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Google Bans Gab app

Just as the Gab app hit the trending top spot on the Google Play Store, Google banned it. Will this potentially make life hard for the entire Fediverse?

The far-right social network Gab has now completed its transition to Mastodon. The main motivation was to make a foothold in the mobile app stores. Gab’s previous attempts at distributing a mobile client failed because Apple and Google both removed the it from their respective app stores. The companies cited violation of their policies against hate speech as reason for the removal.

By moving to Mastodon and the ActivityPub protocol, Gab no longer needs to distribute their own mobile client. Instead, their members can, at least in theory, download a generic Mastodon client, and log on to Gab’s Mastodon instance. This prompted some client developers to change the application code so that their client doesn’t work with Gab’s Mastodon instance.

But Mastodon clients are mostly FLOSS. Gab simply copied the source code, removed the blocking code, and compiled their own version of the Mastodon client. This happened to Tusky, and a Gab-branded version of Tusky was available in the Google Play Store.

At least for a short while.

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Gaming Rig CPU – Intel or AMD?

My gaming rig is 10 years old, and I’m in dire need of a replacement. But what is the best gaming rig CPU to use? Intel or AMD?

Every time I buy a new computer, I have to learn everything about hardware and the state of various operating systems all over again. In a series of posts, I’ll got through some of the important things to consider when buying a gaming rig:

  1. Operating system: Windows or Linux?
  2. CPU: Intel or AMD?
  3. Graphics Card: Nvidia or AMD?
  4. Form factor: Laptop or desktop?
  5. Tinkering factor: Parts or pre-assembled?
  6. Sustainability: New or second-hand?
  7. Conclusion: So what’s the ultimate gaming rig setup, then!?

I’ve decided on this specific order of things because decisions taken on the top of the list might limit the available choices later.

This second post is about finding the right gaming rig CPU.

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Gaming Rig Operating System – Windows or Linux?

My gaming rig is 10 years old, and I’m in dire need of a replacement. But what is a good gaming rig operating system? Windows or Linux?

I’ve been looking to get a new gaming rig for a couple of years now. It’s been problematic, however, to argue for purchasing an expensive piece of hardware I don’t use that much. But carpe diem, right? This Christmas I will treat myself to a spanking new (or used) gaming rig!

Every time I buy a new computer, I have to learn everything about hardware and the state of various operating systems all over again. In a series of posts, I’ll got through some of the important things to consider when buying a gaming rig:

  1. Operating system: Windows or Linux?
  2. CPU: Intel or AMD?
  3. Graphics card: Nvidia or AMD?
  4. Form factor: Laptop or desktop?
  5. Tinkering factor: Parts or pre-assembled?
  6. Sustainability: New or second-hand?
  7. Conclusion: So what’s the ultimate gaming rig setup, then!?

I’ve decided on this particular order of things because decisions taken on the top of the list might limit the available choices later.

First up is gaming rig operating system.

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The FIA World Rallycross Championship Goes Electric

The electrification of the world’s cars have started, and motor sports are slowly catching up. Soon the FIA World Rallycross Championship will introduce an electric car category.

Electric car sales are increasing around the globe. In the EU, electric car sales were up by almost 35% in Q3 2018, compared to 2017. Norway is a peculiar case. In a country relying heavily on oil and gas production, a whooping 25% of every new car sold in Q3 2018 was an electric car. The main reason for this is that electric cars are heavily subsidized. This makes luxury, all-electric vehicles like the Tesla S affordable compared to similar combustion cars. A total of 11 261 new cars with electric power trains hit the road in Norway in Q3 2018. The same number for Greece was 131.

Looking at the total number of cars sold, however, we’re not seeing an electric revolution. Far from it. The electric car sales only accounted for a measly 1,25% of the total European car sales in Q3 2018.

Can the upcoming electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship series help boost the electric car penetration?

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The Fall of Springwood

This is the last chapter of my narrative Cities: Skylines series about Springwood in where a very ambitious plan goes terribly, terribly wrong.

Not too long ago (all right, it’s been nearly two months, but getting things through the grinder takes a lot of time these days), your favorite Finnish developer Colossal Order released yet another DLC for their popular city builder Cities: Skylines.

To celebrate the new expansion, I decided to add a nice campus area in Springwood. Unfortunately, nothing went according to plan.

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