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gabrielesvelto

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Old school nerd.
Knows things about computers that would drive you insane.
Hacks on Firefox at Mozilla.

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mhoye, to random
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"...when examining only those who passed the [bar] exam (i.e. licensed or license-pending attorneys), GPT-4’s performance is estimated to drop to 48th percentile overall, and 15th percentile on essays."

So, yeah.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10506-024-09396-9#Sec11

gabrielesvelto,
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@mhoye this calls for a meta-study about who lies more about their products between Elon and Sam

gabrielesvelto, to random
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I'm gonna say it: I'm really, really grateful to our QA people. Testing stuff over and over and over is not fun, but it's crucially important. There's so many things that can't be caught by automated tests. There's no replacement for a user manually interacting with your software.

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@usul @mte90 also stuff related to localization and accessibility

noelreports, to random
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Russian Air Force affiliated channel Fighterbomber commented on the attack on Belbek Air Base.

"There is no point in writing anything about Belbek.
Both the Ukrainians and us are lying. As usual. But the "truth" won't change anything. We need to learn. To the wounded recover, to the dead eternal memory."

gabrielesvelto,
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davidho, to random
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Explain to me like I'm 10 years old: Is the Biden tariffs on electric vehicles, batteries, and solar panels coming from China motivated 100% by politics (and maybe racism), or is there some other (more legit) reason to do it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PEcRiZPdvY

gabrielesvelto,
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@davidho anything that makes cars more expensive is a net positive for humanity, regardless of the motivation

gabrielesvelto, (edited ) to rust
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If you're doing a lot of work in C/C++/Rust consider using sccache to cache compilations. It's easy to set up and will save you a lot of time and a huge amount of power.

https://github.com/mozilla/sccache

As an example this is just a couple of hours of work on Firefox, it saved me from re-running the compiler almost 90% of the time.

gabrielesvelto,
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@shram86 this is a generic tool that works with all mainstream compilers and requires just a few lines of global configuration. After that it works completely transparently

mhoye, to random
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Random linux question: Is there way to tie a keystroke directly to an action in a console? Not in a terminal emulator, mind you. I mean, I'm not running X or Wayland anything, the console.

I'm thinking of volume keys, etc.

gabrielesvelto,
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@mhoye you can create a custom keymap and bind commands to the keys you care about. The Arch wiki has some examples on how to do it: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Linux_console/Keyboard_configuration#Creating_a_custom_keymap

gabrielesvelto, to random
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The shocking realization that - in spite of the way it objectifies its characters and the heaps of fanservice it contains - passes the Bechdel test.

gabrielesvelto, to random
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I love our users: I went over two bugs, one in Thunderbird where the user was trying to drag 5k contacts to the "To" field of a new email and the other in Firefox with the user trying to upload 100k files in one go to GDrive.

While these are extreme cases they should work. If we can handle them gracefully we can handle anything, so we should strive to make these cases work.

gabrielesvelto,
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@azonenberg there's a fine line between a scaling issue and a DDOS attack ;-)

Ryan, to gentoo
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Well life wasn't hard enough so I decided to daily drive with and . Let's see how it goes over the next two weeks

gabrielesvelto,
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@Ryan for running a dekstop system OpenRC requires a bit more configuration than a systemd install, but it's usable and shouldn't pose too many issues

gabrielesvelto, to demoscene
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hub, to random
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Drive through a detour that lead to residential street with a 30 speed limit. Have douche moron be impatient because you are at the speed limit.

Fuck drivers.

gabrielesvelto,
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@hub yeah, fuck them, especially those who get nervous because you're respecting the law

mhoye, to random
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TIL: 'zerofree' finds the unallocated, blocks with non-zero value content in an ext2, ext3 or ext4 filesystem [...] and fills them with zeros.

gabrielesvelto, (edited )
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@mhoye it's particularly useful when you're making a raw image of the partition with ddrescue and compressing it

a1ke, to ps1graphics
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gabrielesvelto,
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@a1ke beautiful rendering, it really captures the aesthetic of the period

eniko, to random
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every year i find myself paying closer attention to the weather than the last. wonder what could be causing that. some kind of change in climate, maybe? nah. that couldn't possibly be it

gabrielesvelto,
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@eniko the world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. etc...

gabrielesvelto,
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@eniko cue Gandalf going "War has already begun" which is very appropriate whether you're thinking of climate change or actual violence in the world

gabrielesvelto, to random
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I read an article about gender inequalities in Italy which stated that - among other things - less than 10% of Italian men clean the bathroom.

So this morning, while I was cleaning our bathroom, I've got the idea that we should make a percenter group of men who clean bathrooms, to lampoon the similarly named far-right groups.

Of course we'd go full testoterone-machismo about it, how it's the quintessential manly activity, and how getting rid of limescale and mold stains makes you a mega chad.

gabrielesvelto,
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gabrielesvelto,
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@pbone I'd sign up for that!

gabrielesvelto, to random
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Memory errors in consumer devices such as PCs and phones are not something you hear much about, yet they are probably one of the most common ways these machines fail.

I'll use this thread to explain how this happens, how it affects you and what you can do about it. But I'll also talk about how the industry failed to address it and how we must force them to, for the sake of sustainability. 🧵 1/17

gabrielesvelto,
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@dolske thanks Justin! With @pbone we were thinking of doing just that, statistically testing crashy machines to figure out if we could spot some bad memory.

gabrielesvelto,
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@lienrag @qqmrichter it's hard to tell apart a page that uses a lot of memory from a page that's leaking. What we're doing though is making sure that pages that use a lot of memory and which you aren't looking at get unloaded eventually, freeing the memory they're holding to.

gabrielesvelto,
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@lolcat IIRC modern DRAMs have low-power modes which can be enable when utilization is low or none; I don't know if they can also shut down individual sections/banks but maybe they do? I remember reading about that as a theoretical possibility well over a decade ago so maybe yes

gabrielesvelto,
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@tommythorn one of the things we plan to do is running a brief, low-priority scan in processes that crashed. If we find some bad memory we'll notify the user and flag future crashes from their machine as low-value so we don't spend too much time looking at them.

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