Proof the Earth is flat. Or, at least, that the UK government has legislated that we should consider it so:

legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1978/

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“Show All Feeds” bookmarklet extension to find YouTube-user and -channel RSS feeds:

edavies.me.uk/2020/03/yt-feeds

(@kensanata)

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extreme pedantry 

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What do you mean by 3.6e6 isn't an integer?

Lesson from physics for covid extrapolators 

covid implication, cynicism 

(I meant much more UI than Yubikeys and the like.)

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Is this a completely bonkers idea?: reflash old phones to act as HSMs for use with Webauthn, etc. Much more UI available to say who's asking for authentication with which key and so on.

Doesn't matter if the battery's on its last legs, it'll always be used plugged in to a USB port anyway.

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i dont say this often but octodon.social rocks as an instance. Its not a tight knit community of people who all know each other with in jokes, but its a low trouble, low fuss space that lets you just get on with your thing while keeping you protected from all the nasty shit out there before youve even noticed, it knocks all that out of the ballpark every time.

Meanwhile,

rsync -r a b
rsync -r a b/
rsync -r a/ b
rsync -r a/ b/

are all idempotent.

(First two produce b/a/p, second two b/p).

This further confirms my tendency to use rsync for all copy operations.

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Huh, cp -r isn't idempotent. Something I sort of knew without really internalizing it.

xahlee.info/UnixResource_dir/w

$ tree
.
└── a
└── p

1 directory, 1 file
$ cp -r a b
$ tree
.
├── a
│   └── p
└── b
└── p

2 directories, 2 files
$ cp -r a b
$ tree
.
├── a
│   └── p
└── b
├── a
│   └── p
└── p

3 directories, 3 files

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@phel I reckon every development shop working on user-facing software needs to have an ancient, low-powered device (eg a 10 year old netbook) for testing their #UX, throughout the development process. If their UI doesn't at least gracefully degrade to work on a device like that, it's not ready to ship IMHO.

It seems to me that this ethics-of-scraping thing boils down to quantity becomes a quality in itself:

freeradical.zone/@tek/10379367

If you happen to pass somebody in the street and later mention it to a mutual acquaintance nobody thinks that's a breach of privacy.

OTOH, if you hire a private investigator to follow somebody 24/7 then you'd better have a pretty good reason if you don't want to be thought an asshole, even if the PI only catalogues “public” information.

Just had a spam email saying my “…accounts were hacked by a criminal group!” Err, yes, this happened in 2012 and is well understood: skepticalscience.com/Skeptical

Reminding myself of the content of recent emails - sister writing in early December about family comings and goings , specifically about nephew who is a junior doctor: “He has just moved to virology for the next 3 months where things are a lot less demanding and he has been getting home at a more reasonable time.” Oh, well.

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