Nathan Willis

Inaccessible Island

Nathan Willis, Verified

  • 2015-07-28T16:08:41Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Confession: I'm still bummed out on a regular basis that we don't have 3D volumetric displays.

    mray , Christopher Allan Webber like this.

  • Plotting out weather data domination

    2015-07-27T15:59:51Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I decided to build a home weather station, and I would really like to contribute the data that it logs to a freedom-respecting service.

    Unfortunately, there appear to be three unpleasant options:

    - WUnderground, which is owned by The Weather Channel and claims ownership of the submitted data

    - OpenWeatherMap, which does not appear to be actually "open" at any level and which also has a terrible API (no unit support, no localization, and it is unaware of sub-national provinces, which is particularly bad if your city name happens to be used in other provinces)

    - CWOP, which is so archaic that 50% of the site's links are broken (including one that is a double-404: the original page is gone, and it directs you to visit a second page that is also now gone....).

    Am I missing a better option?

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' likes this.

    Olivier Mehani , Olivier Mehani , Olivier Mehani , SombreKnave and 7 others shared this.

  • 2015-07-24T19:18:50Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    TL;DR: Screw academics who redefine a colloquial term then act like everyone in the public is stupid for not using their stringent neodefinition:

    PS it's totally different when I make a distinction between "font" and "typeface". That's serious.

    agreed ...
    and tks for this funny and clearing ref., now I can more easely explain the confusion to my own kid when going to the museum.

    Paleonthology is a great science for this, as it's so young, it's also so easy to show how the scientific process is prone to errors and sociological effects. Here in bxl we have the chance to have an historical room with some reconstitution of the discovery of a herd of iguanodon during the 19th century, in a coal mine, with technology at hand at the time. Its nice to show how we are small facing both nature and knowledge aquisition. (we are still comparing bones by hands and drawings ...)

    olm-e at 2015-07-24T19:39:26Z

    Nathan Willis likes this.

    If you -- or anyone -- ever visit Oxford, I highly recommend visiting the Pitt-Rivers Museum, which is an anthropological musuem dedicated to a wildly inaccurate theory about how technology and craftsmanship evolves.

    Still a great and informative collection, but the research that the founder put into it is -- while thorough -- totally wrong. It makes for a fascinating look at how we present history and our present understanding of science.

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-24T19:44:09Z

  • 2015-07-23T17:43:28Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Must. stop. reading. about. HarveyOS.
    Show all 7 replies
    Mray: Collectively, it's GPLv2; the original P9 source was under the Lucent Public License, which is Mostly Free, but Lucent relicensed everything as GPLv2 in 2014.

    Confusingly, the GitHub repo still comes with the LPL attached, though.

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-24T14:43:55Z

    That license on Github indeed confused me. So it isn't an advancement on Linux in that regard.

    mray at 2015-07-24T19:24:29Z

    I'm not clear how it could be an "advancement on Linux." What does that mean?

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-24T19:35:37Z

    I'm sorry. What I meant to say is that it does not promote an OS or kernel with anything "better" or "newer" than GPLv2 in terms of user freedom.

    Being a non-native speaker and being sloppy quickly results in strange sentences I guess.

    mray at 2015-07-24T21:02:42Z

  • Because SCIENCE.

    2015-07-22T23:21:26Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I just conclusively proved to myself that 1/3 of a (dry) cup is the same volume as 1/4 of a (dry) cup. Which is confusing, at first, until you remember that a cup is exactly 12 ounces, so of course it all makes sense and you wonder why it was ever perplexing in the first place. Duh.

    Because fuck the metric system.

    Hubert Figuière at 2015-07-23T00:17:44Z

    olm-e likes this.

    The same thing is true of a metric (dry) cup actually.

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-23T13:01:26Z

  • 2015-07-22T02:25:37Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    If we're being brutally honest, Knight Rider proved that "one man can make a difference" iff that one man has an indestructible batmobile co-piloted by a sentient supercomputer and also the backing of a secret full-time support staff with unlimited funds. Which is still an excellent lesson for the kids.

    sazius , Charles Stanhope , like this.

    dootdeeduhdooo ... dootdeeduhdooo ... dootdeeduhdootdootdoooooooo

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-22T02:28:05Z excellent point. :-D

    Freemor at 2015-07-22T13:49:16Z

  • The offense

    2015-07-21T16:42:26Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    One thing I'd really like to see is a "Programmer's guide to integrating your copyleft additions with others' permissive code so that the result is a GPL-covered derived work."

    Stephen Michael Kellat , mray like this.

    Stephen Michael Kellat shared this.

    (maybe the title could use some work.)

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-21T16:42:47Z

    Well, I was thinking "more aggressive".

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-21T23:43:14Z

    Stephen Michael Kellat likes this.

  • 2015-07-21T16:32:47Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Frankly, I don't understand why OSCON would approve an "anti-*anything*" talk in the first place. Bashing other parts of the community has no business in a FOSS session schedule. , mray like this.

  • 2015-07-21T16:02:41Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I fail to see how Canonical asking you to recompile packages with their Ubuntu branding elements removed differs in the slightest from Red Hat asking you do to the same thign with RHEL packages. Except that to get any RHEL packages to begin with, you first have to sign and agreement to pay Red Hat a monthly service fee.

    Scott Sweeny , Stephen Michael Kellat like this.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) , Stephen Michael Kellat shared this.

    Fair question. The way I read the Conservancy statement, it's in the details.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-07-22T12:29:21Z

    Certainly a fair question. The difference is that Red Hat always demanded that branding be stripped, and they didn't offer binaries to non-subscribers. You got source.

    And projects like CentOS and Scientific Linux took that source and did the hard work of removing branding and building binary distributions on their own infrastructure.

    Canonical, on the other hand, supplies binaries to all comers. And many a downstream project has used those binaries as a base.

    Just like Ubuntu does with Debian.
    I wonder if it's any different with Fedora. Is there a similar requirement for using Fedora packages in a downstream distribution?

    Steven Rosenberg at 2015-07-22T19:59:43Z

  • 2015-07-21T15:13:01Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Well I guess it has been a few days since a new Foundation was announced by a big group of well-funded corporations.
  • 2015-07-20T22:11:49Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Now trying to squeeze my rejected "The Bad News about Fonts on Linux" talk into Lightning size for GUADEC.

    I don't think it's going to fit. #somuchtodo

    Evan Prodromou likes this.

  • 2015-07-20T22:10:07Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    In other news, I actually saw a pickup truck with a Confederate flag on it yesterday, proving that there is a first time for everything.

    Stephen Michael Kellat likes this.

    Stephen Michael Kellat shared this.

    To be a teensy bit clearer, this took more than 25 years of living in Texas. It concerns me because I feel like it supports my suspicion that our recent public debate on the subject has fallen into deeply-worn regional-distrust and urban-vs-rural rhetoric that has the effect of putting previously uninterested people into defensive posture. I don't think this was somebody who had that flag on it truck six months ago, and that should be worrisome.

    The only other instance I recall of anybody actually owning one of those flags was some kid in the same dorm as me in college, and there was very clearly a "just cause my parents work on a farm doesn't mean I'm an idiot" guardedness about most of what that guy did. You know, based solely on what I recall from those mandatory hall-wide meetings all those years ago, which are oh-so memorable.... #reliablenarrator

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-20T22:53:17Z

    Christopher Allan Webber likes this.

    I generally find it freaky when I see trucks bearing such flags here...near a northern terminus of the Underground Railroad that is also fairly close to Canada...

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2015-07-21T02:23:40Z

    There's one that drives around my area. There's also a house about a mile away that flies a hybrid Confederate battle / don't tread on me flag. This is California, not Mississippi. at 2015-07-21T03:03:49Z

  • 2015-07-20T22:06:43Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I would pay dearly to see a web site's "please like us on Facebook" pop-up collide with its "please take our satisfaction survey" pop-up and its "please subscribe to read more" pop-up and bring down the entire site.
  • Next year

    2015-07-20T16:31:28Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Can we _please_ try to avoid this situation:

    wherein *every* free-software conference in the world takes place in August? I mean really people. I'm missing out on at least three events -- meaning I would like to provide news coverage of them -- because they're all piled on top of one another.

    I know how hard it is from a planning perspective; I work on TXLF. But I can also see the wikis of most of these events' planning teams, where people kick things off with "how about sometime in August?" For example:


    Just don't. There are dozens of other months to choose from.
  • Winter is coming

    2015-07-17T22:22:14Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    ... of Security.

    Mozilla is doing another "Winter of Security" internship program, apparently:

    I really wish there was a good list somewhere of all the various 'code intern' programs out there now. IIRC, several projects (Tor?) have them, Apache maybe(?), and various specialty groups like Code For America (for civic/public-sector projects). But finding them is a haystackery.

    Douglas Perkins likes this.

    Douglas Perkins , Douglas Perkins , Douglas Perkins , Douglas Perkins shared this.

  • Generic package name

    2015-07-14T14:59:08Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Brainstorming ideas for what to use as the generic Linux software package name. Current leader was 'libappkit.' Until I googled that and it turns out it exists already.
    Show all 6 replies
    .*Kit is a namespace reserved for Apple. ;-)

    Hubert Figuière at 2015-07-14T16:37:54Z

    I hear that libappkit is the one that adds general methods for managing widget factories.

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2015-07-14T16:40:13Z

  • 2015-07-14T14:05:49Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Pet peeve: when people say a number X "is a fraction of" Y. Yeah. All real numbers are "fractions of" every other number. LITERALLY.
  • 2015-07-13T17:44:28Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Spent a big chunk of last week hacking the Wink hub (a home automation device jammed full of, like, 8 radios). Still can't get it to connect to my hidden-SSID access point using wpa_supplicant.

    I feel like the problem might be that I have a lot of spaces and non-alphanumeric characters in my SSID name, but there are a lot of upsides to that, too, so I'm not giving it up.
    Oops, that should say "weekend" not "week." The Wink hub is not hard to hack, FTR. Though making it do useful things can take _some_ exploration.

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-13T17:45:36Z

  • Da Web

    2015-07-12T23:58:23Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    #Egad. I just discovered a web discussion forum exclusively for people who design their own decks of playing cards. #yourthingisnottooobscure

    Douglas Perkins likes this.

    If it exists, it's on the Internet; or in outer space xD

    JanKusanagi at 2015-07-13T00:03:37Z

    testbeta , Douglas Perkins , Stephen Michael Kellat like this.

  • 2015-07-09T22:42:02Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Yes I know there are code-hosting projects other than Gogs a review of Gogs does not imply that nothing else exists and a review of Gogs is not a Wikipedia list page cataloging all similar projects in the universe why can people not get that through their heads I swear sometimes

    Christopher Allan Webber likes this.