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@bigzaphod I wish there were a way to change subtitles (even just via a right-click menu) without having to pop it back in to the owning app. Seems like an easy and obvious accessibility win. It was bugging me while watching the WWDC keynote in PiP this week...

The build backlog ( is enormous today; I've been waiting for a package to build for like 4 hours and it looks like it'll be at least another 10 hours

work (antiwork?) rant 

Watching a company all-hands presentation about how pension plans are bad because they discourage "personal responsibility".

I wish more undergraduate CS programs & coding bootcamps actually taught people practical skills, like how to use a command line, how to use SSH, how to use git (or at least some VCS), and how to use common unix editors.

Effectively every career will require using a command line on a Unix-like system and a version control system. Surprisingly few programming careers require the Floyd-Warshall algorithm.

I am just... really tired of having to teach new-hires this stuff all the time.

@bigzaphod any chance of a BitCam release that fits the modern iPhone size classes?

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Why do they even sell non-ECC 16GB DIMMs? MTBF seems to be a few months...

@mike I mean, Google makes enormously popular products (Gsuite, Gmail, YouTube) that work much more reliably in their browser than in competitors. I think that accounts for a lot of their market share...

@Mtony75 one could imagine other regulatory pressure (for example, if Google products all had to work on the top 3 browser engines) but in the end... I don't know. We web developers are a lazy lot and frequently fall into the trap of making websites that only work in the single most popular browser of the day (be it Netscape 3, IE 6, or Chrome 100)

I'm very confident that the only reason a big swath of websites work on anything other than (Blink) is because Apple only allows on , so webdevs have to reluctantly test on multiple browsers and avoid Google's nonstandard features; for this reason only I hope Apple's able to avoid this proposed EU regulation and keep Blink off of iOS. I know it's anticompetitive, but it's actually the only thing preventing a total browser engine monoculture.

If you live in the US you can go order more free antigen tests at right now

Some solid templating in this marketing spam from CircleCI

There's a loud hum at about 120Hz in my living room that you can only hear from certain places. I wonder if that's the resonant frequency of this room? I assume it's being driven by the 60Hz hum of my house wiring? Very peculiar.

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linguistics, etymology, colonialism, Star Trek 

Did you know?

Persian "farangi" -->
Urdu/Hindi "firangi" -->
English (Star Trek) "Ferengi"

In South Asia, the term describes foreigners, specifically British but also more generally white Europeans.

It's such an apt name for the Star Trek species which embodies and makes a literal religion out of everything that is wrong with British/European/USian colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy; greed, sexism, profiteering, classism, racism, and so on.

For something not particularly tech-related: I finally did a long and rambling writeup of all the major baby stuff we bought over the last couple of years:


I wish "we hired people who only will use frameworks, languages, and tools we don't support or want to support at all in our company" was viewed as a hiring/interviewing problem instead of an infrastructure problem.

One of these days I'm going to take the four different embedded lisp-like interpreters I've built at work for different systems and merge them all.

My son (21 months old) is not very verbal, but we are watching the Obama-narrated national parks docuseries and I kept making jokes about "Barry" and my kid started repeating the word "Barry" over and over again. I think we're entering the phase where we have to be very careful what words we say around him...

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