That was a giant freaking scare. A loose USB port connection on my #honeycomb_lx2k carrier board took it out of commission half of today.

Given I was already down one machine, this wasn't looking promising for stream tonight; but I'm burning it in with a temporary fix in place.
sometimes the answer to "why is my system unstable" is actually "because the USB ports are bad".
the burn-in is looking good so far, so we're on for the stream tonight!

Meanwhile, in other computer troubles, ASRock thinks the 5600X is a dud and that the B550M motherboard is fine, so on to asking AMD to RMA a grey market scalped (but authentic/sealed) processor...
and the burn-in failed due to... Flurry jumping up and down on the floor nearby and barking being enough to disturb the electrical connection.

Okay, this is why we burn in for a few hours before it's needed in production...
failed again from walking around the kitchen. you know your electrical connection is flaky when...

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17 Dec
It's on! #AdventOfCode from my #Honeycomb_LX2K ARM64 machine starting in 5 min! obs running showing a wayland desktop
Screensharing glitched first 5 min then was rock stable 60 FPS! #AdventOfCode

My application of De Morgan's Laws wasn't rock stable. I wasted 30 minutes on !(a || b) that should have been !a && !b instead of !a || !b

Timestamps say I was stuck for 35 minutes on that two character mistake. and reviewing it, I see _exactly_ what happened. It wasn't just !(a || b) expansion, I was simultaneously refactoring !(f(x) == 2 || f(x) == 3) to only eval f(x) once, so I forgot the intention #AdventOfCode
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16 Dec
You know who else was taken aside before becoming a manager and told that she couldn't be as vocal? This trans woman of color.

"Why do you have ‘concerns’ about me being a manager? The conversation was “She seems to be unhappy, so let’s not make her a manager.” " --@timnitGebru
I was told that part of the bargain of becoming a manager was being invited to sit at the decision-making table, but in exchange to commit and disagree on any decisions made there.

But I wasn't ever invited to the decision-making table about the ethical issues that mattered.
I was invited to participate in decisions about technical work of my team. And in performance evaluation for my team. And sure, I disagreed and committed on those things.

But to muzzle someone from criticizing any area of Google once they become a manager is a terrible bargain.
Read 8 tweets
16 Dec
In 2.5 hours: #AdventOfCode live with me in #GoLang.

Just 10 more puzzles left!
Starting in on #AdventOfCode now!

Honestly hoping for a quick one as I have some job stuff to clean up after, having done errands/paperwork earlier in day, but we'll see what @ericwastl has in store for us!
Oof. Got tripped up on parsing and then nested data structure mangling. But we got there with the help of the #AdventOfCode community!

Video: (processing may take a while, it's almost an hour...)
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16 Dec
Bought a 5600X from one of the more legit scalpers in .ca (AeroMalls, has a Newegg storefront, lists 20% above Canadian MSRP but not 50% or 100%+ above).

As the goblins say, "time is money, friend!" Swapping it in will wait for weekend, don't want to risk AoC stream or work day. Ryzen 5 5600X processor new...
Sequence of operations: unplug both AMD64 machines, leaving the ARM64 workstation and the Chromebook as backup.

Swap B550 mobo into the larger case and the X470 mobo into the smaller case. Remove 3400G from X470, insert 4750G from B550. Plug 5600X into B550. Move RAM/GFX. Pray.
I wish I'd put the 4750G in the X470 to begin with (since both are PCIE 3.0 only), but they only recently released BIOS updates enabling 5000 and 4000 series on the X470 so that wasn't possible in September :/
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5 Dec
and for and and the countless conference talks I gave while a Googler, when the approver approved after vetting the content was generally on the right track and didn't leak secrets, their judgment was trusted.
even if the talk was added to pubapprove 2 days before the talk, if the approver got to it before the talk, the talk was approved. fullstop.

(if the approver _didn't_ get to it in the 2 days, then you'd have to retract/withdraw, of course. but not the pattern of facts here)
In fact, I am pretty damn sure that the vast majority of talks added to pubapprove _aren't_ submitted for review a full 2 weeks before deadline. I would eat my hat if every single Googler were diligent enough to work 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
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4 Dec
miss me with your sex-negativity and whorephobia. Yes, both YouTube and Pornhub and Vimeo and any site where videos are shared will have people who post non-consensual videos against ToS.

But this is part of a systematic effort to stigmatize sex work, not to stop "trafficking".
"oh my god, there are videos of women being asphyxiated with plastic bags" -- have you considered for a moment that maybe some of those women _enjoy_ it and are getting paid to, and it's a fun day at work for them?
Seriously, if I didn't have a tech career, being a sex worker would also actually be pretty high up on my list, because I'd get paid to do something I like?

I seriously considered applying to work w/ kink\.com when I was in my first year of my tech career. It seemed fun.
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