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Old Androids Never Die, They Just Have A Few Screws Loose

I wrote this today while angry, surprisingly

April 6, 2018


I envision a world where everyone has guaranteed basic access to food, healthcare, shelter, knowledge, and equal protection under the law; a world where capitalism is a sport rather than a tool of enslavement; and a world where arbitrary boundaries like races and countries do not exist. NONE of us are pure anything.


Attractor Fields

March 27, 2018


I'm starting to wonder if Stein's;Gate wasn't actually written in the future and sent back to show people how time actually works.

It sure feels like the timeline just wants a war. No Hillary? No problem, we'll throw another of the Iraq architects into a position where they can start trouble.

No foreign war? How about a nice civil one then? Unfortunately "cold, dead hands" requires the person doing the disarming to do things the way the gun addict would, and short of pain rays, knockout gas, and tasers, there's not many non-lethal choices. Which is exactly what the gun addict wanted.

Sigh.

I wanted to GTFO, but that couldn't happen on this timeline either, I suppose.


#deletefacebook

March 21, 2018


If you're serious about #delete'ing your FB, I'll just remind you that CC has a fully functional, log-free private IRC server that you can chat on.

Is anyone surprised that an obvious bellwether setup like Facebook might be tailoring people's news feed to reinforce their biases? :)


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!