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I've been trading emails lately with my best friend of the past twenty years.

Time and illness have robbed him of his sight, and work and life have kept us from getting together as often as we would like. But we can still talk, as old friends should, about life, and love, and all the things that come with it, because of technology ( / )

I am eternally thankful for technology and the opportunities it provides, and for the people who write the free software that enriches us all.

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GNU+Linux sysadmin of many years. Dedicated Gentoo user. Ask me about my USE flags!

Daily IRC user for ~15 years.

Amateur keto chef.

Born and raised in the city, but a country boy at heart.

Dog-dad to two rescued mutts who changed my life.

Technological redneck, in the sense of "why yes I rewrote that in bash, why?"

I never did very well with rules.

Live free (as in software) or die.

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It’s VERY IMPORTANT that we start calling the Year 2038 bug, where 32-bit Unix time overflows, The Epochalypse. Plz spread.

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First impressions of Matrix: frequent lag spikes at upwards of 10+ seconds and now the server is just straight up dead

Please just use IRC, people ;_;

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When I’m president mixing lightbulbs with different color temperatures in the same room will be a class 2 felony

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Remember to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

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What I wish Let's Encrypt (and/or ACME) would do: get it right enough and then stop changing it forever

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Today is the 1 year anniversary of my beloved cat passing away.

Don't forget to remind your wee friends that you love them. They aren't here for as long as you think.

Here's to you, you crazy bastard.

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@kaniini Day ONE

A hacker comes into a restaurant and discovers that the salt shaker on the table can be unscrewed and one can pour anything into it. The hacker goes home and writes an angry letter to the manager of the restaurant: "I, meG@Duc, found a vulnerability in the salt shakers at your restaurant. An attacker can open them and pour poison inside! Take action immediately!"

The manager, among other business letters, requests for food deliveries and courier receipts finds the notification letter and shrugs: "Who could even come up with this nonsense?"

The hacker comes into the restaurant and pours poison in all the salt shakers. Three hundred people die, the manager is dragged three months in courts to prove the absense of a crime. The Hacker writes a letter in the style of "Well, I told you!".

Day 96
The manager orders his staff to buy specially designed salt shakers with a combination lock. Visitors of the restaurant feel like they are missing something very important in the meaning of life.

Day 97
The Hacker discovers that the holes in the salt shakers pass salt in both directions. And not only salt, anything! He writes an angry letter to the manager after pissing in all the salt shakers. Three hundred people stop visiting the restaurant forever, thirty get admitted to the hospital with food poisoning. The hacker sends an SMS to the restaurant manager: "How are you doing?". The manager is dragged through courts for three months and is released on probation.

Day 188
The manager vows to no longer work in any kind of food establishment, and to peacefully cut timber in Siberia. Engineers are working on a new one-way valve for a salt shaker. Waitresses in the meantime withdraw all the old salt shakers and distribute the salt by hand.

Day 190
The Hacker steals a salt shaker from the restaurant and carefully studies the device at home. He writes an angry letter to the manager: "I, meG@Duc, stole the salt shaker and I find this fact outrageous! Anyone can steal your salt shakers!" The previously fully sober manager goes home and drinks a bottle of vodka.

Day 193
The Hacker discovers that all the salt shakers in the restaurant are chained and nailed to the table. He arrives at a hacker conference and reports on his progress, getting a well-deserved reward for the protection of the interests of society and consumers. Fortunately, the manager never hears anything about it and will not die of alcohol poisoning, for now.

Day 194
As part of a diabolical, genius elaborate operation, BLACKHAT hackers break into the restaurant and pour all the salt from the salt shakers in their pockets. The Hacker meG@Duc writes an indignant letter to the manager, alluding to the fact that there is no concern for the visitors in the restaurant as any criminal can deprive honest people from salt in an instant. A salt dispenser with a one-time authorization is just necessary!

Engineers work in sweat on a new salt shaker, while waitresses hand out salt manually, again. The manager goes on vacation to the
Seychelles and has dinner only in his room, avoiding any canteens, restaurants and bars.

Day 200
Visitors of the restaurant find in horror that in order to pour salt, they must go to the waitress, show their passport and get a special 8-digit one-time code to the shaker. For pepper they should repeat the procedure.
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the most terrifying feeling in programming is when a bug appears to be fixed but you have no idea why

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@Gargron are there any plans to improve the moderation tools in Mastodon? Our instance has just been hit with a rather large spam account campaign and the only way to clean them up is to go into each profile one at a time and suspend them.

Bulk action functionality is desperately needed. Some kind of integration with services like "StopForumSpam" would also be beneficial.

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Your code has consequences, people. Stop putting your own needs before the needs of the people who use the tools you make.

Also, this might be the first time Lily Allen has been quoted in code. Maybe. Probably not.

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Is it just me who is wondering how the #GuardianProject can use #FuckOffGoogle URL shortener + tracking for links that they label with #privacy?

And isn't it absurd when you recommend users to "Try private web searching with #DuckDuckGo" but then you lead them to directly into the #GooglePlay store?

@fdroidorg #FreeYourAndroid #SurveillanceCapitalism #Orbot @torproject

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Now that Linus Torvalds is supposed to be nice he should rename git blame to git thank

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Podcasting and writing for shitty websites is not a culture.

Podcasting and writing for shitty websites also does not mean you can just pack up and do a skilled trade elsewhere.

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#BOFH excuse #318:

Your EMAIL is now being delivered by the USPS.

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