cw about upcoming uspol / usnews, no actual bad content
There's an ongoing story about past sexual abuse that's going to be A Thing for a while in US politics, and will make it into general US news a fair bit.
It's probably going to get pretty nasty, so you may want to consider not paying attention to those (or being careful doing so) for the next 1-2 weeks(?) if that's a concern.
Take care of yourselves.
(This is in relationship to Kavanaugh, if you need a filter term.)
old tech, commerce, longish
I signed up for updates from a retrocomputing store, and by gosh are they some of the most cybre updates I've ever seen. I don't really even understand half of it, but it seems like @djsundog's sort of thing.
"We’re glad to announce an old item has made a return to the ReActiveMicro Store:
The TransWarp GS Upgrade Service, 816 CPU, High Speed 32k Cache Card, High Speed GAL Set, CPU Cable, Oscillators, and Cooling Fan.
Finally, everything you need to upgrade your AE TransWaeg GS is in one convient place."
(I think "TransWaeg" is a typo, but it almost makes it better somehow.)
So the standard SYN, SYNACK, ACK handshake can be applied to hugs, particularly in text, particularly among certain tech folks (mapping roughly to "Is a hug okay?", "Yes, here's a hug", "Okay, a hug it is"). This isn't new.
But I just realized that HUGSYN can also be read as "HUGS? Y/N", and I think that's pretty neat.
comic, xkcd maybe-spoiler, minor snark
Luckily, Randall Munroe can't spell Mastodon, so his petition to Microsoft was unsuccessful.
(See also https://xkcd.com/2045/ )
Yeah, today's been an interesting day of tech. Desktop randomly restarts (more than once an hour if you let it, I think?) when booted (even if not online), but not in initrd. A VM that hosted CC books bit it last night, apparently the cloud provider's hypervisor failed. And my new printer is failing to print the resolution test document I'm trying to feed it via USB (since the VM I'd normally print from is on the desktop), and instead giving me asserts and stack traces. Woo.
I'm very fortunate to follow almost entirely reasonable people with tastes close enough to my own that when something distasteful happens, I'll get a vague sense that something's happening, but I'm not exposed to it directly.
Sometimes I wonder what it is, and I can either piece enough together, or ask and be pointed to the thing, but it's usually good enough to know that people are upset and just act accordingly. It's nice to not have to deal directly with those things.
It's good to have you back, @djsundog.
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