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“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things.”

Recent twts from fastidious

In-reply-to > Want to jot something down for later, or brainstorm a new idea with some mates? Etherpad is now up on our pod's network!

@prologic hmm, I don’t know about that, but much has changed. They have a Docker image, but if manual is preferred, then:

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_14.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt install -y nodejs
git clone --branch master https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite.git &&
cd etherpad-lite &&
src/bin/run.sh

#ytyu7ua
In-reply-to > Winter Olympics: Athletes Advised To Use Burner Phones In Beijing New submitter sperm shares a report from the BBC: The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts say. The My2022 app will be used by athletes, audience members and media for daily Covid monitoring. The app will also offer voice chats, file transfer ... ⌘ Read more

@prologic “If you are intending to visit Australia, do yourself a favor, get a burner Phone and Laptop” — This one is so hard to achieve. These days my phone is my camera too. It is also my main traveling computer, my GPS, my airplane check-in, my hotel reservation. It is also my passport backup, and method of payment. It is pretty much a vital piece I need with me at all time.

A phone must become a basic human right and, as such, inviolable.


#gyfmiya

So, created an account on Hetzner trying to give their VPS a go. Their specifications are sweet, and the pricing is more than right. It didn’t like a MasterCard, but took the AMEX fine. After the account was created they required verification. Allegedly my account was flagged as high risk, and they needed to verify me. One of the choices was my driver’s licence.

Whilst trying to add my drivers licence, the first time failed. The photo on the licence picture didn’t match the current photo I had to take. Duh! When trying to redo, got a 403 error. No matter what I tried, nada. Tried another verification, using Paypal this time. Same error. Logged out, logged back in, tried again, same errors. Bye bye Hetzner! :-(


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In-reply-to > Microsoft is to acquire Activision Blizzard. I understand Blizzard had/has problems of their own, but this is an absolute horrible news for gamers everywhere. Like, the worse nightmare. It will give Microsoft a monopoly status on gaming.

@prologic I believe they are in the preliminary phase (I truly do not know details on how company acquisitions and merges are regulated, but they are indeed). So, they are yet to face scrutiny; that’s coming.


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In-reply-to > Microsoft is to acquire Activision Blizzard. I understand Blizzard had/has problems of their own, but this is an absolute horrible news for gamers everywhere. Like, the worse nightmare. It will give Microsoft a monopoly status on gaming.

@prologic it is likely going to happen, but it is too early for anything to occur yet. At the very least, the whole deal is going to get a strong scrutiny from government regulators.


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In-reply-to > What it boils down to for me is this:

As a side, helpful note, you can buy the book on hardcover or paperback formats too. Amazon has it in both formats. The book might be available from other sources too, not just from Amazon—though I haven’t checked.


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In-reply-to > Now @fastidious dug up this fucking fantastic article on the Global Positioning System. Holy shit my friends, this is the mooooooooooost awesome explanation on GPS I've ever come across. Forget about everything you're about to do today, and take some time to read and enjoy the brilliant illustrations of said article instead. It will really, really, really, really, really blow your mind. If you can't tell already, I'm totally amazed. And I'm not even half way through yet. It's sooo cool on so many levels. There's heaps of brilliant things to discover. Explore yourself and enjoy, you won't regret it, I will promise you. Now, stop looking at my trash I publish and have a read by this true genius instead! https://ciechanow.ski/gps/

@lyse is not kidding. Bartosz almost writes with an ELI5 approach. The choice of font (Lato), the choice of colours, the line height, the interactive illustrations, as @lyse points out, the site’s design, they all help conveying the message clearly, and with excellent taste to boot. But don’t stop at this article. He has more equally amazing. A heads up, JS is required. But, oh, so worth it!


#vud3cda

“I fucking cannot stand it at all that all nuclear power plants do is boil water. The history of humanity is nothing but boiling water. In the future there will be new ways to boil water and that’s it. Fuck it.” — Origin unknown, most likely some XChan somewhere.


#dfm7wnq
In-reply-to > @xavavu “I knit a scarf once” — that’s a feat! To someone who has zero knitting skills (me!) that’s certainly something. I would be boasting about it with anyone I meet. “Hey, nice meeting you! Just so you know, I knit a scarf once!” I would say, whilst putting my nose up a little.

@xavavu now tell us the truth. Did you ever expected to get this much attention out of a single tag line? Isn’t it amazing how simple things often catches someone attention, and then spawn a life of their own? For what is worth, your scarf lives on! And this will be my last twt relating to this scarf. Maybe.


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In-reply-to > https://dominikbraun.io/blog/the-difference-between-go-and-rust 👈 Came across this article almost by accident -- Well worth the read 👌

@lyse I completely agree. The “response” came across as something someone wanted to quickly write to post it somewhere for those 15 minutes of fame. The substance is on the original article.


#ewejdla
In-reply-to > I’ll have a nice bowl of salad now and go watch another episode of Forbrydelsen 👌 📺

@movq interesting, never—until now—heard of it, but that’s not unusual. I checked and it came to the US last year, under the name “The Killing” and it is on Amazon Prime, to which I happen to subscribe. Adding it to my list, thanks!


#bffotla
In-reply-to > Microsoft is to acquire Activision Blizzard. I understand Blizzard had/has problems of their own, but this is an absolute horrible news for gamers everywhere. Like, the worse nightmare. It will give Microsoft a monopoly status on gaming.

It has the potential to impact negatively console players, that is PlayStation users. Since Microsoft has its own console, I am foreseeing current Blizzard games on PS will become ‘second class citizens’, and may eventually disappear. As someone who has played Blizzard games for 21 years, this is the end of an era.


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In-reply-to > "Fun" day at work today. It seems a recent critical update to Microsoft Windows servers (physical and virtual) is causing a few of our AD controllers to be on a boot loop. That, of course, is affecting many other services. Yup, one of those Mondays. Oh, wait, it is Tuesday already!

@eaplmx well, the consolation for me is this (and I might sound a bit selfish next): I don’t manage Microsoft Windows servers, someone else’s does. So, though impacted, it is not directly my problem. LOL. Also, Friday is one day closer already. Yeehaw!


#wdv6lua

“Fun” day at work today. It seems a recent critical update to Microsoft Windows servers (physical and virtual) is causing a few of our AD controllers to be on a boot loop. That, of course, is affecting many other services. Yup, one of those Mondays. Oh, wait, it is Tuesday already!


#7iu46aq
In-reply-to > one of the difficulties of digital goods is the perceived value. Why is so simple to spend 2 USD (or equivalent) on a coffee and so hard to do it on a book/game/app? Our minds play tricks when we can't touch something. (For instance, in the current debate with the NFT nobody understands anything).

@eaplmx it is not the money @prologic is concerned about, it is the fact that to get a book with DRM you need to use a service provided by a company, which he considers “privacy eroding garbage”. He doesn’t have a problem spending money. He wants to spend it; he just wants a PDF for his money. That, sadly, isn’t an option.


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In-reply-to > The thing that always gets me though is the "excuse" and the "few spoil it for the many". I don't actually agree with you that many many many many many would give the thing they themselves worked hard to save up money for to purchase away to any random tom dick and/or harry. Why would I?

@thecanine I understand, but I do not go online looking for pirated books (nor software), and I doubt @prologic would doubting whether or not this that you described happened. Your twt re-affirmed my previous reply.


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In-reply-to > The thing that always gets me though is the "excuse" and the "few spoil it for the many". I don't actually agree with you that many many many many many would give the thing they themselves worked hard to save up money for to purchase away to any random tom dick and/or harry. Why would I?

@prologic I think @thecanine just validated my point when he wrote ‘which I can prove, even by pointing out that this very book can already be downloaded in PDF from quite a lot do “book archival sites”’.


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In-reply-to > Nothing stops you from photocopying a physical book to give to many.

@ullarah imagine the millions of teenagers left to do exactly what you did. And the millions that will come after them. And the adults that aren’t like you. That will give you a glimpse of what I am talking about. :-)


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In-reply-to > @prologic from a business point of view, it is harder—or impossible?—to protect a PDF from being disseminated. Unlike a paper book, that can only be held by a person at a time, nothing stops you from giving away a PDF to many. Bad for business.

@prologic it is intrinsic in human nature. My data is the billions of us sharing and destroying this Blue Dot. The data is the many sharing sites. Just Google it, Duckduck duck it, or Bang it (LOL), you will see. I mean, I could do a research, but I don’t want to. :-P


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In-reply-to > Nothing stops you from photocopying a physical book to give to many.

@ullarah hmm, I don’t know. People are normally inclined to then getting the other songs, and albums, for free too because, “hey, I already got one, this should be an easy thing to do; why pay for something you can get for free?” Not everyone who listens to music buys associated merchandise. I speak based on my own experience, I don’t. But you might have a point there, everyone is not me. :-D

I think, in the case of music, sales as we know them will cease. I don’t want to own music. I would rather pay to stream it. It gives me access to immense, super high quality, music libraries any time I want it.


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In-reply-to > Nothing stops you from photocopying a physical book to give to many.

@ullarah really? Come on, I know it has been done, but it is not something that can happen as easy, and as fast, as forwarding a PDF file. No, it doesn’t give the business more exposure. That’s a fallacy.


#ix62abq
In-reply-to > @prologic from a business point of view, it is harder—or impossible?—to protect a PDF from being disseminated. Unlike a paper book, that can only be held by a person at a time, nothing stops you from giving away a PDF to many. Bad for business.

@prologic you wouldn’t, but many, many many, many many many (add as many many as you can here) would. Because “stick it to the man”, “knowledge ought to be free”, “I am only giving it to one person!”, and so on, and so forth.


#f5sndjq
In-reply-to > Glossary - yarn - Mills

@darch to define Yarn, and set it apart, those aren’t good recommendations. A single post on Yarn is called a twt. A bunch of replies to a twt is called a yarn (not capitalised). Any given twt, but a top one, can be forked into a separate yarn. The compose form has been called a post box (for now).

We are not naming things following a semantic web. We are inventing, or adapting, new terms.


#pthivra
In-reply-to > A little rain, just a little—it was raining hard two hours ago, but not now—and the power goes off. I mean, what kind of third world country is this?

@prologic yes, overhead power lines. Lot in Florida is reclaimed swamp, and water is just barely a metre or two from surface. Other places have it overhead too, because of legacy, and costs to bury it.


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In-reply-to > @lyse take a look at https://charm.sh/. I saw it a while ago in Hacker News, and yesterday it popped around here on a twt from Maya too. Look at Bubble Tea specifically.

@lyse having the same Golang knowledge as I have of chemistry doesn’t help, so I don’t understand much the pros and cons of the “let me render one giant string” part you talk about. For me it was mostly visual; I saw a cool, flowing, neat looking TUI, and was sold. LOL.

I bet there are many other similar libraries, each with their own pros and cons. Often picking one is, all on its own, an undertaking.


#scu7dpq
In-reply-to > So, @ullarah, when using the post box on "normal" mode, that is, not "drawer mode" I can start the mention, and select with arrows, accept with return, and continue on the twt. On drawer mode, I can't select with arrows, nor accept with return, and the mention drop list doesn't go away until I click on the post box.

@ullarah failure is not an option, soldier! :-D Yes, it has to be a way.


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In-reply-to > So, @ullarah, when using the post box on "normal" mode, that is, not "drawer mode" I can start the mention, and select with arrows, accept with return, and continue on the twt. On drawer mode, I can't select with arrows, nor accept with return, and the mention drop list doesn't go away until I click on the post box.

@prologic drawer mode is when the post box moves from its original spot to be under the twt being replied to. Whilst at the top is in normal mode. :-)


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