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Ansible has started loudly deprecating the "with_items" construct in favour of the new "loop" construct. The old one is slatede to be removed.

Woe be anyone who needs to run ansible-playbook on both old distros and new, and needs to have the same playbooks work on both.

At least it looks like a long deprecation period, but this kind of thing makes me wonder if I should look at some other tool instead.

I want strongly and staticly typed shell scripts.

hey masto i have homework in german, i have to talk about a german (or german-speaking) hero and i'd like someone cool like a political person or someone queer or something, so if you have any ideas i'm interested
boosts are okay!

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@liw I toy with the idea of gamification. Fix one bug and you are allowed one reply. If we are lucky, people cool down while fixing the bugs in between replies. If we are not lucky, at least bugs get fixed!

When an email thread looks like this, run to the hills!

The Internet Archive reportedly has over 50 petabytes of data archived. That seriously, mind-bogglingly, utterly not very small at all.

Karl Popper's "Paradox of Intolerance" is fascinatingly subtle and nuanced. Not as simplistic as many make it out to be.

So close!! If you like our vision of community-driven, fantastically diverse and always principled free software, then we hope you'll support us by making a financial donation to help us keep doing the work to make that vision a reality.

When looking at a project with a long history, it isn't really useful to have references to tickets in a ticketing system that has been superseded and there's no redirection from old ticket URLs to new ones.

Making that happen could easily be a big and boring undertaking, of course, so I understand why it's not usually done.

Spam (or scam) using scare tactics to con people into thinking their email account has been hacked, or their device watches them watch porn, is despicable.

There were 43 emails in my work INBOX from the holidays. Including several mails from people wishing good holidays, and a daily calendar summary saying I have nothing to do. A few things had happened, but it's all processed now.

Less email than from a normal weekend, in fact.

New year, new job. That's how it works right?

Considering only a few people have gotten back to me over the past two months, who's hiring?

Looking for platform engineering/data/graphql/node.js work in Berlin or for german companies.


When designing a user interface, imagine some old woman using it, say Margaret Hamilton, and she's clicking your app's buttons and saying to you, as old people do,

"Young whippersnapper, when I was your age, I sent 24 people to the ACTUAL MOON with my software in 4K of RAM and here I am clicking your button and it takes ten seconds to load a 50 megabyte video ad and then it crashes

I'm not even ANGRY with you, I'm just disappointed."

Algorithms, Jeff Erickson's open-licensed algorithms text, is finally more-or-less complete and available in prepublication form at (via

Happy new year - and please don't roll your eyes about "Political Correct" approaches if you want my respect: #blog

Me: “uh I need one of those ‘drunk octopus that wants to fight’ things for my wall”

Home Depot employee: “you what”

Today I awkwardly learned it’s a double robe hook.

Eagerly awaiting the meme generation growing up enough for products to be renamed.

Slow edit-test cycles leave me too much time to babble on IRC and the fediverse.

I don't have or want comments directly on my blog, but I'm experimenting with having a fediverse "thread" for each blog post.

(Don't actually expect any responses, but we'll see.)

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