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"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 โ€œconfidentialโ€ is misleading. There is nothing confidential about unencrypted email in general and about Gmailโ€™s new โ€œConfidential Modeโ€ in particular': https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/between-you-me-and-google-problems-gmails-confidential-mode

 
 

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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beard_tax

 
 

If Coinbase sponsors OpenCollective, why can I still not make a one-time donation using bitcoin? It's the easiest thing to implement, compared to any other payment option. And it's literally open-source money, based entirely on free software.

 

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://www.coindesk.com/ibm-wants-to-track-collaborative-coding-milestones-on-a-blockchain/

 

Finally a true developer conference for Ethereum/Solidity app development, and a non-profit community conf at that: https://www.dappcon.io

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.

 

FRA โœˆ๏ธ PDX

 

Where are all the pro-GDPR EU shills now, when you have only 8 days left to stop the EU from introducing the worst Internet copyright (nay, censorship) laws in the history of the Internet? https://juliareda.eu/eu-copyright-reform/

 

Here's Ry, the original author of node.js, explaining all the things he regrets about its development (and which map almost exactly to all of my personal gripes with it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3BM9TB-8yA

 

GitLab are behaving like bad open-source community members. Without freely available open-source software, they wouldn't have been able to create GitLab, turn it into what it is today, and make money from it. And they still need external OSS for that. Giving back to the open-source community should not be dependent on if a person can put food on the table while working on it. The deciding factor should be: non-profit organization or not.

 

Open-source projects can have GitLab for free, but only if they're unsustainable. Rule: "Your project should not have paid support or pay contributors" (regardless of the fact that it's non-commercial/non-profit). https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/gitlab-ultimate-for-open-source

 

Anyone here pitching a tent at toorcamp?

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