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Let's not all live only on social networks, especially not centralised & walled-in networks. Create your own personal corner on the web as it was designed for! Visit my good old-fashioned at for information about me.

On my mastodon feed, I'll try to toot about various topics, mainly related to languages, natural language processing, open-source technology, privacy & security, and of course the occasional dog picture!

Facebook, Google, etc., are never going to change โ€“ theyโ€™re financially successful because of their toxic business model. Just like Big Tobacco is still Big Tobacco and Big Oil is still Big Oil, Big Tech will remain Big Tech.

Regulate the crap out of them and invest in Small Tech.

Which programming languages use the least amount of electricity, time and memory?

Some remarkable results. Look for instance at the difference in electricity use between #javascript and #typescript where the latter uses more than 5 times the energy.

#fp is more than 50% more energy inefficient than #oop

Given where #golang stands, I am even happier for my choice of #gofed for #fediverse development. Was planning on typescript before.

๏ธ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Pour ceux qui aiment lire des romances M/M, je peux recommander le livre "Journal d'une robe noir" de H.V Gavriel. C'รฉtait vraiment un livre trรจs รฉmouvant et bien รฉcrit.

It seems they changed the github theme? It's uglier and it breaks my custom dark style :(

I don't understand why people are so fanatical about streaming every little piece of media they consume. Storage is dirt cheap. Audio files are small. Videos can be deleted after watching.

It's 2020. There's no reason to rely on heavy, JS-laden web pages or shitty mobile apps and ads every 2 seconds on both.

Then again, rushing out to the streets with champagne, fireworks and 'oliebollen' to mark this occasion would have made for a pretty strange image...

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Oh great, I missed celebrating the 16 * 10^8 seconds since unix epoch turnover, just today. Now I have to wait another 3.17 years for the next one... or I just wait for the 2038 32-bit signed int overflow and the subsequent apocalypse (y2k was far too tame imho)...

Vocage, my new terminal-based flashcard tool, is now also in the Arch User Repository, install with for example: yay -S vocage-git

I just released 'vocage', a minimalistic terminal-based vocabulary learner or flashcard tool that operates on simple plain-text tsv files. It uses a spaced-repetition algorithm to help you efficiently retain words. All open source & written in rust ๐Ÿฆ€

Possibly useful for NLP and data science: I wrote a small CLI tool in
๐Ÿฆ€Rust to split text-stream data into multiple sets (like train, test, development), with some fancy features (like multiple dependent input files, order preservation, custom delimiters).

I succumbed to a typical coder trap: Reinventing the wheel... again... but it'll be a pretty wheel when I'm done with it! Much rounder than all the others..

Do you remember when Firefox had a builtin RSS reader, webpages had a subscribe button..

I miss those days.

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