Unless every eligible voter gets a keypair, and voting is done through some form of anonymous-yet-verifiable scheme, voting should be done on paper. Computers don't actually work when you need them to.

(Even that has it's own set of problems, like finding a place to securely store keys, keys effectively being a national ID card which some people don't like, how to prevent someone from phishing votes, etc etc. Basically, just use paper.)

"A major problem with the current voting paradigm is that the voting machines are privately owned. What kind of sense does it make for our voting infrastructure to be privately owned? This is insane because every time someone wants to inspect voting machines to ensure the results of an election, they’re rejected on the grounds that the software is proprietary."

- @zmitchell on lobste.rs

Has anyone figured out how to give users private keys (that they can actually use) yet?

Browser extension maybe?


this is professional-looking now, it used to be a random github repository with some files in it


This was pretty cool but is currently discontinued (it needs a maintainer).

It's basically a media player that stores *metadata* about music, and then figures out where to play it from based on the best possible linked source. (So if you like a song but can only find it on YouTube, but then later buy a FLAC from Bandcamp or whatever, then it will automatically switch over to that one.)

Basically, no lockin to a single music service.

Been living in a cloud of butterflies for the last few days. They fly around people (and don’t land or do anything annoying to humans) and look really cool.

I’d take a picture but it’s really hard to capture the feeling with one. I’m estimating somewhere around 1000 butterflies/min through a given square kilometer of space.

(Yes, I know the actual reason for the amount of webdevs is because of demand.)

html is the easiest (and therefore best?) ui library

no wonder most developers are webdevs

CSS is also super easy, just use flexbox and everything just works (TM)

Just wrote some vanilla JavaScript (no libraries, for web, used the way it was intended) for the first time a while.

It's actually not that bad. I may add some (optional) JS to my rails apps now for niceties.

To websites with length/complexity maximums on passwords:

Let me have my password be as long as I want it to be. Even if I send you a 1MB password, it shouldn't affect storage because you ARE hashing it... right? Please tell me you hash your passwords...

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Southwest airlines has a *maximum* password character limit of < 18. They also only allow certain symbols, which obviously my password manager won't generate for me.

Most frustrating signup I've done in a long time.

List of things named "Outline"

- outline. com is a website that declutters news pages
- getoutline. com is a markdown notes pad
- getoutline. org is VPN software
- outline. ws is a notebook
- theoutline. com is some kind of news site

Are mariadb databases always a minimum of 2XX MB? I'm running two (one for miniflux, one for nextcloud). Miniflux just has a few feeds and I've never touched Nextcloud past initial setup. Both databases are over 200MB.


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iOS should split the camera permission into “scan QR codes” and “use camera” like they did with voice recognition

Most of the apps that I gave camera permission to only need to read qr codes.

This is pretty cool. Saving this in the "get within the next decade" folder.


(Also a recommendation for Fedora Magazine. I actually like it enough to keep as my home page on Firefox...)

I compiled a copy for my friends (because there are no good online Mahjong websites) and they seem to like it (except the music apparently "sounds like a windows 98 horror game").

I think I'll fix that and clean up the interface a bit. Don't really feel the need to learn this person's custom game engine right now...

The random open source project I'm looking at this week:


It's a Mahjong client/server written in Vala with SDL. I haven't used either extensively, but I've played with them for elementary OS apps and Nintendo Switch homebrew (respectively).

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