I never did a real introduction on here, so here goes...
I am a former criminology academic, although I do what I can to stay up on current research for it. Despite nodding my head in agreement to the Unix-Haters Handbook, I am an avowed Unix fan. My current and long-time Unix of choice is macOS. I'm trying to fit Linux into my life, but am sure what role it can play for me.
My main hobbies include programming, reading, and relaxing with computer games.
This paper on linguistic divergence is fascinating to think out, especially as we (hopefully) begin to get further into space travel as a species. The closest that I had previously thought on this topic dealt with being unable to communicate due to technological changes, but languages themselves changing would present a whole new issue.
"Twitter soft-launches its new application programming interface, and in the process demonstrates conclusively that advertising on the platform absolutely does not work."
@cadence Thanks for the write up on your site about the problematic nature of Discord. I've read bits and pieces before about some of the privacy issues, but your post consolidates a lot of info down nicely.
Now I have to come to terms with to what extent Discord will remain in my life.
I'm cautiously optimistic about everything Apple announced today. The ARM transition following the same path as the Intel transition is good, since that worked pretty well overall. I'm very happy to see Apple not wanting to leave x86 behind in one go, since it will take some time for some more complex apps to make the transition. The other tooling improvements they're doing look good too.
It wasn't the most exciting WWDC, but so far, I'm liking what Apple is planning for the next few years.
This remixing of the original Deus Ex soundtrack by the original composers is sounding very good. The single track that's available now sounds amazing, and I can't wait for this to come out next week.
With GitHub changing the default branch naming from "master" to "main", it's interesting to see what other software either hardcodes or just assumes "master" is the default branch.
The first version of the Caddy webserver has a module that can pull from a git repository for you (useful for pulling updates for statically rendered sites, or whatever else). Unless you specify a branch, it just assumes that it will be pulling and using the "master" branch, and if that is not present, it outright fails, causing the server to not boot up.
It's at least an easy fix in that case, but will be fun to see what else has to get updated to accommodate. There will be plenty of stuff that takes more effort than adding a single-line in the config file.
@mastonaut I'm on an instance that allows messages to be longer than 500 characters, but Mastonaut's composer is still displaying a 500 character limit. Typing past the limit prevents the message from being sent. Is this something that can be set to be ignored anywhere, or if not, can I put it in as a feature request?
My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes.
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