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x86 is called that bc if you ever think you know the number of instructions you have, you're supposed to multiply that by 86 to get the true number

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New blog post: "'Secure' is Meaningless"

People sometimes ask me whether the latest gadget or app is "secure". That's a meaningless question - here's how to make something meaningful of it.

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Research UNIX 8 (emulated vax780) running on Plan9 with games/blit over a virtual DZ11 at high baud running 'mux', the predecessor to 8½ and rio.

#plan9 #9front #graphics #experimental #unix #history #research

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Gli autisti delle consegne di #Amazon affermano che la #AI delle #telecamere di sorveglianza installate nei loro furgoni ha fatto perdere loro entrate per ragioni al di fuori del loro controllo.
Quello che emerge dall'inchiesta di Lauren Kaori #Gurley su #Vice #Motherboard è sconcertante

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Once more, for the fediverse folks this time:

Future of Privacy Forum have helpfully compiled a list of people/orgs to NOT trust on privacy (it’s the list of their supporters and advisory board).

If you feel you’ve been unfairly included, you should probably remove yourself.

#privacy #privacyWashing #FutureOfPrivacy

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FunkWhale è una rete audio per il Fediverso. Puoi caricare musica, podcast o qualsiasi altro audio, e interagire con gli altri nel Fediverso.

Puoi trovare più informazioni qui:

Se vuoi solo provare un'istanza, l'unica italiana è un buon punto di partenza, l'account mastodon dei gestori è:


Puoi seguire tutti gli utenti di FunkWhale dal Fediverso, ad esempio:


#Audio #Musica #Podcast #Fediverso #Funkwhale

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It is so nice when technology works.

Got myself some train tickets (I like trains! 🚆 ), confirmation went to my e-mail address which I self-host using @yunohost.

I read the e-mail in the Mail app on my @nextcloud instance (on the same yunohost server), and of course it helpfully suggested I add the travel dates and relevant info into my Nextcloud calendar.

We *can* have nice things. Anyone who says #FLOSS cannot be user-friendly is lying through their teeth.

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"For simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, McCoy was being investigated and, as a result, his Google data was at risk of being handed over to the police. (...) It’s a concerning trend, argue experts and advocates. They worry the increase signals the start of a new era, one in which law enforcement agencies find ever more creative ways to obtain user information from data-rich tech companies."

Only yesterday a techbro told me data collection is "inevitable"

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@Shamar Interesting question. Amateur guess on my part:

Regexes are used for matching strings of characters, which are themselves pretty compact. So the more verbose your pattern-matching language is, the less it looks like the string you're trying to match.

For example, matching commonwealth and American spellings of a word:
Regex: "[Ff]avou?rite"
Verbose description:
[character('f', ignore-case),\
character('u', optional),\

If you don't know regex syntax, the second one probably seems less cryptic, but once you get the hang of it, it's easier to quickly recognise what the first one's doing.

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I think that I miss something mysterious about #RegEx. I know them well, I use them often and yet, when I think about WHY they are so powerful and ...

I think that I miss something mysterious about .

I know them well, I use them often and yet, when I think about WHY they are so powerful and effective while being so cryptic, I cannot find a rigorous answer.

I've explained them to people several times, but I was never happy with the explanation itself: it was effective for the people involved but listening to myself I was all "how can somebody understand what I mean by listening what I say?"

Now when you cannot explain a subject clearly, you ALWAYS know that you do not understand it.

But HOW CAN regular expression be so effective and still so cryptic? Why we can't have readable regular expression? (and we can't)

What am I missing?

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Google: literally pays $15B to be the default search engine

Some folks: it’s not that bad, you can change it to a different search engine

Which part of that DEFAULT is worth FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLARS specifically because most people will not change it did you not understand exactly?


Ciao, giusto un aggiornamento veloce, visto che volevi menzionare il mio articolo altrove e non vorrei finire per pesare negativamente sulla tesi che vuoi sostenere: dai un occhiata all'errata corrige.

I wonder how many people who CANNOT code are working as experts out there.

demystified: a decompiler

To prove that any "artificial neural network" is just a statistically programmed (virtual) machine whose model software is a derivative work of the source dataset used during its "training", we provide a small suite of tools to assemble and program such machines and a decompiler that reconstruct the source dataset from the cryptic matrices that constitute the software executed by them.

Finally we test the suite on the classic dataset and compare the decompiled dataset with the original one.

Today I explained special relativity to my eldest daughter.

At her age (12 years old) I was struggling to understand it by myself, because nobody was able to explain it to me.

It took 2-3 year to really understand it despite reading anything I could about it: I remember the day when I was trying to explain what I did understand about it to a schoolmate and pieces finally went all in place.

Now she grasped the implications of c as a constant despite the reference system in roughly an hour.

Her smile was... amazing.
I feel so proud...

(I had to tell this to someone)

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@Shamar Good thing than you plan to move your articjes to your personal site. centralised shit like medium is a part of the problem .

Lately, medium annoyed me a lot¹, so… 😅

1. Been looking at @PINE64 PineTime Wiki for a few days, it has a lot of medium links… many dead links cause many have been written by the same author, and medium suspended their account because of some "under investigation" BS. I hate medium. Which I usually call "merdium", from the term "merde" meaning shit in french.

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