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Daniel Lowe @dl@cantos.social

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If this is your first moot
You _have_ to toot.

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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 cantos.social instance, trying to be a part of the small-scale Internet.

I try to be as kind as I can.

I just realized that all my pet projects are contrarian traps. No wonder I can't get anyone else interested.

If you are interested in , this lovely little paper will get you started making a bare-bones -to-x86 compiler incrementally. scheme2006.cs.uchicago.edu/11- I worked through it using Common and it was amazing.

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Universal Paperclips really is a game for this moment in history, isn't it.

Brings home viscerally the problem of exponential growth and hitting the resource wall.

All those wars. All that honour and glory. So many lost to value drift. But our divine mission given to us by the long-past Founders must, shall, will be accomplished.

-Threnody to the Heroes of Aldebaran 1-

You can lead someone to but you can't make them toot.

It turns out that a significant trigger for me is eating breakfast at a different time. I fasted in the morning yesterday and bang! migraine!

I kind of suspected, since I learned that breaking your fast has an effect on your circadian rhythms. I'd been keeping breakfast time constant since we had a baby, and despite getting up all night, I had been mostly migraine-free.

Now I'm just grateful for fancy migraine meds.

I installed motion detecting nightlights on my stairs and now every time I change floors I feel cyberpunk af.

Found on boingboing: an obituary for you've let lapse goodbye.domains/ . There are some really good in there!

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@crschmidt The core exploit, as I understand it:
1. Trigger speculative execution of two things: a read of out-of-bounds memory, and a read of in-bounds memory from a location offset by the speculative out-of-bounds read.
2. Speculation fails, register state gets thrown out, no harm, no foul.
3. However, the in-bounds memory that was read is now in the CPU cache, and which of the potential in-bounds memory locations loads faster gives you what the out-of-bounds value was.

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"Meet Mastodon" by @webinista webinista.com/updates/meet-mas

Fantastic, no-nonsense introduction to Mastodon and the fediverse. Lots of good advice on privacy, security, and how to choose your instance.

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Re that last boost: Mastodon is hard to get into without a guide and some focused usage.

The things that make it less toxic also make it harder to discover people to follow.

Without people, you just kind of feel like you're tooting into the void. It makes Mastodon a lonely place that you're less likely to return to. I mean, this is why Twitter and Facebook put so much energy into recommendations.

I don't think Mastodon should try to solve this problem. But let's acknowledge the hurdles.

Going back to work after weeks of parental leave. I don't even remember how to computer.

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TIL about the Cagots, a group of people in France and Spain who experienced systemic hatred and discrimination because... they were Cagots.

They weren't any different from the other people living near them - same skin and hair color, same language, same religion, etc. - but if you were born to a Cagot family, you were a Cagot, and the rest of the people hated and shunned you. And nobody nowadays knows why; the origins of the discrimination have been lost to time.


My resolutions: Same as 2017 resolutions, but this time with feeling!

manufacturers could, with just a little effort, update their pants' pocket-watch pockets to turn them into mobile device pockets. Just a thought.

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"To Serve Man, with Software" blog.codinghorror.com/to-serve

Great blog post, sums up a lot of my feelings about working in tech in 2017. There's been a lot to grapple with this year.

.i lo se glibau pu cusku lo vajni tcila .i ma se tavla mi fo la .ije fi ma cusku

I know their time has come and gone, but I miss running a more than just about anything else in my life. I wish I could find something that gave me the same kind of community, technical challenge, and creative outlet.

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