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"I think it is wrong to teach maths without teaching programming. We all learn to use calculators at school. This was an innovation of the 20th century. Now it is 2020 and it is time to move on." --- Alex Kurz


A wonderful example when somebody in industry is doing a wonderful (academical) research, and delivers a great talk: Alexis King - “Effects for Less”


I came across of Socialism 101 and, as I'm reading through it, I think that I see what made communism so successful. They managed to convince"ordinary folks" that they're under dictatorship (by their bosses). They put equality between "has more power" and dictatorship. Then they argue that as long as we have any classes there will be one class ruling over the other ones. So they claim that the ruling class should be the working class, it should be a dictatorship of the working class. But the mistake is that what dictatorship means changed in between. In the first instance it was about "having more power than" whereas in the second instance it was about working class taking freedoms of factory owners, bankers, ...

Rhetoric fallacy, I would say! 🤔

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Related to my one year old article on tomas.jakl.one, I just rediscovered a text by Cory Doctorow on boingboing.net titled After months of insisting that #Article13 doesn't require filters, top EU Commissioner says "Article 13 requires filters" 😔


Normally countries would find their own ways to regulate TV, radio, press, etc. from foreign influence. However, what do you do when #BigTech takes their role and gives you no real oversight or even monitoring capabilities? I like that the #EU is now demanding clearly what it wants, instead of just unpredictably suing the Big Tech companies and hoping that they will somehow get better. Of course we have to be vigilant and make sure that while we're fighting misinformation coming from abroad, we're also not silencing our own citizens.

More on this here: https://www.politico.eu/article/european-commission-disinformation-social-media/


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Björn Schießle wrote:

You want digital sovereignty? Than you have to chose Free Software! Otherwise you will never be in control and for example other might decide if it is worth supporting your mother language.

(Microsoft retires support in his iOS Outlook app for 27 languages such as Norwegian, Slovenian, Latvian, Basque, Irish, Persian, ...)

Bedtime thought: on Facebook, GitHub, Mastodon, Spotify, etc. we should be able to view all activity (logs) of connected apps on those platforms. Is there a platform that gives users this much control?


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"From now on, all IT solutions developed by  and for the EU institutions will first need to be assessed against the possibility of using Open Source solutions."

Source: european-pirateparty.eu

Great day for both the EU and open source! 😍

Year 2020 is the year of #Linux desktop! Just not the way anybody imagined it https://blogs.windows.com/windowsdeveloper/2020/05/19/developing-for-all-1-billion-windows-10-devices-and-beyond/ :-)


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Another day, another "bring back Google Reader" article that does not acknowledge Reader's extremely robust social features.

These features allowed someone to, for example, share an article they liked to their friends and spawn a private mini-forum to discuss that article. It was similar to sharing an article with friends on Facebook, but based on your RSS curation rather than whatever you got from Facebook's awful news feed.

Related to my earlier post https://nest.jakl.one/notes/2019-01-12-mastodon:101405729292179181/


This is interesting. Having access to the internet is becoming "a right" as The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online

I was blown away by how much has Xournal++ improved since the last time I tried it.

If you're using a stylus or touchscreen (ideally both) give it a try: https://github.com/xournalpp/xournalpp

I'm all for Make America Great Again!

Btw, America includes Mexico, Canada, Brasil, Venezuela, ... :-)

(overheard in a talk given by Tomáš Sedláček)

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Zoom aquires Keybase!


Just signed the Declaration of Digital Independence. I'm not sure if it changes anything but it's definitely the right thing to do.


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