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Random obesrvation:

If a programming tutorial/learning resource is teaching you to use `system("cls")` you have not one, but /two/ reasons to not use it.

I say this after remembering code which uses that (even though it was just some "toy" code).

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RT @stecman
Got tired of waiting to select which OS to boot, so I made a physical switch

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"Big brain" is an interesting term because it sounds like it's a word for "smart (sarcastic)" but it means neither smart nor dumb. More like... An unobvious/overcomplicated/unconventional way of doing things usually requiring significant application of brain power (often brute-force style) but not necessarily intelligence.

If you can come up with a better explanation of the meaning please reply that wasn't very good.

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Well, it took a while but my petition to keep strong encryption without backdoors legal in th EU is now open for supporters!

Please feel free to support it and or boost/promte it


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as we talk about the morality of vaccine patents

i think it is a nice time to also remember historical precident

jonas salk did not patent the polio vaccine. he went out of his way to make sure it was not patented.

he never got rich. he actively made sure he didn't get rich off of it.

but that history is full of stories about how for the rest of his life, jonas salk did not have to ever pay for a beer in any bar in this country. he would get on airplanes and once somebody recognized his name, the entire damn plane would stand up and clap for him. he constantly had hotel rooms comped, meals for free at restaurants, thus and so.

because he was surrounded by people who knew he had saved their children from having to ever consider the fear of an iron lung, and were overwhelmingly grateful for it.

he was always modest and demure when recognized thusly. but i think that when people start saying "well why else would someone make a vaccine, if not to get paid for it and hold the patent", i think it is good to remember these stories. the world did not punish jonas salk for not patenting the polio vaccine. the world loved him for it. maybe not in the structures that billionaires are most used to. but they did love him for it, in small ways, in humble ways, on the individual level.

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Lmao so #Windows Defender on my work laptop just warned me I had a trojan called "Peekeul.B."

Nothing I can find about it online except from #Microsoft itself: microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/threa

Windows removed it automatically so I looked at the details of what exactly it removed.

Turns out the malware in question is Endpoint Analytics.

That's Microsoft's own software allowing employers to monitor employee computers: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/a

And according to Microsoft's own antivirus, it's #malware.

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Research that suggests in an 8 hour work day, the average worker is productive for just short of 3 hours:


Don't tell my employer, but man does this make me feel better.

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funniest shit to do when interacting with old nerds

- calling anything round you see a blu-ray, even vinyls.
- "windows 95? lol windows is at 10"
- calling internet explorer 'the old edge"
- calling every os subsystem/website/program an app
- pretending you don't know what a floppy disk is
- calling usb-c "phone plug" and usb-a "microphone plug"
- only sending them images via snapshat/instagram/discord "but its easier like that!!"
- "mail? its only to sign up to websites! what do you mean you can send mail with them? i have discord for talking!"
- "my pc? its an asus so its super fast!"

reply with your own favorites (unless you're old)
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Remember, there is a generation that don't see nothing wrong here.

Boost if you get it ;)

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I've configured to the point it should be usable for me, I'm going to try using it for about a week.

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I was convinced in 2019 that an "intense" work culture doesn't deliver success _by itself_, and I'm still convinced of it today. You cannot treat people like expendable machines ("resources") and expect quality work to come out of it.

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Late yesterday I got around to making a site hosted with github pages.
My first post is on getting into using modules.
I know these were introduced a long time ago, but I still had a hard time starting out with them.
Hopefully this is all accurate, at least good enough for people starting out.


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