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  1. Comment on What is a good gender-neutral pet name for my daughter? in ~talk

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    My daughter has endured 'Beast' for 35 years. :-D

    My daughter has endured 'Beast' for 35 years. :-D

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  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? #20 in ~books

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    Others that I'd recommend: The Politics of Social Ecology: Libertarian-Municipalism by Janet Biehl and Murray Bookchin, which lays out a model for governance for realizing the political philosophy...

    Others that I'd recommend:

    2 votes
  3. Comment on How do you organize your bookmarks? in ~tech

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    I have several topical folders in my Firefox bookmarks toolbar (e.g., Reference, SocialMedia, News, Personal, Business, To-Post, To-Read, To-View, etc.) for some oft-used or ephemeral links but I...

    I have several topical folders in my Firefox bookmarks toolbar (e.g., Reference, SocialMedia, News, Personal, Business, To-Post, To-Read, To-View, etc.) for some oft-used or ephemeral links but I use BibSonomy, an open social bookmark and publication sharing system, for managing a tag-classified archive of most of my links to particular material of interest. It is somewhat reminiscent of Delicious.com (when that site was popular before its demise and repeated failed attempts at being rebooted) but with added support for document citations. There is a nice browser add-on to easily save bookmarks or citations, with the option of posting either public or private entries.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are some genuinely good places online? in ~talk

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    Pluspora is a Diaspora pod inhabited largely by refugees from Google+, which is shutting down soon. I've long enjoyed the quality of content and discussion on Google+, and this has carried over to...

    Pluspora is a Diaspora pod inhabited largely by refugees from Google+, which is shutting down soon. I've long enjoyed the quality of content and discussion on Google+, and this has carried over to Pluspora.

    Diaspora is a nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network that is based upon the free Diaspora software. It consists of a group of independently owned nodes (called pods) which interoperate within a federated network, part of what is known as the Fediverse. You can operate your own node or join an existing one. Notably, Diaspora supports long-form posts, rather than being restricted to the shorter content length found on most micro-blogging platforms.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What is a favorite book of yours, and why should people read it if they haven't? in ~books

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    It's been on my list to read for a while now. The 1950 film adaptation with José Ferrer is a personal favourite.

    It's been on my list to read for a while now. The 1950 film adaptation with José Ferrer is a personal favourite.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Theses on Libertarian Municipalism in ~science

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    Bookchin elaborates on this thesis in his book Social Ecology and Communalism, and further refined these ideas in collaboration with Janet Biehl in Politics Of Social Ecology, which deals more...

    Bookchin elaborates on this thesis in his book Social Ecology and Communalism, and further refined these ideas in collaboration with Janet Biehl in Politics Of Social Ecology, which deals more with the organizing model of Libertarian Municipalism.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What is your experience with jailbreaking your e-reader? in ~books

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    Well, it's certainly the one feature that piqued my interest, although I'm still not assured that the rendering quality of the reflowed text merits the effort and any potential risk of bricking my...

    Well, it's certainly the one feature that piqued my interest, although I'm still not assured that the rendering quality of the reflowed text merits the effort and any potential risk of bricking my device.

  8. Comment on What is your experience with jailbreaking your e-reader? in ~books

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    I'll be interested to read of your experience and whether the PDF reflowing is worth the effort.

    I'll be interested to read of your experience and whether the PDF reflowing is worth the effort.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on How many of you host your own email server? Do you recommend hosting one? in ~comp

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    Good to know. However, after years of futzing with it, I'm happier having someone else manage my email infrastructure.

    Good to know. However, after years of futzing with it, I'm happier having someone else manage my email infrastructure.

  10. Comment on Learning to Program in ~comp

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    Here are some resources I've bookmarked that you may find useful: python learning resources coding exercises

    Here are some resources I've bookmarked that you may find useful:

  11. Comment on Giving up on privacy in ~talk

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    There is minitube, a native YouTube client app, and mps-youtube, a terminal-based YouTube player and downloader. Disclaimer: I've not used either of these apps; I've just seen them in the Debian...

    There is minitube, a native YouTube client app, and mps-youtube, a terminal-based YouTube player and downloader.

    Disclaimer: I've not used either of these apps; I've just seen them in the Debian package repos.

  12. Comment on How many of you host your own email server? Do you recommend hosting one? in ~comp

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    I ran a postfix email server for my personal domains for several years but eventually tired of the spam whack-a-mole game. Despite installing numerous anti-spam tools and configuring various...

    I ran a postfix email server for my personal domains for several years but eventually tired of the spam whack-a-mole game. Despite installing numerous anti-spam tools and configuring various countermeasures, such as relay blocking lists, bayesian filters, and authentication protocols including DKIM, SPF, etc., I concluded that I would never have a large enough corpus necessary to reduce spam to acceptable levels. I migrated my domains to Google back when what's now called GSuite (I think) was free; if I were to have to pay for the service today, I'd choose another provider, especially for privacy reasons.

    If you do choose to run your own server, though, I do highly recommend postfix and dovecot.

    ETA: As for hosting, I'm currently running my personal domains on Debian VPS hosted at Linode but I've also worked with DigitalOcean, which I'd highly recommend.

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  13. Comment on Which password manager do you use and recommend? in ~tech

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    I also recommend KeePassXC over its alternatives — especially any online service, such as LastPass, which I most decidedly do not trust to keep my secrets.

    I also recommend KeePassXC over its alternatives — especially any online service, such as LastPass, which I most decidedly do not trust to keep my secrets.

  14. Comment on What are the first things you install on a new computer? in ~comp

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    For Debian my essential packages include (in no particular order): dselect, aptitude, sudo, vim, renameutils, htop, slay, git, etckeeper, chase, rsync, ssh, molly-guard, fail2ban, shorewall,...

    For Debian my essential packages include (in no particular order): dselect, aptitude, sudo, vim, renameutils, htop, slay, git, etckeeper, chase, rsync, ssh, molly-guard, fail2ban, shorewall, mtr-tiny, tor, privoxy, unbound, ntp, ntpdate, p7zip, backupninja, rdiff-backup, rdiff-backup-fs, sshfs, meld, rpl, secure-delete, usbguard, mpd, xfce, firefox (w/ addons: privacy badger, ublock origin, tranquility reader, shorten me, stylus), vlc, filezilla, libreoffice, gimp, keepassxc, gtk-redshift, qalculator, gpick, gcolor2, pandoc, retext.

  15. Comment on What operating system do you use? in ~comp

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    Debian Linux. I've also got the Debian-derived MX Linux installed on my main system, although I'll probably migrate back to Debian sometime in the near future. Both run Xfce, which has a nicer...

    Debian Linux. I've also got the Debian-derived MX Linux installed on my main system, although I'll probably migrate back to Debian sometime in the near future. Both run Xfce, which has a nicer look on MX Linux.

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  16. Comment on What are you reading? in ~books

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    I've been meaning to read the The Odyssey. Perhaps I'll do so next, having just finished Doctor Zhivago today. Homer's Illiad was one of my first reads of classic literature several years ago...

    I've been meaning to read the The Odyssey. Perhaps I'll do so next, having just finished Doctor Zhivago today. Homer's Illiad was one of my first reads of classic literature several years ago following a strict diet of non-fiction for many decades. I've since enjoyed a wide range of the classics, including some ancient Greek texts (Plato, Socrates, Thucydides), which I hope to explore some more.

  17. Comment on What are you reading? in ~books

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    I just today finished Doctor Zhivago, which I'd put off for quite some time as I've been quite fond of David Lean's film adaptation, still my all-time favourite movie, fearing that it wouldn't...

    I just today finished Doctor Zhivago, which I'd put off for quite some time as I've been quite fond of David Lean's film adaptation, still my all-time favourite movie, fearing that it wouldn't live up to my expectations or that it might otherwise tread upon my memories of the film. I was pleased, however, to discover my anxiety was misplaced. The book is brilliant, albeit somewhat uneven in places but a wonderful work of literature. I was curious whenever I came upon plot points that deviated from the film how they would be resolved, which distracted a bit from the story but in the end I also came to appreciate what a masterful adaptation was achieved in the film.

    About half-way through the book I experienced a fortuitous bit of serindipity! Whilst searching our public television station's website for something I stumbled across a documentary entitled The Real Doctor Zhivago. It provides a wealth of biographical information about Pasternak and contextual background that informed the story, and documents how both the author and his book became pawns during the cold war.

  18. Comment on BibSonomy: A social bookmark and publication sharing system in ~tech

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    I've finally found a what I consider to be a good social bookmarking site with semantic tagging. BibSonomy is a free service that provides for managing and (optionally) sharing an online...

    I've finally found a what I consider to be a good social bookmarking site with semantic tagging.

    BibSonomy helps you to organize your scientific work. Use BibSonomy to collect publications and bookmarks, to collaborate with your colleagues, and to discover interesting researches for your daily work.

    BibSonomy is a free service that provides for managing and (optionally) sharing an online collection of web bookmarks or bibliographic entries for conventional publications (e.g., books, journal articles, etc.) annotated with title, description and semantic tags, which can be searched. Entries can be created online via the website user interface or a browser extension, with tools to use ISBN, ISSN, DOI, or barcodes to have the insert publication form filled up automatically for you. Citations can be exported in various citation formats (e.g. BibTex, XML, APA, etc.).

    BibSonomy is offered by the KDE group of the University of Kassel, the DMIR group of the University of Würzburg, and the L3S Research Center, Germany.

    I've looked for a decent alternative to Del.icio.us since it went AWOL years ago (with ongoing pledges on a broken site to return any day now!), eventually resorting to curating my own bookmarks maintained on a static site at gitlab. However, while it's organized hierarchically by concept with a topic search capability, it's desparately missing semantic tags, and has become unwieldly. Having tried several alternatives, both offline and online, including Evernote (which massively failed my expectations for web bookmarking, especially the lack of a semantic tag network) and various bibliography tools for librarians (e.g., Scrible ), I was delighted to recently discover BibSonomy. :-)

    1 vote