etalas etalas@identi.ca

Berlin, Germany

linux user #374145, sysadmin, might show slightly fanboyish behavior towards #OpenBSD, #PostgreSQL and sometimes even #Solaris. Likes good #graffiti/#streetart.

  • Back to work!

    Laura Arjona Reina at 2014-08-27T16:52:47Z

    I'm ready for a new academic year at the #University. Feels good to go #backtowork when you can use #freesoftware there too :)

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    I kind of take using FLOSS at work for granted these days. I guess I better not leave academia... :-)

    sazius at 2014-08-27T17:27:04Z

    good luck! :D


    (also *hugs* because it's been a while... :))

    Francesca Ciceri at 2014-08-27T17:28:59Z

    I'm going to start studying this year to became sysadmin and I'm afraid because I really hate Hasefroch and I'll be forced to use it and learn it. I love GNU, especially Debian.

    Luna del Siglo at 2014-08-27T18:51:40Z

  • Francesca Ciceri at 2014-08-15T16:54:42Z

    Good one.


    But systemd as a feminist conspiracy fomented by Debian Women members still wins the gold of Conspiracy Theories / Crackpot fics.



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    What's special about this one, though, is that the arguer must admit the wage gap exists to make the argument. Thus, they are agreeing with you that women are mistreated by the companies in wages, and that your solution is being manipulated into a tool toward that end. That sort of devious rhetoric is rarely seen. It's Frank Underwood-ish impressive.

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-08-15T21:38:55Z

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    i think it's interesting that the companies would be hatching a conspiracy in order to convince themselves they should hire women, instead of just hiring them in the first place.

    Andrew E at 2014-08-15T22:09:14Z

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  • Dylan at 2014-08-11T10:37:36Z

    Somedays on pump.io I feel that I should learn Spanish. The little I know from Pixies songs and watching Dora with my kids just doesn't cut it. I machine translate as much as I can, and it conveys the general idea well enough but I don't trust it to convey subtleties that might be within a post.

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    it's good to know another language. I used to be pretty good with spanish some years ago but like with most things if one doesn't keep up with the skill it will be forgotten.

    I can still read some and get the general gist of most posts, but knowing more would be better. I'm sure I miss many subtleties.

    jrobb at 2014-08-11T11:35:24Z

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    Yeah, the goal of Spanish speaking people usually is that everyone else learn our language, we're lazy...

    Feel free to ping me if you want any of my posts/comments to be translated :)

    About machine translation, I agree with @JanKusanagi. It happens sometimes that I don't translate myself because the words I used are so Spanish-culture-specific (even Andalusian-culture-specific), idioms and so, that I wouldn't know how to say that in English...

    Laura Arjona Reina at 2014-08-11T11:42:45Z

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    If that's lazy us English speakers must be comatose :-)

    I may take you up on your offer sometime too.

    I'm thinking I might give learning Spanish a go. There certainly enough Spanish speakers in the Fediverse that I can avoid losing it from not using it.

    Dylan at 2014-08-11T13:50:58Z

    Well, if you decide to learn, you'd have no shortage of Spanish speakers here in Pump =)


    Same goes for jrobb if he wants some practice =)


    Be advised though: Spain's spanish is quite different from Latin America's spanish (and there are some differences between latin american versions of Spanish, too)

    JanKusanagi @i at 2014-08-11T14:20:31Z

  • Tyng-Ruey Chuang at 2014-08-10T20:13:42Z

    Mike, I put the original here so you can study the details:
    http://pomelo.iis.sinica.edu.tw:9090/u/trc/m/seaside-vegetation/

    The one I uploaded to identi.ca is a preview extracted from the original above (which at the moment sits on an  experimental MG instance). The plan is to set up a stable and permanent instance here as a media depository for research and personal use.

    I think flooding all people with every newly uploaded media can be too much. It will be nice to have a way to link up pump.io and MG user accounts so I can say in my MG instance "push this but not other images to my followers at that pump.io instance". I am not sure if this will work (or I am not talking nonsense) but seems like an alternative to making people subscribe to yet another service (i.e. my MediaGoblin instance) just to get notices of new photos.

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  • Laura Arjona Reina at 2014-08-03T22:48:51Z

    I usually tell my family and friends that we are building a better internet. It's not ready yet, we all would like that it would be already ready, or the first internet kept free, but we're working on it.

    Then I say that I help testing it and trying to find bugs to fix and doing some translations and promotion. Meanwhile I use the tools of the future, and I'm already getting some advantages (e.g. encetption, or selfhosting, or independence from big companies…). Then I say to them that they can help too, for example, using it to communicate with me. If they don't want, no problem, we're building the nice internet for everybody, for them too, they can join at any time. They can be the first ones, or the last ones to join. If they join when everything works, well, everything will work, but they will be the last ones to come on board, and their names will be not written in history :)

    About the other tools, the privative ones, I say that they are not my favorites so even if they find me there I don't pay too much attention because I'm happier with the other ones. For example, I use whatsapp with my family but they all know that I would prefer to use Xabber. We already use jitsi, and owncloud, and email. GPG is next. From time to time I invite them again to Xabber or whatever :)

    I try to spread the word in a positive way. This is a long run. We have discovered a treasure and some times we can feel frustrated when people don't see the advantages or we suffer the bugs and so. But be patient, don't stop walking, and remember that we're a global community, you're not alone.

    Becoming a bit phylosophical, this is the same task of spreading the culture of peace and love. The world is against us, but we're not going to give up. And we know that we're going to win, even when the task is getting people to the bright side one by one. Sometimes our work seems to clash with people's freedom (they 'choose' to jail themselves and so) but the fact is that we cannot force anybody to be free or to love, it's something that they need to discover themselves. Of course we can show some paths and collective knowledge, but it's mostly a personal experience. We just need to not give up, and each one of us do something. Each drop counts.

    Cheer up!

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  • Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-05-30T13:10:59Z

    I've discovered that some people find the phrase offensive, comparing proprietary software to addictive drugs.

    For my part, I don't have value judgements about drug addicts. They are suffering from a social ill that needs compassion to solve, just like the use of proprietary software.

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  • jasonriedy@fmrl.me at 2014-05-31T21:33:33Z

    Heavens. People may have to think for themselves. Expect the world to end any moment.

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    or read documentation ;)

    etalas at 2014-06-22T19:57:50Z

  • I wanna see you be brave?

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-04-17T01:27:26Z

    I've been meaning to mention that I find it insidious the idea that Microsoft uses "Honestly, I wanna see you be brave" (from Bareilles' song Brave). It is reminiscent of the Apple/Microsoft wars of old.

    Of course, the brave thing in software choices is standing up and saying you're going to avoid all proprietary software. I've been ridiculed not only by Apple users, but even by "Open Source" types for that. :)

    Hey, I'm brave because I bought a product from Company A instead of Company B? Great marketing, but impossible that it's true.

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    There is only one dimension of software on which one can be brave, *the* brave thing?

    It is *impossible* for the choice of proprietary software A to be brave vs choice of proprietary software B?

    If software has any dimensions other than free vs. proprietary, surely there must be some in which some situations calls for making a brave choice, in which A is better than B, but say the one higher ups take B for granted. (For the same reason, there must be situations calling for brave choices among free software which have nothing to do with freedom nor licenses.)

    I have no idea what Microsoft is advertising nor do I think I know that song, probably don't want to know either. It is the categorical statements in your 2nd and 3rd paragraphs I find troubling.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2014-04-17T02:15:02Z

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    Categorical statements aside, it's take a hell of a lot to make a Team Microsoft vs Team Apple vs Team Google type pissing match have anything to do with bravery. Sure, I could imagine several situations in which company A could be a brave choice over company B, but that kind of choice is prima facie not a matter of bravery -- there's a big onus of proof that such a choice would have anything to do with bravery...

    Blaise Alleyne at 2014-04-17T02:21:40Z

    lol

    of course they never mention that other option that sometimes exists.. write something to do it myself!

    michaelmd at 2014-04-17T02:25:45Z

    Awoke with a more productive reaction, maybe: what is the most "great [emotive] marketing" from a FLOSS project or organization, accurate or not, insidious or not, etc? How could there be more?

    Mike Linksvayer at 2014-04-17T14:52:37Z

  • Stefano Zacchiroli at 2014-04-16T12:44:28Z

    awesome: APT >= 1.0.x ships /usr/bin/apt which merges apt-get/apt-cache functionalities w/ a sane(r) UI #rocks

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    Still not aptitude.

    XRevan86 at 2014-04-16T13:43:06Z

    bonus feature: no more need to search for the frigging "-" on unknown/assorted keyboard/layout pairs

    aflux at 2014-04-16T14:19:50Z

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    I've never really understood why there are apt-get and aptitude. I also haven't spent even 1 minute trying to find out. ;-)

    Nathan Smith at 2014-04-16T14:55:25Z

  • Not a Barbie girl :)

    Laura Arjona Reina at 2014-04-02T20:18:41Z

    It seems that Girls Can be Anything When They Grow Up – Until They Start Playing with Barbie (/via @Fanta @Michael )

    mmm interesting.

    At home we were three girls, but we never had a Barbie. Other kind of dolls, yes, but not that one. One Barbie would be the cause of fighting among us for sure, and three Barbies were too expensive for our family in that time. Probably my parents didn't like the stereotypes that that doll introduced, anyway.

    I didn't like dolls in general, my big sister liked to comb their hair and so, but I only liked to take out their arms and legs and head and put them again. Maybe they were my first tinkering activities XD

    I remember me being jealous of my friends who had Barbie, though. Do you know what I liked about that doll? It was the only one that was able to bend the knees, elbows, and waist.

    When I was 9, for first communion, a handheld came as present (I believe it was Eagle N Chicken) so I totally lost my (few) interest about dolls and began to tinker on that.

    A bit later, an MSX (home computer yeah) and MSX magazines with pages and pages of Basic code, and a small book that explained (and drawed) very well "what is an algorithm", with an example of a robot making a cooking recipe :)

    I'm so thankful to my parents for their choices of toys for us... But I still don't know how to comb my or other's hair!

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    The world needs more non-barbie girls. Go Laura! =)

    JanKusanagi @i at 2014-04-02T23:18:12Z

    Someone bought our daughter a Barbie and to our relief she doesn't play with it at all. Infact she told us we can get rid of it as she never plays with it. #ProudDad :)

    Luke at 2014-04-03T09:10:44Z

    thanks for your detailed comment, I admit that on to my daughter :)

    Michael (majeSTYX) at 2014-04-07T09:36:27Z

  • mray INACTIVE at 2014-03-14T00:12:49Z

    interesting point of view for somebody counting podcasts in hex... ;)

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    At least hex is still actively used for something. :)

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-03-14T00:45:16Z

  • Monopolies Exist Due to Fear of Failure

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-03-13T21:48:25Z

    @Karl Fogel claims this statement of mine is deep, so I guess I should post it here:

    Most monopolies are centered around the human fear of failure, after all.

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    That is an interesting statement but I think I need it unpacked.

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  • Spot the Difference

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-03-08T22:53:59Z

    I talked to two GPL violators this week: one spent the week wasting my time with a bunch of political head games, and landed a barely improved CCS candidate on my desk, and the other is working on the weekend to try to get a product into compliance with the GPL.

    Not all GPL violators are created equal.

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  • Tyng-Ruey Chuang at 2014-02-15T06:33:28Z

    "The angst of facing mortality has no remedy in probability." http://cn.tmagazine.com/health/20140215/t15cancer/en-us/ so plain & so true

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  • Olivier Mehani at 2014-01-22T00:23:38Z

    I put AAAA in front of my DNS records. I kinda hope they are unique, otherwise I'll be very confused...

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    I'll look at the $uid and i got confused as i record. But, it does however provide a browser-based thing to accomplish this. What you do in #puma.

    X11R5 at 2014-01-22T18:51:34Z in Hawthorne, Nevada

    Well, you do want them listed first when you look them up in the directory.

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-01-23T14:04:13Z

  • Stefano Zacchiroli at 2014-01-17T14:54:10Z

    @spotify take on the init system debate https://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/2014/01/msg00287.html is yet another proof of how much the outer world cares about #Debian choices

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    Wow, that is interesting :-)

    sazius at 2014-01-17T15:03:08Z

  • Blaise Alleyne at 2014-01-02T19:30:44Z

    Is talky.io free software? Looks like palava.tv is AGPL, can self-host: https://github.com/palavatv

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  • palava

    joeyh at 2014-01-02T01:00:27Z

    Video chat like skype, but entirely free and open software, using WebRTC. Embeddable on web pages!

    https://palava.tv/

    Teh future, but watching chromium turn on my webcam light is makes me wonder, where is the kickstarter for awesome low-tech webcam blocking shields? (My sister uses duct tape.)

    Anyway, best thing I've seen in the 30c3 lightning talks so far; second place is the idea of making a mail server gpg encrypt all incoming non-encrypted email to your public key so it's encrypted at rest.

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    ...with a mechanical switch. "Click" open, "click" closed.

    Evan Prodromou at 2014-01-02T23:44:27Z

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    And microphone switch.

    joeyh at 2014-01-03T00:21:23Z

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    @balleyne I don't know for sure, but SimpleWebRTC and all other tiny library I peeked at were !FreeSoftware under an Xorg style license.

    Bernhard E. Reiter at 2014-01-03T13:36:49Z

    This is pretty cool!

    Also, for GPG encryption, I like the concepts behind STEED [0], but I'm not sure it is implemented anywhere...

    [0] http://g10code.com/docs/steed-usable-e2ee.pdf

    Olivier Mehani at 2014-01-03T21:35:54Z

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  • Bradley M. Kuhn at 2013-12-28T00:12:28Z

    I think I've figured out that my father actually works for the NSA. He started working for the "DoD" (he always says it that way) a little less than 10 years ago, and has a top secret clearance. That's all he's ever told anybody. He's even very vague about what facility he drives to every day. He's a software developer and system administrator.

    Of course, my father believes what Snowden did was criminal and not whistleblowing (like I do). Of course, he disagrees with me about the unconstitutionality of FISA Courts. He also doesn't believe the searching meta-data is an "unreasonable search" nor a "search of any specific person, houses, papers and effects".

    My dad is an honorable man. He never complains about anything and he does everything he does to help other people. He wouldn't do a job that he didn't believe was morally right, no matter what they paid him. While he doesn't share my absolutist views about the immorality of proprietary software, he believes that powerful proprietary software companies that refuse to give source code to customers are harming computing.

    The reason I post this in my community is to point out that reasonable, honorable, moral people can disagree about this issue of NSA spying on citizens and some other issues we see as absolute. Most of the official rhetoric on the other side is empty: devoid of any moral thinking on the question but just a "if you don't let us do this, the terrorist win". I don't think that my dad believes something so simple. I think he believes there is nuance in how these searches happen, and that nuance wasn't covered by the Constitution, so it could go either way. I'm an absolutist on the interpretation of "unreasonable" means here, and what a person's "papers and effects" are.

    I'm reminded about my view on second amendment. It sounds a bit like that argument my dad makes about the fourth amendment. I don't think the second amendment actually means to let individuals "keep and bear Arms" of any kind, because that reading means individuals should have the right to keep weapons-grade Uranium.

    But, there are absolutists who see "keep and bear Arms" and are absolutists. (BTW, why doesn't the NRA fight for the rights of individuals to keep weapons-grade Uranium, anyway? "Charlton Heston put his radiation vest on")

    I think one of the toughest things I've had to do in Free Software is to live and work in a world people who think proprietary software is reasonable and moral. Some of them are honorable and really disagree, and some of them aren't. It's really tough to navigate the world like that.

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    Honor is #problematic your honor culture is a killing code.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2013-12-28T04:02:21Z

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    Pretty hard to say that global spying is justified. This isn't in the gray area. We left the gray area decades ago.

    Sorry to say, but in this case perhaps your father is putting his head in the sand. It's a very natural reaction when you'd otherwise have to confront highly problematic scenarios head on. Takes time and careful thought to overcome. Patience, I say.

    Also, the reasoning that global spying is OK cuz computers are like nuclear weapons is rather comical. :-)

    Douglas Perkins at 2013-12-28T06:06:09Z

    There was a time not too long ago when perfectly honourable people believed slavery was fine.   

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    "Of course, my father believes what Snowden did was criminal and not whistleblowing (like I do)."

    To me it's pretty obvious that what Snowden did was criminal, unless the U.S. has whistleblower clauses in its secrecy laws, but I haven't heard anyone claim that, I believe Sweden (which has them) is pretty unique in the regard.

    It is also obvious to me that it was whistleblowing and that it was the right thing to do.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2014-01-23T15:10:42Z

  • Stefano Zacchiroli at 2013-12-14T09:39:06Z

    #OpenPGP «key IDs are not useful [and actively dangerous]. We should stop using them» http://debian-administration.org/users/dkg/weblog/105

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    Yay for my tendency to never trust anything at all!  Happily, my full key fingerprint (40 characters) has occupied the entire back of my business card for the last two years.

    Nick Daly at 2013-12-14T16:45:26Z