[sticky entry] Sticky: PSA: Using OpenID

Jan. 8th, 2020 03:36 pm
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If you just have a LiveJournal account and want to leave comments on my Dreamwidth journal or (assuming I've authorised you) read locked entries, you can do that without giving Dreamwidth a password or any personal information except an email address. Here's how:

1. Go to the main Dreamwidth page
2. Follow the "Log In with OpenID" link
3. In the "Your OpenID URL" box, put yourusername.livejournal.com. For example, if I wanted to log in with my LiveJournal account, I would type "pseudomonas.livejournal.com".
4. Click Login.
5. Click "Yes, just this time" or "Yes, always" when LiveJournal asks if you want to validate your identity.
6. The first time you log in, you'll see a message "Please set and confirm your email address". Click the "set" link and follow the instructions.
7. You'll get an email from Dreamwidth containing a link. Follow the link to confirm your email address.
8. Follow the instructions. You should now be able to leave comments.

(text stolen from [personal profile] tim)

Dreamwidth's privacy policy
- no need to ask permission - and comment here (screened) afterwards to let me know so I can put a new one up. -->
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Does anyone else use (or want to use) this Scrabble clone? I'd like to see about playing against a human one day. It's unofficial, FOSS, non-geofenced, and doesn't need Facebook.
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A lion restant Or a teapot Proper pourant atop a beanbag Ermine
A lion restant Or a teapot Proper pourant atop a beanbag Ermine
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Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):

(most liked)
Thermal underwear
Nessie Ladle
Steam locomotives
Undercooked Aubergine
Eating paper
Running away from zombies
Getting up early
(most disliked)

(from http://damerell.dreamwidth.org/87540.html)

ETA: I have tried to add things which are not *universally* loved/hated; I feel putting "Orgasms" and "Genocide" on there would be kinda boring...
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Via [personal profile] nou:

When you see this, make a post in your journal or in a community. It can be anything: a crosspost something you've posted on Tumblr, a few words about the last thing you read/watched, or just a "Hi, how is everyone?" Then go read your f-list and leave at least one comment.

A number of you have already seen my new year's greeting
thus )

So, have a chilociraptor as well.

Because you always wondered what a chihuahua/velociraptor crossbreed would look like
pseudomonas: Little Red Dragon with an abacus (geeky)
(this is all at-your-own-risk, but it seemed to work for me.)

⁂ Create empty list. (go to https://www.facebook.com/bookmarks/lists and click "Create List"; then give the list a name but not any members and click "create".)
⁂ View list.
⁂ Click "Add friends to list" button. A popover will appear listing all your friends.
⁂ Paste:
javascript:elms=document.getElementsByClassName('checkableListItem');for(var fid in elms){if(typeof elms[fid] === 'object'){elms[fid].click();}}
into the address bar. The browser might strip the "javascript:" at the beginning; type it back in manually if so.
⁂ Press Enter.
⁂ Click the "Finish" button at the bottom of the popover.

(the purpose of this is that by looking at the list, no entries will be filtered away, and it will always be most-recent-first)
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I drew an Electromechanical Yule Goat, cos someone mentioned it and I wondered what it'd end up looking like (answer: Mmmmehhhhhh. Beep. Beep. ))


Nov. 7th, 2014 02:03 pm
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Copied from a rantlet I made in a comment elsenet, agreeing with the proposition that the "tomatoes aren't really vegetables" is just silly

I get really* cross about the fruit/veg thing

a) Clearly (to my eyes) the botanic definition of a fruit is only tangentially relevant to the culinary definition. We can do this. We have polysemy, we have shades of meaning. It's OK.

b) Even if the botanic definition were useful, why would "fruit" not then be a subset of "vegetable" (which would presumably be defined as something like "all edible plant (or plant-and-fungal) matter")?

c) Even if fruit were not a subset of vegetables, why on earth would you assume that fruit and vegetables have got to be disjoint? Just a miserably narrow gastronomic outlook?

d) Why do people always go on about tomatoes, and not cucumbers, mange-tout, pumpkins, courgettes, aubergines, rhubarb, and so forth?

* for a small value of "really"
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[[Category:Things You Can Do With A Bassoon]]

(there is a somewhat more sedate interpretation here)
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How good one feels when one is full — how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal — so noble-minded, so kindly-hearted.

It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon, it says, “Work!” After beefsteak and porter, it says, “Sleep!” After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don’t let it stand more than three minutes), it says to the brain, “Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!”

After hot muffins, it says, “Be dull and soulless, like a beast of the field — a brainless animal, with listless eye, unlit by any ray of fancy, or of hope, or fear, or love, or life.” And after brandy, taken in sufficient quantity, it says, “Now, come, fool, grin and tumble, that your fellow-men may laugh — drivel in folly, and splutter in senseless sounds, and show what a helpless ninny is poor man whose wit and will are drowned, like kittens, side by side, in half an inch of alcohol.”

Jerome K Jerome
pseudomonas: "Cambridge" in London Underground roundel (cam)
So, does anyone know anyone who might be interested in renting a nice two-bedroom (or one-bedroom, one-study) flat off Histon Road in Cambridge from about the end of September/beginning of October? (I'd much rather let to a friend or friend-of-friend, and I'd rather not have to deal with any Bastard Letting Agencies).


Apr. 23rd, 2014 11:41 am
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It has been pointed out that today is not ecclesiastically speaking St George's day. The dragon breathes easier.

dragon safely in mug of tea


Apr. 6th, 2014 08:02 pm
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I found out last week there was a Welsh dinosaur called Pantydraco. How could any red-blooded pun-prone Anglophone resist?

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I wonder if my reaction to sniffing noises constitutes misophonia*. Basically, the sound of someone sitting there sniffling (for instance when they have a cold but no tissues) brings out approximately the same level of reaction in me as the sound of someone retching continuously does in (as I understand it) more or less everyone. Headphones & loud music are quite useful when it's a colleague sitting at the next desk :(

*Not to be confused with misophagia, which is eating tasty tasty fermented soya and rice paste.
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Bit of a long shot but: I might be shaving the biggest yak ever by building a better spell-checker. Does anyone know any good resources (reviews, research, whatever) into what the current state of the art of spell-checking is?
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Is there a website which rates consumer-grade router/modems by how few known vulnerabilities they have (or are estimated to have by people who know about estimating This Kind Of Thing) and how quickly patched they are?
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Yesterday I went to my GP surgery for a routine appointment. Since I was there anyway I asked to opt out1 from care.data (FAQ).

I found that:
* my GP surgery had never heard of care.data.
* they assured me that they would never share my details without my explicit consent
* they were rather shocked when I showed them the leaflet that I'd had through the door. The reception manager I spoke to hadn't had a leaflet through her own door.
* they'd not had any training or guidance on how to deal with people who wanted to opt out.

Worse still:
* for people that had asked to opt out, they'd been opting them out of summary care records2 instead. I discovered this when they gave me a form to opt out of that, and insisted that this must be the thing I'd been referring to. I do not want to opt out of summary care records.

I have submitted an FOI request to the Department of Health here.

ETA: I have contacted the HSCIC on 0845 3006016 and reported the matter; they will contact my GP. Please do the same if you find another GP practice that's not been informed.


1 I don't think that the scheme is awful in principle; I'm basically pro medical data being used to improve future healthcare (after all, that's kinda my job) — but I'd rather not be an early-adopter until I've had time to research more about the implementation details.
2 Summary care records enable electronic sharing of medical details between clinicians.

Comments note: I really don't want this to turn into a discussion on whether it's right that medical records can be used for research on an opt-out basis or whether Jeremy Hunt is the Antichrist; there are plenty of other fora discussing that. I'm concerned with the implementation of the opting-out here.
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