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tek

@tek@freeradical.zone

Politics ∪ tech ∪ security ∪ privacy ∪ O_o

One-time EFF Tech Trivia champion.

Sysop of Free Radical.

I blog about this at https://blog.freeradical.zone/.

Working on some #Veilid stuff.

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White Zombie, "More Human Than Human" from the album "Astro-Creep: 2000 - Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head": https://song.link/us/i/1440750116 #NowPlaying #FediPlay

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Thinking about my dad now. He was successful later in life after many years of hard work. The quickest way to have him dismiss you as a person not worth knowing was to speak badly about someone's social status or net worth. He drilled that into us as kids.

Everyone plays their part in making the world function. Without the person fixing sewers, people wouldn't survive long enough to have neurosurgeons. Unless someone takes out the trash, we can't have symphonies. All people are important.

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Just learned that June 17th is Global Garbage Man Day. I'd bet sanitation is near the top of the list of civilization-enabling technologies.

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What's the 2024 state of the art for local macOS+arm64 development nonsense?

Without spending TOO much time combing my (halfhearted because I've been developing via headless Linux since 2020 & it's actually very nice) notes, the last I recall hearing is:

  • Homebrew still "is what it is” & its entire world has since been updated for arm64?
  • Actual-Docker works now, but still via a (Virtualization.framework? emulating Intel??) Linux VM?
  • ISTR other non-Docker VM/container tools exist?
  • ???
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@bitprophet I like Poetry, with pyenv for maintaining multiple pythons. I’ve been playing with mise recently but don’t see it as a poetry replacement (yet). There’s Armin’s rye if you want to play with something that intends to do All The Things.

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“I’d never be dumb enough to upload my API keys to a 3rd party!”, the CISO typed into an email app he found on the App Store which stores his Gmail credentials on a remote server “to make push notifications work”.

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I admit I'm a bit nostalgic for the late-90s era of terrible, awful hardware born during a time when everyone was still trying to figure out how computers were supposed to work in our everyday lives. I want to see more nonsense hardware like this! I just wish the people who made them weren't so utterly self-centered, arrogant shitheads. https://www.theverge.com/24126502/humane-ai-pin-review

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@sohan I still miss my Palm Pilot. It was all downhill from there.

tek,
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@sohan Also, got a Rabbit r1 due to show up any day now. 🐰

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Starting today, ISPs must display labels with price, speeds, and data caps https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/04/starting-today-isps-must-display-labels-with-price-speeds-and-data-caps/

Hell yeah FCC. This is beautiful!

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For some reason, all night I dreamed it was critically important I find solutions for (a,b,c)∈ℤ such that a/b=b/(a+c). I have no idea why. I came back to this several times over the night.

Anyway, I just wrote it up in Python and got (2,4,6), (3,6,9), and (4,6,5) for (a,b,c)∈[2,10].

If this is some global dream we all had about keeping away the alien invaders, there ya go, solved in.

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I won’t allow Roku hardware into my house now. Even if they don’t do this, someone at high levels was thinking about it.

Imagine a restaurant that was considering putting glass in your cheeseburger. Regardless of whether they actually do it, it’s a dealbreaker that it’d even cross their mind.

See ya, Roku. You’re dead to me.
https://mastodon.metawarrior.army/

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Tek Jr turned 21 today — how could that be possible? — and we initiated them into the sacred rite of the tiki bar.

tek, to random
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I kid you not, this is the “junior” sundae.

Fenton’s Creamery; Oakland, CA

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VNV Nation, "Primary" from the album "Transnational": https://song.link/us/i/721742960

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tek,
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@mpirnat What the…?! That sounds AMAZING!

Right on. Have fun! I love bringing Family Night to the shows.

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Since we're all talking about DEI today:

DEI policies are good from a purely greed perspective, too. Every time I've worked on a project with people who aren't exactly like me, we ended up with a better result because they brought perspectives I didn't have. This made us more money because more people could successfully use our product.

DEI is good for human reasons. It's also good business. The only reason to oppose DEI is because you dislike the idea of someone benefitting from it.

tek, to random
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I set up an email automation so that new PDF copies of @2600 end up on my Kobo a minute after I get the announcement message. That makes me smile.

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I think that people who claim to like the fediverse don’t understand the point. We want to be able to make local decisions in favor of the users on a specific instance. That's the whole point.

No single entity is in control of our decisions. That's the glory of federation.

Forcing instances to communicate with servers they dislike would be the death of the concept. Don't require us to hang out with people who want to harm us.
https://techhub.social/@HilliTech/112208233669388800

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@feld There's that. It seems like lots of recent features only benefit huge instances, sometimes at the expense of smaller ones.

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@feld If that were a concern, this thing wouldn't be a Rails app. It takes way, way more RAM and CPU than a network server with this level of traffic should require.

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@feld That's a blast from the past.

"Chain letters are forbidden on the Internet. Your network privileges will be revoked.”

If only.

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@feld Sigh. I don't miss those constraints. I do miss other organizations having them.

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Republicans, spurred on by advocates, pass a bill that, on the face of it, appears to unintentionally ban all emissions ("injection, release, or dispersion of chemicals into the air affecting temperature, weather, or the intensity of the sunlight")

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68716894

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@nafnlaus Also, technically they just banned breathing.

tek, to random
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This news is hitting harder than I expected. RIP, Craig. You made the world a nicer place to be.
https://octodon.social/@kattni/112202546947731897

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I don’t know why I never thought of Mastodon’s default error page as the failephant, but now I have, and I declare it to be canon.

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