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Episode 2 of the BTS Podcast has arrived!

I cover recent tech news, tackle some FAQs about GNU/Linux and talk about some cool personal projects I've been working on.

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My nephew has an ipad.

He asked his dad how to write games. His dad didn't know. His dad asked me how to write games on an iPad. I told him not to bother.

My nephew asked me how to learn to write games.

I gave him a raspberry pi and a copy of pico 8.

Now he writes computer games.

He couldn't do that on his iPad.

Pleased to say that as of this morning I'm back to using Trisquel GNU/Linux on my main laptop!

It's the version 8 release candidate based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

(Although before I come off all "holier than thou", I still have two desktops running Windows. 98 SE for retrogaming & 8.1 Pro for modern PC gaming)

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With the shortly upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Canonical is making it super easy to take advantage of Linux kernel live patching.

Live patching lets you install and apply critical Linux kernel security updates without rebooting your system.

Live patching is pretty fast, too. Most kernel fixes apply in seconds, and without any interference to whatever it is you’re doing.

#Ubuntu #LTS #kernel #LivePatching #Linux #Canonical

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Regarding Facebook tracking non-users Mark Zuckerberg said "This kind of data collection is fundamental to how the internet works."

I'm not a networking expert but I know enough to be able to confidently say that nothing at all about this data collection is fundamental to how the Internet works. I guess he was using Silicon Valley speak where "the internet" means "huge corporations who make most of their money by selling ads and illegally collecting as much data as possible".

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Oh for fuck's sake, OpenSSL. Just when I was starting to think they'd finally gotten their shit together

Apparently Microsoft is using its own spin of Linux for a new IoT security system. (Using it on Azure isn't new, but the fact the company admitted that it can't run Windows on these low-powered systems is)

I'd still be fairly cautious about this news though. a) You have to use Microsoft's MCU designs to use their spin of Linux b) They expect you to pay a subscription for their security service that runs on top of it (i.e. they're implying Linux isn't secure enough on its own)

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Gmail enters the "extend" phase of Embrace, Extend, Extinguish by creating new proprietary features for email then forcing non-gmail users the view the mail through a link with Google Login (and sometimes SMS confirmation!)

The Gamecube version of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is also being played through.

They initially called it a speedrun, but as they asked me (someone who's never played it before) to cover from the start up to meeting the Princess in her castle I don't think it's a particularly ambitious one 😂

It took me an hour and 45 minutes to noob my way through my bit as an adult.

As I apparently missed a bit of exposition here, I'm spending Friday evening through to Monday playing games like Goldeneye Source, Empire Earth, Warcraft 3, C&C Red Alert and others with half a dozen people I went to university with.

The reason I'm tooting about it is because it's 5:30 am and this inflatable mattress is uncomfortable 😴

As an extra aside, I seem to be cultivating "Wibbleface" as a new gamertag in multilayer games.

Nobody's got that it's a Blackadder reference yet. But give it time... 😂

LAN party folks have introduced me to Hearthstone and Warcraft 3 for the first time. I see many, many lost hours in my future...

(It's fair to say I'm a Blizzard noob. Diablo III & WoW are also games I haven't played)

I blame this mostly on the fact I misspent most of my childhood with the Civilization series and RTS games like Age of Empires, Empire Earth, C&C Red Alert, Rise of Nations, Medieval: Total War etc.

My tastes have widened, but I'm wary of MMOs as I'm fairly sure I'd get addicted

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As announced I've done some research in the distribution of our mastodon instances regarding the network (AS) they use.

The top five countries with mastodon instances:

- 36 GB
- 356 DE
- 786 FR
- 810 JP
- 1284 US

(full data: )

Top 7 networks:

- 173 INTERQ GMO Internet
- 187 SAKURA-B SAKURA Internet Inc.
- 195 AMAZON-02 -
- 232 DIGITALOCEAN-ASN - DigitalOcean
- 244 ONLINE S.A.S.
- 400 OVH

(full data:

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In case you missed it, this just topped the UK singles charts.

"Friends" by Marshmallow & Anne-Marie is still in the top 10. So comedy songs are still doing well this week.

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Code Review:
“This is a vast improvement over the current version.”
“Oh really, why’s that?”
“The current version is held together with peanut butter and goblins – and the goblins are EATING the peanut butter"

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twitter third-party app changes Show more

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Stuff in your BIO or PUBLIC: visible to anyone that has your url! e.g.

Stuff marked PRIVATE: only visible to the people that follow you

LOCKED account: people can't follow you without your permission

DIRECT MESSAGES: only visible to the people you send them to (e.g. anyone @mentioned)

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Money-saving high five to myself Show more