When designing a user interface, imagine some old woman using it, say Margaret Hamilton, and she's clicking your app's buttons and saying to you, as old people do,

"Young whippersnapper, when I was your age, I sent 24 people to the ACTUAL MOON with my software in 4K of RAM and here I am clicking your button and it takes ten seconds to load a 50 megabyte video ad and then it crashes

I'm not even ANGRY with you, I'm just disappointed."

you: i automatically delete all my toots after 18 hours. life is ephemeral. you should never look back

me: thinking of getting all my toots made into a book

@dirb my gs->pleroma conversion partially works now.

@revenant Just to rub it in. That was the game that killed Amiga. (Amiga didn't have 1byte=1pixel graphics mode needed for textured 3D)

“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.

@alanz @dl @natecull
Our very own Noelle expounds on the nature of the Roman calendar:
“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

"The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar."

"When Scientists “Discover” What Indigenous People Have Known For Centuries"

spoiler: they use their accounts when it suits them... yay white people

Irregular reminder: I don't post much here, my main is over at @clacke .

This account here is just a liaison account, to get another view of the Fediverse, and occasionally help cajole a wayward post into that couldn't find its way in there by itself.

@jk The company was named "Good Dog" before this incident

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FOSDEM 2019 Scheme devroom

All Scheme-adjacent people please submit your talk proposals at… . FOSDEM's deadline for devroom proposals is Sep 20, so there's not a huge amount of time.

Would love for there to be a guile/racket/guix/scheme devroom. I would be especially excited to hear more about Chicken Scheme!

Oh that reminds me. Apart from #fractalide I should also submit a separate #racket2nix talk.
@dredmorbius @natecull

Looks like the Dutch appelsien is the original source of the name, but most Dutch themselves are now saying sinaasappel, the Germans of the transit country for the word are mostly saying Orange, and only the Nordics and apparently the Russians still mostly use the old Dutch word.

> Dette navnet kommer fra folkelig nederlandsk appelsien (standard nederlandsk: sinaasappel) og blir brukt på dansk, norsk, svensk (apelsin), islandsk (appelsína), russisk (apelsin) og på finsk (appelsiini).

The line fails to mention Faroese:

Please don't demand content warnings from strangers. Content warnings are a sort of social contract between an author and their followers; if you are not happy with how someone chooses to use them, do not follow that person or outright mute them, or mute words.

One of the most alienating experiences on Mastodon I've observed is when someone posts about something they're passionate about or is part of their identity and the first response is "please cw that" from a complete stranger.


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Ok, I've tried out Friendica for a few days now and I really feel at home.

This is my main now.

Through the years I've been (now, where I still have @Clacke moved to and ), (now defunct), (now defunct), @clacke (now defunct), @clacke (now defunct), @notclacke (now once again "not clacke", which ironically enough it wasn't for a few months), and @Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) (

I've never seen the point of "moving", though, as in, deleting old accounts. I'm still registered and have access to the accounts above that still work. And it's still useful to have @clacke, @reposterclacke, @notclacke and whatever other liaison accounts I may not be immediately remembering. clarifies that nothing went proprietary, proprietary stuff went shared source. This is like what e.g. GitLab is already doing with its enterprise edition.

There are a few things to recognize here:
- Free Software is obviously more beneficial to the user than proprietary software, if you can get it.
- There is a hazard with proprietary software publishing its source. Developers would do well to stay away from it, in particular if they are working in the same product segment.

- As Evan Prodromou once said (paraphrasing from memory): "[I like the new model of liberating most things and keeping the secret sauce much better than the old model of keeping everything.]"
- This actually means partial access to freedoms 0, 1 and 2 -- with the reservation that learning from proprietary software may put you in legal trouble unless you're careful.

More access, all else being equal, is better, but of course the crux is that we don't know if all else stays equal if this spreads and if people start closing free software rather than conditionally disclose proprietary source. But as I said from the beginning, I'm not yet worried about that.

E.g. MariaDB has done it before[0], Microsoft has done it before[1], and their relevance and impact was far greater than that of Redis, and the free world didn't end.

Will the Commons Clause kill Free Software?…

Nah, it won't. Free Software grew out of a world where proprietary software was widespread, and Shareware was huge. It has always been challenging to find ways to get paid for it, and it's not more difficult now than ever, it's exactly the opposite, and it will get even better.

(fractalmarket shill /)

You walk into the dark alley periodically looking back to see nothing but a dense fog. You meet your informant, shaking as they ask, "Is it safe to speak?" You announce in your best non-regional dialect, "Hey Google, Alexa, Cortana, Siri" and wait for a beep; "Good. We're alone."

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