Alone in the woods in the middle of a week long trip to "get away from it all", I found myself the subject of digital surveillance via a motion activated camera trained on the bear box where I had to store my food. The signs on the camera (of course there were signs) assured me that they would destroy the images after being used to count bears. Of course. That got me thinking about ...

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Dear Google Cloud: Your Deprecation Policy is Killing You

"Google, wake the %$@Y up. It’s 2020. You are still losing. It’s time to take a hard look in the mirror and answer for yourselves whether you really want to be in the Cloud business."

Agree! Hard to use any Google service knowing it may be killed in a year or two.

Dark days ahead. Literally.

Emacs tells me:
Diary: 9:30...... Autumnal Equinox (EDT)

I have not been checking Twitter for a few weeks. Feels good.

No nagging doubts about what agenda Twitter is pushing with it's algorithms or having to reconcile myself to using the same platform certain high-profile public figures use for incendiary rants.

We need to defeat this bizzare cognative dissonance people face when they have to re-evaluate the place email holds in their mind. It's not some useless relic of the last generation to cast off in the course of chasing the shiny new.


- Federated
- Decentralized
- Built with open standards
- Fault tolerant
- Enjoys a wide variety of open-source clients & servers
- Has widely available implementations for almost every programming language
- Already being used for software development at scales greater than GitHub-style development has ever dreamed of

"Email? Yuck"

Screw that noise. Set aside your preconceptions and look at email for what it is. The things that make you "yuck" about email are more related to the bastardization of email *software* by corporate interests like Google and Microsoft, and have next to nothing to do with email itself.

A /bin/ed haiku:

"Open the file now,
[a]ppend, to the end: /bin/ed
Type ".", [w]rite, [q]uit. Done."

echo "$(($RANDOM % 9 + 1))" > /dev/udp/ # Send a random number 1-9 over UDP to on port 45444

When you "care about privacy" but use 23 adtech trackers at the same time 👀

Love how Safari is exposing the surveillance capitalism and the true cost of "free" to a mainstream audience 👏

@greyor @greyor Do those translations work? I'm pretty sure "Semitor" would work, but some drug company has mis-used that :-( And I'm looking at "Sematator" not from any grammar, but just from a sense that it's correct.

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Design philosophy: do the right thing by default and make the dangerous stuff hard to do accidentally.

Linux philosophy: do the wrong thing that’s also a massive security hole by default and then ridicule the person using it for not knowing the twenty-six command-line options it takes to make it do the right thing securely.

@greyor as a hiker and Latinist I was fascinated when I discovered that the word for "small path, trail" is "semita", litterally, "to send oneself".

I'm wondering if "semitor" or "semitator" would work for "one who walks on a small trail" ?

I have come up with a way of transmitting encoded messages via crackle weaving. For n characters, you need 5*N + 1 total threads, and you can generate a small textile that should be:
- Strong enough to withstand daily use
- Not obviously an encoded message
- Damn near impossible to decode without a draft
- Tedious to decode even with a draft

This one says "This is stupid"

What is that thing on the Internet, and is it bad?

When talking about Internet assets we often confuse “What is it?", “Is it bad?” and “What should I do about it?". This write-up intends to show why it is important to keep those questions and answers to them separate.

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1500 miles down, 700 to go.

The year in 2020. A few pictures. Some thoughts. A strange year on the trail, as with the rest of the world, but still a place to clear your mind and enjoy beauty and people.

Post 26 ... chugging along slowly

No. Just no. I want my social media experience to be free from Larry Ellison, Walmart, the Prez...

Glad to be in the FedVerse !

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"A new ownership plan for TikTok?

Oracle and Walmart are working on a new ownership structure that would give them a "significant" combined stake in TikTok to help address security concerns, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing anonymous sources. President Trump..."

It doesn't matter what you did wrong. Till you reboot it, your machine's gone. Just boot it. Just boot it. Just boot it. Just boot it.

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If your computer still is running Windows, And every time it crashes your frustration grows. When the system's not free, you will always be hosed. Just boot it. Put a GNU system on, And boot it, boot it. Or put it in your horn, and toot it!

It doesn't matter what was to blame. Till you reboot it, your machine's lame. Just boot it. Just boot it. Just boot it. Just boot it.


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When you reboot it, work will be lost.
It doesn't matter what this will cost.
Just boot it. Just boot it.
Just boot it. Just boot it.

When all the characters are coming out weird,
And won't come back right even when the screen is cleared.
You can't fix such things by tugging your beard
So boot it. Just boot it


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