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Alex Schroeder 🐝 also jesus christ this comparison. lest we forget that TeX is like, very good.

As #OpenBSD's de-facto wifi maintainer, I first learned about this WPA problem in June. A simple patch was provided which I could commit with slight modifications.

The original embargo was already 2 months long, and then extended again for 2 months.

The generall public (you) were left in the dark about this for at least 4 months.

This is a very sad state of affairs. It takes the industry much too long to apply a simple patch.

@aparrish I got a tip, I think possibly via @RussSharek 's feed, that might help somewhat–at least for some form of ad-hoc export from now on. I made an account at then set up an applet (surprisingly easy, even for a relative luddite like me) that hooks up to my google drive. Whenever I make a post on mastodon, it adds that post an an entry to a google spreadsheet for me.

Started playing Kerbal Space Program with my kids last week. Today I'm doing searches for "rocket science for kids" and finding things like "here's how to make a balloon rocket" and I'm thinking "well that's great but do you have anything about optimizing Hohmann transfer trajectories?"

We were raised to believe that college was a requirement. That, if we got good grades, and got in to a good school, we'd get a good job and be successful and happy.

That's not even the whole picture.

We were raised to believe that if we Didn't do the above, we Couldn't be successful and happy.

So many of the people I went to highschool with (many of the smartest people I've ever known) have one or more degrees and work as cashiers or servers. (Much continued. So more.)

@LottieVixen All the difference in the world.

A programmer is someone who writes instructions for a computer to read, the work of programming being that of language, not math.

An engineer is someone with a duty to the public trust, regulated by jurisdictional licensure and subject to special forms of liability arising from the public interests their profession serves.

Software engineer (sic) is title inflation—whereby one arrogates the esteem of the public trust, without being beholden to it.

"When patents invade a new sector of technology — genetic research, or the Internet — the results follow a standard pattern. Large firms invest more and more in patents, and less in research. Litigation increases exponentially. [...] Patent licensing businesses — immune from attack — spring up, and so the market divides into large cartels, and trolls, with no space for the small firms that are the source of real innovation."

I'm still alive though mostly offline. 🇦🇺

@fillertrack i'm looking forward to getting an iphone and then buying a separate proprietary apple-tooth connected dialer and phone connectivity dongle to wear on my head so that i can actually make calls with my iphone that now has no speaker, no headphones, no buttons, no screen or anything. it's just a featureless cube anda bunch of apple branded bluetooth-clone connected devices dangling off my person.

Flagstaff House has some nice examples and nice context about preparing . Where as Rietberg Museum in Zürich is much bigger and maybe also has more material, it's mass and lack of tea context makes it a more difficult experience. Now I just need to find a nice tea house to drink some tea. Any suggestions for Hong Kong?

The Free Software Foundation Europe and Open Forum Europe published a white paper about the impact of the European copyright reform on Free Software. Especially article 13 seems to endangers our code sharing platforms. Learn more:

#ofe #fsfe #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #policy #europe

Commit messages are not comments.

When you're writing a commit message and find yourself describing what the code does, instead of describing the change you made and the reason for it, that's a good sign the stuff you're writing should be in a comment near the code it describes.

@kensanata if they boost and unboost, it stays in your timeline. there are reasons for it but it's still pretty weird

Perhaps this has to do with caching. One of the people I'm following this toot boosted it, unboosted it, but the toot remains in some queue or cache…

Sometimes I wonder why I'm seeing a toot. This one isn't tooted, and I'm not following them, how is this possible? What do you think, a bug?