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On the topic of abstract machines, Roshan wrote this "Little Machines" draft a good twelve years ago and never updated it:

I think there's market for "Abstract Machines for Dummies" for dummies like me

"From Krivine’s machine to the Caml implementations":

(Xavier Leroy's slides on abstract machines.)

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>> … on average, when Craigslist’s opened erotic services in a city, the female homicide rate went down 17 percent.
> 17 percent. That’s not the homicide rate for female sex workers. That’s the homicide rate for all women.


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I've moved away from using Ghost as I've started developing my own blog software, but I've always liked them. They make a good product, have a solid dev team, and are not motivated by building up capital but rather making a sustainable open source product.

I'm building something a bit different (and not as white) with PV4, but I do find myself inspired by what they've accomplished in their 5 years.

Lots of hard earned wisdom in their 5 year review post.

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If I could convince Mastodon at large of only one thing, it would be this:

if you see someone complaining, DO NOT give them advice.

If someone ASKS for advice, offer it.

But 90% of the time, someone complaining is just venting. They're not telling you the whole story, and they're not receptive to being given advice, because in that mental state, your "good-natured advice" is their "HERE'S HOW YOU'RE DOING THIS WRONG".

Do not respond with advice unless it's asked for.

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computers have been slowly gaining User Experience. maybe someday they will have enough Experience to actually understand Users

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Papers We Love Conf 2018 is happening again this year in St. Louis with Strangeloop! We're a non-profit organization and rely on sponsorships to fund the conference. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring check out our prospectus

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to comply with GDPR, as of May 25th, I will no longer be remembering anybody’s name, face or personal details without their explicit consent

...phew, finally a viable excuse

Cold day. Soft rain outside. The cats are both curled up inside.

I was pulling weeds from a garden bed. The robin came by and gave me that look and that talk: "Are you not digging anywhere today? Why are you not digging? Dig me some worms, my human."

I am very sorry indeed not to be digging the yard today.

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In my everyday world, I am the one most bothered by privacy and security issues, by the annoying things that the bad social networks do, etc. So when it comes to these topics, I am the grumpiest one.

Here on Mastodon there are people who are even more annoyed by these things. So I am no longer the grumpiest one!

Thanks for making me feel a little more normal, Mastodon.

#privacy #surveillance #security

Today I learned about Debian "wajig" program.

Looks mightily handy!

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I'm trying something new. An experiment, if you will.

Would you like to become an #OpenBSD port MAINTAINER but don't know where to start?
I have five ports ready to go. They are at the bottom of the link below. All you have to is add yourself as MAINTAINER, roll the directory into a tarball, and submit it to the ports@ mailing list.

Writing new ports can be tricky. Maintaining fully formed ports can be a nice way to learn how everything works and ease into things.

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Want to get paid USD 8000 over three months starting on Dec 1st? is running an internships program for privacy and security:

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I'll be giving a talk on library operating systems (including #mirageos) for #recursecenter's "localhost" talk series on Tuesday, 15 May in Manhattan, NYC, USA! RSVP (and get location/abstract/etc info) at .

I changed my twitter password because twitter wrote passwords in log files and now I am logged out of twitter in all browsers in all my computers and inertia will keep it that way and that is excellent 👍

Goselings are baby geese
Ducklings are baby ducks
Dumplings are baby dumps? 😱

Book recommendation: "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst", by Robert M. Sapolsky.

Summary: our good behavior and bad behavior are both driven by a terrifying multitude of factors, and it is never due to just one thing or the other, and it is all very, very, very complicated.

You should actually read the damn book. Learn about our own primate brains from the neuro-endocrinologist who studied baboons in the wild for thirty years!

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I have an article published in Issue 9 of The Recompiler Magazine, "A Crash Course on Floating-point Numbers" -

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