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I don’t even think that’s trolling. If done well with listening to and responding compassionately to people, it might even be productive.


Signal became a nonstarter for me when it turned out the person running the project is actively hostile to third party clients and bullied one out of existence.

That and, at least historically, it was pretty heavily wedded to mobile phones in a way that disqualifies it for anything I want to have long conversations with.


Because there are a multitude of clients that work with it. it’s open. It’s not a walled garden. You aren’t stuck in yet another horrid browser app.

Also for some purposes the lack of history can be an advantage. For a channel that’s real-time social interaction, people coming and going and only having access to the things that happened when they were there can be a positive.


It’s more a rhetorical device.

It invokes a Manichean world of the Good People vs. the Eeeeeeeeeeeevil Elites.

But it’s effectively content-free. The People and The Elites are just convenient containers for the speaker to pour the things they support and oppose into, and who gets to be ‘the people’ depends on who they’re trying to attract.


‘Cloud Storage’ is a bit underspecified. What are your use-cases, specifically?

Linode actually has a ‘cloud storage’ offering based on the Free ‘ceph’ distributed storage system’s implementation of S3.

I’m personally very fond of rsync.net, which you can access via scp/sftp.


They should cooperate with national governments in matters of information security (you know, reporting vulnerabilities and getting fixes out.)

They should not cooperate with signals intelligence unless legally compelled. There should be none of this ‘voluntary cooperation with the authorities’ nonsense. It subverts the entire idea of protection from search and seizure.


I liked Voyage to Arcturus. It’s early Sci-Fi, with the alien planet more as a vehicle for the author’s Gnostic thoughts than an attempt to build a coherent world.


Debian GNU/Linux!

I used Arch for a while, but between Arch’s habit of stripping documentation out of everything, Debian’s general overall fit 'n finish, and Arch’s particularly awful Haskell packages, I went back to sid.


The Coldfire Trilogy! I’m not sure if I like it so far. It hasn’t really grabbed me, but I’m giving it a chance to see if it does.


examples?

David Tenant is the Tenth Doctor.

The Family of Blood is probably the most egregious example. Trapping people in the event horizons of black holes, behind mirrors, whatever, for all time.

While in The Doctor’s Daughter was getting all huffy and offended that someone might think he’d /shoot people/. Just outright killing someone is way less evil than stuffing them into indefinite suffering.


Honestly for what I do in my work and daily life, the container technology I end up using most is a tarball and systemd-nspawn/machinectl. It does most of the stuff I need (configuring the network, binding paths in, setting limits, whatever) with less fuss than the more ‘image’ oriented ones.


The language I use most is C++, since it’s what I use in my day job.

It’s okay. I write very functional C++ and serve as one of the local language lawyers.

In my private life I write mostly Rust and Haskell.

Being so intimately familiar with C++ did a lot to help me understand why Rust is the way it is. (The failures of the standard Regex library, and why C++ is so slow to include networking, for example, make me understand why Rust keeps such a minimal library and relies on the Cargo ecosystem for what might otherwise be considered essential functionality.)


I’ve been liking BtrFS for the snapshots, send/receive, and subvolumes/quota.


YubiKey and NitroKey both do everything I need in terms of capabilities. I ended up going with YubiKey since, going by anecdotes from some of my co-workers, it survives being put through the washing machine more reliably.


The Tenth Doctor.

Talks a big game about pacifism and then hands out fates worse than death like they were candy.


You could be neurodivergent in some way, which would lead to emotions or other internal experiences simply not shared by most people.

Or have a differing background.


Have you thought of a Magna-Doodle?

  • They’re easy to erase (just pull the lever)
  • About page size (which is good if you want something you can lug around or work with on a desk, but not if you want more than one page of space)
  • They last pretty much forever if you don’t bang them around, and even if you bang them around they still do pretty well.

Downsides:

  • Low resolution
  • Erasing one spot is not well supported


From The DWM page

Because dwm is customized through editing its source code, it’s pointless to make binary packages of it. This keeps its userbase small and elitist. No novices asking stupid questions. There are some distributions that provide binary packages though.

I don’t care for this. Configuration through editing the source code is an engineering decision. I think it’s a bit silly, but reasonable people can disagree.

I’m very much of the opinion that when you stop newbing, you start dying, though, so the air of contempt for newbies really turns me off. There also seems to be a ‘simplicity scold’ tendency where any program that does something they personally don’t find useful is bloated, even if there are lots of use cases where it makes perfect sense. (And in talking to some suckless fans ‘bloat’ seems to include things like localization, which also rubs me the wrong way.)

Some of their stuff is okay as software.


I think I must have misphrased. I was just hoping to be able to add XMPP, blog, IRC username on a network, etc. etc. etc. to the profile instead of JUST matrix.