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Today's Firefox Quantum release really does feel like a whole new browser. The speed is incredible and now easily on par with Chrome again, and that's merely the new baseline before all the upcoming improvements that are possible with Rust/Servo now. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

 

If you want to use your crypto currency as cash today, the answer is Litecoin, not BCH. 2.5-minute block times instead of 10 minutes! Cheap, stable, tried and true. No con artists running it. If it's good enough for being used at HCPP, it's good enough for you.

 

... turns out it's a joke, albeit a rather stupid and unfortunate one.

 

In where Bitcoin Cash, a supposedly "fully decentralized" blockchain, has someone calling themselves the CEO. 🤔 https://www.bitcoincash.org/letter-from-the-ceo.pdf

 

I really like all the good things being done for app development in GNOME Builder, and how they're trying to make it as easy as possible for new contributors. Check out the new beginner experience for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUWn-lfHfAo

 

Twitter destroyed brevity, and in fact the "character limit", when they introduced inline images and videos. Oftentimes my timeline view doesn't even fit 3 tweets in a full-size browser window on a 1080p screen.

 

Andrew Tanenbaum, on Intel running MINIX in all our CPUs: "Putting a possible spy in every computer is a terrible development." http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/intel/

 

Understand the maths of diversity by playing little simulation games: http://ncase.me/polygons/

 

Flattr just told me to read a blog post from June, about how they protect your privacy, but they can't explain how: https://twitter.com/Flattr/status/925728610517954561

 

Things you don't learn in school: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Peacock

 

In light of the French butter shortage, let me tell you: the Kerrygold salted version is actually pretty great. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-30/french-butter-melts-away-from-shelves-as-global-demand-soars

 
 

"I have invented Suicide Linux. Any time you type any remotely incorrect command, the interpreter creatively resolves it into rm -rf / and wipes your hard drive." https://qntm.org/suicide

 

"Have a popular Android app? Let's make you some money by letting your users mine Monero without their knowledge!" https://blog.fefe.de/?ts=a70a980a

 

Uhm, GitHub just started signing merge commits created from the Web UI?!

 

So, Flattr now basically does what Brave/BAT does, but without the privacy and with much higher fees. Did I miss something?

 

Leak: Three EU countries join forces for restrictions & copyright chaos: https://edri.org/leak-three-eu-countries-join-forces-to-stamp-out-free-speech-online

 

The WaPo, who literally invented the fake-news craze in an article that is provably fake news itself, is now an official fact-checking partner of Google: https://www.blog.google/topics/journalism-news/building-trust-online-partnering-international-fact-checking-network/

 

Saudis planned and funded 2013 attack on Damaskus, incl. on the civilian airport, warning US 3 days before: https://theintercept.com/2017/10/24/syria-rebels-nsa-saudi-prince-assad

 

... so we can't use the same entry point, or can we?