Personal Tech Issue
My gateway, a PC running NetBSD, freezes after about a day or less after boot if I have WiFi enabled (I use it as a software AP). I disabled the WiFi for a week to see if it truly was the issue, and it didn't freeze. Re-enabled it today and it froze within 15 minutes.
It seems to be an issue with my global IPv6 config, because I've put a unique-local address only on the WiFi device and it's stayed up. If it stays up until tomorrow it's confirmed.
and yeah, since @technomancy mentioned it, part of this unease of mine w.r.t. programming language library code distribution comes from me coming from a placetime where we were offline more than online and code was added to projects as files, manually from local sources.
pls stop with general purpose programming languages with tooling that requires network connectivity to do basic programming tasks. it is literally the worst.
Bruce Schneier on why 5G's insecurity is the result not of Huawei, but rather telecom companies prioritizing profits over security, and western governments' insistence on preserving surveillance capabilities https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/01/china_isnt_the_.html
At a cafe in Sofia, the biggest cat I've seen, possibly small tiger, has made herself at home on me. My legs are numb, and at one point she wrapped her arms around my waist under my hoodie and stuck her claws in. I guess I'm never leaving. Btw nothing makes me happier than this exact scenario. #cat #travel https://rhiaro.co.uk/2020/01/cat
College campus surveillance
Some US colleges are mandating location tracking on student phones, using it for attendance, engagement, & even giving students "risk scores." As Erin Rose Glass, a digital scholarship librarian @ UC-San Diego says, "We’re reinforcing this sense of powerlessness … when we could be asking harder questions, like: Why are we creating institutions where students don’t want to show up?"
report back: Slack is just IRC with GIFs and a feature where they make you pay to read your backscroll
honestly abolish read receipts. who needs the stress. the only purpose of a read receipt is to overthink why someone hasn’t responded to you yet but honestly “instantaneously” is not always the best time to respond to a message
Is it just me, or did using a computer feel a lot more insular before 24/7 internet? You could read Encarta articles or play skifree or try out shareware from the dollar store and that was about it. But at least you felt alone.
Ironic since the PC was probably in the living room, too, in front of the whole family. But now when I hop on the computer, everything is in a browser and it feels like walking out in public. There's no going back.
NetBSD config stuff
I just solved an issue with NetBSD's rc system not being able to track ddclient because it's a Perl process. The fix is to create a file in /etc/rc.conf.d/ddclient and put in the following:
Once I put those in then "/etc/rc.d/ddclient status" and "/etc/rc.d/ddclient stop" work as they should.
@djsundog If you want as precise a translation as possible, you could always use AALib to convert arbitrary images into ASCII-art.
It's even been used to render movies into ASCII art before. With surprisingly good results, I might add. http://www.ubuntubuzz.com/2012/04/play-movies-in-ascii-art-using-mplayer.html
I’m Brandon, and #IAmNonbinary. (he/him|they/them)
I observe the supercollision of alternate realities for a living (meaning I write poetry, science fiction & fantasy, and RPGs).
I’m still figuring this body out, but this fits me fine.
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