apple’s in-store cisco censorship internet proxy blocks where i host my photos. i think this is unreasonable.

apple doesn’t stock any of their max ram versions of their new products at low-tier retail mall stores, and still sell 8gb ram machines. the only cool looking cases in the store aren’t made by apple. there are too many ipads and too many iphones. the same thing happened to their product lines the first time steve left, too.

we don’t really talk about how covid tests are $1 in europe in quantity (at retail! quantity being 20, not 1000) and still $13-15 in the usa. this was the case during the main part of the pandemic. it was avoidable and preventable and thousands of people died because the FDA protects the profits of abbott laboratories. it is one of the biggest examples of criminal corruption in american history, with thousands of deaths sacrificed to corporate profits.

sometime when the whole web updated to WebAuthn, it broke all my FIDO2 logins and now I have to reenroll all my security keys. what a pain in the dick

I've been actively using my laptop unplugged for an hour and it's at 97% battery.

any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

if you have sda, sdb, sdc, ..., sdz, the next is sdaa. finally i have a box with more than 26 hard drives

it is ridiculously astounding what chatgpt can do. if you told me such a thing existed and i hadn't actually seen/used it myself, i wouldn't believe you.

it's insane, chatgpt now functions as a stand-in for my working memory of syntax and 3p library api shape, and i'm a 10x (or at least a 5-7x) programmer again.

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Thank you Administrator Milgram for stating so plainly how DEA made the War On Drugs deadlier and stupider than anyone could have imagined. The war on drugs is responsible for scores of billions of dollars of taxpayer funds spent on creating suffering, destroying American families, repression, racism, and overall, incalculable human tragedy, many of the issues relating to police militarization that face society.

TIL the mac mini now has a 10G ethernet option (as a configurable option, not standard, and is only a $100 upgrade).

apple seems to be penny-pinching now

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looks like someone is crossposting my toots without authorization to nostr.

if you are reading this at then you're getting scammed; this account and data is posted only at @sneak on activitypub.

macOS 14.4.0 will phone-home to apple's data collector ( even with analytics off when doing an update. new behavior however is that it will also do this when only "download updates" (but not install them) automatically is enabled.

it also contacts to get the signed boot ticket (and transmit your ECID) at download time, which happens background/automatically even if you've told it not to install updates automatically.

this is your periodic reminder that you should:

a) turn off wifi
b) run an ethernet cable to your computer
c) get a WIRED headset with boom mic
d) use an external webcam
e) use a key light

for fuck's sake it's 2024 learn how to make phone calls

today is actually a full moon so i can’t tell if the full moon rising over the ridge in the joshua tree at night “environment” for the AVP is always a full moon, or if some nameless engineer at apple programmed it to dynamically match the actual phase of the moon.

i really need to update my mastodon and mattermost instances, the latest mobile clients don’t like talking to my servers. this sort of attitude toward forcing users onto an api upgrade treadmill is pathological.

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An absolutely bonkers assault on encryption is happening right now in Nevada.

This week, the state AG moved for a temporary restraining order to stop Meta from rolling out default E2EE on Messenger for under-18 Nevadans. The state's brief characterizes E2EE apps as a tool for child predators. It argues that Meta's claims about E2EE protecting privacy & security are deceptive, so this is a CONSUMER PROTECTION VIOLATION. Oh, and half the brief is redacted.

Brief is here:

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