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Snaprant

January 8, 2018


One of the things I hate the most about snaps is the so-called "security" system that makes them impossible to extend or fix if something's missing from the snap.

Example: GRadio, an otherwise-excellent internet radio player, does not have the MPEG2 AAC codec required to decode my local radio station Q102's stream. If it were a standard debian, I could just install the codec, (possibly) restart GRadio, and it would start working, but since it's a snap I have three bad choices instead:

  • rebuild the snap from source, including the codec I want
  • snap the codec, create a content interface, rebuild the GRadio snap with the ability to connect to the content interface
  • Get fucked

It's a real shame because all the other features work splendidly, but in this case I'm screwed.


Boo

January 4, 2018


Meltdown, Spectre. UGH.

The only silver lining is that now I have a valid reason to stop livepatching pre-2018 kernels.


Sigh

January 3, 2018


Coffee and advil is a helluva drug.

If only my teeth were the worst thing falling apart around me! :D

On the bright side, the even larger class I have to teach was only a partial clusterfuck, rather than the complete disaster I was expecting. It was good to see friendly faces.


Dammit, Firefox

December 16, 2017


Two steps forward, three steps back.

They made such a great improvement on performance, and then they have to totally ruin things by selling out to Mr. Robot?

It's a browser, not a frikkin' advertisement engine!


Today, I

December 7, 2017


  • built and started testing 147 livepatches
  • built a CNC machining system from scratch
  • talked a friend through a medical crisis with her MIL
  • made $500 on BTC day trading
  • went to the chiropractor
  • cleaned up the last of the leaves

I'd say that's a full day


Sorry, not interested

December 5, 2017


"a look at how Ubuntu can power financial institutions"

How about we take a look at how financial institutions go against everything the word "Ubuntu" means? How about we look at the way these places maximize harm on their own customers for their own profit? How about we look at how they screwed over everyone with mortgages, then got bailed out with money from the same people? How about we look at their lax security? How about we look at their meddling in our government?

Can we do that too?

 


Well That Was Quick (and low on RAM)

November 21, 2017


Firefox 57 is so much smaller and quicker than the previous release, that there's nearly no difference in responsiveness between Freedom and Beast now. :O

I may have to set up a Firefox-only session and see how it performs as a "Foxbook".