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I don’t even think that’s trolling. If done well with listening to and responding compassionately to people, it might even be productive.


Now this is one of the most interesting things I’ve read in the UI space in a while. It’s particularly interesting that the author calls out theming and accessibility as high level concerns.


Signal became a nonstarter for me when it turned out the person running the project is actively hostile to third party clients and bullied one out of existence.

That and, at least historically, it was pretty heavily wedded to mobile phones in a way that disqualifies it for anything I want to have long conversations with.


Because there are a multitude of clients that work with it. it’s open. It’s not a walled garden. You aren’t stuck in yet another horrid browser app.

Also for some purposes the lack of history can be an advantage. For a channel that’s real-time social interaction, people coming and going and only having access to the things that happened when they were there can be a positive.


It’s more a rhetorical device.

It invokes a Manichean world of the Good People vs. the Eeeeeeeeeeeevil Elites.

But it’s effectively content-free. The People and The Elites are just convenient containers for the speaker to pour the things they support and oppose into, and who gets to be ‘the people’ depends on who they’re trying to attract.


‘Cloud Storage’ is a bit underspecified. What are your use-cases, specifically?

Linode actually has a ‘cloud storage’ offering based on the Free ‘ceph’ distributed storage system’s implementation of S3.

I’m personally very fond of rsync.net, which you can access via scp/sftp.


They should cooperate with national governments in matters of information security (you know, reporting vulnerabilities and getting fixes out.)

They should not cooperate with signals intelligence unless legally compelled. There should be none of this ‘voluntary cooperation with the authorities’ nonsense. It subverts the entire idea of protection from search and seizure.


I liked Voyage to Arcturus. It’s early Sci-Fi, with the alien planet more as a vehicle for the author’s Gnostic thoughts than an attempt to build a coherent world.


Debian GNU/Linux!

I used Arch for a while, but between Arch’s habit of stripping documentation out of everything, Debian’s general overall fit 'n finish, and Arch’s particularly awful Haskell packages, I went back to sid.


The Coldfire Trilogy! I’m not sure if I like it so far. It hasn’t really grabbed me, but I’m giving it a chance to see if it does.


examples?

David Tenant is the Tenth Doctor.

The Family of Blood is probably the most egregious example. Trapping people in the event horizons of black holes, behind mirrors, whatever, for all time.

While in The Doctor’s Daughter was getting all huffy and offended that someone might think he’d /shoot people/. Just outright killing someone is way less evil than stuffing them into indefinite suffering.


Honestly for what I do in my work and daily life, the container technology I end up using most is a tarball and systemd-nspawn/machinectl. It does most of the stuff I need (configuring the network, binding paths in, setting limits, whatever) with less fuss than the more ‘image’ oriented ones.


The language I use most is C++, since it’s what I use in my day job.

It’s okay. I write very functional C++ and serve as one of the local language lawyers.

In my private life I write mostly Rust and Haskell.

Being so intimately familiar with C++ did a lot to help me understand why Rust is the way it is. (The failures of the standard Regex library, and why C++ is so slow to include networking, for example, make me understand why Rust keeps such a minimal library and relies on the Cargo ecosystem for what might otherwise be considered essential functionality.)


Debian! Stable on the server (usually)

Sid on the personal machines.

I was running Arch for a while, but I got put off by three things bout it:

  1. It’s just not put together as well. Even under Sid I was way less likely to have a package up and break because it depended on the wrong version of something. Usually when it happened under Arch it was only AUR stuff, but not always.

  2. I really despise the way Arch rips the documentation out of packages. Debian gives me the best of both worlds, I can install -doc packages if I want them and not if I don’t.

  3. Arch’s approach to Haskell is /infamously bad/ if you’re actually interested in doing any kind of Haskell development, to the point where they recommend you just not install it and use ghcup.


I love it, I think it’s a definite step up in ergonomics. My only complaint is that with both it and async-trait being procedural macros they don’t compose well/at all together.


I’ve been liking BtrFS for the snapshots, send/receive, and subvolumes/quota.


YubiKey and NitroKey both do everything I need in terms of capabilities. I ended up going with YubiKey since, going by anecdotes from some of my co-workers, it survives being put through the washing machine more reliably.


The Tenth Doctor.

Talks a big game about pacifism and then hands out fates worse than death like they were candy.


You could be neurodivergent in some way, which would lead to emotions or other internal experiences simply not shared by most people.

Or have a differing background.