Who else is going to the Southern California Linux Expo? Stop by the @fsf Free Software Foundation table in the exhibit hall, I will be there helping Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Fascinating discussion on (what is now termed) net neutrality, privacy, decentralization, etc. of the Internet from 1994, featuring, among others, Alan Kay and Mitch Kapor: youtube.com/watch?v=NXToTGHh52 Very prescient and relevant viewpoints from a quarter of a century ago!

Parenscript 2.7.1 was released last week and is in the December distribution update. common-lisp.net/project/parens

"The first step is to start deprogramming yourself from the cult of tech. Being part of toxic tech culture has a lot in common with being part of a cult." blog.valerieaurora.org/2018/01

@neilalexander This is why I started using w3m this year, and now do most of my web browsing using emacs-w3m.

Turns out climate change is also causing accelerated flash storage bit rot and data loss: anandtech.com/show/9248/the-tr

US voters, watch out for electronic voting machines/vote computers: dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/2

Voting computers are a scam; an automated way to perform electoral fraud. Use paper ballots!

"[Advertising-supported social media] intrinsically undoes and inverts social progress. It's a social progress inverter, and it's built-in, and there is no way to fix it without changing the business structure." --Jaron Lanier youtube.com/watch?v=aDRN_dZNJU

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The more I learn about , the more I realize "cattle not pets" is the automated equivalent of being a Windows NT sysadmin. "Reboot the server, maybe that will fix it." Bonus horror story (seems like a redundant phrase at this point): utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/bl

Spent the weekend reading garbage collection papers. Everyone is citing Baker†. I just wish they would: 1. Actually read Baker's paper. So many bogus claims about the algo. Also the "novel" techniques that turn out to be in Baker's paper already. 2. Present their algo in concise pseudo-code for the Lisp 1.5 model like Baker does. WTF does you algo actually do? 3. Give mathematical analysis of algo properties, and an informal proof of correctness, like Baker does.


@tomasino I use GNU cp with -l option to make weekly/monthly snapshots of backups

Here is a video of Jef Raskin's Leap UI: youtube.com/watch?v=o_TlE_U_X3 with Org-mode and EXWM looks surprisingly similar. It doesn't seem like it would be hard to make -like keybindings either. Need to get a Cat manual and think about it. Japanese 108-key QWERTY keyboards have a short spacebar with modifiers nearby that can serve as thumb-operated Leap keys as in the Cat.

routing domains and VPNs are the peanut butter and jelly of network tunneling.

@unascribed The irony is, tables were criticized for being used with fixed pixel sizing. Meanwhile, all the "responsive" websites today are built around media queries with... fixed pixel sizing. What do web designers think is going to happen with HDPI displays? Swapping tables with CSS layouts has not solved any hard problems, just made basic things a magnitude harder to do.

Apparently, anything the US government can do to actually provide people with useful services is "Obviously that is just not in the cards these days." But subsidizing Amazon is great! wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/e

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