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I used to be a lot weirder. I'm a middle-aged geek, father to two boys, and I bang out code at . I live near Boston now, but I grew up in central Mississippi.

I know the conlangs and . I write hobby code in and .

I play a bunch of instruments, but none well enough to perform. I've been playing around with a DAW.

I started the instance, trying to be a part of the small-scale Internet.

I try to be as kind as I can. mentioned recently that some kids were talking about *files* as though they were an old person thing. This is a cultural disconnect going way, way past the free/proprietary software divide, where at least you have some simulation of property. The notion of ownership at all is fading away, at least in the digital realm. The young understand that they pay for *access* to media and software, not *ownership*, and most of them (anecdotally) seem totally comfortable with that.^D

To stretch the metaphor to its breaking point, FLOSS enthusiasts had finally gotten their homes just the way they liked it...

and a bunch of soulless corporations took it and turned them into factory dormitories, full of identical robots that just talk to prosthetics.

One of the aspects of being a computer enthusiast back then was the feeling that your computer was like a little place you lived in. When the Internet opened its doors in the 90s, it was like being in a massive neighborhood party.

Nowadays, with the ascent of mobile devices, most people's experience with computing is as a prosthetic. An inseparable device that enables you to interact with modern society. No one feels like they live in their phone.

@nolan started a thread about free software yesterday, and I wanted to share a metaphor.

Pre-microcomputer days were like living in an apartment with a landlord.
Microcomputers were like getting a starter home after a luxury apartment.
Micros grew into less micro, but also started to resemble condos. You owned everything between the paint, but the structure wasn't yours.
A lot of people grew up in starter homes and didn't like the condo. Free/open OSes become common.

"In retrospect, it’s unsurprising that a lot of New Atheism devolved into reactionary, antifeminist, and even white supremacist thought, because it was never really about the things it claimed to be about. The dominant affect of New Atheism wasn’t humility, or reflexivity, or curiosity, all the things one truly needs to improve intellectually. It was smugness."

The Magical Thinking of Guys Who Love Logic:

~=8 Character Passwords Are Dead=~

New benchmark from the Hashcat Team shows a 2080Ti GPU passing 100 Billion password guesses per second (NTLM hash).

This means that the entire keyspace, or every possible combination of:
- Upper
- Lower
- Number
- Symbol

...of an 8 character password can be guessed in:

~2.5 hours

(8x 2080Ti GPUs against NTLM Windows hash)

#Hacking #Infosec

Mock a tree by sitting under it reading. Show it the possibilities of life
in another’s hand, show the book what stagnation
looks like for those who never leave their home town.
Feel smug in your ability to stretch a metaphor so far
as to want to nail the book to a tree and call it
“How I feel coming back home to being unloved after loving you”.
If love is a performance art, then so will my unloving be!
In a way,
I mean. I am rootless now,
aren’t I?
Full of poetry - devoid of birds.

Something that bothers me about social media.

You don't miss people who disappear from your feed. They don't leave a hole like they do in other contexts. You can see the person who is no longer in their usual place, the classmate who isn't in class. You can even see that someone isn't updating their blog anymore.

But the feed has no hole that is left unfilled. It just rolls on, utterly indifferent.


Investor: We need 5% growth.
CEO: We already dominate the industry. There's no way to keep growing without screwing over customers, alienating them and destroying the company.
Investor, reaching for trap door: So you can't do 5%?

In concrete terms, if you have any defined protocol, there will be one implementation which most people use (so everyone builds to it), and a long tail of other implementations trying to stay compatible with the most popular.

My own conjecture: Hyrum's law implies a power law in protocol implementation popularity.

Hyrum's Law

With a sufficient number of users of an API, it does not matter what you promise in the contract, all observable behaviors of your system will be depended on by somebody

I sort of run the MicroSFF_jbo account on twitter, doing translations of the stories from @MicroSFF on twitter. It was sort of fun, but I never kept up with it.

A few weeks ago, I posted a message, in , that I was tired of it and if someone wanted to take over the account, they could. I never got a reply and now I'm wondering if anyone ever read any of it.

TIL that Tron was written by Alan Kay's wife. That adds so many new dimensions to that movie, and makes 'I fight for the users' even *more* appropriate as a slogan.

is going away, and I'm using Takeout to nostalgically pack up my posts. I'll pick through them later to find the gems (and videos of my kid that didn't make it elsewhere). Most of the posts were early when it seemed like G+ had some momentum. I still think Circles, Communities, and Collections were a great way to control privacy and organize social media.

If anyone interested in art, games, and/or tech wants an account on, I have invites!

It may be useful for folks to know that has closed registrations and is now invite-only.

(This is not an official announcement or statement of current or future policy, I just thought folks might like to know. I'm disabling notifications on this because I don't really want to have a conversation about it.)

Slack, from the Church of the Subgenius (

Discord, from Discordianism (


All my hot takes have gotten cold and need reheating. Not sure if I can microwave them or not.

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