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I replied to the message. (The Reply-To was a @gmail.com address.) But my reply bounced: Gmail said there was no such account. If this was a legitimate study, it was really poor methodology. They weren't set up to receive replies, and by now my colleagues were widely discussing the "survey" on social media.

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There was a List-Unsubscribe header, with a link to a legit Qualtrics server. When I visited it, I got a message saying I had been unsubscribed from a University of Virginia survey.

So this made me think it was some kind of sociological study. Many of the names suggested African American, Asian American, or other racial-ethnic heritage. Maybe this was a variation on the famous résumé study, checking for racial bias.

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Got a message today from someone purporting to be interested in the church. E-mail headers showed it was sent from Qualtrics, which was odd. When I checked with colleagues, they had received variations on the same message, with slightly different names, and an identical backstory ending with a different personal problem: recent incarceration, job loss, infidelity, etc.

There's a black market developing for fake vaccine cards, and they're going for up to $400. Wait till those fools find out you can get a real one for free—and as a bonus, you won’t die!

apnews.com/article/coronavirus

This is a beautiful (and long) portrait of a family’s loss, grief, and strength; and the different ways the dead continue to speak to those left behind.

theatlantic.com/magazine/archi

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news, insect infestation 

This is what happens when you skip the home inspection.

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I managed to make some progress on Tx aggregation support for the #OpenBSD iwx driver today simply because a developer working at Intel has leaked the meaning of a firmware error code in a linux commit message.

Wouldn't it be nice if #intel published full documentation for things such as firmware error codes :flan_disappointed:

Where are the detailed computer manuals from the 1970s and 80s when we need them...

marc.info/?l=openbsd-tech&m=16

Next priority—move our FB livestream to self-hosted.

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Oh great… Let’s go ahead and hand over our people to be monetized and sucked into the “engagement” engine.

nytimes.com/2021/07/25/us/face

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Total subtoot of a discussion I'm not in:

All books are political.

All writing is political.

All authors are political.

If you only read "non-political books," it's because the politics in those books mesh with yours.

This was in my email inbox today. Greatly exaggerated, as they say.

The recent college grad who’s been producing our worship livestream stopped by tonight so we could test out the rebuilt system. I was a little flustered when I realized I’d forgotten to build and install the v4l2loopback module, for pushing OBS video over to Zoom. As I had DKMS do its thing while he stood there, I started explaining that I’ve been using Linux for 25 years, and then I just felt old.

At this point the bulk of the congregation is still remote, and the total number is small, so they have to be able to participate.

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Ok. installed on the livestream PC ✅. Audio monitoring lag issues are gone. Our mixer doesn’t have echo cancellation, which is going to make conferencing with the Zoom congregation stressful for our livestream producer, but we don’t do a lot of that, so we’ll see how it goes.

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So of course the snap package build file doesn’t use specific version tags of the git repositories of its dependencies. Of course it just mindlessly tracks head and pulls in breaking changes.

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