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Alex Bennée
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Code poet and real ale afficionado
Code poet and real ale afficionado

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So any followers want to tell me their diaspora or mastodon ids?
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It looks like a combination of leaky web-apps and the fact it never really achieved the numbers means the big G is closing down G+. It's a shame because while low traffic G+ has generally been the most stimulating of social networks for me. The comment quality has been consistently been above the dregs of the rest of the internet.

We have some time to plan our exits but I wonder what will replace it? For now I'm hoping to see an influx of users on Mastodon. You can find me here: https://mastodon.org.uk/@stsquad
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Well Google have finally posted the EOL notice for my 2013 Pixel. I guess it's time to get a proper Linux on this hardware then.
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Well that was unexpected. Each community has it's own unique set of issues and it's good to see the leader of the Linux community take a lead in changing his behaviour. While "Linus rants on mailing list" makes for cheap and sometimes entertaining clickbait it also celebrates the "genius asshole developer" trope which is ultimately damaging any community that wants to develop and grow. Hopefully those who excuse their own poor behaviour online as somehow OK because Linus does it can also spend a little time on self-reflection.
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Just delivered my Mum her Nexus 10 with a new Lineage 15.1 (Oreo) build. The main driver was the Met Office app she likes had raised it's minimum required android version. Hopefully this will give a new lease of life to perfectly functional hardware.
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You might want to set aside some time for this video, it is a 36 minute long meditation on the history of YouTube, the artifice of production and the exchange of emotional labour for market share. What I find fascinating in its analysis of how this segment of the internet has developed.

Most of us are young enough to have witnessed YouTube's growth from a platform for bad webcam videos and whake-a-mole piracy. I'm curious to know what readers think. Did it turn out like you expected and if not how so? Is YouTube still relevant to you as an internet user?
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I finally finished the main quest on Horizon: Zero Dawn. I really enjoyed it. Although it borrows mechanics from a lot of other games it has been very well put together and tuned for fun play. I have to tip my hat to the narrative team who weaved an epic story through the main quests as well as scattered data points and other such ephemera. Considering they had to post-rationalise how the world ended up fighting giant robot dinosaurs with bows and spears they did an excellent job. It's also refreshing to have a lead character who you can be emotionally invested in as you discover her back story. 10/10 would recommend.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn
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From this years Blackhat, the god-mode bit.
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