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Playing around with Wolfram Alpha has taught me that there are some really nice alternative interpretations of units.

The temperature outside is 2.647×10-5 kiloelectronvolts per Boltzmann constant.


Observation: Anyone using the term "fiat currency" should not be trusted to know what they are talking about.

@loke @clacke File redirection came from IBM mainframes as well, as did the names "stdin", "stdout", and "stderr" (although the latter was STDERROR in JCL).

BTW, ever wondered what the "files" variables correspond to in the Pascal language 'program' keyword? E.g.,

program Foo(inp, outp);
{ ...etc... }

Those also came from OS/360 JCL conventions. inp and outp in this case would be logical names, which you can assign to physical files in the JCL that launched your binary.

Do you isolate different aspects of your computer activities to improve security?

For example, if you install a game on Steam, the creator of that game now has full access to all your personal files, which might not be the most ideal of situations.

The same goes for any other software of course. That NPM library you just installed? Well, it can copy your SSH keys, and so on.

Looking for a USB-C hub

When searching for USB-C hubs all you get are docking stations that has a million USB-A ports, ethernet, HDMI etc.

But when it comes to real USB-C hubs, it's really difficult yo find one. I did find this one, which is a 4-port hub:

Has anyone found any others? Any recommendations for a good one?

NIce to be able to spot this Green Tree Snail (Amphidromus atricallosus) at Chestnut Nature Park, Singapore, on 2 April 2021. Looks like the recent rains have bought them out of hiding.

The Green Tree Snail is native to Singapore and usually only found in mature forest areas.

On iNaturalist [ ].

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Invertebrates #Gastropods #Snails #Gastropoda

*slaps roof of a home* this bad boy can fit so many some foods in it

@quad what should I do with my ubiquity gear after the latest revelations? I have an edgerouter, and a few switches and AP's.

Should I just replace everything with mikrotik?

Dear #fediverse and especially #foss and #activitypub tech enthusiasts amongst you ..

At #SocialHub we're preparing a great event in the form of two webinars and a workshop in April, for representatives of the European Commission.

The topics are #ActivityPub #Interoperability and #FediverseFutures within the EU.

Interest for the event came from EC itself, who via @NGIZero - funder of many great AP projects - approached SocialHub to organize.

You can help prepare and certainly join the Event!

@dekkzz78 Not grammatical context. In many cases, like the famous election poster by the liberals saying "mot exremism" (against extremism) the opposite is also a valid interpretation, which was the cause of much amusement in the previous election.

In some cases the context is simply the knowledge that it wouldn't make sense for the liberals to be in favour of extremism. I'm sure there are similar examples in English, but I can't think of any right now.

I wonder how difficult it is to learn Swedish as a second language.

After listening to a podcast the Swedish language (in Swedish) I was made aware of something I never really thought about before.

The very common word "delad" can mean both "separated" and "joined". In other words, this common word has to exact opposite meanings depending on context.

The same goes for the word "mot" which means both "towards" and "against". Again, it depends on context: "mot hårbortfall" means "against hair loss", but "mot Sverige" means "towards Sweden" unless you very much hate Sweden in which case it means "against Sweden".

It's funny how you never really consider this when it's your native language until some points it out.

I've been watching Hill Street Blues recently. I usually absolutely abhor US ponice shows, but this one is good.

After thinking about it, the reason it's good is that it's a police show where people are not killed in every single episode. The police chief insists on avoiding violence at all times.

I realised that in modern police shows, there is a focus on the crimes, and the these crimes are usually solved by murdering the suspects.

With that in mind, it's not so strange that there is so much police violence over there. Both police and public has been drilled into thinking that that is how police are supposed to behave.

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their ISP-grade wireless products have noob-friendly names

I'd expect this to be the most bulk-bought of their products, and the last thing to deserve a catchy name...

Here is one of the 839 tests:

fun functionAndOperatorInParen() {
parseAPLExpression("2 (↑¨) (1 2 3 4) (4 5 6 7)").let { result ->
assertDimension(dimensionsOfSize(2), result)
assertArrayContent(arrayOf(1, 2), result.valueAt(0))
assertArrayContent(arrayOf(4, 5), result.valueAt(1))
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