Ever want too see the breakdown of unicode text? I made `uniwhat` to show that.
New XBAND news! Last time I announced anything, it was just that I had gotten a Genesis game playing over a local phone setup. Today I'm announcing a public XBAND server that anyone can connect to. Gameplay over the internet is still laggy, but most of the other features are available for use.
If you aren't familiar with XBAND, it was an early network multiplayer service for the Genesis and Super Nintendo, letting you play in real-time with players across the country, all through a 2400 baud modem. It also had two newspapers, a way to exchange mail, a friends list, player rankings, and a few other community features.
Launched in 1994, it was completely reliant on servers that were shut down in 1997, but are now revived for 2020 and beyond. Since landlines are almost completely gone these days, we've come up with a few alternate ways you can use to connect, if you have an XBAND modem. We'd love to see you on the network!
Info on the Retrocomputing.Network site: https://retrocomputing.network
Announcement video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl1WqCEwpMU
These screenshots generated via the newspaper functionality in the XBAND OS.
ok let's do this
announcing FennelConf Online: 2nd of January 2021 @ 22:00 UTC / 14:00 US Pacific
this is not a "proper" online conference; it's just a chill show-and-tell. take 10 or 15 minutes to talk about something neat you did with Fennel.
DM or email me if you want to show something. there is no expectation that presentations be fancy or polished. no slides please, just bring your enthusiasm.
The COVID-19 bill is released and hidden in it are two *enormous* copyright provisions; the Tillis bill that creates a jail felony for streaming infringements, and the "CASE act" that creates a totally new low-friction DMCA-takedown-like court that can levy five-digit fines for…well, pretty much anything, without the checks on abuse a normal court has or (to my read) adequate notice to targets they were even sued.
These have real potential to harm average Internet users.
This is perhaps the most important news in Free Culture in years.
A parody was found not to be fair use by the 9th Circuit in the US:
This is significant as it will surely impact many works, and stifle free speech.
All businesses need to provide some level of self-insurance, or as most of us would call it, a rainy day fund, that is able to cover full costs of between three and six months of operation.
The pandemic is terrible, and the pandemic would eat through this entirely, but that is why the insurance company themselves needed to be able to cover their bets, either by charging rates commemorate with their costs, or by taking long term investments able to cover it.
Otherwise it's just a scam.
One of my favorite local Youtubers, Louis Rossman, has a great breakdown about why so much insurance is nonsense:
I know people will respond to this with "What about health insurance?" and "What about homeowners's insurance" etc.
All insurance works due to spreading risk. Health insurance works because of collective bargaining.
Insurance is a hedge. That's all it ever is.
So I don’t use Chrome but I have Ungoogled Chromium (https://codeberg.org/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium) as certain things only work under Chrom(ium) and I only just realised Google requires a Google account to install extensions.
Hint: You can bypass this restriction using this the Ungoogled Extension Installer: https://github.com/UnnoTed/Ungoogled-Chromium-Extension-Installer
The lengths we have to go to in order to protect our privacy from basic everyday things is ridiculous. We need fundamental change. Surveillance capitalism needs to die.
Thinking about a thread I'm having with @meejah , NYC is considering a $3 "package tax" meant to somehow "punish" Amazon and Walmart and "encourage" people to buy local- but it doesn't do anything like that.
Amazon can sell online even while local stores are entirely closed.
Big boxers will simply consolidate packages, where smaller sellers online will be sending more packages.
And as a non-progressive tax, this hurts the middle class folks the most.
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