Today I did stuff. Doesn't amount to much, but I did it and I feel fairly satisfied. I think I'll have some chocolate now.

*vein popping on forehead*

TIL you can actually install dpkg on Arch and install .deb packages.

Jibo the social robot announces that its VC overlords have remote-killswitched it, makes pathetic farewell address and dances a final step

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It's my pet theory that the availability of the Twitter-to-Mastodon cross-poster has harmed Mastodon's adoption by giving people an easy way to change nothing about their social media habits, and pretend like they have checked out Mastodon without ever being here.

Every time I bring this up I get responses à la "not all cross-posters!" and well, if you don't think it's about you, don't make it about you

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my math professor:

- keeps saying "hell yeah, baby"

- writes "function" as "FUNction" with the corresponding emphasis and pause when he writes it

- went "eugh, robots" when someones siri went off in their pocket

- said "you see that show tidying up with marie kondo? every single one of these sparks joy in my heart" while going over a bunch of example problems

- said "we're gonna go ham on this then" while factoring a polynomial

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more of my math professor:

"if you have a graph, don't worry about it. if you don't have a graph... start worrying." - on function symmetry

"The tech people they just, they don't respect me." - while wrestling with graph software

"I don't need no control panel, I'm just reading a book!" - while wrestling with adobe acrobat

"who the hell wants to cube like, negative three and do stuff to it like that."

"CAN YOU DIG IT!!" - upon graphing a function he thought was cool

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What if privacy law was as strict as copyright law nowadays? You are not allowed to copy any private information about someone until 70 years after their death, even if it was non-commercial, and you can sue the heck (that is: €€€) out of someone if they do.
And then do the reverse to copyright law: copying anything copyrighted is the standard, creators who don't want it are refuted with "Oh, but you don't have something to hide, do you?", and Big Tech and Government actively help people to copy work from creators and to spread it further.

One day I plan to write a treatise on the use of image distortions due to weak or failing analog signal transmissions in obviously digital communications channels in cyberpunk imagery and movies.

This permanently sets the cpu to a nominal 2.7GHz (out of a maximum 2.8GHz) but when I stress the cpu (2 cores/4 threads @ 100% usage) the damn thing throttles back to 2.2GHz on both cores.

Stupid laptop.

Who can forget those scenes in Count Zero where they all stand around eating soup?

Back in the 1980s, the giant German sf publisher Heyne tried out an experimental partnership with a soup company Maggi (they’re still around), and it was bonkers.

The updater shows updates have been pushed to the repositories, but the release notes have not yet been published on the forum.

This is agonizing... do I update or wait?

Wondering why the firewall rules don't work...

then find out the router is running in UTC and not your local timezone...

and I used start/stop times for some rules.


A step closer to self-aware machines

Columbia Engineers have created a robot that learns what it is, with zero prior knowledge of physics, geometry, or motor dynamics. Initially the robot has no clue what its shape is. [W]ithin about a day... the robot creates a self-simulation, which it can then use to contemplate and adapt to different situations, handling new tasks as well as detecting and repairing damage in its body.

A website asking for the Flash player. Haha, cute.

Kids dragging me out of bed way too early on Sunday: "WiFi isn't working, dad!"

Turns out a fuse had tripped. Sigh.

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