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Interpreting online reviews:

⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: this person has not used the product

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: this person has used the product and liked it

⭐️⭐️⭐️: this person used the product and disliked it

⭐️⭐️: this person used the product and it hurt them

⭐️: this person does not know how to use the product and is afraid to admit it

It only takes a single loop to consume the CPU.

It only takes a single alloc to consume all the memory.

The bugs of the past become the features of today.

The features of today become the bugs of tomorrow.

In gaming nostalgia today:

Ian Bell made a text version of the original game to test out the trading mechanics. At some point, he posted a C translation of the code to his website:

I'd like to propose bytians - a "new" angular measurement system which uses 256 divisions of a circle.

Full circle - 256 bytians
Half circle - 128 bytians
Right angle - 64 bytians
Diagonal - 32 bytians

We lose nice triangular angles, where 60° = 42.66... bytians. More exactly, this would be 128/3 bytians.

(Also, this has to have been done before)

Okay, so: based on my research I believe that RFC-69, from September 1970, is literally the first example of an internet person doing a reply-all and saying "please unsubscribe me from your list".

This is, of course, nice.

I had a dream last night that I met @scalzi and told him how much I liked the Interdependency series. It's clearly a sign, but I'm not sure what for.

i feel like everyone here has their own personal code for what they will and won't post or boost in regards to content warnings and it think that's good and valid and also really interesting and basically what im saying is i wanna see everyone else's tooting style guide

Turns out I've been eating pineapples wrong my entire life!

found an old chatlog from 11 years ago and saw i'd sent someone a link to something on youtube. so i clicked on it to see if the link was still working 11 years later. anyway turns out i just rickrolled myself 11 years in the future 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

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