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Cake day: May 25, 2019


Dropping by to say this podcast is regularly very good. I recommend folks listen to the two episodes on “long termism” if you don’t already hate techlords.

My employer uses ubuntu for operations, and so I have experience using it in that settings. My thoughts:

  • It’s basically fine, it’s well-supported by third party PPAs (i.e., apt repos) so it’s generally possible to install arbitrary versions of popular open source daemons (e.g., postgres, redis), it’s been on systemd for a while, which despite some people’s criticisms, I find to Just Work, so I like it.
  • snap is annoying and I wish canonical would stop trying to make it a thing
  • apt’s default is to automatically enable and start daemon systemd units on installation, which IMO is highly questionable

For desktop, I like Arch too much to use Ubuntu or any other fixed-release distro.

The purpose of VOA writing about this is manufacturing consent among the public for when the govt helicopter money starts pouring onto tech companies for “innovation” which will manifest as massive PR spend and share buybacks.

Private capital has no national allegiance. If bolstering the u.s. tech sector doesn’t increase margins, it isn’t going to happen.

Yep I commuted several winters in Chicago and biking in the snow was def doable. Here are some tips:

  • don’t go out and buy stuff, start with wht you have and upgrade incrementally as you discover what works and doesn’t
  • here’s what I wore which kept me warm enough down to about 15F: synthetic undershirt, synthetic base layer long sleeve shirt, lightly insulated waterproof winter shell jacket, bike tights padded in the ass, waterproof shell pants, waterproof boots, light windproof gloves, a thin insulated hat that fit under a helmet, and sunglasses. I have a beard and it kept my face warm
  • when it got colder I wore heavier gloves, a neoprene-like balaclava, and a ski helmet, and occasionally ski goggles
  • as long as you keep your heart rate up, you’ll be warmer than you think. It’s important that you have a place that’s warm to change on the other end. If you stop moving you’ll get cold
  • biking in snow and ice is doable as long as you don’t accelerate much, turning, speeding up, and braking are when things get dicey
  • fenders are a must
  • I recommend riding the shittiest bike you have bc it’s going to get fucked up by Ice and salt. I rode a cheap single speed and would go through at least one chain per winter biking about 70 miles per week.

Dunno what the star thingy is but the sticky things look kinda like beginners chopsticks.