George Standish

Ottawa, Canada

An avid GNU/Linux User and Free Software supporter.

  • different attack vectors never cease to surprise me

    2017-05-24T02:03:04Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    It's actually weird that this one hasn't been exploited before xD

    JanKusanagi @i at 2017-05-24T14:13:46Z

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  • got a new (to me) CD today...

    2017-05-23T22:25:46Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Psykosonik's self titled album from 1993 (I suspect it might not live up to my fond high school memories of it) - but I've been looking for this CD for a LONG time now.

    I also purchased Ministry's 1983 "With Sympathy" album - I was TOTALLY ignorant of this release (I am a FAN of Twitch, that is still on my To-Get list), and after reading I understand why. I don't dislike 80s New Wave so, there is hope I'll still enjoy it - even if it's different from all other Ministry albums I've heard. My first hint of something being OFF, was the song writing credits are "All songs written by Alain Jourgensen" <- I've NEVER seen "Alain" written out like that before!

    George Standish at 2017-05-23T23:26:59Z


    2017-05-22T14:05:06Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    10:01 < REDACT0> Can anyone tell me anything about the Mono Framework

    10:02 < REDACT1> REDACT0: It was hip for a few weeks, ten years ago and I wouldn't personally use it

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  • IRC QOTD (cheat, it's me & this statement should NOT have happened in this channel)

    2017-05-16T23:34:33Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    19:27 < REDACT> Sun Microsystems is great!
    19:27 < REDACT> love oracle!
    19:28 < zykotick9> wtf...

    Also, Microsoft is such a well-behaved company and Apple is sooooo humble!!

    JanKusanagi @i at 2017-05-16T23:39:52Z

    @jankusanaga two comments: 1) i LIKED MS's comment about governments keeping exploits <- the first time in a LONG LONG time - I've actually agreed with MS PR ?!?! and 2) I watched a Futurama episode (for the 1st time) about "Mother" / Apple that made me laugh a lot recently...

    George Standish at 2017-05-16T23:50:26Z

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  • "My" bar is closing tomorrow :(

    2017-05-13T20:50:37Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    This was the first "bar" I ever went to, underage at 18 to see the Canadian band 13 Engines.

    Also, the only place I've seen my favourite band Front Line Assembly perform.

    While, it's true, I haven't been there in years - it makes me very sad to think it won't be there anymore...

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    >> George Standish:

    “it is certainly the most famous drink made there - I believe I've only ever had one in my life - and I have NO idea what's in it, sorry.”

    As long as lemon tied to a brick is somehow involved, we are _good_.

    Stephen Sekula at 2017-05-13T21:48:45Z

    lol... i'm not sure we are "good" ;)

    George Standish at 2017-05-13T21:51:57Z

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    I went 1 more time! I stood in line for about an hour to get in, on the 2nd last night... meet some nice guys in the line, which helped pass the time... ended up meeting an old high school friend - we caught up. joked about the "hot' women all being 23 years old... <- while we are MUCH older... I learned some fun facts about some of my grade school friends... overall = good times - for my last Zaphod's outing. PS. they where out of MOST alcohol, so Gargle Blasters where NOT on the menu :( or I would have ordered one. Saw a couple of old staff, there as patrons, but Heath (my old bartender) seemed to still be on staff - I ran into him as he was walking in from the green room - he gave me a big hug (which i liked, in a non-homosexual way - though I hug very few men in my life). My high school friend had performed at Zaphods a number of times, with his band A Plot Against Me - so he also had a "sadness" about it's closing. Zaphods I will always remember you fondly!

    George Standish at 2017-05-14T06:20:04Z

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  • Ottawa / Gatineau flooding...

    2017-05-08T23:51:38Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Helicopter view yesterday

    My heart goes out to the families that have lost there homes...

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  • AMD/ATI Graphics?

    2017-05-08T19:50:57Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I don't understand why anyone wanting to use GNU/Linux would purchase/use an ATI/AMD graphics card/chip...
    15:56 < REDACT0> REDACT1: ask #ati?

    perhaps that could be directed at me, rather than the person that motivated my posting here...

    George Standish at 2017-05-08T19:57:59Z


    2017-04-29T13:01:13Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    08:59 < REDACT0> today wikipedia banned in turkey
    08:59 < REDACT0> people can2t enter the site
    08:59 < REDACT1> Then how will they know anything?
    08:59 < REDACT1> Ah, nvm, so long as they have the ArchWiki they should be fine :^)

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    2017-04-26T12:58:11Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    08:57 < REDACT> ArchWiki is like the Wikipedia for neckbeards.

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    It's impressive how often when you search for a Free Software problem and hopefully solution, ArchWiki is the prime resource that pops up.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-04-27T02:28:15Z

  • Re: Mastodon's "diversity"

    2017-04-12T19:51:15Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    no diversity of "ideas" - very much a "safe space" environment thus far. I've yet to see any pro-Trump statements, just LOTS of: pro-LGBT, pro-Feminism, pro-Communism type stuff. So no diversity of thought, which the Progressive/Regressive leftists dislike and fear so much...
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    Barriers to rightists: Eager blocking of instances considered full of Nazis, where "Nazis" is interpreted very loosely.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-04-13T00:02:27Z

    Gargron has gradually introduced more levels of blocking, so some instances have come back from fully blocked to "sandboxed" -- messages filtered unless you subscribed to that user, and not visible on the federation timeline.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-04-13T00:04:29Z

    I don't know the specifics that you are referring to - but that sounds "bad" to me... I'm disappointed. #freespeechmatters

    George Standish at 2017-04-13T00:09:59Z

    >> George Standish:

    “I don't know the specifics that you are referring to - but that sounds "bad" to me... I'm disappointed. #freespeechmatters”

    Indeed. I prefer my targets to be free to identify themselves.

    B. Ross Ashley at 2017-04-13T03:01:42Z

  • konami code coolness from Bank of Canada!!!

    2017-04-11T18:52:19Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    sidenote: ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A

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    Very nice!

    Although the code I remember was ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A B A Start, from Probotector/Contra =)

    JanKusanagi @i at 2017-04-11T19:00:03Z

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  • Formula One

    2017-04-10T16:05:22Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Yesterday, I watched the full Japan Grand Prix - first time I've watched a F1 race in MANY years, gotta say, I really enjoyed it. The Canadian driver (a BIG reason for my return to watching) went out on the 3rd or 4th lap - which reminded me a bit to much of Jacques Villeneuve's later career, but the race was exciting to watch.
  • enjoying the last few minutes of the old on datamost...

    2017-04-07T16:04:22Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    i hope the testing goes well!
  • I use pumpa for 99.9% of my activity...

    2017-04-05T22:28:15Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    today I learned the web interface has embedded video handling from YouTube. Congrats to all those that are making a better environment.

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  • Who Dares Ban The Beavertail?

    2017-04-05T19:47:03Z via Pumpa To: Public, jxself CC: Followers

    @jxself saw this and thought of you.

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    NOTE: no beavers where harmed in the making of this snack.

    George Standish at 2017-04-05T21:55:48Z

  • Sam Harris saying some interesting things about the cybernetic possibilities for human kind

    2017-04-05T16:57:40Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    @20:46 S.H. suggests future alternative to drug treatments might be mechanically based. starts around 20:46
    @21:31 starts talking about Elon Musk's "neural lace" <- didn't i see mention of this in my pump time-line a short time ago?
    @23:35 start of slippery slop to cyberbogs converstaion: cell phones; snapchat glasses; google glass.
    @24:40 J.R. "Google glass made people very uncomfortable."
    @25:21 start of S.H.'s statement on living in a panopticon
    is the data worth it?
    @27:12 start of self-driving car discussion
    @30:35 start of with A.I. - why have people? discussion
    @32:12 Disneyland without children
    LOL @35:36 if you built a machine to get rid of email spam - the easy answer is to kill all the people
    @41:47 S.H. "It is the code that is dictating the intelligence" <- re: AI's intelligence
    let's hope it's free software. "free intelligence"
    @42:42 S.H. mentions open source
    so close - but at least your aware of O.S. :)
    @50:24 S.H. ".. our dependence on 'the net' is sobering"
    @53:30ish S.H. talking about need for verifiable content, to counter "fake news"
    @59:09 robot TSA agents <- would probably be better
    @1:09:30 S.H. claims smart phones have eliminated boredom
    @1:12:50ish S.H. starts talking about his personal feeling about "social media" / twitter
    @1:20:45ish S.H. arrogance and incivility that lead to Trump

  • Quick thought about C.A.W.'s "Possible routes for distributed anti-abuse systems"

    2017-04-04T22:16:58Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    That's a lot of writing on, "how to censor people". I'd like to encourage those that believe in "individual justice" (this is historically what the word "justice" covered) to be cautious in considering what censorship(s) to allow in the name of "social justice". #freespeechmatters

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    Rather then any specific technical measure, I'm referring to the general idea of suppressing speech - in the name of "social justice". I understand the need for a "block" button - beyond that, I'd be wary of ANY measures aimed at limiting someone's abilities to communicate.

    George Standish at 2017-04-04T22:26:34Z

    "If you're allowing individual communities.." I see the words "individual" meaning one, and "communities" meaning many - tied together - so "individual community A" made up of many members, decides it doesn't like what "individual community B" made up of many members, thinks or says... so they "ban" all posts from that other community. Let the echo chambers begin. I think we ALL need to start talking to one another, and start working together. #allsideshaveapoint

    George Standish at 2017-04-04T22:54:47Z

    Have I become one of those ones who must not be named? ;)

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2017-04-04T23:33:35Z Your right to free speech does not obligate me to listen or provide a platform for you. And vice versa as you are free to ignore me exercising my right to free speech :).
    I'm more worried about semi-organic self verifying subgroups such as the pro-science and anti-science divide.
    Hopefully a federated system will be less enabling for targeted misinformation.

    der.hans at 2017-04-07T01:52:16Z

  • Gad Saad @ U.Ottawa from about a year ago

    2017-04-04T02:32:54Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    "How Political Correctness Limits the Free Exchange of Ideas on Campus" a fascinating talk IMO.

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    "..being respectful and kind, is actually a form of racism."

    George Standish at 2017-04-04T03:19:37Z

    "Martin Luther King is apparently a vile guy."
    "On the Jews and their lies"? Yes, pretty vile.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-04-04T08:13:41Z

    @clacke have I missed something? from wikipedia's MLK page: "In 1965, he was awarded the American Liberties Medallion by the American Jewish Committee for his "exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty."

    George Standish at 2017-04-04T15:08:18Z

    ahhh, MLK != Martin Luther

    George Standish at 2017-04-04T16:15:05Z

  • "Throw like a girl"

    2017-04-03T22:43:46Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    My whole life, I've thought the reason women threw differently from men, was a nurture thing. I assumed young girls just didn't do as much throwing. Yesterday, I learned there is a physical/biological difference between male and female shoulders. Personal mystery solved.

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    Do you have any citation on that?

    I have never heard of such a difference. From my understanding the mechanics of a woman shoulder is pretty much identical to men.

    This article would seem to support that. Stating that the anatomical differences are insignificant statistically.

    There is a throwing gap.. even in cultures that don't nurture differently but it seems to be more of a compliccated CNS hand/hip/arm co-ordination thing.

    Freemor at 2017-04-04T00:33:46Z

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    oh my reference is terrible! it was Joe Rogan's first interview with Gad Saad ( ) and it's J.R. who makes the claim.

    George Standish at 2017-04-04T00:42:39Z

    "To account for the effects of nurturing, Thomas studied aboriginal children in Australia, who throw the same amount regardless of gender." <- am I back to square one???

    George Standish at 2017-04-04T01:40:26Z

  • IRC QOTD - not a TLA or bot reply I was aware of

    2017-04-03T20:54:28Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    16:11 < REDACT> !idfma
    16:11 < dpkg> Insufficient Data For Meaningful Answer

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