I tried out booting @elementary yesterday. Surprised by how many things worked:
✅ Hardware power off
✅ Font rendering
Things not working:
💀 Ugly grub/terminal boot in tiny font (probably fixable)
💀 Multitouch gestures (maybe fixable)
💀 Stuttering/tearing rendering and delays in menu pop-out etc
Of course I didn’t test many many things (palm rejection, high ram usage performance, suspend/resume, video playback, Bluetooth, external screens, ...).
In principle I really like what some libre OSes are doing (looking at you @elementary); building services and reusable components for common things like email etc, much like Apple does with iOS. I think having one language, one SDK, and components for all the cool stuff has enabled rapid development of apps on mobile and to some lesser extent on the Mac.
Highly recommend this talk from a conference I went to. Basically it discusses the numbers on how programming is moving (it’s very open source), and how the pipeline works (it’s a firehose, and it doesn’t). The focus is towards industry and education, but this has implications for FLOSS as well.
uspol, bathroom issues
The other day I learnt why there is even a bathroom issue in US politics: apparently US bathrooms are absolute rubbish. This has always confused me.
I never understood how someone could “police” a bathroom even, but that’s of course possible if there is essentially one shared room with stalls separated by virtually no walls, sometimes with gaps around the doors. And they have these in...schools, workplaces, etc, and not just airports and train stations?
I met with my opponent to prepare our mutual thesis defence yesterday. His opening question was “you write ‘ca’ what does that mean?”, followed by a stern reminder that I must write out full abbreviations at first use when I explained (straining to hide my surprise) that it’s an abbreviation for “circa”.
Now worried about what will happen given that he could well start discussing literally anything.
Gender identity questioning
In 2011 I went to my first IPL treatment to remove facial hair and was confronted with the question of whether I was trans.
The same day, I wrote to a friend in an email (paraphrased and abbreviated): "If I could only understand phenomenological time, then I would understand how repetition works in Butler's theory of gender, and I could figure out why gender identity is so hard for me".
Let's just say my problem wasn't too little theory on gender.
“A decentralised movement about returning freedoms to individuals can't also be about elevating a single individual to near-magical status. Heroes will always end up letting us down. We fix that by removing the need for heroes in the first place, not attempting to find increasingly perfect heroes.”
My bias against linear algebra saves me from almost all new tech hype. Exhibits A, B:
Apple: "we made a phone with a literally physics-defying computatinal camera"
Me: "...using linear algebra. *yawn*"
Apple: "...we also made this processor one gazillion times faster"
Me: "...at multiplying matrices."
I am really worried about the uptick in "cyber war". Of course cyber war is discursive (you can't cyber-kill someone), but if states understand hacking, now at some kind of hybrid of intelligence operations and active war, as something "war-ish", it means kinetic war (bombing someone) might be an appropriate response.
Couple this with how hard attribution is, poor diplomatic relations, and the things like Russian misjudgement of 2006's impact, this is a powder keg.
MA in #LIS, BA in #GenderStudies, now PhD student in #ComputerScience working with #SMT #solvers for security analysis. Currently interested in #Compilers, #ConstraintProgramming, and #ProgrammingLanguages.
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