Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

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

  • 2022-05-13T18:36:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I realize that "complain about ${JRANDOM_GLOBAL_MEGACORP'S_PRODUCT}" is the most boring kind of Twitter, but just in case anyone's listening out there in the void:

    Is Google really making it *impossible* to turn off Assistant in Android? Esp for voice calls? Really, Google??

    Luckily this is not twitter.com 😎

    JanKusanagi @identi.ca at 2022-05-13T20:01:39Z

    I meant Twitter in the generic sense :-), JanKusanagi.

    (Well, actually I cross-post, as you probably guessed, and don't always think to change the service reference!)

    Karl Fogel at 2022-05-14T04:50:26Z

  • 2022-05-13T17:50:48Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    What a model of explanatory technical writing by @alyssarzg! I learned a ton from reading this.

  • 2022-05-03T20:47:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Science needs more poetry:

    "Osmium is also the most infusible of metals, remaining unaffected by a degree of heat capable of causing platinum to run like water. It resists even the inconceivable temperature of the electric arc."

    Now *that* makes me want to get to know a metal.

  • 2022-04-15T18:55:20Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Happy 100th birthday, Harold! We miss you. Rest in peace; rest in power.

  • 2022-04-07T19:21:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    What exactly are kudos? Are they related to dibs?
  • 2022-04-01T20:41:01Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    "It's both" is my only reply to the 21st century.

    -- @jimblandy (quoted entirely without permission)

  • 2022-03-29T17:29:40Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hey @Venmo, if I search for a user by their username, and I include the "@" on the front of the username (i.e., exactly as Venmo itself displays usernames), the search fails -- no match. If I take the "@" off the front, the search succeeds.

    Suggestion: allow the "@" :-).

  • 2022-03-25T14:06:56Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I want a key on my keyboard that means "first letter of next word".

    Then another one that means "second letter of next word" (that key is a lot easier to implement once you've got the first key running reliably), etc.

    Oh, and all this has to run locally, no network dependency.

  • 2022-03-23T20:31:27Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    At 3:27pm, I finally got the answer:

    The health insurance company won't pay this claim from the hospital because in Illinois there's a special other thing called the "medical group" (primary care provider, basically) that's responsible for some charges... so I need to call them.

    Mind you, it has taken *almost my entire work day* to learn that the answer is that I need to call an entirely different organization and sort it out with them.

    That's it.  The whole day, just to start all over.

    Our health care system is the union of all worst possible worlds.  

  • 2022-03-23T19:17:29Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers


    Nobody tells you, when you purchase health insurance in America, that there's an extra "hidden premium": you're going to pay with *hours, indeed days* spent on the phone serving as go-between w/ insurance, hospitals, etc.

    I'm basically an unpaid employee of The System.

    For a moment, I was tempted to say "As a consultant, often paid hourly, I know how much this is costing me and it's painful."

    But that's dumb. Everyone's time is valuable, for its own sake, and whether it converts to money is not the point.

    This system robs from all Americans.

    Karl Fogel at 2022-03-23T19:37:40Z

  • 2022-03-23T18:35:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    The @BCBSIL phone system has (so far) 3 times mis-routed me into an automated survey even though I'm trying to speak to a representative.

    Two of those times I actually *got* a rep on the line and then it suddenly cut over to the survey in the middle of our talking.


  • 2022-03-22T17:42:13Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    America medical bureaucracy, example 788,899,709:

    This morning at 10am I got on the phone to untangle a couple of things related to my insurance and treatments.

    It's now 12:35pm. I'm still in. I just cancelled two upcoming meetings.

    And this is *with great help from a rep*!

    If you ever need to call Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (@BCBSIL), make sure to ask for Joy. She's amazing.

    But even with her fantastic help, this process may end up taking most of my work day today.

    This is a tax imposed on U.S. citizens to pay for our regulatory capture.

  • 2022-03-22T17:12:50Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Just updated this post to add a key point:

    Government-chosen, government-mandated automated censorship technology is especially bad because it won't stop with copyright-based censorship -- the temptation to use it for other things will be irresistible.

  • 2022-03-22T15:05:16Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Anyone running Safari on a Mac: what happens when you visit https://archesproject.org/ ?

    If the site fails to load for you, could you please tell me what version of Safari and what version of MacOS?

    Loads just fine.

    Darwin Unibody.local 21.4.0 Darwin Kernel Version 21.4.0: Mon Feb 21 20:35:58 PST 2022; root:xnu-8020.101.4~2/RELEASE_ARM64_T6000 arm64

    Safari Version 15.4 (17613.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2022-04-01T03:56:35Z

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  • 2022-03-22T14:46:18Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    "You're talking about your .emacs like it's a sourdough starter."

    (Just said to me by Jim McGowan. I have a full work day ahead of me and I have no idea how I am going to stop laughing now.)

    /cc @jimblandy @jorendorff @emacsen

  • 2022-03-21T14:44:36Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    My Android phone's clock starting running an hour later than local time on Sunday afternoon.  It's a stock Google Pixel 4a (5G), running stock Android 12.  I've accepted any recent OS upgrades.

    It's 9:38am in Chicago, but my phone says 10:38.

    Is anyone else experiencing this?

    Sure, I could "solve" this by changing settings to use an explicitly-configured time zone (which I'd then have to remember to change if I travel).  But that shouldn't be necessary in the first place.  The default  settings have always worked, and my phone talks to local cell towers, right...?

  • 2022-03-20T14:44:45Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Internet Archive post about the Firefox plugin for their Wayback Machine links to the Mozilla Add-On page for that extension, but the link is stale:


    Nobody's fault, and I'm sure I can find the new version. It's just a little too perfect, that's all :-).

  • 2022-03-17T17:45:27Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Still can't believe it's not Gantt Chartt.

    I'll never get over thatt.

  • 2022-03-15T19:42:04Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I want a pair of virtual reality goggles that, when you put them on, shows your surroundings exactly as they are except that it adds virtual reality goggles to everyone's faces.