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July 8, 2022: Roe v. Wade

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I know I was not alone in my anger when the Supreme Court ignored precedent, decency, and the majority voice, and overturned Roe v. Wade.

From all indications, our other civil rights are in for an equally hard time under the theofascist minority in power. I'm worried. I mean, personally worried. I am white, male, reasonably well off, straight, and old, and I am threatened by this Supreme Court. I can only imagine how others less privileged must feel. What's next? A federal binary gender standard that just incidentally wipes out transgender treatment and gay marriage? Further criminalization of voter aid when the voters in question are minorities? A national tithe? Don't laugh. I've heard all these mooted by people far closer to power than they ought to be.

All I can do as a citizen is vote, encourage others to vote, and give money to honest politicians. I could write letters, but what's the use? I'm in Central Texas. My Congresscritter is doing the right thing already. My Governor, my Attorney General, and both my U.S. Senators are bought and paid for by the people who brought you Donald Trump and Fox News.

What I can do, with the support of the Board of Directors of Steve Jackson Games, is to try to help any of our staff who are affected by what is going down.

Note that this is NOT an announcement of a simplistic "we will pay to get abortion patients out of the state" policy. I think such policies are goodhearted but flawed. I don't believe that a woman's choices should be between herself, her doctor, and the personnel department.

What I am saying is that if and when our people or their families are hit by ANY manifestation of this new, bad, overreaching Supreme Court and the other power-grabbers that are threatening our country . . . we'll help. This might mean -
  • Making it as easy as possible for someone to move out of state, or out of the country, and keep their job here. We already telecommute a lot; we can do it more.
  • Helping someone affected by one of the mass shootings that the right, and the Court, seem to be fostering out of sheer vicious perversity.
  • Helping someone accused under a bounty-hunter law.
  • Helping someone accused of a "voting offense" just for trying to vote.
  • And yes, helping someone travel to a decently rights-respecting jurisdiction for a personal reason. And I don't have to know the details myself; if someone can bring themselves to chat with any member of the Board, those details can stop right there.
We are also making a donation to the Lilith Fund. And, because we are who we are, we're doing a T-shirt. Like the Ukraine shirt, it will be sold as a POD. All proceeds will go to the Lilith Fund. The shirt will feature Flower – she's our female face! – but it will not have Munchkin branding or a game rule. Details, like "how to buy it," will follow.

Wear it to demand freedom.

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: One Page Of Battle!

Can you survive the Battle of the Bulge? This game started as a challenge to see if we could design a wargame and keep the rules down to a single page! Years later, it has been reproduced in all its glory, and you can pick up a copy of One-Page Bulge Pocket Box today at Warehouse 23!
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tdknox
41 days ago
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I wish more companies would do this.
San Jose, CA
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April Fools' 2022

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For 18 years the Grumpy Gamer blog has been April Fools' day free because it's a stupid tradition.

So to mix things up a little I'm taking this opportunity to announce I've decided to make another Monkey Island.

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tdknox
139 days ago
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I can’t tell if this is real or a prank.
San Jose, CA
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More on T-Mobile Blocking iCloud Private Relay

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The T-Mo Report (who knew there was a site dedicated to T-Mobile news?):

According to internal documents shared with us here at The T-Mo Report, the blocking of Apple’s privacy-focused service is actually due to a conflict with existing content filtering services on T-Mobile. [...]

This seems to indicate that the blocking isn’t actually intentional by the carrier, but merely a necessary step to ensure their own services work properly. The blocking affects very few customers in practice, and it seems that there are currently no plans to expand the blocking of Apple’s service to standard customers.

Impacted customers will receive one of two error messages, shown below (sourced from the same internal document), stating that their plan isn’t compatible with the iCloud Private Relay service.

As I wrote in an update to my earlier post, if it’s true, this is fair and makes sense. If you actually want your carrier to filter your network traffic, you have to let them see your network traffic. There seem to be a lot of reports from T-Mobile customers running into this problem who claim not to be using T-Mobile’s content filtering features, though.

Another thing to check: in Settings → Cellular → Cellular Data Options, make sure “Limit IP Address Tracking” is turned on.

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tdknox
219 days ago
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I don't have content filtering enabled, but T-Mo is still blocking iCloud Private Relay for me.
San Jose, CA
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rtreborb
1989 days ago
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Steps in the right direction
San Antonio, TX

Deep Dive on Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall

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Todd Vaziri:

Twin Pines Mall became Lone Pine Mall after Marty changed the future in “Back to the Future” (1985). Is that an Easter Egg or a Thing in the Movie? Let’s find out!

Great scott is this well-done.

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tdknox
490 days ago
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I can't believe people didn't notice this before. It always made me laugh when watching it.
San Jose, CA
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Growl in Retirement

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Chris Forsythe:

Growl is being retired after surviving for 17 years. With the announcement of Apple’s new hardware platform, a general shift of developers to Apple’s notification system, and a lack of obvious ways to improve Growl beyond what it is and has been, we’re announcing the retirement of Growl as of today.

It’s been a long time coming. Growl is the project I worked on for the longest period of my open source career. However at WWDC in 2012 everyone on the team saw the writing on the wall. This was my only WWDC. This is the WWDC where Notification Center was announced. Ironically Growl was called Global Notifications Center, before I renamed it to Growl because I thought the name was too geeky. There’s even a sourceforge project for Global Notifications Center still out there if you want to go find it.

What a great open source project Growl was. It proved itself as a feature that should have been built into MacOS — and then it was. Growl arguably defined “notifications” as we know them, not just on Mac, but iOS and Android as well.

Peter Hosey:

One thing that working on Growl helped shape in me: A militant respect for people’s attention as well as what they do and do not want their tools to do.

Long after the official end of @GrowlMac, I will always have that.

Cheers to that. Growl respected the user — it served the notifyee, not the notifier, and that made all the difference.

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tdknox
626 days ago
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I hope that Prowl for iOS will continue on. I use it all the time to send notifications to my iPhone from my various RPis and Linux systems.
San Jose, CA
tingham
615 days ago
I go back and forth on the value of notifications but will concede that growl was absolutely amazing in its time.
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Magic Lasso Adblock

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My thanks to Magic Lasso Adblock for sponsoring last week at DF. Magic Lasso Adblock is an efficient and high performance ad and tracking blocker for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It’s a native Safari content blocking extension that allows you to experience a cleaner, faster web — without intrusive ads and trackers.

Magic Lasso Adblock provides a 2.0x speed increase on common websites, improves your privacy and security by removing ad trackers, and works with Safari across all Apple devices. It works and feels as if Apple themselves had designed an ad blocker.

And unlike some other ad blockers, Magic Lasso Adblock respects your privacy, doesn’t accept payment from advertisers, and is 100% supported by its community of over 150,000 users. And it respects privacy-respecting ads like those on DF itself. (DF ads set no cookies, don’t execute any JavaScript, and are served from DF’s own server.) I’ve been running Magic Lasso as my only Safari content blocker for weeks now, and it’s been great.

Download for free today via the Magic Lasso website, the iOS App Store, and Mac App Store.

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tdknox
857 days ago
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I use 1Blocker, also for iOS and macOS. It's small, lean, fast and I'm pretty sure it doesn't sell my info either.
San Jose, CA
samuel
855 days ago
Just purchased Magic Lasso. I used 1Blocker but it didn't work for me and the half dozen safari extensions were a bit too much.
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