface and Xapian does all the heavy lifting, then what's left here? Not much."
warelogging  cli  notmuch  mail  maildir  search  tools  gmail  self-hosting 
2 days ago
The Disco Sucks! campaign 30 years on | Ben Myers | Music | The Guardian
"The Disco Sucks! campaign in 1979 had racist and homophobic undertones – and, 30 years on, has proven to be a resolute failure"
the-guardian  music  disco  culture  racism  1970s  1980s  rock-and-roll 
4 days ago
The Happiest City in the U.S. Has a Secret
One thing this article is wrong about, I suppose: Boulder has plenty of guilt in it. Or at least it will until all the people capable of experiencing guilt have finished moving to Longmont, where they can still afford housing.
boulder  colorado  poverty  addiction  economics 
5 days ago
Denying Dystopia: The Hope Police in Fact and Fiction
This is every bit as brutally grim as you expect from Peter Watts, so you might want to skip it if you already feel like everything is fucked and we're all going to die, but it's a well-written piece.
sfnal  peter-watts  dystopia  panopticon  climate  via-mastodon 
9 days ago
How to cook onions: Why recipe writers lie and lie about how long they take to caramelize.
tl;dr: «Here, telling the truth about how to prepare onions for French onion soup, is Julia Child: "[C]ook slowly until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Blend in the salt and sugar, raise heat to moderately high, and let the onions brown, stirring frequently until they are a dark walnut color, 25 to 30 minutes." Ten minutes plus 25 to 30 minutes equals 35 to 40 minutes. That is how long it takes to caramelize onions.»
cooking  food  howto  onions  journalism 
9 days ago
Debian Sources
Source code browser for the entirety of Debian.
debian  source  documentation 
11 days ago
JSON Meta Application Protocol Specification (JMAP)
"JMAP is intended to be a new standard for email clients to connect to mail stores. It therefore intends to primarily replace IMAP + SMTP submission. It is also designed to be more generic such that it can be extended with contacts, calendars in the future (replacing CardDAV/CalDAV). It does not replace MTA-to-MTA SMTP transmission."
mail  api  warelogging  protocols  fastmail  imap 
16 days ago
Why filesystems have loose-coupling and your protocol doesn’t — programming is terrible
"Ultimately, extensibility in a protocol doesn’t come from adding new commands and responses, it comes from being able to use existing commands on different resources. Uniform interfaces are at the heart of loose coupling in systems."
filesystem-stuff  programming  protocols  design  unix  plan9  programming-is-terrible  essays 
17 days ago
John Gage - Wikipedia
'John Burdette Gage (born 1942) was the 21st employee of Sun Microsystems, where he is credited with creating the phrase: "The network is the computer."'
sun  java  networks 
17 days ago
Noodler's Brexit - Exclusive! - Ink Reviews - The Fountain Pen Network
Hey cool so I think maybe I'll stop buying your products, Noodler's.
ink  noodlers  politics  brexit  reviews 
18 days ago
futel.net
"At Futel, we believe in the preservation of public telephone hardware as a means of providing access to the agora for everybody, and toward that goal we are privileged to provide free domestic telephone calls, voicemail, and telephone-mediated services."
art  phone  voip  warelogging  for-adafruit 
18 days ago
Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe - Charlie's Diary
"One possible explanation, which looks quite reasonable as a first approximation, is that the US libertarian fringe has been assimilated by the neo-Nazis. After all, once you take one red pill, why not take another, and another, until you overdose on the bloody things?"
politics  economics  bitcoin  currency  1920s  1930s  fascism  nazism  anti-semitism  policy 
18 days ago
Watching History Fade Away in 'Call of Duty: WWII'
"It’s an odd, ill-fitting note in a game that filled me with a strange sort of grief, because it is the moment I could feel a culture’s connection to the recent past growing weaker and fainter. The grim, driven men of this story have a coldly distant, heroic quality to them that belongs more to myth than history. It reminded me that my grandfathers with all their flaws and frailties are both gone, and so is my grandmother with her shoebox full of small, fading Victory Mail letters, a War Department telegram, and photos of her one trip outside the United States, to a military cemetery in France."
war  games  writing  history  historiography  pop-culture  wwii 
19 days ago
letter grades for weird foxes
@ColinJCarlson: in the face of insomnia i will attempt to assign letter grades to the weird foxes. please stand by and watch this space for weird fox letter grades,, thank you
twitter  foxes  animals  for-toni 
26 days ago
Little Drummer Boy Challenge – Puh-rum-pum-pum-pum, people.
"It’s very easy: So long as you don’t hear “The Little Drummer Boy,” you’re a contender. As soon as you hear it on the radio, on TV, in a store, wherever, you’re out."
christmas  songs  little-drummer-boy  contests  for-toni 
27 days ago
Become a member of The Calyx Institute | The Calyx Institute
"Free wireless 4G / LTE Internet access service (within the US only, subject to network availability) available as a benefit of membership when you join at the Contributor level or higher"
calyx  privacy  nonprofits  networks  mobile 
28 days ago
A Clash of Cultures « bunnie's blog
"I’ve been fortunate to experience breaking my own prototypical notions that associate certain dress norms with intelligence. I’m a regular at Burning Man, and my theme camp is dominated by scientists and engineers. I’ve discussed injection molding with men in pink tutus and learned about plasmonics from half-naked women. It’s not a big leap for me to accept Naomi as a Maker. I’m glad she’s challenging these biases. I do my best engineering when sitting half-naked at my desk. I find shirts and pants to be uncomfortable. I don’t have the strength to challenge these social norms, and secretly, I’m glad someone is."
for-toni  burn  engineering  culture  misogyny 
5 weeks ago
"almost everything on computers is perceptually slower than it was in 1983"
A provocative sentence which isn't really true (have you had to load anything off a floppy or tape lately?), but also a pretty interesting thread.
interfaces  design  software  databases  point-of-sale  1990s  1980s 
5 weeks ago
Kardashev scale - Wikipedia
"The Kardashev scale is a method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to use for communication."
civilization  astronomy  scales  wikipedia  via-irc  via-cclark 
6 weeks ago
Upspin · Upspin
"Upspin is in its early days, but the plan is for you to manage all your data—even data you’ve stored in commercial web services—in a safe, secure, and sharable way that makes it easy to discover what you’ve got and who you’ve shared it with."
google  golang  warelogging  rob-pike  storage  filesystem-stuff 
7 weeks ago
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