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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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@tinyrabbit Re “installing with pip as root is a Bad Idea (tm)”: can any of the packages you use be installed with apt?

(Assuming you use Raspbian/RaspberryPiOS or whatever it's called now.)

warmedal.se/~bjorn/posts/2021-

“They're in Excel, Sally. What precisely do you imagine “objective” means?” 😂

smbc-comics.com/comic/criteria

21 today 

Base 32, that is.

(My hair's now a lot greyer than shown in my avatar.)

Hoy, the highest and west-most Orkney island, viewed from the footbridge across the Thurso river Monday morning. The Old Man of Hoy [¹] is just visible poking up above the bit of Hoy jutting out to the left.

The tide is out and most of the river bed is exposed with just a meandering stream left.

Taken while walking back from ordering some more battens for my roof while my van had its annual inspection in the buildings on the right of the picture.

[¹] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Man_

Re the British Embassy security guard arrested in Berlin for spying, the Guardian writes [¹] “Pictures taken from inside his flat last week in Potsdam appear to demonstrate his affinity to the Kremlin with at least two Russian flags alongside…”. Well, that's a bit of a red flag, isn't it?

[¹] theguardian.com/world/2021/aug

Operational definition of wires/cables/ropes being tidy: 

The one you want to get at next is on top.

TIL how big Vancouver island is. I've always thought of it as maybe about the size of Skye or the Isle of Wight; actually it's only 10km or so shorter than Scotland (though somewhat less than half the area).

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@fribbledom
Same for me. I find calling rude. When you call someone you are basucally saying: Stop whatevery you are doing and give me your attention right now!

That can of course be justified if you need help or advice on the spot.

Hmmm, I think I must be living in Scotland: haar, deer and pheasants out of the kitchen window.

edavies.me.uk/2021/07/haar-dee

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I think I've never been more forcibly struck than today with the realisation that today's Web developers have never used 1980s BASIC systems and just have no awareness that computers used to be things you could both use and program interactively, in the same session.

We've deprived an entire couple generations of children of a basic formative mind-expanding experience of cognitive freedom, and now they're making tools that restrict other people's thought lives and see nothing wrong with that.

ukpol bojo 

Rafael Behr writing in the Guardian about Boris Johnson and science: “He has a relationship with facts, but it is not monogamous”.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

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nothing makes programmers madder than having to use the shit that programmers make for a living.

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Yay, 20 minutes after the eclipse ends there's a small gap in the clouds.

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Total solar eclipse here (Caithness, NE Scotland), by clouds. A partial eclipse, just by the Moon, would be more entertaining.

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WHY DO SO MANY COOL OPEN SOURCE WEB APPLICATIONS DEPEND ON DOCKER, HOLY SHIT LEARN HOW TO WRITE PROPER SETUP DOCUMENTATION :blobcattableflip:

I refuse to run Docker containers inside of Linux Containers so my options are…
- Install manually and make upgrading a pain in the ass
- Don't use the app

As much as I would *love* to use it, the reliance on Docker for managing 100% of the stack is a *hard* no. Figuring out how the image has changed between releases would make manual maintenance absolute hell and I am unwilling to shoulder that burden.

Not everyone is *able* to use Docker and not everyone is *willing* to use Docker. By not supporting any other deployment method, you are preventing some individuals from using what could be *the* application they've spent years looking for.

Let the admin decide how to architect their own systems. They know their backend better than you do.

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Watching Starship SN15 being moved away from the SpaceX launch site is a bizarre sight:

youtube.com/watch?v=sTA0GTgFn5

When is “u” a vowel?

@solene wrote “As an user…” which looked totally wrong to me despite “u” normally being listed as a vowel. That had me a bit puzzled; after all, we'd write “As an umbrella…” if we wanted to be that surreal.

I think the difference is the sounds. “User” starts with a “you” sound which is a consonant whereas “umbrella” starts with an “uh” which is a vowel. Any better explanations?

Annual reminder that Bash supports pseudo-devices for direct UDP and TCP connections.

E.g., to send an electricity meter reading as JSON/UDP to my household logging system running on my RPi called ripple listening on port 1996:

echo -n '{"meter": 44369}' > /dev/udp/ripple/1996

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