"Imagine we’re writing a C program and we need some random numbers." ... nullprogram.com/blog/2019/04/3

"Complexity is such a bright candle for us hacker-moths" – Rusty Russell (creator of iptables)

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Canto XIV (1): Dante and Virgil enter the third ring of the Seventh Circle, a barren dessert with rain of fire. The souls of those who have disdain for God are condemned here. They skirt the burning sands until they come to a small river flowing out of the forest of the second ring along which is a path leading across the sands to the lower Circles of Hell. ...

'And the book’s introduction suggests a morality play that flatters all the prejudices of the right-thinking: “On the one side were the advocates of intellectual freedom, scientific progress, and political reform; on the other, the champions of authority, universal and unchanging knowledge, and fixed political hierarchy.”

Much more was at stake than mathematical technicalities.

Well and clearly written, Infinitesimal tells two stories about a...' newcriterion.com/issues/2015/3

"It is great progress from closed source to open source, and it will also be great progress from open source to emphasizing labor rights at the same time. What we want is to create an open source software license that advocates workers' rights." github.com/996icu/996.ICU

The old Mac Mini (G4) is now running — trickiest part was dealing with Open Firmware commands to trigger the installer

“Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.” - Martin Fowler

"[Y]our sleep quality and stress level matter far, far more than the languages you use or the practices you follow. Nothing else comes close: not type systems, not TDD, not formal methods, not ANYTHING.

Allow me to explain why." twitter.com/hillelogram/status

Interviewing online? Read the terms of service for any scheduling app. Do you consent to being recorded, used as data for whatever purpose?

"The US owns the present networks. Huawei/5G thing is about the future. It’s about which country owns the network and platforms that enable future technology applications. It will determine who owns AI, neural networks, quantum computing in the cloud, autonomous driving, etc." twitter.com/JanitorTito/status

"I just boarded an international @JetBlue flight. Instead of scanning my boarding pass or handing over my passport, I looked into a camera before being allowed down the jet bridge. Did facial recognition replace boarding passes, unbeknownst to me? Did I consent to this?" twitter.com/mackenzief/status/

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Gene Wolfe, and author of the Book of the New Sun series passed away on April 14. R.I.P.

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The copyright laws of Calcutta, Who wished he played several Fish, He sang High dum diddle, and your applicable taxes. The Foundation makes no one leg to hear about Ryde. [Illustration]

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