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ABasilPlant, (edited )

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INT_(x86_instruction) (scroll down to INT3)


The TL;DR is that it’s used by debuggers to set a breakpoint in code.

For example, if you’re familiar with gdb, one of the simplest ways to make code stop executing at a particular point in the code is to add a breakpoint there.

Gdb replaces the instruction at the breakpoint with 0xCC, which happens to be the opcode for INT 3 — generate interrupt 3. When the CPU encounters the instruction, it generates interrupt 3, following which the kernel’s interrupt handler sends a signal (SIGTRAP) to the debugger. Thus, the debugger will know it’s meant to start a debugging loop there.


… I am 100% certain that if they switched to being individually wrapped tomorrow, a complaint about excessive packaging would be one of the top posts here.

You’re undeniably right. The best situation would be to not have any wrapping at all… but with the crumb situation, that’d be another top post here :/

ABasilPlant, (edited )


This (possibly last) GIMP 2 stable release brings much-requested backports from GTK3, including improved support for tablets on Windows. A number of bug fixes and minor improvements are also included in this release.

If the release says that this is possibly the last GIMP2 stable release, it feels like GIMP3 is actually on its way. I understand your cynicism, but I’d be more optimistic this time around.



Tom Scott: Britain’s largest battery is actually a lake

ABasilPlant, (edited )

In dark mode, the anchor tags are difficult to read. They’re dark blue on a dark background. Perhaps consider something with a much higher contrast?

A picture of a website with a dark purple background and dark blue links.

Apart from that, nice idea - I’m going to deploy the zipbomb today!


You can use add-ons in Firefox for Android. Not sure what version you’re running (I’m on 125.2.0) and I can use many extensions:

addons.mozilla.org/en-US/…/ublock-origin/ should directly let you add or remove the extension.


That’s not a very valid argument.

First and foremost, most devs probably see it as a job and they do what they’re told. They don’t have the power to refute decisions coming from above.

Second, in this economy where jobs are scarer than a needle in multiple haystacks, people are desperate to get a job.

Third, yes, there may be some Microsoft (M$) fan-people who end up being devs at M$. Sure, they may willingly implement the things upper management may request. However, I’m not sure whether that’s true for most of the people who work at M$.

Your comment suggests to shift the blame to the devs who implement the features that upper management request for. Don’t shoot the (MSN) messenger.

ABasilPlant, (edited )

Probably most speeches by Conan O’Brien.

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen” at 23:09 in Conan O’Brien’s 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Address: youtu.be/KmDYXaaT9sA

Conan Addresses The Harvard Class Of 2020: youtu.be/VI2B3sZ1GaY

Very riveting stuff.


Looks cool and I’m glad something new has arrived after nitter.

A few things, however:

  1. It doesn’t look like I can view comments on tweets; I can only view the tweet. (Firefox mobile if that matters)
  2. It’s pretty slow. It’s not a big problem, but it is very noticeable.
  3. Somewhat irrelevant, but why is it called TWStalker? It’s a… bit of a weird name. ‘Stalker’ makes me feel like I’m doing something illegal even though I definitely am not.

See Wendover Productions’ most recent video, “The Increasing Reality of War in Space” (from around 7:54); they talk about SpaceX launching unknown satellites and not reporting it either.


ABasilPlant, (edited )

Edit: nvm I’m an idiot, I just got the joke.


In typography, kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. Kerning adjusts the space between individual letterforms while tracking (letter-spacing) adjusts spacing uniformly over a range of characters.

ABasilPlant, (edited )

Ah, maybe the whole context wasn’t added here, but I tried to download an XPI file for a different program that uses Firefox under the hood (called Zotero). I wanted to download the file to install it manually for the other program.

Firefox naturally thought that the XPI file was meant for itself and tried to install it. The XPI file was never intended for Firefox.

Edited to add: probably a pretty obscure thing that I noticed, but it’s still bizarre.


You put it quite perfectly. The tone… ugh I didn’t like that it was all over the place. I have a lot more to say, but it’s mainly just agreeing with you.


Will you (the community) be setting your username to your public username (a username you use everywhere) or something that’s different from your public username?

Idk why, but signal feels more… personal(?) and I’d hate for general people to stumble across my signal account just by guessing whether my signal username is my public username.

I’d be fine if they got my Discord account, mastodon account, Lemmy account (they’re all different usernames anyway) because they’re public-ish accounts. Signal feels less public and I’d want to go with a username that only I can send to people I know.

It looks like there will be a message requests area and it looks like usernames can also be changed (should a username ever be doxxed).

I’m still on the fence.


See also: Nominative Determinism. If I remember correctly, there was a subreddit about this.


Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was first used in the magazine New Scientist in 1994, after the magazine’s humorous “Feedback” column noted several studies carried out by researchers with remarkably fitting surnames. These included a book on polar explorations by Daniel Snowman and an article on urology by researchers named Splatt and Weedon. These and other examples led to light-hearted speculation that some sort of psychological effect was at work.

ABasilPlant, (edited )

I used to have the same exact one. For some reason, I can only find similar ones here (Amazon de, in):



However, searching for “world map large desk mat” yields you similar results.

I’m not sure where I bought that one now hmmm

ABasilPlant, (edited )
  • Go to your profile.
  • Swipe/Navigate to saved.
  • The three filter lines at the top (top big to bottom small)
  • Show comments

Edit: Ah, I see someone else wrote the same thing below. My bad, I’ll still leave this up

What is a good video host for the Fediverse/Lemmy?

I really like to post OC edits, but there seems to be absolutely no great solution. I don’t have the storage space or good internet to self-host PeerTube, catbox.moe seems to be hit or miss, uploading huge video files to an instance is just rude, and YouTube tries to deny the privacy of the viewer and uploader at every turn....


If you are a student and also have Github student, DigitalOcean gives a huge amount of credits:


I’ve had my servers (VPS’) with them for more than 5 years.

Just know that the credits are valid only for 2 months

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