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Shamar @Shamar@mastodon.social

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You asked for it: github.com/halcy/Mastodon-LaTe Here's a mastodon LaTeX client! Screenshots of example output attached!

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Save yerself the cash for the new Mission Impossible movie; instead, read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuxnet

Imagine what went into that project! #Stuxnet is a very interesting story!

shit @pnathan really? You choosed the same GNU image as mine for your github profile?

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@Shamar @ajroach42 @ciaby

EWD was probably the most astute prophet of software engineering that has lived to date.

let me challenge you: what is the secret knowledge which, knowing, would unlock the door?

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@Shamar @ajroach42 @ciaby One system that I have been curious about is ethoberon.ethz.ch/white.html#S Oberon OS. Apparently it was extremely successful but external pressures collapsed it.

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My nephew has an ipad.

He asked his dad how to write games. His dad didn't know. His dad asked me how to write games on an iPad. I told him not to bother.

My nephew asked me how to learn to write games.

I gave him a raspberry pi and a copy of pico 8.

Now he writes computer games.

He couldn't do that on his iPad.

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The last 10 years of development in computers were a mistake. Maybe longer.

Instead of making computers Do More, or making them Feel Faster, we've chased benchmarks, made them more reliant on remote servers, and made them less generally useful. We brought back the digital serfdom of the mainframe.

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I have a really good memory for customers. If there's a regular at my store, chances are I know them by sight and name. But I'm very quiet and don't often use names even for friends/family. I just talk in their direction.

But I noticed people assume I don't know them. Even if I see them every day. And then they feel like I don't care, I'm just the person between them and their meds.

So I started greeting everyone I know by name this week. And WOW. I did not realize how much that meant to people, but apparently it's a lot and it completely turns those interactions around.

And I feel really good about it. It's nice making people smile a little.

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An interesting article about synthesis vs compromise:
tesio.it/2010/11/synthesis-vs-

I'm not sure about the second half which is about Italian politics, but the first half is IMO really insightful.

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So many cool things that used to be sci-fi are now possible - we have the technology to make them happen.
But instead, we just make shitty electron apps.
Why...

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@phryk

people who wonder why i am absolutely insistent upon ubiquitous internet access...just imagine my frustration when one of those floppies failed, and i had to take yet another midnight walk back(this was all done in between work shifts).

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@feld I don't think we should be using traditional package management for managing development dependencies, though. I think the problem is operating systems that do that. For *building* packages, we should be using chroots or containers of some sort and then using the "native" dependency management system of the platform the application is built on to install the dependencies in that environment.

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Life is politics. You cant avoid it. You can only bury your head in the sand and ignore how its affecting you.

Do you think your landlord avoids politics?

Your boss?

No of course not.

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Okay, this is kind of creepy.

I took a screenshot and uploaded it to Masto.

The screenshot contains a unique, made up nonsense word.

A google image search for that unique, made-up nonsense word returns my masto post.

Conclusion: Google is doing OCR on images it finds on the internet so it can better index them.

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Government toll remitted.
Taxes have been submitted.
Teeth no longer gritted.
And the cycle begins again.

#smallpoems

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You can opt out but you can never leave.
youtu.be/Z6k5WdVU3D0?t=25
Q: ‘You’re collecting medical data on people that are on the internet whether they’re Facebook users or not, right?’
A: ‘Yes, we collect some data for security purposes.’

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.