random thing that bugs me:
people are inured to physical, mechanical things wearing out and failing, requiring regular service or maintenance
and capitalism has firmly established the conceit of software as a physical object, to better commodify it
so normal people (and even plenty of technical people) aren't bothered that software breaks all the time
computer crashing? guess it's getting worn out. gotta take it in for service, like the washing machine
dusting off rusty skills with calculus and summations to find the correct angles to make the keys in my weird homebrew keyboard conform to a smooth curve
feels good man
i wish that _any_ of the work i was paid to do over the past 20 years required me to get out paper and pencil and think hard
why can't my biggest challenge be research to solve some knotty problem rather than
convince the new computer thing to do what the old thing used to, by whatever heinous means necessary to meet deadline
"GNU Mes aims to help create full source bootstrapping...It consists of a mutual self-hosting Scheme interpreter written in ~5,000 LOC of simple C and a Nyacc-based C compiler written in Scheme."
"Mes is inspired by The Maxwell Equations of Software: LISP-1.5 – John McCarthy page 13, GNU Guix's source/binary packaging transparency and Jeremiah Orians's stage0 ~500 byte self-hosting hex assembler."
Guix folks continuing to do pretty cool things :)
@kingcons i got so excited by this that my toots about it just traveled two months back in time :3 https://tiny.tilde.website/@pho4cexa?max_id=100196967148071683
Just learned about a really cool thing - Przybylski's Star. It's a "chemically peculiar" (Serious Astronomical Term) that's VERY weird indeed - weird elements like holmium, scandium, neodymium, and uranium present at 1,000x to 10,000x their abundance in our own Sun.
In fact, some even weirder elements - plutonium, einsteinium, californium - have been detected as well. Which is REALLY weird - those have short enough half-lives at a cosmic scale that we don't really observe those ANYWHERE in nature, because they disappear so quickly that they would have to have been produced very recently in cosmic time.
It's actually been proposed that the star may contain the theorized but as-yet-undiscovered "island of stability" isotopes of exotic superheavy elements like flerovium, or Element 120, or Element 126 - and that the reason we're seeing those strange radioactive elements is actually as decay products from these exotic isotopes.
This just seems like the sort of thing that is OBVIOUSLY the hook for a science-fiction novel.
I wonder how performant a primitive x86 processor, but fabbed on modern processes, could be.
No branch prediction.
No speculative execution.
No out-of-order execution.
No attempts to extract instruction-level parallelism.
Just a single-issue pipeline that issues things as they're ready, and stalls if they're not ready.
Changing random stuff until your program works is "hacky" and "bad coding practice", but if you do it fast enough it's "Machine Learning" and pays 4x your current salary.
@keithzg i've been introduced more than once to a jenkins server that seems to have been set up only because everybody else uses it
and nobody is really sure why this particular set of plugins is installed
and it's only serving as a web frontend for a mess of shell scripts, but those aren't in version-control anywhere
i'm bitter today that no competing tools seem to ever appear in any dev/ops job requirements
A man is at a friend's funeral. After the proceedings, he approaches the widow and asks if she minds if he says a word. "No, of course not," she replies. So he grabs a glass and taps a spoon against it to get everyone's attention, and when the muttering dies down, he clears his throat and speaks: "Plethora." He puts the glass back down and everyone continues their conversations. The widow turns to him, with a tear in her eye. "Thank you," she says. Show more
"It means a lot."
as a developer, i hate that the deployment process is so scary and painful
i know, i'll become a "dev/ops engineer" so i can work on making the development workflow better
"great! here's our jenkins server, be sure to wedge literally everything you do into it somehow"
@aral @dredmorbius @aral I've been seeing FB ads everywhere in the UK. One was played in the cinema, a fake mea culpa that blamed their business model and its structural problems ("data misuse" and "fake news") on trolls and other third parties. It also claimed that a mythical "we" (the owners, engineers, and users of FB) are going to take back the internet, rhetoric totally borrowed from folks in the #fediverse and the rest of the internet freedom movements. Orwell must be rolling in his grave.
What's the dumbest bit of paleotechnological trivia burnt into your brain, mine is a fragmentary memory of certain of the TRS-80's graphics character set 128-191 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80_character_set
"what is it like to be perfectly perpendicular to the surface you're on"
"oh, pretty normal"
bots, archiving, birdsite Show more
Last year I wrote a bot that, when followed, would follow a user back and then send each of the links they tweeted to the Wayback Machine: https://parkerhiggins.net/2017/07/linkarchiver-a-new-bot-to-back-up-tweeted-links/
It relied on an API that Twitter is deprecating this week, and I will be shutting it down.
I think a ported version would work over here, technically, though it feels very hacky. Would it be appreciated? It feels like per-user opt-in is the wrong layer to do this.
"Dear @cwebber, I don't suppose you have opinions about how to implement a web of trust system for the fediverse???"
Heck yeah I have opinions, and here's how you do it: you combine it with a petnames system: https://chat.indieweb.org/social/2018-08-14#t1534216302328700