The Unclear Impact

Kristóf Marussy ferdiverified |

I'm a PhD student working on the extra-functional requirements and formal verification of cyber-physical system architectures.
I also like free (as in liberty) software, privacy enhancing technologies, and cryptography.

@jk @unascribed I’ve found hand sanitizer gel to remove horrible electrical tape residue pretty well (wipe away with a tissue, dries up quickly), even on sensitive spots, like under the piece of tape holding a bunch of wires near the cooler in my laptop when removing them to clean the fan. Also worked for removing residue from old stickers before giving away a (different) laptop.

as we talk about the morality of vaccine patents

i think it is a nice time to also remember historical precident

jonas salk did not patent the polio vaccine. he went out of his way to make sure it was not patented.

he never got rich. he actively made sure he didn't get rich off of it.

but that history is full of stories about how for the rest of his life, jonas salk did not have to ever pay for a beer in any bar in this country. he would get on airplanes and once somebody recognized his name, the entire damn plane would stand up and clap for him. he constantly had hotel rooms comped, meals for free at restaurants, thus and so.

because he was surrounded by people who knew he had saved their children from having to ever consider the fear of an iron lung, and were overwhelmingly grateful for it.

he was always modest and demure when recognized thusly. but i think that when people start saying "well why else would someone make a vaccine, if not to get paid for it and hold the patent", i think it is good to remember these stories. the world did not punish jonas salk for not patenting the polio vaccine. the world loved him for it. maybe not in the structures that billionaires are most used to. but they did love him for it, in small ways, in humble ways, on the individual level.

Re: eupol

@Rushyo @duponin The GDPR is very nice, but on the other hand, once TERREG passes, sites could be taken down within the EU instantaneously without any judicial review. Of course, if we’re talking about “regardless of content hosted and purpose”, this most likely doesn’t matter. (I’d imagine things would get tricky and reconsidered really quickly if, say, Hungary tried to take down sites about trans rights by saying that they are terrorists.)

@ssafar That’s not that awful. There’s software with weird enough dependencies that I really don’t want to figure out how to install the dependencies properly. Granted, extremely wrong things can and do also happen (like ad-hoc patching of files in /usr/lib blobfoxterrified).

If the Dockerfile is clear enough, it is self-contained recipe to install/build all the dependencies and build the software, so it can even help proper packaging downstream. I’d much rather prefer a Dockerfile that I run in reproducible manner than a bunch of unmaintained instructions in a text file, even if I ultimately wanted to install or package (AUR) a tool for my own native system.

Apolitical is a euphemism for political with privilege.

Re: nazis, metal

@sotolf @Alonealastalovedalongthe @mithrandir I’d recommend the mock-history of Backpedal as a cathartic (but probably escapist) piece of fiction on the topic of metal vs nazis.

shitpost, opera, misogyny

The opening scene of Das Rheingold is the incel Alberich taking the black pill by renouncing love after getting mocked by the Rheintöchter. No wonder what made manosphere idiots alt-right. blobcatupsidedown

On the other hand, the music is at least nice.

@hazel However, setting up a Synapse instance seemed more fun than grading a bunch of lab assignments. So I now have a Synapse instance. blobcatgoogly (I’ll still get to them before the grading is due, I promise.)

@hazel So far, it doesn’t seem as bad as I assumed, and hasn’t brought my VPS down yet with its resource consumption. But I expect it to do so once I start using it more.

@hazel You could maybe cut this down a bit by running a bunch of matrix bridges.

On the other hand, you’d need to run a bunch of matrix bridges, which is fun in a figuring-out-how-to-run-this-weird-cursed-software way, but not in an i-need-a-reliable-way-to-communicate way.

Pidgin was awesome, until providers figured out that they can capture our engagement and exfiltrate our data much more effectively by insisting on their own proprietary clients. blobfoxannoyed

Installing windows on a laptop whose screen I had to glue and duct tape back into place a couple of years ago.


Not cancelled in post-Hegelian terms


Apparently, researchers at the University of Minnesota don’t consider Linux kernel maintainers humans: blobfoxdisapprove

@hazel In our uni the mandatory undergrad filler class (for engineering majors) is called “I will be an engineer” and literally none of the lecturers are engineers. It’s also extremely early in the morning.

What’s this thing with unis trying to give career “advice” at 8 AM? blobcatsleepless


career development for computer science this sounds extremely ominous

academia, pol-adjacent

If you’re a professor and routinely hit 12 out of the 14 points of Umberto Eco during interacting with students, that doesn’t necessarily make you a fascist, but it doesn’t make you a terrific educator either. blobfoxangry

"So how much ram are we talking, on a scale from going to the moon to displaying a web page"

Recently, I learned that open-source tool that I am using for research will essentailly stop new releases, because its build system grew too complex to maintain. There’s probably something extremely ironic in there, but I can’t put my finger on in. blobfoxannoyed

New StandWithTillie fundraiser

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And we’re back!

Here is the link to the new fundraiser that has been set up to help Tillie obtain legal representation:

For those that were wondering, the last one was removed by GoFundMe with no explanation after asking a series of invasive questions about who the fundraiser was for and how the money was going to be used. After answering the questions honestly - that the money collected was to be used solely to obtain American legal representation for Tillie - GoFundMe cancelled the fundraiser, saying nothing more than it fell under the “prohibited content” in their terms of service. In a matter of less than ten minutes, the email with their decision was received, and dozens of refund emails began to flood in. There was no further explanation from GoFundMe as to why they chose to cancel the fundraiser, and no explanation on why, as with other cancelled fundraisers, the money was not held and allowed to be withdrawn.

The past week has been spent carefully choosing a new platform for the new legal fundraiser in the hopes that this situation will not happen again. While we felt GoFundMe was a safe platform based on reading their terms of service, this was obviously not the case. We will try again with FundRazr, and if FundRazr shuts us down, we will try again with yet another platform. Legal representation is everyone’s right, and we will pursue it until Tillie has it.

With that being said, here, again, is the new link: There is also now information contained in the link on how to donate via Bitcoin.

Thank you all for your patience and for continuing to .