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Something that often gets missed out when talking about on-call culture are a pair of concepts that go hand in hand: continuous feedback, and paying down tech debt.

We often speak about these in other aspects of software engineering but I think they're actually most (1/)

Bono totally looks like Zed from Police Academy in the "Do they know it's Christmas" video...

"My dad says you have a weak WiFi password and poor taste in movies."
- My kid talking to the new neighbour just now.


Christmas mulled wine party and it's hit the point of drunkeness that the visiting Canadian has requested Celine Dion from the DJ 😂


Back in the GTalk days, you could talk to your entire Google contacts list via federated XMPP.

So even back then I had way more contacts on XMPP than GNUSocial or Identica.

Google played a large role in killing off XMPP usage and the day they announced sunsetting GTalk was when I realized they're just another embrace-extend-extinguish monopolist.

Society needs self-hostable, scalable and functional alternatives to surveillance capitalist systems of manipulation and censorship.

uspol, google ceo testimony 

I was thinking that mastophilia could be a good word to describe love of Mastodon until I realised that it really just means love of boobies.

On the Edge team, we had a *whole team* dedicated to finding compat bugs, reducing them, and reaching out to site owners with fixes. Sometimes we would reach out to a site owner and they'd say, "Sorry, you don't have enough market share for us to bother fixing this bug."

This is where we get -webkit prefixed CSS in the standard, as well as de-facto standards and "works best in Chrome." This is why both Opera and Edge switched to Chromium.

If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.

When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.

Sheesh. I go out for a couple of beers and I come back and there's drama everywhere and it's all on fire!

Maybe I need to follower fewer instance admins.

Just kidding.

Real talk: Thank you guys for looking after us and keeping the peace. It's what makes this place better, and human.

A win for #opensource in Canada.

* Favour open source solutions
* Favour non-prorietary solutions
* Source for custom-built solutions must be released under open source licenses through Government of Canada sites

See C.2.3.8 for the relevant clauses:

If you have a problem with another user, please report them and explain the problem instead of encouraging other users to dogpile them. This isn't Tumblr or Twitter; there are actual moderators here who will try to handle disputes.

I just wrote some code for #GreenhouseGas accounting with a year 2100 bug. Hopefully we'll have fixed this climate change business by then before it fixes us.


Climate Change 

Climate Change 

RIP, a true hero and not because of any wartime heroics, but because of his conviction and compassion.

We are proud to have played our small part in InSight's #MarsLanding. Congratulations NASA!

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