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Cake day: Oct 29, 2020


> FIS accused some money transfer agencies based abroad of keeping their deposits outside of Ethiopia and making payments in Ethiopian Birr “by colluding with their accomplices in Ethiopia and avoiding the foreign currency that should be legally brought into Ethiopia.”

Biometrics + AI + Fear converging into a perfect storm for the very idea of "public" events. It sucks!

I don’t ever remember using any of these so called voice assistants. Ever.

Evil extraction covered up as MBA and Executive immersions. F*ck McKinsey!

This is consistent with my experiences too. I have always admired publications which translate the abstract as it gives a peak into a whole world out there. Perhaps this is one other area future decentralized publishing should look into.

Some people try that kind of thing and use Twitter to develop their ideas. See NN Taleb and his clique. But I hear you – there is a lot to be gained from software development practices.

Interesting perspective. I wonder how many Brazilian scholars cross over into Anglophone journals in their pursuit of publication credits. Because as it stands, I am not sure I have seen any academic I know of who writes in English partnering with a Portuguese author to write in Portuguese journals. I am clueless about Brazilian academic landscape and would be happy to know how language shapes open/closed publications.

Which is weird that the more open you get with knowledge, the more you are victimized.

We are Zama Zama
For over a hundred years, South Africa was the largest producer of the world’s gold. More gold has been extracted from its reserves than from all the other mines in the world combined. Ever. But today, many of these mines are closing. New waves of migrants are entering into their abandoned but unsealed shafts, to scavenge for gold in the deep. The most daring of these informal miners are called ‘zama zamas.’ The phrase means to “keep on trying,” but also “to gamble.” Zama zamas stake everything to survive - but not all of them do. The work is dangerous, both for the men who go underground and for the women who grind the rock by hand in order to extract the gold. Without helmets or safety equipment, with neither ventilation nor dewatering, lighting the way with only bicycle head-lamps, zama zamas are indeed gamblers, those who stake everything for survival. We are Zama Zama tells their stories.

> The three high tech companies are working in different countries on border control, internet surveillance, CCTV camera, digital identity and security.

> Fewer than 10 elders speak Yakunte, a language native to Kenya’s Yaaku people that the UN has classified as ‘extinct’.

I don’t know what you mean? If I am the admin of an instance or the moderator of a group, I could delete comments or is this just not possible? Some of the darkest side of the internet can rear its head and the gap between their posting and your deletion can be catastrophic.

Why doing this? Wouldn’t it be enough to block the illegal instances and those who are explicitly against your topics? You depend on the effectivness of admin rules of those other instances. Using an allow list or a block list has significant implication on spam.

please go ahead and test it, happy to help with testing if you ping me. It is a great idea which I also contemplated quite a lot.

Never ending nightmare for folks in Northern Ethiopia.

If that would be possible, how would you moderate comments, seeing how random things can get? Federating with only approved finstances (federated instance)? What if you keep your blog, then push every post you make there to your solo-community on a finstance? You can engineer your comment section on the blog to pint here or fetch the comments content from fediverse to your blog…

The court case will likely be used as the framework of the next election. If Raila and his coalition wins, it is easy to imagine that they will not accept another election with the same election management body, therefore creating a protracted governance crisis until they are assured of a place in government. If they lose, that will almost certainly the knock out punch out of the political ring for Raila. However, the conditions of such a loss will be crucial. If Supreme Court kicks out the case without justifying/defending current IEBC’s tally, then Raila and his people will use that to claim Ruto’s government is illegitimate. I think for the sake of Kenya’s institutional strength, IEBC should request the Supreme court to clearly say whether the process and final results are legit. Anything else will undermine this and future elections regardless of who wins.

In December 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta committed his administration to the realisation of UHC. Following a pilot phase, the government announced it would deliver UHC primarily through a nationwide expansion of insurance through the pro-private sector NHIF.

This represented a major departure from the pilot phase, which had eliminated fees at public facilities in four counties with considerable success. This would instead transform the state from a provider of health services to a purchaser. While the NHIF is a public entity, it enrolls both private and public facilities and has overseen a significant shift in spending toward the private sector. Private providers have long been in the driver’s seat and receive higher reimbursements for the same services.

New data on NHIF expenditure shows how payment to the private sector has skyrocketed. Between 2010 and 2021, NHIF payouts to the for-profit private healthcare sector rose more than 30-fold, vastly outstripping increases for public facilities (8.8 times). In 2011, 32 per cent of total NHIF spending on benefits went to public facilities and 30 per cent to private for-profits. Just 10 years later, payouts to for-profits had soared to 64 per cent, while just 20 per cent went to public facilities.


> There was a new hitch. ERCA categorised the product as a luxury item, and imposed a 69% tax. “It was madness,” says Eklund. “The system is made to infuriate and frustrate.”

That is point – they get to say who is what and when. Ignoring those labels sounds like a much better path.

I read my feeds on Firefox using tt-rss’s webapp. I self host a tt-rss[1] instance so I can archive the stuff I care about.


Kenyans and Ugandans who lost loved ones in malls and public spaces due to Al Shabaab attacks must be looking at this and wondering why they should trust such a government.

The issue is largely the authentication source – a bank may not support hardware keys, even when you have one, insisting on SMS.

Aha. Never thought of landlines that accept text messages (some MFAs require a text setup) but if this was to work, it would be a practical solution to this cellular leash.

Fascinating. Question – do you have a phone number? It sounds to me that a phone number linked to your legal ID is a MUST in most societies to allow you participate in everyday life (banking, taxation, schools etc)

That makes sense. Infact I found Graphene on handmedown PIxel4 a very practical option. However, it is the update creep that worries me. Every few weeks you have to update PostmarketOS and the fatigue may lead you to give in and join the mainstream Android stuff. So, instead of going the route of minimizing software surface, I think it makes sense to reduce phone dependency by adopting a more practical hardware option.

I am at a point where I am contemplating a feature phone for calls and text. Then get a non-phone gadget for my other needs like camera and audio feeds. Everything you can do on a phone is something you can do at home on your computer so why this whole urge that I must respond to an email on phone 2 minutes after it in my inbox?

Why is this being downvoted? I thought of it as a self-critique of the USians. Also, another reminder on how these pundits almost always avoid to say it – capitalism sucks human dignity dry.