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"The checks and balances of democratic governments were invented because humans themselves realized how unfit they were to govern themselves. They needed a system, yes. An industrial age machine.
Without the use of computing machines they had to arrange themselves in crude structures that formalized decision-making. A highly imperfect and unstable solution." — Helios, Deus Ex (2000)

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I'm working for a big tech company in California. Yesterday all employees received an email from our security guys.

We have to deactivate all personal assistant gadgets (like Alexa) during worktime in the homeoffice.

They have evidence that these gadgets are recording audio from conference calls.

Nothing new to me but notable that I've got this order.

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Please note - "Cat Facepalms" category exists in Wikimedia Commons:
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cat

Thank you for your attention, we will now resume our regular programming.

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I received a zip full of files from someone who thought it would be cute/clever to use some kind of messed-up non-(terminal)-printable character in all the filenames. After dorking-around for 15 minutes trying to cobble together a shell script to fix this (hard when you can't type the target character) I found detox, and it *just fixed the fucking thing*

The great thing about Unix is that it's been around long enough that there's almost zero chance someone hasn't run into the same problem you're having, and for a long time most unix users have been programmers, so there's almost always a program out there that will solve your problem.

enjoy: linux.die.net/man/1/detox

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Pizza has a top and a bottom. Calzone has an inside and an outside. I'm proposing a theoretical new variant with only one side, a kleinza or perhaps kleinzone, if you will.

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@kensanata Matrix is excellent if you can inflict the cost and effort of running a server upon somebody else.

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Huh, looks like some OpenSource folks are noticing that an open-source non-copyleft license does not protect from lock-in, and that lock-ins are bad:
fosdem.org/2021/schedule/event

> Open source was never designed or planned to be used as "Gateway Drug" to move people to a proprietary locked in software, but more and more this is happening.

No, actually, it was designed specifically to allow just that, to be more "business-friendly": en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_sou

can go screw itself. With I can do this: `ssh -fAY another-host emacs`
…and have local-like experience (via a gigabit LAN of course, don't do it over Internet). The network capabilities of X11 are too often treated like a problem ("too bloated with unnecessary features") and not a valuable asset.

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#element banned from #googleplay due to some offending content being available on the #matrix network.
Google how about baning all the Email applications from your store? I am 100000% sure somebody used Email right now to distribute offending content.
#element is trying to explain Google how #matrix works and that they are not to blame. Sorry but I do not buy into the story that people at Google are so badly informed ...
So #google, WHY did you actually ban it?

#elementbanedbygoogle

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Google has suspended Element (@matrix) from the Play Store for "Sexual Content and Profanity". Basically same story as with Subway Tooter a while back. Element is to Matrix as Chrome is to the web. Curiously, Chrome is still on the Play Store.

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