Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

see http://red-bean.com/kfogel

  • 2019-08-19T17:34:13Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Excellent post by @hillelogram (though I would say "responsiveness" rather than "performance" per se is the key thing here):


  • 2019-08-19T16:33:16Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hey @dustyweb, a long time ago you mentioned something to me about how (if I recall correctly) Docker as commonly used isn't actually fully free and open source software. Do you recall what the issue was / know a page that explains it / know an SIP I should search for?

  • 2019-08-19T15:20:50Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    /me looks around Twitter, notices recent trends (absent from identi.ca, but whatever, we're going to pretend this was an automated repost)...

    All right, everyone, let's just cut to the chase:

    What was your first online service security question answer? And what's your most common answer today?

    Responses in thread, please, and retweet widely!

    Random from the offered questions, and random keypresses.


    But can't retweet 😅

    JanKusanagi at 2019-08-19T15:27:57Z

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    Redent, redent!  I repent, and I do not resent, I merely ask that you redent!

    Karl Fogel at 2019-08-19T16:09:09Z

    Not an identi.ca user, either 😎

    JanKusanagi at 2019-08-19T16:23:39Z

  • 2019-08-16T21:48:47Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Why Free Software Matters, episode "Oh heck, I'll just mash together all the number keys on my keypad and call it an integer":

    https://boingboing.net/2019/08/13/getting-deplatformed-from-appl.html

    TL;DR: Being deplatformed by Apple online services breaks your Apple-controlled devices. Who could ever have seen this coming?

    Number of ©®Apple users who will care and do something about it, worldwide: ~3.

    JanKusanagi at 2019-08-16T23:19:54Z

  • 2019-08-16T19:20:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    .@baconmeteor is brilliant as usual. Frankly, it's getting old. Couldn't he try writing badly for once, just to give us some variety?

    Anyway: I came for the production values, but stayed for the observations of Hong Kong's leaderless protest movement:


  • 2019-08-16T17:14:09Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I don't even understand how I made it through the last 15 or so years without this script:


  • 2019-08-16T16:47:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I know the Republic doesn't stand or fall on this question, but one thing this whole Congresswomen-being-barred-by-Israel flap has really brought home to me is the weird mismatch between the spelling of Rep. Tlaib's name and how it's pronounced:


    The Romanized spelling, I mean. (Obviously, but just pre-empting the "Well, actually" crowd (well-actualizers?) who might point out that its spelling in Arabic is not confusing at all -- though one of the points made in that link is that it might be ambiguous there too.)

    Karl Fogel at 2019-08-16T16:48:44Z

    I know very little about Arabic, but I believe the last phrase to be true based on region, more so in Arabic than in English, though La Croix the drink is pronounced different than the St. Croix river, so...yeah

    Doug Whitfield at 2019-08-21T14:52:35Z

  • 2019-08-16T16:41:05Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    In which Pascal's Wager gets a modern and allegedly non-theological update but retains the same logical flaw it's always had:


  • 2019-08-15T17:18:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I have a friend who did research and analysis for some years at an investment bank who has decided to look for new work. She's super smart, super trustworthy, a great communicator, and I have her resume right here. If you're interested to learn more, please let me know!
  • 2019-08-15T17:04:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I just found what appears to be a translation (that I did not know about!) of my book into Czech: https://knihy.nic.cz/files/edice/tvorba_os_softwaru.pdf

    If you read enough Czech to tell whether this is a decent translation (or at least is not one of those obviously-machine-generated ones), please let me know.

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  • 2019-08-13T19:42:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Ok, is is "voicemail box" or "voice mailbox" or "voicemailbox" or "voice mail box"?

    (And no, it's not at a usedbook store...)

    It's "the darn machine".

    JanKusanagi at 2019-08-13T21:12:54Z

  • 2019-08-12T19:01:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Today I discovered https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Clarke_(composer) after following a link from @mindspillage's 2009 @Wikimedia Foundation Board candidacy page.

    Thank you, Internet (and @mindspillage).

  • 2019-08-12T18:36:06Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    TFW when for the first time you articulate out loud a thing you actually do all the time but had never put into words before:

    "I'll adjust my reply to be a reply to his reply."

    (You've all been there too, right? Thought so.)

  • 2019-08-09T20:41:14Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It's not enough to coddle your underperformers if you don't also punish those who consistently do great work.

    True organizational excellence comes from embracing both edges of the sword.

    To those who already live this creed: thank you. Thank you every day.

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  • 2019-08-09T14:23:05Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    TFW you see someone objecting to alleged well-actually-ism but they're really doing it in order to avoid engaging with a relevant and constructive point.

    Yes, it happens.

  • 2019-08-08T16:38:01Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    In today's episode of Internet Joy: A question from @_sagesharp_ leads @alexbayleaf to ask @brainwane, who swiftly responds with All The Links about how to be the kind of community moderator who cultivates an inclusive community. (^/ to @jasonaowen)


  • 2019-08-04T20:21:45Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Quit Facebook.

    https://revealnews.org/episodes/harpooned-by-facebook/

    /cc @mariabustillos

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  • 2019-08-04T18:36:06Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I didn't want this to occur to me, but:

    The grammar of "meet cute" has always puzzled me, in an oddly but unplaceably familiar way. I finally realized what it was: it irks me grammatically the same way the phrase "hate speech" does.

    Oh well. Not sure what to do with that.

  • 2019-08-04T18:30:26Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Every time I take the soap dish from the shower to the kitchen sink to clean off the caked-on residue of soap, using the kitchen sponge and soap, I think to myself "I am using soap to clean off soap. I fundamentally don't understand how the world works and could use some tips."
  • 2019-08-02T15:57:15Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I hate how 'git add' means both "stage changes in a file that's already under version control" and "add a file to version control".

    Failure mode: You have 'secrets' and 'secrets.tmpl', you edit the latter, but due to shell auto-complete you 'git add' the former, commit, & push.

    I'm not saying I did this or anything. I mean, it's just something that could happen, in theory, to someone. Who wasn't being careful enough and who depends a bit too unconsciously on shell completion. And who looks a lot like me, and has my name.

    Karl Fogel at 2019-08-02T16:03:53Z

    Sounds like that person needs a .gitignore file 😁

    JanKusanagi at 2019-08-02T16:29:40Z