Elena ``of Valhalla'' valhalla@identi.ca

  • 2018-03-20T21:31:53Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    The problem with the Code of Conduct

    I don't believe a CoC is the right solution to help people feel safe at events or in communities. This feeling grew stronger in the last months when I had - once more - to deal with someone that I believe I can call a harasser.

    To be clear: I strongly believe that our tech communities can get better at making people feel safe. I believe it is urgent to work on solutions to achieve that goal. But I feel like we can do better than a CoC. We need to do better than a CoC because a CoC is a band aid on a larger problem and it won't help in the long term....

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  • Programming the iCE40HX1K-EVB FPGA with a Bus Pirate

    2018-03-17T22:12:34Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    I've posted a new article on my website:

    Programming the iCE40HX1K-EVB FPGA with a Bus Pirate

    Now that it is possible to use some FPGAs with a fully Free Software toolchain, I've started to play with them (as apparently everybody is doing these days), currently just with the aim to learn something new (yay for solutions in search of a problem!)...
    www.trueelena.org my first experiences, and an howto for my specific set of hardware (iCE40HX1K-EVB and a Bus Pirate as an SPI programmer).

    @Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO
  • Foot fetish #2 (SFW)

    2018-03-11T17:55:24Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    and one slightly scaring mechanical contraption to ruffle them!
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    Sorry, there had been an issue with the Pump.io connector. I created a workaround now.

    Ike at 2018-05-16T14:45:19Z

    Sorry, there had been an issue with the Pump.io connector. I created a workaround now.

    Ike at 2018-05-16T14:45:33Z

    Sorry, there had been an issue with the Pump.io connector. I created a workaround now.

    Ike at 2018-05-16T14:45:34Z

    Hopefully the problems are now finally fixed. There had been some weird side effects.

    Ike at 2018-05-17T07:40:45Z

  • Foot fetish #1 (SFW)

    2018-03-11T12:44:59Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    One foot to press them
    one foot to guide them
    one foot to roll them
    and in a tidy hem bind them.

    (That's a 24 meter strip of cotton voile, or 48 meters of rolled hem sewed with small stitches (length setting <2 on the machine) that took more than one hour with a hemming foot, I don't want to think how long that would have taken without. Next step: the ruffler)

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  • On the demise of Slack's IRC / XMPP gateways

    2018-03-10T08:45:59Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Gunnar Wolf • On the demise of Slack's IRC / XMPP gateways

    Well, they have lost me as a user. The day my IRC client fails to connect to Slack, I will delete my user account. They already had record of all of my interactions using their system. Maybe I won't be able to move any of the groups I am part of away from Slack – But many of us can help create a flood.

    Say no to predatory tactics. Say no to _Embrace, Extend and Extinguish_. Say no to Slack.


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    » Elena ``of Valhalla'':

    “[...] Say no to Slack [...]”

    I never even said yes to begin with...

    Say no to any silo! =)

    » Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):


    It's weird, but even though the direct link fails, it's the first thing ATM at http://gwolf.org/ and at Planet Debian.

    JanKusanagi at 2018-03-10T13:46:18Z

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    Adding a / at the end of the direct link may or may not help, that site tends to have issues like this, sadly.

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2018-03-11T19:24:52Z

  • 2018-03-09T22:04:11Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    How we conduct ourselves

    The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
    H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
    More and more often, I find myself having to defend my political opponents, or having to argue against those whom I presumably agree with.
    www.carmenbianca.eu An insightful commentary on a certain recent CoC controversy.

    And then there is that bit at the end :)
  • 2018-03-09T08:29:09Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    prove you are not an Evil corporate person

    In which Google be Google and I drop a hot AGPL tip. Google Is Quietly Providing AI Technology for Drone Strike Targeting ProjectGoogle Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones to automate the identification and classification of images taken by drones — cars, buildings, people — providing analysts with increased ability to make informed dec...
  • 2018-03-09T08:28:36Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Fabio(fabrixxm@kirgroup.com) 2018-03-08 19:39:09:
    "Marzo pazzerello:
    c'è la zucca,
    metti il cappello"

    @Gruppo Linux Como

  • 2018-03-08T15:18:17Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Report from the Geniatech vs. McHardy GPL violation court hearing

    Today, I took some time off to attend the court hearing in the appeal
    hearing related to a GPL infringement dispute between former netfilter
    colleague Partrick McHardy and Geniatech Europe
  • 2018-03-05T18:34:05Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    Be a “Body Model”, take and send us pictures of your figure to help us create new “Real Body” fashion figure templates to draw. What to wear Dress minimally so that the lines of the body can be see…
    (the site looks semi-dead, but tracing your own picture to make a croquis in your own body shape looks a pretty good idea, and on that page there are instructions on how to take the picture.

    via: https://thepragmaticcostumer.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/getting-your-ideas-on-paper-using-croquis-to-design-your-historical-gowns/

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  • 2018-03-01T14:22:26Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Ten Mincho – Great font and ugly Adobe

    Reading that the Kanji and Roman part is well balanced, and the later one designed by Robert Slimbach, I was very tempted to get these fonts for my own publications and reports. But well, not with Adobe
    from the department of licensing terms done... WTF
  • 2018-02-18T09:07:08Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    What is Debian all about, really? Or: friction, packaging complex applications

    This weekend, those interested in Debian development have been having a discussion on the debian-devel mailing list about "What can Debian do to provide complex applications to its users?"...
    liw makes a lot of points that I fully agree on (as people who has heard me ranting on the topic in the past already knows.

    Also, get out of my lawn, or something

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  • 2018-02-13T20:43:36Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    SnowCamp in Laveno (e cena del sabato)

    Il 22 febbraio si avvicina e con esso la data dello SnowCamp, ritrovo
    invernale di Debianari a Laveno, per lavorare in compagnia e rendere più
    facile l'attesa di DebConf e altri eventi estivi.
    @LIFO @Gruppo Linux Como ci sono ancora posti sia per il camp che per la cena di sabato, aperta alla comunità locale.

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  • 2018-01-29T14:33:58Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Renata's blog - The right to be included in the conversation

    Why do I have to be coarsed into signing up agreements with corporations to be able to interact with other people using the internet?
    Posting it here is probably preaching to the choir, but...

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    It's truly pathetic that certain groups/organizations only make their information available via closed spying silos like those. Unacceptable.

    +99999999999 to Renata.

    JanKusanagi at 2018-01-29T14:53:37Z

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  • Buttonhole Anonymous

    2018-01-26T12:59:14Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Hello, I'm Elena, and I prefer to make buttonholes by hand.

    It may be because all of my machines only have the classical 4-step buttonhole that requires a bit of manual handling, and I've never tried the automagical 1-step set-the-size-and-the-machine-does-everything, but I consider making machine buttonholes a messy process where you lead fabric under the machine hoping for the best, then precariously cutting in the middle of threads, and finally discover that you've doing it wrong, but at least it's usable.

    By hand, instead, you first cut (too little), try the button, snip another bit so that the button actually passes, and then proceed to do neat, carefully controlled stitches. It does take more time, but you can easily do it while e.g. lurking an IRC meeting :)

    Am I insane? should I try the automagical machine and that would convert me? Would that require me to surrender to the idea of proprietary software in my sewing machine?
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    I was unclear -- I did not mean that as "you should". It just reminded me of my mom.  Rock on with your Edwardian attire!

    Sarah Elkins at 2018-01-27T15:20:12Z

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    I still didn't try to do buttonholes. I'm fighting with the sewing machine more often (from 2 works per year now I am at 4-5 works per year) but still in the very basic steps.
    My mother did semimanual buttonholes as you explain, but I don't know if she had other option with her machine.

    Laura Arjona at 2018-01-28T13:02:46Z

    » Laura Arjona:

    “I still didn't try to do buttonholes. I'm fighting with the sewing machine more often (from 2 works per year now I am at 4-5 works per year) but still in the very basic steps.
    My mother did semimanual buttonholes as you explain, but I don't know if she had other option with her machine.”

    @Laura Arjona yay for fighting more often with the sewing machine, as that's the way to win! :D

    As for the buttonholes, I believe that sewing machines either can do the semimanual 4-step buttonholes or the automagical 1-step ones, I don't think that there are ones able to do both.

    anyway... in a bit more than a week there will be the fosdem videos, and that's another excellent hand-sewing time :)

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2018-01-29T15:22:22Z

    Found out about Knitta Please today.

    I'm convinced you're a member. Maybe even one of the founders!! xD

    JanKusanagi at 2018-02-07T18:28:13Z

  • 2018-01-23T18:51:39Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    ActivityPub is now a W3C Recommendation | W3C News

    The Social Web Working Group has published ActivityPub as a W3C Recommendation. ActivityPub is a decentralized social networking protocol based upon the ActivityStreams 2.0 data format. It provides a client to server API for creating, updating and deleting content, as well as a federated server to server API for delivering notifications and content...
    via https://identi.ca/cwebber/note/7l7ZAkN-RuauAHrx5JRUow
  • Can I haz entropy?

    2018-01-21T15:57:16Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    A couple of geological ages ago, I stumbled on GnuK on the Maple Mini and our very geeky household decided that we needed a handful of those maple mini clones.

    Then there was shipping from China (through the Italian customs), finding a time to play with it, discovering that no, it can't be loaded through the maple bootloader (and semi-bricking two boards in the process), deciding that this was the perfect excuse to buy a BusPirate, and finally, we were able to load both GnuK and NeuG on said semi-bricked boards.

    Using debian testing (buster) all prerequisites were available in the distribution: both the toolchain as described in the READMEs and a version of openocd with support for the BusPirate; the configure line from the above article worked just fine and what was left was to follow instructions from Programming the FST-01 (gnuk) with a Bus Pirate + OpenOCD to load the firmware on the boards.

    (The NeuG required a slightely different configure line: , to select the right USB IDs — note that these IDs are only available for experimental uses or under conditions detailed in the READMEs for GnuK and NeuG.)

    One note: you may have heard that the BusPirate is slow for this kind of tasks, and I can confirm it. Flashing the NeuG took 325.728790s for 24576 bytes, flashing the bigger GnuK took about half of forever, i.e. about 20 minutes (and the first time it failed with a timeout). Afterwards everything seems to work, but I strongly recommend doing something else in the meanwhile.

    Now, why would I need the NeuG, other than simply because HRNGs are cool? Well, #874720 makes it pretty painful to build python-gnupg multiple times in a row¹, and as long as I don't manage to make it run all tests using urandom an HRNG that only costed a few EURs² looks pretty attractive³.

    To be continued, as I find time to play with the GnuK and NeuG...

    ¹ In case you're wondering: the quality of available entropy is not going to impact on the resulting binary: building the package simply drains entropy while generating a handful of throwaway keys in order to run tests.
    ² if you don't count the PirateBus, but I already wanted one, I was just waiting for an excuse :D
    ³ of course, haveged would cost even less, but as I said, HRNGs are cool :)

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  • 2018-01-19T09:22:09Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    mjg59 | Privacy expectations and the connected home

    We have social norms against bugging our houseguests, but we have no social norms that require us to explain to them that there'll be a record of every light that they turn on or off. This feels like it's going to end badly.
    I've mentioned before that I would like a warning when I enter a house that uses devices like these, but I know that would be unpopular with people who bought the devices. Especially with those people who don't really understand how the devices work and who exactly they are trusting. I guess at this point I should just assume I am always under surveillance outside my own home? I'm not super excited about this version of techno-utopia...

    Charles Stanhope at 2018-01-20T16:10:48Z

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  • 2018-01-12T08:50:56Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    From Ada’s AMA: What’s the most effective way for someone today to encourage space exploration? – Ex Urbe
    Probably by passing on aspiration. Our world is saturated with messages telling people to give up, to settle, to take whatever path will make ends meet, to expect to face a grim job market when we reach adulthood, to expect...
  • 2018-01-10T08:35:26Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Meltdown and Spectre in Debian
    I'll assume everyone's already heard repeatedly about the Meltdown and Spectre security issues that affect many CPUs. If not, see meltdownattack.com. These primarily affect systems that run untrusted code - such as multi-tenant virtual hosting systems. Spectre is also a problem for web browsers with Javascript enabled.
    a short, to the point, update on the status in Debian