loudly going "harrumph, typical bourgeois democracy" whenever anything happens
I'm fascinated by bizarre bug stories.
This one (retold by my ex-Linden-Lab-colleague Mark Ferlatte) happened in the mid-2000s.
The chain of decisions that made this possible could make a book-sized history of computing.
But if you only take one lesson: please, validate your inputs.
Tax havens are destroying the earth
<<Deforestation in the Amazon and widespread illegal fishing have both been linked to tax havens, according to a new study.
Some 68% of the investments tracked in the Amazon came from companies based in countries where no tax is paid.
When it comes to illegal fishing, around 70% of known vessels are registered in tax havens.
Tax avoidance schemes say the authors, are essentially subsidising the destruction of the environment. >>
Today's monarch news: a caterpillar has escaped its indoor makeshift cage, and is now hanging onto a door jamb, and is very unwilling to budge.
The one in neighbor-donated cage is now a chrysalis.
An ill-looking one I brought inside has died. It wasn't eating anything.
This evening I brought two more very tiny caterpillars inside.
Update: they've taken off!
There was this one sitting on the ground in my backyard: they haven't yet learned the art of flying, it appears.
Their family of six or so was quietly watching me as I was taking this picture.
Another day of annoying the goldfinch.
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Hey, I need some recommendation for some software. I need to prototype an implementation of an idiosyncratic #spline #algorithm. At each control node of the spline, I would like to easily have a slider that can adjust one of the spline parameters and redraw the spline dynamically.
What's the fastest way to implement this? I need to demo it next week. D3.js? Qt? Matplotlib?
@sajith It has been around for too long that those people that remember it from their uni days in the 80s are surprised to discover it is still around. It’s just not any of the “hot” languages like Rust which everybody is raving about.
However it has constantly evolved and is evolving, see e.g. the work to bring safe pointers, similar to Rust, to SPARK 2014:
This is a fun talk by the late Robert Dewar on Ada and it’s history:
I read Carl Safina's book, "Beyond Words", and it moved me to tears at places.
Other species -- Safina specifically tells stories of African elephants, wolves, killer whales -- are perceptive, thoughtful, and communicative, sometimes in ways beyond our comprehension. Our species has been really messing with their world and their very existence.
"Software Security is a Programming Languages Issue"
Err, "carry", some Wikipedia articles carry
Like I said, my internet english no good
Today I learned that some Wikipedia articles carries a "spoken word" version also. Sometimes they are a little outdated. They must be still useful.
This article on mourning dove, for example, has one:
The other visitor of whose picture I managed to take was not a visitor at all, but a local resident.
Yesterday's visitor reportedly stayed a very long time and ate all the sunflower seeds. But by the time I got home and set up to take a picture, they showed me their butt and left.
Hey #Fediverse. When you post pictures, please please please with puppies on top fill in that description box for the visually impaired. You will be helping us out tremendously. We want to enjoy your pictures as much as others do. You don't have to write a novel, but just fill in some details.
Thanks with much love:
A Blind Dude
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