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Software engineer - I have a love/hate relationship with the Linux kernel.
I love my rescue dogs and cats and all the rest of the critters here.
I have a filthy face.

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Free_Press, to news
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This is what a traitor to the United States looks like in 2024.

His name is Tucker Carlson.

He took a large amount of money from Vladimir Putin to interview him, give him a hyped up positive spin, and then blame President Biden for the war in Ukraine.

Putin paid Trump to block US aid to Ukraine and now he's paying Tucker Carlson to shine his image and throw dirt on President Biden.
#AureFreePress #News #GOP #Politics #USA #Trump #BreakingNews #Breaking #Putin #Russia

There are no words...


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@Free_Press Lord Haw Haw all over again.

RickiTarr, to random
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So, reading the comments from my other post actually brings up some questions for me, I think we've all met people who seem to overestimate their abilities and equally we have met people who seem to underestimate their abilities. What is the difference? Is it misplaced confidence, narcissism, low self esteem? Do we need people who will just make decisions when necessary or is consensus always the path? Is Dunning-Kruger real?

I think in this post Trump Presidency era we all have questions about this, but honestly, that even started in the Bush era, are these men actually "dumb" or is this much more sinister?

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@justafrog @RickiTarr Being stuck on the side of the road with a dead car and no money but a box full of tools was a real learning experience for me!

houfu, to random
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Going to court today for a personal matter. Having done a few I know what to expect, but I can't imagine how nerve wrecking itd be for someone with no background. 😔

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@houfu I've only been to court as a juror and that's nerve wracking enough for me.

briankrebs, to random
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There's a huge disconnect for me rn in the IT space. Companies love to talk about an increasing deficit of smart, talented and skillful people available to help defend the cybers. Welp, a lot of those people are somehow now seeking gainful employment bc they've been laid off. Which is just nuts to me given the sheer scale, resources and effort our adversaries are throwing at everything now.

p.s. AI isn't going to fix anyone's security problems. If anything, it's going to compound them by orders of magnitude (at least in terms of data governance).

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@briankrebs to most companies, IT is a "cost center" to be minimized and perhaps even outsourced. Competency is expensive to them, and that interferes with "increasing shareholder value. "

mattblaze, to random
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Virtually every cryptographer alive today has either read David Kahn's The Codebreakers or learned the field from someone who did. We lost him last week.

I first met David about 25 years ago. You'll read much about his influence. I will remember also that he was a remarkably kind gentleman.

https://wapo.st/47Weerz (WaPo gift link)

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@mattblaze That book and The Puzzle Palace are both on my shelf, and I re-read them every few years.

thomastraynor, to random
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Yawn, my current phone provider has been showing me 'Possible spam call' for over a year here for some of the calls. That helps, and for other calls if there is no caller id information I just ignore the call. If it is legit they will leave me a voicemail.


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@thomastraynor talk about a feature not a single user would want or care about.

georgetakei, to random
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@georgetakei "Idolization taken to a new level?" like creating boat parades with all participants flying Taylor Swift flags?

ppatel, to random
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Well. Well. Well. Slouching toward VPhood.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley that she doesn't think former President Donald Trump should be disqualified from the ballot due to his legal troubles.

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@ppatel I guess she really doesn't mind being called "Birdbrain" after all.

F100, to Ukraine
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In case it wasn't clear: Hungary wants a piece of Ukraine so that is why they are supporting Russia. They want Ukraine to fall. #fuckDictators #ukraine #russia #RussianInvasion #Zakarpattia

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@F100 That kind of ambition didn't work so well for them in the 1940's either.

matdevdug, to tech
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The thing about that people who haven’t been through it often don’t understand is that morale never recovers. The employees who remain will never have the same relationship with that company, bosses or peers.

Watching people you respect pack their stuff and crying on the phone with their spouses is something that never goes away. When I survived a layoff in my 20s I became a “do exactly what the ticket says” person. I stopped suggesting ideas, providing feedback, believing anything a manager told me.

If you are a company considering layoffs, especially a profitable company, you should approach it as “this department will have 100% turnover”. The second I got another job offer I left that company and six months later nobody who had been there at the time of layoffs remained.

I’ve seen that pattern play out multiple times.

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@matdevdug I have been laid off, survived layoffs, found another job only to go through another round of layoffs. This behavior is endemic to how business is done in the U.S. at least.

matematico314, to random Portuguese
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Chuva forte de novo. Verão é uma bosta.

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@matematico314 Não gosto do inverno aqui tampoco!

Snowshadow, to Futurology
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More than 10,000 research papers were retracted in 2023 — a new record

The number of articles being retracted rose sharply this year. Integrity experts say that this is only the tip of the iceberg


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@Snowshadow too bad the article is behind a pay wall

azonenberg, to random
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Starting schematic work on the DDR4 interface for GROVER.

Lots of reading to do and things to double check, since DDR4 changes quite a few things compared to DDR3.

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@azonenberg having recently configured an embedded system that featured two processors each with its own DDR4, you have my sympathies!

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@azonenberg components. We had the advantage of adapting a design provided by the SOC manufacturer, but ran into problems when the configuration was all wrong for the DDR4 parts we had selected to replace the EOL parts in the reference design.

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@azonenberg the designer and I spent several days just figuring out all the arcane timing parameters. He and the fellow who laid out the board got everything else right first try. Modern simulators are hella expensive but they saved a lot of time and grief.

jtk, (edited ) to random
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David Mills, a true Internet pioneer, passed away on January 17, 2024. Probably best known for having led the development and maintenance of for decades, he was also involved in a great deal of early Internet protocol development.


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@jtk I spoke with him at U. Del when I was thinking about starting on a master's in CS. He rapidly disabused me of that fantasy after hearing about the kind of stuff I wanted to do. He suggested I stick with engineering and that pure CS would likely bore me to death!

RickiTarr, to random
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Okay, I'm thinking about gift giving today. A little backstory about why:

Every year my Father-in-law attempts to get my Mother-in-law a gift. She is a bit of a shopper, and is notoriously difficult to shop for. Every year he gets her something he guesses a woman would like (perfume, sweater, jewelry), and every year she doesn't really like it, and ends up begrudgingly using it or returns it. They have been married over 30 years, and seem to have a pretty good marriage otherwise. It's like she wants him to magically understand what she wants, and he is sort of equally bad at the whole thing too. I will never understand why they don't just have a conversation about this. Just for extra fun, she is the most bizarre gift giver, also, to the point that it has become an annual tradition that I show my friends what she got us. A small list of things we have gotten:

A couch cover with grapes on it
A sexy nightgown
A painting of the house they live in
A gourd painted to look like a cat eating a bird
A package of tea that I would have absolutely loved, stuffed with cheap tea bags
Children's Lego sets
Toy trains
Underwear that didn't fit either of us
A wooden board covered in seashells that is supposed to hold a curling iron
A waterproof bed cover

I could go on and on. Just to clarify this doesn't bother me or my husband at all, we actually get a kick out of the weirdness. I don't personally care about presents much, I'm more of an experiences person.

SO, if you've managed to get this far, how do you feel about gift giving/getting? Feel free to elaborate and give examples!

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@RickiTarr we long ago gave up on the surprise thing. We let each other know what luxury we'd love to have and let the other figure out the rest...

RickiTarr, to random
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It amazes me that there are people that believe that if the Confederacy had won that they would have ended slavery on their own, when America is actively doing wage slavery, when there are still more People of Color in prison, when we are still dealing with the legacy of redlining. It feels like it never ended at all.

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@RickiTarr That's impossible. By design, slavery was woven so tightly into the Confederate constitution that they would have to scrap the entire document and start fresh.

selea, to random
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Dont forget to thank the local NTP Gods for just making sure that you have not thought about NTP for the past year

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@selea I spent a lot of last year thinking about NTP and PTP as well. The outlook for this year is more of the same!

aram, to Battlemaps
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in the area. ❄️❄️❄️

Short video of snow in a DC suburb

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@aram Alas - it was nothing but "Conversational Snow." Now it's gone and it's just windy.

SwiftOnSecurity, to random
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What the CEO hears when you explain the security incident

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@SwiftOnSecurity What serpent? You mean my organs can run Python now?

GottaLaff, to random
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Chief Wayne to Step Down

The gun-rights group’s longtime leader is resigning days before the start of his civil corruption trial

Wayne! 👋🏼


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@GottaLaff Thoughts and prayers.

thomasfuchs, to random
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lol at people trying to retcon history and pretend the Y2K bug wasn't real.

I literally worked for like a year from late 1998 to the end of 1999 to fix databases of utility companies and health systems to not, you know, completely and utterly fail come January 1st, 2000.

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@thomasfuchs In the early 90's I worked on a satellite project that had a real time clock chip with 0-99 in the year field. I brought the issue up to several people who dismissed it, saying it would be a miracle if it was still around that long. Sure enough, it reset at midnight, Y2K but at least the customer was ready for it.

RickiTarr, to random
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Since I'm on Transphobes today, I'll ask a question.

So much of the time with famous transphobes, all they have to do to not come under scrutiny is just keep their stupid mouths shut, why can't they? What do they really think will happen? Why do they care so much about something that doesn't actually affect them at all?

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@RickiTarr They're used to being surrounded by sycophants who relish every idiotic thing they say. It offends them when someone calls them out and tells them they're actually not wearing any clothes.

GottaLaff, to random
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Hi Nikki Haley.

Via Wes Lowery:

fearing Lincoln’s election would lead to the national abolition of slavery (a hyperbolic, reactionary response), a series of southern states seceded from the union and formed an avowedly white supremacist confederacy of slave states. that was the cause of the civil war.

PS: Stop telling me how much better Haley is than Trump. She’s not. Every single GOP Fascist Party candidate would take us straight to hell. 1/..

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@GottaLaff the Confederate constitution was a direct copy of the U.S. constitution except for two main points: the permanent establishment of slavery and a 6 year presidential term. We didn't go to war over term limits.

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