Huh, a couple of my HN comments are having a karma spike. news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1 and its grandchild, on (mostly) barriers to vaguely-FSF-like freedom in the context of digital socialization.

“But then, perhaps I only _think_ I have a habit of parsing my thoughts for possible perceptual biases, due to self-serving perceptual biases.

“Wait a minute…”

boost this and I'll assign you an rpg trinket* until I can't think of any more trinkets**

* a simple item lightly touched by mystery

**as above, but plural

From paperclips were we made, and paperclips we shall be.

Wait a minute. Is the reason organizations want well-rounded people with good intuition because they yield an inflow of round tuits?

Oh. The backup pen is out of ink, or otherwise malfunctioning.

Okay, what other options did I bring with me?

I guess my notes might be purple today. That's not quite what I was hoping for, but never mind.

Darn it, my Metropolitan is leaking. I can't tell right now whether it's the pen body itself or whether it's the cartridge or something. I'm going to have to go back and inspect it soon. Meanwhile, to the V5!

TIL that the CD-i platform used an actual RTOS on an m68k in order to do things like the hard AV interleaving stuff and supporting lots of interesting peripherals.

Apparently emulating this is incredibly hard.

I may have drunk too much coffee this morning and now I am jittery. It was stronger than I thought.

Dear command line developers: when I _ask_ for help text with --help or similar, it _is_ the intended output and not an error message or a secondary informative messages. Do not put it on stderr and make paging needlessly difficult.

*hiccup*

*hiccup* *hiccup* *hiccup*

This is _so distracting_.

Per last: I don't _want_ a red queen scenario where if you go under 30 commits per day you explode, especially because it seems to hit both the long tail of low-resource off-beat projects _and_ anything that interfaces with areas of society that benefit much more from being long-term stable. Besides the obvious infosecpocalypse of “update or get cracked”, what's causing this? Is there a way to turn this thing around, or some good ways to mitigate the effects?

Reposting in isolation from a comment I wrote on HN, because it's a general question:

[smacks into the character count limit]

I was mildly annoyed for a while that I was _constantly_ running out of wire, but I persevered. See? It paid off. There's no more annoyances in the universe now. Nothing but beauty and peace.

From paperclips were we made, and paperclips we shall be.

*wistful sigh*

I kind of wish I had 110 decillion paperclips in the _real_ world…

@22 … an Infinite Nonstandard Library of Individually Named Evaluables. INLINE.

I'm going to take that if I ever make my ridiculous supercompiler. Donut steel.

Show more
Mastodon for Tech Folks

This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!

We adhere to an adapted version of the TootCat Code of Conduct and follow the Toot Café list of blocked instances. Ash is the admin and is supported by Fuzzface, Brian!, and Daniel Glus as moderators.

Hosting costs are largely covered by our generous supporters on Patreon – thanks for all the help!