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  1. Comment on Debian reconsiders init-system diversity in ~comp

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    So basically, the tentacles of systemd have dug so deeply into GNOME Desktop that one essentially requires yet another piece of complex software just to get rid of it? I sincerely hope that that...
    The immediate motivation for a reconsideration would appear to be the proposed addition of elogind, a standalone fork of the systemd-logind daemon, to Debian. Elogind would provide support for systemd's D-Bus-based login mechanism — needed to support small projects like the GNOME desktop — without the need for systemd itself. (…) In short: merging elogind appears to be complex enough that it would be hard to justify in the absence of a strong commitment to the support of non-systemd init systems. (…)

    So basically, the tentacles of systemd have dug so deeply into GNOME Desktop that one essentially requires yet another piece of complex software just to get rid of it?

    I sincerely hope that that only concerns GNOME Desktop and not GTK+ in general. Really not looking forward Xfce becoming systemd-dependent, considering Lennart's opinion that “POSIX and BSD compatibility only hinder the progress of GNOME/GNU/Linux!”.

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  2. Comment on Bytecode Alliance: Building a secure by default, composable future for WebAssembly in ~comp

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    Thanks, I've compared some words, and it doesn't seem to be it. The font Lin uses is taller and more straight. I've found this old tweet, which implies that that might be a custom font. If so, alas.

    Thanks, I've compared some words, and it doesn't seem to be it. The font Lin uses is taller and more straight. I've found this old tweet, which implies that that might be a custom font. If so, alas.

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  3. Comment on Bytecode Alliance: Building a secure by default, composable future for WebAssembly in ~comp

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    While we're at it, does anybody know what kind of fond does Lin Clark use for her comics? I really like how it looks, and it fits nicely with the xkcd-ish stick-figure style, which I also enjoy.

    While we're at it, does anybody know what kind of fond does Lin Clark use for her comics? I really like how it looks, and it fits nicely with the xkcd-ish stick-figure style, which I also enjoy.

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  4. Comment on Sonic the Hedgehog - New official trailer (with new Sonic appearance) in ~movies

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    I used to be a massive Sonic fan during my whole childhood and early teens. That initial “gangsta” trailer made absolutely sure that I won't go to a theatre to see the new Sonic film and instead...

    I used to be a massive Sonic fan during my whole childhood and early teens. That initial “gangsta” trailer made absolutely sure that I won't go to a theatre to see the new Sonic film and instead wait for Nostalgia Critic1 to review it.

    This trailer made me actually want to go to theatres and watch the film. Maybe even with friends. Which is amazing, considering how bad the first trailer was. Now I only have two concerns: why the hell did Sonic decide to hide on Earth and where the hell is our foxy boy Miles Prower?


    1 I know, I know, #ChangeTheChannel, “vindictive former employees”, and all that, but what can I do? Douge is still very entertaining to me, and almost every review has a line, or a delivery of a line, that leaves me roaring. Those Stamps.Com ads though…

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  5. Comment on Effects of One Year of Vitamin D and Marine Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Biomarkers of Systemic Inflammation in Older US Adults in ~science

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    According to Wikipedia: So I guess we can surely say that “It's complicated”.

    According to Wikipedia:

    Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is an interleukin that acts as both a pro-inflammatory cytokine and an anti-inflammatory myokine. (…)

    So I guess we can surely say that “It's complicated”.

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  6. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Today: Visited my ophtalmologist, made burritos, programmed a primitive E-Mail client for myself. I would say it was a good day! Tomorrow: Going to my German class. Hoppefully, I will have made my...

    Today: Visited my ophtalmologist, made burritos, programmed a primitive E-Mail client for myself. I would say it was a good day!

    Tomorrow: Going to my German class. Hoppefully, I will have made my homework this time. Then maybe some more programming.

    Sunday: Shopping, probably. My postman bag kind of fell apart, so I need a new one.

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  7. Comment on Announcing Dart 2.6 with dart2native: Compile Dart to self-contained, native executables in ~comp

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    In most of statically-typed languages used today this is not the case for integers. null is not a valid integer value, but it may be a valid value for an object. In C, C++, and most Pascal...

    In most of statically-typed languages used today this is not the case for integers. null is not a valid integer value, but it may be a valid value for an object. In C, C++, and most Pascal dialects a code like the one I've mentioned will give you a (garbage) integer. Rust will generally not allow you to use an uninitialised value, but if you ask it nicely (with unsafe that is) then it will give you a garbage integer as well. In Go it will give you the integer zero.

    In fact, your post made me check something:

    • In Python the code x = int() results in x being zero.
    • In JavaScript, the language Dart was originally destined to replace in browsers, let x = new Number() again gives you [Number: 0]. Which makes Dart's choice even more strange.
    • Ruby's Integer class doesn't have a ::new constructor.
    • Lua doesn't seem to have any way to do that either.

    The fact that “Everything Is An Object” makes Dart's choice understandable, but it's not a choice I support. IMO, an integer is supposed to be, well, an integer. Zero, garbage, 42, whatever but not a null.

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  8. Comment on Announcing Dart 2.6 with dart2native: Compile Dart to self-contained, native executables in ~comp

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    I see, thanks. The Everything Is An Object philosophy makes things clearer, although it's still not something I would expect from a statically-typed language.

    I see, thanks. The Everything Is An Object philosophy makes things clearer, although it's still not something I would expect from a statically-typed language.

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  9. Comment on Announcing Dart 2.6 with dart2native: Compile Dart to self-contained, native executables in ~comp

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    If anyone here is a fan of Dart, can you please explain, why on Earth the designers of Dart decided that this: void main() { int i; print(i); } null Is sane and good behaviour? I have explicitly...

    If anyone here is a fan of Dart, can you please explain, why on Earth the designers of Dart decided that this:

    void main() {
      int i;
      print(i);
    }
    
    null

    Is sane and good behaviour? I have explicitly told the compiler that I want an integer. null is not an integer. For a language that has (initially) positioned itself as a better-typed JavaScript replacement, this is just… bad.

  10. Comment on Vasya Oblomov - ABVGDejka (The ABC Show) in ~music

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    (Couldn't find a good recording of this one on YouTube.) A very nice track from Vasya Oblomov. His texts are always funny and topical, and this track is no exception. The song is basically about a...

    (Couldn't find a good recording of this one on YouTube.)

    A very nice track from Vasya Oblomov. His texts are always funny and topical, and this track is no exception. The song is basically about a father explaining (“enumerating”, as in an ABC) to his son about all kinds of arseholes, idiots, and other degenerates they will meet in life.

  11. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Vim question: If I set my $TERM to xterm-mono then my Vim doesn't show menus, e.g. for <C-x><C-n> and other auto-complete stuff. Is there a way to make it show the menu again? EDIT: Apparently, if...

    Vim question: If I set my $TERM to xterm-mono then my Vim doesn't show menus, e.g. for <C-x><C-n> and other auto-complete stuff. Is there a way to make it show the menu again?

    EDIT: Apparently, if your terminal has less than eight colours, you're kind of screwed:

    The menu is used when:

    • The 'completeopt' option contains "menu" or "menuone".
    • The terminal supports at least 8 colors.
    • There are at least two matches. One if "menuone" is used.

    Bother. Looking for a way to force it.

  12. Comment on Miki Núñez - La Venda (The Blindfold) in ~music

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    I've been re-listening this one a lot. Live at Grand Final in Tel Aviv: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWXuohnM14U. (They took 22nd place out of 26. Bullshit.)

    I've been re-listening this one a lot. Live at Grand Final in Tel Aviv: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWXuohnM14U.

    (They took 22nd place out of 26. Bullshit.)

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  13. Comment on What piece of kitchen equipment do you regret buying, and why? in ~food

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    I haven't personally tried it (yet?), but I've heard that it makes okay hot chocolate. Other than that? I'm pretty sure it's a scam.

    I haven't personally tried it (yet?), but I've heard that it makes okay hot chocolate. Other than that? I'm pretty sure it's a scam.

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  14. Comment on What piece of kitchen equipment do you regret buying, and why? in ~food

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    Thank you! We have one of these in the office, at a place full of management-type people. A manager friend keeps bugging me that it makes “actual coffee” and that “you just haven't tried the good...
    So... no. Not only does the machine pierce the pods so it's impossible to refill them, the coffee is ghastly and tastes nothing like real espresso. Every flavor or variety tried has a weird chemical aroma and aftertaste, the brew is thinner than espresso even on the most concentrated setting. Normally, I'll drink anything coffee-like, but this machine's brew wasn't palatable.

    Thank you! We have one of these in the office, at a place full of management-type people. A manager friend keeps bugging me that it makes “actual coffee” and that “you just haven't tried the good pods”. No. At this point I've tried about ten or so different kinds of pods, both Nespresso™ and third-party. They are all rubbish and taste like burned plastic.

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