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How capitalism survives.

(1) Divide the wealth we all produce so the richest 5% get half, the middle 25% get a third, and the 70% majority get a sixth.

(2) Repeat to the middle that socialism means the bottom wants to take what’s yours.

Prof. Richard D. Wolff

@claudiom Looks like your going to have to modify your profile. Have to take out the 'graybeard' part :-)

Marvelous. I just got a summons to appear - for jury duty :-(

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Will things get better?

Please boost for sample size.

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#BorisJohnson changes ministerial code to avoid need to resign over breaches | Boris Johnson | The Guardian

As if anyone needed any more proof that Johnson is a would-be fascist dictator.

#UK #Politics #Tories

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Warning: There’s an app for blurring out sensitive information in images called Obfuscate being featured on #GNOME Software right now.

Please be careful.

The default blur setting can easily be reversed.

The default should be to replace the areas with a solid colour or a pattern not derived from the underlying information.

This really should not be a featured app in its current state.

#security #linux #apps #obfuscate

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friends in USA, print this out, and post it in your workplace and around your neighbourhood!

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Somewhat usable scrollbars in Ubuntu 22.04 Gnome 42.1 

1. Disable auto-hide

Run in terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface overlay-scrolling false

2. Increase width

Save following code to file:



@import url("resource:///com/ubuntu/themes/Yaru/3.0/gtk.css");

scrollbar slider {
/* Size of slider */
min-width: 15px;
min-height: 15px;
border-radius: 0px;

/* Padding around slider */
border: 5px solid transparent;

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The market apparently? 

The market: "We want super thin phones made with shiny metals!"

Also the market: "I need a chonky, plastic case for this phone because it's slippery, and I can't handle it without high risk of dropping it and cracking the screen."

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I'm giving a talk on Zoom tonight for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Mississauga Centre called "Megaconstellations of satellites are about to ruin the night sky for everyone". Talk is public, Zoom info on the website.

I've given this talk many, many times now, so I think it's pretty good! If it works out in your time zone and you're interested in what I have to say about this topic (and what you can do to help), come watch!

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@gemlog There's so much blind patriotism on July 4 that every year on that day I broadcast a list of songs exposing the problems America still has since the previous July 4.

Things have gotten so bad this year that 60 minutes isn't enough. So far I have 23 songs in the set list spanning 90 minutes and if things get worse, it might become 120

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Happy to encounter this male Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) at Windsor Nature Park, Singapore, on 27 May 2022. It was looking for food near the boardwalk and paid no attention to me snapping shots of it.

On iNaturalist [ ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Birds#Aves

Take care of yourself bud. Hope you are back up and around soon!

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@djh Yep, that is correct. Many digital cameras have an automated setting to conveniently achieve this. On my Fuji, it is called 'focus bracketing'. In the according settings, I can pre-define (a) the number of shots to take in a series and (b) the amount of focus change between shots. I usually use a tripod so the camera position won't change during the series.

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Hi fediverse! Boosts appreciated on this one.

I’m part of a co-op building a platform for artists to sell art without getting exploited. I’ve been working on it for a while but there’s a lot of work to do and I could use some help. A ton of the main features are in place, but there’s still some big gaps and a lot of polish left before it can launch.

The platform is fully open source and developed in the open. It’s built on Phoenix/Elixir and Tailwindcss. Our co-op is already incorporated and established and it’s open to members that want to actually commit but you don’t need to be a member to contribute or help.

Does this sound interesting? I’d love some help! I’m also happy to answer questions. And no, you don’t need to know Elixir already. It’s pretty easy to learn for the things you’d be using it for. Even some design help would be welcome. Feel free to reply here or DM me!


Life in Academia - A few Thoughts on Work-Life Balance
@aolog it occurred to me that a short lecture on this topic would be a good thing for a certain Japanese I know who used to take the Crazy Train into Tokyo very early and come home very late! The lecturer is @wim_v12e whom you just met.

I am not so smart: all this time and I just now clued in that v12e in your name is like i18n! :-)
To be fair, people do have a lot of odd screen names and it's easier to ignore them and not put too much thought into it.

I'll stop now - I'm beginning to feel like a matchmaker or something! Thing is, I admire both of you and think you'd find each other interesting pen-pals.

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