I have found that when people say "please" and mean it, they use a very different tone of voice than when they say "sudo" and mean it.

What I learned about computer history today: Modern progamming languages started counting their arrays starting at 0 instead of 1, because they needed to run stuff faster...

...actually mostly because the President of IBM would sometimes randomly terminate programms running on shared infrastructure to recalculate his racing yachts handicap.


I have just found an authentic treasure trove of data for my meta-analysis. After months of "scraping the barrel" this feels like a real breakthrough.

A win for privacy 

The European Court of Justice has just announced hat legislation passed by countries that allows the government to demand traffic and location data from internet and mobile providers in "a general or indiscriminate way" breaks EU data privacy laws - even when national security concerns are invoked.

Full article here:

Hello, this is the official account for flockingbird.

We are building a professional social network (think: LinkedIn) for the fediverse.

Here, we'll post occasional updates and pointers to where we are at. And we'll try to answer questions about the project.

Account is operated by @berkes so feel free to cc that.


WOOHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The last batch of printed proof looks perfect! Finally, after one year of struggle... Quick blog post: davidrevoy.com/article788/

I was pretty fed up with the behavior of 'df', so I wrote my own diskfree tool.

It's called 'duf', it's written in #golang, and you can get it here: github.com/muesli/duf

On ArchLinux, you can simply install 'duf' from the AUR.

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

I'd like to ask you people to boost this post to see how long it'd take for it to reach someone else from my town (Westervoort, The Netherlands).
Of course, that implies that I'm not the only one here that uses Mastodon, but hey, part of the challenge :)

Starting on the 18th of August 2020 :)


Just came across the *dreaded* "Data available upon reasonable request" for the 10th time this week...

It's August 2020 and I have just read 6 papers (from "major" journals) using genomic SNPs obtained using one form or another of "Reduced Representation Libraries". 3 of them had no genetic data available, and 1 had no sample geographic coordinates.
How is this passing peer review in this day and age? How is this reproducible?

Reminder that git is incredibly simple if you learn it from the inside out instead of the outside in 

An object can be a blob, tree, commit, or tag. An object is identified by its ID, which is a SHA.

A blob is just some arbitrary data. Files are represented as blobs.

Trees are a list of blob IDs and other tree IDs, and their names. Directories are represented as trees.

A commit has a tree ID, an author, a date, a parent commit ID (or IDs, for a merge commit), and a commit message.

A reference is just a commit ID. Branches are a kind of reference. The only information which is stored to represent "master" is the ID of the latest commit. To get the commit log, you just follow the parent ID in each commit. To get the contents, you look at the tree ID of that commit. To update master, create a new commit and write its ID to .git/refs/heads/master (which is a plaintext file).

A tag has a commit ID, an author, and a message. It just calls out a specific commit as special, like a release number, and adds a message, such as that version's changelog.

All git commands are just a means of manipulating what is ultimately a very simple data store. If you want to know more about how a specific command works and how it relates to this data store, let me know.

I heard about Mamba a while ago, but actually using it totally convinced me to use it full time.


Took searching/installing anaconda packages from > 5 min to < 30 s for a medium-size environment. What a great replacement

Are you a software engineer or researcher working with COVID data? I’m running a study about data sharing during pandemics and I’m looking for people who can share info about restrictive data sources and data access challenges.
Pls boost to help reach others! covid19-data-sharing-study.git

Data types I am especially interested in: Data that have no strong ethical reasons to keep private, such as virus omics data and infection/death/recovery rates by geographic region.

Writing is hard! Academic writing is no exception!
Here is a very nice guide on concise scientific writing:


Every time I tag something in a git repo I can be sure I’ll have something to add in the next minute, it’s like CI builds it never works the first time

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