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Tuesday, 2022-05-17

Fame is fleeting

Filed under: Humour,Movies,Music,Society — bblackmoor @ 12:39

For no particular reason, the song “Fame”, by Irene Cara, came into my mind today. Google tells me it was released in 1980: 42 years ago. I haven’t heard it in very nearly that long, but I recall it clearly, and I even recall the name of the singer.

That is just how hugely popular that song was… briefly. And then nothing. When’s the last time you thought of it? How strange that is. The fleeting popularity of fame, so to speak.

It’s not really my style of pop song, and I still haven’t seen the eponymous movie, but even I loved the song and sang along to it, at the time. Of course, I was in my early teens then, and a boy, so I could never actually tell anyone I loved that song. It would have been indistinguishable to wearing a “call me a ‘homo’ and push me down” sign. (I’m not gay, and was even less so then, thanks to adolescent hormones, but bullies don’t place a high value on accuracy. Hopefully, my own miserable teen years helped distract the bullies from actual gay kids.)

Anyway, that’s not what compelled me to write this post. I’m writing this post because I asked Google to “play ‘Fame’ by Irene Cara on YouTube, on ‘downstairs group'” (my downstairs speakers). And, obligingly, it did (Google can be… contrary, sometimes).

And then it played “YMCA”, by the Village People.

And THAT made me laugh out loud.

Monday, 2022-05-16

Getting rid of Firefox’s “downloads” popup

Filed under: Software,The Internet — bblackmoor @ 15:12

Ever since Firefox 98 (I think), a popup appears every ten minutes or so, showing files that have been downloaded successfully (or not, I assume). Whether I have downloaded anything recently or not. It does not go away until I manually close it.

That is annoying. Here is how to fix it.

Go to about:config (accepting the warning along the way).

Change browser.download.alwaysOpenPanel to false.

Saturday, 2022-05-14

Claude Shannon

Filed under: Philosophy,Programming,Work — bblackmoor @ 23:53

“Shannon’s account of genius was a refreshingly unsentimental one. A genius is simply someone who is usefully irritated.”

One of the fathers of modern computing used this 6-step process to solve any problem

“Outlaws” (2022) vs “Misfits” (2009)

Filed under: Television — bblackmoor @ 20:26

If you liked “Misfits” (2009), you may like “Outlaws” (2022) on Amazon. I just watched the first episode. Christopher Walken steals every scene (of course), but the rest of the cast is quite good. I even felt some sympathy for the probation officer, who is typically the antagonist in this sort of show. (They played with that trope to good effect in “Misfits”. My strongest memory of that show is their jerk probation officer singing karaoke. It made me cry, in large part because it was the culmination of a season-long story arc. I was going to link to it, but after watching it out of context, I decided not to. You’d really have to watch the show to fully get it.)

Ironically (or perhaps by design — he is quite clever, after all), the only character I have no particular sympathy for (at the end of the first episode) is the one played by Stephen Merchant.

Anyway, “Outlaws“. Amazon. Check it out.

Friday, 2022-05-13

Story hook: the Post Office Saves The World

Filed under: History,Prose,Technology,The Internet,Writing — bblackmoor @ 10:06

Imagine a world where Amazon and Google and Microsoft and Apple had the combined wealth and power of Mailboxes, Etc. …

Proposal: some services must never be operated for profit. As in, if you want the license to operate, you operate as not-for-profit, with all of the oversight and regulation that entails. What kind of services?

  • Hospitals
  • Military
  • Police
  • Post Offices
  • Prisons
  • Roads
  • Schools
  • Trains

Story hook: a team of people from 2080 go back to the 1960s to attempt to prevent the end of Human civilization. How? By lobbying legislators to put civilian use of ARPANET under exclusive control of the US Post Office before Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf develop TCP/IP.

Update: In case this was unclear: if you put “Contracting Company” after any of these services, it should make NO DIFFERENCE. NONE. If you want the license to operate, you operate as not-for-profit, with all of the oversight and regulation that entails. We are at least a generation past the point where the “contractor” loophole should have been legislatively closed. Human beings are not “resources” to be squeezed dry and discarded.

Thursday, 2022-05-12

Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe

Filed under: Programming,Software,Work — bblackmoor @ 11:02

Taking my Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe certifications off of my resume. If I am never forced to drink that snake oil again, it will be too soon.

Tuesday, 2022-05-03

Password expiration makes systems less secure

Filed under: Security,The Internet — bblackmoor @ 08:41

The consensus among security researchers has been consistent for about 15 years: forcing password expiration based on nothing but the date makes passwords less secure.

https://www.sans.org/blog/time-for-password-expiration-to-die/

Also relevant…

Friday, 2022-04-29

Trimming trailing spaces in LibreOffice Calc

Filed under: Software,Windows — bblackmoor @ 13:39

I looked for ages before I found this advice, so I am preserving it here. Credit goes to Keyboard Playing for the original post, though.

In LibreOffice Writer, you can replace \s+(\r?(\n|$)) with $1 to remove all trailing spaces. A single execution should be efficient this time.

The regular expression (aka “regex”) can be decomposed this way:

\s+ matches one or more whitespaces;
(\r?(\n|$)) matches a carriage return (\r?\n) or the end of a paragraph (\r?$) ; \r? is there only to be compatible with Windows carriage return format;
$1 is the first captured group ((\r?(\n|$))) as it was found in the text (we put back what was found).

Friday, 2022-04-08

Lepton Firefox-UI-Fix update

Filed under: Software,The Internet,Windows — bblackmoor @ 12:38

If you have hacked Firefox to be less annoying, and if you have noticed icons in context menus overlapping the text, it may be time to update your Lepton modifications.

Don’t forget to go to URL “about:support” and clear the startup cache afterward.

I had no idea that Firefox’s user base had withered like this. Less than 5%? This makes me sad.

Thursday, 2022-04-07

Consider your priorities

Filed under: Philosophy — bblackmoor @ 10:44

Every second of your life is the most precious, irreplaceable resource you have. Spend it with people you love.

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