Happy to finally have a physical copy of this classic, after reading the same sections of the online PDF for years. (I don't know what a more modern equivalent to this book is: scattered among dozens of papers, it seems?)

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@leip4Ier Kind of a shame that we can’t do all the cool security things at home, but I can’t blame the engineers behind game consoles for not implementing a feature that literally has “enterprise” in the name. If only they’d called it “WPA2-Cool”

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Finally. 'git diff HEAD~14 HEAD~2 board.kicad_pcb' working reliably.

It generates something like this:

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Hi everyone we should run all the world because we are hyper-rational beings and computers, if programmed correctly, are incapable of error. We don't like to brag, but we're just... better than you.


FIX our bugs?? BEFORE release? I'm sorry, that is silly. It is mathematically impossible for any software to not have bugs! And mathematically impossible for us to find them when they do exist. In conclusion, give us all your data and your economy.

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Thank god the entire industry hasn't decided to revolve around Blink/Chromium for 95% of the web's browser traffic, or else Google would have an unlimited ability to push forward whatever bullshit standard they wanted.

Wait hold on, my producer is telling me something [places finger on my ear piece]

Oh no.

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In the last few months:
- Tumblr purged adult content (and a bunch of stuff it misindentified).
- Flickr purged free storage above a limit of 1000 photos/account.
- Myspace deleted 12 years' worth of music.

And Google+ only has two weeks left before Google pulls its plug.

Back up your accounts!

And if you can, consider donating to the Internet Archive. archive.org

find of the day: 'sh' module for calling subprocesses in a more Python-like way:

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there was some birdsite thread that was like "Black Mirror episodes that would scare medieval folks" and it was solid gold
"A yeoman boileth a Potte, but it shrieketh at himme!"
"A miller draweth Ale from a Bucket, only to discover it more full yet!"
"A ghastly play, performed by Imps upon a flat Glasse"

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Surveillance capitalism, companies being dicks 

Possibly not the greatest layout choice: where the traces have scorched off there's a 250V fuse with exposed terminals right next to a relay, and it looks like the 5V relay coil trace (and the relay) which exploded...

Friend asked me to help fix this 80s era German ultrasonic cleaner (I think he found it in a dumpster). Really like hand routed PCB aesthetics.

Component side has some less good bits, though!

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RT @vboykis

Ten years ago, I didn't know what unit tests, version control, or continuous integration were.

Today, my code fails at each of these steps at least once a day.

Follow your dreams.

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This paper on a malloc() replacement that DOES COMPACTION even on C/C++ is making the rounds: arxiv.org/pdf/1902.04738.pdf

Scarily beautiful.

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"In retrospect, it’s unsurprising that a lot of New Atheism devolved into reactionary, antifeminist, and even white supremacist thought, because it was never really about the things it claimed to be about. The dominant affect of New Atheism wasn’t humility, or reflexivity, or curiosity, all the things one truly needs to improve intellectually. It was smugness."

The Magical Thinking of Guys Who Love Logic: theoutline.com/post/7083/the-m

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Still, I guess I want to understand what the core problems are, or the core motivations for living a FLOSS lifestyle. Even as someone who uses an Ubuntu laptop and a damn LineageOS phone that breaks half the time, I still don't quite understand.

Am I trying to maximize freedom? Privacy? Utility? Some imagined ideal of computing that used to exist, but isn't really relevant anymore? Honestly I don't know. I guess that's my answer for now. Fin.

Overall impressed by the treatment this 4 year old cheap Lenovo has survived - busted hinges, missing screws, bent cooling fins.

I think 10% of this treatment and my expensive metal & carbon fiber Dell would have been finished.

I'm helping recover a teenager's laptop hard disk - it fails permanently and immediately when written to but mounted read-only it's been reading at a steady 50KB/sec all day. Seems like firmware is in some extreme "limp home" mode.

All SMART status indicators say it's healthy 🙄

Computers, epoch overflow 

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