Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

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  • Alexandre Oliva at 2021-08-23T21:30:04Z

    probably a similar reason why mainstream media who vilified former president Lula over and over now make faces when reporting the crumbling of every one of the cases against him.  it's not just that they were wrong, it's that they've pushed for an outcome for reasons they'd rather not admit to, and reporting on the developments doesn't lead to the outcome they wanted

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  • Alexandre Oliva at 2021-06-25T02:19:34Z

    heh :-)

    that got me wondering whether 'impost' exists as a verb in English.  I can't imagine what 'imposter' would derive form otherwise.  turns out impost is only a noun, and impose is the verb, but impost[oe]r carries not only the sense of imposition that associates it with impose, but also that of false pretenses.  AFAIK only the latter meaning survived in pt and es; I was surprised by the non-fraudulent sense it can have in English.  I wonder whether it is etymological or accidental.

    FSFLA has had this campaign against imposed tax software, a lossy translation of the "softwares impostos"  pun: impostos is plural for both imposed and tax, and we chose plural because somehow the pun didn't seem to work in the singular form.  I might have suggested "imposed impost software" for the English translation, had I known the word "impost" back then :-)

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  • Stephen Michael Kellat at 2021-06-17T19:17:33Z

    My life improved after getting rid of Facebook. I am not nearly as upset.

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  • JanKusanagi at 2021-06-04T14:30:45Z

    Nah, you probably have a high kernel.pid_max that allows such high numbers early on.

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  • Stephen Michael Kellat at 2021-04-21T04:31:26Z

    Got my second Pfizer shot Monday.  Mom and Dad had J&J well over a month ago.

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    Congratulations!  How did first-dose effects (if any) compare to second dose, for you?

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  • HenrysRecords.org at 2021-02-26T19:12:31Z

    We've updated HenrysRecords.org again -- 443 new entries, for a total of 62368. Happy searching, everyone.

    (Also, for those who care about the technical details: we migrated the site from MySQL/MariaDB to Sqlite3, so the code got simpler and the site is faster too!)

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  • Alexandre Oliva at 2021-02-04T16:40:07Z

    I'd never realized universe and diverse had the same root.  I wonder how it happened that one turned out to be a noun, and the other an adjective.  and they diverged further into university and diversity

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    ah, the wonders of etymology!

    nukem at 2021-02-04T16:48:55Z

  • JanKusanagi at 2021-01-07T15:54:27Z

    I'd even agree that the US was taken out of existence since January 20th 2017, until January 20th 2021 😁


    How it became possible that such an obvious psychopath was ever elected to be President is beyond me...

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  • Alexandre Oliva at 2020-12-31T22:20:06Z

    25.2.2, as in trisquel 9

    glad to know it's fixed in newer versions, thanks!

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  • Alexandre Oliva at 2020-12-29T16:19:53Z

    yup, you managed to figure out what I meant.  sorry I had you do the legwork, I didn't have the links handy and had to go by memory from a while ago.  I'm glad I didn't mess things up.

    as I said, easy to fix in the OSD, if someone cared about it.  I sort of doubt anyone ever did, and discussing changing the OSD right now is probably riskier than ever for OSI, so I kind of doubt they'd undertake it

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    Agreed.  I also doubt that anyone (even anyone at the OSI) would deny that GNU Autoconf is open source software :-), and would bet that if we asked N reasonably well-informed FOSS developers whether Autoconf is open source they would all say yes.  There's the formal definition, and then there's what's actually in everyone's heads...

    Karl Fogel at 2020-12-29T17:20:00Z

  • Alexandre Oliva at 2020-12-25T17:41:39Z

    *nod*, I suppose our circles and feeds are different indeed, and the phrase you encounter more often, or the one that annoys you more, is different from mine ;-)
    still, the point was that I'd have related more strongly with what you wrote had your experience been more like mine.  that was what I meant to express.  the negative feelings that "free software alternative to X" bring about in me are largely similar to those you described.
    and yeah, when it comes to the software proper, the terms are very nearly synonymous, differing only in nearly-irrelevant corner cases.  they do often convey alignment or ignorance, since when it comes to philosophies, they express very different positions.  as a quote, it carries meanings intended by those you're quoting, but that doesn't make me like it ;-)
    enjoyable holidays and a happier gnu year!

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  • JanKusanagi at 2020-12-24T04:31:19Z

    Yep, I dislike that phrase a lot, too, with either OS or FS.

    It really sounds like "here, this is the crappy thing you can use instead of X".


    For me, the "alternative" to X is often not the first choice, but the only choice, with X being an absolutely no-go.

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  • Alexandre Oliva at 2020-11-12T14:16:02Z

    I think the ingredients are high polarization, beliefs trumping facts, and at least one person actively caring a *lot* for one pole, and one or more people caring some for the other


    there's this person over there, who denies the presence of binary blobs in Linux despite all the evidence, with an argument that seems sound, but that rests on a false premise: that the presence of blobs in the otherwise-source tree would amount to copyright infringement

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Linux is another interesting example of active defense of a biased neutrality

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  • JanKusanagi at 2020-11-05T13:05:32Z

    "BRAAAAAAAAAAAINSSSSSSSSSSS..."

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  • at 2020-09-12T01:53:21Z

    @kfogel@identi.ca I made a modification to mine at one point.

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    Ah, even better!  That makes me so happy to see :-).

    Is it comfortable to grip?

    Karl Fogel at 2020-09-13T18:04:45Z

  • Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-08-10T15:07:20Z

    When you’ve gone so far past the top that you’ve lost sight of the top you might be in a wee bit of trouble.  Those journalists need to take a stats class.

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    It's pervasive.  To a first approximation, every story I hear on the radio or read in newspapers gives absolute statistics without adjusting for population (or for whatever the relevant factor is, but usually it's population of course).

    I don't know what they think they mean when they say these things.  It's baffling.

    Karl Fogel at 2020-08-10T17:13:56Z

  • Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-06-27T00:22:32Z

    Never heard of it. It comes from New Zealand? I suppose I should look into it.

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