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Nine Years Ago, I Speculated that Dewey’s Days Were Numbered. How Far Have We Come?

Tags: books, politics

It occurs to me that the General Public License is basically the United States Constitution of software development: a pioneering document that opened the floodgates, but is now out of touch and no longer suitable for the modern world.

Tags: computers, law

On the power of pushing back against the marginalisation of sex workers

Tags: religion, sexuality, business, history

Free Software NOT as in `free speech,` NOR as in `free beer`

Tags: internet, politics

Colombian officials accidentally reveal details on Big Pharma’s immunity for adverse reactions to COVID vaccines

Besides the eye-watering costs, the nation agreed to indemnify the manufacturers from any legal responsibility for adverse events arising from the use of their products.

Tags: health, business, politics

How to Fork a Book: The Radical Transformation of Publishing

Tags: computers, books

Turns out b2evolution is now a complete social networking app, and looks really nice. Large, but clear and easy to figure out. Edit: also fast. Too bad it's basically abandoned.

Tags: internet, tech

Just completed my periodic survey of the flat-file CMS market. FlatPress is a decent option I missed so far. Kind of dusty and creaky, but usable. Bludit is still unbeatable.

Tags: internet, tech

California restaurant turns to sassy robot for extra help as it struggles to hire workers

Tags: food, business, tech

Abolish the Olympics

They’ve long been a financial boondoggle that ruins lives and enriches the corporate class. This year, they might also spread a deadly Covid variant among a largely unvaccinated population.

Tags: sports, business, health

Licenses Alone Do Not Govern Behavior in Open Source

Tags: computers, society, law

Irish police to be given powers over passwords

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From Richness to Ruin: 7 Abandoned Opera Houses

Tags: architecture, history, media

Amazon Buys MGM, Studio Behind James Bond, for $8.45 Billion

Tags: movies, business

1988: P.R.E.S.T.A.V.B.A. - 50 Years of Text Games

Tags: games, history

The Ratings Game, Part 1: A Likely and an Unlikely Suspect

Tags: games, law

The Return of the Automat

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Maslow Got It Wrong

Read: he deliberately misrepresented Native American teachings to make individualism seem like a good thing rather than the destructive force it is.

Tags: society, science

In Praise of The Yard Goat

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Gabriel Knight Creator Jane Jensen's Successful Second Act: Erotic Novelist

Tags: books, games

Research linking violent entertainment to aggression retracted after scrutiny

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On history versus chronicles

Tags: history, education

Meet the people fighting to keep a language alive online

Tags: tech, language

How White Supremacy Is Like a Drug

Tags: science, politics

Over 700,000 paintings from the Rijksmuseum online copyright free

Tags: internet, art