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๐Ÿ’ญ Random Thoughts

Atom feed of my thoughts



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/23/2021 @09:42 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

It's a shame that the ยซmailmanยปยน team decided that the 3.0 rewrite was needed. I've been trying to migrate (because Debian 11 dropped the 2.1 version) but it's pretty terrible. The new list archive interface (named Hyperkitty of all things) is a mess, the index process consumes all 4GB of RAM and 4GB of swap on my mail server and then gets killed by the Linux OOM killer. I'd really have rather kept ยซpipermailยปยฒ.

[1] http://www.list.org

[2] https://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/mailman-admin/node26.html




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/18/2021 @17:02 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Not sure why Apple felt the need to bury the lede, but the Touch Bar is gone! I'll probably wait a few years and get one on the second hand market because let's face it, I'm not paying $2,499 for a laptop. I'd also like to save my eyes from the contrast-hostile macOS zone for as long as possible (one can hope that contrast comes back in vogue as the designers at Apple reach biological maturity...).



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/14/2021 @11:05 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

From the found-somewhere-on-tumblr department:ยซhttps://sahelsoundscompilations.bandcamp.com/album/music-from-saharan-cellphonesยปยน

This is pretty awesome, en elegant technology for a more civilized age.

[1] https://sahelsoundscompilations.bandcamp.com/album/music-from-saharan-cellphones

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/12/2021 @23:58 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

From the *go-pledge-to-her-patreon-right-now* department:

ยซThe BEST Cybersecurity newsletter out there ยปยน... now with peanut butter...

[1] https://www.patreon.com/posts/cybersecurity-12-57299460

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/12/2021 @15:25 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

From the *obnoxious-security-theater* department:


[1] https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2021/10/airline-passenger-mistakes-vintage-camera-for-a-bomb.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/12/2021 @12:32 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

From the *still-rocking-an-iphone-7* department:ยซhttps://brokeassstuart.com/2021/10/11/why-you-should-not-buy-the-iphone-13/ยปยน

I would really like Touch ID to come back please.

[1] https://brokeassstuart.com/2021/10/11/why-you-should-not-buy-the-iphone-13/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/12/2021 @09:39 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Apple's continued war on contrast (as better illustrated by ยซjwzยปยน) is a big part of why only my work laptop is running Big Sur. The other part is that I would like my computer to behave like it is *my computer* and not like it has aspirations of being a *rented phone*.

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2021/10/can-light-gray-text-on-light-gray-backgrounds-please-stop-being-a-thing/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/11/2021 @10:31 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


Somedays I think the EU is a good thing.

[1] https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2021/10/the-european-parliament-voted-to-ban-remote-biometric-surveillance.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/09/2021 @19:12 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> Mosaic, A Legitimate Salvage. Someone found ยซhttps://t.co/WGvyfC7pltยปยน, our 1995 NNTP server, at an electronics scrapper. As you would expect for a machine generally occupied as a news spool, various copies at various stages of the newsgroup active file... ยซhttps://t.co/GF9NlasvOeยปยฒโ€” jอ•ฬ ฬฆฬชอ•ฬ“อ›ฬŠฬพฬ„อ…wฬงฬงฬณฬชฬ˜อŠฬ‹อ—ฬพอขอ zฬขฬ˜ฬžอˆฬบฬžฬฉฬ“ฬฝฬฬ‹อ—ฬ†ฬ‹ฬšอŸอœ (@jwz) ยซOctober 9, 2021ยปยณ

[1] https://t.co/WGvyfC7plt

[2] https://t.co/GF9NlasvOe

[3] https://twitter.com/jwz/status/1446941960963596290?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/09/2021 @12:50 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I'm pretty happy with Windows 10 on my gaming machine so I don't really see a need to upgrade to 11 yet but for future me and anyone else who wants to bypass the Microsoft account bullshit ยซthis postยปยน on alt.comp.os.windows-11 seems to have the goods. ยซMirrored here (with the body decoded)ยปยฒ because it was posted to USENET in base64.

[1] http://www.al.howardknight.net/?ID=163379758700

[2] https://www.going-flying.com/~mernisse/163379758700.txt



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/07/2021 @10:42 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Starting burn-in test on my new OpenBSD router. My poor AMD Athlon II X3 died after 12 years in production. Wanted to stay AMD but the Epyc boards are way too expensive.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/30/2021 @23:48 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I can't think of a better way to illustrate the absolute state of uselessness and banality of the Apple App Store than this. The featured item in your fancy new section is... a $2.99 dark mode extension...

๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/30/2021 @20:50 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I straight up love everything Anthony Bourdain ever did and the world was made honestly poorer by his loss. It's a treasure that ยซhis first TV seriesยปยน is now online to watch, for free.

[1] https://kottke.org/21/09/watch-a-cooks-tour-bourdains-first-travelfood-tv-show-for-free-online


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/28/2021 @10:36 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> To answer all the questions, yes, itโ€™s true, Babylon 5 is in active development as a series for the CW. We have some serious fans over at the network, and theyโ€™re eager to see this show happen. Iโ€™m hip deep into writing the pilot now, and will be running the series upon pickup.โ€” J. Michael Straczynski (@straczynski) ยซSeptember 27, 2021ยปยน

I am unbelievably excited by this Twitter thread.

[1] https://twitter.com/straczynski/status/1442621159221043202?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/25/2021 @21:09 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซThisยปยน is a good reminder why we should stop burning the planet to please techbros. In fact we need to be doing a lot more to make computing more energy efficient. Much of the Internet is just robots shouting at each other.

[1] https://www.wired.com/story/theres-no-good-reason-to-trust-blockchain-technology/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/24/2021 @22:07 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I was *delighted* to discover that ยซrot8000ยปยน is not only a thing... ยซ็ฑฒ็ฑฝ ็ฑช็ฑฌ็ฑฝ็ฑพ็ฑช็ฑต็ฑต็ฒ‚ ็ฒ€็ฑธ็ฑป็ฑด็ฑผยปยฒ!

[1] http://rot8000.com/info

[2] http://rot8000.com/index?็ฑฒ็ฑฝ%20็ฑช็ฑฌ็ฑฝ็ฑพ็ฑช็ฑต็ฑต็ฒ‚%20็ฒ€็ฑธ็ฑป็ฑด็ฑผ

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/21/2021 @13:28 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I am officially in the database as an amateur radio license holder. KD2WZR!



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/16/2021 @21:44 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Further proof that ยซself driving cars will not happen during my life timeยปยน. Also, they're a tremendous waste of resources.

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2021/09/murderbots/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/15/2021 @23:44 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I swear, ยซthe return of Touch IDยปยน and the inevitable disappointment of reality is becoming annual phenomenon. It has saved me a lot of money though. #iphone7

[1] https://www.macrumors.com/2021/06/23/kuo-2022-iphones-under-screen-touch-id/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/15/2021 @09:25 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซPeter Hansteenยปยน has a great article on why ยซOpenBSDยปยฒ makes his life better. Like many others, I started my OpenBSD journey because of the sanity in the firewall (ยซPFยปยณ is still worlds better than any other firewall I've worked with) and haven't regretted any of it because frankly *correctness* is something so few software projects strive for with as much earnestness or zeal and is something so sorely needed. It stands at the border of everything I have that's connected to the Internet and has done for nearly 2 decades.

[1] https://bsdly.blogspot.com/2021/08/recent-and-not-so-recent-changes-in.html

[2] https://www.openbsd.org

[3] http://www.openbsd.org/faq/pf/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/14/2021 @10:57 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I have this disk (in the logical sense, of course) filled with a little over 3.7TB of... well for the lack of a better word nostalgia. Copies of the original ยซโ€ฆsheโ€™s a flight risk ยปยน weblog, an ยซarticleยปยฒ from Wired by Neal Stephenson from when Wired was worth reading, some deeply ยซnostalgicยปยณ relics from when the Internet was young and free, personal archives of Twitch channels, YouTube channels, things... ephemeral. Halcyon On and On just came on Flight Risk Radio as I write this and well it's pretty apt. I wonder what I should do with all of this. I bet ยซ@textfilesยปโด would have an opinion...

[1] https://shes.aflightrisk.org/memory/

[2] https://www.wired.com/1996/12/ffglass/

[3] https://www.salon.com/2002/05/31/back_in_the_day/

[4] https://twitter.com/textfiles

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/06/2021 @12:33 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I have to write a thing about how I no longer think Ubiquiti products are good (in some cases I'd say they are no longer fit for purpose) but I'm having trouble doing it without sounding like an old man yelling at a cloud.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/03/2021 @19:27 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Ran across ยซthisยปยน, saying that Electron apps are good enough. Maybe they are for other people and for quick and dirty use cases. Personally, I refuse to use them unless there is no other alternative. For me, the user experience is always hot garbage. Just because no one has bothered to complain doesn't mean it's *good*. I don't complain to application makers, I just uninstall their apps and move on with my life.

[1] https://nielsleenheer.com/articles/2021/why-electron-apps-are-fine/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/01/2021 @16:39 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I'd like to know if ยซthe latest zero-click iMessage exploitยปยน is targeting the app on your device or the service. I don't use iMessage (the service) but obviously there is no way to remove/bypass iMessage the app.

[1] https://www.wired.com/story/apple-imessage-zero-click-hacks/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/01/2021 @11:02 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

It is a shame Ookla (speedtest.net) seems to have a monopoly with speedtest services. Their CLI seems to be a second thought and started silently failing recently. Turns out if you specify a server ID and their API doesn't return it (instead of returning all available servers, they try to be clever and only show you 'local' ones...), then it will simply fail. So now I have to run against whatever server it feels like meaning the data (ยซthat I collect automaticallyยปยน) is completely useless.

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/blog/keeping-an-eye-on-my-isps-performance.html




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/24/2021 @12:07 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Every now and then I think about getting my amateur radio ticket but I'm not sure what I'd do with it. That being said if I end up pulling the trigger, ยซDX Commanderยปยน's YouTube channel is to blame...

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-JyK1WvRX8

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/23/2021 @22:44 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

So TIL that Python got ยซAssignment Expressionsยปยน (NAME := expr) in 3.8 and I couldn't be more pleased. I have missed being able to write while loops based on the results of an expression that used the results in the body of the loop.

[1] https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0572/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/19/2021 @09:12 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

So it looks like not only has Apple's new super fancy NeuralHash algorithm been proven completely laughable, it's been discovered to already be on your device.

via ยซschneier.comยปยน

[1] https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2021/08/apples-neuralhash-algorithm-has-been-reverse-engineered.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/18/2021 @17:46 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Well, ยซpatch 1.3ยปยน went live for Cyberpunk 2077 and I finally got bit by a bug. I had just finished the boxing quest line and it's now showing up as unfinished. I even have the text messages you get after completing it still...

[1] https://www.cyberpunk.net/en/news/39092/patch-1-3-list-of-changes



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/16/2021 @10:22 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซThis reviewยปยน pretty closely mirrors my own impression of the AirPods Pro. I'll add that if you are trying to switch between an Apple device and a non-Apple device (my work phone runs Android) they frequently refuse to re-connect to anything. They feel alarmingly cheaply built, they won't stop triggering Apple Music (which is useless on my work MacBook Pro, and likely a macOS issue not an AirPod issue) and as noted, the battery life is next to useless.

[1] https://take.surf/2021/08/15/review-airpods-pro-2019

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/14/2021 @17:57 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Debian 11 released! Let the ypgrade dance begin!

Via: ยซhttps://www.debian.org/News/2021/20210814ยปยน

[1] https://www.debian.org/News/2021/20210814

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/12/2021 @10:40 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

An oldie but a goodie! Learn about one of those infamous pieces of code in graphics programming history with our friend over at ยซDave's Garageยปยน.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCv5VRf8op0



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/11/2021 @21:19 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I pre-ordered my copy of ยซMike Duncan's latest bookยปยน at least 300 years ago... If for some reason you have not yet, perhaps this will encourage you.> We've got a trailer! Watch the trailer! Share the trailer! ยซhttps://t.co/f668LUv86Tยปยฒโ€” Mike Duncan (@mikeduncan) ยซAugust 10, 2021ยปยณ

[1] https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/mike-duncan/hero-of-two-worlds/9781541730328/

[2] https://t.co/f668LUv86T

[3] https://twitter.com/mikeduncan/status/1425202205687156739?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/08/2021 @21:32 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I found ยซthisยปยน article and the proposed Python interface rather novel.



[1] https://vorpus.org/blog/notes-on-structured-concurrency-or-go-statement-considered-harmful/

[2] http://www.al.howardknight.net/?ID=162748722400


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/31/2021 @00:00 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Why on Earth would you listen to a podcast backwards? iOS Podcasts is a trash fire but every other podcast app is worse in some pretty glaring way.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/28/2021 @11:43 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I have told Docker Desktop at least 3 times to day to update and restart and it clearly hasn't. I'm not putting up with this children's software anymore. Through the โ€œmagicโ€ of ssh port forwarding I'll do any future work on containers on a Linux server like an adult.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/24/2021 @16:46 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

People who ยซexploit their childrenยปยน like this really do disgust me.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjbTohI9Xg4



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/23/2021 @18:36 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

And so ยซthe water warsยปยน of the 21st century begin...

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2021/07/water-pirates/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/23/2021 @08:45 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Wait... a free copy of The Sandman? Yeah, I'll click on that link.

> Use ยซhttps://t.co/EjYoJldSQnยปยน. It should be very free in the US, which is less than $34.95 ยซhttps://t.co/DSyYnmzlwbยปยฒ ยซpic.twitter.com/nkLOF21hmsยปยณโ€” Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) ยซJuly 23, 2021ยปโด

[1] https://t.co/EjYoJldSQn

[2] https://t.co/DSyYnmzlwb

[3] https://t.co/nkLOF21hms

[4] https://twitter.com/neilhimself/status/1418430245678424070?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/22/2021 @23:16 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Doing some test fitting...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/22/2021 @17:18 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Holy shit this is cool.

> People have looked inside Mars! An engineering and scientific feat documenting the layers of a red planet! Read the perspective by ยซ@seismo_koelยปยน and myself about the results here : ยซhttps://t.co/Ul9zrYOzk9ยปยฒ ยซ@NASAInSightยปยณ ยซpic.twitter.com/QsKzbVV1c1ยปโดโ€” Sanne Cottaar (@DeepEarthExplor) ยซJuly 22, 2021ยปโต

[1] https://twitter.com/seismo_koel

[2] https://t.co/Ul9zrYOzk9

[3] https://twitter.com/NASAInSight

[4] https://t.co/QsKzbVV1c1

[5] https://twitter.com/DeepEarthExplor/status/1418270996252012544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/21/2021 @20:38 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I feel like this might be a sideways ยซAcquisitions Incorporatedยปยน reference by CDPR... but probably not.

[1] http://www.acq-inc.com



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/20/2021 @12:24 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I don't know exactly how much CAT-6 I have run in this house but it is well over 1500' at this point.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/13/2021 @20:45 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซGuy who kills bertha guyยปยน is the hero we all deserve. ๐Ÿ˜‚

[1] https://youtu.be/v0awKOIJxiQ?t=776



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/13/2021 @18:53 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Boss makes a dollar, you make a dime, ยซcheck your PPEยปยน on the company time....

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlXOYan3jmM



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/12/2021 @13:00 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Have we reached peak tech bubble bullshit with this? Pay us to shut up about an update!



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/07/2021 @21:43 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Someday I might get me some ยซducks to waterยปยน like our fair Canaderpian friend...

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx76F4yR134



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/03/2021 @19:21 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I am sure Hackernews is busy n-way dutch ruddering eachother over ยซthisยปยน. I too look forward to the massive copyright infringement cases.

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2021/07/micros1-launches-automated-license-laundering-system/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/01/2021 @21:35 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Wait until they realize the non-zero number of problems we *cause*.


[1] https://twitter.com/violetblue/status/1410670849158352904




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/30/2021 @18:36 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

So uh, the Night City franchise of the ยซAcquisitions Incorporatedยปยน doesn't seem to be doing so well... which is pretty on-brand for them.

[1] https://www.acq-inc.com



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/26/2021 @09:51 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I don't think this will get any traction here in the US any time soon but a boy can hope.


[1] https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2021/06/banning-surveillance-based-advertising.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/25/2021 @13:07 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Oh, hello! I just got a new pin from a ยซpodcastยปยน that I have been listening to since ยซ2018ยปยฒ. Turns out it is a ยซPatreonยปยณ reward. How delightful. Go listen to The Pirate History Podcast!

[1] https://piratehistorypodcast.com

[2] https://www.going-flying.com/blog/my-favorite-podcasts-2018-edition.html

[3] https://www.patreon.com/piratehistorypodcast



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/24/2021 @23:49 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I get that this is a bit like being a crazy old man shouting at no one in particular, but I can't help but think that it beats being on Twitter by a hemisphere or so.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/22/2021 @23:11 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Let us remember that the filibuster wasn't even a thing in the US until ~20 years after the formation of the republic and was barely used in the first 180+ years it was in force.


[1] https://brokeassstuart.com/2021/06/22/killing-the-filibuster-is-democrats-one-and-only-play/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/15/2021 @20:39 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Say what you may about Cyberpunk 2077, but CDPR nailed the mood most of the time.

ยซ"If you can't find a clocktower, the roof of your stolen SUV will do."ยปยน

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/~mernisse/screenshots/Games/Cyberpunk%202077/html/photomode_15062021_165445.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/10/2021 @10:36 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Now I need to build something for this guy to lurk in. Good thing I don't have 200 projects in some form of 'in progress' or anything... Oh wait.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/08/2021 @10:02 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


But remember kids, the App Store isn't unfairly abusing Apple's market position, you can always buy a Google phone.

[1] https://brokeassstuart.com/2021/06/07/apple-just-banned-hookup-apps-from-the-app-store/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/06/2021 @23:59 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Wondering why all your podcast episodes are out of order now? Don't worry, Apple has created a new fresh default you didn't know you needed and applied it to all your podcasts for you! Enjoy unchecking it for each. I sure did. As an aside, dear lazyweb, can someone make a better podcast app that isn't also trying to be an app store and a social network with a podcast app hung on the side? Thanks.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/04/2021 @09:45 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Two batteries - $181.75, Top clamshell with keyboard - $87.47, not having to upgrade to Big Sur - Priceless. As an aside, we'll see how the iFixit battery does. I only got a year and about 100 cycles off the last (albeit slightly sketchy eBay) replacement.




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/03/2021 @22:18 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I should actually *finish* a project before I start like 4 more, right?




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/26/2021 @15:43 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซSameยปยน fam. Hard same.

[1] https://www.dieselsweeties.com/ics/1180/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/13/2021 @10:24 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

People can be amazingly stupid. ยซhttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/us/california-tesla-backseat-driver.htmlยปยน

I am pretty certain that as someone in their 30s I can assert that we will not have driverless vehicles for the general public in my life time. People way overestimate the current technology and the problem space.

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/us/california-tesla-backseat-driver.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/07/2021 @20:42 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Maybe the fact that I remember buying a lot of software like ยซthisยปยน that makes me dislike App Stores and rental software so much.

[1] https://inessential.com/2021/05/07/what_it_was_like_to_sell_apps_online_in_2003

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/07/2021 @12:40 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

In case you find yourself in need of the last version of UniFi Video... it looks like it is still on their server even if it isn't linked anywhere.


[1] https://dl.ubnt.com/firmwares/ufv/v3.10.13/unifi-video.Debian9_amd64.v3.10.13.deb

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/04/2021 @12:48 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Second dose was even easier than the first!




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/29/2021 @14:28 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I've been a tmux (previously screen) + stuff kind of person for a long time, mostly because of my rampant use of remote systems for everything. As a result I'm a heavy vi user. I fear I may be in trouble...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/28/2021 @23:35 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Oh nice, iOS 14.5 just completely destroyed the Podcasts app. Shows that I have listened to, several times over, on this phone, showing up with hundreds of unplayed episodes and lost my place. In case you were under the impression that the engineers even use their software, I think the reality is that they do not. Oh and as usual it is uglier and harder to navigate to the one thing it exists to do, you know, play podcasts...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/17/2021 @10:17 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I have discovered the best way to browse YouTube, a custom curses app with a ยซkillfileยปยน.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_file



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/16/2021 @19:31 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

This ยซFederated Learning of Cohortsยปยน thing is such garbage for so many reasons but the short list is a) it is impossible to avoid because of a browser monopoly, b) it is impossible to avoid because of an analytics monopoly, c) it is impossible to avoid because of the advertising duopoly, and d) it not only invades the privacy of the user by default, but also of the website owner by default.

Burn it all down.

I already added interest-cohort=() to my Permissions-Policy header but I assume it won't matter because Google's gonna Google.

[1] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/04/am-i-floced-launch



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/13/2021 @19:30 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

COVID-19 vaccine dose #1! Super easy process, friendly and professional people. No excuses.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/08/2021 @23:04 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Dear Apple, please let me disable this "feature" you amateurs put in this app.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/07/2021 @17:17 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Remember kids, if you aren't directly paying for something, it's almost certain that YOU are the product.


Not only is Signal a sketchy-as-fuck privacy-violating social network wearing "security" cosplay, now it also has a climate-incinerating Ponzi scheme bundled in.



Signal is no less a vertically-integrated, untrustworthy data silo than any product from Facebook or Google.


[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2021/04/signal-hops-on-the-dunning-krugerrand-bandwagon/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/01/2021 @21:42 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

You can ยซhearยปยน the joy in Jamie's voice...

[1] https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/370-the-norman-conquest-of-1066/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/01/2021 @15:42 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

And once again my policy of not trusting ยซclown computingยปยน with the keys to anything I can't afford to lose has been vindicated: ยซWhistleblower: Ubiquiti Breach โ€œCatastrophicโ€ยปยฒ

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2021/03/clown-computing/

[2] https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/03/whistleblower-ubiquiti-breach-catastrophic/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/01/2021 @10:07 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Of course Feature-Policy is now ยซrenamedยปยน and good lord the list of things I need to turn off is ยซlongยปยฒ. I love that this is *all* on by default, really drives home that the feature of the web is actually hoovering user data and not actually delivering anything useful, or being secure.

[1] https://www.w3.org/TR/permissions-policy-1/#policy-controlled-feature

[2] https://github.com/w3c/webappsec-permissions-policy/blob/main/features.md


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 03/26/2021 @12:50 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซThis is meยปยน, 90% of the time I'm watching Youtube videos, though... slightly louder.

[1] https://twitter.com/krisstraub/status/1375480239418003458

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 03/24/2021 @21:26 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I can't believe it took Mozilla *4 years* to support ยซnative fullscreen on MacOSยปยน. I can believe they locked it away behind a byzantine about:config setting though.

[1] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1403085



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 03/20/2021 @20:51 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซStuff like thisยปยน really helps demystify GUI programming for me โ€” something I've never really spent the time to get my head around. There is so much handwaving and "oh that is handled by the framework" which I think is part of the unfortunate series of events that lead to dumpster fires like Electron.

tl;dr, go watch ยซDave's Garageยปยฒ

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlZe2JwrJqM

[2] https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNzszbnvQeFzObW0ghk0Ckw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 03/19/2021 @23:16 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I swear, I was only playing ยซCyberpunk 2077ยปยน this evening because I was testing this Grafana dashboard.

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/~mernisse/screenshots/Games/Cyberpunk%202077/html/photomode_19032021_174054_png.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 03/05/2021 @21:23 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

While catching up on comp.sys.raspberry-pi I noticed a bit of an uproar over Raspbian adding the VSCode package repository to the system. All my Raspberry Pis are headless appliances so a quick addition to my Ansible playbook made quick work of that.

- name: disable microsoft repository
  shell: if grep -q '^deb.*microsoft\.com'
    /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list; then
    sed -i '/^deb.*microsoft\.com/ s/^/# /'

If you don't use Ansible, this sed(1) command should do what you want.

sed -i '/^deb.*microsoft\.com/ s/^/# /' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 03/03/2021 @16:59 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Every few months when I go back to check up on the few ยซUSENETยปยน groups that I still follow I can't help but shake my head at how much usability we threw away poorly porting^W "re-inventing" everything for profit^W the web. Entire generations growing up without proper threading or ยซkillfilesยปยฒ.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_file



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 03/01/2021 @16:27 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> Double March. The date is now Monday, March 366th, 2020. Sorry, you don't get a new March until you've finished the last one. If you see anyone claiming that today is March 365th, congratulate them on fucking up their leap year math. perl -e 'use... ยซhttps://t.co/Hhp62JW38sยปยนโ€” jอ•ฬ ฬฆฬชอ•ฬ“อ›ฬŠฬพฬ„อ…wฬงฬงฬณฬชฬ˜อŠฬ‹อ—ฬพอขอ zฬขฬ˜ฬžอˆฬบฬžฬฉฬ“ฬฝฬฬ‹อ—ฬ†ฬ‹ฬšอŸอœ (@jwz) ยซMarch 1, 2021ยปยฒ

[1] https://t.co/Hhp62JW38s

[2] https://twitter.com/jwz/status/1366436622535909379?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 02/22/2021 @14:35 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Why have we not shamed Bitcoin into irrelevance yet?

(via ยซjwzยปยน)

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2021/02/stop-adding-bitcoin-as-a-checkout-option-like-its-not-a-planet-killer/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 02/18/2021 @15:59 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Congrats to the ยซ@NASAPersevereยปยน team for their successful touchdown on the surface of Mars.

[1] https://twitter.com/NASAPersevere



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 02/12/2021 @10:24 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซMood.ยปยน(ยซImage Credit)ยปยฒ

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc3SzRiXTAY

[2] https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/pale-blue-dot-images-turn-25



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 02/11/2021 @10:21 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซThisยปยน is a pretty good look at some of the glaring trust problems with programming language package repositories. Personally, I don't use npm at all, and for Python I prefer to either stick to the standard library or use packages provided by my distribution. You can never audit all that code, so how can you trust it?

[1] https://medium.com/@alex.birsan/dependency-confusion-4a5d60fec610

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 02/01/2021 @20:02 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

What I find most amazing about ยซBBC Micro Botยปยน is that is emulating a BBC Micro computer, with it's plucky little ยซ6502ยปยฒ processor... in JavaScript. Oh and it's running a dump of the original BASIC ROM in there to turn ยซcodeยปยณ in a a tweeter into video.

[1] https://www.bbcmicrobot.com

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOS_Technology_6502

[3] https://bbcmic.ro/?load=1244318975695208448



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 02/01/2021 @11:15 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I am equally in a place of 'how is this a thing?!' and 'OF COURSE THIS IS A THING!'.


[1] https://twitter.com/AppleIIBot/status/1355958684367548417


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/25/2021 @13:20 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> Hello friends. As I said in the latest episode...Hero of Two Worlds has a cover! ยซpic.twitter.com/XVm9nAQfRgยปยนโ€” Mike Duncan (@mikeduncan) ยซJanuary 25, 2021ยปยฒ

Highly anticipated and now pre-ordered.

[1] https://t.co/XVm9nAQfRg

[2] https://twitter.com/mikeduncan/status/1353751555019833349?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/18/2021 @20:30 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> The Internet was a Mistake. TeenageStepdad: ยซhttps://t.co/9pgOWtgHGzยปยนโ€” jอ•ฬ ฬฆฬชอ•ฬ“อ›ฬŠฬพฬ„อ…wฬงฬงฬณฬชฬ˜อŠฬ‹อ—ฬพอขอ zฬขฬ˜ฬžอˆฬบฬžฬฉฬ“ฬฝฬฬ‹อ—ฬ†ฬ‹ฬšอŸอœ (@jwz) ยซJanuary 18, 2021ยปยฒ

[1] https://t.co/9pgOWtgHGz

[2] https://twitter.com/jwz/status/1351273017431773186?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/14/2021 @14:07 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I thought I ranted a lot about Apple's poor engineering direction lately... ๐Ÿ˜† ยซThis guyยปยน has me beat.

[1] https://macperformanceguide.com/autoTopic.html?dglyTP=Apple%20Core%20Rot



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/13/2021 @20:11 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> Ironically, staging an insurrectionary riot at the capitol has driven corporate money from politics. Vive la revolution?โ€” Mike Duncan (@mikeduncan) ยซJanuary 13, 2021ยปยน

[1] https://twitter.com/mikeduncan/status/1349461360611106816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/13/2021 @15:10 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Ugh. Work laptop updated to Big Sur last night. Whoever did the UI design clearly thinks that iOS is the pinnacle of UX. The modal dialog boxes are a travesty, cranking up the padding on all the UI elements to fit the new border radius on everything is a huge waste of space, all the contrast is completely gone. I'm sure many users won't notice but I can't imagine long time Mac users thinking this is actually an improvement.

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/08/2021 @21:16 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I'm not usually into computer cases marketed towards gamers (my gaming PC is in as small a case as I could fit it in, which is my jam) but the ยซFractal Design Node 804ยปยน has been easy to work on so far and has a minimal number of silly gamer things (really just a window). I think it is silly it only has mounts for only 8 3ยฝ inch hard drives. There is room for at least 12 in there.

[1] https://www.fractal-design.com/products/cases/node/node-804/black/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/08/2021 @20:47 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Still no APU, but I have all the other bits for ยซna-tardisยปยน So I might as well do a test fit. So far so good!

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/network.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/08/2021 @09:38 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Happy ยซMarch 313, 2020ยปยน, the good news is that there will be ยซno leap secondยปยฒ added if we ever make it to June 2021.

[1] https://bennie2.blob.core.windows.net/deploy/date.html

[2] https://datacenter.iers.org/data/latestVersion/16_BULLETIN_C16.txt



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/07/2021 @19:32 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Clamshell replaced and tested good in an hour 42. Not bad. Could have been faster if I didn't miss the backlight cable and bury the mic cable the first time I put the logic board in. No spare fasteners, which I take as a bad omen.

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/07/2021 @19:09 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Keys all work! Backlight troubleshooting time...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/07/2021 @18:35 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

When we joke about technology being held together by bubble gum and string, we aren't quite as literal as Apple...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/07/2021 @18:24 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

About half way through reassembly. Signs of life.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/07/2021 @18:18 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I love how easy it is to replace the "e" key on my obsessively engineered Apple product...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/06/2021 @22:00 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Just waiting for somone to restock of the Ryzen 3400G so I can finish the upgrade of ยซtardisยปยน. I refuse to pay the scalpers.

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/network.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/03/2021 @02:03 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Man... I thought I had an infatuation with LEDs... ยซFriday Night Lites - Fly at Nightยปยน

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUfq6sFnExY



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/01/2021 @01:37 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

In spite of being ยซwildly profitableยปยน during the pandemic ยซApple has received almost a billion dollars in welfareยปยฒ?! Yeah. It might be time to resurrect Madame la Guillotine.

[1] https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/10/apple-reports-fourth-quarter-results/

[2] https://brokeassstuart.com/2020/12/30/which-companies-you-should-shoplift-from/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/01/2021 @01:30 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I have been a long time shadow member of ยซalt.fan.jwzยปยน and even though I live a continent away I am a proud supporter of the ยซDNA Lounge Patreonยปยฒ. I think the ยซlatestยปยณ from jwz on the DNA Lounge blog shows how worthy a cause this is, even if you never actually go there.

[1] https://www.jwz.org

[2] https://www.patreon.com/dnalounge/

[3] https://www.dnalounge.com/backstage/log/2020/12/31.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 01/01/2021 @01:08 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

The first car that I owned was a 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE with a 13B rotary engine. As such ยซthisยปยน is 100% my jam.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjjxmNPnIOE





โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/31/2020 @09:44 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

This is a really amazing look into the construction of the ยซBioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccineยปยน. It shows that in scientific endeavor almost nothing is done in a vacuum, and that decades of research in seemingly unrelated subjects can come together in a time of need to create miracles.

[1] https://berthub.eu/articles/posts/reverse-engineering-source-code-of-the-biontech-pfizer-vaccine/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/19/2020 @20:35 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Wait, the guy who wrote taskman.exe is on ยซYouTubeยปยน telling stories and building things with ยซRGB LEDsยปยฒ? I know what I'm doing for the next several hours.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNzszbnvQeFzObW0ghk0Ckw

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX0YGp0poUQ



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/16/2020 @19:29 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I feel like I shouldn't have had to spend an hour searching for this ยซstupid changeยปยน in Docker 20.10. I get that people reasonably think that it's a positive change for security (which people will likely promptly turn off) but either Debian or Docker (or both) dropped the ball because it broke every single one of my deployments and I had to go figure out why by searching. Nothing obvious in systemd's journal, nothing obvious in syslog, just cryptic ass OpenSSL errors. The documentation wasn't updated anywhere obvious, certainly not the daemon's help text (dockerd --help), or the manpage (dockerd(8)), or the ยซcanonical release notesยปยฒ. Setting --tlsverify=false even being a thing was something I had to infer from the PR. I guess 'not being able to use the API' counts as secure at least. ๐Ÿ™„

[1] https://github.com/moby/moby/pull/41285

[2] https://docs.docker.com/engine/release-notes/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/14/2020 @22:37 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> ยซpic.twitter.com/gtoOm93PeMยปยนโ€” itsagundam (@GundamIsHere) ยซDecember 14, 2020ยปยฒ

[1] https://t.co/gtoOm93PeM

[2] https://twitter.com/GundamIsHere/status/1338576194820845575?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/12/2020 @20:06 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

A new ยซClickspringยปยน post?! Christmas came early!

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkKgdq57uOo



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/12/2020 @19:29 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I'm going to need to build a handful of ยซtheseยปยน for all the power banks I have!

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOL3ic8msas



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/12/2020 @19:26 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I don't care if you like cooking or not, you really must watch Alex's just-completed series on ยซsaucesยปยน. It may re-define what you think about sauce.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLURsDaOr8hWX1T2WSXhPwL110La-GxjYY



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/09/2020 @16:03 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I mean... no shit? Water is wet and the sky is blue unless your state is on fire...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 12/09/2020 @15:53 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

This is why I never used Chrome and don't ever login to my GMail account... Google continues to prove that its users are its products and I want none of that.

> Two years ago, Google modified Chrome to automatically sign users in without their consent. But, we were told, this wouldnโ€™t send your content to Google โ€” that would still require users to press the โ€œsyncโ€ button.Shocker: guess whatโ€™s happening now. ยซhttps://t.co/MOPQbjFlWrยปยนโ€” Matthew Green (@matthew_d_green) ยซDecember 9, 2020ยปยฒ


[1] https://t.co/MOPQbjFlWr

[2] https://twitter.com/matthew_d_green/status/1336677175412527107?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

[3] https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2018/09/23/why-im-leaving-chrome/


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/29/2020 @22:36 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

In case you still think that corporations ever think of humans as anything other than resources to be managed, note that trillion and billion dollar multi-nationals are nit picking over not supporting slavery, in 2020... ยซhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/29/business/economy/nike-coca-cola-xinjiang-forced-labor-bill.htmlยปยน

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/29/business/economy/nike-coca-cola-xinjiang-forced-labor-bill.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/24/2020 @22:59 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

That one is wise.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/23/2020 @22:25 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Oh look, someone else's ยซIoT build logยปยน turns out to be a perfect illustration to why I have no desire to have any of that garbage in my life. I'll leave debugging someone else's science project when I need to turn on a light after a power outage to other people.

[1] https://www.troyhunt.com/iot-unravelled-part-1-its-a-mess-but-then-theres-home-assistant/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/23/2020 @15:00 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I rewrote some of the image processing pipeline for Thoughts today to simplify things a bit. Let me know if anything ends up looking... different, especially if you are using the RSS feed.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/22/2020 @15:06 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

It turns out that by listening to science and having a plan, we could have actually still had a good time this year. ยซhttps://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/11/taiwan/ยปยน

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/11/taiwan/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/22/2020 @14:55 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

There are some absolute gems being restored to life in the ยซInternet Archive'sยปยนยซflash software collectionยปยฒ. Wonderful old gems about ยซcowsยปยณ, ยซbasesยปโด, ยซBadgersยปโต, ยซmonkeysยปโถ, ยซa horseยปโท and so much more.

[1] https://archive.org/

[2] https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_flash?sort=titleSorter

[3] https://archive.org/details/cows_with_guns_202011

[4] https://archive.org/details/flash_allyourbase

[5] https://archive.org/details/flash_badger

[6] https://archive.org/details/dancemonkeys

[7] https://archive.org/details/466-horse-3



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/21/2020 @16:40 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> So, there's Google, trying to split the web again. Google will be knocking out an entire Browser ecosystem by making it you can't log into Google services without their special browser webkit.ยซhttps://t.co/aYYtv2bWKxยปยนโ€” Jason Scott (@textfiles) ยซNovember 21, 2020ยปยฒ

It's almost like they are acting like a monopoly... weird.

[1] https://t.co/aYYtv2bWKx

[2] https://twitter.com/textfiles/status/1330150314406780928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/21/2020 @12:51 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

On what planet ยซcan you buy only part of a contractยปยน? *โ€œI'll take the bits where I get to use your work but you can keep the parts that say I have to pay you.โ€* Yeah, I'm sure that is how contracts work.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScyxcrEOjJo



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/21/2020 @12:10 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Is there anything quite as hilariously tone-deaf as ยซbillionaires having a slap fightยปยน?

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQv5_9TpRF0



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/20/2020 @15:58 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> People are uploading true classic flashes thought otherwise lost. Here's a personal favorite: FLY GUY by Trevor Van Meter. ยซhttps://t.co/zxf4XQqMFNยปยนRight-click on it, set it to full-screen, and press arrow keys around. It's amazing. ยซpic.twitter.com/lc6K8zVsoAยปยฒโ€” Jason Scott (@textfiles) ยซNovember 20, 2020ยปยณ

[1] https://t.co/zxf4XQqMFN

[2] https://t.co/lc6K8zVsoA

[3] https://twitter.com/textfiles/status/1329839581689245696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/17/2020 @12:07 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Oh, remember all those times I bitched about ยซHome Control turning itself back on after rebootยปยน? Now Siri is doing it for the Podcasts app. I am not sure why the Siri options are even available as the profile I have forbids Siri, but it isn't like Apple has cared about software quality for the last decade so I suppose I should be happy the thing works at all.

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/thoughts/1600295997.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/17/2020 @11:54 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Almost everything these days that says *BLOCKCHAIN!* on it anywhere is a sham to try to extract money from venture capitalists and angel investors. Anyone who tells you otherwise is at best wrong and at worst profiting from it. I usually just point at ยซMatt Blazeยปยน when conversation turns to electronic voting but now you can also point at ยซBruce Schneierยปยฒ who has a link to the obligatory ยซXKCDยปยณ and a new MIT paper on the topic. tl;dr though, software is *awful* and doesn't actually address any of the problems we have with voting. How about we ยซfix the Post Officeยปโด instead? #PostalBankingTooPlease

[1] https://twitter.com/mattblaze/status/1034486679925678080?lang=en

[2] https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/11/on-blockchain-voting.html

[3] https://xkcd.com/2030/

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoL8g0W9gAQ



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/16/2020 @16:55 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> Rapid antigen tests trade sensitivity for speed. They return a result in <30 minutes, but can only detect COVID-19 when you're absolutely riddled with it. What's bogus is that Space Karen didn't read up on the test before complaining to his millions of followers. ยซpic.twitter.com/a1Snfpm03hยปยนโ€” Emma Bell PhD (@emmabell42) ยซNovember 14, 2020ยปยฒ

Welp, there goes thinking of ยซ@elonmuskยปยณ as anything other than Space Karen ever again.๐Ÿ˜‚

[1] https://t.co/a1Snfpm03h

[2] https://twitter.com/emmabell42/status/1327586649765769218?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

[3] https://twitter.com/elonmusk



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/16/2020 @10:13 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซWhy Isnโ€™t Dread Lord Nyarlathotep Respecting Our Time-Honored Peaceful Transition of Power?ยปยน

[1] https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/why-isnt-dread-lord-nyarlathotep-respecting-our-time-honored-peaceful-transition-of-power

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/14/2020 @00:44 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> To be clear, I'm not opposed to a shut down for health purposes.What I oppose is our leaders, and their corporate funders, demanding that working people shoulder the burden of the shutdown while Jeff Bezos, landlords etc get richer.This is medieval.โ€” The British History Podcast (@BritishPodcast) ยซNovember 13, 2020ยปยน

[1] https://twitter.com/BritishPodcast/status/1327362937611173888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/13/2020 @17:30 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

It was super charming to watch Z and his dad ยซrock the W in CoDยปยน.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbjoDtHMGmQ



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/13/2020 @09:34 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> I'm up, so I may as well post Friday's super controversial strip. ยซpic.twitter.com/e32JlzER5nยปยนโ€” Gabe (@cwgabriel) ยซNovember 13, 2020ยปยฒ

They are both right. The present day shit in AC has always been the worst part of the game and nuts in brownies are *correct*.

[1] https://t.co/e32JlzER5n

[2] https://twitter.com/cwgabriel/status/1327169856710475782?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/12/2020 @20:54 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Clearly a release that necessitates a minor version bump... so many emojis.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/11/2020 @16:27 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Speaking of another monopoly that should be put head first into a wood chipper... ยซTicketmaster is the worstยปยน (via jwz).

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/11/ticketbastard-wants-your-medical-records/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/11/2020 @13:59 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

In today's episode of crap frontend developers think is totally fine: 20,000+ lines of <style> in <head>.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/10/2020 @14:06 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I'm sick of these awful ยซยง 230ยปยน takes and all of the big tech censorship claims. I'm sorry but YouTube and Twitter are the digital equivalent of private property and the ยซFirst Amendmentยปยฒ (US Const. ammed. I) doesn't have anything to say on what someone else's website can and cannot do with information you submit, however; it is likely that the confusion is the result of most of the tech giants being monopolies. Instead of worrying about imposing legislation that creates moderation standards, how about we fix the root cause instead. eg: U.S. v. AT&T (ยซ552 F. Supp. 131 (D. D.C. 1982)ยปยณ).

[1] https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230

[2] https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._AT%26T

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/10/2020 @09:51 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

How you know your front-end developers are pros... ๐Ÿ™„



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/09/2020 @21:31 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Leonard French has a really well reasoned look ยซat fair use and live streamingยปยน that is well worth the watch if you are at all interested. There is a *LOT* of confusion around fair use in the context of copyright and he does a really good job on his channel going through it. Bonus quick look at BGM in streams at the end.

[1] https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fqmzxw0t6Ok

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/08/2020 @10:17 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


*Technical debt as a lack of understanding*

An apostate ยซadvocatesยปยน understanding the software you work on and the reasons for its design. Hackernews spends the afternoon trying to come up with a complicated metaphor to explain this concept to people who are not software engineers, which is a tremendous waste of time, *because people who are not software engineers would take it for granted that you need to understand the things you work on for a living.*


[1] https://daverupert.com/2020/11/technical-debt-as-a-lack-of-understanding/

[2] http://n-gate.com/hackernews/2020/11/07/0/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/07/2020 @22:46 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> One down. One to go. ยซpic.twitter.com/eQYi1pBqkuยปยนโ€” Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) ยซNovember 7, 2020ยปยฒ

[1] https://t.co/eQYi1pBqku

[2] https://twitter.com/SachaBaronCohen/status/1325223702506696704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/06/2020 @20:27 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Why can't we have nice things and just be responsible adults? ยซhttps://www.dnalounge.com/backstage/log/2020/11/06.htmlยปยน

[1] https://www.dnalounge.com/backstage/log/2020/11/06.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/05/2020 @14:05 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I suspect I have a series of blog posts to write...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 11/04/2020 @07:58 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Looks like spending $200 million ยซboughtยปยน the tech sector more time to create a whole class of 21st century serfs. How wonrerful.

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/04/technology/california-uber-lyft-prop-22.html


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/27/2020 @14:43 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


> Ok so... after decades of thinking โ€œwhatโ€™s your favorite animal?โ€ is a fucking weird ass question (because it is), I have finally decided upon... raccoons. I just.. I understand them now. Theyโ€™re just hanging out. They got tiny hands and they want your trash. I fuckin get it.โ€” April O'Neil (@undeux) ยซOctober 26, 2020ยปยน

[1] https://twitter.com/undeux/status/1320646100722696194?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/23/2020 @09:33 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

"I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.

Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.

I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will ยซremainยปยน ."

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CGqdFoenpbR/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/22/2020 @13:02 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

My iPhone 7 and I agree. ยซhttps://brokeassstuart.com/2020/10/21/why-you-should-not-buy-the-iphone-12/ยปยน แƒš(เฒ ็›Šเฒ แƒš)

[1] https://brokeassstuart.com/2020/10/21/why-you-should-not-buy-the-iphone-12/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/21/2020 @14:50 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Feels good. Remind me why we don't allow vote by mail here every year?



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/19/2020 @19:05 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Social media would be so much better if it had a ยซkillfileยปยน, or threads, or basically any feature invented 40 years ago, or respect for real live human beings.

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/10/ill-take-problems-we-solved-correctly-in-the-80s-for-100-alex/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/13/2020 @16:38 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

You had one job with the ยซiPhone 12ยปยน, Apple. That job was USB-C. Welp.

[1] https://www.apple.com/iphone-12/specs/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/13/2020 @15:57 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซ20 minutes of artisanal Nixie Tube productionยปยน (via: ยซjwzยปยฒ)

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnV98v7IQns

[2] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/09/20-minutes-of-extremely-soothing-artisanal-nixie-tube-production/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/13/2020 @10:05 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Ok, so I came across Mozilla's list of ยซ'big tech alternatives'ยปยน, and the only product listed that I didn't know about already (and not need) was this Jumbo thing. Talk about an awful website. Hey, how about you TELL ME WHAT YOU DO before you harvest my e-mail address? Especially for something that wanks on about being privacy focused.

[1] https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/join-the-anti-establishment/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/07/2020 @11:43 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Why did the UI "experts" at Apple think that instead of using the same type of indicators they use for Location Services being in use that they'd leave a couple debug indicators compiled into a release build?



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 10/05/2020 @09:52 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Yikes. I bet more places than you think would react... poorly to this test.

> Ever want to test systems & see if your password is ever stored/sent in plaintext?Make it: X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*I am on the phone with a vendor right now because my test account is in an inoperable state.๐Ÿงโ€” Greg Linares (@Laughing_Mantis) ยซSeptember 22, 2020ยปยน

[1] https://twitter.com/Laughing_Mantis/status/1308212643723767809?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/30/2020 @09:16 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/29/2020 @21:37 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Today's ยซxkcdยปยน contains so much truth.

[1] https://xkcd.com/2365/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/24/2020 @20:53 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซThisยปยน is an interesting retrospective on filesystems. It does leave me wondering โ€” would we have to keep inventing new APIs if we just had the same things we had back in the 1970s? After a while I remember that this is all of computing and go back to doing something else.

[1] https://weinholt.se/articles/non-posix-filesystems/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/24/2020 @08:20 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซ*sigh* Mozilla...ยปยน Also, people sometimes look at me funny when they find out that I don't use Google stuff. That is a thing people sometimes do...

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/09/this-is-a-pretty-dire-assessment-of-mozilla/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/24/2020 @07:58 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

So... how do we ยซ#DefundSiliconValleyยปยน ?

[1] https://brokeassstuart.com/2020/09/22/disgraceful-new-gig-economy-app-wants-to-be-uber-but-for-evicting-people/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/23/2020 @12:59 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Today is clearly going to be a good computer day...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/21/2020 @21:36 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Wait, people care about ยซBethesdaยปยน still? Have they made anything good since Skyrim in 2011?

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/technology/microsoft-zenimax-video-game-deal.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/21/2020 @17:48 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I was going to embed this here but the code to do that is almost 7200 characters log because social media engineers are pretty much universally bad at their jobs. Anyway, ยซI agree with @chris.randallยปยน.

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CFZ3RHLBGSV/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/21/2020 @16:37 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

One of the things that I love about old equipment is that gear used to be built with serviceability in mind. This Onkyo tuner has a single sided PCB with the track layout silk screened on the top so it can be troubleshot without disassembly. That is how you know they cared.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/20/2020 @16:46 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I can think of much worse ways to spend my birthday weekend...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/19/2020 @20:43 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://logicmag.io/care/built-to-last/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/16/2020 @22:37 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

So, I know this isn't new but can we get a way to turn this iOS Podcasts.app downloading pause "feature" off? I bought the extra storage for a reason, so like, keep downloading.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/16/2020 @19:23 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Can you hide the new iOS App Library screen? No, of course not. Why would you want that? We only give you features you want here at Apple. ๐Ÿ™„

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/16/2020 @18:39 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

The home control bug is still there at least. ยซPreviouslyยปยน, ยซpreviouslyยปยฒ, ยซpreviouslyยปยณ.

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/blog/home-control-setting-still-resets-to-on-in-ipados-131-beta.html

[2] https://www.going-flying.com/blog/ok-so-ios-112-fixes-most-of-what-i-hated-most.html

[3] https://www.going-flying.com/blog/first-impressions-of-ios-11.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/16/2020 @18:31 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Oh hey, iOS 14 is here and I'm glad the new Music icon was 2.4GB and required a reboot.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/16/2020 @10:23 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Instead of sleeping last night I stumbled down a rabbit hole by the name of Kevlin Henney. ยซ1968ยปยน, ยซAgility โ‰  Speedยปยฒ, ยซThe Forgotten Art of Structured Programmingยปยณ.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjgvffBlWAg

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmFcNyZrUNM

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFv8Wm2HdNM



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/16/2020 @10:08 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซhttps://inessential.com/2020/07/28/untrueยปยน is a good walk through some of the BS I keep seeing about the Apple App Store ecosystem.

[1] https://inessential.com/2020/07/28/untrue

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/15/2020 @12:15 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I don't know why I made ยซthisยปยน, but it sure amuses me.

[1] https://bennie2.blob.core.windows.net/deploy/date.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/12/2020 @13:11 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซI never thought I'd see the Lockpicking Lawyer call a lock unpickable...ยปยน of course it ended up being German.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FUQ6ZxTkM8



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/11/2020 @10:51 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Having run my own e-mail infrastructure for at least 15 years this strikes close to my heart. ยซhttps://battlepenguin.com/tech/how-google-and-microsoft-made-email-unreliable/ยปยน

[1] https://battlepenguin.com/tech/how-google-and-microsoft-made-email-unreliable/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/10/2020 @22:16 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I am glad I didn't follow the iFixit instructions for replacing the battery on my A1398 MacBook Pro. It was a lot easier than they made it out to be. Now I do not have to buy a new laptop for several more years! ๐Ÿ˜ #RightToRepair



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/10/2020 @22:03 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซDo not buy this asshole's bookยปยน

[1] https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/all-the-presidents-book-deals

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/10/2020 @20:46 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

In case you were wondering what the Sturgis Motorcycle rally cost...ยซhttp://ftp.iza.org/dp13670.pdfยปยน

> New ยซ@SDSUCHEPSยปยฒ paper by Dhaval Dave ยซ@FriedsonAndrewยปยณ ยซ@Drew_McNicholsยปโด & Joe Sabia ("Contagion Externality of Super-spreader") finds Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a local & nationwide spreader of COVID-19. Estimated public health cost: ~$12B See: ยซhttps://t.co/uByz9ja6hLยปโต ยซpic.twitter.com/jdLlLkwRekยปโถโ€” CHEPS (@SDSUCHEPS) ยซSeptember 6, 2020ยปโท

[1] http://ftp.iza.org/dp13670.pdf

[2] https://twitter.com/SDSUCHEPS

[3] https://twitter.com/FriedsonAndrew

[4] https://twitter.com/Drew_McNichols

[5] https://t.co/uByz9ja6hL

[6] https://t.co/jdLlLkwRek

[7] https://twitter.com/SDSUCHEPS/status/1302480031638147074

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/10/2020 @19:38 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

We used to joke that most startups' plan to grow to operate at scale was to get acquired by Google. The reality seems that the real endgame is to be acquired by Google then killed off. ยซhttps://killedbygoogle.comยปยน

[1] https://killedbygoogle.com

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/10/2020 @17:25 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://brokeassstuart.com/2020/09/07/americans-need-to-take-more-personal-responsibility/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/09/2020 @22:59 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

If for some reason you're still reading hackernews, might I suggest instead you use the annotated digest version at ยซhttp://n-gate.comยปยน which I think you will find significantly better (if for no other reason than the comments are omitted).

[1] http://n-gate.com

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/09/2020 @21:29 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Hm, so I've had ยซLittle Brotherยปยน in my Amazon wishlist for years now so instead I decided to get it and the two sequels all at once ยซon Kickstarterยปยฒ. ๐Ÿง Bonus points for not sending any of the money to Amazon.

[1] https://craphound.com/littlebrother

[2] https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/doctorow/attack-surface-audiobook-for-the-third-little-brother-book



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/09/2020 @20:15 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

The key takeaway for everyone should be the last sentence: ยซ"The next time you pick up your phone, or tablet, or laptop, ask yourself if the experience is โ€˜enrichingโ€™, or just โ€˜engagingโ€™, and take a moment to consider just putting the device down."ยปยน

[1] https://www.susa.net/wordpress/2020/08/why-advertising-is-destroying-the-web/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/05/2020 @18:55 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Whoever it was at IMDB that decided to whine about their app in an interstitial should be fired publicly as a warning to others who think this might be a good idea.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/03/2020 @11:39 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I love how the JavaScript frontend ecosystem continually seems to forget the last 60 years of computer history.


The answer is never *stop building websites with piles of JavaScript*, no the answer is another JavaScript library. Because ad-laden, opinion filled, listicles need access to a Turing complete system on every view. ๐Ÿ™„

[1] https://blog.cloudflare.com/rendering-react-on-the-edge-with-flareact-and-cloudflare-workers/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 09/02/2020 @10:58 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/sysadmin/BlameAndWorksOnMyLaptop


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/26/2020 @16:41 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

As a follow on to my blog post on ยซEpic v. Appleยปยน we have a look at the instant motion for a temporary restraining order thanks to our favorite copyright attorney Leonard French ยซhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p9zDPkbqycยปยฒ. I would love to see an anti-trust ruling eventually but I really don't see how it gets done and frankly it's still painful to watch a multi-billion dollar company throw a temper tantrum at a multi-trillion dollar company because it's not making enough money. ๐Ÿ™„

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/blog/apple-google-epic-app-store-anti-trust.html

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p9zDPkbqyc

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/26/2020 @15:03 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Funny how common sense gets lost as new things get normalized into infrastructure.


[1] https://yeahiwasintheshit.tumblr.com/post/627524104462991360/sugdenlovesdingle-i-grew-up-in-the-90s-when



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/26/2020 @14:51 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

This pretty reasonably articulates things that have been low-key rattling through my head for a while now that I have not been able to effectively articulate. Fixing so many of the ills we experience at the hands of capitalism seems so difficult and unattainable without bespoke solutions for each problem. The reality turns out to be that a lot of it is likely fallout from monopolistic, oligarchic, and generally corrupt actors, and as such we actually do have tools to combat them. ยซhttps://mostlysignssomeportents.tumblr.com/post/627523017255370752/surveillance-capitalism-is-just-capitalism-plusยปยน

[1] https://mostlysignssomeportents.tumblr.com/post/627523017255370752/surveillance-capitalism-is-just-capitalism-plus



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/26/2020 @10:02 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Duncan v. Becerra - California's "Large Capacity Magazine" ban decision (read by Leonard French) ยซhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8v-Eu0nCzMยปยน. (Full opinion read ยซhereยปยฒ)

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8v-Eu0nCzM

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RATAjkdE6lY

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/26/2020 @09:36 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

โ€œIt is a fairly specific workflow that is a challenge for some newer developers to engage with. As an example, my partner submitted a patch to OpenBSD a few weeks ago, and he had to set up an entirely new mail client which didnโ€™t mangle his email message to HTML-ise or do other things to it, so he could even make that one patch. Thatโ€™s a barrier to entry thatโ€™s pretty high for somebody who may want to be a first-time contributor.โ€


I'm skeptical of the quality of a developer that cannot install and configure an e-mail client so perhaps the barrier to entry is in fact useful. Operating system development is difficult and nuanced and has very real risks if you do it wrong. The infamous Apple ยซ"goto fail;"ยปยฒ comes to mind.

[1] https://www.theregister.com/2020/08/25/linux_kernel_email/

[2] https://gotofail.com



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/25/2020 @14:11 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซThe date is now Tuesday, March 178th, 2020.ยปยน

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/08/the-date-is-now-tuesday-march-178th-2020/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/25/2020 @13:12 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/arkham-board-of-health-feedback-on-miskatonic-universitys-draft-plan-for-a-safe-campus-reopening

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/25/2020 @13:11 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://blog.lukaszolejnik.com/web-browsing-histories-are-private-personal-data-now-what/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/24/2020 @13:11 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

My MacBook Pro has thrown the 'Service Battery' alert recently so I pulled the bottom off to check the battery part number to order a replacement. When I bought the MacBook Pro I checked to verify it wasn't subject to the inflating/exploding battery recall and Apple's website said I was either not effected or the battery was already replaced. Sure looks like that was the case, eh? Welp, good thing I have a replacement on the way.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/23/2020 @19:48 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Ok, so... I laughed out loud several times in the first few minutes of reading... an opinion... from an Ontario court... over a traffic infraction. They should teach this case in high school to encourage people to learn more about the law. ยซhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e7haZ3ekuSgยปยน. No kidding, literally laughing. ๐Ÿ˜‚

[1] https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e7haZ3ekuSg

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/21/2020 @20:27 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Quality content. ยซhttps://www.tiktok.com/@streetmagiciandudeยปยน

[1] https://www.tiktok.com/@streetmagiciandude



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/21/2020 @20:19 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Honestly, I think stuff like this happens when any piece of the ecosystem hits the `defacto standard` / `near monopoly` status. Seemingly reasonably and useful pieces of code turn into dangerous misfeatures.


Of course you can also point out that the real root cause of this is the NXDomain hijacking by ISPs that everyone smart said would come back to bite us in the ass in fact biting us on the ass.

[1] https://blog.apnic.net/2020/08/21/chromiums-impact-on-root-dns-traffic/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/20/2020 @16:26 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Today's jam: ยซhttps://timecop1983.bandcamp.com/album/night-driveยปยน

[1] https://timecop1983.bandcamp.com/album/night-drive



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/18/2020 @15:57 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

If my ~10 years of experience at an ISP taught me anything, ยซthisยปยน is *extremely* optimistic.

[1] https://xkcd.com/2347/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/16/2020 @13:51 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/14/2020 @19:29 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

The fact that I have not felt able to write a truly spleen-venting rant about how awful ยซElectronยปยน is (it is a vile construct) and how you should be ashamed for using it (you should be) is testament to how mind wrenchingly terrible it is to develop software using the native tools. Microsoft and Apple should be truly ashamed of themselves.

[1] https://www.electronjs.org

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/11/2020 @09:27 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

The WSJ article is behind the paywall but Bruce Schneier has a ยซsynopsisยปยน. The tl;dr is basically 'another company caught hiding data collection in their API is selling your data everywhere.' This is why I don't install mobile apps. You have to trust not only the app vendor but every single library they use all the way down to the OS SDK. Good luck with that.

[1] https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/08/collecting_and_.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/11/2020 @09:14 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> A statement from [Brand]ยฎ ยซpic.twitter.com/XT9tXF9hvzยปยนโ€” Chris Franklin (@Campster) ยซMay 31, 2020ยปยฒ

This behavior is up there with millionaires begging me to donate money to their charities in the continuum of 'tone deaf horse shit'.

[1] https://t.co/XT9tXF9hvz

[2] https://twitter.com/Campster/status/1267183124582215680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/09/2020 @10:04 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Hey, I have an idea. Instead of displaying a modal dialog box you open news urls in Safari like normal people? Deleting the app is a pretty strong indicator that I don't want it.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/09/2020 @00:09 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/27/opinion/republicans-demographic-trap/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/08/2020 @18:22 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Dan Rather throwing shade on Twitter? Yeah, must be 2020 still. ยซhttps://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/625904233892429824/vbartilucci-sirfrogsworth-dan-rather-a-stoicยปยน

[1] https://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/625904233892429824/vbartilucci-sirfrogsworth-dan-rather-a-stoic



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/06/2020 @17:34 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I feel like this list is missing something...


[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/08/doom-scroll/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/06/2020 @17:07 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Well this is a new low in app design. Just deleted the SiriusXM app from my AppleTV because there is no obvious way to stop it from playing. Even quitting back to the home screen doesn't seem to shut it up. Nice.

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/06/2020 @15:58 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I can't help but wonder if he ever got his data... I also can't help but wonder if we'll have meaningful privacy legislation in my lifetime. ยซhttps://www.wired.com/story/one-mans-obsessive-fight-to-reclaim-his-cambridge-analytica-data/ยปยน

[1] https://www.wired.com/story/one-mans-obsessive-fight-to-reclaim-his-cambridge-analytica-data/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/03/2020 @17:21 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Man, I forgot how amateur hour Nintendo's networking is. I love that they think it's totally reasonable to forward every single UDP port to your Nintendo device. Because no one plays any games on anything other than their Nintendo Switch that uses UDP... (ยซNintendo Support Articleยปยน)

[1] https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Nintendo-Switch/How-to-Set-Up-a-Router-s-Port-Forwarding-for-a-Nintendo-Switch-Console-1498000.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/02/2020 @19:28 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

In today's garbage fire tech-bro fueled own nothing culture, billionaire continues to screw people who actually make things. ยซvia jwzยปยน

[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/08/billionaire-says-musicians-are-broke-because-they-dont-work-hard-enough/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 08/01/2020 @20:48 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

The US Post Office is a really important part of the machinery of the country and we really should be protecting it instead of putting it through a meat grinder so it seems like a good idea to privatize it. Privatizing parts of the government only leads to taxpayers getting leas for their money, and private industry being funded by taxpayers.


[1] https://dynamoe.tumblr.com/post/625263393907113984/saveusps




โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/28/2020 @14:19 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Remember the days when web sites provided you with RSS feeds? I miss those days. Those days would have saved me over 2000 lines of Python.

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/28/2020 @14:08 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Well shit, now I want a pond in my back yard even more than before... (also, lord these listicle sites are smoking garbage fires of attribution. Google image search returns about a million imgur and giphy links and nothing that looks like an original source...)



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/28/2020 @14:02 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I don't know why I keep going round and round trying to make my iOS devices better at creating things than they are, it never works. I should put a sticker on my phone and tablet that says 'For Consumption Only'.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/26/2020 @16:15 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

So a bit ago ยซteduยปยน shared a blog post that caught my eye. It was about ยซwriting a network protocol client using Swift and Network.frameworkยปยฒ and while that in itself was interesting the bit that dragged me down a rabbit hole was this talk of a ยซGeminiยปยณ protocol.

[1] https://honk.tedunangst.com/u/tedu

[2] https://shadowfacts.net/2020/gemini-network-framework/

[3] https://gemini.circumlunar.space/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/17/2020 @21:33 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Once again a reminder that consolidation of resources on the Internet is not only asking for failures of all kinds but is in fact antithetical to the design principals of the network. ยซCloudflare Outage on July 17 2020ยปยน

[1] https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-outage-on-july-17-2020/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/17/2020 @10:25 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

> Specifically, twitter seems to have, along its way from being a crappo SXSW chatroom, perfected an algorithm where you go 'I really don't think we should shred nuns' and Twitter will do its absolute friggin' best to find @TheNunShredderโš”๏ธ and make sure he comes crashing in.โ€” Jason Scott (@textfiles) ยซJuly 17, 2020ยปยน

[1] https://twitter.com/textfiles/status/1284002348071899136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/14/2020 @22:01 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I spent a good amount of time today writing a new scraper for one of my RSS feed generators. Watching log files during that reminded me how much of the Internet is just machines howling at other machines in the interminable darkness.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/10/2020 @21:06 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Can we all just agree that Silicon Valley turned into a ยซhorror showยปยน a while ago?

[1] https://www.dnalounge.com/backstage/log/2020/07/10.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/08/2020 @22:16 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Is it just me or is finding anything in any of the Apple storefronts an exercise in futility? I swear, the *smarter* they claim they make this crap the more frustrating it is to actually use.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/03/2020 @09:22 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/opinion/private-equity-inequality.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 07/02/2020 @16:56 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I've been thinking about this a lot recently for obvious reasons and this is a pretty succinct essay that sums up my thoughts. ยซhttps://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/07/the_security_va.htmlยปยน I'd only add the warning that the consolidation of carriers and the general reality of the 'big four' Internet companies has started to erode the resiliency that was inherent in the Internet of the last decade - and we should look at that as bad a trend as what has happened, well, everywhere else.

[1] https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/07/the_security_va.html


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/30/2020 @09:17 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

One of the things that I think the video in my ยซprevious Thoughtยปยน shows, perhaps unintentionally is how much time a computer has to dedicate to simply interact with humans. I'll try not to take printf(3) with %d for granted in the future.

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/thoughts/1593486131.html



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/29/2020 @23:02 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

If you have not been watching any of ยซBen Eater'sยปยน videos on computers you are missing out. In his ยซlatestยปยฒ he answers the question, binary to decimal -- how hard can that be?

[1] https://www.youtube.com/user/eaterbc/videos

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3-a-zqKfgA



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/29/2020 @12:49 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

The 'designers' at YouTube continue to amaze me at how bad they are at their jobs...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/24/2020 @16:09 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Today's feels...



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/23/2020 @20:27 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://computerhistory.org/blog/discovering-dennis-ritchies-lost-dissertation/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/23/2020 @16:06 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Just pushed a new container, it uses nginx to transform a RTMP stream off of a camera watching my bird feeder into a HLS stream so I can publish it to the web. Yep. That's a thing I just did.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/14/2020 @23:15 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

So in today's iOS is still trash news, 13.5.1 still will not register scroll inputs while it is fading in the highlight during multi-select in a ListView. Makes deleting and filing messages really awesome in Mail.app, nothing like adding a 200ms delay in the tap tap scroll tap tap scroll dance.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/12/2020 @23:59 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Ckb_Qa8Qw

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/07/2020 @12:32 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I love this kind of stuff: ยซRecovering the Lost Apollo 10 LM Softwareยปยน. If you didn't see the Apollo Guidance Computer restoration series, ยซyou should watch itยปยฒ.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JTa1RQxU04

[2] https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-_93BVApb59FWrLZfdlisi_x7-Ut_-w7



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/06/2020 @13:09 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Finally got around to playing the Tomb Raider reboot, it was enjoyable and it looks pretty great in 2k on a GTX 1080.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 06/02/2020 @13:53 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/06/everyone-at-facebook-is-qwhite-complicit/


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/29/2020 @15:56 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I wonder how many different variations on ยซthis scriptยปยน I have written over the years. I gotta believe at least 20.

[1] https://ssl.ub3rgeek.net/git/?p=misc.git;a=blob;f=sync-audi-mmi-sd



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/28/2020 @08:43 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซhttps://xkcd.com/2312/ยปยน mbmbam is a pretty good unit of measure if you ask me.

[1] https://xkcd.com/2312/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/23/2020 @23:05 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2020/05/22/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/20/2020 @21:20 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

So TIL that my hatred of the iPadOS dock means most of the multitasking stuff is useless to me. ยซhttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207582ยปยน.

[1] https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207582



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/19/2020 @10:52 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/05/pizza-arbitrage/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/18/2020 @08:54 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜


[1] http://www.righto.com/2020/05/extracting-rom-constants-from-8087-math.html

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/15/2020 @17:57 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Turning on an availability monitor in Azure Application Insights has eliminated the cold start penalty and drastically reduced my HTTP triggered function execution time. I should still be well within the free usage allotment for the Pay-As-You-Go tier as well. Bonus.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/15/2020 @11:55 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Worth a read. ยซhttps://www.wired.com/story/confessions-marcus-hutchins-hacker-who-saved-the-internet/ยปยน

[1] https://www.wired.com/story/confessions-marcus-hutchins-hacker-who-saved-the-internet/

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/15/2020 @10:10 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

tl;dr: monopolies are stupid and make short sighted decisions.


[1] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/frontiers-bankruptcy-reveals-cynical-choice-deny-profitable-fiber-millions



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/12/2020 @22:25 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Spent an hour figuring out the hard way that SERVER_PROTOCOL is not available when ProxyPass is processed for some reason (surely Apache knows the HTTP version of the incoming request it is about to proxy) so instead of committing an act of barbarism against my config to work around this with mod_rewrite I yanked my app out of the container and put it back under mod_wsgi. Simpler is often better.

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/12/2020 @11:38 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

The latest ยซLast Week Tonightยปยน on the USPS is not only hilarious and informative as usual, but come on, who doesn't want an "ยซAND NOW...A STAMPยปยฒ" stamp.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoL8g0W9gAQ

[2] https://photostamps.com/products/laststamptonight



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/06/2020 @22:54 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I know that Mercury is an ยซinsane hellscapeยปยน, but if you squint all sciency like it looks ยซreally prettyยปยฒ.

[1] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_(planet)

[2] https://www.instagram.com/p/B_3FNMgp-e5/



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/06/2020 @21:49 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Remember when looking at the logs of your own system was as easy as grep *something* /var/log/* and not *log show --last 1h --style syslog --debug --predicate 'senderImagePath == "/System/Library/Extensions/Sandbox.kext/Contents/MacOS/Sandbox"'*. Man those days were *awful* weren't they?

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/05/2020 @22:36 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Why yes. I did have tacos today. Thanks for asking.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/02/2020 @17:57 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

Honestly, my browser tabs are often a bit weird but I think I am turning some kind of corner here.



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/02/2020 @17:13 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซhttps://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52504130/captain-tom-cockpit-view-of-raf-flypast-in-marston-moretaineยปยน I have always wanted to fly a Spitfire.

[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52504130/captain-tom-cockpit-view-of-raf-flypast-in-marston-moretaine



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 05/01/2020 @21:56 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซThis is an amazing story.ยปยน

[1] https://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/616951798594453504


โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/28/2020 @22:43 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

ยซThisยปยน. So much this. If you made a website do these things be ashamed.

[1] https://mobile.twitter.com/chris_randall/status/1251170743238311937



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/28/2020 @21:30 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

And sometimes people ask my why I don't like using random libraries off the Internet... ยซThis is whyยปยน.

[1] https://medium.com/javascript-in-plain-english/is-promise-post-mortem-cab807f18dcc

โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/28/2020 @20:07 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I think I found a picture of the first piece of hardware that I built and hooked up to the Internet... Can you believe there was a time when people would just expose binaries with write-access to their parallel port to the world?



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/27/2020 @15:15 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

No. Autoplay is disabled for a reason. This modal overlay is bad design. Respect your users' choices instead of interrupting them to whine.



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It's probably a decent time to mention that hey, if there are people out there that make things that you think are cool and get enjoyment out of, this would be the time to support them if you can. Personally I've been plowing through ยซmy favorite podcastsยปยน so I sent some money their way.

[1] https://www.going-flying.com/blog/podcasts-2019.html



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I was only marginally into USENET (having not had an Internet connection until the late 1990s but I was very much into Fidonet -- a similar construction created later for the BBS world), but this is still a ยซfascinating readยปยน.

[1] https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb/blog/2019-11/2019-11-14.html

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There is something beautiful about ยซthisยปยน.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2QPy-igBLA

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Front lawn de-thatched, mowed, and fertilized. It almost feels like spring.



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On today's episode of things I didn't realize I would be glad to know how to do... building a bespoke null modem RS-232 cable.



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For more of your stay at home listening pleasure, Matt over at ยซhttps://piratehistorypodcast.comยปยน not only kills it every week with historically spiced pirate content but he is now lending his dulcet voice to the delight that is Treasure Island in between episodes.

Pirate History Podcast [1] The Pirate History Podcast



โ•’โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•โ•ฃโ–’ 04/22/2020 @08:55 โ–’โ•Ÿโ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”˜

I think I might be working too hard to get a picture for a blog post...



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I don't know why but ยซCarl Sagan flying through spaceยปยน *never* gets old it seems.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc

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I love that ยซthisยปยน and ยซthisยปยฒ are both only 256 bytes. That means that *half a sector* of a traditional hard drive holding either of these files would be *empty*!

[1] https://www.linusakesson.net/scene/a-mind-is-born/index.php#

[2] https://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=85227

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Music I have been staying at home to: ยซSomaFMยปยน, ยซBig Sonic Heavenยปยฒ, and ยซDNA Pizza'sยปยณ massive collection of music videos with a ยซrequest featureยปโด!

[1] https://somafm.com/listen/

[2] https://www.bigsonicheaven.com/

[3] https://www.dnalounge.com/webcast/

[4] https://www.dnalounge.com/musicvideos/

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Hey Apple, it would be nice if your security updates would stop clobbering files that I modified. Yes indeed I do want to use automount in 2020.



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ยซThis is 100% my shit.ยปยน

[1] https://archive.org/details/DNALOUNGE-2019-09-23

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I don't hate the crafting aspect of ยซAnimal Crossing New Horizonsยปยน as much as I thought I would but seriously, can we please get rid of tool durability?

[1] https://animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/



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Once again, for the second time.



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It verks! It is verking!


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