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Cake day: Aug 02, 2020


This article seems a bit pointless since there is no attempt at explaining the reason behind the requests.

I personally use Vim + pandoc + entr to compile on save to a pdf. That way I have instant preview while still benefiting from Vim’s amazingness

indicates where the primary focus for Moxie is – practical adoption, not robustness of decentralized protocol

To be honest I think that it is a good thing. Free software has not managed to become standard for end users because most of free software put UX way behind other stuff. Signal made a lot of stuff available for everyone with a very good UX, at the cost of not being decentralized.

I was able to make most of my family switch to Signal, however. If Signal didn’t exist, we would be using something else, like What’sApp or telegram, which is way worse.

In the context of instant messaging, I think that Moxie is right. I don’t know where I stand in regarding social networks though. Because stuff on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and the likes is mostly public, you can’t implement E2E. When that is the case, I think that a decentralized system shines. The only information that needs to be protected is personal account information, which could be encrypted but then it makes it much harder to build a consistent web experience (the key needs to be stored by the client, and the web isn’t really the realm of client side persistence). In that context, the freedom, and the possibility of having multiple business models within the same network is much more significant than in the context of instant messaging.

This post from the Signal blog is old (2016) and not about the fediverse (more about Matrix) but the arguments raised seem interesting. …

The build system now depends on being able to build Rust code.

I don’t know the codebases but at this point are they still similar enough that LibreOffice patches could be used in OpenOffice?

That’s bad advice!

These kinds of passwords are not that strong.

Also, websites don’t implement entropy based password requirements because they can’t be described efficiently to the user. Imagine not being able to set a password for a website without understanding why. That would lead to a lot of potential users lost.

This one gives you some better insight at what could be done to prevent users from using weak passwords. It’s still isn’t perfect: the solution proposed can still lead to frustration from the user and doesn’t help with password reuse (which is the real main issue with passwords)

Actually Intel is wrong when saying ‘‘upgrading to v5.9 will fix this’’ because none of the mainline kernels have the patches. More here https://lwn.net/Articles/834297/#Comments

It seems to have been fixed, Intel now recommends version 5.10

Also shouldn’t theses fixes be backported to older versions of the kernel?

I hate smartphones too, they’re not smart, they’re much dumber that most computers. But the trend is here. Today, there is more web traffic coming from mobile phones worldwide than PC.

If apple is working so hard to unify their laptop with their Ipad it’s for a good reason. Desktop computer are already more or less a professional tool.

Version 7 has made the whole UI look much more modern. I don’t know if they also improved discoverability of important features, stability and performance though. I heard they managed to share most of the UI code across platforms which might help with stability.

I never used LibreOffice much (or any other office suite, LaTeX FTW), but I recently had to use it and I was really disappointed by the stability of LibreOffice Impress.

Windows is more or less dying because Microsoft wasn’t able to get a foot in the smartphone business. Desktop and laptops sales are falling and MS is reorienting itself to do business services (Cloud hosting etc…) and for that they need to support Linux. That’s why they created WSL and became member of the Linux foundation. I absolutely do not see Microsoft dumping Windows on the desktop before the desktop dies.

The year of Linux Desktop will never come because the Desktop will die too fast. Ironically Linux won the Smartphone market with Android, but in the saddest way possible.

Lemmy does appear on the-federation.info though, with 3 instances and 8k users. I don’t know if that’s accurate. It’s certainly not the number of active users.

According to their previous blog posts, it seems that they’re working on a way to allow users to donate to add-ons devs. That seems great!

I feel weird about it, on one hand it may mean that we will have more trust in our add-ons, but I don’t like the idea that add-ons can be advertised on AMO (addons.mozilla.org). …

I fully agree.

I remember reading an example of someone with bad eyesight that need the characters on the screen to be HUGE. To make everything still fit in the screen he reduced the tabstop to just 1 char or something like that.

I think that modern editors should be able to adapt on the fly, and display space indentation with a customizable width, without changing anything about what is saved on disk though. At that point, tabs vs spaces don’t really matter.

I just noticed that there was a rss feed for the inbox. That’s amazing, I can disable email notifications and still have proper updates!

For those who don’t want to wait the update to be available on the main fdroid repo, you can add Newpipe’s own repo:



It’s so good I almost prefer watching videos on my phone than my computer ^^.

Honestly, Windows is so much garbage that I understand why people buy Apple. To be honest, they provide a unified experience across their product that is appealing. I perfectly understand why someone would chose Apple over a Windows PC.

IMHO Apple is the GAFAM I am the less pissed about, because if you don’t care about Apple, nothing forces you to use their products. Products of other GAFAM are forced upon people:

  • Microsoft office because of compatibility
  • Google because it’s on every webpage
  • some places and groups only communicate through Facebook/Messenger.

Thanks for the hard work!

TIL firefox auto-corrects top level domains

I noticed I did a typo while typing in a URL and type foo.rog instead of foo.org and FF auto corrected it automatically. …

Apparently Mozilla suffered financially from the COVID-19 crisis. I hope this doesn’t mean that Firefox and other Mozilla products will fall behind the competition…