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Did I mention that we at Igalia are hiring? We're hiring! Join our respectful egalitarian flat cooperative structure and let's build free open source software together. ❤️​

For students we also offer a CE programme:

Several areas of work are possible.
We're very remote-friendly.

Two weeks to The November Nethack Tournament ( 😊 I hope I‘ll leave myself some free time to play this time.

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It is estimated that one Bitcoin transaction takes 1544 kWh to be processed.

Quick back of the envelope calculation: with that energy my car can run for 7125 km, so basically a short drive from Brussels, Belgium to Kabul, Afghanistan.

One transaction.

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📢 Users and developers of #GNU #Guix in science & #HPC will be meeting on-line this Monday, Sept. 27th, at 9AM CEST (☕ time!):

We’ll be mapping out actions for the coming year.

Maybe you can join?

Today is Igalia's 20th anniversary, celebrating 20 years of contributions to open and free software, as a successful egalitarian worker cooperative.

I joined Igalia almost two years ago, in which I did and continue to learn so many fascinating things, about language specification, about WebAssembly, about JS engines and compilers. But most importantly, about taking common decisions and truly working together as equals.

As I told my dear coworkers:

"Enjoying one's work is a fine thing, but being able to share common goals and such collegiality with you Igalians is certainly a dream come true."

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It used to be that developers would ceremoniously publish releases of their code.

These days, many publish commits and leave users the opportunity to figure out which one to pick.

Looks like almost 10% of the packages #Guix provide are of the pick-your-commit variety, which brings us a new hairy yak!


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“South Korea is expected to become the first country to pass a law ending Apple and Google’s domination of payments on their mobile platforms, setting a potentially radical precedent for their lucrative app store operations everywhere from India to the U.S.”



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The Unfortunate Result

#CommonLisp #NASA #C #JPL #ArchitectureByPolitics

[screengrab from Ron Garret's talk on the Common Lisp Remote Agent software use on NASA's Deep Space 1 and its history : ]

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Wissenschaftler warnen vor rassistischer Benachteiligung durch medizinische KI. Helfen synthetische Daten, dieses Problem zu lösen?
Forscher schlagen Alarm: KI bestimmt Hautfarbe aus Röntgenbildern
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« After years of a push to digitise databases in the country, and introduce digital identity cards and biometrics for voting, activists warn these technologies can be used to target and attack vulnerable groups.

“We understand that the Taliban is now likely to have access to various biometric databases and equipment in #Afghanistan ,” the Human Rights First group wrote on Twitter on Monday. »

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As there’s no upgrader for Elementary OS 5 → 6 (this is hopefully going to be something those lovely folks fix for 6 → 7, as it’s really a glaring missing core feature in 2021), I’m going through and trying to track down any customisations I’ve made to the system.

One of them is a script that runs when I plug in external monitors to set text sizes differently on different monitors to make them usable as Elementary OS doesn’t support fractional scaling:


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“How does one hate a country, or love one? … I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply?”

— Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness)

Via @neil

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Please check in on your loved ones folks. Also check in on yourself and ask yourself do you need help in some way.

This is an extremely trying time for us all. We need to survive this.


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People talk about "releasing" software, stop doing that!

Software raised in captivity cannot survive in the wild! Feral software is also a big threat to digital biodiversity. Do not release software.

I found the perfect earrings for programmers. 😁🐥

Going through a long heatwave with this wonderful book about climate change. 🥵

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