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concluding all my incident reports with "root cause: 'out of such crooked timber as humanity is made from, nothing quite straight can be built.'"

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That little droplet noise at the beginning of every call center call, that tells you it's time to hang up. Thanks for that, whoever put that in there, you've done the world a great service.

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I spent the better part of an hour with netmon, wireshark and the Cable Bin last night only to discover that the reason my kids' Terraria couldn't connect to the home server was the switch in the iPad preferences called "allow local lan access".

Oh no, my Pebble is starting to do the battery-death thing.

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I do sorta understand the cleverness of

"Ha-ha! "This sentence cannot be derived in this system" Derive THAT in your system! I win I win I win you lose Bertrand you owe me a beer, a proper one, not that English stuff"

but

the actual human reaction is generally "ok, so if that's a proof, what system are you doing THAT proof in? And the proof of that system?"

And I guess the system is just "I have a strong feeling and so do all my friends"

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Engineering-oriented organizations inside of businesses go through this time and time again: someone will make the (cogent) observation that the code would be much cleaner if it only did one thing, write a version that does only do one thing, and then discover that they are unable to answer basic business questions like "how many people paid us to use this last week" and "how much does it cost us to run this."

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Man was born free, yet everywhere he is in blockchains

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Dear Mr. Wfejwfhiunz,

Thank you for your application to nominate your recent toot as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately,

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“Romanticism’s aesthetic disgust with rationality and technology finally has less to do with their effects than with what they reveal about how differently the world really works from how it appears to myth. Its true enemy is less alienation than demystification, and so it will always accept collaboration with Traditionalists.”

versobooks.com/blogs/5125-agam

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I don’t know who needs to hear this, but life is too short to be giving people working on a long weekend any shit at all for any reason at all.

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masto meta 

one thing I hate about twitter is having zero control of your posts’ reach. it strips agency, flattens context, contributes to uncontrollable harassment in the service of “connection”. imo mastodon’s insistence on following the same value of maximization, removing any ability to foster small local community, is equally harmful. if decentralization is about control then why strip that at the individual and community level? it’s no better than twitter. glad to be on the hometown fork

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There is a really bad privacy bug in the new “official” #mastodon #ios app. If you reply to a dm it defaults to totally public. This is honestly a really awful bug that has already resulted in mistakingly posting publicly something I meant to be private.

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