@sir one of my favourite talks is called Narcissistic Design by Stuart Halloway and he mentions using tests as a way expand the contract by inventing a bunch of ways to use it for which it was never intended. It's a great way to over-engineer without getting in trouble because nobody questions you for writing tests.

@Wolf480pl I believe it logs a warning or error or something to the journal when running daemon-reload or whatever.

<insert joke about plans for Arthur Dent's house being demolished being “on display” in a locked cabinet in the basement of city hall>

@sir this happened to me. I contacted their support and they removed the suspension. Apparently it's automatic triggered by registrations from uncommon domain names. Because spam or something. It's quite annoying.

@riking @kline @href If it doesn't need to be very complicated/support all of IRC you could just make a TCP connection and do a bit of string finagling. But, having no experience with Erlang I don't know if that's actually as simple as you'd like.

@kline Either I guess. I don't know much about the languages, but they've seemed cool when I've glanced at them. Unsatisfying libraries can be a real bummer; that's a gripe I have with Rust.

Do you use Elixir? Isn't it the new hotness?

Sean Carroll's podcast is full of good conversations about interesting subjects. This one particularly so to me & this audience.

I grew up hearing from people (like Eben Moglen) about the importance of free software and federated networks for our freedom and privacy. But, since then, I've gotten the impression that normal people don't care. They don't worry or think about their relationship to the operators of the networks. Hearing these ideas come up in a more current form is refreshing.

Sean Carroll hosted a very interesting interview with Cory Doctorow about technology, federation, law, socialization, and information.

I thought it was quite interesting.

It's 78 minutes long; you can find it at preposterousuniverse.com/podca

@sir Python doctests are kinda cool. Good ones double as examples to explain to users what a function does.

But it's real easy to write bad tests especially if you're compelled to in order to meet some coverage goal.

I wrote a blag post about the dumb & convoluted way I run Mastodon with systemd's portable services.


If you read it, then my mom won't be the only person to read my blag before the next drive fails and my website is down for another week.

After having been away from Python for a couple months, I tried writing a new Python program and only just now realized how strange it is that the logging package is all camelCase.

sqwishy boosted

Valve hires KWin core developer Roman Gilg for gaming-related XServer and KWin improvements. Roman seems to have a ton of cool projects in the pipeline, and this makes me happy. #KDE


@sir I've been looking at capnproto.org/ recently. It more like protobuf than gql and designed for IPC instead of having text based queries/formats.

I don't think it's quite what you're looking but you might find some things interesting in their literature.

I got around to upgrading the mastodon instance today and they added polls. Is this good news?

I made a little timer thing in rust that runs in a browser with WebAssembly.

See it here: timer.froghat.ca/

Project link: gitlab.com/sqwishy/super-serio

FYI, some parts of iproute2 support -color and -json options.

@sir It looks like your desk has an adjustable height. Do you do anything in particular to keep your desktop from getting too far from the peripherals when you raise your desk? Like long cables or putting the machine higher up off the floor?

I keep my tower on the desk right now but sometimes it (and then the entire desk) vibrates and it's really difficult reading a vibrating monitor. ._.

One thing I enjoy is filling email address fields with root@localhost whenever I'm prompted to sign up for a newsletter without my asking.

It probably doesn't do anything, but I like to imagine that a machine somewhere at tomshardware has an inbox full of their own spam.

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