FFS, is there nobody who can spell common three letter words in their native language?

its - the possessive form of “it”
it's - short for “it is” or “it has”

Done one day's work on my house since the beginning of November. Partly down to a bad back early that month and feeling a bit unwell a couple of other days but mostly due to wind and rain.

For comparison, I did 17 days with at least a couple of hour's work between the same dates last year.

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Each of the counts in the indictment against Assange has “… in an offense begun and committed outside of the jurisdiction of any particular state or district of the United States, …”

Were any of the alleged offences committed in the US? Apart from any other considerations, I'm very uncomfortable about the idea of extradition for the extra-territorial application of anybody's law. Taken to its logical conclusion everybody would be subject to all laws everywhere.

cf Gary McKinnon.

Why does Git write protect files in the .git directory?

I mostly use Mercurial. I've never had a problem because I accidentally deleted files from the .hg directory. Git's behaviour just makes you use the -f switch on rm for no good reason but at potentially greater risk.

Just another trivial reason to use hg instead of git, IMHO.

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Dear Guardian (newspaper): please replace your energy correspondent with one who knows what units of power and energy mean: “a typical 10MW lithium-ion battery project, capable of releasing 24MW of electricity per hour”. 🙄


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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