Christopher Allan Webber

Madison, United States

GNU MediaGoblin founder, former Creative Commons software engineer, python hacker, free software enthusiast, maker of weird drawings See: (Any pronouns are okay.)

  • 2016-10-21T23:20:56Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    (Sorry, can't resist:) I guess a lot of silicon valley companies got their industries disrupted today.

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  • 2016-10-20T21:16:13Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Having trouble motivating myself to work on ActivityPub's text.

    I'd much rather be implementing than spec authoring.

    Does it help to know that ActivityPub was one of the topics of yesterday's light chat during the pre-LUG-meeting dinner.

    (Mostly on the lines of cool! a standard! - we didn't go very deep)

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2016-10-21T06:59:54Z

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    That's really cool to hear! Thanks for sharing :)

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  • 2016-10-20T18:56:57Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The presidency result is probably approximately a done deal, but congress isn't.

  • 2016-10-20T02:53:28Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Well that was a weird debate.

    Clinton pretty much kept it cool the whole debate through. You can tell she's practiced. For the first 30 minutes I think Trump did a pretty good job of catering to his base, especially evangelicals, and I thought maybe it was enough to win over some of the undecided conservatives in his favor... maybe it was. But then he just went into meltdown. Core overload, burning straight through the floor.

    Anyway, I voted today, and I voted for Clinton. She really wouldn't be my choice for president if the world was more balanced for other things, but I mean, in an election between her and Trump, there's no contest.

    This election can't be over fast enough!

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  • 2016-10-19T19:06:53Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Welp, I changed my address and voted.

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    Or, updated it with the voter registration thing. Whatever!

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-10-19T19:07:55Z

  • 2016-10-18T21:17:43Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Bummed out to get a "Join us on Slack!" email from Creative Commons.

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    Really!, Come on.. it could at least have been "... on Matrix" Tho I'd prefer or XMPP better.

    Freemor at 2016-10-19T00:31:18Z

    At least it isn't one of the "The Mainframe is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!" e-mails I would get at work that would indicate a bad day brewing.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2016-10-19T01:30:31Z

    >> Stephen Michael Kellat:

    “At least it isn't one of the "The Mainframe is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!" e-mails I would get at work that would indicate a bad day brewing.”

    That made me LOL.. I have a "The server is running on battery" alert that goes out to e-mail,XMPP, and plays a WAV saying "Help Me!! The server is running on battery" (it's a home server not a co-lo). Which usually end up firing off at about 4am.

    So I feel your pain, at least a little.

    Freemor at 2016-10-19T18:31:52Z

  • 2016-10-18T13:07:22Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    We've lost two of our pet rats in the last week.

    I'm having a hard time, emotionally.

    I am truly sorry to hear that. It is never easy losing a beloved pet.

    Charles ☕ Stanhope at 2016-10-19T04:11:22Z

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    Thanks, I appreciate it.

    It's been a rough week. We also got news from an autopsy that it looks like it was the same probably-genetic defect that resulted in a GI tumor that took out both of them, and there was likely nothing we could do.

    One sister from that litter also remains alive, which I'm glad to have her living, but I'm worried whether that means she's vulnerable as well. I hope not. But we'll be keeping a watchful eye...

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-10-19T04:45:11Z

  • 2016-10-18T03:03:45Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Brilliant comic.

    Poor Matt Furie... I hope neither my nor my friends' artwork ever gets co-opted for hate stuff either.

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  • 2016-10-18T02:46:59Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    It would be neat to run a McCLIM version of something like StumpWM. In fact, it looks like this has been discussed before, but was mostly dismissed because McCLIM was fairly inactive. But McCLIM is active again.

    I have some reasons why I'd like to play with McCLIM, and I'll also note that having a McCLIM based WM would bring a GNU/Linux desktop to be much closer to something like a lisp machine design. Which is appealing...

  • Rigged?

    2016-10-17T22:53:09Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The election isn't rigged in the way Trump claims. But I am worried about: electronic voting (how secure, who audits?), monetary influence, the 2 party system...

  • 2016-10-17T02:01:07Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    My broher Stephen Webber submitted a patch to Guix for Kobo Deluxe. Hard to avoid losing an hour or so to nostalgia.

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  • Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

    2016-10-17T00:33:34Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    "It's difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964."

    Interesting article. In fact:

    Speaking to the Guardian en route to Stockholm to receive the 2013 Nobel prize for science, Higgs, 84, said he would almost certainly have been sacked had he not been nominated for the Nobel in 1980.

    Edinburgh University's authorities then took the view, he later learned, that he "might get a Nobel prize – and if he doesn't we can always get rid of him".

    Higgs said he became "an embarrassment to the department when they did research assessment exercises". A message would go around the department saying: "Please give a list of your recent publications." Higgs said: "I would send back a statement: 'None.' "

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  • 2016-10-13T18:55:45Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I'd given up coffee because it was negatively affecting my health and finally got to the point to where I was day to day indulging my dependency. Getting ActivityPub to CR has lead to me being back on it, but just for a week. I don't think I can meet the deadline otherwise... it's just too crazy.

    But, going on coffee without a dependency again... shit, right, this is why you get hooked on the stuff in the first place. When you don't have a dependency, it's a hell of a potent drug.

    But... you gotta remember... coffee wants its victim.

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    Coffee is powerful, but yerba mate and black tea are ok.

    Kete Foy at 2016-10-13T21:10:30Z

    >> Kete Foy:

    “Coffee is powerful, but yerba mate and black tea are ok.”

    If you have to cut your coffee intake it's not like mate and tea are going to be good for you, since they have a comparable amount of caffeine.

    Unless you need to cut on the coffee only because your stomach doesn't like it: in that case I've found that tea, having less fat, can be easier to digest.

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2016-10-14T11:26:32Z

    I don't know why, but when I switched off of coffee I still continued to drink a cup of black tea a couple times a day. It hasn't really affected me. My blood pressure remained super low.

    Drinking a caffeinated soda or coffee though, blood pressure jumps.

    I'm not sure why this is.

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-10-14T14:55:21Z

    I keep a jar of normal coffee and another one of decaffeinated, so I can prepare my moka mixing both types in the needed dose each time, trying to put at least half of if decaffeinated.

    Autumn is hard, in any case, and deadlines are hard too #sendingGoodVibrations

    Laura Arjona at 2016-10-14T15:06:52Z

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  • 2016-10-12T22:40:21Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

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    Jason, Sean: I agree, even though I'm not any form of vegetarian. I spent about a decade trying to live the "health food" life and found that I could not stand most of the substitutes (for example, carob instead of chocolate, turbinado instead of regular sugar) until I stopped trying to recreate the non health food experience.

    I'd really like to try a veggie burger that doesn't taste like fake meat. at 2016-10-13T02:29:12Z

    @Jason Self @Sean Tilley Most of the vegan burgers I eat are of the chickpea / black bean variety, and aren't trying to recreate "real meat", and most of the vegetarian stuff I eat is some sort of bean + veggie + rice dish.

    But is there a good reason to want something that emulates "meat"? You bet there is! Plenty of people grow up enjoying these kinds of foods, and all sorts of social situations are easier if you have a similar food (think cookouts) where there's a shape of food (patty, sausage) that fits with something else.

    Personally, going veg has expanded my pallete greatly. But do I want to be able to continue to live some of the flavors I used to like? Of course!

    Vegetarians already eat a bunch of food that a large portion of meat eaters turn up their noses at... tofu, tempeh, etc. What's annoying is I often get a simultaneous dose of "vegetarian food (esp tofu) is gross" and then "why do you want to eat the kind of meat food I'm eating?" It feels like I can't win!

    Anyway, I don't think it's a sin to desire the flavor of some kind of meat-ish thing. If you're going veg because of ethical issues (the treatment of animals, environmental, etc), I don't believe in the "desiring something is the same sin as doing/having that thing". I grew up Catholic, and got plenty of that point of view... but it doesn't mesh with how I believe in things these days. ;)

    Personally, yup, I think the world needs to move away from meat for ethical/environmental reasons. If we can give people alternatives to make their lives easier, great. Plenty of people say "I'd love to go vegetarian but I just couldn't give up meat". Is it harmful to capture those people, too?

    Let me ask you a question: is it a good or a bad idea to provide drop-in replacements for proprietary software? And if both are ethical issues, could you expand that reasoning to replacements for meat?

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-10-13T02:35:16Z

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    I'd probably try it too.

    I'm Vegan so I'm with @Christopher Allan Webber on this one. For me it's not so much about wanting things that emulate meat. But new foods are always fun to try/find. Having things like this are for me a curtesy for non-vegan/vegitarian people that come over. It is nice to have something to offer them that they are a little more comfortable with. And when they realize that my seitan coq au vin tastes way better then the faux meat thing... that's a win too.

    Freemor at 2016-10-13T13:25:33Z

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    @lnxwalt  "I'd really like to try a veggie burger that doesn't taste like fake meat" seems to me about 1/2 of the many veggie burger variations at the grocery I shop at most often make zero attempt to be meat like. I guess that's not your experience. I think there's huge range both to make veg*n burgers that a more meat-like and totally unconnected to meat: just about anything/any flavor can be turned into a patty. We've only seen the very beginning of both directions.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2016-10-15T21:47:15Z

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  • 2016-10-12T15:33:41Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Well, I asked for ActivityPub feedback, and we got a ton of it. Thanks everyone! It's great to see such community enthusiasm.

    I've got until next Tuesday to incorporate it all. We pushed back the deadline due to the feedback volume and because I hit a hard drive crash and that made me fall behind. Anyway... hopefully I can get it all incorporated in time!

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    You will - Think positively!

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  • Security fix for Guile (or: don't trust localhost to be localhost only)

    2016-10-11T14:44:02Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I reported a security vulnerability for Guile. I'm happy to say that a fix is out and you can read about it. If you remember me linking to this article, that's pretty much what it is.

    But here's the real lesson: you can't really assume that localhost is localhost-only for private data or "secure" locally privileged anything. This has become more clear to me while working on ActivityPub and looking into other server processes which might also post to anything remote. We recommend against accessing localhost URIs in ActivityPub, but note that the above attack against Guile could also possibly apply to a server: using DNS tricks to convince a server to attack itself on localhost. All sorts of server and client software which may themselves send requests are probably vulnerable to this.

    So the lesson: don't use localhost for local-only things. Use unix domain sockets or named pipes! Network architectures are just too complex these days...

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    Good catch! And nice that they patched it so quickly.

    I think a nice Blog article by you explaining the larger ramifications of this would be a good thing (time permitting), as I can see how this new-ish vector might get a lot of attention from miscreants looking for exposed surfaces.

    Freemor at 2016-10-11T16:25:37Z

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  • Phone functionality decay

    2016-10-10T22:09:19Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    It seems like every phone I get stops working sooner than the last one. This one only lasted about 7 months until the microphone stopped working reliably...

    Is your nickname "Magneto"? :p

    JanKusanagi at 2016-10-10T22:10:39Z

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    Get a Galaxy Note 7. It will explode quickly... :-D

    Hubert Figuière at 2016-10-11T13:00:21Z

    I'm finally considering upgrading from my decade-old Nokia 1100 to a Fairphone 2.  I hope the replaceable parts system keeps it useful for another decade.

    Space Hobo at 2016-10-12T11:26:20Z

  • 2016-10-06T21:01:57Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Hard drive seems to be dying. Luckily I had backups, but my daily backup system is down (setting it up now, I mentioned on here that I got the thinkpenguin mini because the backup server went down). Luckily I did have a backup from a couple weeks ago.

    Shitty timing though. I really don't have time for this.

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    You know how it is. A hard drive breaks over here and the next minute your power supply starts on fire. Somehow there are about as many 1-think-broke situations as I've had 2-things-broke situations.

    It's kind of like caribou on the highway. You see one way off on the side and there are probably 20 standing in the middle of the road just around the curve, just waiting for you strike them with your vehicle.

    Douglas Perkins at 2016-10-06T22:43:42Z

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    Liking that you had backups at all.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2016-10-08T10:21:19Z

    I'm back up and running. I even recovered the stuff in-between the time of the previous backup and now. Horray!

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-10-08T15:49:15Z