This is a list of well-known people and companies who have shilled NFTs. It’s very much not exhaustive but I’ll try to update it when I spot new offenders. Feel free to tweet me examples that aren’t on the list.
Also feel free to check out my podcast Late Night Linux where we sometimes laugh at and/or get angry about these bastards.
While Ubuntu server is officially supported on the Pi 2, 3, and 4 (including the new 8GB RAM variant of the Pi 4), getting the Ubuntu desktop running on the mini PC has so far been a community effort. Back before he became the Director of Engineering for the Ubuntu Desktop, Martin Wimpress made and maintained some Ubuntu MATE images for various Pis. Unfortunately when Ubuntu 20.04 arrived in April this year, an Ubuntu MATE image for the Pi didn’t appear.
Fast forward to May and Martin did a series of live streams on YouTube to demonstrate his tool which turns Ubuntu Server into any of the Ubuntu desktop flavours called Desktopify. This was something that he did in his spare time and so there are still no official Ubuntu Desktop Images.
On S13E11 of the Ubuntu Podcast this week, Martin dropped something of a bombshell. He said “Maybe we’re working on Ubuntu Desktop for the Raspberry Pi”. This was during a discussion of the new 8GB RAM version of the Raspberry Pi 4, and referred back to an OMG Ubuntu! article about upcoming features of Ubuntu 20.10.
Does this definitely mean Ubuntu 20.10 will be officially supported on the Raspberry Pi? Well I won’t believe it until I see an official announcement but I’m pretty hopeful from what Martin said.
If you want to hear the specific part of the episode in question, you can listen on YouTube here:
Christmas is for children and those with children. Those of us who are too selfish, irresponsible, selfless or responsible to have children just get a bit of time off and an excuse to eat and drink a bit more than usual. Everyone is a winner and Christmas is great.
As an atheist it’s a bit uncomfortable to see all the Jesus stuff get thrown around but thankfully there is enough crass commercialism and obvious pagan symbolism to balance all of that. There is one elephant in the room that really gets to me though. Santa.
This is the point where I will lose most parents. “It’s just a bit of fun” or “lighten up, it’s part of the innocence of childhood” they’ll say to me. Innocence, indeed. And that’s the problem.
Children are essentially hard-wired to believe every word that their parents tell them. This makes perfect sense from an evolutionary perspective and indeed explains why something as illogical as religion persists into 2017. Children have absolute trust in their parents. This is the crux of the Santa problem.
If a child grows up believing that their parents will never lie to them and then one day they find out that Santa isn’t real, this has a deep effect on them. The faith that they had in their parents as Oracles of absolute truth is shattered. Suddenly they learn that it’s not just bad people who are dishonest; the people they love and respect the most in the world are capable of bare-faced lies. What does that mean for the adults who develop from these children?
Perhaps it’s overly dramatic to blame the impending collapse of western civilisation on a seemingly harmless white lie but I’m going to give it a go. If a child learns that it’s normal to lie, even to the people you love the most, the adult will deceive their way through life and everyone will suffer as a result.
There seems to be an axiom that some lies are necessary. Being polite when people ask awkward questions about whether they look fat etc. but to me truth is incredibly important. It’s the only hope we have as a species. Without truth we only have lies or post-truth which is a stupid way of saying lies.
So please stop lying to your children about Santa. The other parents will probably hate you but it’s a small price to pay to save humanity.