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You probably heard about me because I am the founder of the Twisted python networking engine open source project. But I’m also the author and maintainer of several other smaller projects, a writer and public speaker about software and the things software affects (i.e.: everything), and a productivity nerd due to my ADHD. I also post a lot about politics; I’d personally prefer to be apolitical but unfortunately the global rising tide of revanchist fascism is kind of dangerous to ignore.

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glyph, (edited ) to random
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someone with a good team please hire this man before he accidentally proves that Roko’s basilisk is real and that the the eternal torment is the SF bay hiring pipeline (scroll up from this toot to see the thread of torment, it is at the end of the thread) https://mastodon.social/@3psboyd/112493910609493657

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had 2,551 in-person attendees and was "sold out”

had 3,393 (Checked-in people).

Anyone know why the tickets were restricted to 1,234 fewer in 2024? The venue seemed massive so should have had room.

I'm genuinely curious what the difference was. 48% more seats in 2019 is a big difference.

Ref [location history]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_Conference

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@mkennedy I believe it “sold out” at 2700, so we didn’t completely max out the venue. I’m not an organizer, but the limits have more to do with precommitments from the conference than physical size; i.e. we project we can get 2300 in the door for sure, so we won’t buy food or food-service-worker-time for more than 2700. Stuff like that.

Making these numbers too big (as they have been at a few points in pycon’s past) can be financially ruinous to the PSF so it’s always a little conservative.

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@mkennedy at one point one of the organizers explained to me just the logistics of getting coffee for the sprints and I felt like my soul left my body for the astral plane

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@mkennedy on a macro level though the game is a sort of “price is right” where the stakes are the financial future of the programming language. before you get sponsors, you sign in blood that you will get X people into hotels and Y people into the venue, and if you guess Y too low the sponsors get mad and don’t come back because you’re not getting them sufficient brand equity, and if you guess X too high the hotels and convention center clean out the foundation’s bank account

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@mkennedy I think we could have done 3.5k easy but there’s no way I’m signing my name to that, and therefore cannot blame the organizers even a little bit for being reserved in the estimations of our growth

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@mkennedy oh that’s the problem though: you promise that number to hotels, but by the time the conference is rolling around, they’ve already sold the other capacity, you can’t increase the cap much. You want to “open it for more” but there’s already a physics convention and a gynastics competition that the conference center & hotels sold during the same dates

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@mkennedy also, don’t quote me on this one, but I’m pretty sure that the economics of it are that you lose money on each attendee, so as you increase attendance you then need to go back to your sponsors for increased commitments, which is also itself an awkward conversation.

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@mkennedy you might get away with “no hotel discounts” but the nightmare of “you can only buy the kind of badge that doesn’t get you the conference-provided lunch” is intractable. I went to one conference that tried this and it was … well let’s say “logistically difficult”

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@mkennedy @jacob COVID was obviously an absolute knockout blow to event organizing, but the ongoing influence of high interest rates shouldn’t be underestimated either. Much as I think that we could do better, I am thrilled to have broken through 2500 in 2024, it’s huge progress in rebuilding.

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@mkennedy @jacob (Just for any readers who may not be familiar: high interest rates = money is expensive for corporations & startups = promotional budgets are slashed = much harder to raise money for “optional” things like conference sponsorships)

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Since we have seen a few positive tests from and it’s very easy to get base-rate brain around this stuff, despite being asymptomatic I popped out to the drug store to get a few COVID tests just in case. Happy to report that I am testing negative at this point.

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I am a:
⚪️ man
⚪️ woman
🔘 bear

looking for a:
⚪️ man
⚪️ woman
🔘 1/8 cup of non-toxic glue to add to the sauce to give it more tackiness

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@Migueldeicaza absolute peak brain-rot here, and I love it. I hate that I love it but I do love it

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Needless to say, if I boost something into your timeline that contains something you disagree with, you should not be taking that as a licence to abuse the person who posted it.

blocks

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mcc, to random
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A kinda half-prediction of what we'll see at Apple's WWDC this year:

The defining characteristic of the Vision, to me, is that Apple added new, largely unnecessary, and potentially dangerous technology (eye tracking). And the way they addressed the danger of this choice was by further restricting what users are able to do on their own devices (i.e., further restricting what software they're allowed to run), even more than iPhones.

So the rumor is WWDC 2024 will be Apple's vision of "AI". (1/2)

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@mcc there are a bunch of boring technical reasons that this is super unlikely, but it is definitely bothering me that you have read them for filth in terms of the general problem-solving approach. I hate that if they could do this they probably would. (And, you know, not super high confidence from me either. I’m not exactly a SEP expert; maybe they can, and they will.)

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PyCon is a magical experience, but maybe even more magical is multi-gig wired ethernet at home. Many things about the conference and the hotel were very thoughtfully put together but 0.3Mbps internet wasn't one of them

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@chrisjrn oh don’t worry, it’s definitely going in there

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does the dentist’s emergency bill look like the check from a mediocre brunch.

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@hynek @chrisjrn in the US we have a tradition not just of itemization, but of meticulously documented socially-condoned insurance fraud, where every medical provider says that a 5-minute visit costs thirty thousand dollars, but because you paid cash and because they are very nice they are giving you a 99.8% discount

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edit: this use to be a link to a fake story about MS buying Valve. It was fake. https://mastodon.social/@ThePlant/112486469559854730

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@jacob a lesson for my own media literacy, I saw the name of the site and thought "hmm, is that a reputable news source? ah well, jacob posted it, maybe I'm not in touch with where games journalism is at these days". body horror at turning into a facebook dad

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Left from #PyConUS about 33 hrs ago. Had a scratchy throat this morning w/ a negative test and just now have a positive test.

I went out with various groups, unmasked, throughout the weekend. This was a risk I was willing to take. Still, I'm glad I was wearing a mask in the convention center around folks who did not choose to take that same risk.

I'm gonna go rest now.

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@Ooze @offby1 I have had COVID exactly once. I contracted it from my kid, who picked it up while both masked and outdoors.

Other people living riskier lifestyles have not gotten infected. COVID infection is an unfortunate fact of human biology, not a moral failing.

I think masking is a good idea and I do it frequently. But there is no perfect prophylaxis, and the idea that anyone who shares a meal with friends is “killing people” is both wrong and counterproductive.

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@Ooze @offby1 Wearing a mask is a good idea, sure. But masks are not clinically effective unless they are regularly fit tested and you do seal checks. Do you do a hospital-grade fit test every time you leave your house? Would you characterize someone who did not do this every day as “killing people”? https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/nursing-home/materials/respirator-fit-testing.pdf

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@tylerdave really sorry to hear this hit you. Thank you for sharing your results, and I hope you recover quickly.

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@Ooze @offby1 well sure, but masking in large crowds is better than never masking. you’re the one who set the terms in absolutes. why is going out on the town in a non-fitted surgical mask and getting unlucky and giving someone COVID a reasonable risk mitigation strategy, but wearing a good N95 in high-risk crowded environments but unmasking in small groups to eat “killing people”?

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@Ooze @offby1 oh, so you’re using masks from a vendor with a history of non-compliance with safety regulations, that does not even meet its advertised particle filtration efficacy? I guess you don’t care about other people https://www.tga.gov.au/resources/facemask-respirator-tests/detmold-medical-d95-p2-respirator-masks-detmold-medical-pty-ltd-1

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@Ooze @offby1 I should be clear here, I’m being sarcastic. I think your personal masking practices are high quality (although seriously, maybe find another vendor) and trusting a medical supply company is certainly reasonable. But so is acknowledging that “eating with other people” is like a universal cultural practice that is older civilization and cannot be done with a mask on.

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Hilarious. Some random ass paid-for blue tick on X said Microsoft were looking to buy Valve, and loads of people fell for it. News articles even got written on it today.

Totally false, it’s news from a leak that was from 2023 (that i wrote about back then https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2023/09/microsoft-keep-your-filthy-hands-off-valve/) and is not a thing that’s happening.

This is the problem with paid “verification”, people see the blue tick and think they’re trustworthy.

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@ThePlant totally fell for it over here too. Should have done more fact-checking on my own of course, but in defense of everybody who did fall for this (myself included) it's exactly the kind of absolutely horrible thing that is happening with regularity across the entire industry, all the time, so it doesn't seem implausible enough to take a second look at. (thank you for writing about this)

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