Some middle-aged guy on the Internet. Seen a lot of it, occasionally regurgitates it, trying to be amusing and informative.

Lurked Digg until v4. Commented on Reddit (same username) until it went full Musk.

Is on but created this profile on during a week-long outage.

Other Adjectives: Neurodivergent; Nerd; Broken; British; Ally; Leftish

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Cake day: June 4th, 2024


  • Coming back to this with thoughts. What you’re describing sounds a lot like a menu tree.

    “Press 1 to do this, 2 to do that, 3 to go to submenu A, 4 for B,” etc. 1

    “You have pressed 1. Do you want to turn on option ABC? [Y / n]” Y

    “Do you want option QWERTY47? [Y/n]” N

    “Are you sure you want to run notthebees --abc --no-qwerty47? [Y/n]” N


    It sounds like a standards problem waiting to happen because no two menus will be alike, but hey, things like this can and do exist, and setting one up isn’t that hard, only time consuming.

  • YouTube have been doing that sort of thing for years though. Do you remember the push to have everyone switch to a Google+ account with a real name attached?

    They’d ask if you wanted to do the aforementioned, and if you said no, they responded “OK we’ll ask again later.”

    No “Never ask me this again.”, just the implicit “f–k you, we’re going to pester you with this over and over again until you sign up.”

    After they got enough sign-ups they quit asking. And then Google+ went down the Swanee, so they relented and decided that maybe it was OK for people to have pseudonymous accounts after all. It only took years for that to happen.

    Can’t see how short-form content is going to fail in the same way, so there’ll be nothing here to teach them the lesson again.

  • Win7. I use LMDE+Cinnamon now and I have it looking suspiciously like how I had Win7. Old habits and all that.

    Though you didn’t ask, Win2K was the probably the best Windows, IMO. Then came the bloat and the ugly UIs. (I’ve kind of got used to bloat these days. Storage is cheaper than it was, and LMDE isn’t exactly the slimmest distro.)

    Maybe I would have liked Win10. Similar to how it was with the old Star Trek movies, it seems like every other version of Windows is terrible, and if that remains true, maybe 12 will be better than 11. Probably not going back to find out though.

  • You can do something like this with ℝ[ω] where ω is a complex cube root of unity and the restriction that at least one of the real or ω-part of a+bω must be zero. Edit: Just realised that I didn’t specify that a and b should be non-negative reals, otherwise we end up with six lines from 0 not three.

    Standard addition breaks immediately, but an addition-like operator can be defined by imagining a train shunting along the restricted lines in the direction of the greater magnitude.


  • Stealing from another commenter: Are you OK with referring to days of the week as Tuesday/Wednesday, or do you propose abandoning day names altogether? If you say your local day is Tuesday which doesn’t align with someone else’s Tuesday, you’ve still got the old time-zone problem just at a coarser grain.

    As for “secondary time” yes. That’s called local time. Which is what the initial proposal was trying to be rid of.

    Now riddle me this: What time do you have your computer’s motherboard set to?

  • I was using a Swatch-like duodecimal system of 12³ = 1728 beats per day. This is actually more accurate than minutes of which there are 1440 and actual Swatch beats which are 1000 per day.

    Since I haven’t stated (or decided, for that matter) where the meridian is, we have no idea where this is, but it’s clearly morning. Or is it. It’s probably 10 minutes to some hour or another, or thereabouts, if midnight aligns with old time somewhere. Which it doesn’t have to.

    “Mother why do our eyes bleed.”

  • Implementing such a change has another problem: Who gets to have the time-zone that’s noon at noon?

    Are we going to let the British continue to get away with it? Even the excuse of “that’s the way it has to be to keep things simple” would cause the French to revolt. Again. They still don’t like to talk about the fact that it’s Greenwich and not Paris that’s the prime meridian.

    Swatch’s “Internet time” was a decimal system designed to mitigate the problem because no-one would have any idea what the old time was supposed to be, but people are used to the base-60 system. It didn’t and won’t catch on.

    And it doesn’t fix the “0 isn’t my midnight” problem, which is pretty close to the original.

    It also doesn’t fix the “what time of day is it elsewhere in the world” problem, which still requires knowledge of time differences. You know. Time zones.

  • xbiff was usually watching a file - your mailbox - on the mainframe, which would have been updated by the mail server daemon. Heck, it could be set to watch any file to see when it updated.

    Basically, you could still use xbiff if you emulate that setup using your own local mail server as a proxy. (And you’re using a GUI that supports it. No idea if Wayland does.)

  • Worth mentioning that apt generally asks if you want to continue after listing what it’s going to remove so this ought to be safe to do, because you can always say no.

    Caveat: It’s vaguely possible ultra-rare configurations might blast through without asking. If in any doubt, backup or take a Timeshift snapshot, or whatever your system does, before adding or removing software. Overkill? Maybe. It’d only really need to be the first time before you know what your local apt does.

  • The House of Lords serves as a check and balance against a government running amok. Now, they’re not necessarily a good check or balance, but every government needs one. Very occasionally they have been - to be mildly disingenuous - useful idiots. (And occasionally, obstinate asses, but I digress.)

    Ideally though, we could do with a House of … whatever’s below Common, because if the ones in the Commons are commoners, what does that make the rest of us?

    And how would we stop corruption in this lower, lower house?

    But nonetheless, it would be useful for a government to have to take heed of people who are closer to the real world. (And I don’t just mean MPs’ surgeries or correspondence because the repercussions for falling behind on that are slim at best.)

  • Meh. They’ll continue to lie until they get caught and then lie that they believed what they said to be the truth.

    Even, nay, especially in cases when that admission would indicate that they were an absolute clown lacking the capability to distinguish their rear end from their elbow.

    Lies upon lies until a lie is reached whose truth is hard if not impossible to prove and the whole stack of lies will rest on that in an uneasy balancing act.

    It’s not like they haven’t been doing that for centuries already. They attend courses on how to do it, for heaven’s sake.