What an excellent page full of updates for KDE MegaRelease 6!
I'm looking forward to trying this update to the desktop and applications from the Friendliest Developers on the Internet™️
kde.org/announcements/megarele
#linux #kde #plasma

A reminder that 10 years ago the U.K. NHS was ranked the best healthcare system in the world. We don’t need a new system. We need a new government that ends the catastrophic staff haemorrhage and remedies the chronic defunding the NHS has endured over the last decade. Tories have been meeting with private healthcare providers over that time and scores of them have shares in private healthcare companies- to them it’s all about making money out of our misery. #ukpolitics #nhs

Was chatting to Jeff Ready (CEO of Scale Computing) earlier in the week, and he noted that a lot of the new devs have only ever worked on cloud-based infrastructure. They've never configured low-level boring stuff like a hypervisor or VLANs or a RAID setup or any one of a dozen other artisan skills I have.

It's like being a blacksmith but for tech.

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A must-read article about inefficiency of modern #software

"I’ve been programming for 15 years now. Recently, our industry’s lack of care for efficiency, simplicity, and excellence started really getting to me, to the point of me getting depressed by my own career and IT in general."
#IT #endtimes #programming #webdev
tonsky.me/blog/disenchantment/

Chris Ellis (@intrbiz) will present "Advantage PostgreSQL" at Nordic PGDay in beautiful Oslo, Norway, on March 12!

2024.nordicpgday.org/schedule #postgresql #oslo #conference

It's official

Apple is killing PWAs on iOS for EU users

"To comply with the DMA’s requirements, we had to remove the Home Screen web apps feature in the EU.

-"Very low user adoption of Home Screen web apps"
-"Minimal impact to their functionality"

Time to go ☢️

mastodon.social/@owa/111934184

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Apple is on course to break all Web Apps in the EU within 20 days ‼️

👇 Read the blog, fill the survey, join the fight!

open-web-advocacy.org/blog/app

UK Politics: under 30’s voting intentions in UK vs World 

The UK is doing “Really Well” right now.

“the near-complete desertion of [The Tories] by young Britons is astonishing. […] only one in 10 under-40s will vote Conservative at the next election.”

“The single most important factor is the dramatic breakdown of upward social mobility in the UK, which has hit young Britons much harder than their contemporaries elsewhere in the developed world.”

#AnythingButTheTories

ft.com/content/165f9aee-1180-4

One of the funniest exchanges in a British sitcom, from 'Yes, Prime Minister'.

Sir Humphrey: The only way to understand the press is to remember that they pander to their readers' prejudices.

PM Hacker: Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers: the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; the Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; the Times is read by the people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; the Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; and the Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.

Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read the Sun?

Bernard: Sun readers don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big t**s.

“While legal experts expect the EU to challenge Apple's insincere compliance with the DMA, developers should take this opportunity to rethink their native app serfdom. They should push web apps to their limits and then demand further platform improvement.”

“The web doesn't require commission payments, technology fees based on usage, or permission from platform rentseekers. The web can set the iPhone free, even if Apple won't.”

theregister.com/2024/01/27/app

It's interesting to see so many of the Post Office and Fujitsu staff and execs pleading the Nuremberg defense in the Horizon scandal enquiry.

Havig followed the scandal for far too long, what is interesting is just how many people did nothing. Both in the Post Office, Judiciary and Politics.

As they say, evil prospers when good people do nothing.

What browser do you use? Curious what the stats look like on fedi. Boosts for visibility appreciated.

Puppeteer now supports Firefox using the new WebDriver BiDi protocol! This allows writing automation scripts that work across both Chrome and Firefox. Over half of Puppeteer's test suite already passes when using WebDriver BiDi with Firefox. This paves the way for more seamless cross-browser testing. Exciting times ahead as WebDriver BiDi becomes the default protocol for Puppeteer.

developer.chrome.com/blog/pupp

it's impossible for me to be a multimillionaire without robbing a bank, therefore i should be allowed to rob banks

(headline: "‘Impossible’ to create AI tools like ChatGPT without copyrighted material, OpenAI says")

theguardian.com/technology/202

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Time for a cuppa... Earl Grey please!