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it's official: the battery for my 4th gen lenovo x1 carbon is kaput.

looks like I'll have to spend some of this weekend double-checking that my backups are in good order before trying to swap in a replacement.

if there weren't so many screwed up things in the world that needed to be addressed and I could just retire right now I could very happily spend the rest of my life just learning about weird animals.

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Elementary school teachers are really out there teaching kids about how the cow goes moo, but saying nothing about the pronghorn. Truly a tragedy.

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Pronghorns run extremely quickly because they evolved to escape the "american cheetah" (

They are the fastest land mammal in the western hemisphere, going as fast as 89 km/h.

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Pronghorns look almost like a weird deer, antelope, or mountain goat, but their closest living relative is actually the giraffe.

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Despite living most of my life in North America I somehow knew nothing about Pronghorns until a few days ago:

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a frustration with myself and my education is that I spent years trying to answer the question of why software systems struggle with basic shit like this. now I think the answer, more than anything else, is capitalism. there is not really any incentive to build systems that interoperate with your competitor, so very little resources are dedicated to that. but interoperation is crucial to building robust usable systems, so you end up building deficient stuff because the market demands it.

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This weekend I played with some of the audio features that are available in modern browsers. The result is some synthesized beeps and boops. it's pretty basic but I might revisit it and make improvements.

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Decentralization is not the goal. The goal is information and communication services that respect human agency.

Open source is not the goal, the goal is building a commons of software that is free to study, inspect, and improve.

I feel like, as implementors, as people who spend our lives in the digital crawlspaces focused on the details; its easy to lose sight of the why behind the how. I think important to periodically step back and refocus on why we are doing things the way we are doing. What is the desired world state?

catholicism, colonialism 

I saw news that yesterday the pope apologized for the abuse/harms done to indiginous people in Canada.

While it's a good step in the right direction, I wonder whose idea it was to make this big announcement on April Fools' day.

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Never release on a Friday because if something goes wrong you make people work a weekend

Never release on a Thursday for the same reason

Never release on a Monday, because if something goes wrong you could tank a week of dev work. Same with Tuesday.

Never release on Wednesday because that's when everyone else releases and your chance of an integration break is too high.

Never release. Run into the wild, let your feet touch grass, be free of the chains

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This is your requisite April Fool's post.

It is the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.

Please follow the hyperlink below and be pranked.

Thank you for your time.

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Google has released a patch which guards against a high severity vulnerability. The company is aware that an exploit exists in the wild.

Users of chrome-based browsers are advised to update as soon as possible and restart their browsers.

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Firefox 98 (I think) introduced some changes to the behaviour of the download tray.

By default it opens when a download completes, which can interfere with whatever you happen to be doing at the time (which I found mildly annoying).

You can disable this behaviour by setting a flag in about:config (with no promises that it will be supported in the future) by setting to false.

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Most artwork you see today will be dust in 500 years, but the Mona Lisa will live on, why is this? (🧵)

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