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This Lack of Blogging is Brought to You By Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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The new Deus Ex game came out and I decided to play that last night instead of blogging.

I’m guessing you’re curious how the game is. So far the gameplay has been Deus Ex: Human Revolution plus more, which is a winning formula in my book. I haven’t gotten very far in the game yet so I can’t tell you how the story is but so far it’s been decent.

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August 26th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Period

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Just so everybody knows, when I use proper punctuation in my text messages I’m not being aggressive.

When I want to come off as aggressive you will fucking know it you stupid assholes.

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August 12th, 2016 at 10:00 am

Monkey Motivation

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I’m sure you’ve read about people advocating “passive resistance” instead of fighting back. These people make ridiculous recommendations like telling a woman to pee her pants if she’s being raped and kidnap victims to be compliant so they don’t get hurt. Fuck them and fuck their advice. If you’re being attacked fight back and fight hard.

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August 5th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Nothing to See Here

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I spent last night preparing for the (ISC)2 CryptoParty presentation I’m doing today instead of writing posts.

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July 21st, 2016 at 10:30 am

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Nothing to See Here

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I spent my blogging time last night working on backend nonsense. So there are a lot of cool new things that you won’t even notice.

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July 6th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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When Kodak Accidentally Discovered A-Bomb Testing

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I was busy with a CryptoParty meeting last night so I didn’t have time to write up any posts. To compensate you fine reader I’ll leave you with this fascinating story about how Kodak accidentally discovered atomic bomb testing:

The ground shook, a brilliant white flash enveloped the sky, and the world changed forever. Code name “Trinity,” the bomb test at dawn on July 16, 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico was the first large-scale atomic weapons testing in history. Only three weeks later two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.

More than 1,900 miles away from Alamogordo, at the Rochester, NY headquarters of Eastman Kodak, a flood of complaints came in from business customers who had recently purchased sensitive X-ray film from the company. Black exposed spots on the film, or “fogging,” had rendered it unusable. This perplexed many Kodak scientists, who had gone to great lengths to prevent contaminations like this.

Julian H. Webb, a physicist in Kodak’s research department, took it upon himself to dig deeper and test the destroyed film. What he uncovered was shocking. The fogging of Kodak’s film and the Trinity test in New Mexico were eerily connected, revealing some chilling secrets about the nuclear age.

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June 22nd, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Nothing to See Here

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I’m helping run the CryptoParty at B-Sides MSP this year. Because of that you’re getting nothing today. Sorry.

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June 10th, 2016 at 10:00 am

Nothing To See Here

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I’ve spent the last two days on a trip for work. I ended up on the red eye flight back home so I didn’t have the energy to get anything posted for today. To entertain yourselves I’ll leave you with a son off of Perturbator’s new album (not everything I listen to is metal, I also enjoy retro-style electronic music):

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May 11th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Notoj Por Esperanto

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Duolingo havas notojn por esperanto sed vi ne povas vidi ilin en la softvaro por poŝtelefonoj. Bonŝance, iu kolektis la notojn kaj metis ilin en unu dokumento. Vi povas elŝuti ilin ĉi tie.

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February 11th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Codes Of Conduct

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It’s a day ending in “y”, which means somebody in the technology community has to be butthurt over all the mean nasty things the big evil social justice warriors are saying. Today’s outrage is brought to us by an anonymous developer who is really unhappy with pushes to include codes of conduct as part of open source projects:

Religious wars in software used to be about a fat bearded man named He-macs wrestling a pencil-neck named Vimmy over what text editor to use, but now FOSS devs are concerned about making sure marginalized human beings feel “welcome,” as if someone was trying to physically block newcomers. That opens the door to social justice and other buzzwords that prigs use to feel better about themselves, and utopian visions documented in “Codes of Conduct,” or CoC.

The sentiment behind a CoC is that there is no excuse for being an ass, which sounds great until you realize that only a select few people get to decide who’s an ass. So when open source leaders want to stop you from doing free work they can pretend that its your fault for violating their code instead of admitting they never really wanted to include just anybody. They’ve managed to make exclusivity look inclusive, and it makes me crazy that so few people see that.

To read the developer’s screed you’d think the concept of codes of conduct is something new cooked up by social justice activists to marginalize the old hats in the open source community. But codes of conduct are nothing new, in fact we all live with them every day. And pushing for codes of conduct that forward your interests is also nothing new.

For example, do you wear pants when you go out in public? I’m guessing, unfortunately, most people reading this will answer yes. Wearing pants in public is the norm. Why is that? Because it’s a code of conduct that most people have decided to abide by.

Here’s another example, when you walk into a lecture do you immediately start screaming obscenities at the speaker? Most people reading this will probably answer no. When you attend a lecture it’s the norm to shut the fuck up until the speaker is ready to take questions. This is another code of conduct that most people have decided to abide by.

Getting more specific than that, most employees sign an agreement when they take on a job that includes, amongst other things, a code of conduct. Such novel ideas that are commonly included in these agreements are prohibitions against sexually harassing co-workers, showing up on time, and expectations that you won’t be a raging asshole when caught in a disagreement with co-workers.

None of the above mentioned codes of conduct are set in stone either. They’re constantly subject to change based on the desires of a vocal subgroup within the overall community. I know a lot of programmers that have spent countless hours bitching about companies that require employees to dress business casual. These programmers want to show up in their jeans, t-shirts, and hoodies. By and large they have succeeded as the generally acceptable attire for working in the field of software development has become more lax.

Codes of conduct within societies have also changed (and do so about once per generation). The attire most men and women wear today would have been considered almost entirely unacceptable merely a generation or two ago. Our grandparents probably think men today dress like slobs and women dress like whores. Today less than a suit and tie is generally considered acceptable attire for a man in public just as a dress that doesn’t come down to the ankles is considered acceptable attire for a woman in public.

Another societal code of conduct that has changed over the last generation or two is the acceptable use of force. Not too long ago it was considered somewhat acceptable to deck a guy who was acting like a complete asshole. If the person who was hit complained response they would have received would have been some variation of, “You asked for it.” Today almost any use of force can result in assault charges and/or civil lawsuits.

Now people are trying to introduce certain codes of conduct into open source projects. This shouldn’t be surprising to anybody since the number of software developers is increasing and that increase is carrying a lot of diversity that didn’t previously exist. As is common in such situations the old guard and the new guard aren’t seeing eye to eye. Both sides want things to be a certain way and they’re arguing passionately over their differences. In all likelihood things will end up shaking out somewhere in the middle.

So what can you do if you don’t want to be effected by these changes? The same thing people throughout history have done when they didn’t want to be effected by changes, break off and do your own thing. If you work on your own project or for your own business you can set whatever rules you like. What’s that you say? You don’t want to? Tough shit. When you work for somebody, whether it’s for free on an open source project or for pay at a business, you have to play by the rules set down by the higher ups. The only way you can truly play by your own rules is to be your own boss.

Written by Christopher Burg

January 26th, 2016 at 11:00 am