Reminder that nothing is "just the way it is". It's the way we make it.
Having a whole process to determine whether or not somebody is allowed to exist in a different country isn't "just the way it is". Humans did that, and we can undo it.
People starving despite there being enough food isn't "just the way it is". Humans did that, and we can change it.
Your quality of life being determined by how much money you inherited isn't "just the way it is". Humans did that, and we can get rid of it.
Wow. Somebody ported ngIRCd to 16-bit DOS, and it can run on a 4.77 MHz 8088: <https://github.com/mikechambers84/ngIRCd-DOS>. Of course there is missing functionality, most notably a lack of TLS. Impressive nonetheless.
Made my own very simple archiving system on top of pandoc and readability, as an offiline, CLI alternative to products like Mozilla's Pocket. And with a different ethos: of building a personal library.
It's a very simple script wrapping around readability. Removes all ads, header, nav, footer, etc and saves a clean HTML article (with your choice or default CSS), as well as an epub file and markdown file.
I've been looking at YATE (http://yate.null.ro/). It looks like a nice little competitor to Asterisk and FreeSwitch. But apparently it doesn't load the default CA certificates when making an SSL connection? I'm working on a patch, and this reminds me just how much I dislike the OpenSSL API.
https://cdn.media.ccc.de/congress/2010/webm/27c3-4221-en-omg_wtf_pdf.webm (an interesting talk from 27c3 about the PDF format).
sex-work capitalism antiwork
"As a call girl, I pretended I enjoyed it sexually. You have to act as if you had
an orgasm. As a streetwalker, I didn't. I used to lie there with my hands behind
my head and do mathematics equations in my head or memorize the keyboard
It was strictly a transaction. No conversation, no acting, no myth around it, no
romanticism." From the book *Working* by Studs Terkel.
One of the earliest examples of bar jokes is Sumerian (c. 4500–1900 BC), and it features a dog: "A dog walked into a tavern and said, 'I can't see a thing. I'll open this one'." The humor of it is probably related to the Sumer way of life and has been lost, but the words remain.
"That reddit-killing distributed self-hosted tool you’re building probably won’t kill reddit, sorry. [...] Make something personal for a dozen people, because that’s the one thing those massive vendors will never do and never even understand that they could do."
- Graham: "My proposal for scaling open source: don’t"
TIL: runit does not accept SIGPWR, so lxc-stop is effectively a no-op for my Void Linux (and other runit-using) containers. Hot fix: chmod 755 /run/runit/stopit in the container's /etc/rc.local, add lxc.signal.halt = SIGCONT to the container config. #cmbnote
So, let me re-phrase:
Government-run study, involving shortening the work week for government employees proves that productivity can be *gained* by shortening the work week.
Does business jump on that insight and clear opportunity to gain productivity *for free*, thus edging a competitive advantage on the market?
No. This happens only after unions get involved.
"Capitalism efficiently allocates resources" my arse.
As an antedote to the yearly "proud to be a Merkin" nationalist wankfest: https://the-brannons.com/god-damn-amerika.ogg
Geek, vegetarian, unabashed utopian philosopher and dreamer. A better world is possible; let's build it.
I am the founder of the Blind and Low Vision Unix Users Group (https://blvuug.org/).