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One of my 2018 resolutions is to be better at marketing. I'm told people follow me because they're interested in what I write, and I should remind them that my older books exist.

So... you have been warned?

Also: the fact that Mastodon deletes image metadata and doesn't sell your data to advertisers is something we don't talk about nearly enough.

Besides the creepiness factor, there's also the fact that Twitter/Facebook are just one data breach away from all that info leaking somewhere. Better to never gather the data in the first place.

Updated my portable version of #OpenBSD ksh. It no longer needs GNU make to build. A simple configure script and POSIX make will do you good.

Maciej Ceglowski is relevant here:

"If you can get away with it, just don't collect it! Just like you don't worry about getting mugged if you don't have any money, your problems with data disappear if you stop collecting it."

#OpenBSD on #armv7 and #arm64 are basically "safe" for the moment.

#Meltdown is only really possible on a not-yet-on-the-market A75 CPU. Plans are being made to separate the page tables on arm64 anyways.

For #Spectre: Our implementation on armv7 flushes the BTB on every context switch, so that isn't a problem. arm64 should be safe for Cortex-A53 cores, which is the majority.

who the hell is al and how did he get that kind of power???

@kurtm I'll confirm two things.

#OpenBSD found out about #spectre and #meltdown only from public sources, not from any embargo'd sources.

Also, there is discussion about how to properly fix it, not just paint it a different colour.

@cynicalsecurity @mulander @aag on old account: Settings, Edit Profile. Scroll down to the bottom "move to a different account". Put in your new account.

That will set a signal to your old followers to move to your new instance.

You can also export your old following (friends) list, and re-import that into the new instance.

I'm not sure about importing your old toots/media though.

2017 me, emerging from DeLorean, to 1995 me:

So, this new 'Pentium' chip, turns out the whole 'speculative execution' road is a bit of a mistake. Yes it makes Doom faster but 22 years later all our computer systems are hacked each week by gangs of roaming cyber-criminals wearing vintage 80s micros as cosmetic jewellery on their leather jackets

1995 me (stuck in E1M2): Got it, Doom will get faster

2017 me: Did you even hear a word I said? I said the 80s are going to be fashionable again.

Just turned the last virtual page of Savaged by Systemd, by @mwlucas . Quite possibly the silliest book I've ever read, but against my better judgement, I couldn't not like it... Maybe there actually is such a thing as "Geek literature", after all? Just bought "git commit murder", to be sure.

birdsite, parody account 

Got off to copyeditor today. Feeling like a REAL pro writer again.

Yes, I wrote in q4 2017, and sent it in to No Starch. But I have no control on that book from here on out. It's almost all in their hands, barring editorial feedback.

will be back from copyedit on a set date, and I get to drag it through production myself. And get it into print, and people's hands. And figure out how to do hardcovers with dust jackets, which will be way cool.

is mine. It's ALL MINE.

Re that last boost: Mastodon is hard to get into without a guide and some focused usage.

The things that make it less toxic also make it harder to discover people to follow.

Without people, you just kind of feel like you're tooting into the void. It makes Mastodon a lonely place that you're less likely to return to. I mean, this is why Twitter and Facebook put so much energy into recommendations.

I don't think Mastodon should try to solve this problem. But let's acknowledge the hurdles.

If you want to find your Twitter friends, is a good service to help match them up in whatever federated universe they may be in.

It's like Star Wars sans laser swords.

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