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@wasamasa In the end, we all have faith in some basic tenets (like that I'm awake and all of you actually exist and are independent beings such as myself) regardless of how we try to explain everything else.


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@wasamasa Science is a method to create models that explain how the world behaves, and you can use perfect scientific method to create a model that explains everything and build a religion on that model easily by saying that gremlins are continuously tweaking everything everywhere to make it work like that and averting detection at the same time. Science would never be able to disprove that, just to point out that the model used by that religion is inaccurate.


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@wasamasa I find this to be a usual misunderstanding (not that you misunderstand, i don't know, but the phrasing leads to it). Science is not an explanation of what the world/universe IS, but religion is an explanation of that.


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> Google also [redacted] of non-AMP ads by giving them artificial one-second delays in order to give Google AMP a [redacted][…] which Google uses to turn around and denigrate header bidding for being too slow.

So Google's been committing not just treachery, but active sabotage of the Web.

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[ANN] EmacsConf 2020 videos are out!

The EmacsConf 2020 videos are now ready. Thanks to everyone who helped
make it happen!

You can check out to find the videos,
Q&A, links, and notes for each talk.

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#emacsconf #Emacs been trying to recall a really neat list of suggestion for performance improvement but can't find any reference, so hoping someone here will know and kindly share it back. The list started with something like:

1- Don't do it
2- If you must do it, do it only once

Note it's not Michael Jackson's quote discouraging newbies (which seems to be the only reference I can find anywhere). Any help is appreciated!

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Join us for basu development:

- Doesn't require to think too hard
- Just delete large chunks code as long as it compiles
- The code you get to delete is terrible, so you'll sleep better afterwards
- Can be seen as payback for all of the bad code you've written during the day

Some doctors even recommend it!

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That statement was made at a time when "optimization" meant what we today would call micro-optimization, such as rewriting a function in asm to improve perf or doing a branch-less comparison.
99% of what we today call "optimization" was back then simply "how you write software" so the statement lost it's meaning.


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Emacs Survey

The team is doing a survey on how #Emacs is used. Please participate even if you don't use it. Help to discover how people are using Emacs for everything, from software engineering to academia and journalism and help to make a better software.

Responses will be collected from October 19th 2020 to November 30th 2020.

#foss #gnu

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...also the #pinetab early adopters version can be used with postmarketOS now, and the installation instructions were updated:

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"Challenged to write about a single Unicode character, I chose the humble asterisk." Fascinating read about its origins, uses, designs, and technological applications.

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The SDF Plan9 Fall Boot Camp begins October 2nd, 2020. A handful of slots are still available. If you'd like to join, send email to membership address.

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I have been testing several Linux flavours on my Google Nexus 5 for a while, and have condensed my general thoughts on it in this article, where I also tried to compare it with the more popular "true Linux" smartphones on the market. #linux

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