Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.

I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.

Boosts gratefully appreciated.


Rant about Firefox's new tab 


@alex There's also a fundamental disagreement with Moxie and his beliefs.

I know this is a really long issue thread so I'll try to sum it up concisely. Moxie spent three years going on about how he didn't want to make it available from "insecure" third-party repositories (F-Droid) and how he couldn't live without analytics from Google Play (about users themselves and about the behaviour of the app).

This is another one where he killed a fully free fork of Signal. He goes on about how XMPP is dead, how federation was never a real option for serious projects, etc.

I understand that, on a technical side, Signal is alright. It's not terrible and it is certainly better than SMS or iMessage. I push different applications because I disagree with a *lot* of what Moxie does.

Okay, trying to figure out whether I can do an amateur radio exam at #36c3.

Any ARRL/VEC Volunteer Examiners planning to be there?

I need at least two.

#amateurradio #ccc

Kinda jealous of all the Black Hat/defcon fun people are having. Ah well, maybe next year.

@jerry Depends on what kinds of things you might want to do. If you have perfectionist tendencies I have been really excited by Rust, although it requires effort to wrap your mind around and realize its potential; if you're looking at speed in development, python is it. I've personally found go slightly annoying, but maybe it will one day have the ecosystem of python with a nicer core.

Is anyone working on open source Duolingo / Memrise? Or any floss social language learning software?

This is literally the top news story in Google News health today. Cutting calories can lose weight. Who knew?

Twitter is now openly allowing terrorist organizations. Facebook is now openly allowing death threats against those described as a "violent criminal" by news/media reports or their own designated Dangerous Individuals, which includes entirely peaceful people they disagree with.

What the heck, old social media?

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