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La montagne de déchets électroniques pèsera cette année plus que la Muraille de Chine

"As of this year, the mountain of electronic waste will weigh more than the Great Wall of China."

Tags: tech, environment

Street Views

Long, stunning dive into the history of urban photography at the intersection of technology and society.

Tags: media, tech, history, society, cities

13 Staircases Blanketed with Prismatic Murals Evocative of Andean Textiles Run Through Lima’s Hills

Tags: travel, architecture, media

The race to save indigenous languages using automatic speech recognition

Tags: language, representation, tech

It seems to me the makers of Wayland want all the clout of becoming the new X11, only without putting in any of the work.

Tags: computers

.io considered harmful

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Fire at Romanian COVID-19 hospital kills seven people

Tags: romania, health, politics

Singapore is testing autonomous robots to catch smokers and other “undesirable social behaviors”

Tags: tech, law

Iceland elects first female majority parliament

Tags: gender, politics

Brexit is Destroying Britain — And Britain Still Can’t Face It

Tags: uk, economics

Big problems at the timezone database

Tags: computers, politics

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`

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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