My defense of #PGP against the latest FUD article on HN:

I feel like most times I respond to something on HN it's because I don't give myself a cooldown period. Unfortunately, things on HN don't last long on the front page, so it incentivizes haste replies, or else people will never see the thread again. And that reduces discussion quality. I'm not pleased with the tone of my reply.

You know, Mastodon is cool and all, but when you get right down to it Twitter-style communications just kind of fundamentally suck for some kinds of stuff.

You know what'd be cool? An ActivityPub-powered web forum, or a LIveJournal-style personal blog but with some of Tumblr's social aspects thanks to being able to network with other blogs.

Make Web 4.0 into Web 1.0 again.

git question: Is there a way to turn off the terminal "animations" using the escape sequences etc in the git command line program? They don't play well with emacs eshell.

I guess the real answer is to not use those command line programs and instead use the emacs alternatives like magit and so on?

What's your favorite quote about gardening?

I’m going with:

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Although I am also partial to Ron Finley’s “Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.”

Last year, I joined my partner on a work trip to BSDCan. Just for fun. A tutorial partner kind of gave up on me. :flan_laugh: In July, I bought a used x250, installed OpenBSD, and started using it everyday.

Seven months (to the day) later, I became an OpenBSD dev. I just made my first commit. \o/

Not a bad speedrun! :flan_XD: Thanks for the warm welcome and generosity, everyone. :D

What kind of software do people use for modelling antennas on GNU/Linux? Most amateur radio publications use eznec, which does not run on GNU/Linux and is not free software (neither gratis nor free as in freedom) while the engine powering it is (nec2).

Today I learned about gdb-dashboard.

It is a ~/.gdbinit file which will add some nice fancy bells and whistles to to our out-of-the box gdb experience.

things I think were worth learning them (well or well enough): regex, sql, shell stuff because productivity, understanding how GUI works regardless the library, systems know-how & that elusive thing called "architecture". programming languages and most of the tools? come and go.

Is anyone using Red Pitaya boards as an Oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer? Would you recommend it over buying a dedicated (low cost) oscilloscope like the Rigol 1000 series?

Waiting impatiently for the new Apollo 11 documentary movie to be out - here is the trailer:

Having been outside the echo chamber for a bit now I'm starting to understand why people dislike programmers.

The bottleneck in programming isn't the lines of code we can write in a day. The bottleneck is our inability to reify implicit assumptions in our mental models so that we can deal with them as first class objects. Without this we inevitably create giant messy codebases as those implicit assumptions proliferate throughout the code. That's one of the main reasons I think all programmers should learn enough first order logic to be dangerous because logical danger is way better than code danger.

Question: should Haskell libraries depend on custom preludes?

I feel they shouldn't and only applications should. What if an application depends on two libraries and each depends on different preludes? It makes life of readers a bit hard.

Otoh, custom preludes often have interesting features and makes the lives of programmers easy. So, it feels counter intuitive not to use it for writing libraries.

On one side everyone is concerned about companies tracking our every movement. On the other hand, a big flight carrying many people can disappear into thin air and no one has a clue where it went. What an irony!

"Critics of the big tech companies are often told, 'If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.' I did this experiment to find out if that is possible, and I found out that it’s not—with the exception of Apple."

What happened when a reporter blocks blocked Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple for a week.

- Onionshare
- Jitsi
- Purism laptop
- Nokia phone
- physical maps, calendar, and books
- cash

Sometimes one can reach out to a friend or someone else, and provide them with some kind words, some support, and some sympathy, and that can improve their day, and when one sees that (or reads, if online), one's own day improves.

It's not necessary to be cynical, critical, or confrontational, just because one is online.

Retiring from Debian, unsubscribing from its mailing lists, reading reddit, and Hacker News, and even, less than before is slowly improving the quality of my life.

Yesterday it was different. It was an Ubuntu laptop. The problem: wifi isn't detecting any local ssids. No useful info in the logs. Hardware was perfectly fine.

Finally traced it to a typo in /etc/hosts file where the hostname had been given an IP address of instead of Changed that and it worked. But it was very hard for me to find out the problem, to the point where I was about to give up.

I don't understand "modern" GNU/Linux anymore.


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