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Christopher Browne
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Planck: because, your keyboard isn't nearly weird enough yet.

It's ortholinear, meaning, the keys aren't staggered. Set up by default in what's called the MIT layout, which is QWERTY, just... weirder.

This is the keyboard you need to ensure that nobody ever touches your computer again.

http://olkb.com/planck/

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Neat thing seen... https://mzucker.github.io/2016/09/20/noteshrink.html

I didn't get quite as nice results on a sample that I tried, but that may be the fault of my handwriting! :-) It did pretty massively shrink the image files, without any loss of readability, to be sure.

I have been messing around a bit more with my Pine64 (64 bit quad-core ARM).

After installing a later edition of Debian, it seems to now be surviving reboots OK, as opposed to falling into some sort of "black screen of death" (which is imagined to be some sort of need to run fsck or such; it was stopping before the kernel gets to any interesting work).

My discovery of today is that it's able to run Kodi, complete with sound and graphics, however it's not got any optimized codecs, so it won't play video. The other not-totally-fun bit was that the Kodi UI was nearly glacially slow. I was able to get it to recognize and mount content via NFS from the neighbouring box, but it was very slow responding to input. (Seemed to recognize files on NFS quickly enough, mind you...)

I'm not quite sure what I ought to have it run.

I'll bet I ought to make it a Postgres buildfarm animal... I hope I have enough storage (11GB left on a 16GB MicroSD card).

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Tuvok from +Star Trek (Tim Russ) explains +Star Wars  Day (May the 4th) 

+Chris Pirillo 

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If you read this as if it's serious, and not satire, it's pretty creepy how true it seems.  In fact, I wonder if there's not strategy in the Tim Hortons boardroom to this end...

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An amazing, almost Kafa-esque story about how one company’s carelessness has created aggravation for scads of innocent people. A service that associates Internet IP addresses with real world locations has a default answer for those IPs it can’t figure out.  A default location in the geographic center of the US… or the center of any state in question.  And hence, there are now over 600 million IP addresses associated with that default US coordinate. “If any of those IP addresses are used by a scammer, or a computer thief, or a suicidal person contacting a help line, MaxMind’s database places them at the same spot: 38.0000,-97.0000.” Which leads to one little farmhouse in Kansas and a world of trouble.  Others on the top default list have had police raids, death threats.  A Monty Python-level problem that can only be (and now is) solved by transparency. 
 
Because of good investigative journalism, the company has scurried to fix the problem and shift the default locations to the very middle of large lakes.  And Nessie is getting perturbed by strange calls in the night.

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Sizing shot of Pine64, complete with (top left) the extra switch included in the box that is evidently intended to be soldered in as a reset switch.
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I just got a Pine64 SBC via a KickStarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pine64/pine-a64-first-15-64-bit-single-board-super-comput); this is a Quadcore 64 bit ARM running Cortex A53, 2GB RAM, HDMI output, generally quite a lot more capable than even the latest Raspberry Pi.
It came in last night, and was soon running Debian. This screenshot was germaine for me to configure my DHCP server to be aware of it ;-)
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