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hey can anyone out there help me find critical/theoretical writing on hardware modding? (especially on video game hardware, but any kind of consumer modification of industrially-manufactured products would work)

I know that (e.g.) Stephanie Boluk and Patrick Lemieux have studied video game modding from a software perspective, but I don't know anyone studying hardware mods in particular.

(doesn't need to be "academic," just looking for stuff beyond tutorials and enthusiast press)

(boosts ok!)

ecology- (ash trees) 

Emerald ash borers have been discovered here in Oregon. This is Bad News and the invasive species bureau is asking for the public's health in tracking their spread:

(they're so pretty! if only they weren't devastating to trees!)

I repaired the speakers! I think. They seem to be working well at the moment, hopefully they don't go back to flaking out.

Most valuable lesson learned: solder suckers are great! I was having no success at trying to un-solder that ten-pin switch without one.

Thanks to @jade for the repair guide.

I'm tired of seeing objects described as `Foo@355135a3` in logs.

Which 64 graphemes are most visually distinct from each other in noto-emoji?

At modest font sizes, like 12–16px. And roughly equal size; no fair nominating HAIR SPACE and THREE-EM DASH.

What if we go for 128?

open source 

Anyone itching to do some recreational code review? I've been trying to keep the PRs small but we have a dearth of reviewers this week, and there are too many.

, , , though this batch of reviews is mostly about our environment for automated integration tests.


why are they square.

there still seems to be hidden components to the layout algorithms that dev tools in firefox & chrome don't show you. Yes, they'll tell me it's 272.35 pixels, but in that muted gray that means “you can't drill down in to this, and no, we're not going to tell you how we decided on that number.”

If "theatre" is pronounced as "theater"
and "calibre" is pronounced as "caliber"
is "libre" pronounced as "liber"?

Alternately, do you have any recommendations for how to make the knowledge in a Discord more web-discoverable?

A naive bot that just dumped incoming messages to static HTML would be super easy. But I think privacy and anti-spam concerns make write-once archives a bad idea. Are there any implementations better thought out?

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Some recent toots imploring people not to use Discord, because it's a black hole for knowledge compared to other things with web-searchable archives.

Point taken.

But they were suggesting using web forums, and, well, our forum runs on some neglected host beyond its supported lifespan with no easy upgrade path, and… 😩

Nobody uses FidoNet or Usenet or wants to join mailing lists anymore.

What would you recommend as a forum for an project? Ad-free with minimal (preferably zero) infrastructure maintenance requirements.

Today I learned that 292 years is the amount of nanoseconds you can fit in 63 bits.

This fun fact brought to you by Docker and golang.

thank u ☁️

binary gender 

Here a paper from Stanford featuring the autism spectrum, fMRI scans, a Deep Neural Network with eXplainable AI, and gender binary:

I've figured it out!

If you mint NFTs for ♂️ and ♀️, nobody else can have them, and people will have to get their own genders.

Alternately, you can release the genders under an open license, and then _everyone_ may use them as they wish.

I went to go write a blog post on stuff.
Wrote few words.
Spent many more hours on tweaking the CSS for edge cases that are nice-to-have but far from critical.

And as a bonus, I managed to repeatedly freeze up Firefox in the process!

The American Dialect Society's Word of the Year selections are in for 2021.

Word of the Year: insurrection
Most Likely to Succeed: antiwork
Most Useful: hard pants
Political Word of the Year: insurrection
Digital Word of the Year: #​FreeBritney
Pandemic-Related Word of the Year: boosted
Financial/Economic Word of the Year: supply chain
Informal Word of the Year: yassify
Most Creative Word of the Year: Fauci ouchie
Euphemism of the Year: unalive

How many Team members are paid for the work they do for the language or its ecosystem?

How many members of the moderation team were paid for their work for the community?

When making screenshots of an application for use in documentation, should one turn off subpixel rendering in the font system?

How likely is it that the subpixel ordering and alignment on the reader's display is the same as it is here?

Ooooh, you're moderating a channel, not hosting an instance, is that it? That explains things. I'd misunderstood.

For so long, “throw more hardware at it” was the cost-effective answer. More/bigger/faster servers for your own processes. Assume your customers next year will have faster laptops/phones/tablets than last year's did.

Now costs are rising, new stock is less available, even finding a replacement for a two-year-old model may cost more than it did new.

Is that enough to pressure the industry to make better use of last year's tech?

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