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Tech bro being a tech bro 

This is pretty funny coming from the guy who re-invented NIH syndrome.

“Apple granted the FBI access to the iCloud account of a protester accused of setting police cars on fire in #Seattle this summer, according to court documents.”


🥌🥌 Geary 3.38 is out! 🥌🥌

This new feature release rolls up six months of new features, bug fixes, server compatibility improvements, and translations in over 20 languages for both the interface and the online help manual, all contributed by the community.

Major new features include support for plugins, including several plugins out of the box, cleaning up messages older than the account download preference, and more.

See the full details here:


#Geary #GNOME

The hacker known as "Alex" (because that's his name) has been at it again ...

For security reasons, we try to change our Prime Minister every six months, and to never use the same Prime Minister on multiple websites.

Nothing like sitting down in the evening after a hard day's work and cosying up next to your emacs terminal to edit a diff by hand that fixes someone's non-standard Makefile so your ci can pass…

A story about colonialism and the Domain Name System:

> Diego Garcia is a case study in the ways in which secret regimes of surveillance and rendition distort geographical space. Its history is one of secret agreements and secret abuses, where the deliberate obscuration of information leads directly to the obscuration of people, and to the violence done to them.

— .io British Indian Ocean Territory

People using Emacs were filing for buffer bankruptcy *long* before people were filing for web browser tab bankruptcy.


Shruggie, aside from being the unofficial mascot for us gen-x'ers, is also an excellent litmus test for how well an app's or web site's input parsing/escaping/sanitisation code works.

Try searching for it and see how many botched jobs come up in the search results.

New Geary releases out today: (stable) and 3.37.91 (beta 2).

Both of these include fixes for a security vulnerability (CVE-2020-24661), affecting people who both use self-signed certificates and do not use gnome-keyring-daemon.

They also contain various minor bug fixes and translation updates.

The new stable release is now available on Flathub. Distributions are highly encouraged to package and distribute this release via their normal security update channels.

#Geary #GNOME

Surely the only reason to learn C these days is to port existing C code to Rust?

Lots of codespell related fixes landing in GNOME lately, maybe because of Builder support for it landing?

Shame it doesn't do semantic analysis, would help reduce false positives like `uint` → `unit`

If a project is is using a source revision control system, puts out and archives previous tarballs per-release, what's the point of maintaining NEWS/ChangeLog/AppStream-releases that goes all the way back to the inception of the project? Why not just start with a new version for (say) each major revision?

GNOME's approach in particular of having per-release NEWS files on makes it trivial to browse changes in different versions.

My friend Behdad Esfahbod is the reason you can see non-Latin text in many systems. He is going through a terrible time. Please read

Geary 3.37.90 has been released! This is a beta release on the road to the forthcoming 3.38 feature release.

The new release comes with a number of improvements, including honouring account download settings for cleaning up as well as downloading old email, and support for plugins to expand Geary's features:

You can test it out by installing a nightly build. Please provide us with feedback if you do!

#Geary #GNOME

Python's ElementTree is the kind of library you can hold up and point at to demonstrate how much it sucks to manipulate XML; not because manipulating XML sucks, but because ElementTree's approach sucks.

It's literally a strawman argument, embodied in API form.

One thing that really kills me about Python is the lack of automatic forward declarations for classes.

It forces you to either write your modules backwards (most specific to most general instead of vice versa), proliferate ad-hoc or util modules, or resort to gross hacks like using strings then fixing it all up later. It also forces standard libs like typing to do same.

Not even Java has this issue. It's 2020, how is this even still a problem?

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