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Pierogi and pivo time!

 
 

Preparing the bike for a little Tour de Silésie over the next 5 days. Finally went full touring mode and got some TT bars as well as a frame bag.

 

There are more slaves today than ever before in human history. And ~600M people are vulnerable to becoming slaves. Ashes Ashes offers an intro to this situation in their latest podcast episode: https://ashesashes.org/blog/episode-36-slaves-to-progress-part-1

 
 
 

If you ever want to get out of Berlin for some quiet work time in nature, I can highly recommend CoCoNat. Having crowdfunded it years ago, I just came here for the first time yesterday, and it's already on the list for our next company retreat. http://coconat-space.com

 

If anyone in Berlin is interested in cycling the entire Berliner Mauerweg (~150km) this Sunday, you're welcome to join us! Easy pace. Heading out from Brewdog at 8am: https://www.strava.com/clubs/330026/group_events/366598

 

"Remotely hacking ships shouldn't be this easy, and yet ..." https://mashable.com/2017/07/18/hacking-boats-is-fun-and-easy/

 

Interesting thoughts about Slack (or any group chat for that matter) as a group mind, comparing it to brain functions, and explaining how it's more like a herd mind than a hive mind: https://abe-winter.github.io/2018/07/31/group-mind.html

 

NASA just announced dates and astronauts for the first-ever commercial crew flights to the ISS. Boeing a bit vague, SpaceX a bit less so: SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed): November 2018; SpaceX Demo-2 (crewed): April 2019 https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/

 

Bad news for all CI companies out there: Google and GitHub just partnered up for fully integrated and automated CI, and they'll shove it in everyone's face soon: "Smart CI recommendations will be rolled out to all GitHub users on a phased basis." https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2018/07/go-fast-safely-and-easily-with-cloud-build-and-github.h...

 
 

Mars Express found liquid water on Mars, hidden under the South Pole ice cap: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express/Mars_Express_detects_liquid_water_hidde...

 

The location for Hacker Beach #7 has been decided today. Join us on an island in the Philippines next January: https://hackerbeach.org/hacker-beach-7-location-confirmed/

 

'Calling this new Gmail mode “confidential” is misleading. There is nothing confidential about unencrypted email in general and about Gmail’s new “Confidential Mode” in particular': https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/between-you-me-and-google-problems-gmails-confidential-mode

 
 
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Rode down to Schönefeld Airport on Mauerweg for the first time today, passing the unused new BER runways as well. Lots of small, brand-new, empty roads through the country down there. And Mauerweg is all new and buttery smooth as well. Definitely a great way to get out of the city quickly and with only a couple of traffic lights.

 

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