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techie interviewing for a plumbing job:

"I'm really into plumbing... I maintain a high pressure system at home just for fun from parts I scavenged from various bankrupt manufacturing facilities."


Social Programs $200
Prisons $3,600
Cops $6,800
Military $20,730

someone who is good at the economy please help me budget this. my empire is dying

Black Mirror S05E02 Smithereens 

For anyone still confused:

Please remember that actual freedom of speech does not mean you have a right to a platform and listeners. Your freedom is unaffected by being muted, blocked, or banned. You’re still free to stand on whatever street corner you choose and rant at whoever will listen.

But when you’re in someone else’s house, you play by their rules. You’re there because they allow you to be, and that privilege can and will be revoked if they decide they don’t want you there.

I just destroyed my very first VPS, and cried a little.


a critique of FPS gaming 

It seems like with enough patience I still keep scraping data off the drive. 30 kB/s on average, but I managed to save 99.98% with only 377 MB unreadable.

the real problem with discord that makes them truly evil is that they sell their solution as being something that provides self-determination.

when you move your community to discord, you start a what they call a "discord server."

to be clear, there is not really any such thing as a "discord server," this is just marketing terminology for group functionality.

they call it a discord "server" on purpose: they want to communicate the idea that you have full autonomy on your own "discord server," when in reality you are still at the mercy of discord as a service provider. this is truly evil, this goes beyond a lack of transparency to actively lying to potential users. not even Slack does this.

we must build real alternatives to these predatory services.

selfie, ec 

@Gargron sometimes when you stare long into the abyss, the abyss stares back.

one of my favorite feelings in software engineering is explaining a concept to someone and seeing the light of recognition on their face when it clicks, it's so cool being there for that

YYYY-MM-DD is the only valid date format

(endlessh can be found at it's a ssh tarpit that basically traps scanners using an ambiguity in implementations that allows it to both never actually connect and never actually "time out")

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