Seriously, why can't modern single board computer dev kits just break out the boot UART to a 6 pin 0.1" single row header with 3.3V signal levels?

Why do they all insist on putting down an FTDI chip or some other custom UART to USB interface on the board itself?

This is maddening.

The *ONE* thing that BeagleBone Black got right was the UART header.

Just finished reading PGP & GPG by @mwlucas again. I still don't think I fully grok proper use of GnuPG, especially around subkeys, but at least I'm closer to understanding it 😀

nostarch.com/pgp.htm

"At eighty-two seconds into the launch a piece of spray on foam insulation (SOFI) fell from one of the ramps that attached the shuttle to its external fuel tank." Death by PowerPoint: the slide that killed seven people mcdreeamiemusings.com/new-blog

#EndlessSky is a space #trading #game.

Endless Sky features many ships which are easily outfitted with a wide variety of utilities.

Engage in 20 ship space battles over 2 star systems, or travel the galaxy to establish a trading empire with Endless Sky.

Endless Sky also allows for you to fulfill transport quests if supply and demand calculations aren't your thing.

Website 🔗: endless-sky.github.io/

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#foss #free #open_source #fossmendations #space #EscapeVelocity

Apparently we have polls now on society.oftrolls.com!

Polls are a good thing?

Dear lazydon, is there a Mozilla Thunderbird plugin which will run a local SMTP server so that I can send email through Thunderbird without actually using Thunderbird?

My use case is to use GMail for SMTP when Google Active Protection is enabled on an account. SMTP to GMail then requires U2F authentication, which Thunderbird *CAN* do fine, but most normal SMTP clients cannot.

Or is there other magic to make git-send-email and similar tools work like this?

The "Ultimate" tag might be a bit much, but it's at least closer to a usable ARM workstation!

Solidrun's Clearfog NXP LX2160A based mini-ITX board with 16 Cortex-A72 cores is closer to being a real thing you can buy for $500-750.

cnx-software.com/2019/03/29/cl

Firefox admits they will eventually be sending all of your DNS to Cloudflare. Cloudflare will monetize your internet browsing, no matter how much their PR people say they are.

If you want to disable that, go to "about:config", and set "network.trr.mode" to 5.

The values are: 0 - default off, 1 - race, 2 TRR first, 3 TRR only, 4 shadow, 5 off by choice

I don't understand why we need another term/movement/phrase for what's happening now. I don't see the political side of this at all. GitHub gets more credit than they deserve.

My take is that "Free Software" ensures that the freedoms granted through software licensing are always passed along downstream. In contrast, "Open Source" (which is a superset of "Free Software") only ensures that the freedom is passed from the true upstream on downwards one time.

words.steveklabnik.com/the-cul

When I see a new or different electrical circuit topology or design or tool, I think to myself, "Oh that's neat! I wonder why it was done this way. Let's find out!"

When I see someone use Node.js for anything, I throw up in my mouth a little.

Maybe I'm not fit to be a modern software person?

Yes yes, I know, cloud services cannot be trusted because they can go away at any time yaddayadda.
I'm not doing anything actually useful with Upverter, it's just me playing around.

Been playing with Upverter some recently. Upverter is like halfway to being Altium Designer, there's still some unAltium quirks and a few seemingly really odd ways of doing things, but for being a cloud service seems pretty nice so far.
Upverter's parts creation interfaces for schematic symbols and layout footprints do a pretty good job of being easy to grok and use, although anything with thermal pads is not ideal without manual effort.

upverter.com/

twitter.com/aleffert/status/11

<< It’s VERY IMPORTANT that we start calling the Year 2038 bug, where 32-bit Unix time overflows, The Epochalypse. Plz spread. >>

My best code is not the code where others go "wow, that's complex! however did you manage to write that?"

My best code is where others go "that's obvious, what's the big deal?"

In this way code resembles magic.

I am seriously impressed at how little it costs to manufacture a modern gasoline car engine. The number of parts and manufacturing steps is mind boggling.

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