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This weekend my daughter went to continue reading an ebook she has available to her from her public elementary school on the Epic Reading Platform getepic.com/sign-in

She got an error message saying that the book was only available on school days and to read on the weekend she would need to subscribe for $9.99/month.

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An absolutely amazing article about how GPS works. It's a great achievement to visually explain things so well on the web. (most likely needs a modern browser) ciechanow.ski/gps/

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Imagine if the government made it a crime to write a letter the police couldn't understand, or to draw your curtains, just in case a constable wanted to look in. An electronic message protected from prying eyes by end-to-end encryption is no different, what the home secretary wants is unprecedented and it is thoroughly authoritarian.
https://www.computing.co.uk/news/4043375/uk-government-launch-astroturf-campaign-end-end-encryption

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Everything we see online is decided by platforms' algorithms.

These algorithms promote extreme and fringe views (antivax, conspiracy, hate) in a quest for clicks.

We want to #FixTheDSA & give users a right to a timeline without #AlgorithmicManipulation.

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Okay there's something really cool I've just learned. If you are continuously recording air pressure e.g. as part of your home automation setup or a weather station then you should really check the data of the last 24h.
You should be able to spot the pressure wave from the volcanic explosion in Tonga earlier today.

It reached my setup in Kaiserslautern at about 20:30.

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The Jan. 15, 2022 Hunga Tonga volcano eruption from a sattelite's PoV

wow...

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Sun Microsystems: Write once, run everywhere!

Log4j: hello

Programmers: No, not like that

Just found out about beestat.io for thermostats. FOSS (GPLv3) and seems to give more useful stats than ecobee's official (unfortunate) interfaces.

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myth: capital will respond to demand by making more things that people want

reality: marketing under capitalism has taken the most advanced technology the earth has ever seen and dedicated all of it to specifically finding things that hurt, upset and enrage human beings and amplifying them in a darwinian evolutionary process in order to maximize our own boundless unending torment

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To bump this thread: The Swiss state has been taxing the carbon in fossil fuels since 2008 ⛽

The tax started very low, and increases every year. It is currently 120 CHF (~130 USD) per tonne CO2 💰

2/3 goes to each citizen, evenly divided, as a reduction of their health insurance! 🏥 1/3 of the tax goes into green spending.

Every country can do this, without losing economic 'competitiveness' if a tariff is applied 🗺️

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Verb Tenses for Internet Searching

1. I google; I am googling; I googled
2. I bing; I am binging; I bung
3. I duckduckgo; I am duckduckgoing; I duckduckwent

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#Nitter is an AGPLv3 licensed #Twitter frontend with all the features of the default site -- but more importantly -- it returns all of the freedom that Twitter's nonfree JavaScript takes away from you. Try it out! nitter.net

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Please make sure to read this carefully before ordering a #PinePhonePro:

The #PinePhone Pro is still very much in development, and thus just won't be your daily driver smartphone upon receiving the device.

Read wiki.postmarketos.org/wiki/PIN to get an idea.

I don't want to hamper your excitement, but I also don't want to see you start a rant YouTube channel because you're upset due to not reading this properly. The PPP is really cool, but it's not your new "privacy smartphone" at this point.

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Anyone know of any email hosts out there that also host Nextcloud? Should support imap natively.

Thinking about changing up my virtual world again.

Extra credit if theyre a green host; or a non profit or a coop.

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