We need the software equivalent of the NTSB/AAIB/BEA to investigate why this sudo bug wasn't found and fixed ages ago.

Am I alone in thinking now is a weird time for the SNP to push for another Scottish independence referendum? Much better to see what happens wrt Brexit and, if it finishes up as a no-deal (as seems quite possible), or just a crap deal, then it'd have a much better chance. But, if it finishes up remain it'd sink like a DU balloon in helium and scupper any chance for the next couple of decades.

/ @fitheach

Dunno, but reading between the lines I get the impression that Matt Carr doesn't like Boris Johnson all that much.


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Reflections inspired by #ClimateStrike, on being part of a #coop, doing small things, and the futility of it all. rhiaro.co.uk/2019/09/reflectio

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The view from abroad.

"If you’ve been paying any attention to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, you know that, in declaring United Kingdom politics to have reached peak shambolic six months ago, we spoke too soon. Oh, did we ever."

The Globe and Mail.


I'm laughing, and I don't know why.

#politics #BoJo #Brexit

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Today, I learned some new tricks with the ever wonderful youtube-dl

List subtitle files:
youtube-dl --list-subs URL

Download video + all subs:
youtube-dl --all-subs URL

Download English sub, no video:
youtube-dl --write-sub --sub-lang en --skip-download URL

#youtube-dl #films #movies #TIL

Old-school Lisp used dynamic binding but I thought all modern ones (Scheme, Emacs Lisp, etc) used lexical binding. Am I wrong about Common Lisp, or something?

Years ago a friend was extolling the virtues of some Maltese cheese. “Oh”, I ask, “where do you get it?”.

“Malta” he replied, looking at me like I was a complete idiot.

Probably helped that he was an airline pilot, though. Shopping for particular things can be an input when they're bidding for their rosters.

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Dear everyone who is considering making a video of yourself talking rather than just writing the *exact same words* into a text file, a blog post or a PDF:

Unless you're specifically targeting people who literally cannot read...

Please don't.

Sincerely, A Person Who Doesn't Have Literal Free Hours To Hear You Slooooowly Say Something It Would Take Me Five Seconds To Read And Also I Can Ctrl-F It

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Need a simple hardware board. Dug out an old Arduino NG. Wonder if this still works. Download the blink sketch. Hmm, can't see a blinking LED. Web search: arduino.cc/en/Main/Boards “Revision C of the Arduino NG does not have a built-in LED on pin 13”. Yes, that would probably account for it.

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Plenty of barn swallows round the house I'm building in the last few weeks. Have to shout at them to keep them from coming in through the door while I'm working.

Anybody got a copy of that email which went viral on June 4th 1989, the message from the Sun employees on the atmosphere in Tiananmen Square, sent the evening before the massacre?

First internet viral phenomenon I read, I think.

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