I guess I should introduce myself as well. I am a geek, free range philosopher and occasional coder who lives in the North West of the UK. I am not sure how to describe my interests, but it seems to involve thinking a lot, which is generally something I like to do. Sometimes I even like to talk to people, which is what I am doing here. ;-) #introductions
Also from the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory Baker-Nunn telescope. By combining a series of images taken over the lunar eclipse, a picture of the Earth's shadow. #astrophoto
The curious case of the Raspberry Pi in the network closet: https://blog.haschek.at/2018/the-curious-case-of-the-RasPi-in-our-network.html
An interesting look back at the early days of social media & how conventions of blogs, likes, comments, followers etc. evolved. It's a round table discussion with people who built and ran LiveJournal, Diaryland and Open Diary in the late 1990s.
M51 is a galaxy in Canes Venatici, though it's easily found just off the last star in the handle of the Big Dipper. It is a grand design spiral that is interacting with a nearby smaller galaxy. #astrophoto
Does anyone else have a thing where you have a favourite metaphor that you like, but you know that very few people will understand it so you can't use it in general conversation?
I sometimes think of difficulties in communication as an 'impedance matching problem', but nobody without a physics or electronic engineering degree is going to know what I am talking about if I use that metaphor. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impedance_matching#Transmission_lines if you're curious)
This makes me (a little bit) sad. ☹️
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honestly the thing that weirds me out the most is the idea that a lot of people seem to propagate that brexit is somehow "the will of british voters" which like
1) 52% is a "there is majority support, I guess" number, certainly not a "will of the people" number
2) even if you take _just_ voters, as opposed to everybody living in GB, the actual number is 38% for, 34% against, 28% "eh, whatever".
#SoftwareFreedom is important, but just as we can't expect everyone to code their own software from scratch, we can't expect them to transition to freedom-respecting software that they find impossibly confusing to use. #UX matters, and we need to help #FreeCode developers learn to create better UX, and be welcoming when people with UX experience get involved in free code projects.
The spacecraft New Horizons' first glimpse of Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object 1.6 billion km past Pluto: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php
[Left: the actual image, a pixelated, bowling-pin-like blob. Right: an artist's rendering in greater detail. The red arrows show its rotation - spinning end over end.]
In this field of ~25-30 thousand stars are about 50 calibration stars known as Landolt stars (after Arlo Landolt who calibrated them). These calibration stars allow different telescopes to measure magnitude consistently. Finding them is the glamour part of science they don't tell you about. #astrophoto
Back in 1992 the uk conservatives were super worried about raves and shutting them down https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/dec/30/1992-archives-reveal-rave-scene-headache-for-home-office-john-major
Not mentioned in the article, but this is what the prodigy track “Their Law” is about. Also Autechre wrote a track that you COULD play at raves after the law was passed because it contained no 2 bars that were the same, meaning there are no “repetitive beats”
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Our closest neighbour in space, the Moon, was likely formed when a Mars-sized planetoid collided with the Earth. #astrophoto
In light of Australia's anti-encryption, this is an important message from @firstname.lastname@example.org
It's not enough for services to state they decline to add a backdoor. It should be practically impossible to do so. Based on their architecture and verifiable by public source code. #aaBill
“be curious, not furious.” This is my new motto for all online communication ;-)
Free range philosopher, geek and occasional coder living in the North West of the UK.
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