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    Welcome to lobsters! A couple of community etiquette notes:

    • You don’t need to tell us you’re the author, it says “authored by” under the link 🙂
    • New users (accounts under 90 days) can’t use the ask tag. This case is a little fuzzy because you’re also submitting a story, but that story is basically an ask, so I think it falls slightly under the “wait until you’re past 90 days before doing” bin.
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      For as long as people respond in comments here (instead of private email only OP can see) I think this can spark an insightful conversation. So I vote to keep it.

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        I’m new here too. Is there anywhere I can see a full list of things like “you can use the ask tag after 90 days”?

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          The only way I know of is to look through the source code.

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            Thanks, found the relevant code: looks like I need 50 karma to invite other people https://github.com/lobsters/lobsters/blob/6faa5d37d2fdf8e4d1accbdcd4ffbe28c1db7088/app/models/user.rb#L137

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          You don’t need to tell us you’re the author, it says “authored by” under the link 🙂

          Oh, I wasn’t aware of the meaning of authored vs via. I’m pretty new here, and wasn’t paying attention to it before.

          so I think it falls slightly under the “wait until you’re past 90 days before doing” bin.

          Oh, OK, fair enough. Do I delete it? Or it just gets removed?

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          This is an excellent article. Thanks for sharing!

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            Just to offer an alternative, I use “Dark Reader” [1] for Chrome which tries to automatically apply a dark theme to websites. It’s not great for most websites (so I keep it as a opt-in per site), but does a really good job with simple sites like lobsters.

            [1] https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dark-reader/eimadpbcbfnmbkopoojfekhnkhdbieeh?hl=en-US

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              Just be aware that these kind of extensions get full access to all you see and do on your browser, because they need it in order to function.

              Is dark mode a reasonable tradeoff? That’s for you to decide.

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                For this specific extension, Dark Reader is recommended by Mozilla on AMO. This means it has passed an additional level of security / privacy review beyond what a typical extension receives.

                Of course your point is still valid. But if you are a Firefox user who trusts Mozilla more than the Dark Reader dev(s), this may sway your decision.

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                  A workable (IMO) middleground is to just grab (and ideally audit) the source and then load the unpacked extension on individual devices. This dodges the “I made an extension with justifiably broad permissions and am selling it to a party that will do Bad Things with those permissions for a shitload of money” threat.

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                    Yup, but not many people do that.

                    I know how to do it but I didn’t. Used to use 2-3 extensions with this kind of access. Now I no longer use them, and simply accept that the web is not as comfortable as I’d like it to be.

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                  Dark reader also lets you apply custom styling. So you can take the CSS in this post and copy it in the Dev Tools panel in Dark reader to use it.

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                  Thanks OP for posting, I’m interviewing people at work these weeks and this is a great way of getting insight into what people expect, like, feel uncomfortable with…

                  Personally I’ve only had/given around 20 interviews, and I don’t remember anyone in particular, so I guess I haven’t had a “wow” one yet.

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                    I’d love to work with this guy

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                      I’ve been lucky enough to have and highly recommend it if you get the chance!

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                      Has anyone seen it in the wild? Other than Apple?

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                        Many people. Check the HN thread.

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                          I’m guessing not, because their goal is a lower level “building blocks” interface

                          FoundationDB (FDB) [5] was created in 2009 and gets its name from the focus on providing what we saw as the foundational set of building blocks required to build higher-level distributed systems.It is an ordered, transactional, key-value store natively supporting multi-key strictly serializable transactions across its entire key-space. Unlike most databases, which bundle together a storage engine, data model, and query language, forcing users to choose all three or none, FDB takes a modular approach: it provides a highly scalable, transactional storage engine with a minimal yet carefully chosen set of features. It provides no structured semantics, no query language, data model or schema management, secondary indices or many other features one normally finds in a transactional database. Offering these would benefit some applications but others that do not require them (or do so in a slightly different form) would need to work around. Instead, the NoSQL model leaves application developers with great flexibility. While FDB defaults to strictly serializable transactions, it allows relaxing these semantics for applications that don’t require them with flexible, fine-grained controls over conflicts.

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                          I have no side project. No real hobby. I’m bored out of my mind. I feel burned out. Empty. I have no idea what I am doing this weekend and the worst part is that I don’t even feel like doing anything.

                          Have a good weekend everyone.

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                            So what? It’s okay to “do nothing”.

                            The best ideas I’ve had always came from seemingly wasting time. Or even if nothing comes out of it. You rested. That’s the reason we have weekends!

                            Take a walk. Call someone you haven’t talked to for a long while. Write a custom Hugo theme for your website. Binge/rewatch some show.

                            Have a nice weekend!

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                              I know that doing nothing is OK. But, I believe I am addicted to being busy. I believe many of us are. Maybe it is the stress. Or maybe it’s the hormone response of it. Maybe my mind and body is so used to being overloaded that when it isn’t, that excess energy is just flooding over. Maybe it’s the fact that having too much to do, makes it easy to not do the things that I don’t want to do. I can always prioritise other, more important, things. Whatever it is, I am addicted to it. But it’s over. For now. 12 years of stress and being overworked is coming to and end and this weekend seems to be the very first days of getting clean.

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                              Have you considered sleeping in?

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                                Let’s trade goods. I got some Swedish licorice from a guy I met through work, he works in Vasteras. Can’t find that good stuff here in the US. Before he left I gave him some locally made mustard, lol.

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                                  This hit home a little more than I thought it would.

                                  I hope you get a chance to relax, regardless.

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                                  I remember doing something waaay simpler on a PIC18F4550 for a uni project.

                                  As cool as it may be, I found it one of the most frustrating projects I’ve ever built.

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                                    Was that in assembly?

                                    All these bank selections a PIC needs seem to be not very convenient for both humans and compilers…

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                                      Yes it was.

                                      Inconvenient indeed.

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                                    Thanks for the library and the exporter :-)

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                                      Thank you! Feel free to drop feedback on issues!

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                                      I like the idea of this page. It’d be great to have one for DNS or HTTP.

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                                        “The DNS protocol has a field in the header called ‘Number of Questions’.”

                                        Yeah.

                                        “So that would imply you can ask multiple questions in one request.”

                                        Makes sense to me.

                                        “Here’s a packet with multiple questions.”

                                        DNS format error: too many questions.

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                                          This is not what you’re asking for, but I found this site to explain DNS for non-geeks pretty well: https://howdns.works/

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                                          Automatically closing stale issues is a useful signal that the project follows the CADT development model. https://www.jwz.org/doc/cadt.html

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                                            That seems a bit harsh. People posting random non-issues can be a genuine issue for larger projects. People posting on long-since solved issues is also an issue, which tends to be >95% generic support or outright nonsense, and <5% useful.

                                            I don’t care much for auto-close bots, but I understand why people use them. Managing all of this requires a significant amount of time.

                                            I bet Angular had this exact problem; JavaScript tends to attract a lot of beginners and you’re forever cluttering the bug list with non-bugs unless you’re really diligent about maintaining this, and I can’t blame the maintainers on wanting to focus on actually maintaining the Angular project instead of guiding the endless stream of new users unfamiliar with Angular, JavaScript, etiquette, etc. It’s essentially the “Eternal September” problem.

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                                              Can’t both of those issues be solved, well, closing the issues manually?

                                              I’d assume long-since solved issues should be closed because solved. For “junk” issues, generic support and whatnot, is it really better to just let them sit open for a week or two (or however long the bot takes) rather than just manually marking them as “offtopic/support/wtfisgoingonhere” and closing them?

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                                                I’d assume long-since solved issues should be closed because solved.

                                                Yeah but people will comment on them. With this I meant the “lock bots” that lock issues after being closed for n days which prevents adding new comments.

                                                As for manual closing/locking, sure, but that’s not “free” time-wise, and it can be emotionally draining. I don’t really want to tell people to ask their question somewhere else or that they’re making zero sense, but I also don’t necessarily want to provide mentoring to random newcomers as I got a life to lead and stuff to do. People can also get angry or even abusive about, no matter how nicely and gentle you phrase it (I’ve had that even with random strangers emailing me out of the blue because they saw me on Lobsters, Stack Overflow, GitHub, or wherever). It’s not super-common, but it sucks when it happens.

                                                A bot just makes all of this easier and avoids the emotional drain. Is it the “chicken way out”? I suppose it is, like I said I don’t use it myself and generally just manually lock old issues and such if they attract a lot of comments, but I also never maintained a project the size of Angular, and I can see the reasons why people would use it.

                                                I think the “emotional cost” of maintaining larger open source projects is often underestimated. Everyone is different and some people struggle with this more than others, but personally I find it hard. I want to be helpful, but that’s just not feasible or realistic beyond a certain scale so there’s some amount of (internal) tension there. It also leads to situations where you feel obligated to do things that you don’t really want to do, and this is how maintainers burn out.

                                                In Bristol there are many homeless people asking you for money; walking to the city centre or Tesco’s (~2km) can easily mean you’ll be asked 3 or 4 times. Sitting out on the harbourside for dinner or a drink will net you about one homeless person every 30 mins or so on average. Before I lived there I never hesitated to give some change if I had any, because these kind of things are a fairly rare event in Eindhoven. But if you’re asked multiple times every day it just becomes unrealistic. I found it difficult, because I don’t want to say “no”, but I also can’t say “yes” all the time. One of the many reasons I was happy to leave that place.

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                                              I’m curious, which projects do you maintain?

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                                                I see this is the ops world too. Not just devs.

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                                                Writing a conference talk that I’m supposed to give next week.

                                                I, uhhh, procrastinated a bit. :(

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                                                  Good luck :)

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                                                    Thanks!

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                                                    You’re starting one week ahead? That’s like crazy early! :o)

                                                    (I’m notorious for pulling all nighters to get them ready in time)

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                                                      Don’t we all?

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                                                        It takes a while to make some sick memes with pictures I can 100% say I either own or are totally free for use. ;)

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                                                          Can confirm I still was finishing up slides and rehearsing an hour before. ;)

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                                                        Any thoughts on Exoscale vs Vultr vs others?

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                                                          Exoscale is cheap and yet it’s perfect. The only drawback is they’re available only in Europe and I live in Québec so I have some unavoidable latency crossing the ocean.

                                                          Vultr is quite good. I recently setup some BGP with them (https://www.vultr.com/features/bgp/) and while the support was reactive on a Friday evening (which I didn’t expect because I pay less than 10$/month) the work was far from perfect. Other than that I think they’re a pretty good deal.

                                                          But I mostly picked both because they officially support OpenBSD. While OpenBSD works fine on KVM virtualization, I don’t want to deal with the support blaming the OS for something unrelated, just because they don’t officially support the OS.

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                                                            There’s no such thing as perfect until you try Hetzner Cloud.

                                                            Trust me, never looking back.

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                                                              I assume for BGP you have ipv6 prefix? Curious what it was like getting one for yourself. As far as I’ve read it’s quite expensive and annoying to do it personally now.

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                                                                Yes my ASN is IPv6 only. I plan to write about that in my next article, but it may be a few weeks/months until I publish it!

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                                                                  Good to know, I look forward to reading it!

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                                                            I grew tired of always looking up the magic invocation to add, remove, upgrade dependencies, so I assembled all the concepts you need to know to use Go modules effectively on a single page. Hopefully it’s helpful to others.

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                                                              You did a great job at keeping it brief while still being usable.

                                                              Thanks!

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                                                              I was expecting these projects sooner rather than later.

                                                              In 10 years everyone will be using heavily-automated p2p VPNs like Tailscale. Tailscale is an amazing product but I do understand the case for running your own control plane.

                                                              Keep it up!

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                                                                One thing I’d like seeing is an Among Us player discovery something (channel, subreddit, app, website…).

                                                                I am fortunate enough to have multiple >10 friends groups to play the game with, but not everyone’s that lucky, there may be small groups of 3-4 or even lonely players that don’t get to enjoy the game at its best.

                                                                I may not have the time to code that, but if someone does this reach me out for hosting.

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                                                                  Very interesting, I think it deserves more attention. The title might not be the catchiest though. Very very interesting. Well written too.

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                                                                    Maybe a title like “Publishing expired DKIM private keys would increase user security”

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                                                                      I’d considered that, but I don’t want to steal the limelight from Ryan who already wrote a post that makes that point.

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                                                                    Hetzner has the best web UI of all cloud/IaaS/etc. providers I’ve used.

                                                                    I wish they had more locations though, they would save me some DigitalOcean and AWS €.

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                                                                      You know Catalan (language from the Catalonia region in Spain) in its own language is written “Català”, right?

                                                                      Reading this with sentences like “The Catala language is special because…” or “The Catala language should…” for catalan speakers is the equivalent of replacing “Catala” with “English”.

                                                                      Also, the fact that it derivates from French, which is a latin language very close to catalan, makes it even weirder.

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                                                                        It’s as if a Catalan university released a programming language called “Français”, named after some guy named “Pere Français”. Quite absurd.