protip: If someone files a bug report you don't like and don't want to deal with and the bug report is getting unwanted attention, don't redirect the bug url to your home page.

trac.videolan.org/vlc/ticket/2

"i use linux as my operating system," i state proudly to the unkempt, bearded man. he swivels around in his desk chair with a devilish gleam in his eyes, ready to mansplain with extreme precision.
"actually," he says with a grin, "linux is just the kernel. you use GNU+linux."
i don't miss a beat and reply with a smirk, "i use alpine, a distro that doesn't include the GNU coreutils, or any other GNU code. it's linux, but it's not GNU+linux."

the smile quickly drops from the man's face. his body begins convulsing and he foams at the mouth as he drop to the floor with a sickly thud. as he writhes around he screams "I-IT WAS COMPILED WITH GCC! THAT MEANS IT'S STILL GNU!"
coolly, i reply "if windows was compiled with gcc, would that make it GNU?" i interrupt his response with "and work is being made on the kernel to make it more compiler-agnostic. even if you were correct, you won't be for long."

with a sickly wheeze, the last of the man's life is ejected from his body. he lies on the floor, cold and limp. i've womansplained him to death.

I should probably post some of my nerdery on mastodon

@liw Makes me wonder what the write-to-read ratio of that content is. I suspect it's far above 1.

345 billion web pages saved. That compares with 39 million books in the US Library of Congress (largest collection in the world) and about 130 million books ever published (growing at 300k/yr trad, 1.5m/yr nontrad publishing).

TIA's 2016 report suggests ~90 kB/pg, or ~2% of a book (~5 MB PDF text).

TIA have 5 billion books worth of data.

blog.archive.org/2016/10/23/de

So close!! If you like our vision of community-driven, fantastically diverse and always principled free software, then we hope you'll support us by making a financial donation to help us keep doing the work to make that vision a reality. sfconservancy.org/blog/2018/de

Crayola had a line of tech-themed crayons in 1997 called "Techno-Brite"

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Christmas through the harsh lens of reality:

I love these designs for an Amiga computer from an alternate reality, where Commodore was able to build on their European success, and SuperDisks took off as the storage medium of choice.

Art is by "Arne" - androidarts.com/

Fabien Sanglard's Doom Engine Black Book is now available for pre-order (releasing next month on the 25th Anniversary): twitter.com/fabynou/status/106

Sigh it'll take me forever to rebuild my mastodon follow list. Several interesting folks I've lost.

OK my personal mastodon instance exploded, so I've turned off my forward to it here. Going to nuke the site from orbit

Been away from Mastodon/Social/etc for a month or so. What did I miss? ;)

mastodon.cloud

Generalistic and moderated instance.