"Germany plans to dim lights at night to save insects"


Maybe we'll get to see more stars at night as a result of this as well?

Someone asking for help on irC just reminded me that no one needs backups, everyone needs restores.

If you're a developer and not an english native speaker, which language do you use for your development tools?

Please don't answer if you're a native english speaker, not to bias the results. Boosts appreciated :)

#translation #internationalization #i18n

It seems that Google wants to make using app bundles a requirement for new apps on Google Play in 2021: youtube.com/watch?time_continu

This would mean developers have to upload their signing keys to google play even though there's no technical benefit in doing that. You can achieve the same efficient download sizes by using bundletool locally and uploading all generated apks. But it seems google will stop allowing that and just wants your signing keys.

re: job 

So in case anyone is looking for a solid "techie" in the broader Frankfurt am Main area that tries to do things right from start to end, with expertise ranging from firmware/OS hacking in C over network/infrastructure design to high level automation: I'm looking around to put my skills at proper use.

Feel free to boost this, drop me a message or point to general directions.

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This morning I was complaining about a co-worker who was insisting that we spend time redocumenting and citing and obsessing over why we're not using a particular piece of software, instead of actually making progress implementing the piece we are going to use. I expressed my frustration as "Instead of getting work done I'm spending time re-chewing this cud."

Someone else responded with "This is a phrase that needs to be immortalized the same as yak shaving."

So there you go, #sysadmin , do with this what you will.

This behavior by Chrome (half of #DNS queries to the root) raises a general Internet question: how to handle people and software who don't care for the commons?

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Now; the strange behaviour of the Chrome browser (by Duane Wessels, Verisign)

Chrome does a lot of #DNS probing (for instance to see if the local resolver lies) which may look like the infamous "random subdomain attack"

Almost half of the DNS traffic to Verisign's root name servers is likely from Chromium trying to see if there are DNS lies.


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The illustrator of the Rider-Waite tarot deck was a mixed race black woman of Jamaican descent. Her name was Pamela Coleman Smith.
Some people (myself included) have taken to call it the Rider-Waite-Smith deck so as not to erase Smith's significant work on this piece of occult history.

Would be nice to see that piece of info be more widespread.

"Good cops" need to quit now, there's no ambiguity. If there are as many people in the police force that are dedicated to peace and justice as we're always told there are, a mass exodus of them would make these violent police attacks impossible.

I'm a genius. Replace master/slave problematic language in programming with dog/sheep. Not problematic but also u get to think of lovely dogs and cute sheep on a field. I'll accept my Nobel peace price in the mail

Listening to Carmina Burana is always a relaxing experience.

Brilliant project that tidies up public domain ebooks.

Gutenberg and Internet Archive are wonderful resources, but the texts are poorly formatted for actual use, especially on ereaders.

This is a volunteer driven initiative to bring these texts up to date with modern standards and make them look as good as possible on the page.


❓ Poll: Have you ever had to report content in your feed to a fediverse mod?

Followup: how fast was the response time?

Boosts requested; I'm writing an article about the moderation of decentralized networks.

Friendly reminder: "X as a service" is just a misleading corporate euphemism for "pay forever for not owning it".

"Software as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning the software".

"Games as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning games".

"Infrastructure as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning the hardware".

And so on.

There is no "cloud", it's just other people's computers

Forget the six foot rule. I got another one, mainly helpful for nonsmokers.

Imagine everyone else smokes. Must be hiding a cigarette even now. How far away would you need to be to not smell them? Stay that far away.

6 feet? 10? Across the street? A block away? Do it.

Friend is a struggling artist and mental health issues are making the struggle even harder. If you know of affordable therapists or even resources they can access, please share with me? Mumbai, western suburbs only please.

I love people going on vacation. It helps identify places with a bus factor of 1.

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