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i downloaded all 10.000 of those ugly lazy lions nfts and turned them into a mosaic of a person right-clicking

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@rysiek There's a flavour of argument over packaging systems and formats which runs:

X package format is difficult for software developers to use.
Y package format is easy for software developers to use.
Therefore Y package format is better than X.

What's not realised is that the fundamental value and benefit to package management is to systems administrators / owners / users, and integrated distributions of packages. And that the major costs of operation and maintenance are not installation, but *operations and maintenance.

"Easy for sofware developers" typically translates to "encourages sloppy and difficult-to-maintain processes and practices". Not only this, but by lowering up-front costs at the expense of long-term costs, the practice further encourages poor practices (from an O&M perspective), and puts well-behaved software at a disadvantage.

See the Debian Project's explicit focus on user benefit, a long-term value benefit.

This is a Jevons Paradox / Gresham's Law crowding out of well-behaved software and a race-to-the-bottom of poor long-term O&M behaviour.

#Linux #PackageManagement #OperationsAndMaintenance #JevonsParadox #GreshamsLaw #Flatpak #snap

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website made by someone who describes themself as "a dipshit who doesn't know how to use computers" and hosted on a raspberry pi or some random VPS: loads instantly, well designed, easy to navigate

website made by fortune 500 company, with teams of designers, programmers, and servers in 8 countries: takes a full minute to load, layout shifting around the whole time, breaks if you have 1 browser add-on, the page you want can only be accessed via a third party search engine, gets worse every year

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I'd like to remind you all that while Firefox may not be great, Chrome is a lot worse and telling people not to use Firefox is just going to push most of them back to Chrome. Demanding that people go "all the way" and rejecting incremental steps is pretty high on the list of reasons why free/libre/open/non-megacorp software isn't more popular.

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woke up at 4 am convinced that firefox's built-in json renderer was sufficient to let json be used for documents rather than html, resulting in something like gopher or gemini

my 4 am brain was wrong, but actually only a little bit.. strings being displayed in quotes is the only real problem with that idea

word wrapping, links, headers, basically all the rest of a minimalist document format are there in the json browser

Sorry we were down for a bit, another server blew a PSU which in turn blew a fuse in the computer room

Now, we are supposed to have redundant PSUs and power feed on this server, but the crappy old hardware had apparently broken the other PSU without raising an alert.

It is probably time to replace it with newer hardware sometime soon.

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"But second, and far more disturbing, is the notion that web developers should be continually testing their websites against early releases of major browsers."

"That's actually why there are web standards – so developers don't have to do ridiculous things like continually test their websites to make sure they're still working."

"That someone of considerable stature in the Chrome project would think otherwise should be a red flag."

theregister.com/2021/10/04/chr

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#Slack seems to have tried to enable #DNSSEC on their zone (slack.com) today, and:
dnsviz.net/d/slack.com/dnssec/
lists.dns-oarc.net/pipermail/d
status.slack.com/2021-09-30

You should totally trust them with critical internal communication. Yup. They definitely know what they're doing.

#sysadmin

h/t to @DrWhax for bringing this to my attention

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I don't know who needs to hear this advice today, but you're welcome.

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I was apparently wrong recently regarding copyright on Hacker News

In a discussion of police playing copyrighted music to trigger automated takedowns of civillian video, someone pointed out that a recent US Supreme Court decision invalidated copyrightholders' right to sue US states for copyright infringement.

copyright.gov/policy/state-sov

One would presume this might extend to any entity operating as state government.

Say, for the sake of argument, a state university library system.

Which would mean that such a system might take upon itself to, for whatever reason, host Sci-Hub, LibGen, or ZLibrary, in a legally-immune status.

That would be an interesting development.

(There's no specific need for it to be a library system. It could be the forestry department, prisons, or an individual legislator or elected official.)

Boosts appreciated.

#Copyright #SciHub #LibGen #ZLibrary #Immuity #Impunity #SCOTUS

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When writing software, or debugging software, shortening tthe speed of the edit/build/test/examine/wtf cycle is one key element for higher productivity.

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@debian It's almost like you can see it on the bandwidth graphs of the mirror serving as cdimage.debian.org: acc.umu.se/technical/statistic

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Debian 11 is now cascading to a mirror near you! If you can't wait any longer, the CD images are now available from cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/c #ReleasingDebianBullseye

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