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    “Celebrating” Midsummer, as well as one can in a stereotypical wet and rainy Sweden.

    If the weather lets up I’ll mow the lawn. I’ve also promised an updated CV to a recruiter.

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      and even if you’re uninterested in the rest of the article, the answer is from a quote

      “This time is different” - Sir John Templeton

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        I honestly wished the author had picked a better title. It’s the best rundown of decentralized file storage I’ve read. But the rules against changing the post title and editorializing the content worked against me here ;)

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          Do not editorialize story titles, but when the original story’s title has no context or is unclear, please change it.

          It’s quite explicit that if it’s not clear you can change it.

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            OK, I missed that (posted from mobile). Thanks for the clarification!

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        Organising my Morris dance team’s cyclobooze, which is a 30-ish mile ride with pub stops.

        Trying out Molly dancing tomorrow, which involves a five-hour round trip. So I’ve also racked up a few audio books for the journey.

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          Let me guess, all the pubs are on a CAMRA list?

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            we’ve embraced diversity and even have some cider drinkers now!

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          We’re halfway though the weekend, I’ve spent Saturday helping my stepson move some stuff out of the apartment he’s subletting while he’s in Australia for 6 months.

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            I’m not a CS grad, so the seemingly casual conflation of dynamic programming and divide-and-conquer in online discourse (especially around the Advent of Code contest) confused me no end. This article goes a long way in explaining the differences to me.

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              The Lunar Orbiters never returned to Earth with the imagery. Instead, the Orbiter developed the 70mm film (yes film) and then raster scanned the negatives with a 5 micron spot (200 lines/mm resolution) and beamed the data back to Earth using lossless analog compression, which was yet to actually be patented by anyone.

              This blew my mind.

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                Remember, it’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.

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                  https://github.com/yt-project/unyt/search?q=smoot

                  We couldn’t find any code matching ‘smoot’ in yt-project/unyt

                  rip

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                    Open an issue? ;)

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                      This unit was new to me so I googled it

                      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot

                      It tickles me that Smoot later worked for ANSI and ISO.

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                      Git-ssb is a great proof of the Secure Scuttlebutt community eating its own dogfood. Great Work!

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                        +1. I think it’d be cool if lobste.rs had its own Pub server. What do you say @pushcx?

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                          I don’t know much of anything about ssb but am generally in favor of novel ways to distribute Lobsters links and comments. Grab me on IRC sometime and we’ll talk about what you’re planning before you get too deep into coding.

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                          Dogfood has a negative connotation. Is this like a dry joke or a commendation?

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                              right right I just was trying to see if it wasn’t negative because often the term is used disparagingly.

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                                I don’t read it as negative in this case but @soapdog Is the one who can answer for sure.

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                                  @voronoipotato and @gerikson, no negative connotation was implied. I used the term as a positive aspect of the ecosystem (which I am a part of). I like when I see communities building their own tools on top of their own tools :-)

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                          Do not top-post.

                          Keep quoted text small and relevant

                          Sadly, this advice is just not followed most of the time on the mailing lists I follow. As much as top-posting bothers me, I have to resign myself to the fact that demanding it is basically me becoming the old man who yells at clouds. All attempts to stop it by others have not worked. I don’t think it’s going away.

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                            List managers could stop it by bouncing top-posts.

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                              I still reply to e-mails with top posts (although I’m on very few mailing lists these days and contribute to nearly zero).

                              At least with personal e-mails, it makes more sense for your reply to be at the top and not have to scroll all the way to the bottom.

                              But whatevs. It’s tabs vs spaces at this point.

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                                You shouldn’t have to scroll far - you only quote enough to make it clear what you are talking about, then you talk about it. If you want to see the whole message, you can just go back to the other email.

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                                  An apt comparison, just like so-called “tabs-vs-spaces” the claim that there are two equivalent options misses the point entirely.

                                  The point is not to uselessly quote everything and put your post at the bottom instead of uselessly quoting everything and putting your post at the top. The point is to stop uselessly quoting everything.

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                                  This particular battle is lost. I doubt there is any mail client with more than 3% marketshare that does not use top-posting as standard.

                                  In the business world, where clients like Outlook hold sway, someone who doesn’t top post and doesn’t drag along the entire previous conversation (including disclaimer signatures, cutesy “consider the environment before printing this email” PNGs, and potentially embarrassing discussions of someone who was just added as a CC by a 3rd party) is seen as a weirdo.

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                                  We already have a thread for this. Staaaaahp.

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                                    Lobste.rs didn’t warn me about duplicate URLs… oh you mean another ready on this topic. ah. Well here is the official confirmation if anyone cares to read it.

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                                      At least this confirms that the situation that was previously rumored is actually true…

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                                        …making it a great comment in another thread.

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                                          Can users suggest merging threads into others?

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                                      The vcs tag seems wrong. Git works fine without GitHub. This is more a business story.

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                                        Why is there a fork icon next to your username?

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                                          Maybe it’s a comment on the merged discussion submission?

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                                            looks like it

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                                        Since joining Lobsters you’ve contributed virtually nothing but your own blog posts, a one man propaganda campaign attacking proof-of-work ad nauseam.

                                        It reminds me of Mike Hearn, famous for spreading disinformation to socially attack Bitcoin.

                                        I’m always curious about people who spread disinfo while censoring comments to their blogs that correct or disagree with them, and repeating ad nauseam, arguments that have been proven false/misleading multiple times. It seems you create problems in other communities too, whether it’s Wikipedia or RationalWiki.

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                                          For the benefit of anybody who skims the parent comment without checking, I’d like to mention the following:

                                          • It doesn’t link to Wikipedia or RationalWiki, but to wikipediareview.com and matthewhopkinsnews.com.
                                          • Following the links and allegations on those two pages does not turn up any actual misdeeds on either Wikipedia or RationalWiki.

                                          @itistoday: have you noticed that you act very different on Bitcoin posts? Here’s what it looks like from the outside: most of your comments are helpful and courteous, a credit to any forum. But when you have commented on posts that criticise BitCoin, your comments seemed upset (and I don’t mean passionate, I mean hostile); you cited tweets and rants (above); and one comment even came across as mistrusting anyone who questions you. You don’t have to reply to me, but is a different attitude on Bitcoin something you’ve noticed yourself?

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                                            Following the links and allegations on those two pages does not turn up any actual misdeeds on either Wikipedia or RationalWiki.

                                            OK, what is this then?

                                            Gerard also had his CheckUser and Oversight flags revoked on Wikipedia. According to the Register, after legal threats, a deal was brokered – Wikipedia removed their critical ruling explaining their decision on advice from their lawyer (who conceded it might appear procedurally and in some respects factually unfair) but in return Gerard agreed to resign the user rights. A full Register article is here (archive here).

                                            And how is libel not a misdeed?

                                            Mr Gerard has not responded nor denied any of the asserted facts. Gerard was offered an extension of the deadline if he had any concerns. It was explained that UK law requires libel claimants to mitigate losses (See Mawdsley v Guardian Newspapers Ltd [2002] EWHC 1780 (QB)). Being offered the facts before publication (and an extension to take advice), a subject has the opportunity to 100% mitigate losses. Mr Gerard is a press officer and is familiar with his rights.

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                                            You don’t have to reply to me, but is a different attitude on Bitcoin something you’ve noticed yourself?

                                            Of course. Most of the other subjects I engage on do not involve banks and/or intelligence agencies spending millions/billions on hiring troll farms and saboteurs to spread disinfo or in some other way sabotage the work in question. 😂

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                                              Downvote, move on, and remember the Streisand Effect.

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                                                Downvote,

                                                OK, I’ve downvoted you for being off-topic.

                                                move on

                                                I think that would miss the point of having an online discussion community. If someone were spreading disinfo (as David is gallantly doing) in a subject area I’m not familiar with, I would very much appreciate commenters who pointed that out.

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                                            Thanks for your contribution! Anything to discuss on the topic at hand? You have the knowledge to bring to the subject.

                                            while censoring comments to their blogs that correct or disagree with them

                                            No, I’m still not letting your random abusive comments through, sorry. (He tries to comment on my blog like he comments here.) There are plenty of other places for you to comment.

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                                              Anything to discuss on the topic at hand?

                                              Yeah, how about you fix this sentence and the blog post it links to:

                                              Proof-of-work is a horrifying disaster.

                                              You keep saying that, and people keep telling you why you’re completely mistaken, and you just ignore them. So, you are knowingly, deliberately misleading people.

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                                                Your previous attempt to show I was wrong, and Proof-of-Work was good actually, was to link some tweets and to be abusive when people told you that wasn’t really much of an argument.

                                                Anything to say about this exciting new wave of not-a-blockchain coins? Just to get back onto the current topic, rather than some other topic, ad hominems or random abuse.

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                                                  was to link some tweets and to be abusive when people told you that wasn’t really much of an argument.

                                                  Wrong. This is me linking to some tweets.

                                                  In the link you just posted, are links to technical arguments explaining why “proof-of-work is wasteful”, is nonsense. It’s not like you are the first person to say this, so instead of copy/pasting a whole bunch of text, I linked you to it.

                                                  That you’re playing dumb proves again you’re here to troll.

                                                  You’re taking a feature of a currency — its ability to transparently and easily measure how much energy it’s using for its security — something no other global currency-system has been able to provide — and are pretending this feature is a bad thing. That’s your entire, bullshit argument. It’s nonsensical to the extreme.

                                                  Anything to say about this exciting new wave of not-a-blockchain coins?

                                                  One thing at a time! There’s no sense in talking with someone who can’t demonstrate they’re capable of honest conversation. Let’s wrap up that “proof-of-work is wasteful/bad” nonsense before wasting more time.

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                                              Contributing ones own work is not against the rules for this site. In fact there’s a checkbox indicating whether one is the author of a submitted link.

                                              It’s up to the community to decide whether the link is on topic or not.

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                                                Contributing ones own work is not against the rules for this site.

                                                Nobody said it was.

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                                              I’m a time/date nerd so didn’t expect to read anything new, but was pleasantly surprised.

                                              It’s clearly adapted from a talk though.

                                              Although I have one nit for this pun-laden infodump - no mention of week numbering? I’m sorry, but that’s just … week-sauce.

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                                                Did it leave you yearning for more?

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                                                  I find an intake of info like biannually quite satisfactory, but sometimes a biennial schedule is sufficient.

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                                                  It’s clearly adapted from a talk though.

                                                  It even says so:

                                                  I’ve given this talk three times: at RubyConfIndia, RubyConf Australia, and Balkan Ruby. (Don’t worry, non-Rubyists; there’s no Ruby in this post. The conference topics were just happenstance. Also I love the word “happenstance”.)

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                                                    So it does… I read it over breakfast and spent way too much time constructing the we[e|a]k pun.

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                                                      Much to hour disappointment.

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                                                  The anecdote about how ASICs for supposedly “ASIC-resistant” coins are produced and used for stealth mining was eye-opening…

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                                                    Raymond Chen is my favorite tech blogger.

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                                                      I know through the excellent Wheelbearings podcast that companies such as AMD and Nvidia are big players in the computers for autonomous vehicles, and that graphic chips are often used for crypto hashing (until the difficulty increases). Is there a straight line between graphics chips and chips that are good for machine learning/autonomous vehicle use?

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                                                        Kind of funny to see this coming from Gruber, who has been a consistent defender of keeping systems closed in the name of user experience. Facebook used to have RSS feeds, too, and Google Chat used to support XMPP; the writing’s been on the wall for a while. I am surprised that he (and the third-party app maintainers) are really naïve enough to imagine that Twitter can be talked into maintaining these APIs (which allow people to use their service without being advertised to) in the long term.

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                                                          Indeed. The problem (for both Twitter and Gruber) is that Twitter started out as a classic Web 2.0 play with open APIs, and only later realized that can be a money drain. Later services like Instagram only offer API access for the real customers - the advertisers.

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                                                            Yup. This alone makes Mastodon a superior alternative. Now the trick is getting the masses to move over :) (Though, I’m not REALLY sure I want that :)

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                                                              Yeah, or Twitter could have a paid tier that allowed 3rd party apps, better privacy tools, etc. But that’s not the way they want to roll, apparently.

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                                                                (Though, I’m not REALLY sure I want that :)

                                                                I know the feeling! I kinda liked Twitter better when my acquaintances weren’t in it, and we had actual meetups of Twitter users

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                                                                Later services like Instagram only offer API access for the real customers - the advertisers.

                                                                Instagram is an even worse example of API bait-and-switch than Twitter - they offered API access to developers (in 2014), deprecated it this January ¹, and then completely removed access this spring, months before the deprecation deadline ².

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                                                                I honestly never understood why anyone cares what Gruber has to say. I give him credit for inventing markdown. Really great idea!

                                                                All the rest he produces seems to be some variation of “apples is so amazing” and “google is so awful”. Most probably that is confirmation bias on my end, but really: Why does anyone care what Gruber has to say?

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                                                                They will partner and they do anticipate etc. These douches would get laughed out of the Shark Tank.

                                                                Looks like any other ICO scam, what am I missing?

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                                                                  It’s a site made by the SEC to educate the public about the dangers of ICOs and unregulated securities.

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                                                                    You may the one person who actually poked around

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                                                                      Nah, I just read the coverage ;)

                                                                      (Also I recognised the name from the Howey test)

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                                                                  Twitter’s removal of support for the Mac client was the reason I started to scale back my Twitter actions and start looking towards Mastodon as a replacement.

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                                                                    Getting forced of Twitter would probably be good for my mental health.

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                                                                      As someone who left for similar-ish reasons, you won’t miss it.