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To people on who favorite what seem to be random toots of mine: if you're favoriting my toots because you have a genuine interest in them, that's fine. I know people have interests outside of work and sex workers are no exception.

However, if you're favoriting my toots in an attempt to get me to use your services, you might want to check my profile first before doing so. I announce there that I'm a gay man and yet I keep getting favorites of this sort from women.

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Time for a new as my old one's a bit out-of-date.

I'm a 37 year-old cis man living in western PA, USA. I work as a and (unfortunately) backup . I'm primarily a user.

I'm also into , my username's my callsign.

I started back in July and am now a student glider/#sailplane pilot.

My other interests include , , , (which I used to work in) and , especially my own named Freyja.

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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.

Until today it had been about 14 years since I'd either purchased or received as a gift a book by @mwlucas. Today I bought 5 (including a pre-order of "TLS Mastery") and now I'm wondering why I waited so long to do so.

strong language exasperation 

"How SREs Solve Problems at Home (Making my Dumb Fridge Smart)"

No, you idiot, making a dumb fridge smart is not solving a problem: it's creating a legion of other problems.

If it's dumb, but it works, then for Pete sake leave it alone. IT IS WORKING AS INTENDED.

Good to know that the Asterisk config has *69 implemented in the default config. I just used it for the first time and it worked. Of course now I have in my head the R.E.M. song of the same name.

pandemic aftermath 

Perfectly expresses how I feel about people who didn't follow pandemic precautions.

I always feel guilty for kicking out of the computer/radio room since she's grown to love the screensavers I put up when I lock my computer, but I can't have her around when I'm working on something potentially dangerous. It's for her own safety that I kick her out whenever I'm about to use power tools like my drill or my rotary tool.

She seems to get over it quickly, though. When I was finished this evening & let her in she brought her favorite toy, like nothing happened.

After seeing a montage of news anchors remarking about how it's March already on a video clip of last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, I think the next one that makes that same remark should be forced to listen to the nearest time-and-frequency station (WWV for most people in the U.S., WWVH in Hawaii and possibly the west coast) for the rest of the month.

I wish "tl;dw" (too long; didn't watch) was as much of a thing as "tl;dr" (too long; didn't read). This especially goes for videos that are just one person talking to the camera for much longer than necessary to make a point and provide the context for said point.

Security researcher recommends against #LastPass after detailing 7 #trackers

A security researcher is recommending against LastPass password manager after detailing seven trackers found in the Android app.

LastPass Android: Drittanbieter überwachen jeden Schritt

Take a minute of your time and go read Michael E. Mann interview of the Guardian today. Well worth your time:

Money quotes: "Any time you are told a problem is your fault because you are not behaving responsibly, there is a good chance that you are being deflected from systemic solutions and policies. [...] Doom-mongering has overtaken denial as a threat and as a tactic. [...] if people believe there is nothing you can do, they are led down a path of disengagement."

For those of you looking for an open source OS that isn't Unix-like at all there's ReactOS, which aims to be to Windows what Linux is to Unix. It's not ready for production but it may be good enough for your needs and I don't think it gets promoted enough on the Internet at large. And if you want to help develop it they definitely would welcome you!

A big problem with online communities is they tend to be put together by techy computery programmy logical people, and folks like that tend to assume that people behave rationally, that the things people do make sense, that there's some sort of order behind people's behaviour.

There bloody isn't. People torture themselves for no reason at all, and make you watch. Every five minutes some techy person starts an online community and is shocked, SHOCKED, to find that people are basically bonkers.

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I found quite a few USB watchdog timers yesterday looking on Newegg. It's good to know I can add one to a system that doesn't already have one.

But it's disheartening that they're all being marketed towards cryptocurrency mining, with gaming coming second and servers third. They all come from China or Hong Kong and have no casing so they're clearly meant to be installed inside the chassis.

TIL about watchdog timers & NetBSD:

1. A watchdog timer is a device that will automatically reset the CPU (hardware) or cause the kernel to panic or reboot the system (software) if it doesn't receive a signal that resets its timer by the time it counts down to 0
2. All my computers with Intel processors and my RPi 3s have hardware watchdog timers
3. For those that don't there's a swwdog pseudo-device which can be loaded as a kernel module and is a software watchdog timer

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Occasionally I look at all the scripts in /etc/rc.d on one of my NetBSD systems, find something that looks interesting, and then learn more about the program (usually a daemon) the script runs. It's been one way I've gradually learned about daemons I wouldn't have otherwise.

Tonight I did this and ended up learning more about wdogctl, the watchdog timer control utility. Then I learned more about watchdog timers and how to use them. Like many things I wish I'd learned about this long ago.

Come on, NetBSD developers, I thought you knew better than to try to load the filesystem type that your installer is using as a kernel module instead of compiling it into the kernel. I expect this sort of stupidity from Linux but not from you.

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