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Yeah it definitely isn’t. It uses super outdated IRC software as well. But people in charge don’t care as they mostly use bouncers and those hide the IP again.


While more or less true, the IRC comment is misleading. The IRC server admin knows but good IRC networks hide the IP from other users.


OsmAnd version 4.3 mapping app for Android released
Much faster OpenGL map tile rendering and other cool stuff.






You will also be able to use it from a XMPP account via the Slidge gateway soon. In fact 1:1 chats already work and group chats are a work in progress.


This looks very interesting for integrating AI painting into an Artist's toolbox.




Quite useful for self-registrations on a LDAP auth system. There is a branch that requires secret invite codes as well.




While I agree with the overall notion, the water kettle example calculation seems to be extremely wrong. A kettle uses around 1500W, while a gaming PC is around 300W (or more). Thus running a kettle for a few minutes does not equal several days of running the PC at 100% CPU utilisation. Not even close.


Yes I tried the chat when it was in beta. Nice overall, but a bit too basic still IMHO. Also no bridges to other chat systems yet, although apparently they are exploring one to Matrix.





Any source for that? Last time I read about it their user-base was still growing, albeit mostly outside of Europe / US which is not popular with their advertisement customers.






Indeed and their FAQ also addresses that. Also note that “cheap VPN” often come with traffic caveats in their ToS that make them of limited use for a self-hosted VPN service. But I agree it is a bit pricey.


Hoppy: Service that provides static IP addresses to your device no matter the location
A bit pricey and I haven't tried it myself, but it seems like a good option for self-hosting on overly-restrictive ISPs.

Hmm, not what I expected from the “honest” in the title.

The hardware is soso, but the review makes it sound great. But the touchpad has gotten much better with the recent firmware upgrade, and I am getting closer to 7-8h battery life on normal use. Never had problems with it charging too slow either, but yes it is not quick-charge capable. But that is probably better for the battery longevity anyway. Maybe I should note that it charges slightly faster over the barreljack power connector than it does over USB-C.

As for Manjaro… dunno. PEBKAC? It never broke once on me on the Pinebook Pro. Sometimes you have to shut it off completely and not just restart it, but apparently that is an hardware issue.

I kind of agree on the uboot though, very limited options. It would be nice if you could boot alternative OS from the SDcard reader like you can do on the Pinephone apparently. Maybe I should try Tow Boot some time…

Edit: and I loled at the review section on the speakers… “fairly nice” is not at all how I would describe them. They are seriously bad (not that I care much though).




I haven’t tried it. Please give it a try as I am interested in this bot but will probably not get around setting it up for quite some time.



Ah, nice: with the new reuse_scram option (sadly disabled by default) the long standing issue that you had to re-login all the time on Firefox is finally solved.


The interesting part is that it can actually transcribe the speech into the IRC channel and vice-versa do text to speech from IRC input.

Because you claim that it isn’t true as a “blanket statement” and I would like to learn where it is different as I do think it broadly describes something that is true in all of them.


Provide me with a counter example then ;)


I think that captures only half of the story. The main problem these countries have is that the exploitation happens too early on the value creation chain. In fact, looking at the total value produced with inputs from these countries, much more exploitation of labour happens elsewhere. But because it happens so early in the value creation chain in these poor countries, this exploitation only supports a small local elite, with the rest of the population left with no chance at all.


That’s a very loaded question that can get you into heated arguments very easily.

I personally would say it did play a role, but around the 1950ties many of the formerly colonized countries were relatively speaking not so badly off economically. But what it really enabled was providing the infrastructure and laying the groundwork for the local elites taking over almost seamlessly from their former colonial overlords and subsequently embezzling all the growth that other countries (mainly in east-Asia) used to fuel big improvements in the welfare of their citizens.

Of course, their old (i.e. the former colonizers) and sometimes new (self-proclaimed socialist states) friends did their best to help the local elites with the embezzlement and other abuses, but that is a somewhat different topic than the original colonialism.