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I'm considering switching away from to (or maybe back to )

I don't really have any *complaints* about – at least none that I can point to. But I somehow keep finding myself using my webmail client, which seems like a sign that I haven't found the right setup.

Call of Cthulhu spoilers 

I just read Call of Cthulhu for the first time, and *wow* is it … not very good.

Really? Your eldritch horror beyond human comprehension is a big, shambling, gelatinous squid dragon? And it's defeated by running it over with a *boat*? Really? (And it's not even a _big_ boat)

Honestly, it reminds me of nothing so much as somewhat mediocre episode of Agents of Shield (which obviously gets the arrow of time entirely wrong, but I can't help that that's where my mind went)

To be 100% explicit: ^^^ was _not_ suggesting that I find Larry Wall/Matz's faith troubling or a cause for concern.

Quite the reverse, in fact: I (a fairly secular person) am wondering if its just a coincidence that two language designers I admire have a similar religious perspective. And, if it's not – if their faith-informed world view helped them accomplish things I admire – are there lessons I/we can learn from that worldview (without necessarily adopting it, of course)?

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What, if anything, should we make of the fact that – despite the strong secular bent of the tech world as a whole – and were both designed by programmers who highly value their (christian) faith?

Additional (coincidental?) similarities: Both developers are members of christian denominations typically associated with evangelism, but neither is personally evangelical. Both grew up in places where their faith put them outside the mainstream.

Any thoughts, or is it just happenstance?

Can any of you help me track down a Japanese translation?

I'm looking for a translation of "楽" ("raku"). Specifically, I'd like a source that translates it as "enjoyment and ease".

The online dictionaries I've found have provided "comfort and ease", which is _basically_ right, but not quite it. And I don't have access to print dictionaries at the moment.

I know at least a few of you are much more familiar with translation resources than I am – can anybody help me out?

etiquette question

I run into this situation pretty often: I encounter a bug in a FOSS project that has a codebase I don't know well, but I find a workaround that solves my particular use case. I'd like to be helpful and report the bug, but getting it fixed won't really benefit me and I'm not willing to submit a PR.

So here's the question: is there a concise way to report the bug as a FYI for the maintainer, while making it clear that I'm not asking them to do anything for my benefit?

> just posted part 3 of my manifesto blog series – this one about how important it is to build programming languages that are optimized for individual/small group productivity. I also argue that doing so helps projects outcompete big tech.

> I list @sir, @Gargron, @the_compiler as my go-to examples of how small FOSS teams can run circles around proprietary projects with thousands of employees

oops, it'd help if I included the link, wouldn't it: codesections.com/blog/raku-man

*facepalm*

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just posted part 3 of my manifesto blog series – this one is about how important it is to build programming languages that are optimized for individual/small group productivity. I also argue that doing so helps projects outcompete big tech.

@sir, @Gargron, @the_compiler: I list the three of you as my go-to examples of how small FOSS teams can run circles around proprietary projects with thousands of employees

wow: is moving to a RustTLS backend – initially opt-in, but the plan is to make it the default eventually. abetterinternet.org/post/memor

I did *not* see that coming. I thought we might one day get a alternative to curl, but curl itself embracing Rust is quite the vote of confidence.

(imo, more meaningful that FAANG's recent/continuing rust love)

@sir You literally just said begposts are ban worthy then did a proxy begpost... 🤦‍♂️

GTK is really weird. But it's doubly frustrating when you barely understand rust, never used GTK before, and most of the documentation with examples are in C

At the very least, I'm happy my tiny little app works to change the source of my audio from one output to another :3

me: i would like to buy one general-purpose computer please

apple: no

microsoft: maybe

dell: if you're a developer, ok for now

weird small linux manufacturers: duuuuuude try a drag of this one, maaaaaaaan, it'll make you see the bits in your miiiiiiiiiind

This is genuienly one of the best error messages I've ever seen. What makes it so great?

1. Starts with a clear, non-technical description of the problem.

2. Follows that with a clear _technical_ description of the problem.

3. Suggests a solution to the problem and offers to automatically implement it

4. When that fails, provides another clear technical explanation (no non-technical one this time; that's fine because we're now into issues only triggered in advanced use cases)

Fantastic!

One advantage of my current work-from-home setup is that I don't need to unplug my yubikey nearly as often, saving me the trouble of typing in my PIN.

One *disadvantage* is that I've apparently totally forgotten that PIN, locking myself out of, oh, basically _everything_.

To the backups!

Once again thinking about getting a PinePhone, now that they're shipping again.

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