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Out of nowhere the warnings flashed red on his screen. David cursed as he ripped his oxygen mask from his sweat drenched face. He couldn't get timing closure on the design.

He was barely hitting 1.1GHz, and his goal was 1.5GHz. It was likely going to take weeks to untangle the longest paths causing the delays. They might even need to re-architecture some pieces.


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The alien noisily screeched as it broke into TV broadcasts and video streaming the world over. "TZAG!" the alien continued, baffling the stunned audiences as it waved appendages in a friendly, but slightly unsettling, manner.

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Hello, fediverse. I'm Charles from the USA in the , OR area. I'm excited to be on as I'm hoping it will prove a viable alternative to the "free" social sites.

I make and for a living, and I dabble in for hobbies. Other interests not limited to: , , , , , and .

If anyone has some programming contract work they need done, please let me know. I have experience with Rust, Python, C, Go, Java, and JavaScript, and I primarily do frontend work. I can create designs if needed.

The Atlantic on how requirements to comply with bureaucracy hurt the poor the most. It's not about voter suppression, but one can see the relationship. #uspol


Anybody else remember Beastie Boys' song "'Bots"?

'Bots – to do the dishes
'Bots – to clean up my room
'Bots – to do the laundry
'Bots – and in the bathroom
'Bots – that's all I really want is 'Bots
With new wave hairdos – I want 'bots
I ought to whip out my – 'bots, 'bots, 'bots, 'bots, 'bots!

(I believe the song was inspired by one of the band members watching "The Jetsons" cartoons.)

Maybe I've been overly cautious (covid) 

But I never stopped wearing masks as I go out around others. My wife and I are vaccinated, but the 3yo isn't. We knew the delta variant was out there, and so even as we've been told we don't need masks, we stayed with it.

A lesson I learned from when I used to make long bicycle trips: When climbing a hard hill, don't stop pedaling until you are sure you are on the downhill side. I've seen no convincing evidence we're on the downhill yet.

Mini microcomputer recommendations? 

My 9 year old wants a Pip Boy. Most of the projects online are based on smartphones. No thank you. I want him to have something that's completely programmable, so a modern single-board recreation of a #microcomputer seems ideal. Anyone know of an existing board design that would work well for this? Though-hole would be optimal, but surface mount is fine too especially if there's a source for pre-soldered boards.


I want to write a #programming book that is fully open source and version controlled. I'm not convinced #markdown is up to the task I have in mind. Are there any good #documentation hosting sites that fully support #ASCIIDoc?

I'm looking for something not unlike #readthedocs — which is markdown driven — but powered by ASCIIDoc. Suggestions?


@cstanhope "As a reader notes, don't make me use Wikipedia to figure out WTF your company does."

That's from .... seven years ago.

"Please Forward to Marketing: How to present your products to customers (or would-be customers)"

(For a long time, my most popular HN comment --- the Reddit post was adapted from it.)

Robotic suggestions 

Offering a correction for the single word I am typing while entering something into an inhumane interface that is too cramped and never intended for human hands:

Okay. Cool! Thanks!

Offering suggestions for entire phrases and sentences as I am forming my thoughts and typing them on a full sized keyboard, distracting me and robbing me of agency*:

No. Please stop! You're not helping!

* This seems to be popping up in more and more software.

TFW you prefer to visit wikipedia's page about project X over project X's own website to find out what the heck it even is.

new blog post! 

# Software From Another World

> We undermine not only unions, but every aspect of the worker's life: AirBnB spikes rents, Uber disenfranchises drivers, a thousand streaming services reinvent cable, Amazon fucks everybody, and so on. Despite any niche expertise, these are companies made possible by software, by the lending of software labor to capitalist ends. We can choose to deny them, if we stand together.

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(Also, my history of using Linux is a bit more complicated then I can fit in a toot. I have been consistently using Linux on the desktop for the last decade. Prior to that, there was a few years break from general burnout on all things computer. I mean, for a while, I didn't even have a working computer at home. And prior to that I dual-booted for a long time starting in the mid 90s, and consistently used Linux on small server deployments. Anyhoo....)

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1. us congress recently passed a law to make it illegal for ISPs to charge an equipment fee on hardware that you already own, yay

2. at&t fiber-to-the-home evades this by placing secret authentication keys into their otherwise standard combo wifi router + ont (fiber modem).

so you ahem, could, wink, use your own equipment, but the service won't work when you do 🤢

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I mostly use Fedora, but have also had similar experiences with Debian and Ubuntu (in order of preference).

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I see a lot no-context posts that amount to, "Random something crashing on my computer. [Expletive] Linux/FOSS!" So let me throw this out there:

I've been using Linux as my desktop environment personally and at work for almost a decade now. It's been a solid experience regardless of distro. I am grateful for the ease of use and all the wonderful tools that are easily installed. I never feel like I am hindered by the environment beyond proprietary vendors that don't support Linux. is still working to get launched, and we've made huge progress in charting the path forward. You can help too!

New blog post "What Snowdrift Needs to Launch"

it's work-in-progress and kinda experimental because i don't know how well it would actually scale but

inspired by @codl's, here is a PR to implement automatic post cleanup in #Mastodon


IFixIt gives the Framework Laptop a 10/10 in repairability. I watched their tear-down video and it's certainly the most user-friendly laptop to date when it comes to changing just ANY part! #linux #laptop #hardware #framework #ifixit

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