Ooh, my favourite XKCD in a looooong while..
Somebody once told me
There's a statue in the Gobi
That's mostly gone from over the knees
Visage lying in the sand
With a sneer of cold command
Cuz the sculptor knew how to please
Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Empires falling and statues crumbling
Check out the words he left behind
On the statue in the desert that nobody can find:
"The Atlantic is better than the Pacific. It's the right amount of ocean to have if you need a really big body of water for some reason. The Pacific is just unnecessarily big, and kind of a waste":
I have held this opinion for *years* — and only just noticed, through unhealthy levels of introspection, that it is completely absurd and I have some very unreasonable beliefs about oceans.
Suddenly thinking of having a text browser as a library rather than a program so console based applications can just treat HTML rendering as a subroutine they can call into.
THINKING MORE that what I really want isn't a terminal browser per se, it's a browser that, like text browsers, ignores/drops most visual formatting. In the long run I don't want to be running terminal applications, I want to be running graphical applications that aren't in the grip of the Clonking Dead Fist of Steve Jobs and his half-baked recapitulation of Xerox.
Was just tasked with arranging a large folio of Admiralty nautical charts in numerical order (as opposed to the order in which they'd be used along a sea passage). I've never thought about the efficiency of sorting algorithms that apply to physical objects, before!
Initial impression: Minimising the amount of iterating/passes seems to help much more than speeding up the inner loops..
Just wanted to say thanks most awfully to @diodelass and @vfrmedia for their super-useful [and accurate and pertinent and interesting and well-explained and....] advice about EM/RF interference. You folks are the best!
(And, I promise, despite the way you're cementing yourselves in my mind as The Masto RF Folks™ I shall try my best not to exhaust your goodwill with inconveninetly large numbers of peculiar radio questions in future..)
Hardware advice request
Plastic computer cases. Looks like I mayn't have much option but to build into a plastic case. This doesn't exactly fill me with enthusiasm - but I can't put my finger on quite why I don't like it.
Shot-in-the-dark: Could there maybe be RF issues, EMF leakage, or anything?
If so: anything I could do to mitigate them? Is "Faraday paint" a thing (or did I just dream that)?
Hardware advice request
So I'm kinda fed up with my laptop. (Heat management; lack of modularity; bloody Nvidia..)
Wish to build a v. small box that I can either set up with portable peripherals or access headless from my low-end netbook.
Thinking mini-ITX which could have case outer dims:
7" * 9" * 11"
175mm * 230mm * 280mm
1) Can I make it any smaller (and still have a video card, SATA drives, etc.)?
2) Anybody got any wisdom/experience/advice to share re. this sort of thing?
Crumbs, how much ganja must have been smoked in the Northam underpass last night that hurtling into it on my #inlines this morning was the olfactory equivalent of skating into a solid (albeit sweet-smelling) object..?!
Got an email from university security about recent bike thefts. Didn't commute on #inlines today; have tucked #motorcycle behind a shipping container where it can't be seen from the road, but still having nagging anxiety over it. Think I kinda need some sort of baby monitor type arrangement, or something..
Eurovision; mildly icky bodily fluids mentions
I think I probably couldn't blinking well stand it if humans had written it - but right now I genuinely cannot get enough of "Blue Jeans and Bloody Tears", the Eurovision entry written by Oracle's neural net (trained by tech-art collaborative Sweaty Machines):
[Apologies for the YT link; couldn't find another source!]
(And, yeah, I did do a double-take when I read The Register's headline "Oracle AI...")
Birdsite mention; *The Algorithm*
Just read "No More Twitter": a beautifully interesting, engaging, and [for many Masto folk, I'm sure] pertinent article about leaving birdsite by author, programmer, TTRPGer, and just, like, all-round-thoughtful-person Shamus Young.
The phenomenon isn't unique to birdsite, o'course! I worry about just how dashed effective such algorithms must be, given that many popular web services/networks seem to be converging towards them.
@seven @sum @USBloveDog Hey, folks. Just wanted to say thanks for the support/boosts/faves today in the whole "if this(X)==Y && this(X)==Z then any(Z)==Y" fracas. It feels pretty lousy to be sworn at, insulted, etc. - (and it definitely feels lousy to hear people imply I'm a Nazi) and that stuff really bothers me in life – but it bothers me less so when I see other folk understand what I'm trying to say, and don't just assume I'm a terrible person by default. Thanks very much.
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