@zardoz03 reminds me of some advice I used to give about tests:

Imagine you’re telling someone how to use the software over the phone. Any setup you’d abbreviate (“now log in”) should be similarly abbreviated (hidden behind functions) in the test.

And imagine telling the person what to look at to see if the attempt worked. If you wouldn’t mention some particular bit of output/result, the test shouldn’t either.

Applies to both unit and end-to-end tests.

Let's stop mincing words and playing fucking games. Call things what they are. Use precise language. Traitors, fascists, nazis, confederates, terrorism, dictator, authoritarianism, racists are some of the proper descriptors.

Pinched from bird site. Posting as a reminder to myself. #activism

I am fond of pointing out that in the early part of the pandemic, we stopped flu in its tracks completely (and even wiped out a whole strain) by wearing crappy masks badly. Well, it turns out those same crappy masks prevented a whole boatload of COVID too! Pretty good for crappy masks, worn badly.

I've worked in this industry for over a quarter of a century.

At no point have I found myself thinking "I wish I could just ask the computer to write this email for me" "I wish the computer could write my code for me". MS is adding co pilot function to lots of products. Not as opt in. But opt out. And it's a right hassle to turn it off? Why? So someone can ask it to right a longer email from a prompt that the recipient can then ask the AI to summarise for them ?

3/n

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I saw this online somewhere and I just had to recreate it. This is my coding happy place.

I've missed #ILoveFreeSoftwareDay but maybe it's not too late. People say thanks to big projects like Linux, Git, or Python. But I want to acknowledge the contribution of people who are usually forgotten:

1. That person who faced the same issue as I, asked online, found a solution, and wrote it down.

2. That person who did research I need and spent time to make a blog post.

3. That person who made a small library that solves a very specific problem and published it on Github.

Thank you ❤️

This government official’s choice of words reveals that she defines ‘terrorism’ as something done exclusively by foreigners—a definition that exists neither in the law nor in the English language, but in the imaginations of many.

nytimes.com/article/kansas-cit

Could it be that pickup trucks are getting too big and tall? Why would you want a truck with a bed that high?

@KimPerales Everyone likes to blame it on social media but car-centric city design and a lack of spaces where you can just exist and hang out without paying are a big part of it too - and that was a problem before social media. We don’t make it easy to just hang out and meet people in much of this country.

I think it's bad form in journalism to punctuate your headline with "Really" when the story isn't true.

“But here's the thing: being able to say, "wherever you get your podcasts" is a radical statement. Because what it represents is the triumph of exactly the kind of technology that's supposed to be impossible: open, empowering tech that's not owned by any one company, that can't be controlled by any one company, and that allows people to have ownership over their work and their relationship with their audience.”

anildash.com//2024/02/06/where by @anildash (found via @topstories)


#podcasting #web

I was in a discussion about AI regulation, and I got angry about it as I sometimes do, but I feel like "computers aren't magic", "words mean things" and "people matter" are reasonable positions to hold strongly.

exple.tive.org/blarg/2024/02/0

Good morning! It’s the first Tuesday in February, and so you’re all invited to look through Wikipedia’s List of common misconceptions (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_) per xkcd custom.

I can speak to the motive for my beliefs, back when I believed that our system was inherently just, that racism was a conquered thing of the past best examined in history’s rearview mirror, and that polarization was a more present threat than injustice.

My motive was comfort.

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if it doesn’t have an export button, it’s a trap

@shortridge actually, I take it back, this is my favorite bug story of all time

teamten.com/lawrence/writings/

The writing is incredible, the twist is beyond absurd. The full implications of it are profound and potentially disturbing

It's not a read for the lighthearted, it'll take a while, but it's absolutely worth it

Trump and Biden are both old.

Trump is a lunatic, rapist, traitor, and wannabe dictator who tried to overthrow the government to stay in power and can’t distinguish fantasy from reality and revels in inflicting cruelty on other humans.

Joe Biden is a middle of the road politician who despite his many flaws on the whole ACTUALLY has done good things for America and especially American workers.

Voting for Joe Biden over Trump is literally the easiest choice in my lifetime. #biden #trump

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