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Boosted: Google-free /e/ OS is now selling preloaded phones in the US, starting at $380 | Ars Technica

If DIY flashing isn't your thing, refurbished Samsung devices are now available.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/03/google-free-e-os-is-now-selling-pre-loaded-phones-in-the-us-starting-at-380/

This is pretty cool. Now there's at least one viable alternative phone I can buy if my current one reaches its end-of-life. I'm still holding out hope for the #PinePhone and other #nix based smartphones. Getting a convergent Linux onto smartphones that can serve as a daily driver would be killer. But until then it's great that there's a choice that isn't a giant Silicon Valley silo.

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Boosted: Netflix acquires the rights to all 22 Redwall books, plans film and series

The film will be written by Over the Garden Wall's Patrick McHale.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/netflix-will-adapt-brian-jacques-redwall-into-feature-film-tv-series/

I loved the Redwall series as a kid so this is really exciting. But I can't shake the dread that Netflix will just cancel it after dropping the first half-season and that'll be the end of the series on TV.

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Boosted: Rust Foundation - Hello World!

https://foundation.rust-lang.org/posts/2021-02-08-hello-world/

Congrats to the Rust team and Mozilla for this milestone! I wonder if Mozilla could further its mission better by being an incubator instead of trying to develop its own products. They could develop technologies and build them into sustainable foundations. I trust Mozilla to think about the right things when starting a new technology, but I'm not so sure about their expertise to develop end-user products.

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So I flashed Plasma Mobile Beta 2 to a SD card last night and my #PinePhone successfully booted it. Even running from the SD card, it was way smoother than the Phosh build that came on the phone. Now I have to figure out how to install it to the phone

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Boosted: PERCEIVED RELATIONS BETWEEN GOPHER GEMINI AND HTTP

http://len.falken.ink/web/perceived-relations-between-gopher-gemini-and-http.txt

The argument which is then made (and acknowledged by the FAQ) is: why not just use a subset of HTTP? It seems the answer boils down to enforcement. I don't see why this is a problem though, because people need to force themselves to use Gemini clients.

This is one of my biggest frustrations with Gemini. There's no reason all of the development that is going into it couldn't happen in the Web space. You could build your own tiny browser that work with a subset of the web. Other people could build really basic, text-only sites for your browser's users to visit, and they would still be available for anyone else using other browsers. Building Gemini servers/sites is just a lot of work to build another niche silo.

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Boosted: Xbox Live Gold no longer required for free-to-play games, prices not rising

Xbox Live Gold is no longer going up in price. Additionally, Xbox Live Gold will no longer be required to play free-to-play games online, such as Fortnite.

https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-live-gold-price-increase-reversed-gold-no-longer-required-free-play-games

This is good news. I was definitely planning on not reupping at that price when my current sub expired.

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Everybody is slowly coming to understand that numbers in the health industry are incredibly slow. Articles on vaccine rollout have to mention that hospitals aren't equipped to handle reporting on a 72 hour turnaround. That's because EMRs (electronic medical records) are absolute garbage. They're huge, locked-down, enterprise applications, each controlled by a single vendor and licensed to hospitals for huge fees. They don't have interoperability in mind, they want to lock you in to their silo. If you want to send a report to someone else, you hope they use the same EMR as you or you have to run a convoluted pipeline to get that data to them, usually as a CSV or Excel spreadsheet that they have to run through a convoluted pipeline to get into their system. Maybe after this is all over, that will get some attention. Giant corporations shouldn't be able to control health records and drive up costs for patients and hospital

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Thanks to Victoria Drake, I discovered the color-scheme #CSS declaration and added it to my site. It's still a draft, but it's a way to tell browsers what themes your site has available. If the user has set a preference that would trigger the @prefers-color-scheme media query, browsers that implement it should adjust their chrome to match that theme.

I already have Firefox set to dark mode and have extensions customizing other theming, so I don't know if it affected anything on my site. But it's one line and its good to future proof and give more priority to user choice.

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