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    Is there a non-HTTPS version of this site for those of us too weak-willed to join the Glorious Anti-Certificate-Authority Rebellion?

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        For those who missed it, here is Tedu’s explanation of why he is using a self-signed HTTPS certificate: https://www.tedunangst.com/flak/post/moving-to-https. (You might have to add a temporary exception to view that page.)

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          Just click to ignore the warning? :)

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            Not possible in all browsers. E.g. Firefox Focus can’t read tedu’s blog.

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              Terrible habit to get into. Better to read the google cache.

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                Wait, does that mean that Google’s cache does not validate the certificate?

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            1. That book A Fire Upon the Deep sounds awesome. Reminder: Wikipedia pages about books are about 90% spoilers.

            2. uh yeah you can get rooted by a PNG these days… When I was a boy, it was safe to download .exe files, so long as you didn’t RUN them before at least inspecting the visible strings inside… Of course, all that quickly changed as automatic parsing of incoming data became the norm.

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              A Fire Upon the Deep and prequel A Deepness In The Sky are great. Pass on the other sequels, they’re not very good.

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                Deepness is probably my sentimental favorite scifi novel of all time. This passage from it should be fun to this audience: http://akkartik.name/post/deepness

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                  And it inspired Lobsters’s own @drmaciver to write Programmers at Large (worldbuilding notes), which I’ve really been enjoying.

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                    At this point my distraction alarm pinged. I’d passed some threshold of deviance from my intended task and it was making sure I was aware of that.

                    Man, I could do with one of those. So long as I got to set it of course.

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                      Mine would probably be more useful the less control I had over it.

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                I’d say those 2 novels are legitimate part of the SF canon at this point. Vinge got major props for being hip to Usenet back in the day (and who can say? Store-and-forward is probably going to be the best communication for interplanetary distances).

                The thing that rubbed me the wrong way with A Fire… was the telepathic aspects of the Tines. But otoh this is a universe where for some reason technology works differently depending on how far you are from the galactic center so who really cares amirite?

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                  Were they actually telepathic? My recollection is that they were meant to communicate by extremely broad-band audio, but ICBW.

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                    They weren’t telepathic. They communicated via audio, mostly above the range of human hearing. There’s a technological development midway through the story that makes it unambiguously audio.

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                    for some reason technology works differently depending on how far you are from the galactic center

                    The reason this happens, though not how it works, is explained later in the book.

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                    It’s fantastic. Recommended, along with it’s prequel A Deepness in the Sky.

                    I wouldn’t bother with the sequel that was published recently though: I really didn’t think it matched up to the previous two books at all, which was a great shame.

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                      NB. You should read Fire before Deepness - the latter works standalone but gains additional depth when the reader has more information about the context gained from reading Fire.