Skip Navigation
Would Sentinel Island still be untouched in the Star Trek Universe?

If you haven't heard of it, this island has a population that the world has collectively decided to leave alone, mostly because they have proven, on multiple occasions, that they absolutely do not want visitors. Like, arrow-to-death anyone attempting to land or even visit near their shores.

This probably cannot go on forever... but maybe, it could. Essentially, we are already implementing a 'Prime Directive' of sorts here. Would the 23rd, 24th, ... centuries in Star Trek canon still have this little island on Earth, isolated from not just from Earth's own unified Federation society, but from the greater Federation races? What steps would the Federation and Earth take to maintain their isolation and the ecosystem on which they depend?

Would make for an interesting episode, or at least a cool side-note reference in one :)

24
After nine years in office, is it time for Justin Trudeau to go?
  • Reason #1 (or #2) why I will not vote for him. Never forget, once he was in power he suddenly decided FPTP was just dandy.

    (#2 is his other broken promise, to re-examine CSIS/CSE surveillance overreaches...)

  • GNU APL v1.9 Released
    www.gnu.org GNU APL

    Welcome to GNU APL

    For Funtoo users, simply sudo emerge dev-lang/apl :)

    0
    Untitled by Robert Manns (1978)
  • Where are the consummate Vs??!

  • US soldier during the Battle of the Bulge shaking hands with a local, Luxembourg, WW2, 1944 or early 1945
  • Good boy

    And the dog too.

    F*ck War, they both should've been warm and dry, at home.

  • doot doot
  • thank mr skeltal

  • Multiple AI companies bypassing web standard to scrape publisher sites, licensing firm says
  • Sounds like we're all going to need to start putting the equivalent of Trap Streets in all our web content, source code, etc.

    I heard someone has already had success placing nonsense in a white-on-white box of their site, later querying commercial AI to prove it was ingested w/o permission.

  • McGill squirrel of the day
  • Is there an rss or atom feed for the squirrel of the day?

  • Paper jam in printing press tray 3
  • Thine instruction be murky, alas my Jerry sticketh inside the mechanism

  • Oracle Java police start knocking on Fortune 200's doors for first time
  • No, I know that -- I honestly want them both to die :p

    Both have been a blight on software development for decades.

  • Mistress of the Apes (1979)
  • No movie link? :( :)

  • Oracle Java police start knocking on Fortune 200's doors for first time
  • Can Oracle kill javascript as well, please? Please?

  • DFV GME YOLO June 2, 2024

    Normally I avoid linking to the old sh$thole here ('cuz you know, f*ck u/Spez), but this is an exception.

    ---

    DFV posted DIRECTLY to 'stonk: https://www.reddit.com/r/Superstonk/s/8TNza7V2IN

    Discussion over on the 'stonk sub: https://old.reddit.com/r/Superstonk/comments/1d6r84q/roaring_kitty_theroaringkitty_on_x/

    Twitter post tonight: https://x.com/theroaringkitty/status/1797418617908154621?s=46&t=C7yuUBuPnwEdJziHIhO53w

    1
    Star Wars' Phantom Menace Lightsaber Fight Was Decided By A Five-Year-Old - SlashFilm
  • I'm sorry, there were other movies besides ANH, TESB and ROTJ? Man, if they were any good I'd have thought I would remember them. :p

  • Robert De Niro has award withdrawn after calling Donald Trump 'monster' outside trial
  • I'm sure he'll wear this as a badge of honour, so that's a backfire for sure.

  • Building GNU APL for Linux

    GNU APL is easy to build on your own Linux machine, though the steps aren't detailed on the website.

    --- Benefits of building yourself locally:

    • One can customize how many cores GNU APL has access to
    • Customizing optional extensions like PNG image, SQLite, GTK support etc.
    • Having the latest bugfixes ---
    1. Obtain the latest source

      • mkdir apl-build
      • svn checkout http://svn.savannah.gnu.org/svn/apl/trunk
    2. Configure using autotools

      • cd trunk
      • make clean
      • ./configure CORE_COUNT_WANTED=3 RATIONAL_NUMBERS_WANTED=yes --with-ctrld_del

      Use ./configure --help to see other options, adjust to taste

    3. Build and install

      • make -j && sudo make install
    4. Set up your default workspace

      • cd ~
      • mkdir -p GNUAPL/workspaces ---
    0
    Roberts rejects Senate Democrats' request to discuss Supreme Court ethics and Alito flag controversy
  • As it should be! I hope in the long-term, that is proven to be true.

  • Roberts rejects Senate Democrats' request to discuss Supreme Court ethics and Alito flag controversy
  • I would like to say, for the record, that I wrote that late at night, and my phrasing probably came across incorrectly.

    It wasn't my intention to call you personally 'a peon'. I was trying more to adopt the voice, for argument's sake, of what an imagined President, using this supposed absolute immunity, might say to their critics -- 'who are you (out there, the people) to question my power?'

    My apologies for it coming out the way it did.

  • Google Admits Its AI Overviews Search Feature Screwed Up
  • What? Oh no, I had not written down the recipe for using gasoline to cook my spaghetti! Whatever shall I do?

  • Roberts rejects Senate Democrats' request to discuss Supreme Court ethics and Alito flag controversy
  • Exactly. The Democratic party needs to push the issue and make the GOP see that the Leopards can eat their face too.

  • GME climbs over 22.5% in German Market 2024-05-13

    --- 🟩 70 minutes in: $21.40 / 19,86 € (volume: 168513)

    🟩 65 minutes in: $21.18 / 19,65 € (volume: 160236)

    🟩 60 minutes in: $21.07 / 19,55 € (volume: 157020)

    🟩 55 minutes in: $21.02 / 19,51 € (volume: 149683)

    🟩 50 minutes in: $20.98 / 19,46 € (volume: 140442)

    🟩 45 minutes in: $20.95 / 19,43 € (volume: 133779)

    🟥 40 minutes in: $20.77 / 19,27 € (volume: 127291)

    🟩 35 minutes in: $20.80 / 19,30 € (volume: 123795)

    🟥 30 minutes in: $20.77 / 19,27 € (volume: 116641)

    🟥 25 minutes in: $20.78 / 19,28 € (volume: 108008)

    🟩 20 minutes in: $20.80 / 19,30 € (volume: 101356)

    🟩 15 minutes in: $20.49 / 19,01 € (volume: 90143)

    🟩 10 minutes in: $20.43 / 18,95 € (volume: 75814)

    🟩 5 minutes in: $20.31 / 18,85 € (volume: 57289)

    🟩 0 minutes in: $19.56 / 18,15 € (volume: 43187)

    🟥 US close price: $17.46 / 16,20 € ($17.39 / 16,13 € after-hours)

    US market volume: 36.83 million shares ---

    0
    The Musician's Guide to MIDI

    Best book for learning the ins and outs of MIDI I've ever encountered. Relatively obscure, but an invaluable reference book for anyone wanting to dig into the details of how MIDI works.

    0
    Forth Programming @lemmy.ca Arghblarg @lemmy.ca
    Starting FORTH, 1st Edition
    www.forth.com Starting FORTH

    Starting FORTH has been the classic Forth tutorial and textbook since its first release. Many experienced programmers have commented on its concise

    Starting FORTH
    0
    Wood pellet stove servicing on Vancouver Island?

    A wire broke off the ignitor element in our Harman unit. I have ordered a replacement and it looks simple enough to fix myself. But before sourcing the part I had called about 5 different fireplace companies in the area, and it seems everyone has dropped all support for pellet stoves in recent years! Not only does no one sell them any more (other than Canadian Tire), but they all outright refused to even consider sending a repairperson to help.

    It's a bit infuriating. I am calling them, literally saying "please come take my money at your standard hourly rate". One would think "struggling businesses" would be more willing to take on what should be profitable work.

    Is it such a liability issue for them that they're actually afraid to take on the work?

    What if something bigger fails someday on my pellet stove? Why is no one on the island now willing to work on one?

    If you know of someone who does still service wood pellet stoves on the island (Courtenay/Comox), please reply here or DM me. Thanks.

    EDIT: formatting

    8
    OSC Appoves *permanent* "Exemption from Disclosure of a Specified Financial Measure" for federal financial institutions
    www.osc.ca OSC adopts permanent exemptions for federal financial institutions

    TORONTO – The OSC announced today the adoption of OSC Rule 52-503 Exemption from Disclosure of a Specified Financial Measure.

    What does this mean? New levels of ass-covering for bank malfeasance, or just the regular sort of opacity?

    Also see the original 'interim' declaration: https://www.osc.ca/en/securities-law/instruments-rules-policies/5/52-502/ontario-instrument-52-502-exemption-national-instrument-52-112-non-gaap-and-other-financial

    and

    https://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/Eng/osfi-bsif/rep-rap/blueprint-plan-directeur/Pages/supervision-surveillance-let.aspx

    Thanks to re⊃⊃it user JackTheTranscoder for links.

    0
    Crosspost: Excellent Quick Summary of the Last Couple of Years
    lemmy.whynotdrs.org Excellent quick summary of the last couple of years - DRSGME/WhyDRS Lemmy

    Richard Newton produces good GME-related content and this is one of his better videos!

    Excellent quick summary of the last couple of years - DRSGME/WhyDRS Lemmy

    Good video by Richard Newton updating the whole GME story from the start up to today.

    0
    The 'old site' censorship gets even worse. Can't even mention lemmy in a comment.

    This occurred today when I tried updating/deleting old comments via the Redact tool, on the old super-stonk sub.

    Guess they're afraid of losing their captive Apes!

    0
    Help back up the Great 78 Collections before the Record Companies force The Internet Archive to take them down!

    See linked posting. I've commented there with a link to a CLI tool in Python that allows downloading of IA collections. I've submitted a patch to enable specifying start and end points so that it's easier to resume downloading a huge collection, or to allow multiple people to split up the work.

    https://archive.org/details/georgeblood

    https://archive.org/details/78rpm_bowling_green

    F*ck the RIAA and absurdly long copyright.

    --- EDIT: There is more than one collection of 78s on IA, so I updated the title.

    --- The issue with these collections are that they're absolutely HUGE. And yes, IA offers torrents for them, but as a separate torrent for every. single. album. And the torrents have all data in them -- FLAC, fixed-rate MP3, VBR MP3, PDF liner notes, etc. etc... there may be some extremely hardcore data-hoarders out there who want everything, but IMHO as these are scratchy old 78 records, FLAC is overkill to just save the audio in a listenable format. The George Blood collection, just the VBR MP3s, is looking to be about 6TB. With ALL data it might be over 40TB! I can't afford that many hard drives :)

    --- So, my approach at the moment is to save just the VBR MP3s (they seem to be done at up to 320kbps VBR) and the JPEG album cover. If I have a chance and any storage left afterwards, I can make a separate pass to get the album liner PDFs...

    --- Tool used: https://github.com/jjjake/internetarchive

    --- Patch to allow setting start and end item indices for downloads: https://github.com/jjjake/internetarchive/pull/605

    --- Example usage to grab just the VBR MP3 and record label JPG for each (note the --start-idx and --end-idx arguments):

    #ia download --start-idx=4001 --end-idx=8000 -a -i --format="VBR MP3" --format="JPEG" --search collection:georgeblood

    I'm going to concentrate on the George Blood collection for now.. I'm starting at item 1. It would be great if others started at index 50,000, 100,000, 150,000, ... and others started at the end and worked backwards in similarly-sized chunks, so that it's assured someone gets each of them.

    29
    Forth Programming @lemmy.ca Arghblarg @lemmy.ca
    OK, I'll start: what FORTHs do people like to use nowadays?

    Found this community, saw no posts. Why not start off by letting us know what FORTH you use in the modern day?

    I know there's GNU FORTH, and variants like 8th, which I downloaded ages ago but haven't really used. I like the idea of FORTH but haven't had the itch to write anything in it (I need to get over my current fascination with APL first, I guess, so I can try out FORTH again someday 😀 )

    0
    Luxury Homes Hitting the Canadian Market

    (Credit to rexxit user u/JackTheTranscoder)

    Could this be the start of a big foreign ownership dump?

    0
    Louis Rossmann: Right to Repair isn't just about your Macbook

    Marked NSFW just in case :)

    14
    Our cat found a dead rat. ... 'things' emerged from it. Should we be concerned?

    Our girl cat brought a rat she'd either killed or found already dead to our patio (she hasn't done this for a few years).

    As the wife and I discussed how best to dispose of it, we saw to our horror 3 large, purplish-black (2cm x 1.5cm?) fat larval things emerge from the rat's abdomen. A quick web search ('Vancouver Island rat botfly') shows matching images. Eyyyyyych.

    I bagged the carcass and captured the larvae in a jar for the moment... there's a burn ban at the moment, so I can't do that, but I don't just want to throw them in the trash either so

    • Is burying them sufficient?
    • Are our two cats in any danger of infection? (I phoned our vet, no answer from them yet)
    • Should we notify the town pest control dept.?

    There are lots of cats in the area besides our own, so we thought rats weren't a big problem on our street. Now I'm not so sure.

    EDIT: We didn't want to wait any longer to deal with it, so I dug the deepest hole I could under some back bushes and squashed every larva I could find, in and out of the carcass, then buried everything. I hope that's the end of that. Yuuuuuuuck.

    6
    Arghblarg Arghblarg @lemmy.ca

    !

    -credit to nedroid for strange art

    Posts 57
    Comments 367
    Moderates