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how comes all the hot girls all come from the same place? where is C.UTF-8 anyway?

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RT @Canocola@twitter.com

It often seems that the golden age of naval idiocy has disappeared forever.

I'm therefore pleased to note that the Venezuelan patrol vessel Naiguatá has managed to recapture some of this spirit by fighting the dumbest action of the 21st century.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/Canocola/status/12

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“Mask-trees“ have been cropping up around the Czech Republic as a form of solidarity. Volunteers are making cloth masks at home and hanging them on “mask-trees” for anyone in need

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The use of surveillance powers in the fight against Covid-19 is an embarrassing symptom of decades lost to preparing for the wrong problem.

By PI's @Edin_O in @openDemocracy

opendemocracy.net/en/can-europ

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If one does the research around it, one finds amazing things. LD_PRELOAD tricks are cute, but my favorite has to be using perl to binary-patch libnss_files.so.2 to change the location it looks for the hosts file at:
unix.stackexchange.com/a/57598

My answer is, as always, way too much Bash:
git.occrp.org/libre/utils/blob

It's terrible, it's buggy (redirects are not handled well yet), it's slow. But it gets the job done.

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RT @RozKaveney@twitter.com

Seriously, the fact that one of the first actions of Viktor Orban on attaining absolute power has been to strip trans people of rights should oblige trans-hostile people who think they're on the Left to ask themselves whether they are, objectively considered,
fascist bigots.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/RozKaveney/status/

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Look... Schrödinger was born in 1887. There's no way he could still be alive in his grave.

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My oldest child discovered asking “why” repeatedly. So, on this car ride, I got to tell him about the inherently collaborative nature of the human experience, ontological truth, and the allegory of the cave.

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All transit in Wuhan being shut down is hard to imagine for anybody who doesn't know the city:

It is about the size of greater London, but replace the Thames with the Yangtze which is about 500m wide as it cuts the city in half. Now remove all buses, the Tube, trains and river ferries. Without transit, most of the 11 million people are essentially under house arrest.

theguardian.com/world/2020/jan

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Breaking news in the algorithmic/arithmetic world!

Integer multiplication in time O(n · log n). [1]

It means you can multiply two n-bits integer using roughly n log n operations. It's a *very* important problem because a lot of mathematical software rely on efficient integer multiplication.

It breaks the last best known algorithm [2] (Schönhage–Strassen), that was in O(n · log n · log log n)

[1] hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-0
[2] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch%C3%B

#maths #algorithm

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Holy cow, there already exists at least one public Onion service expressly for telnetting into, and it's an official Wikipedia mirror meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Telnet

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High risk for those into sexy POWER9 motherboards 

Raptor systems released their mini-ITX POWER9 board.

It is, obviously, a beauty although the $800 price tag is scary, especially as you need to add the actual processor cost to it ($375-$595) and the RAM ($395-$2950) :flan_laugh:

But... "Designed with a fully owner-controlled CPU domain, you can audit and modify any portion of the open source firmware on the Blackbird™ mainboard, all the way down to the CPU microcode."

secure.raptorcs.com/content/BK

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Hacking Team Hacker Phineas Fisher Has Gotten Away With It

Leaked court documents show that Italian authorities have no idea who hacked the government spyware maker Hacking Team, and a judge ruled the investigation should be shut down.
motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art

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You gotta love the chutzpah of chemists in the 1920s going 'hmm, we need a completely safe and non-toxic gas for fridges because ammonia is killing people... I know, how about mashing up those two greatest hits of chemical safety, Chlorine and Fluorine! Cos see, two super-poisons will fight each other and PROBABLY not release deadly toxic bone-eating hydrofluoric acid gas into your kitchen. Probably.'

and then much later: 'whoops, but they do eat the literal sky'

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_M.

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waiter, this Skinner Box is full of Necker Cubes

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Today in the adventures of 'no one but me reads my documentation', there are random lines of bad church latin invoking the protection of the machine spirit in our disaster recovery plan.
Example:

"Omnissiah defensionem calculandum apparatus. Chao superare potest. Custodiat te nostrae tergum consilium."

Circuits preserve us.

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