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://
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://
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://
"Remotely hacking ships shouldn't be this easy, and yet ..." https://
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://
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://
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://
Mars Express found liquid water on Mars, hidden under the South Pole ice cap: http://
The location for Hacker Beach #7 has been decided today. Join us on an island in the Philippines next January: https://
'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://
TIL: Both England and Russia had a tax on wearing beards in the past. The Russian one having been introduced "to bring Russian society in line with Western European models". https://
IBM just filed a patent application for almost exactly what we're working on with Kosmos Kredits. Albeit more narrowly focussed on just code contributions, while our own goal is to credit and encourage all types of contributions, esp. non-code ones. Good thing we're doing this on a public, censorship-resistant blockchain, and you can hardly sue a smart contract for patent violations. https://
Finally a true developer conference for Ethereum/Solidity app development, and a non-profit community conf at that: https://
Been waiting for something like this for quite a while, and now it's happening in 2 weeks, right here in Berlin.
There probably aren't that many of you, who both remember Dopplr as well as know about ActivityPub, but: could this be a perfect fit? I was thinking about implementations for a decentralized nomad/travel app for quite a while (i.e. see where in the world your friends are and get notified of correlations in your travel plans). Was going to use public RS profile documents, but AP would likely scale better.
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