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My number 1 reason for unfollowing people: long chains of toots on the same subject. If it takes more than 3 toots (at most) put it in a blog post.

It's a pity there isn't a “privacy” setting between unlisted and followers-only where anybody can see the post but it doesn't show even on followers timelines which could be used for the tails of such chains.

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“If you separate the thinking about things from the doing of things, then innovation will suffer.”

uncle [¹] joke 

Every time I get my impact driver out I mutter “this is not a drill”.

[¹] I'm not a dad but I do enjoy making my nibblings roll their eyes once in a while.

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uspol, sarcasm 

Looking on the bright side, could January 2021 be the month USians finally learn the difference between the words “capital” and “capitol”?

Suggested New Year's resolution: to read the hover text and the previous replies before asking a question about a toot.

Happy New Year.

Hmm, Charlie Stross's blog [¹] got a new Let's Encrypt certificate this morning. Works fine in Firefox, not so much in Liferea/wget/curl. I'm guessing it's a matter of which certificate store is used. On up-to-date Ubuntu 20.04.1. Could be something trivial or it could be the first sign of a minor panic.

Let's Encrypt are rolling out new certificates but this is signed by their R3 certificate which has been in use for a few months, AIUI.


@amdt Both DeepL and Google translate with “The depth of the epicenter is about 60km”. Are they both translating incorrectly or is the original Japanese wrong? The epicenter is, by definition, on the surface; it'd be the hypocenter which is at a depth of 60 km.

(Using American spellings for consistency.)

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Thanks for the votes, about what I expected.

an-throp-o-cene is the one which seems odd to me as it implies emphasis on the “throp” which doesn't fit at all with any pronunciation of “anthropologist” which I can manage.

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I've heard both, BTW; one seems really odd to me.

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Going just on the this write up the Sequoia PGP peeps seem to have some very good attitudes.

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Big news in cryptography! Sequoia PGP v1.0 has been released. This is an alternative implementation of OpenPGP (Pretty Good Privacy) standard, as compared to GnuPG. Besides being written in #rustlang, it takes a library-first approach.

…and then it got worse. Dialog box popped up offering a “partial upgrade”. Clicked OK and that failed in the same leaving the GUI (MATE) completely borked. Decided to do a clean reinstall (Ubuntu MATE 20.04.1) so did a few additional backups from the terminal overnight (everything except Saturday's email and work was backed up anyway but better not to rely on single copies) and reinstalled today. Slowly getting back to normal.

Can't decide if I hate the computer or building industries more.

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Oh, yippee skip:

$ sudo apt upgrade
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
Setting up man-db (2.9.1-1) ...
Updating database of manual pages ...
man-db.service is a disabled or a static unit, not starting it.

…and then it just hangs.

SpaceX's SN8 “bellyflop” was more successful than almost everybody, including SpaceX, expected and was a major step forward in the development for the Starship. But the Guardian can only dwell on the kaboom:

This is an example of why I have very mixed feelings about that newspaper [¹] and why it's been a while since I sent any money their way.

[¹] The best I can say is that it's generally less crap than most of the others.

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SpaceX's SN8 “bellyflop” landing almost worked.

It arrived on the landing pad vertically and going reasonably slowly but not slowly enough - kaboom. Looked like they lost an engine on the way up (or maybe they intended to shut one down?) then another just a few seconds before landing.

From the colour of the exhaust just before landing it looked like it was desperately trying to relight an engine as it hit.

SN9's nearly ready.

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The Galactic Federation interviews Earth for membership. :flan_XD:

Required viewing if you want to keep following me.

Waiting (for some hours, on and off) for the SpaceX Starship first bellyflop test 12.5 km (41'000 ft) [¹]. Think it'll be soon, though, as there's a NASA WB-57 on the way down to Boca Chica. They're the aircraft they normally use for high-altitude optical tracking.



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