The #Guix hackers are very happy to announce the first online Guix Day Conference on Sunday November, 22nd. This #conference is open to everyone and will be held entirely online. Want to speak? Submit your proposal!
Talks will be released from the 14 to give everyone a chance to watch them, whatever their timezone.
How to host a blog using only Scheme.
The 1979 paper "Password security: a case history" by Robert Morris and Ken Thompson is really, really good. It documents the evolution of the UNIX password security implementation, from "store all password in cleartext in the same file" to something that uses a slow algorithm and salting to defend against attacks such as the whole password database leaking, brute force guessing, dictionary attackes, and rainbow attackes.
Pre-publication PDF: https://wolfram.schneider.org/bsd/7thEdManVol2/password/password.pdf
hey y'all, I would appreciate boosts for this, there's a petition appealing to the British government for the removal of gender markers from ID (passports, drivers license, etc) and only folks from the UK may sign it but if it reaches 10,000 signatures, it is guaranteed a response from the government and if it reaches 100,000 it may even be debated in parliament
it only takes a few seconds to sign but could make a massive difference https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/327554
IRC in 2020:
> still a really useful and good platform especially for software minimalists 
+1 :) <3
“One aspect of computing and software design that many developers nowadays seem to forget is that over half of the world’s population does not have access to fast Internet and many people, even in developed countries, are limited by bandwidth caps and spotty satellite or mobile Internet access. For these people, IRC can be the much better option compared to other collaboration platforms such as RocketChat, Mattermost, Slack, or Matrix, even if they have to use an IRC bouncer or a screen/tmux session on a remote server to not miss things if their connection is that spotty.”
Emacs' Markdown mode makes creating/editing tables such a joy, with tab-completion and everything!
| How much I... | ...love | ...use |
| Emacs | 10 | Always |
| Markdown | 10 | Very often |
(Yeah, I know this is not going to display well here, but I couldn't help it.)
Some brilliant insights that, overall, are not far from my way of intending technology. Recommendations for some healthy tech minimalism and de-growth. A shift of paradigm where technology objectives get profoundly redefined. http://viznut.fi/texts-en/permacomputing.html
Mutt is 25 years old, shout out to my favourite e-mail client http://mutt.org/
UX and over-simplified interfaces can make our technology more opaque. This complexity-hiding operation can ultimately hinder our understanding of technology and the politics/ethics behind it. "We need to know things better if we want to be better." https://ralphammer.com/make-me-think/
"Should the technology grow — or the person using it?" https://ralphammer.com/make-me-think/
#TIL Sankey diagrams are named after a mechanical engineer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Henry_Phineas_Riall_Sankey
The attached image (from Wikipedia) is the first Sankey diagram, as published in "The Thermal Efficiency Of Steam Engines" (1898).
Post-quantum existentialist. Vegan. Part of CryptoPartyLDN (https://mastodon.earth/@cryptopartyldn). 6E0A 4E90 3241 34F0 2788 445D 044A 25F5 267D C236
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