Hmm, the local timeline on is quite a stream of junk (not vile stuff, just things I have no interest in). Time to stop being lazy and move to less mainstream instance.

Anyone got recommendations for an instance for people interested in:


there's some interesting stuff in this article about how coders often don't recognize that they're fixing a security vulnerability at the time they fix it:

unfortunately, the author is full of themselves, with that all-too-common coderbro attitude of "anyone who doesn't have the exact subset of knowledge that i have, is an idiot, probably maliciously so"

Ever get halfway through writing a toot before realising it’s all bollocks and bailing out?

the risk I took was calculated but man am I bad at math 

A few months ago I got my first project in #Scala and really enjoyed it, then I came across #Clojure and #Elixir, came back to Scala and tried `sbt test`. It made me wait 15 minutes to even start running the tests. Now I don’t even want to look at it.

Compared to Clojure and Elixir, Scala is a monster of a language. It’s better than Java though (for FP).

Wondering what to put in the description field on an image? A quick guide:
1. Just say what's in the image--you don't need to say it's an image.
2. Describe only what's relevant to the conversation. "Annalee writing in a notebook" or "An example of candid portraiture" or "A person using a fountain pen" are all good captions of the same image, in different contexts.
3. All text that's meant to be read should be transcribed. Screencap? Transcribe. Sign in background of selfie? Don't transcribe.

My timeline seems to be awash with recommendations, so here’s my standard pitch: has been fantastic for me:

- rolling release, so new packages, kernels
- well tested so very stable despite being rolling
- good KDE support
- great rollback utility, configured by default
- coolest logo and branding

Not great for:
- minimalists (lots of packages included by default - configurable of course)
- systemd-haters (understandable, though personally I tolerate it)




It’s the healthiest social network: friendly, inclusive people and not a “how many followers” contest. The quality of conversations here are the best.

Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

Ended the week with a nice feeling of accomplishment: managed to get a hybrid and Java app building with boot. (Turned out to be mostly very easy, just had to build a separate jar so that the Java classes could be made available in the REPL.)

The end result works just like before I started rewriting it in Clojure, but with much gnarly code thrown away and huge improvements to the functionality already. Yay!

kids saying cute stuff 

Doing some thinking now. I have a Java thing that needs quite some refactoring. But is it enough to justify a rewrite? Need to gauge where the “worth it” level is.

>As a user, I certainly do not care about “being part of moving the web forward aggressively”. Why should I? I like my stuff working, not broken. Nobody ever wants it the other way around.

ukpol - “final say” campaign 

ukpol - nhs like legacy code 

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