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Squeaky clean and back under the cover. Road salt is a killer this time of year so every outing has to be followed by a wash if I want to keep the non-rusty parts non-rusty.


Using nginx for some simple enough transparent proxying and diddling about with rewrites and re-learning about my horrible technical luddism. Why have I been trying to use Apache to do this stuff for close to 20 years when it's still just as infuriating as it was back then?

Anyway nginx is great (which means it just did the thing I wanted it to and gave me meaningful error messages when it didn't).

I think the primary conceit of our time that we won't recognise until later is that we think we can expose ourselves to constant barrages of partisan content, advertising, and messages insidiously designed to appeal to our strongest fears and desires, and somehow emerge with the core of our character unscathed. It's the smoking of the 21st century. It is a very real thing that we don't yet fully understand and are pretty sure is bad for us.

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OK, just logged into the twittles for the first time in a week and there was a load of angry shithole stuff and someone posted a holocaust picture; so I'm gonna leave it there because I don't want to be that guy. But seriously. Even checking replies for 5 minutes made me noticeably angrier and more stressed.

You wouldn't be long getting frostbit.

I guess I've never had it on my list to go on out and buy a toilet before, but I guess also this weekend I get to go buy a toilet.

2001: Ha ha Linux could even run on a toaster! j/k
2011: Wow this toaster actually runs Linux. It’s not a joke anymore.
2021: Please pay the ransomware to receive your toast.

So, a week in, I've followed maybe 4 people (saturation isn't huge and discovery isn't easy), yet I have a reasonably reasonable federated timeline on mastodon.

I also don't spend random phone browsing time getting angry. This has had an appreciable affect on mood -- now that I can't blame back-to-work ennui.

Someone mentioned to me during the week that this might just be me turning inwards. Which it might be, as an unconscious form of self-care.

I don't feel like I'm missing anything.

Oh my god oh my god the Telegram cryptocurrency I thought was a scam was not a scam they're serious about that oh my god ahaha techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/tele

I dunno about you but I'm finding myself an awful lot less existentially anxious now that I don't read a twitter feed. It's surprising how much of my news I got from there, and how much was passed through a polarising filter of outrage.

It doesn't help that the improvement in mood is mostly being eaten up by feeling irritable and crappy all week for some unknown reason. Most likely the aforementioned 'getting dark at 4pm' bollocks.

the safest way to use computers remains abstinence

I suspect people trying to find alternate CPU architectures that don't suffer from #Spectre - like bugs have misunderstood how fundamental the problem is.

Your CPU will not go fast without caches. Your CPU will not go fast without speculative execution. Solving the problem will require more silicon, not less.

I don't think the market will accept the performance hit implied by simpler architectures. OS, compiler and VM (including the browser) workarounds are the way this will get mitigated.

So the hardware bugs now have cute names AND logos. I thought we'd be ok but we are so fucked now.

"The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer. He sells the consumer to the product. He degrades and simplifies his client." -- William Burroughs


Anyway. I understand the irony of talking about how happy I am about trying to produce actual microblogging content instead of entertaining hot takes in the form of such a said hot take. Whoops-a-daisy I guess.

I guess it beats tapping like and retweet on shit that bothers me for no reason.

The folks at twitter love that. They want you to do it more. It makes twitter more important, and valley folk are easily up their own holes enough to think being important to the zeitgeist is worth the societal damage that might cause. They want nazis and trolls on twitter because to do otherwise would artificially diminish the dramatis personae of the great timeline of humanity they believe they are responsible for curating for posterity.