howdy! i'm a queer computer cat who occasionally rants about coding and retrocomputing and cartoon animal people
i'm always trying to learn lots of things, and will occasionally toot about that
i have a mostly unironic appreciation for hackers and the wachovski's speed racer, though i acknowledge the problematic and objectively terrible aspects of them both
i know that someday i'll emerge from my comfy coccoon and devour the very fabric of space-time
You asked for it: https://github.com/halcy/Mastodon-LaTeXclient Here's a mastodon LaTeX client! Screenshots of example output attached!
Got a chance to tell a story on #DarknetDiaries with Jack Rhysider.
Ep 36: Jeremy from Marketing
"A company hires a penetration tester to pose as a new hire, Jeremy from Marketing, to see how much he can hack into in his first week on the job. It doesn’t go as planned."
You can listen to it here: https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/36/
Contrary to their documentation, Keybase does not ask for the consent of the admins of a Mastodon-software instance before adding our instance as a "partner".
Since they are liars, I am blocking the endpoint they use to confirm our users. (/.well-known/keybase-proof-config)
We are also *extremely* concerned about their "What's Next", and do not consent to these tech-bro experiments.
Often, people will claim that memes are reviving the Dada aesthetic because it is too confusing to be turned into advertising. A cursory look at the Denny's social media will prove this to be obvious nonsense. There is no aesthetic which inherently resist commodification: capitalism commodifies everything. But there are ways of spreading art which bypass commodification.
misbehaving Xerox scanners/photocopiers (old news) Show more
Today I learned that in 2013, a bug was discovered in a whole host of Xerox scanners and photocopiers that caused them to mangle printed numbers with no warning and no clear indication that anything is wrong: http://www.dkriesel.com/en/blog/2013/0802_xerox-workcentres_are_switching_written_numbers_when_scanning
As far as I can understand, the scanners use a lossy image compression algorithm that detects groups of similar chunks of images, saves one of them, and uses that one chunk for every place any of the similar chunks would appear ... and frequently decides 6s are similar to 8s. And, in one case, several boxes on a construction plan are similar enough that the entire numbers can be replaced.
And the way the numbers are replaced, nothing looks out of the ordinary unless the exact numbers in the document are compared digit by digit. There are no unusual artifacts in the image and kerning is correct.
Computers are horrifying, even in places that don't seem like they should be computers.
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feel like i'm finally approaching the next level of imposter syndrome with this whole transition thing i'm doing. can't wait for the real shit to get rolling once i'm in grad school
leoflexible anthropomorphic from another dimension! queer, genderqueer, poly. tinkerer, noisemaker, dork. mated to @captainbozo
a smol server for me and my friends