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Kistaro Windrider @kistaro@dragon.style

Auto-updaters are a tool programmers use to get their mistakes off other peoples' computers so nobody gets hurt by them

This message brought to you by a senior software engineer who writes an auto-updater for a web browser as a day job. (to those of you who hate automatic updates: sorry. I feel ya. but there are more people who don't know how to maintain their own computers than people who do, and they deserve to have security vulnerabilities patched too)

Software will inevitably have serious flaws. There is no general way to add error tolerance.

A physical component can typically be reinforced and defensively designed.

Programming is a study of using math to express a variety of concepts. Some programming techniques reduce error, but there’s no way to replace a subroutine with rebar. Any mistake, no matter how small, affecting logic without breaking syntax will compile into a buggy program. Testing helps, but tests are also programs!

My Mastodon account remains an awkward intersection of “I am a software engineer”, “I like crows”, and “oh god I’m one of the *weird* furries”

with vague apologies towards people who followed me for one of the first two reasons but I am much too lazy to have multiple Masto accounts so you’ll just have to deal with it

Reading Mastodon this morning has made me want to hug inflatable (and non-inflatable) dragons, lizards, serpents, otters, gryphons, etc. this morning

Admittedly this isn’t uncommon for me but Masto has also caused it today

anxiety, loss of options and ability Show more

brain things, guilt, privilege Show more

Monday at the new office: my workspace was comfortable, the other half of the floor was freezing. Today: the other half of the floor is comfortable, I’m sweating. Not sure whether to politely complain to Facilities or to just bring jorts

you ever seen how much effort crows put into cawing? they throw their whole body into it, it's really inspiring

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven “gronnk. Krraarrk. gronnnnk.”

Crows I have fed follow me a decent distance if they think I might have more peanuts. Birdwatching seems reasonable and fair, given that birds can be just as interested in watching me

I am a 2trovert.

I feel lonely easily when alone, exhausted and stressed easily in groups, and happy and energized when interacting with exactly one or two other people, in person.

Huh, is actually buffing underused cards for once? That’s new.

okay, which one of you was 8th place this game

I guess the white backdrop does do better (after I picked off the million tiny bits of multicolored minky fluff). Also she says Lessa should wear something more than a negligee, good grief.

Life is self-replicating goo that solves its own problems.