i changed my system locale from en_US to en_GB and now it's acting weird. please help

"People who bemoan the lack of secret passages in modern homes and offices," a voice behind me said, "never think about the meaning of the word 'secret'."
The wall behind me is solid. At least, I was sure it is solid.

773 million email addresses have been leaked – check if yours is on the list

We’re just over two weeks into 2019, and one of the biggest data leaks in recent years has surfaced. Today, renowned security researcher Troy Hunt reported a massive leak consisting of  773 million unique email IDs and 21 million unique passwords, which he refers to as Collection #1.  Hunt said that multiple people reached out to him …


Somebody told me about linux today so I’m burning an install disk.

Not sure how this is supposed to work but it sure is pretty 😍

Maybe a new series of posts on my blog, but at least a short one on how to improve YouTube: Online life enhancer, edition 1


A spaceship landed, and an alien emerged. It hammered down a post, and mounted a sign: "Robot reservation, no organics allowed."
On Earth, NASA's controllers watched the video feed from the Curiosity rover in disbelief.

He looked out of the window on New Year's Day and saw flying cars. He summoned his digital assistant.
"What future is this?"
"It is 2019."
"Doesn't narrow it down much."
"It is a future that can be changed."
"For the better?"
"For the better."
"Right, let's do that."

Copyrighted Treasures Move Into the Public Domain, on a 'Snowy Evening'

A 20-year draught in copyrighted content moving into the public domain has ended for what researchers say are hundreds of thousands of works.

Fun insight in such a fine collection of sound machines: Orbital's Paul Hartnoll shows us how he keeps the classic sound of rave alive

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One of the reasons of my current job switch is to get away from ad-driven web.

How Much of the Internet Is Fake?


Cleaning up a customer's PC, I made the mistake of leaving a tab open on Yahoo's home page. Only 1 minute later: malvertized. Sunuva...

I did it again to pin down the cause, & indeed it's Yahoo's ads breaking out, taking over the page, & loading scary messages that make it difficult to leave.

I can't stress enough, folks, that an ad blocker is Internet SECURITY software.

"What is it like to be human?" the visiting alien asked.
"What is it like to be an alien?"
"Bewildering, feeling you don't fit in."
"But interesting, and there are times you do fit in."
"So... It's like being people?"
"It's like being people."

In 1998 we were also certain our techniques and technologies were the best for the job. That’s why it’s dangerous to believe with absolute certainty that the frameworks and tools we increasingly rely on today—tools like Bootstrap, Bower, and Brunch, Grunt, Gulp, Node, React, and Sass—will be any more relevant in the future than <font> elements, frames, layout tables, and spacer images are today.

Designing Your Site Like It’s 1998 24ways.org/2018/designing-your

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I think this also comes up when trying to explain Mastodon or the fediverse to a wider audience. They just have no frame of reference for this kind of stuff. "Where's the app in the App Store?" "Why do I have to choose an instance?" "What the heck's an instance?"

It's just expected that Mastodon is a startup in California somewhere, and it's got millions of dollars of VC money and bus ads saying "get it on the App Store, get it on Google Play." How could things possibly be anyway else?

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