Time for a new #introduction as my old one's a bit out-of-date.
I'm also into #hamradio, my username's my callsign.
I started #gliding back in July and am now a student glider/#sailplane pilot.
I mentioned that I had my second glider flight on Sunday. I took my DSLR camera with me this time, and when my flight instructor had control of the glider I took pictures. Here are four of them.
It was another great day for gliding/soaring. Too bad I couldn't stay long due to Freyja's vet appointment.
So my main takeaway from the tumblr debacle is that people are still expecting corporations to behave like they're their friends. And they're not.
Communities are built out of individuals coming together, not imposed on them from above.
With any luck recent events will see people switching back towards early-internet style sub-Dunbar number ad hoc communities. I remain hopeful.
@freakazoid I know a handful of sharp technical people who succumb to security nihilism. In fact non-technical people seem to have an easier time than techies understanding that security/privacy are about degrees rather than absolutes.
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The date and time for the interview is set: Wednesday afternoon, December 19. Later than I expected, but something came up on Pitt's end. I'm still glad about this.
It didn't take long for me to make an Olivia #HamRadio contact during the day here at home. Just did that with VE3EEI in Toronto on 40 meters.
Even better, I did it on my laptop running #NetBSD., I had to feed the radio's audio into the laptop's mic via the external speaker to be able to receive, but was able to transmit through the RIGBlaster's sound card interface.
Side note: FLDigi's popup windows don't get along with the i3 window manager. Hams who also use i3, you have been warned.
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MediaMatters reports on a study suggesting that teens are under social pressure to identify as trans - by surveying parents on anti-trans websites. The study was criticized and the news article by Brown University pulled. Anti-LGBT groups in the media, of course, called it "censorship."
The whole "caring about things is uncool" South Park phenomenon is entirely the result of the fact that caring about things opens you up to to both extreme sadness and extreme joy, both of which are too risky under late capitalism, wherein you must sell your entire future to an employer and not ask too many questions. It is easier to hollow out your own humanity by not caring about anything then to actually be a vulnerable person.
RT @firstname.lastname@example.org: Please enjoy an impromptu day off in which all federal agencies, mail services, and the markets are closed to honor this sudden development.
Anyway, as we were saying, Eection Day cannot be a federal holiday because the logistics are simply too dif
Some how IE being integrated into Windows didn't signal webdevs ruining everything, mostly because MS was just using that to force people onto their product.
Three hundred and fifty years of computer science and this is what we're doing.
If you consider yourself a rational person, in particular a rationalist, I highly recommend you learn formal logic.
If you've never learned it formally, you need to take a hard look at how you think logic works, and how it actually does. Knowing lists of logical fallacies is not enough. You must be able to distinguish between valid and sound arguments. You must understand that a fallacy in an argument does not prove the conclusion false. You must understand that debates are not how truth is determined.
On the #HamRadio side of things, I stayed at the SKyview Radio Society until just before midnight last night. I ended up making two 40m Olivia contacts there, one in southern California and one in Colorado. Despite the poor band conditions Olivia 8/250 gave near-perfect copy. It's slow but it's a good ragchewing mode for poor conditions, especially when PSK 31 won't do so well.
I want to start doing this at home. Need to take care of the RFI issue first, though.
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The University of Pittsburgh wants to schedule an in-person job interview with me. The chances are very good it will be Thursday or Friday of next week.
This is the one job I've been hoping to get ever since I saw it, as I'd love to get out of the corporate world and into a university. Wish me luck!
Cis het dudes, 📢quit worrying abt ‘Low T’ and quit putting ‘T count’ on a pedestal. There’s no ‘ideal’ T count. Your body makes the right amount for YOUR body. Testosterone isn’t ‘good👍’ and estrogen isn’t ‘bad👎’. You’re fine unless your doctor specifically says otherwise. Dudes stressing over testosterone tend to be intolerable dickheads nobody likes anyway🙄
It's almost 2019, and every application that wants to share stuff via "the cloud" must still implement support for each cloud provider separately, even though WebDAV has existed for over a decade.
In other words, "the cloud" is really just a lie told by people trying to trick you into handing over your precious files and locking yourself into their walled garden. If it ain't standards-based and interoperable, it's not "the" anything. It's "a" piece of shit.
social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]