@clacke I emailed you earlier about the comment you sent for show 3402. Mail was sent to ...lysator.liu.se

@archer72 I'm in the Hacker Public Radio room on Matrix BTW (though I rarely look at it)

@clacke I just tried writing a SQLite DB thing that runs multiple queries from a parsed data file, and decided to use Bash coproc to feed the queries in a loop. Might have been some file descriptor weirdnesses (not sure), but it works. Is it worth an following on from your show 2793?

@ademalsasa I use daily. I'm retired now but in my job I started by using StarOffice on Linux in preference to MS products, then moved to OpenOffice and later LibreOffice. I keep various logs of activities, and my daily step count, in Calc, have written up my (food) recipe collection in Writer and have used Draw for diagrams at various times.

@clacke I thought you might be interested to know that I have resurrected the project where I upload older HPR shows to archive.org. It's a bit laborious and needed some new tools, but I have just finished uploading 866-870, and will continue to process blocks of shows on a regular basis.
Thanks for your question about this πŸ˜‰

@hpr (or Today With a Techie) started 15 Β½ years ago today. During that time we have released 3866 shows.

The idea was simple. A podcast where the shows are submitted by the listeners on any topic of interest to hackers.

As it happens, we have some free slots in the queue next week. So if you have a topic that is covered by a CC license, then please submit a show this weekend.

Contribute today and keep @hpr going for the next 15 Β½ years.

@timttmy Looking forward to the first HPR show from our new contributor tomorrow!

I hope I interpreted the notes correctly. Tell me if not and I'll fix them.

@Ahuka Kevin, your new shows are now on the HPR site. I created a new DOS series and assigned shows 3390, 3410 and 3430 to it. Please check and let me know of any issues!

A sad day today. We lost our little cat Misty to cancer. She was my daughter's cat really but she'd been my nearly constant companion for the past 11 years. She was a rescue cat we adopted on the 31st January 2010; a cute little tortoiseshell. RIP little buddy!

@SDF Email sent from mastodon.sdf.org in response to a notification arrives with the From address 'notifications@localhost' where they used to be from 'mastodon@mastodon.sdf.org'.

Makes filtering them a bit difficult πŸ˜‰

@Ahuka Just been listening to TWiV where they were talking about the potential vaccine(s). They pointed out (as have others) that a vaccine may give 'sterilising immunity' meaning you can't catch COVID-19 again, or it'll give disease prevention meaning you can catch it but it will be very mild. Trouble is there's a likelihood that people with a mild case will be just as dangerous to others as people with the full disease since they'll be shedding virus. Masks will then continue to be needed!

@Ahuka A clever bit of science communication regarding the effectiveness of masks in relation to COVID in particular: youtube.com/watch?v=Y47t9qLc9I

@Ahuka Listening to TWiV 658 where they discuss the paper that followed the HongKong SARS-CoV-2 reinfection case that the news media were treating as apocalyptic. The TWiV team were much more rational in their analysis I thought. It's a case of protective immunity (mild symptoms) not sterilising immunity (complete eradication of the virus). I'd settle for that from the vaccine!

Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

My son's away this week and he's let me borrow his Elecom Huge trackball because I was wondering if should buy one. An interesting device. Very different from the Logitech gaming mouse I usually use and initially pretty difficult to get used to!

@Ahuka Another YT channel I have found useful during the pandemic has been Dr John Campbell's. He produces a lot of output! His latest looks at some papers which show very strongly that immunity to SARS-Cov-2 is likely to be persistent, and that vaccines should be effective. youtube.com/watch?v=D5Z6wdu1eI

Very sad to hear that Julian Bream, the classical guitarist, died yesterday at the age of 87.


@Ahuka Apropos TWiV, you should listen to episode 640 with Michael Mina if you haven't yet done so. He has a testing proposal (a dipstick test using a monoclonal antibody) that could be cheap to make and easy to deploy without being a specialist. It doesn't have to be as accurate as a PCR test if you can do a test a day or every other day and it could be much faster.

@chalkahlom2 Hi! Not seen you on Mastodon for a while - though that could be because I haven't been on much myself! Hope all is well.

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