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In the spirit of @sehurlburt on Twitter: I'm always open to helping with questions about systems engineering, network engineering, DNS, SRE, working at Google, working in the infosec business, starting a business without VC, or anything else you can think of!

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I'm Tim. I'm a geek. I love systems, networks, and software. I started DynDNS.org (now dyn.com, an Oracle company, of which I have no part). I now work at Google. All opinions are my own.

Bitcoin is fun to play with. Tor is becoming more and more important with each passing day. Crypto isn't just for nerds anymore.

The world's political situation is scary. Does anyone have any rocks I can hide under?

RT @0x47DF@twitter.com

i'm not a network engineer, i'm a relationships counsellor for computers who don't wanna talk to each other anymore

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We are #thankful for Tor and the strong anonymity protections it provides to journalists, dissidents, and survivors of domestic abuse. ssd.eff.org/en/module/how-use-

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When I hear people say they "only commute 45 minutes", a little calculator takes hold of my brain.

45 min * 2 daily * 5 days per week * 48 weeks per year = 21600 minutes commute per year.

That's the equivalent of 2 working months that you spend en route. Not productive. Unpaid.

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idea:
mastodon frontend that lets you keep notes about people, like "has good sincereposts, lives in nepal, can answer cooking questions"

useful for folks who can't ever remember names and stuff, such as myself

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I've always called it "recycling the newspaperman."

Started a new Factorio game with Bob's and Angel's mods, plus BioIndustry. This is a completely new game. I need a notebook to keep track of dependencies.

This is AMAZING.

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@tw

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire

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I'm not a fan of his, by any means - hell, I actively avoid watching anything with him in - but that was informed and passionate, incisive, and, unfortunately, preaching to the choir.

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📣 Just published: reflow, a #golang package that lets you word-wrap strings or entire blocks of text.

It conveniently follows the io.Writer / io.WriteCloser interface and supports ANSI escape sequences. This means you can style your terminal output without it affecting the word-wrapping algorithm!

github.com/muesli/reflow

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Good night Internet. Sleep well. Don't do anything I wouldn't do.

I was recently hooked on factoryidle.com by @dl . It is a lot of fun but if you're into things like Factorio and also idle games... be warned, you're gonna be hooked.

I was initially put off by the ads, but once you get through a pretty small amount of the game you unlock an "Extra" tab that lets you buy things for as little as $3 US, any purchase of which removes ads forever. I found it totally worthwhile to support the creator, it's a fun game.

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@tw Though we'll also have to change the expectations we place on them.

People can get awefully naive when it comes to computers, expecting them to solve everything for them. But that's at it's worst when it comes to promoting our writings/creations! I think that's the fundamental issue here.

Also here's my toot responding to this, amongst other things: floss.social/@alcinnz/10320548

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Maybe it's just because this is where my interest lies, but reading a few takes on how to Fix The Web yesterday I really think a major issue are the discovery hueristics we use. Their incomprehensibility and shallowness promotes the bad and buries the good.

There's PLENTY of good links! Otherwise I'd be wanting to tear The Web down rather than just JS...

I created Odysseus to explore some partial solutions, but I'm keen to see others address the problem from a different angle! Links? Advice?

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@tw If there's anything I'd disagree with it'd be that I doubt these companies can fix their problems, at least not without throwing everything away and upsetting a lot of people even more.

But that just means they have to go!

OMG Sacha Baron Cohen's speech at the Anti Defamation League is just ... amazing. I had been told it was great, but I just watched all 24 minutes of it and don't regret a second.

youtu.be/ymaWq5yZIYM

I have very little, if anything, to disagree with there. It made me think a lot. It leaves me with a lot of questions about my employer. Who, by the way, I am obliged to state, I do not represent with these opinions (in case that wasn't obvious enough if you've seen the speech).

TIL that Blue Rhino and Amerigas tank exchanges will take any tank. From a consumer perspective that's great, but from a business perspective I don't understand why they wouldn't lock you in.

It's not like I'm going to have brand loyalty to one because their propane tastes better...

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what idiot called it "machine learning" instead of "bias automation"

Ick it's also bad for accessibility because there's no ALT. :( Glad I'm fixing it I guess.

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