@unicorn terrible quality water stones from the DIY store :).

To be honest, sharpening advice seems to fall apart in 'go to 15000 grit, make sure your stones are as level as the surface of the Earth' and 'Just get it to 450, do you think we had time to flatten stones in the 1960s?'.

Since I'm predisposed to laziness, I prefer the latter philosophy :)

hacky news 

@JordiGH Thanks for pointing out the conversation. It's interesting to get perspectives from outside the mastodon bubble.

@unicorn so far, I haven't, and I hope to be able to avoid it, seems like hard work :)

@unicorn yeah, it took me a while to figure out that 150 grit is more useful if you're starting out with terrible edges. Still, I managed to turn a new water stone into a moonscape doing it.

I've yet to flatten the sole. But I figure I might as well use sandpaper for that.

@unicorn I recently got a wooden plane in a thrift store. The blade edge had actual nicks in it. That took two solid hours of sharpening, and of course I managed to skew the edge.

I was happy to just get it into working shape, though.

@hisham_hm Youtube's algorithms seem to be obsessed with Jordan Peterson. Myself included, I know several people who have complained about him being in the line-up despite their complete desinterest in this kind of bro-ey life advice.

Heinlein again 

@ghost_bird I'm increasingly convinced that progressiveness and conservatism aren't positions, they're Euclidian vectors.

There are plenty of 'progressives' who, especially when *their* rights are safe, declare that things have progressed far enough and should go no further. Despite his many flaws, that's not Heinlein's style.

But I agree that his novels are full of explanations that hint at the discussions he must've had with a woman, either his spouse, or someone else.

Heinlein again 

@ghost_bird You can also turn it the other way around; he was a typical facts-and-logic bro, writing stories for teenage boys in the 1940s and 50s ...

who was surprisingly aware about womens' reproductive rights and agency, and introduced these to a generation of boys who wouldn't have been interested without its sci-fi wrappings.

Culturally, he's not a time traveller from the 2020s. Just someone smart enough to notice something was changing.

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People focus on the technology and the language of 1984. Or the fact it was a look at what a totalitarian regime could be like in the UK. But the entire book is an exploration of a society built on the idea of the Panopticon. People always being watched so they conform.
RT @SimonUbsdell
The backstory of "1984" is that people didn't care about being lied to.

They were content to facilitate the rise of monsters.

The monsters didn…

@cathal I would agree that London seems like it would be a strategically important place. Swaying people in the financial sector is likely to have effects proportional to their influence.

On the other hand, oil production has risen year over year for decades. How can we consider any anti-fossil campaign to be effective?

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Good counterpoint to the million eyeballs theory. It's the persistent gaze of a few eyeballs which finds many security issues because they are buried deep in inaccessible code. To add to that, consider the motivation of persistent eyeballs vs CADT eyeballs. Only shallow systems have shallow bugs.

hoot: https://twitter.com/halvarflake/status/1156186033253490689

@halvarflake: There is a lesson from the iDevice remotes that @natashenka and @5aelo found: Identifying and unlocking attack surface is often the time-consuming part of attacker research, and unnecessarily so. Attackers that focus on a single target again and again are at an advantage, ...

@halvarflake: defenders that need to achieve breadth are disadvantaged. This could be fixed by device vendors (providing easier APIs and better documentation for these attack surfaces). Closed systems give advantages to the real for-profit meanies.

In case anyone wants to try soap-and-clay finish on wood, this is what it looks like on pine. The bottom piece is treated, the top piece is not. The effect is very noticeable in real life, but it's the contrast and reflectiveness of the wood that change, not the colour.

@cathal there's no way for this question not to sound antagonistic, so I hope you'll trust me if I say I don't mean to be, but ...

How do you establish that they're effective?

@haskal Finally. I've done my share of web development, but I found the effort required just to gain parity with native UI ridiculous.

Yet, so many developers use Electron for UIs, claiming it's easier. Is it, or are they just completely unaware of how little effort UI coding (not to be confused with designing) is supposed to take?

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1. Do you remember in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Ginny Weasley wrote scary texts in blood on the wall while posessed by the Tom Riddle spirit?

A strange question: Who has the copyright to these texts – Ginny or Tom?

A strange answer: The same question has been considered by UK and US courts.

Here is a thread about the copyright to texts dictated by spirits and ghosts 👻

#copyright #IntellectualProperty #IP #IPlaw #supernatural #harrypotter #jurisprudence #history #thread

@VictorVenema it's quite feasible for a third party to collect messages from activitypub servers it federates with, and I think it's naïeve to assume this is not already done.

@VictorVenema I don't really understand the reference to surveillance, though. Is anyone under the impression activitypub is free from government or corporate surveillance?

@aphyr I think that The Lifecycle of Software Objects was supposed to resonate on an emotional level. Maybe it doesn't work on programmers whose hearts are cold after having buried their share of digital Darlings :D

@aphyr I often wonder what my life would look like examined without the flattering effect of selective memory.

Nothing in Exhalation had the magic that "Seventy-Two Letters" had for me, though.

Would this fix things completely? Not anymore than ARIA guidelines fixed accessibility. But establishing best practices would change the narrative around privacy in a positive way.

Companies like Facebook would not be described as 'groundbreaking' or 'predatory' (depending on whose side you're on), but as being competent or incompetent in anticipating and understanding privacy.

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