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> Two fish authentication

Well, yeah, what *else* would 2FA stand for 😀

re: Rude-ish and whiny...harrumph 


> now that this one is starting to fill up with Twitter expats posting articles about politics and their favorite recipes?

Meh, as someone who joined when it was literally *two* orders of magnitude smaller, I'm not too worried. We've grown (a lot) before without turning into Twitter and I'm sure we will again.

(And I doubt that someone looking for the most-Twitter-like instance is all that likely to land here!)

There are dozens of fish or fish-like emoji (e.g., 🐟 🐠🎣🐡🦈🐬🐳🐋🐟.𓆝𓆟)

In fact, there are so many that, if I sent you a random one, a third party wouldn't have a good chance of guessing which one I'd sent.
This means we could adopt a new form of 2FA based on sending fish emoji

“In addition to your password, please log in with your one-time cod”


Hmm, something doesn't make sense with that. The HN timestamp is 2021-12-11T11:42:29 (from hovering over the "9 hours ago" text) and the timestamp of my toot is 2021-12-11T13:47:59Z (from inspecting the date on the page for that toot, )

So I guess the HN bot is slow? 🤷

Hmm and my post ^^^^ is, oddly enough, now on the HN front page – even though it I didn't submit it and hardly anyone has upvoted it.

I guess no one is online this time of morning-ish on a Saturday?

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And now there's a followup to ^^^^
Unix philosophy without left-pad, Part 2: Minimizing dependencies with a utilities package,

I intended part 2 to be shorter, but it ended up nearly 2× as long. And, the thing is, the main topic I went on about was the value of concise code!

… I might have a problem.

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@kev I didn't go anywhere :) I've just been pretty busy and haven't had much to say, for some odd reason...

But I still have our keybase channel on my phone and get notifications for any Mastodon @codesections mentions, so I'm still _here_.

(And I'm still check moderation reports, too, though I'll admit it's been a while since I've gotten to one fast enough to resolve it – the rest of the team is *fast*!)

I've got a new blog post: _Following the Unix philosophy without getting left-pad_,

It's part of the Advent Calendar, but I tried to write it in as language-agnostic way as possible (and I actually spent more time talking about than Raku. and also get a few mentions)

The more powerful computer & smartphones get, the more you can undervolt them to get better battery life while still having a very usable device

This is honestly the first time I feel excitement about a Linux distribution. Been a proud user and sponsor of @linux_mint for years, but the @elementary folks are doing impressive design and usability work, and they have good marketing. Congratulations for the release!

Under appreciated facts:

* Context switching is very expensive for computers. It causes them to synchronize their CPU caches to main memory

* Context switching is very expensive for humans. It causes them to empty their mental cache

What distro and DE combo would you suggest for an x86 tablet?

Uefi is 32bit, CPU 64bit Intel atom Z3745, 2gb ram

PopOs looks like it's the best for touchscreens, but gnome might be a bit too heavy for 2gb ram.

Something lighter like lxqt or lxde on lubuntu for example seems more appropriate.


> [multiple choice]
> A person that is proficient in computer things is a bit like...

A playwright

A carpenter

A tinkerer

The one fact that gives me the most optimism about the future of tech is that, fundamentally, software development suffers from diseconomies of scale.


> In other news, the federation of Raku potters sent the domain holders a C&D letter. They want the domain all to themselves. I jest. I jest.

Funnily enough, I was actually involved in getting the Raku trademark (which we just got this year ) and our TM is carefully limited to "Downloadable computer software for use as an object-oriented, procedural, or functional programming language" and similar for *exactly* that reason!

Today I learned: Apple owns a trademark in their new-ish programming language, , for which they applied in 2014.

The *other* Swift programming language ( was first released in **2007** and has been in active use ever since.

This isn't legal advice, but that *sure* seems like Apple's swift™ would be subject to a pretty serious challenge

@bugaevc oops, that's substantive enough of a typo that I'm going to delete and re-post. Thanks!


> This is genius! [image of an art installation that allows people to turn a crank to earn minimum wage]

This is quite interesting. Do you know any of the details about where this exhibit was installed? I'm kind of surprised that they didn't have more takers – I've lived a privileged life, and there were still periods where I probably would have turned that crank if that machine were in a local park.

I'm curious if it was in a museum, and if it charged admission

What are your thoughts on operator overloading?

(on a scale from "I can't live without it" to "I'm literally Drew DeVault")

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