I just posted a 1.5 megabyte tarball of about 2000 pages' worth of my notebooks from the last 12 years: canonical.org/~kragen/dercuano

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Eben Moglen was interviewed about his vision for a better internet:

"[Eben Moglen] saw the mess we were heading toward almost 10 years ago...With FreedomBox, 'We can undo this.'"

Read the full article:

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"The case against me is based on the books I've read and the technology I have."
-- free software developer Ola Bini, writing from his imprisonment in Ecuador.

His detention is unjust, and his prosecutors should release him immediately. #freeolabini freeolabini.org/en/statement-f

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You know how the source code to Infocom's games was posted to Github?


Here's Stever Meretzky's manual on how to learn ZIL (Zork Implementation Language). I don't know if it's enough formal grammar to write an interpreter or compiler, but I think it might be enough to get started...


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Ola Bini is a long-time privacy activist and should be released immediately. We are very concerned about the implications of his arrest and his safety. blog.torproject.org/ecuador-fr

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@polychrome @vi It's Hackaday - I think that pretty much says it all.

Yeah... the lack of serial ports is really sad, and in a way confounding. A couple of years ago I was working on a project with some folks at $dayjob who had never heard of a serial port before, and legit didn't know what they were or how they worked. They're so far off the beam anymore that few remember them.

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@bugaevc @alcinnz @albin

I think they've invested too heavily at this point in GObject to simply entirely drop it, it's far more than a OO system at this point. I think what they're going to do is to have wrappers around it that hopefully make it a more pleasant experience to write and maybe build Rust-native parts for the new libs etc. that will feel even more idiomatic.

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I have some thoughts on the future of #UI on non-mobile devices and the role that #FLOSS can play.

1. It seems that all proprietary software companies are de-prioritising their desktop OSes, in terms of focus and resources. Microsoft is doing weird tablet hybridisation and Apple is just porting iOS junk back from the iPad.

This creates a vacuum, as there is no modern desktop UI. Nothing's been done since roughly OS X. It's been 18 years. More than my whole adult life.

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Developing this theory that Barbie isn’t rich and smart and talented and that’s why she has all these jobs and houses and clothing...

Instead she’s a drifting con-artist who moves from town to town pulling jobs that require her to be a different occupation for a short period of time.

Her multiple jobs and outfits are just a tool of her trade.

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You know what I like about old videogames? There's no bullshit of "winning". No Chosen One story. No weepy cutscenes. No checklist of shit you have to do. Only 1-3 hit points, one wrong move and you're dead. You play until you die.

Maybe you get to write 3 letters on the high score list, maybe not. You will *never win*, only die. Just like life.

(The NPOI and the Very Large Telescope can't actually image things as dim as the moon's surface, though.)

Hmm, but NPOI ought to have enough resolution to image the Apollo flags from the ground, with its aperture of over 300 meters: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navy_Pre

GTC, with its 10.4-meter aperture is the biggest optical telescope so far; it's the mother of all zoom lenses. In theory you could do VLBI with light, like the EHT team did with radio waves to see M87*, but in practice nobody has gotten it working well enough yet; COAST has a 100-meter baseline but can only see bright stars.

You can't see the Lunar Flag Assembly flags with radio waves because the nylon flags are transparent to radio, but you could maybe see the metal pipes.

Someone asked why we can't photograph the Apollo flags on the moon if we can photograph M87's black hole. The Airy limit, the diffraction-based limit on the resolving power of a linear imaging device, is sin θ = 1.22λ/d for a circular aperture of diameter d. The EHT used VLBI to get an effective aperture of the whole planet: 12.7 million meters. To image the moon with the 0.5-m resolution you'd need to see the flag, you'd need a 280-meter telescope with 300nm blue light. GTC is only 10.4 m.

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Today the Event Horizon Telescope project released its first images and sets of papers in an attempt to directly image a black hole and the material falling into it.

There it is: surrounded by an ultra-hot cloud of gas and dust falling into it lies the event horizon of a black hole several billion times the mass of our Sun. It lies about 53Mly away in M87, and the event horizon is just slightly larger than our solar system.

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