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Programming is like a murder mystery where you're the victim, and also the detective, and also the murderer as it turns out.

@skquinn @jalefkowit @natecull
Chandler choked and died on this concept, spawned a great book Dreaming In Code. They wanted this super flexible object database model that would allow people to recontextualize any bit of information intelligently within their workflow (e.g. turn a text memo into an email into a calendar event by manipulation of the fields) and organize that information based in object inherited implicit tags as well as user tags.

Two aliens are flying near earth. The first one says, "The dominant life form here have developed satellite based nuclear weapons." The second one says, "Are they an emerging intelligence?" The first one says, "I don't think so, they have it aimed at themselves." (X-post from /r/jokes)
#writingprompts #writing

Reminder: don't actually delete your Yahoo account because they can reissue your email address to the next person who wants it: honeypot.net/purge-your-yahoo-

@enkiv2 @sten0_SE @abbenm Most democratic countries have long developed legal frameworks for journalists and their publishing organisations, specifically protecting their source material and informants.

Doesn't help much when the journalists dish out unedited original documents by themselves.

I doubt that I'll say anything controversial enough to have me tracked down and killed, but I don't like the idea of people being able to figure out my location just in case some person can be persuaded to seriously injure/kill me in retaliation for my speaking about something that aggrieved them/the persuader. Fear of this could likely lead to a self-censoring when publicly engaging and more of a desire to be anonymous, but being anonymous is getting progressively harder. #privacy #censorship

I should write more.

The number of parallels between writing software and writing prose is uncomfortable. The solitude, the potential for success despite that aloneness, the mythology of spasmodic genius, the inevitably tenuous connection to "the real world"...it's all disturbingly appealing to me, in both domains.

mastodon instances only live as long as the owner/admin is interested in running them - and often running these types of things for a public audience is pretty thankless. idk, if you're on one of the bigger public or semi-public instances, thank your admin

i'm not even drinking and i'm having fun online. WHAT IS THIS, 1996?

@Rdbhost

The gearing of the turntable to the motor would not necessarily preserve that fraction in the latter case, so I am fairly confident it's the former.

@Rdbhost @hackerfriendly

That'd be a lot more complex - it'd require much finer control over motor speed.

@Rdbhost @munin
UK electrical supply in theory ~230V 50hz
DeLonghi microwave 60 seconds on full.
Mug returned to the starting position.

social.tchncs.de/media/hk78q28

Instead of saying "Save Net Neutrality", say "Stop Internet Toll Roads" and people would probably understand the issue better.

Remember in the 90s, when teens were more tech savvy than adults, and everyone assumed that the savviest would just keep getting younger? Now it's 2017, and the people who were teens in the 90s are the most tech savvy generation and probably will be until they die.

Kids don't grow up with computers any more, they grow up with iPhones. If it's possible to learn to code on an iPhone, it's despite Apple's best efforts.

https://code.likeagirl.io/i-am-a-woman-in-tech-and-this-is-what-i-want-in-a-company-f6177569a287

This is all nice, and it would be great if companies did things like this, but I think there's a basic education thing here which is missing.

In the typical software-related startup the boss is not going to care about your personal growth. They're not going to care about the gender ratio, your imposter syndrome or your reluctance to ask for a raise. In fact they'll be delighted if you never ask for a raise.

Why?

Because this is just the way capitalism works. The capitalist only cares about profit and very little else. Even if he looks like your dad and is by all accounts a really nice guy with good intentions he has no choice in the matter. It's what Marx referred to as the coercive power of competition.

So to have the kinds of issues described in the article is to be experiencing what John Searle called "the ungst of Man under late capitalism"