Matej Ľach ✅ @MatejLach@social.matej-lach.me

I'm really frustrated because I think "toot" is cute and I've never heard anyone actually use it to mean farts because that's just not a thing where I'm from.

And I do like that I can tell someone "could you toot that" instead of "could you post that on Mastodon", there is recognition value in that.

But if that's legit going to be an obstacle to people taking Mastodon seriously, it seems impractical for me to insist on that term. 😦

When @Hbomberguy asked me to change the "publish" button to "toot" I wasn't aware that some regions (USA?) use that as slang for farts rather than the noise that elephants and trumpets make.

And it's pretty damn annoying to hear that take/joke over and over and over and over again. Realistically, "tweet" is just as much nonsense. Birds don't tweet, they chirp, that's not a common word. But it's already ingrained in people's minds so to them tweet is serious and toot is not.

This bug highlights a problem with securing containers: the tiniest bit of kernel code can screw it up. All it takes is one infoleak. Have you audited your entire kernel, including modules and binary blobs for information leaks?

Virtualization, whether it be a hypervisor or a container, does not increase security.

scientist in 1960's: *points at huge metal box*
scientist in 1960's: this is an "hardware" it is great because you can replace its program and make it do anything
product designer in 2018: *cracks knuckles* not if you DRM it enough

A classic story that bears reposting:

"We're having a problem sending email out of the department."

"What's the problem?" I asked.

"We can't send mail more than 500 miles," the chairman explained.

I choked on my latte. "Come again?"

"We can't send mail farther than 500 miles from here," he repeated. "A little bit more, actually. Call it 520 miles. But no farther."

The Case of the 500-Mile Email: ibiblio.org/harris/500milemail

As a general observation, people chasing numbers to the exclusion of all else is what produces many of the bad effects in society. Whether it's the stock market, or performance targets in government departments or social media statistics intended to maximize engagement. Chasing numbers is also what many "bullshit jobs" are about.

This is related to what I called in the past "the fallacy of metrics". The engineering approach works well when designing an engine, but when the same methods are applied to social relations there can be a lot of bad consequences.

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It's tragic how many people are willing to throw a heroic journalist under the bus because he did not 100% conforms to their own version of what should be reported on.

If you only have journalists that report on what your personal preferences of what should be reported on are, then that's no journalism at all.

So according to the german constitution democracy cannot be abolished by a democratic process.

"HA! BUT ISN'T THAT TAKING YOUR FREEDOMS AWAY?!?!" -- most BSD license advocats using that same argument against the GPL

They know that submitting anything like that to the Linux project would be an insta-reject and probably some choice wording from Linus. Maintaining that capability as a custom kernel might also be not very viable, given the speedboat effect.

But if they can do it all in house that might be manageable, especially if they also control the hardware that it will be shipped on. That means they need to maintain far fewer drivers.
If Fuchsia ever gets shipped on phones I think Google's game plan is to integrate ads at the most fundamental level, so that you can't block them merely by installing an app or browser plugin. If ads were delivered via a kernel level pipieline then that would be much harder to block.

Just wanted to do a shout-out to @nextcloud : thank you for doing actual toots instead of cross-posting from birbsite like before.

It is appreciated very much!

So Elon issued a "apology" to the cave rescuer, (after being pressured by his board to do so, nonetheless).

Somebody decided to take the opportunity to launch a scam.

@alice These are the same people who want ten years experience for an entry level job with a tool that released two years ago. There's a LOT they don't understand.

By popular demand, we've turned some of our "I do not consent to a search of this device" stickers into lock screens for phones and laptops—complete with the new EFF logo!
eff.org/pages/eff-screen-lock-

I'm going to write a lot more about this in the coming days but the most important takeaway from my first few days of switching my main development machine to Linux (Pop!_OS 18.04)?

I. Do. Not. Miss. The. Mac. One. Bit.

Everything Just Works (tm), including my USB-C-only LG external monitor (which doesn't even work with Laura's older MacBook Pro), Magic Trackpad, etc. And there are things I actually enjoy more about the experience. Never thought I'd be writing this about Linux. Exciting times!