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Oatmeal? Are you crazy?
Oatmeal? Are you crazy?

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Oh wow, this sure reminds me of my days on Git Fusion, translating strange Git histories into Perforce histories. 9-hour translation times followed by crashes in git-fast-import. Out-of-Memory crashes. Bizarre edge cases you'd never think of (tag/branch name collisions? really?)

Good times.

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See the "Bob", fund the "Bob".

Just 22 hours and US$5k to go to hear the Reverend Ivan Stang break character and discuss the origins of the Church of the Subgenius.
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Why I love my Android phone

For the last six weeks, I've been furious at Google. The September 2017 security update that fixes the Bluborne bug was not available for my Google Nexus 6P. Even though it's a Nexus, Google does not directly release security patches to its own devices. I won't get any patch unless my cell phone carrier decides to release it. My cell phone carrier is not a software development company: they've rightly decided to not bother releasing Google's fix for Google's software. That's Google's responsibility.

Then, just as I was seriously considering going back to life without a cellphone, I remembered...

Hey, this is Android. I can download ROMs and flash my device.

... 1 hour later ...

I'm now running Oreo and I have security patches all the way up to last weeks October 5 patch. Huzzah!

So now I'm still furious at Google, but at least I'm happy with my phone again.

--Z
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Might be time to finally upgrade my old Late-2011 MacBook Pro. Thinking about +System76 's Galago Pro.

* Half the weight of my current MacBook
* 3x the pixels
* runs Linux natively without VirtualBox-on-Mac slowness
* RAM and hard disk aren't soldered on, so I can upgrade later as prices drop or requirements expand.
* ports instead of dongles!
Looks like it will be a joy to drive.

The main thing I worry about is fan noise. My current MacBook almost never runs its fans, which matters. Forum posts and youtube videos report that the Galago Pro tends to run its fans often, and loudly.

(Well that and having to give up OmniGraffle, which is the one killer app on Mac OS that has no equally awesome Linux equivalent.)

--Z
Galago Pro
Galago Pro
system76.com
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Step 1: Search for your two Senators and one Representative on Google.
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Step 2: Copy and paste their name and phone number into your contacts list.

Step 3: Call them.
It usually takes me less than 5 minutes to call all three. Just tap their name in the contacts list, talk to their nice staff people for less than 1 minute "I am a constituent of __ and calling to voice my support for __."

Step 4: Repeat step 3 every week.
Weekly seems to be enough of a balance between "engaged" and "pest".

It feels strange to use my fancy Android phone as an actual telephone, and doing so does require a few minutes more than just liking or retweeting some social media post. But at least a phone call lets you know that your encouragement is logged somewhere that your actual Senator and Representative will see.

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Another year, another attempt by Kansen Chu, D-San Jose to end this madness we call Daylight Saving Time.

I think I'll call up my state Assembly representative, Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, and voice my support for AB-807.

--Z

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My progressive and awesome US Senator Kamala Harris #resist -ed 6 cabinet posts: Thank you!

My less progressive and less awesome US Senator Diane Feinstein approved 5, including Homeland Security. That's not #resist -ing.

--Z

PS: NYTimes link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/31/us/politics/trump-cabinet-confirmation-votes.html

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While pondering the recent GitLab panic and recovery, someone on Fark pointed to this lovely set of wisdom.

Sure, it's a 1990s-era commercial for a long-defunct backup software company, but the lessons remain.

I sometimes wonder if I should write some checksum-and-catalog script to assist my monthly rsync. Would make it a heckuva lot easier to verify the full backup than my current spot-check of a few files. Wait, isn't that what Retrospect did? I wonder what they're up to these days...

The Tao Of Backup
The Tao Of Backup
taobackup.com
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I guess we have to repeat this lesson every 160 years or so. I guess history forgot what Buchanan-class presidents can do to a nation.
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Roses are red
Violets are blue
When I listen to dubstep
My neighbors do too


(I wish I could find the YouTube video where I saw this as a comment...)

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