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There are people in the world who believe action figures aren't for grownups.

Those people miss out on the joy I experience having Statler and Waldorf's theatre box mounted up on the side of a shelf, behind me and to the right, so that they're looking at my monitor from their standard heckling position over my shoulder.

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gah, just remembered wanting to find a really obscure programming language ages ago and now i want to find it again

all i can really remember abt it is that it's statically typed, and the manifest type declarations were mandatory, but the names of variables were optional - you were allowed to use the type name instead to refer to a variable holding that type

so something like java's f(Number number) would work, but you could avoid the "stuttering" by leaving out the variable name like f(Number)

and if you had two variables of the same type in scope, you could distinguish them with a sigil on the type, rather than resorting to actually naming your variables? plus(Number, $Number) or something like that

still absolutely no idea what the language was called tho

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This is perhaps due to a personality trait of mine: I like harmony. When there are clashing standpoints, I like it when they're "talked out" and "resolved". "Shit-talking" is evidence of a breakdown of communication.

Perhaps I should get more comfortable with the fact that people have widely different standpoints, and stop desiring them to be "resolved" when I have no chance of helping that happen.

That does not help the "other victims", though...

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Another aspect is that it is not just about me: if someone shit-talks FOSS, they shit-talk the countless people all over the world that dedicate part of their life, often from a genuine desire to improve the world without expecting anything in return.

They might be doing it wrong - but they largely don't deserve the harsh words, either.

The ones doing the shit-talking are probably *also* genuinely thinking they are improving the world, though...

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I guess part of it is that those criticisms call into question my deeply-held belief that FOSS can help further those hopes and dreams.

Now, it is quite obvious that it doesn't achieve all those goals all the time - but that was never the goal or expectation. If it just moves towards some of these goals some of the time that should be enough - and I do think that is somewhat obviously the case. So then why the emotional response?

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One solution is to just stop caring about those hopes and dreams, but I'd rather not :D

Just unfollowing anyone with such criticisms is useful for self-preservation purposes, but it seems there is something to learn here.

Responding directly seems like it wouldn't do anyone any good.

Quietly taking the abuse isn't working out either.

Sure, these are a privileged person's "problems". But they're mine.

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I notice I can get pretty upset when people shit-talk FOSS - like actually lose sleep over it.

I find it hard to put my finger on exactly why, which I guess is part of the reason in itself :D

I think it happens especially when the criticism is around the fundamental hopes and dreams I have for the world: diversity, accessibility, autonomy, independence, openness, all that good stuff.

(sparked by a thread that I lost by unfollowing someone, but anyway it's not a direct reply)

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"[PagerDuty Low-Urgency ALERT] You have 1 TRIGGERED Incident"

Mixed signals.

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RT @timjclevenger
RETRO COMMUNITY, please retweet. If anybody can be in Houston this weekend there's a 'computer museum' that's liquidating everything they have. Almost everything is pre-Y2K including some DEC stuff and what looks like AS/400 equipment. Listing: facebook.com/marketplace/item/ @Foone

Just noticed it's likely less mysterious than I feared: USB activity (moving the mouse or pressing buttons on the keyboard) will wake the laptop up.

I wonder if that was always the case and the impact was lighter before (it went back to sleep faster), or that this wasn't the case before.

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I feel bad for the good people that create the Muse Sequencer, muse-sequencer.github.io/ - not to be confused with MuseScore and the Muse Group...

Plotting using on via was broken. Added some more diagnostic logging (github.com/inkcut/inkcut/pull/) and proposed a fix to the package (github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/pull/)

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Popular webcomic "The Oatmeal" no longer asks people to follow them on #Facebook, #Twitter, #instagram etc. Here's their explanation as to why (contains minor swearing):

(from theoatmeal.com/comics/reaching )

PS Currently if you want to follow them, visit here:
theoatmeal.com/pages/subscribe

Just noticed the main GitHub org for mastodon is no longer github.com/tootsuite

It's a good move, but I'm also slightly sad to see the "tout de suite" pun disappear :D

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oh my gods. they literally have no shame about this.

GitHub Support just straight up confirmed in an email that yes, they used all public GitHub code, for Codex/Copilot regardless of license.

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