Diane Trout diane@pump.ghic.org

Los Angeles

By day, IS generalist for an biology lab currently working on ENCODE, speciallizing in the python scientific stack. By night, trying to contribute to Debian and KDE. Also easily distracted by various kinds of role playing games.

  • 2018-06-10T21:59:36Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Kid had a preschool graduation, and .. I've never liked the pledge of allegiance but i thought it extra rude the black kid in the class also had to say "and justice for all"

  • 2018-06-10T06:45:03Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Is it just me or is strongswan & ipsec quite difficult to configure?

    Also maybe trying to link my home computer into a 6to4 subnet hosted elsewhere via a ipv4 ipsec tunnel to get around the crummy AT&T internet gateway filtering isn't the easiest place to start.


  • 2018-06-09T06:03:41Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Also pump still gets wedged on my system after a while. Not sure why.
    What do you mean "wedged"?

    AJ Jordan at 2018-06-10T05:37:07Z

    In the past when I see an error message like this, I stop seeing messages from other people and can't login. I didn't check too thoroughly this time, as I saw it for other reasons and restarted.

    I'm on commit 3cae05cb8873b93785b8f76d620a4307d4d54750

    Cannot read property 'length' of undefined                                      
        at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/jade/lib/index.js:218:8), <anonymous>:1814:31)                                                      
        at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/jade/lib/index.js:218:8), <anonymous>:1987:4)                                                       
        at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/jade/lib/index.js:218:8), <anonymous>:4341:22)                                                      
        at res (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/jade/lib/index.js:219:38)                 
        at Object.exports.renderFile (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/jade/lib/index.js:380:38)                                                                           
        at View.exports.renderFile [as engine] (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/jade/lib/index.js:370:21)                                                                 
        at View.render (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/express/lib/view.js:135:8)        
        at tryRender (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/express/lib/application.js:640:10)  
        at EventEmitter.render (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/express/lib/application.js:592:3)                                                                         
        at ServerResponse.render (/opt/pump.io/node_modules/express/lib/response.js:1008:7)                                                                         
    ^C                


    Diane Trout at 2018-06-10T06:50:02Z

  • 2018-06-09T06:03:09Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Feeling a bit sad after finally getting around to cleaning out my jabber roster of old AIM and Yahoo Messenger friends.

    I couldn't bring myself to delete the gmail ones, though I think those connections are dead forever too...

    xmpp is looking emptier and emptier.

    I wish I was better at convincing people to get off of google.

    » Diane Trout:

    “[...] I wish I was better at convincing people to get off of google. [...]”

    And off Facebook/Whatsapp, and off all kinds of crappy terrible silos, which is the only thing people seem to want to use...


    *sigh*


    It's hard to be optimistic about this... 🙄

    JanKusanagi at 2018-06-09T12:42:36Z

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  • 2018-05-28T05:31:03Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    So does anyone else like having locally installed documentation?

    I was working on packaging documentation for libraries I've uploaded to Debian, and I wonder if anyone else likes using them?

    Yes. Lots of reasons. Off the top of my head: 1. ls /usr/share/doc/package is much easier than finding online documentation for the version I am using. 2. Finding license of online docs is often hard, and often they are nonfree. If it's in in a free distro, I automatically know that it's freely licensed and I can improve it.

    Ian Kelling at 2018-05-28T15:21:39Z

    Oh drat... finding the copyright for the documentation....

    If you find the docs in the same repository as the source, and there's no alternate license listed, the source license applies to the documentation? Right?

    Diane Trout at 2018-05-28T15:45:34Z

    Yes, i'm fairly confident, but it's best to add per file license notices. One reason is that for docs, people tend to copy/paste things into their blogs etc, and they are less likely to neglect the license if it's in each file. And nowadays, the per file notice can be shorter, https://spdx.org/sites/cpstandard/files/pages/files/using_spdx_license_list_short_identifiers.pdf

    Ian Kelling at 2018-05-28T17:10:08Z

  • 2018-02-05T22:44:50Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Just upgraded my pump instance to 5.1.0. from 4.1.2

    I hope that fixes the "cannot read property 'length' of undefined that was causing it to occasionally fail.
    Woot! File bugs if anything seems off!

    AJ Jordan at 2018-02-06T03:50:22Z

  • 2017-10-13T17:50:48Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hi Identi.ca.

    I feel like you need a sysadmin team, and enough funding to keep a sysadmin interested.

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    That would be good =)

    JanKusanagi at 2017-10-13T18:00:05Z

  • 2017-10-11T15:29:17Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Appears there's an open source collectible card game available now. https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/argentum-age-is-an-open-source-collectible-card-game-with-singleplayer-and-multiplayer.10517 I didn't immediately recognize the license, but it seems DFSG compliant. https://github.com/davewx7/citadel/blob/master/LICENSE

  • 2017-09-21T18:28:10Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I wonder if GNOME Web/Epiphany-browser has the cookie expiration bug that Firefox has.
    Can I still post? It's been a while?

    Diane Trout at 2017-09-21T21:03:22Z

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    I miss firefox's awesome bar though.  Automatically auto-completing urls based on history/bookmarks is really quite convenient.

    Diane Trout at 2017-09-21T21:04:15Z

  • 2017-09-21T18:06:40Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I miss the dream of the Semantic Desktop

    Having desktop components share and allow cross references could be really useful.

    Unfortunately everyone decided to just run their lives on the web.

    » Diane Trout:

    “[...] Unfortunately everyone decided to just run their lives on the web. [...]”

    Certainly not me xD

    JanKusanagi at 2017-09-21T18:11:03Z

    I'm pretty sure anyone using pump is a special case. ;)

    According to the sociologist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeynep_Tufekci

    In my experience, there is no plausible alternative to Facebook if you're working with ordinary people.

    Diane Trout at 2017-09-21T18:20:32Z

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    Though I remember seeing a video by Vishesh Handa about killing nepomuk in favor of baloo that it meant the "semantic desktop was dead".

    I think a few of the "semantic desktop" GNOME components still live but it's deader in KDE.

    Tracker still can do sparql queries for instance but zeitgeist/activity journal died and needs updating.

    However I can't link to an email message from within my note taking software (currently emacs, but could be libreoffice), Nor can I browse activity by contact.

    Diane Trout at 2017-09-21T18:25:21Z

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    Ah well, I wouldn't call myself ordinary, that's for sure =)


    As for Plasma and friends, I'd say that some of that kind of semantic features are being added here and there, from time to time.

    JanKusanagi at 2017-09-21T18:29:08Z

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  • 2017-08-18T21:05:18Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Saw this on @evacide's twitter feed.

    https://medium.com/@EthanZ/mastodon-is-big-in-japan-the-reason-why-is-uncomfortable-684c036498e5

    I wonder how humans are going to navigate our reactions to easily running into different cultures with different standards for acceptability.
  • 2017-08-09T04:46:29Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    BTW, people might want to bug their representatives to support HR 669 "Restricting first use of nuclear weapons act of 2017"

    The Union of Concerned Scientists has a write up on what the law would do. http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/03/Markey-Lieu-First-Strike-Fact-Sheet.pdf


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  • 2017-07-26T23:23:26Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Apropos of nothing .Debian's doc-central package is seriously dusty.

    Written in python 2 as a CGI scripts, with no tests, and using tabs for indents.
  • 2017-07-26T21:27:01Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    News in the USA & UK is a constant horror show.

    How are things off in the rest of the world?

    I wish I could tell you that it's great over here... =)


    The good news is that even if the political party in power is _really_ corrupt, the corruption cases are actually being investigated more and more lately.


    Today the president (and head of said corrupt party) finally went to a very anticipated "hearing" (as a sort of witness) for the biggest case, even though his party tried very hard to avoid it. Progress!

    JanKusanagi at 2017-07-26T23:41:31Z

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    In Sweden we outsourced for outsourcing's sake, steamrolled over security objections, and authorized non-security-cleared technicians at IBM Serbia to access our driver's license registry, including people with a protected identity, our civilian-registered military vehicles, etc.

    We also leaked protected identities to advertisers and when this was discovered, the Directory General sent out an e-mail in cleartext saying "these are the protected identities, please remove them from your registries".

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-07-27T07:11:23Z

  • 2017-07-18T21:01:19Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    From twitter:

    Aeva [Any%]‏ @ladyaeva Jul 16
    considering giving literate programming in lisp a go, but unsure if the prose would outweigh the cons

    https://twitter.com/ladyaeva/status/886743692383539200

    (I couldn't resist sharing the pun)
  • 2017-07-09T20:51:50Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Has anyone heard of a solar inverter that has source code available and can be easily reflashed? Some of the stories of the Ukrainian power grid being disabled were pretty disturbing. (Things like Ethernet adapters getting bricked to make it harder to fix)

    Disturbing, indeed :\

    JanKusanagi at 2017-07-10T18:32:34Z

  • 2017-06-21T02:25:07Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    So 200m voting records were exposed on the Internet by a company called Deep Root Analytics.

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-gop-data-breach-20170619-story.html (use an ad blocker, or noscript they don't clean their ads very well)

    I was curious how that worked. I found the companies website https://www.deeprootanalytics.com/platform/ and learned that they take advantage of set top boxes and smart tvs.
    We have developed models of more than 20 key audiences, how they consume media, and what drives them to make decisions. We merge our pre-built audience segments with additional data points that are important to you – like actual viewing behavior from set-top boxes and service providers and Smart TV data, available rate and inventory data and ad occurrence data
    That lead them to issue this report that "ESPN had become more liberal"

    https://www.outkickthecoverage.com/analysis-espn-lost-republican-viewers-across-country-2016/

    They can do this because there's an address available for the set-top boxes, and voter registration is public, so they "just" have to merge on address, to make claims about political groups.

    I wonder how many people know their cable company is watching them?

    I had completely missed that part of the story. There is so much more buying and selling of information behind our backs than the vast majority of us realize. :/

    Charles Stanhope at 2017-06-21T12:48:12Z

  • 2017-06-09T05:42:50Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Instead of being productive I watched the UK election tonight.
  • 2017-06-01T22:33:29Z via ghic.org Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I'm feeling pessimistic about the web.

    There are just so many factions trying to manipulate everyone.

    Somehow this turns into: I should figure out how to make libreoffice more useful, and get my coworkers to use nextcloud.

    I share your feeling of pessimism. It seems like the web has been captured by a few large players to use as a foundation to build their closed silos that require their permission to participate: Google (browser and phone and AMP), Facebook, Apple, MS, etc. Not to mention the squeeze that ISPs are placing on everybody. Anyway, I like your positive impulse to do things to counter what is going on. I also want to share that feeling.

    Charles Stanhope at 2017-06-01T22:56:06Z

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    Very productive turn though!

    Mike Linksvayer at 2017-06-02T03:02:57Z