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Hello everyone! I am a scientist @CNRS, in computational biophysics and the methodology of computational science. The second topic puts me at the interface with computer science and software engineering. Computational reproducibility has been a major topic for me over the last years, and now I am looking into computational media (rather than tools) for doing scientific research.

I built a script that downloads `gemini://` sites and plays them as audio. It removes unreadable parts like URLs and preformatted text. It adds sound effects to things like headings, list items, etc..

I built it because I have trouble reading long texts (possibly #dyslexia but never bothered to check). I hope other people find this useful. Just a starting point/toy at this point.

An aspect missing from these ramblings is that computers are now infrastructure that people have built essential services for society on. You can't just scrap that technology and start from scratch. You can only evolve it slowly to something better.

We’re a bit more than one month away from the #Guix 🎂 conference in Paris!

I’m already excited about the program and I hope many folks will join, be they of the #research type, #FreeSoftware enthusiasts, or die-hard Guix hackers. Check it out!


The database at now includes #Disarchive metadata for tar.xz archives!


Concretely, it means that .xz tarballs #Guix refers to can be recovered using that database + #SoftwareHeritage.

The question isn't whether people "care" about #privacy or not. Everyone does. The question is if they understand that less privacy is a #social issue, not just a #personal one. The question is if they understand what it actually means to be on commercial social media; who they're feeding & how. The question is if they have any other option.

It's the #capitalists we're fighting - not the "workers". So be kind, & keep #fighting, #thinking, #making, #feeling, #saying, #doing.


The anomaly of cheap complexity - Andrew Appel @ Freedom to Tinker:

I see lack of standardization amongst hardware protocols as a leading cause of operating system complexity. That said when I look at Linux's code USB definitely seems to help... But that's by no means the sole source, and if like me you care about keeping not that old hardware in active this isn't an issue that's going away any time soon at all.

📢 I made a badge you can use to let people know that your software is packaged for Guix.

Grab the source SVG from my website (licensed CC-BY-SA 4.0):

I'll be sending a patch to guix-artwork soon too.

See the picture for an example rendering on GitLab with a dark theme (the badge should work in a light theme too).

Hope you like it 🙂

#gnu #guix #guile

Testing out Guix's relocatable builds feature. Seems to work pretty nicely. If you'd like to try:

$ mkdir supertux
$ cd supertux
$ wget
$ tar xvfz supertux-tarball-pack.tar.gz
$ ./supertux-bin/supertux2

(Warning: it's packing in everything, everything you use to run the game operating-system wise, so it's nearly 400mb.)

I generated like so:

$ guix pack -RR -S /supertux-bin=bin supertux

Not a new feature but first time I've tried it. Thrilling!

RT @Wikimedia
Through a historic vote yesterday, the Wikimedia Foundation was granted accreditation by the @UN Economic and Social Affairs Council (ECOSOC). (1/3)

An alarming academic fraud story: key data supporting the prevailing theory of Alzheimer's disease was potentially fabricated.

#science #news 🐘

On a passé un (grand ?) coup de pinceau sur On vous raconte tout par ici ⬇

“Is reproducibility practical?” 👇

This new post asks whether reproducible deployment is a luxury for “professionals”, clarifies what #reproducibility means and how it affects #research practices.

"I find the vision of freely trading ideas, techniques, and code appealing—I am passionate myself about sharing information and ideas ... I want a world in which there is a strong population of craftsmen developers, who deeply care about the quality of their software, and who mentor each other to further pursue the limits of computing.

Unfortunately, throwing our code [at and to] large corporations—will not get us there... "

The Gullible Software Altruist

Nous sommes aujourd’hui le Primidi 01 Thermidor de l’an CCXXX (230)
Nous célébrons l’Épeautre 🌾Épeautre

The World3 model from the Club of Rome

"A study in 2008 found that 30 years of data compare favorably with key features of a business-as-usual scenario called the "standard run", which results in collapse of the global system midway through the 21st century."

Unity (former game engine company) has merged with an actual adware and malware distribution company. That's not an exaggeration. Fake Flash installers, was blacklisted by Microsoft's anti-malware tool, VirusTotal entires, that kind of thing.

Don't build your games on engines you don't have the source code to.

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