Just another desperate #Objectivist #Perl hacker. Lately into #cosplay and #dance, sometimes simultaneously.

Sorry libertarians, you can’t have #AynRand:

Other interests: #music, #Commodore #RetroComputing, #GuineaPigs (a/k/a domestic #cavies), #DoctorWho, #drag

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mjgardner, to austin

Are our moral shaped by divine love or are they a result of biological requirements of human life?

THIS WEDNESDAY April 17 at , Ben Bayer and Adam Lloyd Johnson the origins and interpretation of , focusing on differences between secular, scientific interpretations, and theological views.

More info: https://meetup.com/ayn-rand-club-at-the-university-of-texas/events/299120319/

FREE tickets: https://eventbrite.com/e/the-roots-of-morality-divine-or-biological-tickets-828866521077

Live stream: https://youtube.com/live/-bK0uD6QvI4

Alice, (edited ) to random
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I would never do standup comedy for a lot of reasons, but one of the main reasons is because I've learned almost everything by reading and I have very bad intuitions about how words should be pronounced so I think it's best for everyone if I just keep typing in this box and everyone else can keep assuming I pronounce these words properly.


@Alice I spent years mispronouncing the word “paradigm” after seeing it used twenty-one times in David Gerrold’s “When HARLIE Was One”: https://www.gerrold.com/book/when-harlie-was-one/

xan, to random
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idk if I am less terminally online but I think this place has finally become my primary means of social media, and, I'm good with that. I generally feel more valued and understood here.


@xan I value you wherever you hang your hat.

I wish you value for yourself the way others value you.

I wish myself the same. 😔

shriramk, to random
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1/ Once you look past syntax and "paradigms", many programming languages (Java, Python, Racket, …) share a common semantic core. But students seem to understand it very poorly, which leads to endless confusion (as often seen on here). What to do? ↵


@wollman @shriramk Good news! 2022’s release of v5.36 introduced full support for (previously experimental) subroutine signatures! https://perldoc.perl.org/perlsub#Signatures

You get formal named or nameless positional lexical parameters passed by value, with defaults for optional parameters and the ability to “slurp” remaining values into an array or a hash of key/value pairs.

Writing use v5.36; enables this as well as several protective features: https://perldoc.perl.org/perl5360delta#use-v5.36


@wollman It’s wonderful that it probably still works without changes on the currently-supported runtime, though, right?

Try saying that about code from 2007 written in Python or many other languages.


mjgardner, to Amazon


Re: #ZDNET: “#Amazon CEO: generative #AI 'may be the largest technology transformation since the cloud'” https://www.zdnet.com/article/amazon-ceo-generative-ai-may-be-the-largest-technology-transformation-since-the-cloud/

Triskaideka, to random
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At a conference once I attended a talk by... I don't remember, but I think he was one of the main developers on 's DateTime module.


My take-away was pretty much: "Guys, this timekeeping stuff is so hard, you have no idea."

So what I learned, really, was never try to roll your own library. People who have worked on it for years say it's basically impossible. Use their code; at least it will be less wrong than whatever you would have come up with.


@Triskaideka This section of a larger “falsehoods programmers believe in” page has almost two dozen links to articles explaining why dates, times, time zones, durations, and calendars are so hard: https://github.com/kdeldycke/awesome-falsehood/blob/main/readme.md#dates-and-time

If I never debug date and time issues again it will be too soon, but I suspect the only solution is retirement.

futurebird, (edited ) to random
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People trying to train AIs are now complaining that all of the AI data on the internet are making it hard for them to get quality training sets of natural language and images.

bitter snickering


@futurebird @lisamelton Operation Eat the Seed Corn continues apace

vga256, to macos
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old tip that has become forgotten knowledge over the years:

after nearly 25 years, macOS is still pretty bad about sending hardware to sleep during all kinds of important OS events.

this terminal command prevents any kind of sleep:

> caffeinate


@vga256 @jmac And if you need a stronger, more powerful kick, there’s Amphetamine in the App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/amphetamine/id937984704

ai6yr, to twitter
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%s/twitter.com/x.com/g does not work as expected 😂


@n1vux @driusan @ai6yr Or as I like to say: isn’t PC


jackdaw_ruiz, to random
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Heads Up: don't throw away your eclipse glasses!

they can be eaten to gain resistance from both fire and holy damage for three rounds, which can really turn the tides in some fights. like if you are trying to beat up a priest.


@jackdaw_ruiz @jmac :: casts Ray of Enfeeblement at the priest ::



rrwo, to random
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Next month will be the 10th anniversary of v5.20, which added experimental signatures, postderef and key/value slices.

I've installed a copy of Perl v5.20 so that I can start testing my CPAN modules with the updated syntax. (I try to support Perl versions from the past ten years.)

It'll be refreshing not to write code like it's 1999.


@rrwo I’m a little confused: when #Perl v5.20 was less than ten years old, were you not supporting it?

Maybe I misunderstood your statement: “I try to support Perl versions from the past ten years.”

mjgardner, to random

It must be hard for a set theorist to stay classy when they’re so excited they cannot contain themselves

DrRGST, to random
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@DrRGST @gwadej Please note that before anyone blames #Reagan, that graph started to diverge and get shaky in the early 1970s. The apotheosis of #Keynes#economics was 1971’s #Nixon Shock; after that a brief reactionary blip into #Friedman’s #monetarism as the decade ended.

We’ve been living with the worst of both worlds since the mid-80s as central planners try to ride herd on the #inflation of floating fiat currencies.


@mina @DrRGST Politically the blame rests with Nixon; economically, with Keynes: https://social.sdf.org/@mjgardner/112245785714516770

nixCraft, to random
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Why do you care what other people think?🤔


@nixCraft I’m more concerned when they don’t


@pjakobs @nixCraft I try to ration it


@pjakobs @nixCraft The wonderful thing about the brainless is that one can batch them up into tranches of intellectual debt rather than process them individually


@pjakobs @nixCraft A few more favorites:

“delusions of adequacy”

“depriving a village of an idiot”

“should sell when their IQ reaches 50”

“gives change when receiving a penny for their thoughts”

thomasfuchs, to random
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This is literally trying to get smarter by eating shit.


@thomasfuchs AI is the Inhuman Centipede

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