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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.

in The Matrix they gave Neo all these real-world superpowers but they should have been incredibly useful computery ones

like the one I want right now: the power to INSTANTLY INVALIDATE ANY CACHE

then it really would have been The Matrix Reloaded

yes, Mastorarians, I am still here and wracked with guilt

"Tales From the Romeo and Juliet Phase Space" (by @tophtucker) is both a great demo of and also tragically, thrillingly beautiful: beta.observablehq.com/@tophtuc

See enclosed video for a quick demo.

You're amazing, iconoclastic, a bit silly.
You were a total visionary about the internet.
You're massive fun to be with.
(Also, you married Bob & me. Ta much.)

Well done on jettisoning the mortal body. You'll always be an inspiration.

Thanks for everything, John Perry Barlow.

okay let me put it another way

Jon Bois is probably the best storyteller on YouTube.
Most of his videos are about sports, but you don't need to know anything about sports to enjoy his stories

Tonight is a good night to watch his story about the Eagles youtube.com/watch?v=ZymSrDfLhW

I don't know much about American football.
I can't remember who taught me to hate the Pats, but it was Jon Bois who taught me to love the Eagles, and this is how: youtube.com/watch?v=ZymSrDfLhW

After a decade on MacOS, I'm thinking of trying Windows 10 for my next laptop. Recent UNIX & Docker support sounds good enough for backend dev work, and I'd like more games & hardware choice. Anyone else made the switch recently? Opinions?

Today I learned that ESG'S "U.F.O.", one of the most sampled tracks ever, was only recorded because (legendary Factory Records producer & dingy echo specialist) Martin Hannett had 3 minutes of master tape left. Thanks, Martin!

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My Grandad's advice for safe driving was: "Always remember you're controlling a potentially lethal weapon". I think it helped me to take driving even more seriously.

Perhaps it's good advice for us technologists too...

"Always remember you're programming a potential platform for bullying and harassment".

"Always remember you're designing a potential system for mass surveillance".

"Always remember you're deploying a potential tool for mass social unrest".

‪If it's wrong to discriminate against people for their colour or place of birth, is it also wrong to discriminate based on their political views?‬

‪Short answer: no.‬

‪Far more entertaining answer: theguardian.com/commentisfree/

MASTODON BONUS CONTENT: I'm copying the few tweets I post these days to Masto but seriously do I have ANY followers here who might not automatically agree with this

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I don't understand people who think that self-improving artificial intelligence will solve all of humanity's problems. We've already got self-improving natural intelligence and all it does is shitpost and be depressed

I'm still here and I love you

yes, YOU

Um, because you're a human?
Your support of open source?
Your impeccable dress sense?

LOOK STOP MAKING THIS WEIRD, OKAY

your friends are a battlesuit for surviving the future

i am a happy tipsy love-filled yoz, AMA

Did I miss discussion of the "Slaughterbots" short film? (I've been avoiding most social media recently.) If so, have there been any good counter-arguments to the point it's making?

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I've added a few notes on my #NaNoGenMo entry this year, a parody of abstract descriptive writing which I hacked up on my home-backed Haskell text generator github.com/spikelynch/formatio

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