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rakslice

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quantization machine inputs artisan. he/him. being wrong on the internet practitioner. 50.3° N, 119.3° W (approx.) 68kΩ (Rɪᴅ_ʙ) pull-down. ε_𝑣 in Twitch chat. Boosts are sometimes followed by relevant snark

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rakslice, to random
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LB: what phone... /os/.

i was gonna make a joke about the things with no name, the -48VDC whatsits, but then I saw that "os" there

I think I'm going to respond to that prompt by saying: rip humanity. we had a good run.
no, actually it kind of sucked but it was what it was

rakslice, to random
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In mastodon advanced view, I really wish there was like a button to temporarily hide pinned toots; I don't need to see somebody's wall of pinned toots when I just clicked on them to see their newest toots

jwz, to random
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Dear Lazyweb, I have an NEC video projector and I can't get it to do DHCP, or become pingable with a static IP. Tried several cables; the switch gets a link light on all. Is there something weird about these that I'm missing? The setup menu seems straightforward.

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mcc, to random
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At 5:14 in this YouTube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_xoKqLQrvs

The vlogger says "subscribe so you don't miss it!". At that exact moment, assuming you are not full screen, a little rainbow shimmer runs over the "Subscribe" button under the video.

…did the vlogger set a flag somewhere, or is Google doing speech rec to look for the word "subscribe" in videos and triggering a CSS effect when it finds it? Does this happen in all videos now?

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rakslice, to random
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Reflecting on notation and programming, I do have a certain conceptualization of the free software outlook as a kind of malicious compliance with the approach of literate programming, like making the information accessible in theory, but not in practice to the regular users, only to a certain kind of weird specialist

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(Now to be clear this has nothing to do with the real origin story of free software, which is that it's basically a reactionary movement from the days when most of the regular users basically were the weird specialists who wanted to make changes to the new, weird proprietary software)

rakslice,
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Programming languages in the modern era all seem resigned to some amount of write-only-code-encouraging inscrutable punctuation marks

rakslice,
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Like I consider the line-numbers-BASICs among the popular languages that most aimed at new user comprehensibility, and yet I distinctly remember as a kid trying to figure out how to detect keypresses without blocking by reading the code of an example program that was doing it, and I eventually had to just look it up in a reference book, because the INKEY$ function-that-looks-like-a-variable is totally irregular and I couldn't figure out what was going on from the code

rakslice,
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And if a language that self-consciously primitive can't stick to its guns, what hope is there for anything else

rakslice,
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Now I do have a certain amount of hope for someone somewhere to one day do something with a fundamentally different UX than pushing blocks of text around, like it's 1978 and we're really proud of our newfangled glass ttys, but it is unclear at this point even an approximate idea of what that might be

rakslice,
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In any case, the question I was getting to is: which is the effect and which is the cause? is the cause of better exposition held up by bad languages? or are languages bad at this because being better at it is not what programmers want to do?

rakslice, to random
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LB: ngl, I use the Best Buy website as a kind of "what would the world's least competent retail website developers do" quick reference

rakslice,
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Every time I see the dumb "choose a country" popup, I think: one day they're gonna learn what SEO means and their heads are going to literally explode like a watermelon getting hit with the subspace explosion wave from Star Trek VI

rakslice,
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alol, the Klingon moon that blows up at the beginning of Star Trek VI is called Praxis, which is 👌

rakslice, to random
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oop, there's the lede: "The DOJ hasn't further specified how the US military purchased counterfeit Cisco gear [...] Online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay are known to have suspicious tech listings, so it would be alarming if government entities, especially military ones, were acquiring gear purchased by these means." https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2024/05/counterfeit-cisco-gear-ended-up-in-us-military-bases-used-in-combat-operations/

rakslice, to random
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It's interesting to compare and contrast this with the soft, almost ceremonial, tit-for-tat retaliation Al Jazeera received in the US in 2003 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-68961753

rakslice, to random
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It's like a corollary of "when you're an exec, reasons don't matter" -- like as the customer, legalese doesn't matter, I'm not awarding points for technical correctness -- when a company ditches the feature I'm using without warning, or the site just bans me for no reason, it puts the ball in my court to take the next step, and I have to make a decision about choosing a replacement and I'm gonna take the obvious factors into account,

kiwa, to random
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Keyboard, I think it's for some terminal but it's ps/2, kinda works with in my modern computer, but I want to use it with the alpha

rakslice,
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@kiwa in fact it appears to be the one in this picture of a terminal https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Network_Computing_Devices_NCD-88k_X_terminal.jpg

rakslice,
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@kiwa I think the PS/2 ones were basically mix & match no matter what terminal model you were using it with; people would order the one with the layout they wanted based on their preference

rakslice,
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@kiwa and then use the scancodes diagrams in the docs to configure their stuff to match http://bio.gsi.de/DOCS/NCDWARE/V5.0.000/HTML/keyboar4.htm#586256

rakslice,
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@kiwa Essentially they want to be used in PS/2 set 3 mode for all the keys to work; you can of course use them on a PC with
a real PS/2 keyboard port w/ legacy i8042 keyboard controller that you can use in linux with the classic kernel params and key mapping tools,

rakslice,
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@kiwa but for random use with USB things you can use them with a usb/ps-2 adapter firmware like soarer's converter that supports set 3 and arbitrary remapping

rakslice,
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@kiwa e.g. here's my config for an NCD N-107 keyboard, which has a Sun Type-4 layout https://gist.github.com/rakslice/293117de80bbe8057421088d59eab311

rakslice,
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@kiwa I have no clue what projects can do PS/2-PS/2 remapping with set 3 if that's what the Alpha needs

rakslice,
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@kiwa hm, i wonder if openvms/alpha itself lets you remap ps/2 scan codes

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