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This is your friendly reminder to stop telling people to turn off Windows Update. That is *not* a valid solution to *any* problem.

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I am not American, do not live in the United States of America, and do not vote in their elections.

Global heating is a real emergency that requires concrete action from the world's governments.

Trans rights are human rights.

Black lives matter.

Women belong in the games industry.

Billionaires are not your friend.

Elon Musk is a salesperson that inherited money from his dad's mining company, not a genius inventor.

Blockchain is a solution looking for a problem.

Nazis will be blocked on sight. Nazi sympathisers will be soft-blocked and muted.

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If you haven't already, get vaccinated.

You're not just protecting yourself, you're also protecting people around you who are unable to have the vaccine or may have a compromised immune system.

If you have any misgivings, it's worth noting that COVID-19 vaccinations have now been safely administered billions of times across the world.

Vaccinations are also not a new technology. Their widespread use over the past century eradicated smallpox, and in Western countries they have all but eliminated typhoid, polio, diphtheria, rubella, tuberculosis, meningitis, and the measles.

The only evidence provided for vaccines being harmful contained faked results from Andrew Wakefield, a discredited former doctor who was struck off for misleading the public about the MMR vaccine. He made millions selling fake testing kits for a disease that never existed in the first place.

If you're still not sold, please do not ingest horse medicine. That is not intended for humans!

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Yes, I'm the guy credited as the creator of the fork. No, I don't have any updates for you. πŸ™‚

What I wrote in the May 2021 blog post is still current:

If you want updates on that project, follow @glimpse.

At your option, you can follow the other two people that ran the project: @brainblasted and @Clipsey.

Looking back, it was around the time I upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04 that I started becoming alienated with running Linux on my home machines. That coincides with when they killed Unity πŸ˜…

Credit to my past self, I did try a *lot* of different distros 2017-2019. Trisquel, Debian, Ubuntu MATE and Fedora were all in the mix I think. πŸ€”

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I also fully concur with the "everything gets reinvented" point. πŸ˜‚

When I was got into Linux in the late '00s, the major distributions were running GNOME 2.

Then we had a huge split between GNOME 3, Unity, and MATE. (I went with Unity until Ubuntu gave up on it and decided to reskin GNOME 3 instead)

Now we have GNOME 40, which is completely different to GNOME 3. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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I suspect that the article title and subtitles for this blog post were deliberately intended to wind people up and draw ad clicks, but the actual text provides a surprisingly level-headed assessment of whether desktop Linux is appropriate for non-enthusiasts.

In case you missed the drama, TeamViewer got called out for harassing perpetual license owners for subscriptions they didn't need.

If you're in a foul mood, feel free to enjoy a West Country farmer at an animal rescue laughing at two cows chasing an emu.

Remember that time when AWS gave the creator of curl a one-off donation of $5000 while Jeff Bezos sent William Shatner to the edge of space?

Poop toot / no context / unfathomable outside the UK 

Ainsley Harriot is a national fucking treasure. EAT HIS COUS COUS!

Apparently there's a class action against Canon for preventing their printers from scanning or faxing until their customers refill the ink.

You love to see it when companies get their just desserts for being scumbags. 😁

It is wild remembering managers from that time saying that the technology industry would "do things better" πŸ˜‚

JIT happened because businesses copied Toyota's en vogue and highly profitable manufacturing process, even when compromising resilience made no sense.

Lean agile, TDD & containerized microservices happened because businesses copied Facebook & Netflix's en vogue and highly profitable software engineering process, even when that did not fit their requirements at all.

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The final link that those things don't elaborate on is the "10x engineer".

In my experience they're usually not "10x". They've just gamed the system to snaffle up the interesting stories and maximised their "points per sprint", but leave time-consuming and soul-crushing busywork for the rest of the team to deal with. πŸ˜‚

Their boss then thinks they can walk on water, and keeps them happy so they never leave, while wondering why there's such a high developer attrition rate.

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Reading about the collapse of JIT manufacturing due to supply and labour shortages is leading me to draw a lot of parallels with lean agile methodology.

Or as I like to call it, "that thing that sucks all the joy out of being a software developer, and eventually led to me burning out" πŸ˜‚

Sometimes the new ways aren't best, they're just a new way for your boss to throw you under the bus in the name of "efficiency".

I remember a time when Tim Berners-Lee called the semantic web "Web 3.0".

Now it's apparently some kind of crypto nonsense? 🀨

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Apparently David Amess, a Tory MP, has been murdered while attending his local Methodist church.

No word yet on what motivated it, but this is the second MP killed in five years.

Also, in case you needed cheering up this evening, here's a video of a wild grey seal giving a diver that had befriended them a hug.

On Radio Trech this evening, I seem to be listening to the Pale Waves. :ablobdj:

CW: this particular song has mental health themes

I love how the first reply to this was someone sending me more crabs, rather than expressing disbelief that I go through life without spawning a million browser tabs.

(I use more of them on my paid work machine, but I clear them down once a week)

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Apparently @Taweret has decided to give my timeline an STD πŸ˜‚

I'm also low key amused that it took me three attempts at posting this to get the release number right πŸ˜…

My day job is on RHEL-based Linux, and I only have to deal with LTS versions of Ubuntu on Windows Subsystem for Linux. What do you want from me?! 😜

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