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We're seeing people using violence to silence opponents more often than in decades. The media are ignoring the fact that so-called "anti-fascists" started the violence in Sacramento.
When people resort to force to defeat other people’s views, they aren’t starting down a slippery slope. They’re stepping off a cliff. It doesn’t matter how strongly they fee…
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The people on BOTH sides of the rally last week are despicable and I hate everything they BOTH stand for BUT the right to peaceable gather and protest shall not be infringed. Those who do not understand this fact are not mature enough to live here, please move to China where that kind of thing is not allowed.
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Unicode 9.0 is out, and it's not all about emoji.
The Unicode Consortium has announced the release of Unicode 9.0. It adds character sets for some little-known languages, including Osage, Nepal Bhasa, Fulani, the Bravanese dialect of Swahili, the …
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And on Mad File Format Science, I'm writing about Apple's new file system, APFS.
Apple is introducing a new file system to replace the twentieth-century HFS+. The new one is called APFS, which simply stands for “Apple File System.” When Apple released HFS+, disk siz…
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Last night I saw a couple of episodes of Houdini and Doyle. I'm favorably impressed.
Last night I watched a couple of episodes of Houdini and Doyle. I couldn’t get the first episode, so I don’t know how it was all set up, but the premise is that Harry Houdini, who is in…
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If the anti-freedom student movement of the sixties was Darth Vader, today's is Kylo Ren.
When I started at MIT in 1969, there were two student movements. The larger one was motivated mostly by opposition to the Vietnam War and fear of being drafted into it. A smaller but noisier group …
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On LWN.net, I write about JHOVE, DROID, ExifTool, and FITS.
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Time is running out on Mary Crowell's Kickstarter campaign, "Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour." Support it if you can. Spread the word if you can't.
Join Dr. Mary Crowell on a mythic musical journey, Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour, her bluesy jazzing new album!
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In spite of what misinformed grammar fanatics say, there's nothing wrong with using the passive voice appropriately.
Self-proclaimed experts on writing often express contempt for the passive voice, whether they understand what it is or not. Language Log has a good discussion of what it is and where it’s a p…
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On my blog I'm writing about writing.
Lately, as some of you know, writing has been my main source of income. I’ve had some single-article sales, including a number to the Foundation for Economic Education and one to LWN.net. In …
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Here's the latest on PDF 2.
The next big jump in PDF may finally happen this year. The PDF association tells us that the spec for PDF 2.0 is “feature-complete” and will be available to the ISO PDF committee and me…
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The nominating ballot for the 2016 Pegasus Awards is now online.
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America's nuclear arsenal is coordinated by IBM Series/1 computers with floppy disk drives.
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