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How much does a rainbow weigh?

 — Not much. It’s pretty light.

rust + amazon, birdsite link 

If you saw Steve Klabnik's tweets about Amazon and are concerned about what's going on at the Rust Foundation, I wrote an explainer thread over on birdsite

When writing software, or debugging software, shortening tthe speed of the edit/build/test/examine/wtf cycle is one key element for higher productivity.


QT torgo: Glasses with cameras in them that are wired directly into the world’s biggest super surveillance platform are not a good idea.

I am standing for election as a #Nominet non-executive director.

Here's an introductory blog post, which I'll update as I go through the process.

If you have questions for me, get in touch however you prefer.

Say what you will about Linux

I don't have advertisements in my file browser

Programmers have, for some reason, problems with big vs little endian architectures and data. I think it was a mistake for CPUs to not choose an endianness randomly at boot time.

@feonixrift @drwho usability is crucial, and there is plenty of valid criticism of the OpenPGP ecosystem.

Quite honestly, GnuPG at some point started being a problem, rather than a solution. Hence projects like @sequoiapgp , who are doing some amazing work with making OpenPGP, well, usable.

At the same time, it remains a useful and important tool. People ain't going to move off of e-mail, because there's no-where to move

@enigmatico re: PGP -- implementing it in organizations well is *difficult*. Things that can help *a lot*:

1. set up a Web Key Directory:

OpenPGP-enabled mail clients will (mostly) use it to pull keys automagically. Simplifies things greatly.

2. Consider setting up @sequoiapgp's OpenPGP CA:

In large enough organization (say, above 20 people) makes verifying PGP keys of everyone not-impossible.

#lazyweb wood species id? This is the easiest splitting and best lighting kindling I have ever seen. Used all last winter and want more..

When you build a lot of build time magic for your software, debugging weird problems becomes a fun Sunday adventure.

The programmer makes a string of commits, each one plaintive. "Add debugging print", "*Debug", "debug", "d", "Fix!", "Fix?", "fix?, "ffff".

Canadians, is your workplace or organization recognizing September 30th, the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation?

If yes, what specifically are you doing?

If no, have you asked your employer why not?

(If Canada lowered its flag for a day, for every child known to have died at your residential schools, the flag would not raise for 18 years.)

(Boosts encouraged.)

Same with “security questions”: keep track of the fake answers you give, in your password manager.

QT tombrossman: @PrivacyMatters I store my fake DOBs in the notes field of my password manager. Different one per site, just like passwords. If you ever need to re-enter it (account recovery, new device, etc) it's good to keep track.

A lot of frustrations about computing come from feelings of a loss of control and agency.

Those areas reflect work we *should* do more work on! User empowerment through less gatekeepers, better user experiences, technology that works for *people*, communities.

We can do better!

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