"While Internet firms dream about the possibilities of fine-grained one-to-one marketing, it remains very expensive, and potentially privacy-invasive, to collect, organize, and cross-reference loads of personal data about each individual."

'Who Controls the Internet?' by Goldsmith & Wu (2006)

uspol, net neutrality 

Interesting that the comments on PragerU's Net Neutrality video generally seem to side against them (default sort) and that the like-dislike ratio is around 2:1.

TIL that "Patriot" in "USA Patriot Act" is a fucking acronym: "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism". Cringe

every now and then I use a device that isn't my own and I'm reminded how much I rely on my shell's history and autocomplete

Re: 'NYT Games No Longer Available on Across Lite as of Aug. 10' 

If ditching the .puz format is really about "[focusing] one editing more puzzles and improving […] internal tools and processes", why are they removing .puz files from the archive? Why not just stop supporting the format moving forward? Looks like a classic lock-in move to me.

Just heard about frame.work and it seems super cool! Pity I'm not looking for a new device at the moment.

en_CA and en_DK seem to be the only English locales that format dates as `%Y-%m-%d` (e.g. 2021-04-23). I'm setting my LC_TIME to one of the two.

Source: lh.2xlibre.net/values/d_fmt

As a en_IN locale user, I love `3;2` digit grouping (e.g. 5,87,45,345), but "2,34,567 bytes" is just awful.

Just noticed that GitLab now breaks when you try using it with a VPN, even when you're signed in. Moreover, there's no "please disable your vpn"—nothing. Its XHR requests just silently 403. Wtf?

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@aral No need: general purpose computers will be the domain of nerrrrrds, consumption devices like phones and tablets will be hard to root and when you do all the apps that you need to live your life (banking, e-voting, medical appointments) will stop working.

You can always buy an open source tablet or phone... if you don't need to participate in anything 😠

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Websites that are utterly broken because their owners intentionally placed behind #cloudflare are annoying. Search-engines and the likes should have a button to filter cloudflare-broken sites so they don't show up and waste our precious time.

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such a nerd 

That moment when you bring up your PmWiki document with the Satisfactory game notes, remember you wanted to beautify PmWiki a bit, and lose more than an hour to adding a new cookbook (CodeMirror) to your PmWiki install and learning some new editing tricks and enabling a feature in the ToC function instead of, um, actually working on the Satisfactory game as intended.

I really appreciate the syntax highlighting in the Deno REPL

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docker: because it was kind of embarrassing to type `curl foo | sudo bash` directly

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If your software documentation mentions the word “kilobyte” then it really also should mention which kind of kilobyte in some obvious place, please.

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#LibrePlanet 2021 is almost done for the day – but don’t miss the Free Software Awards presentation at 18:05 in the Jupiter room! libreplanet.org/2021/

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Using a lot of type hinting in this Python code and every once in a while I'm just like "who am i doing this for the language doesn't care"

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