"the iPod was one of the first times Apple showed up and did what we now think of as their standard move — they made The Apple Version®. [...] The iPod was really good."

i wish we weren't so quick to paint halos on everyone in the name of glorifying tech history.

nomad & archos may not be remembered now, but when the first ipod came out, it was unarguably the worst music player of the bunch.

- store more than a few albums? no

- be used on a bike without staring at the screen or weird little wheel? no

centrist in new england, re-reading the UN declaration of the rights of man, convincing themselves that the infiltration of a linux box in siberia is grounds for making another attempt at january 6

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some idaho prepper is nodding vigorously at his laptop screen, "yes, fascism is good, but these russian teenagers have an absolute god-given right to shut down oil pipelines in georgia with ruby scripts"

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ok, the rant by some russian (ransomware) hacker teens, demanding that americans overthrow their government on behalf of these same hackers, is the laugh i needed today

Introducing the new Sony Playstation.

Script by @jk
Music from NES Pictionary
Video from my living room and Sony


actual (predictable) outcome from the crazy behavior:

- my extremely stressed (hiring & managing painters during a pandemic) partner is now *more* stressed and starting to hate the house because all it causes is boomer shit-fits
- made permanent enemies of everyone who lives in this house

like, wtf?!?!

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- it is not your house, so your opinion literally doesn't matter
- it is already in the final process, so the window for registering an opinion has been long closed
- bringing over a single can of paint of an ugly tan color is not a viable strategy
- breaking down in tears on our porch that the new color "makes you sick" cannot have any effect except to make us hate you

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i joke sometimes that the problem with boomers -- the reason they have irrationally angry reactions to things that don't matter, like "wear a mask" or "vaccinate your kids" -- is that they all have undiagnosed severe lead poisoning, but sometimes i think it might be right.

we're getting the house painted, after long delays and much expense... and after waiting until the first coat of paint was on, and there was no turning back, our crazy fluoride neighbor exploded in fury and energy

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

As you may have seen in the news today, Trump's media team has set up their own social network "Truth Social".

What they aren't admitting is it's actually just a Mastodon instance with all the Mastodon branding removed, including all of the messages acknowledging that it is FOSS, as required by the software's free open source licence. This is breaking the terms of the licence, and is essentially stealing the software from the volunteer community which made it.

This kind of behaviour cannot be accepted by anyone who believes in FOSS. Keeping to the requirements of a FOSS licence is fundamental to building software together. If powerful people get away with stealing FOSS, people may be reluctant to build FOSS in the first place.

Hopefully someone will take legal action, but in the meantime we can block these instances in case they try to federate:


#Fediverse #Fediblock #TruthSocial #Trump #MastoAdmin #Mastodon

How to bluff your way thru any conversation about which programming language is best: a guide

"pay your fucking employees more and you'll still have employees"

ceos: "oh well we'd have to charge more"

pay yourself less you stupid fucking asshole

Thoughts about "generational" queer stuff 

Y'ever think about how, in a lot of cases, this is the first time that any of us have been in a situation where there even *is* an older generation of queer people around?

The mentors we should have had were taken from us

So today I learned that scallac parses multi line comments differently than javac 

The following source code is valid and valid

/* /* */
public class Test{
public static void main(String[] args){
// */ // \u000A\u002F\u002A
object Test{
def main(args: Array[String]) = {
// \u000A \u002A\u002F

you really liked that ESC key huh? just couldnt live without it! cried like a whiny baby about using laptops for coding!

well FINE! now the esc key is as big as TEN KEYS COMBINED! I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY

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apple has improved on the touchbar in the way ONLY APPLE CAN! it's the MAGIC OF APPLE they REMOVED IT COMPLETELY! that garbage is only for PC people now! yech ew! ptui! think different!

also your new mac will have a notch

nice pinboard thread (via @GeoffWozniak) about how cryptocurrencies can't break out of their vicious cycle: threadreaderapp.com/thread/144

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