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microblocks.fun is still in Alpha, but check it out nevertheless! It works on lots of 32 bit microcontrollers.

It's been tested on the micro:bit, circuit playground express, calliope and several Arduinos.


> I've heard of instances where the tech will ask for passwords.

I've experienced this at the Apple Store when taking a Mac in for repairs. They refused to fix it if I didn't give them the password, even though it was under warranty. There's even a dedicated field for typing in your login password on the iPads the Apple Genius gives to you when submitting your Mac for a repair.


What does running their own data center have to do with it? As I understand it, this daemon could be deployed to a VM instance.

I remember watching Steve demo EOF at a tradeshow in Chicago, probably around 1995. His demo system crashed hard in the middle of the presentation, and we got to watch it reboot NEXTSTEP on the big screen. He handled it well, with an "oops" and a laugh, but I bet some people got their asses handed to them afterwards.

In practice, your solution is a major hassle. There are very good services that do what you do much better, such as https://privacy.com.

You can suggest uBlock Origin and they'll be halfway there just with that.

It's odd that nocode uses the Apache 2 license. I'd have thought they'd go for something that is maximally permissive so that nocode could be used in all applicable situations.

It looks even worse on mobile https://i.imgur.com/EOm3D4Y.png

I also don't think the JS is that bad here, the site loaded pretty fast for me even when I tested with a slow 3G network. But yeah that UI doesn't give a good reading experience.


I don't post often to Medium. (Though I don't post heavily to my own site these days either.) What Medium's good for is that I sometime need to provide links to articles for various newsletters and so forth. In the general population, Medium seems to be seen (however erroneously) as a more "serious" platform than a personal blog. In any case, the people I'm providing the links to seem to prefer I use it for those purposes.

For deeper, general purpose pieces, I also just cross-post to Medium from my own blog as that seems to drive some incremental traffic.


This would sound like wisdom, except that all of the other email clients for Linux are garbage.

I bought Mailbird because it looked amazing and had the feature set I wanted. It has done its job extremely well, and I'm very happy with it. But it doesn't have a Linux client; it's only for Windows.

I have six active email addresses spread across multiple providers - Office365, Exchange, Gmail, GSuite, and Zoho. I need a central place to read it all.

I've seen Hiri mentioned before, but dismissed it because it doesn't support Google/IMAP. Once it adds that support, it has my attention, and potentially my dollars.


> Now with the legacy driver I have to force enable acceleration and even then I sometimes get the feeling it isn't really working, given how the fan behaves when watching movies on the go.

If you want zero-copy video playback for optimizing battery life use mpv with --hwdec=vaapi -vo vaapi. Or vdpau or whatever API is supported with that driver.


1280x800 means you can have ad blocker at least (or tampermonkey). Block bottom bar and make header scrollable for this site once. Phones lack this, sadly.

I simply don't like it because it's blocked by the Chinese firewall. There's never any problems with self-hosted personal blogs in this regard.

But beyond that I don't think it's an unreasonable publishing medium. It's convenient for authors and scales to most platforms.


Hardly awful. It was message dispatch object oriented programming. It allowed development of what was essentially the Mac OS X operating system and applications, in the early 1990s. Software that ran on a 25Mhz Motorola 68040. Years before Windows 95, and far more advanced than any other desktop computing platform. HTTP and web browsing was invented on a NeXT computer.

Ah OK that make sense. This is likely what the authors means here by "loosely." Cheers.

If it's a genuine question (you want to learn not not indulge in verbal power play) then it's good no matter what it is.

TOTP is designed to be usable even while offline.

Julia Evans has a great blog post on this, which is much better suited for asking good questions of a TA, friend, or coworker than ESR’s post: https://jvns.ca/blog/good-questions/

One key mindset you have is to take a breath from the frustration that motivates the question and put a few minutes thought to how you can set your answerer up for success.


With my specialty in native code, I am already benefiting from the end of Moore's law. Now, a factor 2 in performance actually matters. I also expect to see more specialized hardware and software to, say, feed 8K screens, process many small independent transactions (high core count servers), etc. There is going to be a lot of interesting performance work :)

I'm not sure you save time: That round trip to the store might take an hour. Conversely, you could defer the task that needs that cable until the day after tomorrow, take 2 minutes to buy it on Amazon, and spend the next 48 hours on other stuff.

To me, the hour trip to go to the store is much more burdensome than 2 minutes on my computer plus 48 hours of doing everything else that I have in my life...I run my brain on a round-robin scheduling algorithm, and there are plenty of other tasks that can keep me busy while I wait for that interrupt to return!


The password can be replaced by something simpler like a PIN, which is why you'll read about U2F replacing passwords and one-time codes.

Sometimes 'replacing passwords' is used to mean 'replacing the traditional username and password login' as well.


Thanks a lot for all the feedbacks, I agree with you, the more I work on the project the more I realize how difficult it is to make everything fully automated without impacting the quality of the geolocation (NLP is not 100% reliable) and the quality of the sources, I am still working on that.

> Are there any career paths I can pivot to that are less cognitively demanding than software engineering where this degree would be an asset?

Have you thought about going into CS research or academia?

CS is not about programming. One of the best CS professors I've had barely knew how to type.

CS is more about math and algorithms and theory than programming.

There is also technical writing or teaching. High schools are desperate for CS teachers.


It's incredibly helpful to learn by example, in my opinion. My university course taught using Xv6 as well, and the exams often included a problem where you were asked to modify a portion of the code to change behavior in a particular way (we were also asked to have the entire code printed out for reference during the exam). Probably one of my favorite courses.

Potentially look into VEX? It's not cheap, but it's good fun.

I think Java is partially to blame for that.

When it came out I was disappointed that they adopted and interpreter, followed by JIT with 1.2, leaving to commercial third parties the AOT compiler toolchain.

I was then double disappointed with .NET, due to the NGEN/JIT mix, because NGEN was no match for a proper AOT compilation, just for faster startups.

And it took them Singularity, Midori, to finally arrive at CoreRT and .NET Native, and still it only applies to certain deployment scenarios.

Back then it wasn't only Delphi, there was Oberon, Component Pascal, Eiffel.

But they were all commercial and then around the same time FOSS started to pick up steam, Kylix was very badly managed, and due to its UNIX roots everyone was mostly writing GNU tools in C, which wasn't actually that much used in the PC world where we were already quite happily using OWL, VCL and MFC.

At least Pascal style syntax is fashionable again.


i wonder if implicits could present a security risk, insofar as the compiler may grab some [perhaps mistakenly in-scope] identifier which has sensitive data on it.

>"Controlling playback allows the industry to insure that new works are industry-sanctioned and appropriately taxed by the incumbents"

What industry are you referring to here - the tech sector, the entertainment industry? This is rather vague. Also which tax are you referring to? Who are the "incumbents"?


Unfortunate that the Internet community (writers and readers) are sacrificing so much to the false god of “discoverability.” For a few glorious years, self-hosted decentralized blogs, services and games were a thing. Now everyone is off re-implementing everything that sucked about centralized broadcast media.

I’ll never forget my college drawing professor. It was a hard class to get into, and I was young and trying to keep up. He came over to my easel, stroked his chin, and said, “yea, looks good.”

Pauses, steps back and says, “I think it can use one little change, may I?”

He then takes a white paint brush and proceeds to erase my entire drawing with it.

“Ah, much better”, he says.

He was a total asshole but had a cult like following. Those of us remaining by the end of the semester loved him. To this day I credit that class with dramatically improving my drawing skills, but it definitely wasn’t for everyone.

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