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My Grandad's advice for safe driving was: "Always remember you're controlling a potentially lethal weapon". I think it helped me to take driving even more seriously.

Perhaps it's good advice for us technologists too...

"Always remember you're programming a potential platform for bullying and harassment".

"Always remember you're designing a potential system for mass surveillance".

"Always remember you're deploying a potential tool for mass social unrest".

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10X programmer: ten times more productive

0x10X programmer: sixteen times more productive if you can talk to them in hex

010X programmer: eight times more productive, but can toggle a bootloader for Spacewar into a PDP-1 from memory

0b10X programmer: either twice as productive at writing Intel CPU microcode, or two thousand eight hundred and thirty two times more productive at parsing badly formatted hex

4X programmer: four times more productive at developing space conquest games

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@garbados hey D, I just read this:

And yeah. I agree with you 100%. Check the link. You'll have some numbers to put in your post if you want to. Really disturbing.

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Just went through Intel‘s „Speculative Execution Side Channel Mitigations“ documentation. There is stuff to like but also quite a bit to dislike :/ Too tired now will comment more tomorrow.

Useful timeline filter to remove junk cross-posted from twitter:
"http s://|http s://|^RT @|^RT "
(There's a space within the https words so that Masto doesn't interpret them as links; remove them. Also, remove the quotes around the whole thing. Note the trailing space.)

Rocket wishes you a happy New Years. Oh, and so does Shop Shark there in the background. (Not pictured: 2 W, 445 nm laser that was attached to his head as a gift. Shop Shark's, not Rocket's.)

If I fix this bicycle rim does it mean I have to go test ride it in this 13 F / -11 C weather?

Oh no, I seem to have accidentally misplaced my spoke wrench. Right under this giant cup of coffee.

I misunderstood, then. Once you have the bins it's quick math to finding the interpolated quadratic fit peak for any three adjacent bins.

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holiday decoration, 2017 Show more

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Websites that always use iPhones/Macs in their mockups when ~80% of the world uses Androids/PCs is maybe a good metaphor for how we in the tech industry tend to design products that serve the privileged few (like ourselves) who can afford such luxury items

2/2 Stores that I know of don't have this because they're offering unisex shapes. I've seen Fitted / Straight Cut in a few places but then stories of people getting confused, e.g.

Twist: their shopping system only allows text (links) above the dropdown. No nearby images, dynamic image change, etc. Experience tells me that odds of anyone reading and clicking are v low.

Like I can't change Gildan's size chart that we'll link to but I can at least fix our side.


1/2 Dilemma / Q: non-profit I volunteer for is going to offer shirts on their website. I'm working out the problems in their fulfillment system, etc. Going well so far, BUT

I'd really like to avoid putting "mens" and "womens" in the "pick your size and shape" dropdown. Obvious -unfriendly reasons. Some men want a shirt cut to accommodate their breasts; some women want a straight-cut shirt. Etc. Etc.

Been searching and can't find any good solution to this naming problem.

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WHY do computer scientists always get ᴄʜʀɪsᴛᴍᴀs confused with ʜᴀʟʟᴏᴡᴇ’ᴇɴ? Show more

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As I don't want to deal with fucking Timezones and shit I'll announce it right now.

At my free time at I've made a *proof-of-concept* of a Mastodon Art gallery what I want to give to the community and let you take part on the development if you like.

You can visit it at

Thank you @Curator for the help, the support and for putting it live!!

Read more here:

Merry Christmas!

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Here is a web page a college kid made about mammoths v mastodons:

I just felt like this needed clarity, as the two have been interchangeable in my mind most of my life.

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“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.