2017-12-18T02:13:14Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:Regardless of which room we're in one of the cats will go into an empty one and then start meowing over & over. It's like a "I'm lonely" meow but we're all in some other room (e.g. living room) and he could come and see everyone. In fact, in some cases he was already sitting in the same room with everyone else before he gets up & goes into another one and starts. I don't understand you, cat.
2017-12-11T05:01:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:Peanut butter: Crunchy or smooth? Discuss!
Happy DEC-10 Day
2017-12-10T12:56:08Z via Pumpa To: Public
A particularly well-known PDP-10 computer known formerly as AI@MIT (for those that know their GNU history) is in a museum here in Seattle but hasn't been but running because of a hard disk head crash. The museum has been working to make a hard disk emulator that they could connect the machine to in order to get it running. It seems that they've made some progress on this and they're releasing that emulator as free software under the AGPLv3+: http://its.victor.se/pipermail/its-hackers_its.victor.se/2017/000160.html today, December 10 aka DEC-10 day. (Get it? Haha...)
I wonder how much longer it'll be until the machine is up and running the Incompatible Timesharing System once again.
2017-12-05T16:54:03Z via Pumpa To: Public
Today is the third annual Reboot Tuesday.
What? Libreboot has its own holiday. Reboot Tuesday is held on the first Tuesday in December every year. To celebrate it you need only to any of: * Reboot a computer that has libreboot on it, at least once (a reference to a joke that libreboot is really a reboot library called "lib"reboot.) * Install libreboot on at least 1 computer * Help someone install libreboot on at least 1 computer * Port libreboot to at least 1 computer
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2017-12-03T20:18:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:Perhaps all of these security vulnerabilities have shown that the Incompatible Timesharing System (ITS) had it right to begin with: No security.
2017-11-28T14:47:09Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:The biggest match ever, in the history of the Software Freedom Conservancy: https://sfconservancy.org/news/2017/nov/28/largest-match/
It's good to support them, considering all of the good that they do for the free software world.
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2017-11-26T13:09:59Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:Who knew that, as part of working on linux-libre-firmware, I'd also need to resurrect development of an assembler that's been unmaintained for 20 years?
2017-11-22T13:52:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:I guess the cat was thinking something like this last night: "Oh no, Jason has gone to bed and closed the door. It is obvious that he has forgotten about me and that I will soon die of horrible loneliness. My only hope is to sit at the bedroom door and sing the song of my people."
2017-11-13T03:55:14Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:I'm announcing the availability of the Linux-libre-firmware repository to coincide with the release of Linux-libre 4.14, codename -ENOFIRMWARE - https://jxself.org/firmware.shtml Enjoy!
2017-11-05T02:15:41Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:Trying to build what little free firmware exists to use along with the kernel named Linux; finding some of these aren't even buildable at present and probably haven't been for a long time. For one of them, the assembler that it needs does build but immediately segfaults. In another case the carl9170 WiFi firmware has some problems building the cross-compiling toolchain, which is a prerequisite to building the actual firmware.
I'm guessing that people don't normally build these things from source and instead grab the binaries from linux-firmware.git and don't notice when there are problems.
In looking in to this problem where the toolchain for the carl9170 WiFi firmware wouldn't build, I found that Debian doesn't build it from source either: They just re-use the firmware file from linux-firmware.git and provide the same (broken) source.
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2017-10-25T00:56:17Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:I'm tired of this rhinovirus reproducing inside of me. Come on, immune system - you can do it! In the meantime these mentholated cough tablets really help.
2017-10-07T18:42:03Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:You know, I think Rick Astley once talked of GNU. "Never gonna give GNU up, never gonna let GNU down..."
2017-10-03T19:43:51Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:Oh, Trump. Just when I think you can't say anything worse.
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>> Jason Self:
“He went to Puerto Rico and started complaining about how much it's costing to help them, saying that they're throwing our budget "out of whack." Then comparing their death toll to a "real catastrophe" like Katrina.”
The boss was being brutally honest yet lacking in context. Yes, the Disaster Relief Fund is probably going to run dry again soon. The mission ops report this morning already had two disturbances in the Atlantic basin. We're not out of hurricane season until the end of November. The current Continuing Resolution runs out on December 8th.
The island is in the hole and is likely to default on its financial obligations to the tune of $76 billion. If it does, kiss any hope of statehood goodbye for the near term. Financial malfeasance by the local administration should not have been allowed to go on that long. To bail the island out, unfortunately, the President would have to get some laws changed that prevent him from even trying to do so. He's not kidding when he brings that up and says it has to be discussed as, frankly, he needs something to take back to DC to keep the bondholders happy and talk a Congress with a razor-thin majority in the Senate into potentially passing a huge bailout.
$76 billion + current costs against the Disaster Relief Fund + costs to make a new electrical grid from scratch + costs to make a new telecomms grid from scratch = ?
Hurricane season isn't even over as the hunter squadron is getting set for a possible recon flight Wednesday. Currently the disturbance isn't near US interests. That can always change, though.
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