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❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


• Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.

• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

• Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after telling her not to publish).

• Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

• Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.

• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.


Windows 7's Aero was the peak of "modern" UI and nobody can convince me otherwise.


I've used Nix(OS) for a short while, and while it was very interesting, the learning curve felt way too steep, and I had some frustrations regarding it's ability to modify stuff as well (though that was mainly from the abysmal state their documentation is in)


As far as I know "apt source" also doesn't update the patched package whenever a new release happens.

Why is there no binary Linux distribution that lets me modify packages sanely?

For example, I wanted to test some ffmpeg filters that Arch's build doesn't come with.

The official solution is to "fork" the PKGBUILD of the ffmpeg package and enable the filter I'm looking for, which now makes me responsible for keeping ffmpeg up to date because I flipped a switch when building.

The distro has to keep track of new releases anyway, is "an AUR helper for official repo patches" too much to ask?

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Calling smartphone equipped teenagers 'digital natives' is a mistake because a smartphone makes you a consumer rather than a native of anything.

If you want a child to become a digital native give them an actual computer instead of a corporate controlled and curated consumer device.


Welcome to Android development. It only gets worse from here

my brain: "hey you should stop complicating things for yourself, go install kde or something i heard they are doing pretty good stuff"

also my brain: "gentoo with all use flags disabled by default. you know you gotta"

unfortunately i've been cursed with this mindset of nitpicking every single damn thing about trying to do something. which might be one of the reasons why i am not doing anything in the first place.

how can i reach my standards if my standards are too high?

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sometimes i wish i didn't care as much as i do. everything would be way more convenient.

enabling all js, 3rd party resources, etc. with a basic ad blocker to get rid of the annoying parts

installing stuff like gitlab, nextcloud, without having to care about their resource usage

"curl|sudo bash"'ing scripts to get stuff up and running. config management what's that?

web programming? a full js frontend is fine, it's easy to hack up and it'll work.

gui programming? throw some electron at it

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Here we go, after 1.5 years and a pile of c++ code later I'm pleased to announced my basilisk story is FINISHED!

"Basilisk collection - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"

Why is that, on the Linux server "maintenance" software ecosystem, there is a GIANT gap between

- only slightly better than manually SSHing in and editing files


- auto scale to millions of serverless servers with cube container vertical diagonal scaling with yaml (and why is it always yaml)

like, can't we have something that automates the boring parts, but doesn't go too complex with all this scaling mess?

just realized my "home server" isn't doing anything other than dns (via pihole) and file storage

i wonder which machine is about to go through the "i'm bored let's reinstall and do things slightly differently" routine...


Obscure directory left open for browsing because of invalid web server configuration, that Google somehow indexed even though it's not linked to anywhere.


Like, it's essentially piracy, but even then they can find a way to both "extract more money out of you" and "make it inflexible".


My dad asked me to set up something to download videos from YouTube (for his car mp3 player) with his iPhone a while back.

The only way I could find to download YouTube videos needs Jailbreaking, requires an account, has a paid tier, and couldn't get the files out of the downloader (so was ultimately worthless).

Over here on Android land, download NewPipe and there you go. Maybe even youtube-dl through Termux if you're feeling that way.

> 3 hours ago [author of the tweet] spun a Ubuntu 18.04 on Azure with a corporate subscription.
Now [they] get spammed over non-corporate channel by Ubuntu.

hmm yes, the cloud

another update: they are still re-sending the exact same email. even after my refund's been processed and is going through banks right now

set up a sieve rule to discard their address, as I am not hopeful they are going to stop any time soon

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531 copies of the same email and about 10 days later (1 day later than their eta) the thing did not arrive. according to everything i can see it didn't even get shipped out (no tracking numbers or anything entered)

canceled my order and i'll probably cough up the extra to get it from a saner place if i can

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seems like rust now requires a crate for 1-password in order to build

now, i'm not the kind of guy to yell at other people for using proprietary software, but I expect better from your OSS language project

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