Amazing Grace
Was a computer scientist
Without her
No ride to space

(In memoriam Admiral Grace Hopper)

Random insight of the night: every couple years, someone stands up and bemoans the fact that programming is still primarily done through the medium of text. And surely with all the power of modern graphical systems there must be a better way. But consider:

* the most powerful tool we have as humans for handling abstract concepts is language
* our brains have several hundred millenia of optimizations for processing language
* we have about 5 millenia of experimenting with ways to represent language outside our heads, using media (paper, parchment, clay, cave walls) that don't prejudice any particular form of representation at least in two dimensions
* the most wildly successful and enduring scheme we have stuck with over all that time is linear strings of symbols. Which is text.

So it is no great surprise that text is well adapted to our latest adventure in encoding and manipulating abstract concepts.

US Politics 

I'm sure not everyone want to give this guy their e-mail address, but maybe someone wants to fill out that totally unbiased poll?

This president totally kills satire, among other things.

@alexbuzzbee on the what? I meant to write use case, no idea how that happened...

@alexbuzzbee It depends on the real, but if I have to edit it by hand I prefer YAML. I don't like XML because despite (or because) of a nice XSD people usually have trouble consuming a web service if they don't use the same framework.

@ubuntu honestly, I would be disappointed if your latest release wasn't your most advanced release as well. Thanks for the great work though, I really love to use Ubuntu!

RT @allenholub@twitter.com

Could we just dump the T in TDD entirely? Let's call it EDD (Example Driven Development [or Design]). That T causes no end of misunderstanding. We are not writing tests. We're writing code.

πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/allenholub/status/

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@brandon I'm actually quite sure most of the people that proudly call themselves Christians would hate his liberal guts if they met him in person

@brandon well, Jesus was quite the anarchist himself, wasn't he? Going around messing with authority and questioning people's believes and traditions?

What you guys are referring to as Linux, is in fact, Android/Linux :android: :tux: 😜

@nextcloud can you tell my why nextcloud-client isn't available as snap anymore? That's a real pity!

Hey @Gargron I just noticed the Fedilab link on joinmastodon.org points to a wrong version, the correct link is play.google.com/store/apps/det - I thought you might want to know.

Electron is not crossplatform 

any more than software that runs in a VMWare virtual appliance is crossplatform. It's not even significantly lighter weight than doing that.

Taking your platform with you doesn't make your software crossplatform.

@amydentata actually no, if you can make someone pay to do their job, it's even "better".

Goals for 2019:

1). Get back the lean body I had before the accident.

2). Stop calling getting fat and out of shape "the accident".
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