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After almost 2 years, another . Much of the above still applies.
I do more C coding and no C++. I am exploring others, such as R, Erlang and Racket.
I want to move to XMPP instead of Signal, because of decentralization.
I am not available for hire anymore, unless a job offer includes serious open source development.
I don't do teaching at the moment, but I am open for it.

As for my values, I am still Christian and am a little more certain of my beliefs. Also, see image.

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Hey y'all! After ~1,5 years on the fediverse, I probably should do a proper .
I am a developer from the Netherlands. My ideal work environment would be something with ( and +Linux. I do C++/C as well. I like hardware stuff, but I don't consider myself an embedded software developer anymore.
I am incredibly concerned about issues and also a little on (software) in general. I refuse to use WhatsApp and I currently use as a replacement. I refuse to work for companies that violate privacy law *and* ethics. Following the law is not enough.
I really dislike software that makes people use their screens more often and I don't want to create such software.
(btw, if (some of this) resonates with your business: I am available for hire!)

Furthermore, I love to kids and give them some love, although I am not very at good at both. If things were a little different, I would probably be a teacher. I occasionally give extra, 1 on 1, math lessons to kids.

I consider myself a and I try to follow the , although I am not always sure what that means. I have some opinions that you might find conservative and maybe even controversial, though for someone who grew up in the, I am *relatively* progressive and liberal.

"We didn't call it fuzzing back in the 1950s, but it was our standard practice to test programs by inputting decks of punch cards taken from the trash.

We also used decks of random number punch cards. We weren't networked in those days, so we weren't much worried about security, but our random/trash decks often turned up undesirable behavior.

Every programmer I knew used the trash-deck technique."

-- Gerald M. Weinberg

TIL about an interesting but also weird art project in the German town of Halberstadt

They’re playing „Organ^2/ASLSP“ by John Cage on an organ at such a slow speed that it’ll take 639 years for the song to be finished

The first switch of chord is scheduled to happen tomorrow, September 5, 2020

Unpopular opinion: As a civilization, we absolutely *need* nuclear power to be able to effectively combat CO² output.

Preferably with a thorium-based fuel cycle because it's MUCH more abundant (so less conflict for resources), more efficient (so generated waste is less radioactive), can be used to reduce radiation of *existing* nuclear waste *and* can't be used to produce the material for nuclear weapons.

“hot take” hot take 

Also font fingerprinting, DNS leaking, canvas fingerprinting and a host of other web browser catastrophes.

I'm not even a security specialist, it's just that it's really not a great idea to give this kind of anti-privacy advice.


@haitch @BartG95 I agree, you're gonna have less secure settings and leak your IP with WebRTC or something. Even if you don't, you're uniquely fingerprintable in a sea of identical Tor Browsers

@BartG95 The Tor browser is much safer though, using regular Firefox over the onion router is not quite the same.

This recommendation is only good if the goal is not to enjoy better privacy.

The amount of websites blocking traffic from tor is way too high.

If you run a python script, but you get errors from imagemagick, you most likely forgot the shebang.

You don't need torbrowser.
Just use your regular Firefox installation.

sudo apt install tor
Then within Firefox, go to your networksettings. Select manual proxy configuration. Enter SOCKS-host, port 9050.

This is enough to use tor.

If you also want to visit onion sites:

Within the networksettings where you just configured the proxy, also select DNS via proxy.
Then open about:config, set network.dns.blockDotOnion to false.

You can now visit any onion website.

Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? 🤦‍♂️


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

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