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The 'Solstinox FLOSS Appreciation Donation' campaign is an attempt to encourage users to donate a small amount of money to some of their favourite FLOSS projects on the summer/winter Solstices (and also the Equinoxes).

“Many a mickle makes a muckle” is a delightful Scottish proverb - a lot of small amounts, put together, become a large amount - and that’s one of the main ‘thrusts’ of this as a campaign - if lots of people donate a few doubloons then it can really add up and be quite helpful.

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The Solstices and the Equinoxes are fairly arbitrary dates (handily spread out evenly over the year) but could be tenuously tied into the ‘equality’ of the Equinoxes and the ‘tipping point’ of the earth for the Solstices.

They also sometimes show up on calendars and get mentioned in the news, so there’s a little bit of free advertising thrown in as well.

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In the same spirit as when @lunduke declared ‘Linux Thursdays’, I’m hoping that if we were to declare the ‘Solstinox’ as the time of the season to donate to your favourite Free/Libre Open Source Software projects, it might give a little boost of money to help with further development and improvements and also show the developers that their work is appreciated.

The ‘Solstinox FLOSS Appreciation Donation’ campaign is just a working title for it–perhaps someone can come up with something catchier?

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The current model is inefficient and not properly pricing negative externalities.
There is a chance right now to build this #nextgeneration of media technologies and a new type of holding company."
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Here's a thought... maybe our gov't should ditch the products & services of obstreperous US mega-tech-corps... rnz.co.nz/news/national/393504 That way, at least you're not contributing taxpayer funds to their depravity & instead are building up more ethical, local NZ businesses who can do better.

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I just got reminded: Google, Amazon, and seemingly Apple do not like the (A)GPL.

While these licenses don't ban commercial use (where do you draw the line?), they do require all recipients to pass the software freedom they've benefited from forwards.

As such these monopolists' fear of doing so does not reflect well on them at all.

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sometimes you have a problem and think "I know, I'll use regular expressions", and now you've rolled it out worldwide and the CPUs are spiking everywhere and the internet is on fire oh god oh no blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare

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Because it can't be posted enough... The Hubble extreme deep field. With the exception of a few foreground stars from our own Galaxy, every object you see in this image is a galaxy.

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You've been waiting for this for a long time: we're launching the alternative map service, open and with privacy as a priority. We explain this ambitious project on

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betterweb.qwant.com/qwant-maps

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Stores can track & target you through your devices using Bluetooth beacons, & they can do so with location data from 3rd party apps like news & weather...

We highly recommend reviewing your mobile apps & opting out of location services wherever possible. nytimes.com/interactive/2019/0

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RT @LindseyOD123@twitter.com

This is great #IoT @internetofshit@twitter.com (via Reddit)

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We're pleased to see end-to-end encryption being more widely used, e.g. by database giant @MongoDB, to help prevent data breaches. wired.com/story/field-level-en

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Usability and Productivity week 77 - Plasma Sprint Special: Improved notifications, new annotation dialogs for Okular, Dolphin enhancements for better file and folder management, and tons of other stuff.

pointieststick.com/2019/06/29/

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The number of people predicting the death of Moore's Law doubles every two years.

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