I was pleased to learn that youtube-dl supports downloading PeerTube videos such as video.lqdn.fr/videos/watch/70f (Aral Balkan speaking to the powerless EU parliament)

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Aral Balkan, One of us 

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Also, a reminder that #FreeRadical is hosted and administered completely in the jurisdictions of California, USA. I could not possibly care less about the laws of other places. If you criticize your government and they come to me asking about that, I will cheerfully tell them to DIAF.

One of the things I was thinking about in Dercuano: can you get much harder blows from a metal or ceramic hammer by reflecting the shock wave from the back of the hammer head, shaping it to be ellipsoidal, so that it focuses onto a small area of the workpiece? Calculations suggest that it should be feasible to exceed the yield strength of cold steel with relatively ordinary hammer blows this way.

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plants left running in the background.

i am currently implementing a hack to keep roots from growing above the ground. later, however, this will be governed by homeostatic mechanism.

Whoa there are a lot of new Lindsey Stirling songs I haven't listened to

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@sir The reduction in democracy and freedom has been happening mostly in the latest 10-16 years, and it has been:
- informal, in the form of powerful government-owned business interests and indirect political influence over politicians and other influencers who want a comfortable seat in mainland institutions like the NPC.
- illegal, in the form of kidnappings, forced confessions and "voluntary" acts of going to the mainland to give oneself up.

As you note, the latter would have been made legal, had the extradition bill taken force, and this together with the way it was rushed through the legislative is why the reaction was so strong.

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- Maybe you didn't mean it, and either way you aren't alone, newspapers do it too: When reading your text, one could get the impression that Hong Kong's democracy on paper has been gradually eroded since Handover. Some articles have claimed that electoral reforms were rolled back in 2014. This is not the case.

Formally and legally, Hong Kong is the most democratic it has ever been. Also, from 1997-2003 Hong Kong seemed to be mostly left alone in agreement with the Joint Declaration.

2/3 (heh)
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"It was fairly easy for a small number of people to wreak a large amount of havoc. It's also easy to lose perspective on that, and realize that on a large scale, the network crawled on. It breaks up into little pieces and it reforms and it doesn't really matter, because underneath there, there's people who are using the network technology to do some thing [...] and they just don't have to pay attention to any of it [...] It runs in spite of the idiots."

- Tom Jennings (~37:02)

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Dividing a chocolate bar into any proportions: mathoverflow.net/questions/338

The bar has L squares, and you want to give each of m people an integer number of squares, but the integers are not known in advance. How to break the bar into few pieces so this will always be possible?

Reid Hardison asked this months ago but Ilya Bogdanov answered with an efficient construction of the optimal partition much more recently.

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gonna resist writing another "closed source is shit" shitpost and go contribute some stuff to Guix

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*Update on the Mu computer's memory-safe language*

First statements now translating!


`fn foo {}` => function prologue and epilogue

`increment x` when x is on the stack.

`foo x` when x is on the stack and foo is a user-defined function.

Seems like small progress, but.. rampantgames.com/blog/?p=7745

I feel like I'm finally starting to get closure on news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

(Project page: github.com/akkartik/mu#readme)

@vertigo @rain

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(And I will never stop tooting about Joseph Gentle's "3 tribes of programming" essay: josephg.com/blog/3-tribes/)

#3Tribes #programming

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“Pop culture is all about identity and feeling like you're participating. It has nothing to do with cooperation, the past or the future—it's living in the present. I think the same is true of most people who write code for money. They have no idea where [their culture came from].”

Joseph Gentle's essay elucidating the three tribes of programming (poets, hackers, makers) finally helps me make sense of Alan Kay's particular brand of incomprehensibility—he's just mega-poet.

New Dercuano version canonical.org/~kragen/dercuano.

New stuff about Japanese magic mirrors or "makkyo", automated fabrication by laser-cutting fabric, Hadamard rhythm bases, hot-lye cutting granite, signed-distance-field raymarching with reduced affine arithmetic, negative-undirected-arc shortest paths, comb-filtering PWM harmonics, postquantum cryptographic resurrecting-duckling protocols, eventually-consistent content sync with rsync, FidoNet, increasing hammering forces 100×, etc.

Not dead yet.

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Do any users of de-googled Android (e.g. #LineageOS) have any recommendations for a keyboard? I'm using AnySoftKeyboard, but man oh man that spacebar is tiny. I wish I could remove some of the other bottom-row buttons so I can stop accidentally hitting the dot key.

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@pootz I was linked to this very good wiki, which is a summary of significant servers and historical moments and other such explainers.


A raw scream of the frozen, avenging lord.
The fiery soul of laughing priests.
The mortal oak of the most deformed tattoo.
Glorious rain of the screaming dove.

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i don't think i'm a bad person, in the moral wrongdoing sense, but i do think i'm a bad person in the way that, say, a toaster that only toasts one side of your bread and then causes an electrical fire is a bad toaster

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