twenty-nine things tagged “technology”
Terra, Gossip’s Web, and Marijn’s Linkroll remind my (oldass) self of a more innocent time when one would ‘surf the internet’, come by a list of links another human being liked, and discover all sorts of strange and wacky handmade things. I think I’m saying I really miss how fun something like Geocities was.
Blogsurf.io is another blog aggregator managed by a human being.
I don’t think I’ve enjoyed an article’s title this much in a while.
Here is a list of harmful nonsense Pai and his FCC did over the last four years:
- Killed net neutrality
- Approved T-Mobile / Sprint merger
- Repeatedly released reports that claimed U.S. broadband is fine
- Defended murder of net neutrality in court
- Flubbed Puerto Rico hurricane disaster response
- Slow-walked and obstructed investigation into telecom company sale of your location data
- Said FTC would protect net neutrality (it didn’t, and couldn’t)
- Falsely claimed killing net neutrality was good for broadband access (it wasn’t)
- Refused to brief Congress about telecom companies’ sale of their customers’ phone location data
- Helped Comcast and other major telecom companies in their pursuit of monopolistic power
- Oversaw America’s falling rank in an annual “Internet Freedom” index
- Allowed Verizon to throttle California firefighters’ data while they were fighting unprecedented wildfires
- Invented a DDoS attack that shut down the FCC’s net neutrality comment system
- Lied to public about that fake DDoS attack that shut down the agency’s net neutrality comment system
- Lied to Congress about that fake DDoS attack
- Didn’t detect that dead people were leaving comments on net neutrality comment system
- Refused to change the definition of ‘broadband’
- Demanded $200 to release emails about his giant mug
- Allowed scammers to submit fake comments about net neutrality under the names of two sitting senators
- Did that dumbass Harlem Shake thing with a pizzagate conspiracy theorist
- Became a rubber stamp for Sinclair Media and
- Tried to kill a broadband assistance program that subsidized internet connections for the economically unstable and poor
- Got a literal gun from the NRA for his “courage” in killing net neutrality
- Was investigated by his own agency for alleged corruption as he pushed to dismantle media consolidation rules
- Published report claiming broadband market was magically fixed by repealing net neutrality
- Ignored 22 million comments supporting net neutrality
- Tried to reclassify cell phone data service as “broadband internet”
- Allowed phone call rates for incarcerated people to skyrocket
Here are 150 articles Motherboard wrote about Pai during his tenure.
The focus of this project is to build a super reliable, durable, and stable network device from tried and tested tech. This is not a project for pushing the limits or testing out flashy new stacks. This affinity for ‘boring’ technology will reflect on most of the choices made here, from the hardware to the way we configure services and daemons.
Sounds lovely. (Cached)
Gone is the gimmicky TouchBar, gone are the four USB-C ports that forced power users to carry a suitcase full of dongles. In their place we get a cornucopia of developer-friendly ports: two USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 ports, a redesigned power connector, and a long-awaited HDMI port.
Photographers will rejoice at the surprising and welcome addition of an SDXC card reader, a sign that Apple might be thinking seriously about photography.
The new MagSafe connector is a bit of Apple design genius. The charging cord stays seated securely, but pops right off if you yank on it. No more worries about destroying your $2k laptop just by accidentally kicking a cord.
When you’re following a bunch of feeds, it’s easy to forget that the web is the greatest library in the history of the world—and that a good library doesn’t just have a rack of newspapers, it has a vast collection of books and archives: the stacks.
These are stories that get reposted a lot. Many of them truly are classics.
As a former sysadmin (but no expert on security): This should be read and re-read. After which one should take a few days and read it again before saying anything on the subject.
I cannot imagine the decades of engineering that went into realizing this. “Spot” the Robot Dog doing her ballet was 💯 Bravo, Boston Dynamics for taking us that much closer to (what, for now, looks like a fun) Singularity.
“Our hip product designers all agree: Adding significant noise via tiny profile pictures allows our users to tell, at a glance, who is online and who isn’t.”
“And no, you cannot opt out. Because fuck you. What’re your options? MatterMost? 🖕😂🖕”
Of course. Well, the transaction was in person and in cash (of course.)
It was just a little bag of weed sold through an Arpanet account in Stanford’s artificial intelligence lab in 1972. It’s not clear who was in on the sale aside from the students, but despite the underhanded nature of the deal, anyone with knowledge of the sale who wasn’t a square must have been excited about the implications of this early use of the Internet.
As the article clarifies:
The first online sale that we’d recognize as such today, complete with credit card information and the United States Postal Service, wasn’t until 1994. On August 11 that year, Dan Kohn sold a copy of the Sting album Ten Summoner’s Tales to a man in Philadelphia for $12.48 plus shipping, paid via encrypted credit card. Kohn later bragged, “Even if the N.S.A. was listening in, they couldn’t get his credit card number.”
Using a Bloopy Thing to print on all sorts of materials is called “Pad Printing” or tampography. Here’s a Big Bloopy Thing printing a very beautiful pattern onto a bowl (and here’s two of them going at the same time.)
You can use the same technique on all sorts of things: plastic bins, pens, keychains, golf balls, pills. The silicone/bloop conforms to the shape of the object to print on rather easily.
Quality Logo Products has a quick explanation:
A lovely Techbro aside from the ongoing #shitkraken.
(Emphasis mine.) Indeed, Gregory. When USB cards go missing, one needs formal training in Algorithms, Data Structures, the Theories of Computation and Complexity, Formal Logic (of course), and more, to express appropriate outrage at an election that’s fraudulent only in your head and only because your guy didn’t win.
If impatient, skip to the last minute.
It’s priced at $475 for the basic model and $800 for a deluxe version. The video is very satisfying to watch (I couldn’t have picked better background music.)
One could start with a Brachiograph for around $20 (basic Raspberry Pi setup, soldering skills, and assembly required.)
to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Facebook’s engagement practices and likens them to time-tested strategies used by Big Tobacco before they were somewhat regulated.
And he would know. Kendall was the former “Director of Monetization” at Facebook and is currently the CEO of Moment, a company that seeks to help people “build healthier relationships with their phones.” Which I suppose is one way to atone.
Dec 9 It’s so bad a Swiss company made a much saner substitute that sells for ~$20.
Nov 16 Looks like you can use the old remote with the new AppleTV.
I’m annoyed every time I have to use the infernal thing.
- It tries (poorly) to be something other than a damn TV remote1.
- There’s no way to tell which end is up.
- There’s no accidental tap detection when you pick it up.
- It’s way too small.
- It’s way too slippery.
- I use Siri to skip forward and backward because the edge clicks are unmemorable and dysfunctional.
I use the iPhone app when I can and, while I can’t stand the terribly implemented inertial scroll, still find it better than the hardware.
Inertial scrolling does in fact exist on the Siri remote, but the effect is muted. The on-screen movement doesn’t accurately reflect your swiping — scrolling is staggered and it often stops abruptly, when you don’t intend to stop. This makes aspects of navigation, like manual search or entering your email address or password, extremely cumbersome.
– Dave Smith, “My biggest problem with the new Apple TV remote”
See also: Steve Brykman of ArsTechnica’s thoughts on “the nightmare horrorshow” that’s the remote.
I absolutely love Dustin Curtis’ splendid explanation of “AppleTV” branding that’s making making the rounds on HN. For posterity, I stole this handy color-coded transcription off Michael Tsai’s blog.
See also: The intractably stupid AppleTV Remote.
Do quite a bit more, good and invisible things, than required for the MVP for the bloody “sprint”. You will then smile a lot and sleep quite well indeed. Excellence is a habit.
Saved here via Stephanie Harcrow’s post.
In Ramayya Vasthavayya, Avinash is a mononymous “Central Crime Branch” officer who, according to the barcode on his IDENTITY CARD, loves new-agey mind meld books. Or so I gather. Couldn’t decipher the other barcode but submit that it might reveal his preference for reasonably priced cutlery sets at Bed Bath & Beyond.
A nice little quiz meant to illustrate how much your typical Python and Bash code can accomplish in one second.
If the answer is 38,000, both 10,000 and 100,000 are considered correct answers. The goal is to not be wrong by more than 10x :)
A newer computer won’t make your code run 1000x faster :)
Gave Hugo a try and was quite impressed by the ease and speed. The official documentation kinda sucks at introducing key ideas (like taxonomies) in a gradual way that’s helpful to newcomers, but is great for variable and function references. Found these two posts very helpful. Here’s another that explains template variable scope well. And another that goes over theme development step-by-step.
Sticking to Jekyll for now since
- I don’t post that often and can wait a minute for recompilation if/when I have that many posts
- Hugo does not compile SASS like Jekyll; don’t want to make an asset pipeline or turn to readymade solutions like this
- It doesn’t do archives like Jekyll. Approaches like these might be creative but… 🤷♂️
Hugo is as insanely fast as advertized. I love the section and taxonomy abstractions, myriad content types, and I18n support. I’d use it to build any static website that’s not a blog. For now, Viva Jekyll.
The Des Moines Register on how to send them email in (I’m guessing) the late 80s/early 90s.
An article on how Baud Rate isn’t the same as Bit Rate
Baud rate refers to the number of signal or symbol changes that occur per second. A symbol is one of several voltage, frequency, or phase changes. NRZ binary has two symbols, one for each bit 0 or 1, that represent voltage levels. In this case, the baud or symbol rate is the same as the bit rate.
– Lou Frenzel, Electronic Design, “What’s The Difference Between Bit Rate And Baud Rate?”