It's been a long, dismal week and I need to take a break and turn off my brain for 30 minutes or so. Unfortunately there's nothing amusing to be found on either of the meager streaming services I have access to from here (Netflix UK and whatever junk Amazon shovels at you for free when you sign up for Amz Student's free trial). Don't worry, no free-software web browsers have been harmed in either of these exercises.
Are there any well-made comedies distributed on YouTube, for example? There are a number of awesome educational things that I watch that way (Numberphile and Chop-n-Brew, for starters); a lot less pure-creative comedy, which I kind of miss.
The whole "buy a license to watch TV" thing in GB is alien beyond words.
To clarify, as I mentioned before, I have been successfully deep-diving into podcasts (even managing to track down a few of the vanished ones though various unscrupulous means), but if I try to power down my brain with audio only, I know I'll just end up opening FontForge and pushing diacritic anchor points around.
And yes, I do also know how to distract myself in other ways; I can read and everything. But why is no one producing sitcoms on YouTube or another gratis distribution channel? I've found a lot of audio content coming from the improv community ... as podcasts. Makes you wonder why those people don't publish video, too. I would be all over that.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Bit_of_Fry_&_Laurie
Most of that seems to be on Youtube.
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since free to air tv switched over to digital in this part of the world theres no reception .. can't even pick up one channel so left with the only option being cable even to get the free-to-air channels.
as for netflix, etc .. I don't know, haven't looked around to see whats available online because I'm worried that watching tv over adsl might be a bandwidth hog and I don't really want everything else to be slow. (the bw cost is not a problem on the plan that I am on- just not sure its fast enough to do both as its a noisy line and I'm not getting anywhere near the spped adsl2+ is capable of. There isn't much my isp can do about it, its due to ancient wiring under the street)
Didn't renew my Flickr account last year; thinking of just uploading every photo I take to Wikimedia Commons.
There don't seem to be a lot of barriers to entry.
Do you think that regular Republican voters understand that "tax cuts for the super rich" does not mean "lesser tax cuts for other people so that maybe someday you'll be rich too and you'll get to bask in the tax cut that the super rich are getting"?
Cause maybe they don't.
2017-03-06T23:26:52Z via AndStatus To: Public
So I've been listening to a lot of weird podcasts while working on typeface design the past few weeks (stay with me; this goes somewhere).
Problem is, I have about 20–25 hours a week to fill that way (although I don't max out of course), which means I have a tendency to run out of podcasts.
Which means I look around for more, which means I read recommendations. And a LOT of the recommended podcasts that aren't currently in active production just vanish completely. No archive. Sometimes it's produced by a commercial broadcaster and it disappears behind a paywall, but for the most part, independent sites just go offline; the feed URLs vanish and the sites (and, often, domains) shut down. Sometimes the Wayback Machine folks archive the pages and the RSS, but that doesn't capture the media files.
I don't think we've learned anything from the days when broadcast radio, TV, music, and printed material was just thrown away under the assumption that it was no longer current therefore it was no longer of any importance.
@email@example.com archive.org does have large media archives as well... maybe an opportunity to avoid losses there with auto-chasing of RSS feeds?
It would be better, perhaps, if something like Freenet/ipfs/zeronet would gain traction and become the default. I'd like to have the older media that I've created or accessed kept around by default as long as there's a modicum of interest in it.
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You would think so. I suppose there is some general caution to be exercised regarding copyright; I don't know necessarily what standard redistribution licenses on podcast content are, but I do suspect that licensed music would pose a bigger problem for IA than does the text content of web pages on Wayback.
But I still personally think such an archive ought to exist, objections from advertisers / royalty-collection agencies or no.
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Why the Internet sucks
SCIENCE FICTION IS NOT SCIENCE, GENIUS.
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Well since TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine...
The the Acutal science link would be:
That said.. an Ion Engine is probably not the best choice for a dog fight.
I'm more offended by the Grammar. Clearly "Not because OF grammar"
but then I'm old and can write cursive so..... "grumpy old man shakes fist at internet cloud?" :D
Word Station TwoHere are the things people may or may not mean when they say "Republicans":
- Current elected officials in the national party
- The national party's registered and active members
- The national party's registered members, active or not
- The national party's formal leadership
- All of the above, except at the state or local level
- People who voted for a party candidate in the last election
- People who voted straight ticker for the party in the last election
- The above two, except for "the past several elections"
- Voters who self-identify as being "with" the party
- Voters who sympathize with the party's positions
- Unelected public officials / appointees / staff who work in a party administration
- PR people working for the party
- Party-sympathetic pundits who go on TV / radio
- Party-sympathetic commentators and broadcasters who have their own programs
- Donors to the party
- Random people on social media who talk about the politics of the party
All of these have equivalents for other parties, of course. Be precise in your language!
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Arrighty; let's crack open this brand-new, family-sized can of organically-grown, deluxe jumbo del-monte worms
So, is the Kansas shooter accurately described as "a terrorist"? Or is he "a murderer" and, possibly, "mass murderer" (depending on how you define that)?
I am still going to contend, as I did a few weeks ago, that so far the event does not seem to meet the traditional definition of 'terrorism' — specifically, 'violence undertaken intentionally to further a political aim or goal by drawing attention.'
It does have all the markings of a hate crime, to be sure. And crimes can certainly be both.
People can, of course, disagree about the definition given above. But maintaining the precision of how we talk about things is important. Just because something affects politics after the fact, though, does not mean it meets the formal definition.
And yes, I understand the political implications that are the cause of concern for so many people. Namely, that conservatives (Republican politicians in particular) use a double standard, and one that has racially minded overtones; it's 'us vs them' talk, and it's discriminatory.
Politicians play games with their language, to manipulate people. Journalists aren't allowed to and, in my opinion, neither should regular people / thinking citizens / the public. You have to filter what politicians and other agenda-driven people say; the fact that they do it does not give you license to play fast and loose with terminology yourself.
To wit, getting into the game of arguing about using the terrorism label for domestic, individual, spur-of-the-moment violence is counterproductive. It plays into the discourse the Republican politicians want to drive, and — worse still — it leads to broad, ill-defined "definitions" that they will then subsequently use against all peaceful protesters whose politics or message they don't like. Which is dangerous, for all of us, beyond belief.
- Cloudflare: Ha ha! My keen strategy of not belonging to anything popular on the web has finally paid off!
Somebody wanna 'splain why it is that Evince has a pair of "Next/Previous History Item" buttons on the menu bar, that as far as I can tell serve no function, but it does not have "Next/Previous Page" buttons?
So I did finally install 2FA-authentication and forced-SSL on my newly Let'sEncrypt-ed blog sites. Along the way, one of the plugins offered to send email notifications about rogue login attacks it's thwarted.
Which leads to the surprise. Between the two blogs, one of them is getting hammered non-stop with automated attempts to log in to the administrator account, the other is getting none. But the one under attack is my old, personal blog, which I have not posted to since 2011, and which is not linked to from anywhere on Earth. The one getting no frontal assault is my FOSS-related blog, which I do post to (admiteddly not frequently) and which is syndicated in the planetsphere.
So what's the attack scenario here? Do automated attackers assume that a more dormant blog is more likely behind on its security updates and/or has more guessable passwords? I'm not clear....
If I were writing an attack bot, I think I would only consider a blog's dormancy as a last resort. First I would try to find what software the blog runs, including version numbers. Then I would use that info to look up default passwords and other known vulnerabilities.
Examining my own blog, for instance, I found my WordPress and JQuery versions just by watching which files got downloaded when I loaded the main page in Firefox:
I would suspect that the age of your blogs is more relevant than their activity level. Your older blog probably got discovered some time ago - including whatever software versions it was running at the time - and added to a list of known blogs they could attack. The list gets passed from person to person. Now some script kiddie gets a copy of it and decides to use your blog for target practice.
Coining a new term today: selfcongratulacracy.
Can't wait to use it in a talk at a FOSS conference.
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2017-02-13T23:39:04Z via AndStatus To: Public
I mean, seriously — why can't I have Double Ratchet, OTR, secure timestamping, ZRTP, and some stupid blockchain nonsense running in FOSS on a secure smartcard? "Not a lot of people write smartcard software" and "when they do, it's proprietary" just don't excite me as explanations. #preachingtothechoir
Why does this throw a "no module named 'xudd.tools'" ImportError?
import sys sys.path.append("../asyncio") sys.path.append("../xudd") sys.path.append("../PyPump") sys.path.append("../oauthlib") sys.path.append("../requests-oauthlib") sys.path.append("../dateutil") from xudd.hive import Hive from xudd.tools import join_id
PGP StuffIf anybody out there would like to help me test something, you can send an OpenPGP-encrypted message (content irrelevant) to my old LWN address (nate@ .net).
I'm trying some hand-futzled message filtering-fu, since that address is now a forwarding-only alias.
However, I only really need one taker ATM, so if this appeal strikes your fancy, please leave a reply below.
Word Station OneHere are various things people may or may not mean whenever they use the term "the media" in some sort of online political argument:
- The owners of publishing companies
- Big-city newspaper front pages
- The broadcast networks' Nightly News
- Big Cable News Networks news programs
- Guest editorials written by celebrities on the opinion pages of big-city newspapers
- Monthly magazines
- Talk radio shows
- Political commentary shows on cable news (as distinct from the news broadcasts)
- Talk shows where hosts and guests discuss current events
- The entertainment industry: the commercial TV, movies, music business
- Entertainment gossip news magazines/shows/sites
- The advertizing industry
- Web sites where individual contractors write and publish their own posts and are paid by advertizing revenue
- Social media networks highlighting popular discussion topics
These things are not interchangeable. Be precise in your language.Also:
- Book publishers
And, apparently, many members of:
- The Marketing & PR industries
consider themselves to be in "the media." Which, to some degree, makes sense — they publish things (and for mass consumption) — even though I would use a completely different word to describe what they do.