EFF opposes digital proof of COVID vaccination as a condition of going about our daily lives. They’re not “vaccine passports” to speed our way back to normal. They’re “vaccine bouncers” that will scrutinize us at doorways and unfairly turn many of us away. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/04/no-digital-vaccine-bouncers
15,000 call on FTC to protect the Right to Repair.
If you own it, you should be able to repair it. https://uspirg.org/news/usp/more-15000-call-ftc-action-right-repair
**'Fingerprint' for 3D printer accurate 92% of time**
"New research shows 3D printers can be identified by thermodynamic properties, which could could aid intellectual property, security."
Just 3 Democrats Stand in the Way of the PRO Act Coming to the Senate Floor for a Vote https://inthesetimes.com/article/democrats-pro-act-labor-kelly-sinema-warner-dsa-unions
I'm close to moving back to Windows. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to hold oneself back, deny oneself better and easier accessibility in the name of open source, when many open source developers don't give a crap about accessibility, and/or don't educate themselves on it. KDE connect, GSConnect, all were inaccessible for one reason or another, not the least because of Gnome-shell's terrible accessibility issues. That was just the last straw. With the only thing holding me to Linux being Emacs+Emacspeak, I think its time to quit Linux and just use what actually works. It's interesting how being "free" just means being under the power and whim of other people, a mass of developers who have no insentive for accessibility, rather than a cohesive company who does. This is serious, and I want every developer to understand this, understand my deep frustration with FOSS.
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To the free market/market forces adherents out there who also write proprietary software... wondering if it ever occurred to you that by writing proprietary software (that isn't specifically compliant with all relevant vendor-neutral royalty-free open standards) is an inherent market distortion. It is a tool to enable autocratic (corporations are autocratic) power grabs. More explanation https://davelane.nz/proprietary
Ain't that the truth!|
ICE Cold Fact: The deep problem isn’t with the people that ADMIT to it....
**New process breaks down biodegradable plastics faster**
"Scientists invented a way to make compostable plastics break down within a few weeks with just heat and water. This advance will potentially solve waste management challenges at forward operating bases and offer additional technological advances for American Soldiers."
Really mad about this Linux kernel - academic research kerfuffle. See: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-nfs/YH%2FfM%2FTsbmcZzwnX@kroah.com/
TL;DR: researchers at UMN introduced patches to Linux kernel that contained known-buggy code TO WRITE A PAPER and the UMN IRB didn't consider it human subjects research
Wtaf were these researchers thinking? How did the IRB not consider this human subjects resaerch? How did someone think this was an ethical thing to do?
The software engineering research community has a problem with (lack of) ethic approval culture when experimenting on free/open source software developers.
I don't think there's much hugely controversial in this essay, but I do think it's worth a read, as a reminder to keep things in perspective. Alternative agriculture has tendencies toward solutionism that parallel conventional / ecomodern solutionism.
Progressive Groups Fight AT&T and T-Mobile’s New Texting Rules https://theintercept.com/2021/04/20/att-tmobile-texting-10dlc-political-campaigns/
Rashida Tlaib on Defunding the Police: “Property Should Not Have More Value than Human Life” https://inthesetimes.com/article/rashida-tlaib-defund-police-george-floyd-derek-chauvin-daunte-wright-black-lives-matter
The Neoliberal Fantasy at the Heart of 'Nomadland' https://inthesetimes.com/article/nomadland-chloe-zhao-oscars-film-culture-amazon-workers
**Predicting the next pandemic virus is harder than we think**
"The observation that most of the viruses that cause human diseases come from other animals has led some researchers to attempt 'zoonotic risk prediction' to second-guess the next virus to hit us. However, in a new essay, experts propose that these zoonotic risk predictions are of limited value an…"
**'Undruggable' cancer protein becomes druggable, thanks to shrub**
"A chemist has found a way to synthesize a compound to fight a previously 'undruggable' cancer protein with benefits across a myriad of cancer types."
#ShowerThoughts Both philosophically and technically, federation is the middle ground between "the centre should have total authority and control over the edges" (authoritarianism), and "there should be no centre, only edges" (individualism or egoism). The essence of federation is that its useful to have centres, but power ought to reside mostly at the edges.