hacks4pancakes , to random avatar

If you ever get sick or injured, the place to do it is at a single 40-50 something American hacker’s house, because if you think moms are stocked for disasters just wait for the guerrilla medicine we are ready to do on ourselves when there’s nobody to help or drive us, and also nobody to tell us to not hold our beer and watch the homemade stitches, or use the three year old stockpiled medication.

dymaxion , avatar

Just the basics in the house med kit here. (And again in the car, and again in the hiking kit that gets added to the trauma kit in the go bag...)

dymaxion , avatar

Then again, an ambulance ride is like €25 here, so this is just for emergencies

Gargron , to random avatar

It’s hard not to say “AI” when everybody else does too, but technically calling it AI is buying into the marketing. There is no intelligence there, and it’s not going to become sentient. It’s just statistics, and the danger they pose is primarily through the false sense of skill or fitness for purpose that people ascribe to them.

Sylvhem , avatar

@Gargron Very well put.

amberage , avatar

@Gargron alternative suggestions:

  • glorified autocomplete
  • plausible-sounding text generation
  • primitive pattern recognition less intelligent than an average five-year-old
nixCraft , to random avatar

If you could code any fictional technology from movies or books, what would it be?

FlohEinstein , avatar

@nixCraft WOPR from WarGames

freevolt24 , avatar

void time_travel(int by_sec) {
struct timeval cur;
gettimeofday(&cur, NULL);
cur.tv_sec -= by_sec;
settimeofday(&cur, NULL);

nixCraft , to random avatar

British researchers have trained an artificial intelligence to recognize keystrokes by sound. A smartphone placed near a laptop served as the microphone. How about copy & paste password using a password manager and protecting account with 2FA hardware keys? That would prevent the AI or not ?

qaspr ,

@nixCraft To some extent security keys mitigate this, however most still require a PIN to be entered at some point, which will have the same problem.

C_Duv , avatar

@nixCraft Do we need physical keyboards that can shuffle their keys when password is to be typed (like bank websites do with their "visual digits keyboard")?

georgetakei , to random avatar

Good for commuters, good for the planet!

lou , avatar

@georgetakei Follow the money. Gambling pays!

matthewclapham , avatar

Great to see the US investing in viable, modern rail systems. That does seem kind of slow, though. The Spanish AVE covers the 380 miles from Madrid to Barcelona in 2h30, for example. They might want to bring in some Spanish or French companies to help.
At that speed, high-speed rail becomes faster point to point than flying for distances of up to 500 miles or so, once you factor in travel time to/from out-of-town airport, security checks, etc.

geraineon , to random avatar

Saw a comment about hiding long posts under CW on other account... Maybe I'll do that moving forward too. But what is long, really? 🤔

(Something more than a paragraph?)

geraineon , avatar

@testing yeah. kbin's development is exciting XD

also TIL microblog fedi polls don't display on kbin


testing , avatar

yep, this is a drawback!


mattblaze , to random avatar

I just discovered, in a closet, a VERY large powered subwoofer left behind by the previous occupant of my house. I now have an efficient way to become the least popular person in the neighborhood.

tim_lavoie , avatar

@mattblaze An antique place nearby had a huge air horn thing for sale, possibly from a train, big ship, perhaps a lighthouse.

I had to walk away without asking more about it, lest I bring it home. It could only be used for evil.

kitten_tech , avatar

@mattblaze ooooh cover it in non-Newtonian fluid and watch the tentacles writhe!

ajsadauskas , (edited ) to technology avatar

Are agile scrums an outdated idea?

Here's a video on YouTube making the case for why agile was an innovative methodology when it was first introduced 20 years ago.

However, he argues these days, daily scrums are a waste of time, and many organisations would be better off automating their reporting processes, giving teams more autonomy, and letting people get on with their work:

A few of my thoughts.

First, it's worth noting that many organisations that claim to be "agile" aren't, and many that claim to use agile processes don't.

Just as a refresher, here's the key values and principles from the agile manifesto:

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. Responding to change over following a plan
  • Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
  • Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage.
  • Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
  • Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
  • Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
  • The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
  • Working software is the primary measure of progress.
  • Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
  • Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
  • Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential.
  • The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
  • At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

Your workplace isn't agile if your team is micromanaged from above; if you have a kanban board filled with planning, documentation, and reporting tasks; if your organisation is driven by processes and procedures; if you don't have autonomous cross-functional teams.

Yet in many "agile" organisations, I've noticed that the basic principles of agile are ignored, and what you have is micromanagement through scrums and kanban boards.

And especially outside software development teams, agile tends to just be a hollow buzzword. (I once met a manager at a conference who talked up how agile his business was, and didn't believe me when I said agile was originally a software development methodology — one he revealed he wasn't following the principles of.)


airwhale , avatar

@ajsadauskas @technology

As always, it depends on what problem you need to solve. I still think these methodologies are sound as long as you ADHERE TO THE CORE PRINCIPLES.

It's not about reporting or speed, but rather communication and quality delivered at a sustainable pace. It's also about collaboration with the user/customer. Management often don't understand this (or chooses not to).

A stable, mature team should be able to do every-other-daily, but scheduled check-ins are valuable.

ji88aja88a , avatar

Spot.on. my business has adopted an agile mindset across the entire org, but it’s still waterfall, because IT have so much governance in place and outsourcing contracts that prevent teams from actually working on things in a fluid and agile way. Every member of a squad is on multiple projects, plus our systems are so broad we cannot have a resource from each source system dedicated to a squad.

Secondly, no documentation? We moved from an on-prem Oracle DB to GCP so that we would have one central place for data and across all business units… there was no documentation and we had to spend the next 4 years reverse engineering the data marts because all the IP left the business… it took 4 years because of the previous point.

And because it’s big corporate business, you have to make it work otherwise you lose your big bonus etc etc

And don’t dare question the method

kuketzblog , to random German avatar

Ich habe hier noch ein Xiaomi Mi A1 abzugeben. Das Gerät war seit Jahren mein Test-Device für die Apps. Steige demnächst auf ein Pixel 6a Test-Device um. Die Frage ist nun, was mit dem Altgerät passiert. Technisch und optisch einwandfrei. Akku top - wurde nur für App-Tests benutzt. Android 13 lässt sich über ein Custom-ROM installieren. SOC- und Firmware-Updates erhält das Gerät allerdings nicht mehr. Hat jemand eine Idee, was man damit tun könnte? Geld möchte ich keines dafür. 📱

Life_is , avatar


Ich würde ja gute Fotos davon machen und sie dann Wikipedia spenden.

Das Gerät selber könntest Du bei einem Sozial-Kaufhaus abgeben. Ab Januar Deutschland-Ticket fast nur noch per SmartPhone möglich, das wäre eine sinnvolle gute Tat.

andree4live , avatar

@kuketzblog damit kann man zB vom Internetradio über interaktiven Podcastplayer oder eine Kommando-Zentrale fürs Zuhause realisieren.... Man könnte ein Babyphone daraus basteln usw usw..... Da wird sich schon was finden :)

mattblaze , to random avatar

Me: I do this thing this way. Other people do it different ways, sometimes quite well.

Mastodon: So you're saying those other people are doing it wrong? What makes you so special?

viraptor , avatar

@mattblaze I wonder if there's space for some personalised message filter these days to auto-mute takes like that. Since good text classification is getting cheaper and easier for personal use... a new kind of spam filter?

oblomov , avatar

@mattblaze “apparently, my reading comprehension capability”

marcelias , to random avatar

I'm sorry this pisses some people off, but it's true.

A vote for No Labels, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Cornel West or any other third-party candidate is effectively a vote for Trump. Not voting is as well.

not2b , avatar

@marcelias I am voting for Biden or whoever the Democrat is, because Trump must be defeated. But I am deeply, deeply distressed that the US is backing Netanyahu's slaughter and blocking any efforts to stop it. The leader of the brutal, heinous October 7 attack had his whole family killed by the Israelis in 2014, which probably contributed to how monstrous that attack was, and the current obliteration of Gaza will not make Israel more secure, because every survivor will be sworn to revenge. It must stop. If Biden persists, he may find that people of conscience refuse to vote for him. It has to stop.

stephengentle , avatar

@marcelias This is why y'all in the US need preferential (ranked choice) voting. You can then vote for who you want to, but if they're knocked out then your vote runs down your allocated preferences until you're voting for one of the final two contenders.

It actually gives other parties or independents a chance to be elected, because you don't have this exact problem where you need to directly vote for a bad candidate to try and stop an even worse candidate getting in.

phranck , to random German avatar

Ich glaub, ich bin der Einzige, der so gar nichts mit "Dr. Who" anfangen kann.

chbeer , avatar

@phranck 👋 same here

suhlig , avatar

@phranck you are not alone

lowqualityfacts , to random avatar

It's the last cool thing they did.

mambear404 , avatar


When soy sauce means am sauce and our kids have legit reason to be scared to show up for education.


gregsdennis , avatar

@lowqualityfacts I want to know what happened that out this in front of the Court.

w7voa , to random avatar

University of Pennsylvania president resigns.

pacanukeha , avatar

@w7voa uh-huh

nilsskirnir , avatar

@w7voa Bok also resigned because of his disgust with the vileness expressed by members of Congress and some in the Jewish community.
We all know that countless people have called for the elimination of Palestinians and the proscription of Muslims, Hindus and others with no ill effect. Some were either President or powerful media members.

phranck , (edited ) to random German avatar

Ich bin echt fassungslos. Bei unserer Teenie am Gumnasium wird das komplette nächste Jahr der Physikunterricht ausgesetzt, weil... Na? Wer kommt drauf?

Weil es kein Lehrpersonal gibt!!!11!
Wie unglaublich ist dass denn?!? 😤

UPDATE: Ich muss mich korrigieren. Grad erfahre ich von meiner Frau, dass schon Lehrpersonal vorhanden ist, es ist einfach fuer das naechste Schuljahr NICHT VORGESEHEN! Wie bekloppt ist DAS denn???

Wozu ist nochmal Religion an Schulen gut? 🤦🏻‍♂️

bummelmuetze , avatar

Vor 20 Jahren habe ich wegen sowas die Schule gewechselt. Immerhin gab es an der Schule noch 1 Physiklehrer, ab der 9. Klasse hätte es (angeblich) Physik und Chemie Unterricht gegeben.
Ist leider kein neues Problem, aber das macht es eher schlimmer als besser.

ErikML , avatar

@phranck Studenten von Anwendungs-Naturwissenschaften kriegen heute schon im dritten Semester von entsprechenden Firmen Arbeitsverträge angeboten, mit 4000+ Einstiegsgehalt und traumhaften Arbeitsbedingungen - wer will sich da noch für weniger Geld 5 Tage die Woche mit nervigen Kindern (oder noch schlimmer: Eltern!) herumschlagen?

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