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The Galactic Imperator (Long May Xe Reign) issued a decree. I must translate it to all of the lesser languages of the Empire and inscribe it in titanium to last for eternity.

Vulgar Orion? Done. Centauri Creole? Done. Earth Standard? I do not know this backwater. I visit the machine translation portal and enter the decree’s text. I get back:

TRANSLATE SERVER ERROR: The address for the database cannot be found.

What a weird script! I shrug and start inscribing, shape by shape.


People often compare #ActivityPub with #SMTP when it comes to #extensibility.

I don't know much about SMTP but there seems to be a key difference.

With SMTP you can via the #protocol determine what capabilities are present on the other end, whereas for AP this is totally opaque (you need to literally delve into the codebase of whatever is running in that endpoint to know).

#Fediverse would be served with a capability discovery mechanism and maybe conformance profiles.

Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul

This is awesome: fake computer science papers. (Nature article from August 2021)

<< In April 2021, a series of strange phrases in journal articles piqued the interest of a group of computer scientists. The researchers could not understand why researchers would use the terms ‘counterfeit consciousness’, ‘profound neural organization’ and ‘colossal information’ in place of the more widely recognized terms ‘artificial intelligence’, ‘deep neural network’ and ‘big data’. >>

A roiling sea of anguish, anger, annoyance; raw emotion churning like burning sewage.
"This," The Void said, "is where I put the screams I am given."
"I thought they just went away."
"Eventually. I don't mind storing them here until they fade."
"It's ugly. And beautiful."
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

Doctors sloppy handwriting cause over 1.5 million medical injuries because pharmacists and hospital workers are unable to read the prescriptions

Original tweet :

Last summer, while attending a friend’s birthday party in California, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Merryl Goldberg. She is a lovely and fascinating woman and a university music professor. When the topic of our careers in cybersecurity came up, Dr. Goldberg told us the incredible story of how, in the 1980's, she used musical notes and sheet music as encryption to sneak information into the USSR to help people defect. WHAT?!?! ...

The conditions had been Just Right for the Evil One to gain ultimate power.
But the same celestial confluence had granted the Chosen One equal power.

But as fate would have it, the individuals these boons were meant for had not quite been in the correct locations.

Sir Bleu the Kind sealed themself away in a magical tomb to quell their evil aura.

Grux Bloodweeper knitted coats for orphan lambs, trying to do as little goodness as possible.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

love how microwavable popcorn packets always have explicit instructions on them to *not* use the popcorn mode on your microwave

yet every microwave still ships with one of these buttons

is there some feud between microwavable popcorn vendors and microwave vendors?

Billion dollar TV show concept:

Borg of the Rings

The Borg land on Arda while Sauron and the Elves are at top strength.

That's it, that's the show.

Tonight I did the last of the changes for to handle when the proc filesystem has the subset=PID flag which hides most of non PID files under /proc. The idea is for the library to flag the issue, generally with a -ENOENT and let the application decide what to do about it.

That doesn't mean all the programs work, for example free just complains it can't see meminfo but at least it's a sensible message.

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