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I need a life coach, or maybe a job coach. I'm on the cusp of moving on, again, and I'm tired of repeating the same employment cycle of finding a job, enjoying the job, burning out on the job, and sticking around the job too long.
And maybe I'm done with tech, or at least for-profit tech, but it is really hard to know where else to look.
Ideally (but unrealistically) I'd start a patreon-like and people would support me while I worked on open source projects.
heads up, if for some ungodly reason you're still using facebook, theyre now starting to push spyware under the guise of a VPN on the ios app. https://gizmodo.com/do-not-i-repeat-do-not-download-onavo-facebook-s-vam-1822937825
Wait, Facebook is literally pushing a VPN solution that claims to "protect" you?
A VPN that sends all your traffic through facebook's servers
How dumb do they thin... 33 million installs... Okay they might be right about how dumb people are
Unmentioned in the release notes:
"Update also includes security updates for Meltdown and Spectre."
Somehow not worth mentioning?
The release notes for the #OSX update that has been bugging me to reboot my laptop for the last two weeks contains one item:
- Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order.
So many ways this is wrong:
1. An OS security update for this? It's an APP!
2. A reboot is required? Again, it's an APP!
3. I don't even use Messages!
4. No option to ignore.
I was already never buying another Apple product. If I had time, I'd put Linux on this one.
- F-Droid pre-installed as an "Official Source" - no sideloading needed.
- MicroG replaces some Google APIs (normally bundled into the Google Play Services bloatware) with open-source versions - Location Services, Cloud Messaging, etc, with some disabled by default.
MicroG has matured since I last toyed with it - it used to require building Android from source, or live-patching java binaries, and was pretty buggy.
Another possibility is to keep the DSL for use with services that don't need reliability. Route Steam downloads, Bittorrent traffic and assorted other low-priority traffic through it, and all other traffic through LTE.
I'll need to learn a lot more about iptables rules to pull that off, but it might be worth it.
I've unplugged my DSL, after a particularly flaky afternoon. I'll be testing whether #CalyxInstitute (with SQM-based QoS) alone is sufficient for the household's dozen-or-so devices. It certainly is vastly more stable, according to the pings that have run every 15 seconds for the last two weeks.
I should do a more thorough analysis, but that will require scraping my mailbox and parsing email. Not difficult, but one extra step.
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A wannabe-founder of a company adjacent to mine is spamming invites to connect. His profile contains a summary of what he's looking for (CTO/COO cofounders). That's all a fairly normal way to spam potential candidates without paying #LinkedIn.
What's not normal is that I can see who in my company has accepted those invites. I now know 8 coworkers who might be thinking of leaving to go elsewhere. That's bad #opsec.
As part of the multi-wan project, I am running fault_tolerant_router, which sends pings out every 15 seconds to see which connections are up. I have it configured to email me whenever a connection goes down or comes back.
CenturyLink goes down every 2-3 hours. Usually only for a minute or two. Calyx, though, typically only goes down once a day, for a similar period.
I'm almost ready to cancel CenturyLink, though having the extra bandwidth has been nice.
Sharing my media collection with friends:
- rsync/scp/ftp is fragile for big files, firewall/NAT problems
- #bittorrentsync went payware
- #dropbox / #onedrive / #icloud are payware at this scale (and evil)
- #bittorrent needs manual creation of torrent files, no browsing
- #retroshare has no ipv6; linux crashes
- #syncthing isn't made for this, fiddly settings needed to avoid accidentally propagating deletes.
- #nextcloud not made for this, PITA to install, firewall issues.
Y'all remember DirectConnect? Kazaa? WASTE? Restroshare? You know, software where you could offer your entire media collection for share and people could browse and download as they liked?
What's the modern version of that, which
a) works, stably; and
b) is cross-platform at least to Linux and Windows?
I also attempted to install Nextcloud for the fourth time today, and failed.
It's a PHP app. I've been installing PHP apps since 2004. I run numerous PHP apps, and have authored no small number of them myself. It should not require a dedicated VPS running nothing else in order to get it working, it should work alongside my existing apps. Alas, it does not.
I do want to get away from Google Drive, but Nextcloud is not going to be the way.
After some success with #retroshare, I invited a couple friends to try it. We immediately discovered:
- it is amazingly unstable on linux, or at least the version of linux mint it was tested on.
- it isn't compatible with the highest tier of #calyxinstitute hotspots, which are inexplicably #ipv6-only. I'm not sure which is more wtf-worthy - retroshare is #ipv4-only, or an internet uplink that is ipv6-only.
Mastodon, only without the instances.
Losing one's job (while being lucky enough to have some savings to go on) is the best way to understand how much time and energy menial jobs take out of one's life. To me, it feels like a rehab, like regaining some long lost ability or skill. The urge to create grows stronger as I get back to writing, reading, thinking, all while feeling a new energy that makes me want to run, excercise, improve... It feels amazing, though I know, in the back of my head, this can't last.
The only way software development can ever be humane is if unions come into being. But developers are by and large against that because each and every one of them believes they’re good enough to get more than all those other people and thus that a union would only hold them back.
Oh. Those poor fools. Those poor, suffering fools.
It’s tragic as hell.
The fun part is that automation is coming for their jobs, too. /fin
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I was going to respond on birbsite this article. However, like many news outlets, 538's solution to getting lost in the noise of the firehose is to post every story of the last week EVERY HOUR, and after scrolling past the same Trump SotU address story literally 12 times to find this one, I gave up. Even if I found it, meaningful discussion in those conditions is just impossible.
Birbsite is not a social network. It is a user-hostile cacophonous shitshow, by design.
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"There’s a lot of complaining about #gerrymandering, but what should districts look like?" -- #538 interactive, https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/redistricting-maps/
Answer: Districts should not exist. Land does not get voting rights. Your voice shouldn't be lost to your neighbors. Abolish geographic representation and replace it with a #parliament system of proportional representation. Allocate seats fairly by regional voting blocs after the party proportions are determined.