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I've been hacking unix systems since the mid-80s in a good way, and I try to stay in the unix/free software/open source software world as much as possible.

I build far too many workflows that mix bash, python, awk, sed and golang together to drag data from odd places, polish it up, and put the results somewhere where the sun does shine. With possibly less input safety than is needed ...

For money, I do infosec. For fun, I play Elite:Dangerous and help run the in-universe radio station RadioSidewinder.com.

I also live somewhere that isn't in your timezone, have a family that just wants their tech to work, and look forward to owning electric vehicles.

New Zealand’s community flu surveillance is looking for more contributions. Every Monday you get an email asking you a few simple questions about flu symptom so we can track how sick we all are. flutracking.net/Join/NE/inv84 #nztwits #newzealand

I'm looking forward to ... I think I'm going to buy a new load of facemasks and write my handle on the front of each one!

Seems slightly easier than having people looking at badges all the time because they can't quite recognise your face with a mask over it ...

Say it with me again: Every smart contract has a built in bug bounty program worth 100% of whatever is in the contract.

RT @Esqueer_
Y'all, I can't. Ricky Gervais is such a thin skinned hack, he issued a DMCA takedown for the image used by the Mary Sue in their article so that it won't be shown when the article is shared on Twitter.

So here's the image.

It is now the morally correct thing to not pay for netflix, pirate their shows instead.
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RT @ErinInTheMorn
So on the same month that we've seen anti-trans legislation, parents of trans kids investigated for child abuse, and Don't Say Gay/Trans bills...

Netflix releases its most transphobic show yet where Ricky Gervais jokes about trans women raping women in restrooms.

#cancelnetflix
twitter.com/ErinInTheMorn/stat

Thank you kindly to Americans that apply content warnings to current events and domestic politics in their country when that is appropriate. 👏

This just might be the coolest invention design I've seen all year!

en.futuroprossimo.it/2021/02/o

tl;dr: An electricity-free vacuum powered by springs!

You know that 'Bionic Reading' thing that's supposed to be easier for some people to read? It's behind a $500 a month API, so someone made a free alternative: not-br.neocities.org/

I once tried to design a search index that could answer questions like "please return references to George HW Bush where he is referred to only as a consequence of being the father of George W Bush".

This required a lot of markup, and I couldn't see any way to get this without using humans to determine the original references.

One of the biggest problems was identifying the subject of a sentence where this isn't explicitly mentioned, i.e. "he said that his father told him ..." requires us to identify two subjects ("he" and "his father"), identify them ("GWB" and "GHWB") and label them ("GWB as subject of sentence", "GHWB as father of the subject of the sentence")

Has the state of the art changed much yet? Can this sort of thing be done?

Thanks Internet for reminding me of this classic ...

Heisenberg and Schrödinger get pulled over for speeding.

The cop asks Heisenberg "Do you know how fast you were going?"

Heisenberg replies, "No, but we know exactly where we are!"

The officer looks at him confused and says "you were going 108 miles per hour!"

Heisenberg throws his arms up and cries, "Great! Now we're lost!"

The officer looks over the car and asks Schrödinger if the two men have anything in the trunk.

"A cat," Schrödinger replies.

The cop opens the trunk and yells "Hey! This cat is dead."

Schrödinger angrily replies, "Well he is now."

Just checking that all you hoopy froods know where your towel is. #towelday

Secure communications are secure

Insecure communications are insecure.

Mastodon is insecure communications. Do not use it for secure communications.

If you want secure communications, use a different service.

Trying to make an insecure communication platform into a secure communication platform is like trying to encrypt a billboard in-place.

A lot of effort to go through to turn a message platform intended for broadly distributing a message, into secure direct communications, for very little end benefit.

Trick for newest version of Firefox on Linux: Prevent scrollbars from automatically hiding 

Firefox on Linux recently introduced a "feature" that fades out the scrollbar if you don't move your mouse. If you're like me and don't like invisible scrollbars, you can simply deactivate this "feature".

Go to the address bar and type "about:config" (without the quotes, obviously). Agree to be careful. Search for "widget.gtk.overlay-scrollbars.enabled" and toggle the entry from "true" to "false" by double-clicking it. Just close the about:config tab and you're done. :-)

(Sorry, I had to delete and redraft, since I first got the name of the preference wrong...)

#Firefox #Linux #scrollbars #GTK (boosts OK)

Master Boot Record (see previous toot for a great song) is a musician who remains painstakingly "on brand" and I freaking love it.

Here are screenshots of actual text-based logos included with one of the albums.

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Today $dayjob starts running "Lunch & Learn" sessions for the first time.

I'm not sure how I feel about that.
They're optional, but we've received extra encouragement to attend.

I feel like I should absent myself, because a lunch break is a break from work, not just an opportunity to schedule meetings.

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