For the record: there are exactly two ways in which Amtrak is better than the major Western European railways:
power outlets on the trains
That is all.
Apparently, Debian now has a thing called
systemd. It can replace traditional
init. Even if you don’t want that (and I have no clue how I’m supposed to form a preference anyway), you have to have some more minimal configuration of
systemd anyhow, and that configuration causes severe bugs.
So here’s a configuration I had for years: when I closed my laptop lid, the screen would blank and lock if the system is on AC power; the system would suspend if on battery. This seems like a totally reasonable thing to want, no?
But, after so many years of The Year Of Linux On The Desktop, apparently we have entered the Brave New World of
systemd, and so this is no longer even an available option. And if you want to choose among the more restricted set of options that are available, you have to type some random shit into config files.
There’s also a thing in that file called
LidSwitchIgnoreInhibited and maybe it is somehow related but even after reading the docs I don’t understand what it does.
How are normal people ever supposed to figure this garbage out?
I wrote a thing for makingmeetup about a strange bug we found:
One of the joys of working at Meetup is seeing the variety of things people meet up about all around the world. So, as we were doing final QA for the next release of our Android app, we tried a search for all Meetups within 100 miles of Tbilisi and were surprised to find the Toddler Olympics in Oakland County, Michigan, among the results.
A bug, of course, but why?
We did a bit of research and found that our database does in fact believe that the Meetup is in Georgia, so it wasn’t a bug in our search algorithm. Our next guess was that we had somehow flipped a sign, or confused latitude and longitude, but the real problem turned out to be more subtle.
It turns out that the Organizer of the Toddler Olympics didn’t want to post the full address of her house, so she’d written “TBA” — “To Be Announced.” However, the Georgian word for “lake” is “ტბა”, which can be transliterated into the Latin alphabet as “Tba”, and so our geocoder was confused.
There’s always something new to learn when dealing with user-generated data and a global userbase!
Bitcoin — like meritocracy, communism, and misandry — is a nice idea, but it will never be implemented in a way that could possible make it useful or replace the current currencies. To think it does would be irresponsible and glib. I say stop wasting time exploring it, and leave it to the people you voted into office to handle the economy.
Good advice (with lolcats) from icanhazdigitalsecurity:
Some malware can remotely activate ur webcam. be safe!