Open source project name checker - OSPNC
Check if a prospective project name is in use across various repositories. Missing CPAN, though.
naming  free-software  free-culture  tools  javascript 
3 days ago
systemd NEWS (basically a changelog)
This is kind of a hilarious read, if you had any doubts about whether systemd was actively subsuming the entire OS as rapidly as possible.
systemd  systems  version-control  fuck-everything  init 
4 days ago
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Actually pretty legit, though it elides the role of surveillance / analytics / metrics.
design  facebook  ethics  software  addiction  networks  politics  apocalypse 
10 days ago
Wikimedia Downloads
Dumps of all Wikipedia data.
wikipedia  data  backups 
24 days ago
Bro Cat would like to hang out - The Oatmeal
I now have this cat, but with more biting.
cats  images 
25 days ago
BASIC Source Repository
The All Basic Code packets have been preserved, evidently.
qbasic  basic  usenet  warelogging  programming  documentation  history 
4 weeks ago
Mutant Standard
"The new emoji standard for freaks."
emoji  icons  art  characters 
4 weeks ago
GNU Coreutils: Date input formats
"Our units of temporal measurement, from seconds on up to months, are so complicated, asymmetrical and disjunctive so as to make coherent mental reckoning in time all but impossible. Indeed, had some tyrannical god contrived to enslave our minds to time, to make it all but impossible for us to escape subjection to sodden routines and unpleasant surprises, he could hardly have done better than handing down our present system."
robert-grudin  timekeeping  gnu  coreutils  dates  date-math  units  measurement  warelogging  documentation  technical-writing 
4 weeks ago
project typewriter
"after buying a typewriter for addressing envelopes in 2007 and watching it languish in storage for the years afterwards, I decided to turn it into something more useful—a teleprinter. keypresses are sent over serial, and it prints data received."
arduino  typewriter  hardware  warelogging  teleprinter 
4 weeks ago
Donald Trump Is the First White President - The Atlantic
There are many things that complicate this narrative, but I now think its essential claim - that white supremacy is at the heart of Trump as a phenomenon because it is at the heart of American political and cultural life - seems basically true.
race  politics  trump  america  democratic-party  republican-party  2016  2017  white-supremacy  david-duke  franklin-d-roosevelt 
6 weeks ago
Tohakum 2 Fire
94,221 acres, 40 miles north of Nixon, Nevada.
burn  smoke  for-toni  fire  nevada  pyramid-lake  american-west  environment  climate 
6 weeks ago
The Myth of the Kindly General Lee - The Atlantic
"The argument here is that slavery is bad for white people, good for black people, and most importantly, it is better than abolitionism; emancipation must wait for divine intervention. That black people might not want to be slaves does not enter into the equation; their opinion on the subject of their own bondage is not even an afterthought to Lee."
history  racism  slavery  confederacy  american-south  civil-war  robert-e-lee  the-atlantic 
9 weeks ago
Growing up alongside tech / fuzzy notepad
"It turns out that being Right is much less important than being Not Wrong — i.e., rather than trying to make something perfect that can be adapted to any future case, just avoid as many pitfalls as possible. Code that does something useful has much more practical value than unfinished code with some pristine architecture."
programming  education  learning  writing  art 
9 weeks ago
Pietist “Communism”: The Amana Colonies – The Pietist Schoolman
We used to visit the Amanas when I was a kid. The area was one source of my fascination with "old" crafts like candlemaking (there was a candle shop).
amana  christianity  communism  pietism  american-midwest  iowa 
9 weeks ago
Apollo 11 and Other Screw-Ups
apollo  computers  programming  space  nasa  moon  history 
10 weeks ago
Interoperability between IPv6 and IPv4
"A common estimate of the length of time involved is 10 years - in terms of the history of the Internet, a very long time indeed, but probably a realistic figure in terms of the amount of installed IPv4 software and infrastructure, all of which will need to be replaced or upgraded."
ipv6  ipv4  documentation  internet  protocols  optimism 
10 weeks ago
Nate Cull - YouTube
'I collect and curate 1980s synthpunk. My particular thing is "concept playlists": a playlist that wants to be a concept album.'
music  youtube  video  via-mastodon  culture  1980s 
10 weeks ago
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