Czech shantie, which gains completely new meaning today after peaceful annexation of Královec.

Spoiler: this shantie is sung by a Polish band Poszukiwacze in Polish but with pretended Czech accent. English subtitles are embedded in the video. The humorous aspect of the shantie is that Czechia has no direct access to sea.

Rogers salesperson is going door to door in the neighbourhood, and is being very insistent despite my telling them there is no way I am switching to Rogers.

They got an earful on how I am perfectly happy to give more money to a smaller ISP, even though in the end I still depend on Rogers' infrastructure: their higher fees are due to Robelus (the Rogers-Bell-Telus Canadian telco cartel) controlling the CRTC, and trying to destroy smaller competitors.

Start Communication, my ISP, is based in London, Ontario, and in the 10+ years I have been with them, their customer support has been top notch.

I wholeheartedly support smaller ISPs like Start, Teksavvy, or Velcom.

I hope Robelus die a painful death, and that the CRTC follows suit. And if it could happen sooner rather than later, that would be even better.

/end rant

"if i replace all the words, is it really plagiarism?"

this argument is known as the ship of thesaurus

Like this?
Or btr/zfs snapshots?
A reliable one of the former would be way cool in some situations.

👍👍 @AntennaPod – The Open Podcast Player 👏👏👏

AntennaPod is a podcast player that is completely open. The app is open-source and you can subscribe to any RSS feed. AntennaPod is built by volunteers without commercial interest, so it respects your privacy while giving you full control.

computer bad 

My backup config contains `--exclude /home/emily/.cache` (the standard cache directory), `--exclude-caches` (the CACHEDIR.TAG spec that nobody uses but it was a nice idea in theory I guess), and then *literally 22 more exclusions* for shit that felt like it was too good for ~/.cache.

special mention to chromium and electron, which stuff their caches deep inside ~/.config because what do words even mean

@adamd @snowdusk
Well, it wasn't Adam and it wasn't this video of a shed I saw - he's a woodworker. Still, it's really cool how he packed it all in - and the thought behind everything.

@kev I don't own an iPhone, but my kid brother does, and when he bothers to call, we often have issues with me not being able to hear him. Oddly, sometimes it's not just full mute, but volume issues? I can hear him in the distant, DISTANT background like he's talking on a speaker phone from the next room. He has to muck around with the speakers and volume and blah blah blah and eventually it will "just work". Or he has to hang up and try again to get it there.

Longposting. Things you probably don't realize about USB things and power banks until you measure them. 

You know how #USB is typically 5V, while #lithium cells are usually 3.7V? No? Well, now you know now.

Anyway, most devices charging their internal lithium cells from USB, whether they be #PowerBanks, phones, or other devices, will simply dissipate the "overvoltage" away.

While the measured milliamperes will stay the same, this costs power. To be precise, it puts an upper limit on charging efficiency of 74%. That won't be the actual efficiency, just the highest it could ever be, in theory, if there were no other losses anywhere.

Now if you were to charge your phone from a power bank, that power bank has to turn 3.7 volts into 5 volts again. This is done with a so-called "boost" converter, and to be able to make 5 volts from 3.7, it has to sacrifice some milliamperes.

This means you won't ever get back the milliamps you put in, not even in theory. You'll only see 74% of them back. This is fine however, because due to the 35% increase in voltage, the total power stays the same.

But! Your phone will simply dissipate that difference between 3.7 and 5 volts away again, so all the power bank's hard work has been for nothing.

This means if you charge your phone via a power bank, your phone's battery will only receive about 55% of the energy you originally put into the power bank. Again, that's not the real efficiency, that's the highest it could possibly be, in theory.

All of this changes with USB-PD, which is a new USB standard in which two devices can negotiate a voltage between 5V and 20V among themselves. Devices supporting this standard tend to do proper conversion, but even that's not all it's cracked up to be, and also a story for another time.

I should have mentioned, you need to satisfy x11 for the display environment in the cron line for whichever dialog program you use*


57 15 * * Sat,Sun export DISPLAY=":0.0"; export XDG_RUNTIME_DIR="/run/user/1000";/usr/bin/kdialog --msgbox "InterGalactic Wasabi in 3 minutes."

* There exists cdialog, dialog, gdialog, xdialog, not only kdialog. I'm sure there are even more alternatives

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today's food (+) 

Baked eggs in spinach nests, with cream and paprika. Decent, but we went immediately to plain scrambled eggs and bacon and eventually I will learn that my diners care about how good something tastes, not how much care, time, and fancy-dancy ingredients went into it.


thanks to you, today I learned that there is a Cat Gap, and now, just like 1960s USA Cold Warriors, I am worried

**September 24:**
Rumors about border closing in the nearest time were getting unbearable, @oss and me canceled all our plans about escaping safely in October to go the most obvious and mainstream plan: Vladikavkaz -> Verkhnii Lars -> Tbilisi
through land border control checkpoint.
**Spoilers: mainstream options are always the worst, I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT SOONER.**

We panicked and bought the last remaining tickets to the Vladikavkaz on the evening of 26th, in two days from there!! fucking hell

**September 26:**
**18:35; 57km to the border.**
We landed in Vladikavkaz and caught a taxi driver asap, someone from the natives, he immediately suggested to drive us to the first traffic police point on the way to the great escape. The town is quite small but even so the traffic was quite overloaded. Guess why :')

**19:30; 27km to the border.**
We started walking on our own until we reached the first group of locals selling seats in cars to the beginning of the insane traffic jam on the border (it was about 18km long at that time), we bought 2 ofc, it's not like we had time to walk all the way.

**20:10; 18km to the border.**
The beginning of the traffic jam. A lot of locals were selling secondhand bicycles. We met a guy walking alone and he looked like a programmer. Yes, turned out he was a programmer. We decided to group up and walk together. The spirit was high, we joked around and talked about stuff, were walking mildly, not in hurry. The jam was dead locked. Machines seemed to move 1 place per 30 minutes. Poor drivers... they had to stay like that for days, almost a whole week. Just imagine the absurd of the situation.

**22:00; 9.8km to the border.**
We reached Chmi and the first inspection point. Some cops asked for passports to identify illegal or 'extremist' people. Also they were intimidating people. Like "haaa you running away too, fucking scumbags, weaklings. what would you do if we drafted you all right now? you want that? pissed your pants kids?" Guess they are just bored so they let off steam on tired and scared people like us. Disgusting. They said a lot of horrible things but in the end they let us go. The third guy was forced to bribe the official to get his passport back. Literally. It's as bad there right now. The mood immediately got dark and we decided to hurry and do the marching throw to the border to at least get to there at midnight.

**September 27**
**00:30; Ru-border control checkpoint**
Verkhnii Lars. We couldn't feel our legs, our whole bodies hurt from feet to shoulders and neck. The scenery was infernal. Crowds, thousands of people, cars, police sirens, the atmosphere screams in panic. Locals suggested to drive you to the border control in the line for 100k rubles per one person. Some suggested that for 200k. The more desperate the situation the higher the prices. People agreed and still do as I am typing it. We decided to get in the line of 'walkers', people trying to cross the border without wheels.

We realized we were not to make it alive. The line was about 900m long at that moment, we moved in only like, 1/6 of it. We were cold, we were super tired both mentally and physically, in the middle of nowhere surrounded by crowds of people in despair and fear. I decided that losing some money is acceptable to end this hell sooner. I started to knock in car windows close to the border control and ask whether they had a place for 3 almost dead bodies with semi-light luggage.

Found. A man and woman agreed to escort us through all border controls and deliver to Tblisi for 30k (per person ofc), it was incompatibly smaller, so we agreed. And we were almost to able to even simply stand and we started to freeze. A good deal.

**08:30; Ru passport control**
The car line was moving faster than the 'walkers' line. Made it in 3 hours! There we were at the most critical point. At that moment any of us could easily get actual draft invitation and get forbid from leaving the country at all due to military service requirements. Gotta admit I thought I was gonna die from panic. Imagine going so far to get DRAFTED in the very end (spoiler, it was not the very end).

A lot of intimidation, humiliation and mocking, again. "Do you know that running away from the country is such times is betrayal?! Do you know we could get you in jail for that?! Have you thought about that? have you thought about your family?!" etc etc. They let everyone go nevertheless, no matter what. It's just to cast on you even more despair after all these hours in the line. They know people are tired. They know they the people had to walk for hours and then stand in the line on cold in mountains for a dozen of hours to get there. And they fucking enjoyed it. Pieces of shit, I am sorry, but I let myself be emotional here. But I am kinda grateful, because it's the **hatred** for these people was the thing that kept us on in the first place. **Hatred** is the will to live. Remember that.

**09:30; Neutral zone from Russia to Georgia**
We immediately stuck in a jam. Nerves were going insane, I wanted to sleep but couldn't because the previous passport control section got on me deep and I couldn't stop panicking even though the Russia was far behind. @oss managed to finally take a nap in the car, I was just sitting there, playing the events over and over in my head. Also the image of thousands of cold and as scared people behind, piling on and on in the 900m line to the border control we just passed... check out the pic of the night line. sorry for bad quality it's midnight and my camera is shit

Took the first and the last nap during the whole trip, just for about 40 minutes. Talked a lot with the people escorting us. Even though they took quite a lot of money from us (though in comparison to what was happening on the border it was almost nothing), the turned out to be a lot nicer as people, they shared breakfast and snacks with us and it was nice to chat about this and that. It's not like we had a lot to do in the jam. The atmosphere outside was scary. People were nervous after spending a week in the jam from Vladikavkaz, a lot of arguing, shouting... fights. But hey, the mounstains were hella beautiful!!! check out the pics

The end of neutral zone jam. The beginning of another 'walkers' line. 5 times bigger than the previous one. You can't imagine how many people were there, you CAN'T IMAGINE. It was about a whole kilometer in length and about 20-to-40 people in width. But overall it was chaos. People were awake on their legs for 2 and more days, it's... just horrid. And there they were to stay another day in that line. Literally another whole fucking day. No way you could get past a thousands people line to passport border control in less that 20 hours (optimistically). At least there they were receiving basic humanitarian help like water and stuff. Check out the day line pic. It's 1/10 of the whole amount of people

**17:00; Georgia passport control**
They didn't ask anything at all: they silently give practically anyone a stamp and let you in the country.

I am sure for all these thousands and thousands and THOUSANDS of people the Verkhnii Lars became one of the most horrid memories, I am sure a lot of them spent at 2 whole days on their legs, waiting for the infinite lines to passport controls on mountain cold. Jesus fucking christ.

Anyway, I just thought it's a story to tell you guys, you decide what you gotta feel about it.

Thank you.

There's a local mega-conservative talk show host who's very well known and has many, many beliefs that I disagree with. But he now regularly invites me on to his show to talk about space stuff.

I have SUCH mixed feelings about it - I don't want to support him for many reasons.

But, I get to talk about really cool science with a huge chunk of the population who are not generally very pro-science. So I think it's a net good thing to do?

I've wrote a little blog post how I managed to get from a fully proprietary environment to FLOSS.

#floss #degoogle

"At Microsoft, we believe that using technology to spy on people at work is not the answer ... surveillance doesn’t just lead to bad data–it undermines trust"

Actually, Microsoft 365 is a pioneer in pervasive activity tracking and bad metrics at work ehm.

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When people say they have nothing to hide, let's reply:

* Post your passwords here
* Write down everybody you hate
* Tell the world who you voted for
* List all the videos you watched

- Medical history.
- Sensitive conversations with employers, children, spouses.
- Billing and banking information.
- Purchase information.
- Web search history.
And more...

I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because 'your' judgement and intentions are.

And it doesn't matter whether or not my communications are weighty or frivolous in nature - they are mine and only for those whom I've chosen to share them with. Not the government's, nor goog's, nor my ISP's, but mine.

Also, what is legal where I live today, may not be legal tomorrow and my discussion of it may incriminate my future self. It has happened in the past many times to others in other places.

You may have seen studies that test how experts evaluate verbal expressions of uncertainty, such as (very) likely, in terms of probability values.
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One robust finding is that most probabilistic expressions may correspond with a wide range of probability values. 1/2

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