I remember easily moving a Windows 10 system to an SSD using Acronis. Not this …

I remember easily moving a Windows 10 system to an SSD using Acronis. Not this time. The clone tool isn’t willing to clone *some* partitions instead of a whole disk, so I can’t use that, and the bootable restore tool can’t see the external drive where I put the backup file.

Looking into alternatives. For tomorrow. Or maybe Saturday.

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Next morning:

It’s my dual-boot system, so I’ve got a full Linux installation on there anyway. Last night I created an image of the Windows partition, saved it to the external drive (which Linux can see just fine, unlike the so-called universal restore image) and now I’m trying to restore it to the new drive.

Beginning to wonder if it *would* be easier to install Windows fresh and then figure out how to transfer all my saved games. All the other data is easy.

That evening:

I did a clean install, copied my AppData folders, got everything working…then discovered I couldn’t boot it without going through the BIOS screen. I’d accidentally booted the install image without UEFI, so it installed MBR. I couldn’t get GRUB2 to chain load it & the Windows UEFI boot loader could only see the old installation I wanted to remove.

So I did ANOTHER clean install, in UEFI mode, but this time set aside just the save files I wanted.

Bleah.

But it’s working now!

I’ve got UEFI loading GRUB2, which can boot Fedora or chain to the Windows UEFI menu, which will load the shiny new installation of Windows.

Now I just need to figure out how to tell the Windows boot menu that the alternate Windows installation isn’t there anymore & remove it from the list!

Hey @Twitter, stop cluttering up my view by showing me posts I *haven’t* looked for instead of the ones I *have*. My home timeline should be posts by people I’ve followed. – Not posts from people *they’ve* followed – Not posts they kinda liked but didn’t like enough to retweet

Hey @Twitter, stop cluttering up my view by showing me posts I *haven’t* looked for instead of the ones I *have*.

My home timeline should be posts by people I’ve followed.
– Not posts from people *they’ve* followed
– Not posts they kinda liked but didn’t like enough to retweet

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And when I look at a specific post, I should see that post and others that are *actually* related to it, like
– The rest of the author’s thread
– The rest of the discussion
– NOT tweets by someone else that some algorithm has decided is similar.

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If you throw so much other stuff in front of me that I can’t use the site, you’re not going to get more engagement – you’re going to get less.

I wish I could use Tweetdeck on my phone.

IT WOULD BE SIMPLER.

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Twitter increasingly replicates the feeling of a Las Vegas casino that keeps throwing shiny distractions in front of you in hopes of getting you to “engage” with it just a little bit more instead of helping you do what you’re trying to.

Dear Twitter: Please Ditch the Clutter

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If you have a big problem and a small problem, and you solve the small problem in a way that makes the big problem worse, that’s a bad solution. Imagine “solving” a squeaky AC fan by breaking the AC completely.

If you have a big problem and a small problem, and you solve the small problem in a way that makes the big problem worse, that’s a bad solution.

Imagine “solving” a squeaky AC fan by breaking the AC completely.

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In the US, people voting who shouldn’t is a much smaller problem than people who *should* be allowed to vote not being able to, or mishandling of ballots after the vote. Voter ID laws & roll purges “solve” the smaller problem by making the bigger problem worse.

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(*You* might already have an acceptable ID, or the docs to get it and the time & money to handle it. But what if it’s hard to get the time off? What if you can’t cover the fee without skipping meals? What if you need to cross two states & can’t afford the car/gas/motels?)

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If you assume good faith? Pushing to block people from voting, while simultaneously refusing to protect registration rolls or polling machines from mishandling or cyberattacks *that we know are ongoing*, is bad problem solving at best.

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But it’s hard to assume good faith. Because those ID requirements and purges are more likely to unfairly disenfranchise people who might vote Democratic. And the ongoing Russian attacks, that Mitch doesn’t want to guard against, have favored the Republicans.

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So it’s really easy to conclude that GOP politicians don’t want fair elections. They want elections tilted in their favor. Even if it means leaving the door open for a hostile foreign government to attack.

And anyone else who finds those vulnerabilities.

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I always find it weird when someone insists 1984 is warning about socialism because of the party name…

I always find it weird when someone insists 1984 is warning about socialism because of the party name. The horrors committed by IngSoc are authoritarian & have nothing to do with whether the economy is socialist, capitalist or communist, or the state’s a republic, monarchy, etc.

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You could easily imagine a libertarian state where a big enough corporation has the powers of ubiquitous surveillance, controls communication & information, has violent agents asserting control over people, etc. Same abuses, no socialism.

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I mean, Cyberpunk corporate dystopia is an entire genre.

And we don’t even need to *imagine* giant corporations with microphones in homes, tracking people’s every move, mediating their communications and their access to knowledge, driving them toward the daily outrage.

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whining about SDKs

OK, bad enough that they have separate SDKs for the separate APIs for the two different steps in this process that are almost always going to be run in sequence.

But why, WHY, when the APIs both include certain common features that should be the same in both steps, would the two SDKs use completely different terminology in the methods used to build that feature? I can’t just build it once? I can’t even copy-and-paste it?

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I suspect the teams who built these SDKs – which are, again, for two steps of a two-step process – went off and did their own thing without any sort of coordination – no plan, no discussion, maybe they didn’t even say hi to each other in the hallway.

TBH, I half-suspect the same of the teams who built the APIs they connect to.

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It’s like…if in order to post a photo with a caption, you had to post the photo to Instagram and the caption to Twitter and make sure the tags and usernames and timestamps matched properly to get them to show up together.

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And yeah, you used to have to do that – when Twitter and image hosts were entirely different services. Even then, all you really needed to do was link from one to the other. You didn’t have to repeat half the information in a new structure (but get it exactly the same) – and you could justify it because they really were two different services, not two steps of the same process.

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Going to miss Vertigo…

Going to miss #Vertigo, but IMO it’s less the name than the editorial independence that matters. Not sure if DC Black Label will have that. #DCComics

https://www.comicsbeat.com/dc-consolidates-publishing/ @comicsbeat

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As for consolidating DC Ink and Zoom into DC Kids…I’ve got to agree with the commenter who points out that it’s likely to turn kids in the 8-12 target audience away from it. Kids that age don’t like feeling talked down to.

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Had to wake up at 12:30 to deal with a server emergency. Still up. Birds …

Had to wake up at 12:30 to deal with a server emergency. Still up. Birds have started singing…

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had to do this sort of thing.

I don’t miss it.

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Oh good, it looks like I can go back to bed before the sun rises. I can hear neighbors opening their doors, though…

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Nothing like coming back from a 3-day weekend to 2066 new emails.😱

Nothing like coming back from a 3-day weekend to 2066 new emails.

😱

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…make that 2575…

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Oh FFS it’s still downloading?!?! 3087…

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I think it’s done at 7679 messages…

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*whew* Most of them turned out to be alerts from a staging test server.

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I really don’t want to go to the ER the day before Food Allergy Awareness …

I really don’t want to go to the ER the day before Food Allergy Awareness Week starts.

Hoping I won’t have to.

Though I suppose if I do it’ll make a good awareness story.

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The last time I went to the ER with anaphylaxis, I took an ambulance from San Diego Comic-Con. A few month later I got a $1500 ambulance bill. And that was with insurance. The next time I needed to go to the ER for something, I took a taxi. Maybe not the best idea, but it was a hell of a lot cheaper.

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So I’m sitting here in a room with everyone else, waiting to see if the reaction stays it the current plateau or gets worse, with the epipen next to me in case i need it. Going through photos I took today because I need something to do. Charging my phone just in case. While my kid nervously shreds junk mail.

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So far, so good. Hasn’t gotten any worse. Kid’s gone to bed. I ate some rice (a safe bet!) without difficulty.

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Reaction seems to have subsided! Still not sure what it was… Best guess is a garbanzo bean fell into the wrap by accident.

But I feel safe going to sleep now, which is good because I’m totally exhausted.

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It looks like signup is still handled through Yahoo…

@rtwx @artilectzed It looks like signup is still handled through Yahoo, so I guess they’re still in the process of converting all the accounts. It’s been a staged roll-out like phone updates.

I helped someone set up an account back in March, and IIRC they got access to the new login setup the next day. Meanwhile I had to wait until sometime in April.

I would imagine they’ll have totally Yahoo-less signup either before or as part of their migration to AWS. Probably.

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@rtwx @artilectzed To clarify:

1. Yes, the updated logins on existing accounts aren’t tied to Yahoo anymore.

2. No, creating a new account still goes through Yahoo. But it can be converted shortly afterward, and getting rid of that requirement is on their roadmap.

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Purism’s explanations for removing various safety features from Librem One’s social network sound like someone …

Purism’s explanations for removing various safety features from Librem One’s social network sound like someone explaining why they removed the mirrors, brakes, horns, seat belts, airbags and signals from the cars they’re reselling, because they *know* those cars are only *ever* going to be driven on a track where they’ll never have to change lanes or negotiate with other drivers.

Even though there’s a bunch of driveways on that track, connecting to the public road system.

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If a collision does happen, we can call in the tow trucks and ambulances. But giving drivers tools to avoid collisions or reduce injuries? That would be interfering with their freedom!

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Wow, that shoe dropped sooner than I expected. Verizon is *already* shopping around to sell Tumblr.

Wow, that shoe dropped sooner than I expected. Verizon is *already* shopping around to sell #Tumblr. I figured it would be toward the end of the year.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/2/18527177/verizon-seeking-tumblr-sale-rumor-blogging

I backed up all of my original Tumblr content in December, and I’ve imported a few posts to my blog. And I started paring down what was left.

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As I said back in January:

“It’s clear that Verizon has even less idea what to do with Tumblr than Yahoo! did. When they finally give up trying to monetize what’s left of the user base, they’ll have no incentive to keep it going. Or to respect all the user data they’ve amassed.”

Why I have more confidence in Flickr/SmugMug than Tumblr/Verizon

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Here’s hoping Tumblr finds a suitable buyer who understands what they’re getting and is willing to invest in the community, not someone who just wants to squeeze out the last few drops of monetization before sending it to join GeoCities in the great Internet Archive in the Sky.

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Balooon-based floating telecom relays always make me think of an element in Robert Charles Wilson’s “Spin”

Balooon-based floating telecom relays always make me think of an element in Robert Charles Wilson’s sci-fi novel, “Spin,” in which a mysterious membrane appears around earth that drastically slows down time inside. (A simulated sun maintains the day/night cycle) This effectively cuts the world off from outer space, including orbiting satellites. The world settles on high-altitude balloons as a replacement.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/internet-balloons-and-drones-look-to-rise-in-the-5g-era

#telecom #books #scifi

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It’s a really interesting book, especially once people realize that they can still launch probes or spacecraft out, just can’t receive any transmissions back. And when they realize that they can take advantage of the different rates of time on Earth vs. outside.

There are two sequels, Axis and Vortex, which are very different. Worth a read, but I think Spin was the best of the three.

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@hafnia Yeah, they had some interesting ideas – the chain of worlds, the floating civilizations, the different ways of linking people together cybernetically – but IMO the stories weren’t anywhere near as good.

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The headlines keep getting better: “Alleged Russian spy whale is refusing to leave and is seeking attention…”

The headlines keep getting better:

“Alleged Russian spy whale is refusing to leave and is seeking attention, authorities say”

#wtf #SpyWhale

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/05/02/authorities-alleged-russian-spy-whale-is-refusing-leave-seeking-norwegians-devotion/

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RT @brionv: @KelsonV at least it’s not a sea lion

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@brionv Now that you mention it….

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-baby-sea-lion-on-busy-san-francisco-highway-20190501-story.html

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8YO just finished the main story of LEGO Incredibles and discovered the bonus level where …

8YO just finished the main story of LEGO Incredibles and discovered the bonus level where you play as the Omnidroid and destroy the city.

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He’s gleefully smashing everything while saying “It’s just wrong to save the city and then destroy it” *smash* *smash*

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“Saving the city then destroying it? Not cool! :-)” *smash* “But, if it’s a game, it’s fine!” *smash* *smash* *smash*

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MISSION COMPLETE!

I don’t think there’s anything left above the base plates…

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I feel like I ought to write something for Speed Force about what’s going on with Heroes in Crisis and The Flash…

I feel like I ought to write something for @SpeedForce
about what’s going on with Heroes in Crisis and The Flash, but unlike anger, severe disappointment just isn’t motivating.

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Fortunately, Ed wrote something better than I could have, and broadened it to the way Heroes in Crisis is handling mental illness as compared to The Unstoppable Wasp.

“Heroes In Crisis” vs “Unstoppable Wasp” and a Look at Mental Illness

#comics #TheFlash #HeroesInCrisis #TheWasp #WallyWest

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Scenario: Building inspector looks for pests & structural problems. Finds whole family of raccoons but can’t prove they’re living IN the house. Lots of structural defects that don’t QUITE violate code individually, but present danger. Real estate dev claims full exoneration.

Scenario: Building inspector looks for pests & structural problems. Finds whole family of raccoons but can’t prove they’re living IN the house. Lots of structural defects that don’t QUITE violate code individually, but present danger.

Real estate dev claims full exoneration.

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Yes, it’s a metaphor.

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“Your Page was flagged because your post(s) linked to domain_placeholder.com.” Um…yeah. Sure…

“Your Page was flagged because your post(s) linked to domain_placeholder.com.”

Um…yeah. Sure. That’s not a valid domain name.

The message showed up less than an hour after I logged into FB for the first time in weeks, and it does appear to actually be from FB & not a phish…though I don’t see any indication in FB’s website that the page has been flagged for *anything*, much less “sharing, distributing or promoting content inauthentically.”

I’m thinking this was sent out accidentally.

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Also, searching for domain_placeholder.com on FB & birdsite turned up other people saying WTF about similar messages they got in the last hour or two (and nothing older), which lends more weight to the suspicion that it’s a bogus message that got sent out to a bunch of people at once.

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