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When we find out that we cannot love the creator of something we do love, we feel obligated to not share the creation.

However, if that creator is long dead, the same feelings don't necessarily apply. Who cares if some person three hundred years ago was terrible?

If copyright were returned back to 25 years (which seems hilariously short, but now I think is a little long), would it be okay to praise those works in the public domain? Would the author need to be dead and gone? What's the line?

My brain today: here's a perfect witty response to that mean person 20 years ago.

Thanks, brain.

Yet another supply chain attack in a popular browser extension impacts millions.

You should not be worried a supply chain attack might hit you. You should be worried about damage control for the ones already installed on your critical systems.


I recently read the unpublished epilogue to Lord of the Rings, a chapter framed as a conversation between Sam Gamgee and his daughter. It is really beautiful and bittersweet so I illustrated it! You can read it as a scroll here:


I'm a rockstar programmer - I was fooling around with my friends having a good time, and then someone gives me a pile of money and a list of responsibilities.

I note that correctly prioritizes local systems over remote ones. Good call, Xach!

Omgomgomg this is /so cool/ By brushing thin planks of wood with hydrogen peroxide, leaving it out in the sun, then infusing it with an epoxy, scientists have made wood as transparent as glass in a technique so easy and cheap you could DIY this stuff.

Is there any post more dreary than a point-by-point rebuttal?

1. Do you remember in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Ginny Weasley wrote scary texts in blood on the wall while posessed by the Tom Riddle spirit?

A strange question: Who has the copyright to these texts โ€“ Ginny or Tom?

A strange answer: The same question has been considered by UK and US courts.

Here is a thread about the copyright to texts dictated by spirits and ghosts ๐Ÿ‘ป

#copyright #IntellectualProperty #IP #IPlaw #supernatural #harrypotter #jurisprudence #history #thread

My (untested) idea: documentation-driven programming.

1) Document what your program should do, either in a docstring or user-facing doc.
2) Write tests that match that documentation.
3) Write code that is exercised by the tests.

The point is the documentation always comes first and is the final authority as to what is a "defect."

I feel like a thing that should be possible for tablets running custom builds is a change to scrollable areas, changing them from scrolling with scrollbars to paginated views with next/prev buttons. The feasibility of this obviously depends on how much the standard widget is used.

I have a new kitchen scale that has an mL "unit" which works as long as the density of the thing you're measuring is 1g/1mL and really who the fuck thought this a reasonable idea.


Europe colonization: All you different groups of people are now a country, and this is your capitol, and these are your leaders, and now we will do business.

Later: Oh no, why is there so much ethnic strife in all these countries??

I have to remind myself repeatedly that is made specifically to be easy and boring, tho. ๐Ÿ˜…

I'm really leaning hard into learning these days. While I like Lojban as a language more, I share a lot more attitudes in common with Esperantists. They seem like chill people to hang with. I'd like to make being an Esperantist a thing.

Also, if humanity ever gets to travel the world again, the Esperanto couch-surfing network (la Pasporta Servo) seems like an awesome way to go about it.

is '80s in almost every way now. A mostly aesthetics-driven view of a future that never was from a past that felt immortal at the time.

Wanted: an AGPL alternative that isn't totally insane (like the AGPL), but still protects open projects from being consumed by exploitative businesses.

No, I don't know if that's possible. Maybe the insanity is the only way that works.

How to identify white supremacists:

Step 1: condemn white supremacy in unequivocal terms.

Step 2: wait for white people to get offended.

Step 3: you have found the white supremacists.

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