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While upgrading today it has become apparent that some apps respect my abuse of XDG_CACHE_HOME and some don't.

The sports gods are having a laugh today.

Apparently not - this could be a while...

Today I am mostly learning about mobile and broadband coverage in Wales.

git bisect certainly feels like a super power. If someone actually gives you a nice test case for a regression it's easy to zero in on the fault with git bisect run. Usually it doesn't take long from identifying the bad commit to proposing a fix. *ding ding* another happy customer.....

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Additionally, if you’ve ever installed the Zoom client and then uninstalled it, you still have a localhost web server on your machine

This is why I put in a package anything needing more than user permissions at installation time, also why I do not want something like session startup other than ~/.profile and similar (and don’t even try to edit theses or it’s a permanent ban from my sandbox(1) config).

I used to donate to a number of projects/creators using flattr but I let those lapse as the site went through it's various iterations and changes. I've come to prefer the direct subscription model and after a modest prompt from @xvilo I've finally setup for a few projects I use heavily. I have to say I was expecting to aggregate the various donations and do one regular payment rather than setting a payment cadence (and provider!) for each donation.

Watching the centre court right now. Electrifying stuff, even the kids are into it

Tommy Robinson guilty of contempt of court for a 2018 broadcast. This is my surprised face 😲😗😀👍

BBC News - Tommy Robinson guilty over Facebook broadcast

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It eliminates cross-platform build issues by forcing you to focus so much on autotools that you have no time to fix cross-platform build issues

*sigh* yet again I can't actually use the website to actually pay for my son's school trip. Truly the worst of the web-apps I've used.

I generally find are pretty good at dealing with returns but I did bridle a little at "return window has already expired...refund will be process automatically as an exception for being a loyal customer". I mean that's great but I have a automatic 2 year guarantee thanks to law which you have to honor (for now).

Yay I'm glad I found the bug just before I was going to quit debugging but it's almost midnight - I need to decompress before I attempt to sleep.

I've been looking at resurrecting some old articles that got removed by deletionists. The main problem is establishing notability as a lot of the demo stuff was pre-web. Does anyone else from those days remember a crew called The Carebears (TCB)? Any references or sources for them?

TIL is archiving development and has services for the archives. Time to give another go on my laptop.

benchmarks: - it looks pretty good all round, especially with the internal usb2 bottle neck removed.

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Decided to see what would happen if I trained a neural net to write names for self-aware AIs.
May I present: GPT-2 trained on AI names from Iain M. Banks's Culture novels

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