As usual we have a word in German that perfectly describes what we witnessed tonight.

It's called "Fremdschämen" and it's the vicarious embarrassment you get when you see something so deeply mortifying, you feel embarrassed just watching it.


You won't wear a mask?

To protect others?

It doesn't matter about the veracity of the need to wear a mask, or the conspiracy you think is there.

You are unwilling to protect other people by doing something really trivial.

"I! I! I! - Me! Me! Me!"

Listen to yourself.

But no, gunning for Big Tech does NOT mean that we're not gunning for Big Content and Big Telco, too.

Bust 'em all!

The idea that these monopolized industries are somehow keeping each other in check - rather than colluding to screw the rest of us - is wrong. Google did an anti-Net Neutrality deal with Verizon. And all the tech and content companies illegally fixed wages between 'em.


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“One of the weird side effects of committing yourself to indignation-as-praxis is that the mere idea of experiencing a moment of peaceful neutrality feels like giving up, as if somehow your feelings of tension and anger were productive. They’re not! They’re simply feelings, which may or may not push you to useful action..”

Today I rediscovered that pagination in Postgres can be a bit weird if you don't sort the data relatively fine grained. Things can jump about depending on what else is happening if your database is busy.

When climate deniers hit you with that “wind turbines kill millions of birds” bad-faith argument you can show them this chart

If I had $1 for every PR pitch I get with a dead web link, I'd have about $5 a day

Give someone a program, you frustrate them for a day; teach them how to program, you frustrate them for a lifetime. -- David Leinweber

Maybe I'm cynical The new Rowling controversy couldn't have been done deliberately to boost sales of a book that's got mediocre reviews, could it?

Managed to sort the fonts

But white on white app launcher is becoming a bit of a trial

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TIL that KDE is unusable because there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to turn the transparency off if you prefer a light colour background. If you’re a half blind old git grey on black is terrible and the transparency from the original setting is invisible once you change the scheme.

I also want to up the defaults for font sizes. Lovely high res screens that are physically small are a problem for blind old gits too.

There are probably hundreds of more important things the Ruby core team could be looking at

This is pointless


I hope you can also spare a thought today for Balbir Singh Sodhi & his family. He was the first Islamophobia linked murder post 9/11. He was shot at his gas station. He was Sikh. His murderer went shot 3 other people that day who "looked" Middle Eastern.


Looking for a job. I do web development. It has been kinda hard for me to get a job, for quite a while. I am also considering 'no need to have education' jobs


"Using the argument that it's like wearing a seat belt is so boring."

"Demonstrating utter contempt for the vulnerable is boring too, baby cakes"

Good news: has been merged onto the Public Suffix List. So when it launches, anyone will be able to create their own (Small Web) site at <domain> just like at any Top-Level Domain (like .com, .org., etc.)

(Only—unlike commercial domains—we can do it without charging for domains. And it takes seconds to set up. Otherwise, it will work like any other domain so cookies, etc., will be scoped to your domain for security, etc.)

#SmallWeb #commons

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