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hard facts about shitcoins

Got a new spam today, subject “hard facts”, which was actually kind of interesting. There was a link, which obviously not clicking, but the body was a reply to an email I had allegedly sent. Here’s what I said:

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Posted 2017-06-30 19:48:15 by tedu Updated: 2017-06-30 19:48:15
Tagged: mailfail rants

HP Chrome Print fuckup du jour

Long story short, printing on a chromebook is still fucked, and now the incompetent dickheads who write drivers for HP have made things worse. With time and effort, however, one can still repair the damage. Writing this up in case somebody finds it useful, and because I have little doubt I’ll be referring to it again in the near future.

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Posted 2017-04-30 22:00:17 by tedu Updated: 2017-04-30 22:00:17
Tagged: bugs rants software web

meaningful short names

Why don’t unix commands have any vowels in the name? cp and mv are obviously devoweled standins for copy and move. But they’re less intuitive for new users. The user wants to copy a file. Why shouldn’t the name of the command be exactly the operation the user wants to perform?

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Posted 2017-03-03 02:31:53 by tedu Updated: 2017-06-14 22:55:54
Tagged: rants software

chromebook printing troubles

I have a chromebook which is quite nice for what it does. A dedicated browsing machine, fast and low maintenance. Alas, I am sometimes required to go outside, and worse yet talk to people, and even worster, show those people information. It is inconvenient to hand over my phone, no rotate it back, your other yaw, scroll a little, here, oh wait, let me unlock it again. I print such things on paper. Double alas, the chromebook makes this difficult.

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Posted 2016-10-24 19:41:17 by tedu Updated: 2016-10-24 19:41:17
Tagged: computers rants software

cloudflare and rss

Let’s say somebody has a blog that I’d like to read. Subscribe to even. Let’s say they have an RSS link on their page. This should be easy.

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Posted 2016-09-16 04:59:40 by tedu Updated: 2016-10-05 17:59:11
Tagged: rants web

best of seven elections

Here’s a proposal for a new voting system that solves the problems of day after regret and “I didn’t think it mattered” common to current voting systems. Over the course of seven days, seven independent elections are held, each with the same ballots. The results of each election are calculated separately, and the ultimate winner is the best of seven, or four. As an added wrinkle, each voter will be restricted to voting three times, although they may choose any three of the seven to participate in.

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Posted 2016-06-25 21:05:59 by tedu Updated: 2016-06-25 21:20:26
Tagged: politics rants

file considered harmful

Yes, actually harmful.

The file utility can be useful. Don’t know what program to open a file with? Run file and it will tell you. Of course, sometimes file will be wrong and misidentify the file type. This may be inconvenient, but at least as a user you still have the option of trying to run another program.

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Posted 2016-05-18 18:11:51 by tedu Updated: 2016-05-18 18:11:51
Tagged: bugs rants software

when i wore a younger fool’s cap

A few grumpy remarks about the amazing tale of Slack bot tokens on GitHub. Auth tokens used for business accounts get committed into Jurassic Park quote bots saved on GitHub, allowing random passersby to eavesdrop on your paradigm shifting startup’s latest pivot? That didn’t happen back in my day! Of course, since then multiple changes have combined to change the world. A perfect storm of convergence and disruption.

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Posted 2016-04-29 02:13:23 by tedu Updated: 2016-04-29 02:13:23
Tagged: rants software thoughts

the future is arriving too fast

Because I am old, sometimes instead of watching new original content, I want to watch old preexisting content which is not available on Netflix or any other streaming service. Fortunately, there is a solution. Netflix also has a service which will mail me plastic circles that I can watch by putting them in my plastic circle player. I can manage the queue of such circles by using my browser. Ah, the wonders of technology.

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Posted 2016-04-06 18:35:40 by tedu Updated: 2016-04-06 18:35:40
Tagged: business rants web

moderation in moderation

William “the Jar” Mason is a semi famous programmer. Mostly retired, but his website still has some classic postings from early days working on essential software tools like vi and lynx. Unzealous Association is a link aggregator popular among people who like to read Mason’s articles.

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Posted 2015-12-21 15:35:00 by tedu Updated: 2015-12-21 15:35:00
Tagged: rants web

pinboard tips for web design

A few funnies sprinkled with a bit of insight and disappointment. And regret.

It’s 2015. Your team has to wake up determined and put in one hell of a work week to get web pages to render slowly. And yet so many succeed. tweet.

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Posted 2015-11-04 06:10:03 by tedu Updated: 2016-01-01 14:04:24
Tagged: quote rants web

reproducible builds are a waste of time

Sort of. Maybe. It depends.

Yesterday I read an article on Motherboard about Debian’s plan to shut down 83% of the CIA with reproducible builds. Ostensibly this defends against an attack where the compiler is modified to insert backdoors in the packages it builds. Of course, the defense only works if only some of the compilers are backdoored. The article then goes off on a bit of a tangent about self propagating compiler backdoors, which may be theoretically possible, but also terribly, unworkably fragile.

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Posted 2015-09-08 17:55:54 by tedu Updated: 2015-09-19 20:19:36
Tagged: rants security software thoughts

bad robot

The best part of running your own server is definitely reviewing the logs. There are a lot of silly people out there, and each and every one of them has written a program that would like to visit your server.

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Posted 2015-08-04 11:34:08 by tedu Updated: 2015-08-04 11:34:08
Tagged: rants software web

rolling expired certs

This wasn’t the post I intended to write today, but then I noticed that the certificate for www.tedunangst.com had expired, and repairing that became a prerequisite for getting anything else done. At the time, my first snarky thought upon discovering Firefox wouldn’t let me connect to my site anymore was “Oh, hurray, don’t I feel safe.” Then I went through the update nonsense and thought a bit more seriously about it.

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Posted 2015-07-08 18:46:29 by tedu Updated: 2015-07-08 18:46:29
Tagged: rants security web

why did my fans come on?

Browsing the web for a bit, noticed the laptop fan come on. This is quite unusual on my new X1 Carbon, but maybe there’s some eyeball counting javascript gone wild? Close the tab, fans stay on. More unusual.

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Posted 2015-04-05 16:01:06 by tedu Updated: 2015-04-05 19:55:59
Tagged: openbsd rants security