Sketchy unmarked white vans...
When I was a kid: "Stranger danger, ALARM!!"
Kids now: "My presents are here!!"

Fun fact: you can't name any file anywhere in windows 10 "aux.txt" or "aux" anything with any extension, because it was a reserved name in CP/M before dos was a thing.

If you commit "aux.txt" to a git repo, you break it for windows users. If you distribute "aux.txt" in a zip file, windows computers cannot extract it without error.

Fun fact: each book scanned for the Internet Archive has a unique identifier, usually the title of the item, or its first 16 characters; the volume number, or 00 if there isn't one; and the first 4 characters of the author. So:

"It turns out it was possible to reach across sessions and violate NT security boundaries for nearly twenty years, and nobody noticed."

thehackernews.com/2019/08/ctfm

The service manuals of old professional equipment are truly amazing, the schematics are shown in three different abstraction levels, every single connection is shown, waveforms at 100 different test points are drawn, every single component is listed, with step-by-step test and calibration guidelines. You can almost remove everything from the board and put it back together with a service manual.

Something that today's consumers can only dream of...

#retrocomputing #crt

Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's Β£50 note.

bbc.com/news/business-48962557

Is sending me a master card and all of this garbage really the most sensible way to give me a $20 rebate?

There is an oil/gas pipeline that runs underground outside my office. Apparently tree roots can interfere with the pipeline so the pipeline company has sent people out to remove all of trees on the westside of the office property. Lovely.

Google Lens AI is getting pretty good I was able to identify this plant.

Old news by now but might be worth a read if you haven't already and are interested in ARM processors.
anandtech.com/show/14384/arm-a

Not Viking news from 866 ... While clearing out my garage to fit our second car (due to possible impending hail storm doom) I found my Mom left her axe here last time she came over to help with outdoor projects. Made me chuckle.

Has anyone had any experience with Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)? There are variety of companies offering services for under $2000 but the landscape is like a mine field.

I've read everything from going 9 months with no replies after spending $700 to having gaps in data, to paying extra to get raw data, having to mess with format conversion, etc.

Can anyone recommend a service with at least 30x coverage that will give you access to raw data in a timely manner?

arep.med.harvard.edu/gmc/genom

"Yay" (read: FUCK OFF) privatization of government services. Previously the NC DMV had online registration, and it was free and the normal 2-3 pages of enter info, it looks it up, and you're paid and done. Now it's done via payitgov.com, it's a chatbot style thing (which imho reads super weird when you tell it things via a quasi-form still), and it's a $3 fee.

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Society of Trolls

A nice little Mastodon instance. Mild trolling encouraged (keep it local), but not required. Malicious behaviour is not tolerated. Follow Wheaton's law and you'll be fine.