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brexit, ukpol 

Today's best description of Brexit: "a 4-dimensional ball of wool unravelled by a hyperkitten"

germany, trans, boosts+ 

does anyone have any info (links, resources, advice) about:

- insurance coverage for electrolysis and/or surgery in Germany?
- most efficient/effective ways of getting surgery in Germany
- good, calm and open psychologists who can facilitate the above, preferably Central/Eastern Germany

for a German friend who currently has some trans healthcare (HRT) in the UK, but wants to do the above in Germany

Taxi to station, train, change train for subspace terminal, security check, board subspace carriage, don't think about how for a brief moment you don't exist, disembark, train to hotel, sleep, attend conference, train, subspace...
"How was Mars?"
"Didn't really see any of it."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

I hear tech folks saying that RSS is dead, and people on social media saying that blogs are dead.

The problem with this is twofold:

- RSS is doing just fine, and not even remotely dead

- Blogs are doing just fine, and are not even remotely dead, either

There's this strange sort of defeatism around. "Well, we lost, so what can you do". Um, not undermine things that still work and are actively being used? Support them as well?

TFW you want to use cron, but it fails, because you don't have a local MTA.

#Ubuntu is placing ads in its motd when you ssh in.

The way it fetches this ad is by doing

USER_AGENT="curl/$curl_ver $lsb $platform $cpu $uptime cloud_id/$cloud_id"

curl -A "$USER_AGENT" ...

In other words, Ubuntu is sending Canonical tracking information so it can serve you an ad.

This doesn't exactly run every time you log in (it caches the ad in /var/cache), but still... phoning home for a frickin ad?

I wish the GNOME community would embrace one of two viewpoints:

- Code formatting does not matter
- Code formatting matters, and is *entirely* maintained and enforced by a tool (cf go fmt, rustfmt, black)

It's heartbreaking to see code reviews which ask only that the authors change things which have no semantic meaning. What a waste of limited time that we could spend on making the software work well.

Oh my God, Becky.
Look at this pull request.
I mean, this commit, it's just so small.
I can't believe it's just so concise,
like it's well thought out.
It's just so... good.

I like small DIFFS, and I cannot lie.
You other hackers can deny,
But when a patch comes in with an itty-bitty count,
and that bug fix in your face
You hit MERGE.

Germany approves Gpg4KDE and Gpg4win for the transmission and processing of National Classified Information: KMail and Kleopatra are officially deemed secure for the transmission of confidential state messages.

dot.kde.org/2020/02/18/gpg4kde

Ah, dekstop Linux. Because why name an application by what it actually does, when you can instead steal & squat on another name that means something completely different?

— Brought to you by my new microblogging app, GNOME Blockchain

Me studying infosec: What? You can do that? That doesn't seem like something you should be able to do. Why would they design it so you can do that?

Would you like to alpha-test Subplot by using it for a real project?

Subplot is mine and Daniel's tool for capturing and automatically verifying acceptance criteria.

blog.liw.fi/posts/2020/02/15/s

The key to doing things is to make it easy enough. The key to getting people to do the right thing is to make the right thing the easiest thing to do.

Have a new laptop. Idly wondering if I should start collecting stickers, or buy a "skin". I don't know what's cool these days. I'm less insistent of a big Debian swirl these days, given I'm no longer in Debian.

Would you like to alpha-test Subplot by using it for a real project?

Subplot is mine and Daniel's tool for capturing and automatically verifying acceptance criteria.

blog.liw.fi/posts/2020/02/15/s

Just wrote the simplest possible integration test for a tool at work: print the version number.

The test found a bug.

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