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Go install KISS Launcher from F-Droid. You'll have a happier life once you do that.

It's like dmenu for Android.

So I downloaded my fcbk data last night and started going through it and it's pretty chilling. They know me. All the people, places, events, companies, etc I've ever searched on there. Who I've chatted with and the complete conversations, huge lists of companies who have uploaded my data to their servers, all of my contacts from my phone, places I've been, apps I have on my phone...

My phone's launcher checks in with them many times a day signaling who knows what.

I'm... honestly... yikes. I knew it was bad but seriously. I don't even want to THINK about what google knows.


World’s largest linguistics database is getting too expensive for some researchers

An article in Science Magazine about Ethnologue #linguistics

From the BeOS API: "is_computer_on()" and "is_computer_on_fire()"

If corporations are people that implies they can be killed.

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It's the position where the head reaches forward and remains perpendicular to the ground that hurts my neck the most. The back of my neck gets squished and cramped, and the result is a very annoying pain that is tiny yet debilitating. I never get those when I'm reading a paper book or, recently, on a tablet.

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Repurposed my 8yo Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 that was lying around gathering dust as a reading device. It is so much better than both reading on a laptop and on a phone.

It's old, slow, and never got updates published for it (guess it's still Android 3.x, can't get any apps on it, need to get PDFs on my phone first & then get them on the tablet via Bluetooth), but my neck is really grateful for it.

Looking down on something flat instead of into a laptop screen is so much more comfortable.

I work in IT which is the reason this house has:

- mechanical windows
- mechanical door locks
- no Alexa/HomeKit/Google
- no Internet connected thermostats, lamps, or whatnots
- a dumb TV
- wall switches for lights

I don't get this thing here with content warnings. It's very frequently used with posts that don't contain anything to warn about. It's kinda annoying.

Poll, using github vs not github 

Git is planning to switch to SHA-256 soon. This is all great news, but the best thing is the command to convert an existing repo to the new hash. It reads like a shitpost and gets better with each argument:

git convert-repo --to-hash=sha-256 --frobnicate-blobs --climb-subtrees --liability-waiver=none --use-shovels --carbon-offsets


What seems to be on HST on Ankara-Istanbul line, Turkey.

Sorry for the low quality photo, I didn't get a chance to shoot another one.

"Why does a device that is essentially a mouse need a privacy policy?"

A blogger found out that his wacom tablet tracked every applications he opens. He also discovered a sort of kill switch, which can stop collection of this data immediately.

One of my favourite videos on YT is Russ Cox's tour of Acme (

Acme is one of those "text editors" that's gotten it right: don't give me lots of tools, give me simple framework so that I make use of best purpose-built tools. Very similar to Emacs and Vim in that respect.

The reason I like the video is, I really enjoy stalking people's productivity setups. Sort of a .

It is sad that RFC4180 ( for CSV files does not define a syntax for comments.

Just a plain listing of cases isn't very informative if you don't know what the units for measurements are and what values of nominals represent. You need some elaboration on variables, and what better place can there be than the top of the CSV file itself.

Even "any line whose first char is #" would've been better than nothing.

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"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko