Time for an #introduction!
I live in Canada, born and raised. I've lived in a tiny town, a large city, and a medium sized city, in that order. I think the medium sized city is my favourite.
I've been exploring computers and systems since an early age and over the past decade or so I've started putting more emphasis on privacy, security, obscurity, self expression, and how those things can be supported or hindered by technology. I'm not a professional coder but I've taken a few years of school focused on programming and computers in general. My main source of income isn't directly programming but it sure is made easier by knowing how to tell computers what to do for me!
The past few years have been filled with raising my two young kids, Python, Java, Raspberry Pi, home networking, reducing my internet footprint, securing my home network, etc etc etc, ad nauseum.
Anyway, I'm glad to be here with you fine entities, I hope to learn and share lots! I'm very easy going, so if you ever have any questions or comments, or if I do something that rubs you the wrong way, please let me know!
Today I learned all about how flash memory works. Along the way I've learned about #transistors, #electrons, and how electrons actually flow the opposite direction I thought they did! (They flow from the negative to positive!)
Three of my favourite pages from this foray are:
1. How does flash memory work? (https://www.explainthatstuff.com/flashmemory.html)
2. How do transistors work? (https://www.explainthatstuff.com/howtransistorswork.html)
3. Which way does electricity flow? (https://www.douglaskrantz.com/ElecElectricalFlow.html)
Dear lazyweb, I am shopping for a second-hand tower-server/microserver, and I have found some with suitable specs, but I am having difficulty getting a definitive answer as to whether they let you bypass their hardware RAID controller so you can use software RAID. Is there some common term for this that I should be looking for in the machines' datasheets?
Fallout from coronavirus outbreak triggers 25% decrease in China's carbon emissions
Be The Rust Upon Their Fears
OK, the grindy part of the art processing I have to do by hand for the layering of structures is long, tedious and... damn if I don't love it. Sure, I just dropped 12 hours - more? - into babysitting stuff, but tweaking the wee bits makes me happy.
Automation only goes so far, and then I need to get up to my elbows in the thing. We'll pretend I didn't go absolutely nuts getting gear replication in here, m'kay?
Seriously wasn't sure this would work, and there were, I dunno, three major breakages getting here, but now I've got a rust-in-the-gears (fears) I can be happy with.
Well this is an incredibly good news morning! #Teck Resources has withdrawn their application to build the frontier #oil sands project, which was set to be the largest project of its kind. The environmental impact of this project would have been huge and honestly I've been dreading it. It would have been the fifth largest source of greenhouse gases in #Canada and would operate until 2067.
Thinking Allowed: Consuming passions
Consumer pleasures - Laurie Taylor explores the place of shopping in our lives, as well as within sociological thought. He's joined by Professor Colin Campbell, Dr Kate Soper and Professor Rachel Bowlby. Revised repeat.
I'm worried at the extent to which goog tracks us, but I have to say their Activity management tool is a pleasure to use!
Have You Deleted Your Google Search (and way, way, way more) History Yet?
Non-heterosexual Porn Poll
Wanted to see where other non-het folks find themselves on this one. Thanks for taking a look and please boost!
For this question, porn is sexually explicit media (video, photos, stories, webcomics, etc...)
Please pick what fits:
A. I like porn and it's easy to find porn that I like.
B. I like porn but have a hard time finding porn that feels like I'm the intended audience.
C. I don't like porn.
D. Other (comments welcome)
I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' -- Howard Beale, Network (1976)
damn - this #darkwave hitting hard right at the beginning
I'm probably not the only one who'd spend an hour and a half watching a documentary on The Young Ones so here you go.
With love and rage
This account does not willfully discriminate against partially or wholly synthetic intelligences.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.