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You don't "have something to hide" when you put blinds on your windows or close the door when you're on the toilet, or wear clothes. Privacy isn't about having something to hide, it's not about keeping secrets. It's about being able to choose what you reveal about yourself, and when, and to who, and the other word we have for that is "dignity". Your inherent dignity, as a human being. Privacy is the agency you have over your dignity.

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I recently had the pleasure to check out @liberaforms

https://liberaforms.org

I found creating forms to be a straightforward process and intuitive. This #FOSS software that can be #selfhosted or obtained as a service, is a candidate to recommend as ethical alternative to anyone that wants you to use #Google

Remember, and you should mention that too, that #Google Forms is operated by an advertising giant. Why would you send your data to them? Your survey data is shared about. That is crazy.

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Update Firefox and Thunderbird NOW. There's an emergency update ready to fix an exploit that's already actively used:
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2022-09/
Click on Help --> About Firefox --> Check for Updates

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whoa just learned about Archive Box - looks great for anybody who is a data hoarder like me! https://github.com/ArchiveBox/ArchiveBox
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I want to show you that that Internet you used to go exploring is still very much there. There are still tons of small personal websites, and a wealth of long form text from both the past and the present.

So it's a search engine. It's perhaps not the greatest at finding what you already knew was there, instead it is designed to help you find some things you didn't even know you were looking for.

search.marginalia.nu/explore/r

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it's called the 'block' chain because you 'block' people who are big fans of it

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I am NEVER going to install an EXPERIMENTAL patch for the so-called LOG4SHELL vulnerability

the LONG-TERM EFFECTS of fixing the bug are NOT KNOWN to anyone

I know computers that fight off a malware infection do develop a NATURAL IMMUNITY to exploits

software vendors FORCING users to PATCH violates their civil rights

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It's 2021 and an iMac G3 is an actual part of my workflow (I mean, I could just use a second monitor, but still)

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I support this troop. ^_^

"Wearing a military beret and a Polish wartime resistance armband, 94-year-old Wanda Traczyk-Stawska stunned the crowd at a pro-EU rally when she thundered 'Be quiet, stupid boy! You lousy bastard' at a member of a far-right group"

https://nitter.42l.fr/AFP/status/1459375468428378112

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i am doing no november. ie not doing november. call me in a month

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linux game bug report copy pasta 

38% of my bug reports come from the Linux community
My game - ΔV: Rings of Saturn (shameless plug) - is out in Early Access for two years now, and as you can expect, there are bugs. But I did find that a disproportionally big amount of these bugs was reported by players using Linux to play. I started to investigate, and my findings did surprise me.

Let’s talk numbers.
Percentages are easy to talk about, but when I read just them, I always wonder - what is the sample size? Is it small enough for the percentage to be just noise? As of today, I sold a little over 12,000 units of ΔV in total. 700 of these units were bought by Linux players. That’s 5.8%. I got 1040 bug reports in total, out of which roughly 400 are made by Linux players. That’s one report per 11.5 users on average, and one report per 1.75 Linux players. That’s right, an average Linux player will get you 650% more bug reports.

A lot of extra work for just 5.8% of extra units, right?

Wrong. Bugs exist whenever you know about them, or not.
Do you know how many of these 400 bug reports were actually platform-specific? 3. Literally only 3 things were problems that came out just on Linux. The rest of them were affecting everyone - the thing is, the Linux community is exceptionally well trained in reporting bugs. That is just the open-source way. This 5.8% of players found 38% of all the bugs that affected everyone. Just like having your own 700-person strong QA team. That was not 38% extra work for me, that was just free QA!

But that’s not all. The report quality is stellar.
I mean we have all seen bug reports like: “it crashes for me after a few hours”. Do you know what a developer can do with such a report? Feel sorry at best. You can’t really fix any bug unless you can replicate it, see it with your own eyes, peek inside and finally see that it’s fixed.

And with bug reports from Linux players is just something else. You get all the software/os versions, all the logs, you get core dumps and you get replication steps. Sometimes I got with the player over discord and we quickly iterated a few versions with progressive fixes to isolate the problem. You just don’t get that kind of engagement from anyone else.

Worth it?
Oh, yes - at least for me. Not for the extra sales - although it’s nice. It’s worth it to get the massive feedback boost and free, hundred-people strong QA team on your side. An invaluable asset for an independent game studio.

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Darkdrop Coffee: Musky! Explosive! Almost certainly not actually brewed from bat guano! That's just Mr Wines' little joke.