An Experiment

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Oct 262018
 

To all zero of my readers,

Actually writing things seems to be something I can’t muster up the will to do.

So I hacked up an rss plugin for wordpress last year to repost excepts from my tt-rss shared feed, but have left the posts it generates private. Since it’s OK if not ideal, I’m just gonna set the plugin to post publicly for now to see if it works out, and maybe as motivation to hurry up and finish tweaking the format, or writing a fresh plugin from scratch that only does what I need.

For now it will post every time I update my shared feed from tt-rss; I am leaning toward modifying it so that it collects all posts and makes a single daily entry, but I’ll see how this works first.

May 122019
 

I have completed the draft version of the Postgres 12 release notes. Consisting of 186 items, this release makes big advances in partitioning, query optimization, and index performance. Many long-awaited features, like REINDEX CONCURRENTLY, multi-variate most-frequent-value statistics, and common table expression inlining, are included in this release. The release notes will be continually updated until the final release, which is expected in September or October of this year.

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May 112019
 

We create, develop, document and collaborate as users of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) from around the globe, usually by working remotely on the Internet. However, human beings have many millennia of evolution that makes us predisposed to communicate most effectively via in-person interaction. We don’t just rely on the content of communication, but its manner of expression, the body language of the communicator, and thousands of different non-verbal cues and subtle communication mechanisms.…

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May 042019
 

My ancient (but still perfectly reliable and awesome) LaserJet 6MP has had a problem for a yearish now… one of the clips that keep the rear exit tray closed finally fatigued and snapped. Replacement bits are expensive enough that it’s not really worth replacing, and it’s not feasible to repair in place. Problem is, the rear tray needs to be closed for paper to feed to the exit tray on the top, and if it’s not quite closed, paper just tangles itself in the rollers and causes a nice little jam. So I’ve had a stack of DVDs jammed between the printer and my subwoofer on the same shelf this entire time…

Finally got fed up with this arrangement and used my other printer to make clips to keep the tray closed. Not very exciting, but hey… better living through technology.

May 042019
 

ST. LOUIS—Their meals disrupted by protestors who stormed the restaurant with buckets full of viscous red liquid, diners eating plant-based Impossible Whoppers at a local Burger King were reportedly horrified Friday when meat-rights activists splashed beet juice all over them. “Shame! Shame on them—look at these…Read more…

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May 042019
 

 What is ‘Human Centered Design’ and Why Should Engineers Care?… Not long ago my friend and I had a chuckle at the expensive of a coworker who liked to use fancy words like ‘affordance’ and ‘signifiers’ in conversation to describe what we would just call a handle. I later realized the joke was on us after […]

External feed Read More at the Source: https://engineerdog.com/2019/05/03/seven-fundamental-principles-of-design-every-engineer-should-know/

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May 042019
 

Did you just open Firefox only to find all of your extensions disabled and/or otherwise not working? You’re not alone, and it’s nothing you did. Reports are pouring in of a glitch that has spontaneously disabled effectively all Firefox extensions. Each extension is now being listed as a “legacy” extension, alongside a warning that it “could not be verified for use in Firefox and has been disabled”. A ticket submitted to Mozilla’s Bugzilla bug tracker…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/03/a-glitch-is-breaking-all-firefox-extensions/

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May 012019
 

People who run their own mail servers are increasingly finding that the mail they send to Gmail users is being rejected, because the company’s anti-spam algorithm treats small, independently managed mail-servers as high-risk mail sources. And since Gmail users never receive the blocked messages, it can be impossible to convey to them that they’re missing some messages. This happened to me last month and Ken Snider, our awesome sysadmin, was somehow able to fix it,…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://boingboing.net/2019/05/01/algorithmic-discrimination.html

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Apr 292019
 

Complex 3D-printed designs often require the use of an automatically generated support structure around them for stability. While this enables some truly incredible results, it adds considerable time and cost to the printing process. Plus there’s the painstaking process of removing all the support material without damaging the object itself. If you’ve got a suitably high-end 3D printer, one solution to this problem is doing the supports in a water soluble filament; just toss the…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2019/04/28/3d-printing-with-multiple-soluble-filaments/

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Apr 272019
 

Dan Lipiniski is the worst Democrat in Congress, a man who literally inherited his seat from his father and has spent his career in Congress opposing minimum wage laws, access to abortion, and rights for LGBTQ people, taking massive contributions from literal railbarons in exchange for fighting railroad safety rules. Lipinski sits in one of the Democrats’ safest seats, meaning whomever wins the Democratic primary in his Illinois district automatically gets sent to Congress, so…

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Apr 272019
 

When Americans see governments shutting down Internet communications, they should see nothing but counterproductive, authoritarian exercises of power In the wake of the terrible Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, that government shut down access to Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and other social media services. The shutdown garnered praise from some within the United States and other democratic countries, but as tragic as the circumstances may be, Americans must never come to see social media or…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/internet-speech/social-media-blackouts-are-authoritarian-power-move

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Apr 272019
 

Last week, the American public finally got its hands on the Mueller report–more than 400 pages, much of the text redacted, detailing the special counsel’s much anticipated findings.  Within minutes of that release, many copies of that file were uploaded to the Internet Archive. On Amazon, other outfits were charging $7.99 for an EPUB of the report. At the Internet Archive we made the Mueller Report searchable and downloadable. And free. The government initially released…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://blog.archive.org/2019/04/26/the-mueller-report-searchable-and-accessible-on-the-archive/

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Apr 262019
 

Enlarge (credit: Elliot Margolies) Recycling sounds great in principle (because it is), but a frustrating number of devils lurk in the details. For example, while some materials like aluminum can readily be melted down and turned right back into new aluminum cans, recovered plastics tend to be lower quality than “virgin” material. That’s because recycled plastic retains some of its previous properties—like Lego bricks that can’t be separated. The next plastic you make won’t be…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1496029

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Apr 262019
 

Price gouging has skyrocketed the price of insulin, forcing folks to ration this lifesaving biologic. CBS News: “Nobody cared or nobody understood that without this next vial of insulin, I wouldn’t live to see another week,” said 28-year-old Kristen Whitney Daniels. She started rationing her insulin after she was kicked off her parents’ insurance plan two years ago. “I can’t really explain how isolating and how terrifying it is,” she said. She’s now a patient…

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Apr 252019
 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says that it will refuse to contract with any vendor or consultant that offers services to primary challengers for the Democratic nomination: it’s a rule that ensure that candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who won a primary challenge against Joe Crowley, a right-wing finance industry creep who’d sat as a Democratic Congressman since 1999) will not be able to depose other establishment Dems. In response, 31 colleges’ Young Democrats clubs have…

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Apr 252019
 

Over the last few months, David Cohen, a Comcast executive who oversees the telecom giant’s lobbying operation, has cut big checks to Republican candidates while pushing to advance his company’s regulatory agenda. On Thursday afternoon, however, Cohen will open his Philadelphia home to host Joe Biden, helping the Democratic former vice president kick off his bid for the White House. Biden, who announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday morning, has depicted himself as…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/04/25/joe-biden-presidential-bid-lobbyists-fundraiser/

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Apr 232019
 

On its 49th birthday, Earth Day is having a midlife crisis. In the beginning, it was a policy-shaking event that awakened a new generation of activists. But now even environmentalists have misgivings about it. Sure, they can get behind planting trees and clearing trash out of rivers, but they have issues with Earth Day itself. What issues, you ask? I asked environmentalists to weigh in. Their qualms were numerous: Earth Day is too short. (C’mon,…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://thebulletin.org/2019/04/how-earth-day-became-public-relations-swag-day/

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Apr 232019
 

Plus: Employee diversity, harassment brouhahas within Microsoft, Google Special report  Three of the five people axed from JavaScript package management biz NPM Inc last month claim bosses got rid of them for trying to form a union.…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/22/npm_fired_employees_unionize/

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Apr 232019
 

More than 1,000 people participating in the Extinction Rebellion have been arrested during the past week in London. The international movement, which seeks radical changes “to minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse,” began in the United Kingdom six months ago after the release of a dire report on global warming from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is spreading to other European countries. In recent days, protesters in London have…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://thebulletin.org/2019/04/climate-rebels-occupy-london/

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