It's been a remarkable week for Planet Dyne as dynes joyfully celebrated the 40th anniversary of GNU, a project that positively transformed the lives of countless dynes.
40 years ago, Richard Stallman announced a Free Unix, that was to be named "GNU" which stands for "GNU Not Unix". The golden rule required that, if a dyne likes a program, the dyne must share it with other dynes who like it. No dyne can in good conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license agreement and thus be restricted from letting everyone benefit from the goodness.
A dyne brings the word of the good Doctorow Cory to the chat. It talks about luddites, you know those brainless, terrified, thick-fingered vandals who smashed machines and burned factories because they didn't understand them. Well turns out they might not be what they seemed.
They might even be ODs from way back (Original Dynes). There's no doubt that there is overlap between dynes and luddites. But then again, history tends to be written by the winners. And the machines are good at this game!
🎹 Moog goes east
Is late-stage capitalism failing? It often seems so. Yet, as Mark Fisher puts it:
It's easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism.
Is there any real success in global capitalism? Maybe the entire meaning of the word "success" needs to be tuned and the metrics to measure it revisited. Moog, the brand making delicious sounding synthesizers since the dawn of electronic music, are laying off a big bunch of the staff and might go east. It is hard to say what this means for music, probably not much to be honest. But dynes feel for the dynes that have suddenly found themselves without a stable income. Fight the system and thank you for the fish!
🍄 Be weird
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🪤 Trapped in a database
The American health system is weird. It has inspired a TV-show, where a high-school teacher turns to producing industrial quantities of methamphetamine just to pay his medical bills. One dyne comes with a surprising piece of information showing that the American market for Narcotics also is connected to databases in unexpected ways. More specifically how we all got trapped in them. RIP, Hank.
🔑 I got the keys to your Bimmer!
As the great poet Beenie Man once said:
Sim Simma, who got the keys to my Bimmer?
Turns out some dyne from a neighboring galaxy has created a tool that allows any dyne to make a copy of your Bimmer keys!
Great news for car-sharing and couch-surfing!
👼🏿 When EU saves the children
Who doesn't love children? With their cheeky little cheeks, their pranks and loud noises! They're adorable in every way, but weak and therefore they need protection. The EU also loves children. Or so they say... One dyne shares an important investigative piece debunking the network behind the CSAM proposal in Europe! The proposed EU regulation "against child sexual abuse" will break basic privacy rights beyond repair, and is “influenced by companies pretending to be NGOs but acting more like tech companies”. “Groups like Thorn use everything they can to put this legislation forward, not just because they want to combat child sexual abuse, but also because they have a commercial interest in doing so.”
🤱🏽 Parental confusion
Big papa Goggole continues to treat all dynes like children in its patriarchy. But so are many webshits doing. One dyne brings attention to the fact that parenting measures on Discord are similar to what Big Papa Goggole sees about dynes’ usage of Signal.
But that's no biggie for a dyne. They all know privacy is beyond leveraging an app. If it ever was an app. Privacy is a type general digital hygiene.
🏜️ Rust never sleeps
Rust thrives, so don't rest too long on those laurels.
👑 Sovereign Patreon
Dynes like being sovereign. One thing that has always been hard to achieve in a sovereign way are digital tip-jars. A group of dynes from a neighboring planet that used to build a blogging tool have pulled off a great system to self-host a digital tipping-jar. And it looks amazing! Even some Big Papa-Data use it. Maybe you should too?
⛓️ Blockchain explorers
Blockchain explorers are cool, some of them anyways. But they can be daunting to set up. There are cool and FLOSS solutions out there that pack everything you need to explore a blockchain. But what if you don't want all the bells and whistles? What if you just want a CLI tool to query a node or it’s corresponding but sensibly sized database, for all the good stuff inside the blockchain?
A couple of dynes start conspiring about ncurses which naturally leads to some hacking action. You might want to watch this space.
0️⃣ Webp 0-day
A 0-day in webp has been discovered. Patches are being deployed as the dyne typing this is typing. A good reminder that the digital realm is still a very wild west web. Stay safe in cyberspace, fellow dyne!
🔞 CERN has an onlyfans!
This one is too NSFW for a description. Hold your hat, and click this link with caution: it is HOT... or... is it cool? Well... figuratively hot hot hot anyways.
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