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Watching a $1.14 million ransomware negotiation between hackers and scientists searching for COVID-19 treatments.

The secretive government agency planting 'cyanide bombs' across the US | Environment | The Guardian

This is fucking disturbing.
Suppose I'll learn to disarm one.

1. Amazed I've never found one, add much as I hike and all.
2. Glad I know Now so if I find one out can be mitigated.
3. Know who's ass to kick of I did find one.

Now let's see how this thing works, and confess safely apart.

so tired of anarchy's only vibe being punk.

instead of white boys drawing graffiti on brick walls, give me black lesbians harvesting the vertical farm on the side of their collectively governed skyscraper

instead of white boys wearing black and flipping off cops, show me an open air market that doesn't need police because everyone can take what they need

vandalizing walls and flipping off cops are valid forms of resistance, but what we're fighting for is beautiful too

capitalists: without the profit motive, nobody would do anything

modding communities: i have ported rollback netcode into super smash brothers melee

Why the Fediverse is significant, beside privacy 

Because big corporations are not forever.

Say about them what you will, but there IS a value in social media, they do satisfy the need, they do scratch that ancient itch of human beings to hear each other and be heard. They do it quite perversely, as a side-effect to filling their shareholders' pockets, but still, as a matter of fact.

The corporations though, do close down for all kinds of reasons.

There was a time before Twitter. Someday Facebook will disappear. Someday, YouTube will go dark.

The Fediverse, in this sense, is a toolkit, that will allow people to rebuild the Internet as we know and love it today in the future, when most companies have gone extinct.

The Internet is not a thing that "just is", it's "what people do". The Fediverse recognizes and embraces this fluid, dynamic nature: every now and then there's new servers that pop up and old that ones go down. It's not really a big deal around here. And it's... beautiful?

The Hubble extreme deep field. With the exception of about 3 foreground stars, every object you see in this image is a galaxy.

Today's other adventures involved kicking the fuck out of systemd, toaststunt, and lambdacore until I have a moo server setup for reasons. This was less fun and required installing haveged to give toaststunt enough entropy to get it's shit together.

Today's adventures involved walking along damp kinda muddy sand, walking in the sea, and sticking my feet in a running river.

Understandably my pair of old tatty sandals is now hanging up in the sun to dry.

genetic study on ME/CFS in the UK 

UK to launch world's largest genetic study into chronic fatigue syndrome

You can sign up here:

Participating can be done from home - they need you to complete a questionnaire and send a saliva sample via post, in early 2021. The FAQ on the website confirms no biopsychosocial researchers are involved.


Today I was supposed to be tidying in The Bubble Zone, however me and my partner have instead been ... waking up to chat to peeps while watching the sun rise for midsummer - then going back to sleep, having a tasty long breakfast, playing video games, watching She-Ra. This is good Sundayness :)

I guess we should go outside into the sun at some point.

hiv/aids testing, covid 

HIV transmissions have plummeted during covid-19 lockdown
The HIV chain is broken.
If you order a free home testing kit now, we can keep transmissions down and beat HIV. We may never get this opportunity again. (UK only)

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Genius Loci of Hanging Town

Mastodon is a federated microblogging network, so with an account on any instance you can communicate with people on other instances. This one is for friendly people part of, or associated with, the geeky/roleplayer social group of Hanging Town (Lancaster) in the UK.