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teaboot: curse-you: lesbianfaramirs: Very bold of us all to assume Gandalf has a gender and...

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teaboot:

curse-you:

lesbianfaramirs:

Very bold of us all to assume Gandalf has a gender and adheres to the modern gender binary

pippin at 3am: pretty fucked up that we assume gandalf is a man. they’re a maia. merry? wake up merry. listen. they’re sexless.

gandalf at 3am: I identify as Tired, peregrin took

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ChrisDL
7 hours ago
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touche sir.
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rclatterbuck
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ChrisDL
3 days ago
Tolkien thought he was a he it seems. "What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?", /gandalf trolling bilbo.
rclatterbuck
15 hours ago
Certainly inasmuch as the anecdotal generic troll is a bearded white male. But then again, according to Tolkien, trolls turn to stone at the first rays of sunlight. Which Gandolf manifestly does not. ;-)
ChrisDL
7 hours ago
touche siiiir
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Express

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

Hovertext:
The trick to being a teacher


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ChrisDL
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as an aside that is the definitive way of proving the pythagoras theorem, there are many others but this one is the correct one.
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Swedish ISP punishes Elsevier for forcing it to block Sci-Hub by also blocking Elsevier

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The Swedish ISP Bahnhof has a strong historic commitment to free speech, so when the notoriously corrupt science publishing giant Elsevier (previously) sought to force the ISP to censor connections to the open access site Sci-Hub (previously), the ISP went to court to resist the order.

Unfortunately for Swedes and for science, the Swedish Patent and Market Court (which never met a copyright overreach it didn't love) upheld the order, and Bahnhof, a small ISP with limited resources, decided not to appeal (a bigger, richer ISP had just lost a similar appeal).

Instead, Bahnhof now blocks attempts to visit Sci-Hub domains, and Elsevier.com, redirecting attempts to visit Elsevier to a page explaining how Elsevier's sleaze and bullying have allowed it to monopolize scientific publishing, paywalling publicly funded science that is selected, reviewed and edited by volunteers who mostly work for publicly funded institutions.

To as icing on this revenge-flavored cake, Bahnhof also detects attempts to visit its own site from the Patent and Market Court and redirects them to a page explaining that since the Patent and Market Court believes that parts of the web should be blocked, Bahnhof is blocking the court's access to its part of the web.

This is the worst possible outcome for Bahnhof. TorrentFreak spoke to CEO Jon Karlung who describes it as a “horrifying” decision that “goes against the soul of the Internet.”

The result, starting today, is that sci-hub.tw, sci-hub.mu, sci-hub.se, libgen.io, and several other domains are being blocked by the ISP. But Bahnhof wouldn’t be Bahnhof if it went down without a fight.

The company has no faith in an expensive appeal, which another ISP lost last year in a similar blocking case. However, it does have another ace up its sleeve. Now that they are blocking anyway, they can easily an extra domain name to make a point.

So, in addition, Bahnhof has gone ahead and banned its visitors from accessing the official Elsevier.com website as well. Elsevier wanted a site blockade – it now has one.

Swedish ISP Protests ‘Site Blocking’ by Blocking Rightsholders Website Too [Ernesto/Torrentfreak]

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ChrisDL
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im feeling a sudden urge to move to sweden.
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satadru
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lololol
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Getting the iPad to Pro

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I love my iPad. I am conflicted by my iPad. I am bullish on the A-chips that power iPads as the future of Apple’s computers. You know the drill, they’re here: Like clockwork, the sleek, new iPad Pros are here. They’re a bit lighter, with nicer screens, and much faster processors. In fact, these new iPad Pros are so high-powered that they benchmark close to top-of-the-line MacBook Pro Intel-powered laptops.
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Undesigned

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Yes, everything has gotten much harder lately for the disabled as all moves to touch-centric, text-free fantasy-based GUIs created on no design principles. Not only is the new design paradigm bad and user-hostile to non-disabled people, it’s particularly hostile to those who need a little help.

Here’s a tip, so-called design experts: If you make something easier to use for a disabled person, it’s almost always also easier to use for everyone else.

Here’s another tip: One day nearly all of us will be disabled; we all get old.

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ChrisDL
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freeAgent
18 days ago
One of the things I am worried most about is car interfaces. It's much, much easier to use physical knobs and switches than it is to hop through menus on a little tablet/touchscreen. Not only does it increase the risk of engaging the wrong thing, but it increases driver distraction. The Tesla Model 3 is the worse offender.
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Technology preview: Sealed sender for Signal

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In addition to the end-to-end encryption that protects every Signal message, the Signal service is designed to minimize the data that is retained about Signal users. By design, it does not store a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars.

We have been exploring techniques to further reduce the amount of information that is accessible to the service, and the latest beta release includes changes designed to move Signal incrementally closer to the goal of hiding another piece of metadata: who is messaging whom.

Read more...

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ChrisDL
21 days ago
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cool stuff for neeeerds
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freeAgent
20 days ago
I just got the beta. Now I just need one of my contacts to get it :)
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