i'd like a digital camera that worked like a point & shoot film camera, with no battery. i bet you could have the same cheap thumbwheel mechanism that winds the film on, but instead have it wind up a spring or something, which would, when released, spin a dynamo and power up a tiny SoC and the CCD for long enough to take a picture and dump it to an SD card and then power off again

@machado now that you say that, i'm adding "senpai" to my list :D

kids names in the next generation: marsbar, antikythera

it's been pointed out to me that as resourceful as the Federation is, they might just not be up to the task of creating more than one font that covers every writing system used by all the thousands of sentient races it communicates with; at that scale of new races being discovered you're really lucky if you can get a single font with complete coverage.

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err excuse me but these seem like non-goals? are you a guest blogger from palantir?

@technomancy when i worked for a big tech co, their lawyers said that one file in the project is fine, you don't need crap in every file. one of my coworkers actually got a lot of glee from removing all the boilerplate they could find :)

so #startrek is supposed to be this story of a glorious future where humans and other races are able to live their fullest lives but you ever notice how on starfleet ships there is only ever one font? can this truly be a utopian bastion of freedom if there's no freedom to choose your typeface? I for one am certainly not buying it.

skimming the occasional new outburst of fsf drama and their inability to shake off rms, i feel extremely lucky that people talked me into switching to the apache2 license about a decade ago

@gudenau yeah, that's why they always tell c++ coders not to "using" any of those... the c namespace is already polluted enough :(

what is the purpose of removing only one letter from “stack”? i wish “don’t abbreviate” was more well socialized among junior devs

fsf 

Confirmed: the FSF's sole purpose is to serve as RMS's amplifier.

fsf.org/news/statement-of-fsf-

Taken as is, this is a complete slap to anyone who directed the FSF in RMS's absence. If the organization is so rudderless as to be cast adrift without one man then the bus-factor of that organization is too great for long-term survival.

The FSF needs to consider what their mission is, because right now their mission is in jeopardy and the folks willing to carry water for the FSF are vanishing.

#fsf

This might be a case of "I'm a stupid, uncultered American" 

@gudenau when i visited australia, a local news program started up on a bar tv, and a CG globe spun around... from the southern pov! ... then stopped at au/nz in the center... i guess everyone has a different perspective here

@zerotrickpony the days are extremely short too! on the order of 15 minutes per day, which is like, a much faster rotation than even the earth had right after being knocked up by the moon

all i can figure is it must be a very small star and we're in a tight orbit

every few months, youtube turns autoplay back on, and i have to dig around to figure out how to turn it off again. just like "normal view" on the birdsite

we need a name for this kind of passive-aggressive "i changed your settings for you" ux

holy crap my tomato seeds are sprouting!

i know nothing about plants so they will surely die, and soon, but for now this is very exciting!

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