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It just seems to me that, at best, a gift card conveys the message "I don't know what exactly you'd like or need but I figured you'd like something from store X at least".

At worst it says "hey I don't know what to get you, but I don't want to give you cash because I am a jerk and only want you to buy something from a specific store since I don't trust you'd spend the money the way I'd like you to".

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Christmas gift cards.

I don't get the concept. This time of year I try to figure out what the point is of gift cards. You go to a store, give them money and you get a little plastic card that entitles the card bearer to the amount of money paid. You then give this card to a loved one, and this recipient then goes and exchanges this little card for some merchandise.

OK. But what value is added by inserting this card into the process? Why not just give the loved one cash or an actual gift?



R.I.P. Chuck Peddle, absolute American engineering legend: designer of MOS Tech 6502 microprocessor, designer of PET. Died Dec 15, 2019. His Legacy shall live on. His brilliance touched so many lives.

How long before "baby Yoda memes" become the new "minion memes" ?

Hmm that's some great documentation you've got there GStreamer

Political observation not lewd at all honest 

What's happening in the world makes more sense if you stop thinking so much about the left and right and start paying attention to the top and the bottom

Cryptocurrency, death mention, intrigue 

So some time ago a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange called Quadriga CX went bankrupt after its founder and CEO (the only person who had access to the cold storage wallets) died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Today lawyers emailed:

"On instruction from the Official Committee, Representative Counsel issued a letter to the RCMP, on behalf of Affected Users, requesting the RCMP to exhume the body of Gerald Cotten to confirm his identity."


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Twitter (cont.) 

Seriously though, my brain is not doing a good job processing this news. Some quick thoughts:

- No mention of ActivityPub/Scuttlebutt/Diaspora/etc, but... "blockchain"? For some reason?
- Jack is totally right about decentralized moderation; one of the best things about the fediverse.
- Whatever standard Twitter decides upon, it will become the de-facto standard. (See: browsers and market share.)
- Struggling to understand what's in it for Twitter in all this.

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Ever try to photocopy money on a digital laser photocopier?

TIL printers do more than add pale yellow tracking watermarks...they also have currency DRM!

There is a happy @squirrel here so excited to finally be able to watch the baby Yoda on the Debian desktop in her drey.

How to fight back against Google AMP as a web user and a web developer

I did a detailed privacy check of the Tiktok app and website. You can read my article æt Süddeutsche Zeitung. Tiktok commits multiple breaches of law, trust, transparency and data protection. Here are the technical and legal details
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