basically, like C, any language where "you just have to always remember not to do any of these 30 things and it works fine" is bad

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Today in things the undergraduates find it puzzlingly difficult to understand:

Instructor: In an x86 machine instruction, all the register operands must be the same size, with only a couple of exceptions [proceeds to describe exceptions]

Student: Oh! So `mov rax, esi` is fine then?

Instructor . o O ( Didn't I just say that was the exact thing you cannot do? )

As a test of the camera in my new phone, I went back to the hallway full of old physics gear and took the same photos as hackers.town/@zwol/10900508794 again

Why is there no 💀equivalent of 😍and 😻? What kind of an internet is this anyway?

There are people I love whom I keep on mute because of this behavior.

I was trying to breathe with that oxygen.

RT @aliettedb@twitter.com

Just going to gently remind people that before RTIng enraging content, to pause for a minute or so and consider that RTing it, even to dunk on it, will spread it, and that outrage posting has greater chances of being spread. Is giving bad content more oxygen what you want to do?

🐦🔗: twitter.com/aliettedb/status/1

"You own my lamp," the genie said, "and so I am obliged to offer you a wish."
"Are there any restrictions?"
"Only one. I can only fulfill wishes you will regret making."
"Well, that's simple. I wish you were free."
"That wish... I can grant."
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

🤔

Si eres nudista y hace mucho frío, ¿cómo te abrigas?

A.) Guantes, calcetines, bufanda y gorro de lana. Desnudez abrigada.

B.) Mantita(s). Batamanta, no, que eso ya cuenta como ropa.

C.) Esquijama, ropa de invierno, botas, abrigo y todo lo que pille. Los principios están bien para empezar, pero no quiero morir.

D.) Te jodes y te mueres. Por eso no hay nudistas veteranos.

It used to be possible to wire up the stock Android browser as a client for Firefox's history / bookmarks / passwords / etc sync services. I believe the app that mediated this was called "Firefox Sync" or something to that effect. I can't find it anywhere anymore. Does it still exist?

$ cat >> dont-merge-usr.ctl <<\EOF
Source: dont-merge-usr
Section: misc
Priority: optional
Standards-Version: 3.9.2

Package: dont-merge-usr
Version: 99:1.1
Architecture: all
Maintainer: Zack Weinberg <zack@owlfolio.org>
Conflicts: usrmerge
Provides: usr-is-merged
Description: This package prevents the broken /usr merge by any means necessary.
EOF
$ equivs-build dont-merge-usr.ctl
$ sudo dpkg -i dont-merge-usr_1.1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg --set-selections <<\EOF
dont-merge-usr hold
EOF

dear Marco, Luca, and everyone else who's been gaslighting the project for the past five years: may you live to regret what you have done

reading long-form text from the web on a computer screen

The image in this post displays its own MD5 hash.

You can download and hash it yourself, and it should still match - 1337e2ef42b9bee8de06a4d223a51337

I think this is the first PNG/MD5 hashquine.

tvtropes has never been the problem. the problem is that you expected a single resource, philosophy, or methodology to solve media criticism forever and thus allow you to abstain from your responsibility to learn and grow. nothing can measure up to that metric; it's all doomed to fail.

Furry universe where every species uses a different system of traditional length units based on their body parts, forcing programmers to maintain complex tables listing the ratio of e.g. wingspans (hooded crow) to kneetops (elephant (asian))

Don’t look now but I think the undergraduates might be up to something

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