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a neural net defines CONTRACT 

CONTRACT: a strong disposition to a proposition that is used to detect and display it is presented and intended to sell a person's face

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#2212 "Cell Phone Functions" 

... tazer ... fire extinguisher ... bird feeder ... toilet paper ...
xkcd.com/2212/

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I kept stars in a bottle, just in case.

You never know when you'll need a twinkle in an eye or smile or on the toes of dancing shoes.

People would ask where I got them, where I kept getting them, and I'd laugh and tell them; the same place everyone gets them.

And they would act confused, then I would act confused.

Then most of them would laugh and call me funny, and when they weren't looking, I'd refill my bottle.

It was that easy!

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

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#2199 "Cryptic Wifi Networks" 

They actually showed up on the first scan by the first WiFi-capable device.
xkcd.com/2199/

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Weird how most "crimes against humanity" are crimes with a finite number of victims, but crimes like fossil fuel profiteering or the destruction of the rainforest, where humanity itself is the victim, aren't actually crimes at all

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#2192 "Review" 

Controls are a little hard to figure out.
xkcd.com/2192/

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A good piece of software exists and is enjoyed by many users. It's basically done and development has slowed down, but it nevertheless continues to be useful to its users.

Later, a new piece of software enters the same market to solve the same $task. It has to rewrite everything from zero, which may take years. As they make improvements over the years, each announcement keeps them on top of the news cycle, with each inch they move towards the finish line.

Result:

$newproduct erodes the mindshare from $oldproduct. It has been present at the forefront of the public's minds and quickly gains marketshare, and users who were familiar with $oldproject prior to the introduction of $newproject start to age out of the market.

This happens even if $oldsoftware is free/open-source and $newsoftware is proprietary, if $newsoftware is missing important features of $oldsoftware, if $newsoftware is a gear in the capitalist machine and will eventually spit its chewed up users out when they get sold to the highest bidder, etc.

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#2189 "Old Game Worlds" 

Ok, how many coins for a cinnamon roll?
xkcd.com/2189/

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Glad you asked!
1. Pages load twice as fast
2. Laptop battery lasts longer
3. My privacy isn't invaded by 50 different douchebro Silicon Valley companies
4. Your fucking site doesn't slow down my computer to a crawl and I can actually read your fucking articles

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#2183 "Icon Swap" 

Someone's probably working on an eBook app where, if you stop reading right before some plot twist happens, the app will wait a while and then send you a breaking news alert about what's happening, prompting you to open it and read the next few pages to learn more.
xkcd.com/2183/

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"Kubernetes sauvignon?"

(non techie friend over dinner, jumping in a conversation between me and another tech person)

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Now we just need an AWS outage. Imagine the headlines: 80% of the internet is down today because 3 megacorps fucked up

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#2170 "Coordinate Precision" 

40 digits: You are optimistic about our understanding of the nature of distance itself.
xkcd.com/2170/

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Tech Company: "This will make the AUX cable obsolete!"

No it won't you are just trying to plug the analog hole for your MPAA and RIA goons and do vendor lock-in on your products.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analog_h

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Do you use `pass` as password manager on your machine?

There is an extension to verify your passwords against the HIBP database of known passwords and make sure that your password wasn't exposed during a data breach. (Of course without telling your password apart)

This extension is packaged on #Fedora as pass-pwned.

Brian "bex" Exelbierd wrote an article about it, and how to install it on any other distro on opensource.com:

opensource.com/article/19/6/ch

#infosec #HIBP #pass #PasswordManager

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