A tale of two libcs
I often hear people casually say "You should learn programming language X". As if that was something you can do in an afternoon. REALLY learning a language means more than being able to churn on some code that runs. You need to be able to navigate the ecosystem and libraries, learn what certain compiler flags do and when to use them. If the language comes with build and documentation tools, you should also learn those. Learning syntax and being able to tinker around is not "knowing a language".
I'm frustrated because I backup religiously and I recently had a catastrophic event. Luckily everything gets backed up every day. However, everything related to Evolution, Gnome Calendar, Gnome Todos, and Evolution itself, refuses to restore anything from the .local and .config files themselves. Instead they expect you to use their backup utility which needlessly complicates the backup process... Is there nothing I can do? Or can I find a dconf setting... somewhere that I need to copy?
Disappointing quote from article regarding #audioBooks:
«*Some publishers refuse to sell digital formats to libraries.*
Major side-eye to every single #Amazon imprint and company, which includes #LakeUnion, #Audible, and more. All of those wonderful Audible exclusive audio books? Are Audible exclusive, which means libraries cannot acquire them.
@alexandria That's not my experience. Source: I ended up very slowly overdosing on B12 up until the point where my blood levels were over double the "maximum" amount you were supposed to have. The effect? I stopped being able to feel my legs.
My doctor: "Why do you have so much b12 in your system"
Me: "I'm a vegetarian, I heard b12 deficiency is a thing."
Doctor: "It is, especially for vegans"
Me: "The internets told me you couldn't OD on B12"
Doctor: "Your blood says otherwise"
I'm obsessed with this music video, the animation is just so good.
“It is increasingly difficult for computer users to avoid technological alienation. Systems become increasingly complex and genuine interest towards their inner workings may be discouraging” http://viznut.fi/texts-en/resource_leak_bug_of_our_civilization.html
The irony of banning #TikTok because they "may" hand over to the Chinese government during a time when the US is actively trying to end #encryption (because they can't see your data) is a bit much to take...
#Privacy is a fundamental human right, and invasion of privacy through apps like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, etc is the real problem from US companies and beyond.
The comparison with Angular 1 feels apt. I can't tell you how much time I spent trying to understand concepts like transclusion, directives, or the difference betweens services, factories, and providers. All that hard-won knowledge is useless now.
Building tech for freedom?
Is it intuitive, easy to use, focused, and consistent?
Does it have beautiful defaults?
- Private by default?
- Secure by default?
- Usable by default?
"No one is forced to use Facebook"
I hear that often, but I know of many people who had to create accounts and start to use Facebook for things like classes, community participation, and family communication. It's assumed you have it, and we don't make affordances for those who don't.
Perhaps we're not forced with violence or laws, but we are strongly coercing each other to use it. I never created an account for various reasons, and I have lost touch with people as a result.
Recomend me a bluetooth adaper thst works well with #linux!
I can't explain why #haskell is my favorite language.
Talking on an analog phone line is deeply satisfying. I think it's the lack of latency; we're used to 100-500ms delay in most cell phone conversations. It's almost spooky to talk to someone for half an hour and not once have to say "no, sorry, go ahead" or add additional space to make sure someone's done speaking.
don't watch untrusted videos, suicide
A person committed suicide on a Facebook live stream last night (story at https://nypost.com/2020/09/08/army-veteran-kills-himself-in-facebook-livestream/)
Assholes have spliced the recording into cute videos.
Don't watch videos unless you're VERY sure of the sender.
Making a new account here since my last mastodon instance kind of died.
Also, I'm a #vegan.
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