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leoncowle

@leoncowle@hachyderm.io

Husband. Father. Cowboys fan.
The Ops in DevOps. Weird love of regex!

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SouthAfrican-Brit-American
(My accent is very confused)
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leoncowle, to mastodon
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How is this post in my home timeline?! I don’t follow this account. It seems it wasn’t boosted. It doesn’t contain a hashtag at all (i.e. that I may be following). It wasn’t edited (to remove hashtags, eg). This account has 0 followers and 0 follows. How did they force this post into my TL? This is concerning!
#mastodon #activitypub #Peertube

EDIT: as pointed out by @benroyce (thanks Ben!), there ARE hashtags in this post, it’s just my client (Ivory) that for some reason doesn’t show them.

leoncowle,
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@benroyce I’m using Ivory. Thank you. That solved the mystery, Ben!

@ivory Is this a known bug or shortcoming in Ivory — that it doesn’t show hashtags from Peertube posts? Perhaps Peertube stores hashtags differently than Mastodon?

Crazypedia, to Korean
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Neat! I love learning about the history and evolution of languages, and how they physically moved around the globe. This is cool!

First languages of North America traced back to two very different groups from Siberia

https://phys.org/news/2024-04-languages-north-america-language-groups.html

leoncowle,
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@Crazypedia @kellogh Interesting!

(PS Think this might interest you, too, @jkottke & @davemark)

leoncowle, to random
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Just so you know, John @siracusa, there are those of us who <gasp> like & prefer Teams over Slack. Maybe even dozens of us. 😂😂 (regarding ep 581 of @atpfm)

uastronomer, (edited ) to random
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Back when I was still thinking about getting solar power installed, I met a lot of naysayers who had a lot to say about how I'll have no electricity on cloudy days, or how the batteries only last a few months and then you have to repeat your investment, or how "The government makes you register it because they want to charge you a license fee" and how they know a guy who had it installed and he's very disappointed in some non-specific way.

All the same people who complain and gripe the loudest about Eskom and how the government ruined it, all while hinting darkly at the colour of the people responsible but never actually spelling it out... but I digress.

Anyway, it's a rainy, overcast day, which means my batteries will only be fully charged by about 2pm, instead of the usual 10:30am. And my grid consumption is now low enough that I probably won't even notice the next rates increase.

And the naysayers no longer talk about Solar to me, preferring to wait until I, and my inconvenient facts, are out of the room.

leoncowle,
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@mvniekerk @uastronomer Nice one, Michael. I'm really jealous. Allen knows this already, but I live in Texas (yay, ridiculous amounts of sun). BUT…. my house uses around 4500kWh (no typo) of electricity per month in the dead of summer (and even more kWh of natural gas per month in the worst of winter). I have a big house, but even with my big roof, I can't come close to affording to cover that demand with solar. Add in the brutal hail storms we can get in Spring, and it becomes a tough sell. 😕

uastronomer, to random
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"The US Government can't just spin up a whitehouse.gov fedi server, how naive, don't you know there's rules and procurement, you think Biden's just gonna run it from a raspberry pi under his desk in the oval office lol"

And yet. The various arms and branches of the US government already maintain a social media presence. They maintain their own websites. Their own mail servers. They are the literal government, they pass laws and set policies all the time, there are literally millions of employed and elected officers whose job is creating, enforcing, and maintaining all sorts of infrastructure and policy and rules and regulations.

I'm pretty sure they can handle one little mastodon instance.

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer Welllllll, it’s now day 5 of the apply-for-citizenship online portal being offline. Just because they released an updated version of the form. So color me skeptical of their IT chops. 😂

(We’ve waited 10 years to qualify to apply, what’s a few more days between friends, right?)

kellogh, to random
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The Attack Turkey

this morning on the run i got to the top of the hill and was resting, bc i'm out of shape, and off in the distance i see a bird trotting my way

as it gets closer i realize it's a turkey. it had a big red gobbler and its neck was iridescent. It was actually really pretty, so i just watched as it approached

leoncowle,
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@kellogh TIM!!! 😂

uastronomer, to random
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Yesterday, I bought a new light fitting for my bathroom. A Light Worx Ceiling Light, made in China and packaged for Builder's Warehouse. I've installed stuff like this before - extremely simply construction, just a bit of stamped steel for a chassis, thin plastic cover to diffuse the light that sort of fits well enough to not fall off, a basic lamp socket, and some sort of terminal block for you to connect the wiring.

Only I'm used to old-fashioned screw-type terminal blocks. This one has nifty spring-loaded ones: Just press down, slip the wire in, release and it's done! You can see in the picture.

Only... this one is crap. I noticed the neutral wire from the connector to the socket, was hanging loose. Fine, this happens with this sort of cheaply-made mass-produced product. Just reconnect it. I'm used to this - with these products you always go through each connection to make sure they're secure, and be ready to find a few that aren't.

It fell out. I tried to put it back in a bit deeper, being more careful with the spring action (ensuring the contacts actually opened, etc). Noticed that the earth wire was partially in the way.

Ended up removing it from the chassis, and yeah. It's a TERRIBLE connector. Even the "secure" wires fell out as soon as the connector shifted position.

So if you're buying one of these, throw the stupid sprung connector in the fire and spend a few extra rand on a proper terminal block. Your insurance company will thank you when your house doesn't burn down.

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer I love the ones that are most commonly used here. SO simple. Slightly twist the 2 wires together and then just twist the cap onto them. The cap has a metal, twisted-thread inside it, so it twists on tight and ensures connectivity. They come in various sizes to accommodate wire thickness or how many wires you're twisting together.

cross section of screw connection cap, to show how 3 wires are twisted on the inside of one of these.
examples of screw connection caps, with one showing 2 wires connected inside it.

uastronomer, to random
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If you're planning to watch a solar eclipse, soon, learn from somebody who got it wrong.

Don't make my mistake (technically, the mistake of our local guide): When you're looking for a place to watch, anything less than 100% totality is NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Even 99%, which might sound fine, is not good enough.

Anything less than around 95%, it'll feel a bit dim, like you lost track of time and it's now late afternoon. If you're actually looking directly at the Sun with eclipse glasses, you'll see the classic "Sun with a bite taken out of it" view, which is cool, but you're missing the full experience.

At 99% (where I was), it'll suddenly go dark, like just after sunset. The birds freak out because it's suddenly song time, and then woops no it's suddenly bedtime... And that's kinda cool, but you're STILL missing the cool bit.

100%? That's where you'll see the view you see on TV, the black sun with a halo, the stars shining in the middle of the day, all that jazz.

Drive the extra distance. You NEED 100% coverage.

Finally: If you're right on the edge of 100%, it'll last a few seconds. Keep driving, get to the middle of the path, and it'll last a few minutes - long enough to really enjoy it, long enough to talk about it with your friends, long enough that you can afford to blink without missing it!

https://xkcd.com/2914/

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer My house (well, precise to a few neighborhoods, i.e. by zipcode). Very excited. Weather looks a bit iffy, but will keep a close eye on it, and see if we have to drive anywhere (reasonable) to get a cloudless view.

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer Getting closer now, and the cloud models are stabilizing..... With predictions that my area and several hours either side of me in the path of totality is going to be predominantly (or fully) cloudy Monday. 😭😭😭

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer We're talking 5 hrs one way (from current coverage models) to get to a reasonably clear area. That's just too far. 😭

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer I can always try finding religion for a couple of days. 😂

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer My atheist-ass realized that religion aint gonna cut it. So we’ve decided to drive 8 hrs to Missouri where the forecast looks clear. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer it was FUCKING AMAZING!!!! The eerie light change, happening faster & faster towards totality. Then suddenly a black moon with a white surround. You can see the sun’s corona. The magnetic field. The bright red Baily’s Beads around the edge of the moon. Stars. A 360° sunset view toward every horizon. 3m35 of totality. FUCKING SPECTACULAR. WOW! WOW! WOW! You can NOT accurately describe this to anyone who has not experienced it. 🤯🤯🤯

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer Given how freaking awesome the experience was yesterday, I can't guarantee to not use 2030’s eclipse as a reason to bring the fam to SA to visit our families there -- and make a pilgrimage to the path of totality with the inlaws (who live in Johies). Last time we've all been was in 2016. My kids will all be adults, some just finished with college, and some just starting, so will have to see whether they can join us. OR maybe a vacation to Aus (where totality also goes)! 🤔😂

mensrea, to random
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@danie10 further down the lora rabbit hole ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIdHBDSQHyw

leoncowle,
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@danie10 @mensrea Damn, I've been Yankified, it seems. Read your sentence as ‘See[m] to recall tho that design did no prescription”.

(Pharmacy prescriptions here are called Rx’s).

😂

leoncowle, to random
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Hmmm. We’re now in those couple of days of the year where we have to question whether someone hit publish too early on their April Fools stories.
https://mastodon.social/@macrumors/112175725091285667

uastronomer, (edited ) to random
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All this eclipse talk has me getting more and more excited about the 2030 eclipse in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Totality passes through Windhoek, Klerksdorp, Bergville, Winterton, Howick, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Umhlanga, Scottburgh and a bunch of other towns that I'm less concerned about!

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer My house is in the path of totality for the one in 11 days! Very excited!! Now HOPING for good weather.

uastronomer, to random
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My apparently controversial take that torture is absolutely and always, without exception, evil.

It's often defended with "But how else do we make the terrorists tell us where the bomb is" type arguments, but nobody's debating whether it's useful or not* [footnote]

Evil might occasionally be convenient, it might occasionally be a way to achieve a desirable goal, but it's still evil.

Evil doesn't cancel itself out. It doesn't become good because you did it to a bad person. It doesn't become good because you used it to thwart a different evil thing. Evil happened, either way, only now it is YOU who are evil.

I can accept that it might occasionally be necessary, that you might be driven by desperation or fear or revenge or hatred to commit it on an enemy. There are plenty reasons why it happens. But excuses don't magically change evil deeds into good.

  • Not actually true. Plenty people argue, and have receipts to back it up, that torture is completely useless because you can never tell whether your victim is telling the truth or simply saying whatever they think will make you stop hurting them. Because if you could actually verify, then wtf are you doing wasting time torturing somebody to find out things you apparently already know?
    But I fudged this part because I'm not talking about practicality, I'm talking about morality.
leoncowle,
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@uastronomer I THINK I agree, but I do struggle with this one. Your example is a perfect hypothetical one to consider. You caught a bomb maker, who cut a deal by snitching on who he gave it to to go hide in a stadium (the maker doesn't know where the hider hid it). Is it worth torturing the hider to obtain the location? The info you obtain is verifiable (is the bomb there or not?). We're not talking about a Hollywood red countdown scenario with dramatic music. We're talking about a …

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer ... bomb that will go off during tomorrow's sports game at a stadium and ONLY this one person knows where he hid it. Is torturing him to get that info worth the tens of thousands of lives it'll save? It may still be evil, but is one evil worth preventing an astronomically larger evil? I genuinely don't know how to answer this.

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer My char limit (I envy you) disallows proper thought expansion. I was gonna say my example is obviously specifically contrived to make a point. But the more I write and read your counter points, I think I’m convincing myself that there IS a place for it. A small place. Tiny. Miniscule. It has to be a genuine last resort. With ample, concrete safeguards in place. Like court approved (eg like search or surveillance warrants). Evil exists on a gradient. It’s not black & white.

leoncowle, to random
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Whilst technically true, I still think this headline might elicit a shake of the head and a few tsk-tsk-tsk’s from @drdrang!

flipsideza, to python
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Why don't programmers like nature?

Because they hate bugs!

leoncowle,
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@flipsideza I would've thought Python programmers LOVE nature... because they love all the space(s). Getit?Getit?Getit? 😂

uastronomer, to random
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Brits complaining about Breaking News reports that King Charles will be attending Easter service are right to be angry.

"Head of the Anglican Church goes to church" is the literal opposite of news.

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer Hmmmmm, “King that had cancer surgery, is still deep in the midst of recovering, and has missed many official engagements, will be able to make the Easter service” probably IS news, imo?

uastronomer, to random
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Joy. The solar system blew a fuse. Now we're only pulling a hundred watts from the panels.

Also, the fuse holder burned, to the point where it broke when I opened it. Also the other fuse is fine, but apparently not carrying any current. That doesn't seem right to me?

leoncowle,
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@uastronomer Having just started watching 3 Body Problem, I was wondering if you were seeing the stars blink (iykyk) and blaming it on a fuse. 😂

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