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Stephen A. Ridley
I write. I take photos. I break software. Built stuff that broke stuff at Now building stuff that protects stuff at a VC backed startup
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 14
Replying to @s7ephen
If you want to see him in his heyday, here's a video from around his first birthday...
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 14
Replying to @s7ephen
Here he is smiling thru the last few months. Hopefully, this is also your subtle reminder to tell folks you love them, hug your pets, and if you dont love anyone or have any pets, then tell the folks are tolerable that they make life more tolerable. P.S.
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 14
Replying to @s7ephen
Many of you knew him from my apartment, or around town, at the office (at several jobs) and for a while he came around to a few cons with me (SourceBoston, SourceSeattle, HOPE, Summercon, etc). Here he is during his early "Yoda" years... (more photos soon)
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 14
I share this here cuz many of you knew him. At 1AM on 4June2019, Sammiches aka Spanky, aka Sergeant Spankx, used the last of his strength to crawl into my lap. He took his last breath at exactly sunrise a few hours later. He was 8 years old. He was my first dog.
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 14
SO happy to be home in NY. Also grateful to be at to see so many close friends and colleagues. Im giving my first *real* talk in 4 or 5 years. (not selling anything) Cant wait to share and air some laundry... Now I gotta rush to get to 's talk!
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Replying to @egyp7 @AbsoZed
yea I think a lot of "Continuous Integration" and automated deployment relies on them heavily, but I honestly try to avoid them in my personal stuff cuz some new annoyance always seems to pop up just when I think I've gotten the hang of them.
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Replying to @egyp7 @AbsoZed
Be warned though, it can get very tangled VERY quickly. But if I understand what you are trying to do:(achieve the "git pull" from one repo that recursively pulls from other repos as submodule dependencies) it will work for that.
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Replying to @egyp7 @AbsoZed
I think you can do what you are trying to do with Git SubModules : They are like "symlinks" to parts of other repos at specific revisions. you'll have to accept their directory tree from the module-down, but the submodules can go anywhere in your repo
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
oh durrr, I see what you mean. I think they do that with credit card numbers for each transaction in Apple Pay. it would even be an cool if someone did an API-ized service (like did with ) so people can build it into apps...or maybe thats Twilio...nvrmnd.
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Replying to @mdowd
Google Voice had an easy-to-generate ephemeral phone number service like that for a while...may still be there.... there's also New York dating staple:
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Replying to @egyp7 @ronindey
yea...or modules. I have noticed that a lot of people use git as a "code uploader" and "code publisher" and markdown renderer......not as actual versioning.
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Replying to @riskybusiness
+1
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Replying to @window
CONGRATS!
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Replying to @stevelord
Hey thanks! It was neat re-reading it...makes me really want to get back to doing research and actually being able to share it.
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This is really, really cool.
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
As for the geopolitical elephant in the room: It's not even gov-subsidized Chinese competition that is the sole issue anymore. Amazon did this to us: () (Elizabeth Warren actually recently addressed this). All this stuff is net-negative for innovation.
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Yea...there's a lot there. I think can supremely disingenuous the way that some use OSH as a fancy marketing term without addressing how it doesnt make projects any more accessible. Like having FOSS for a cool new app but the compiler costs minimum $15k. BUT HEY IT'S OPEN SOURCE!
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
Manufacturing costs and "economies of scale" are very real for hardware (and we did our best to try and contribute a way to skirt it for researchers: ) but unfortunately transplanting the words "Open Source" onto hardware doesnt miraculously make it cheaper
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 3
hehe understood. yea....was younger and dumber then...but actually that rant was meant to be a jab at the sophomoricism of a lot of the "maker crowd"..at the time there was a lot of cargo-cult and fantastical thinking about things like Open Source Hardware and firmware
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Stephen A. Ridley Jun 2
Replying to @dylanmc @jessfraz
A neat one of mine is documented here: TL;DR a warm incandescent light caused firmware init routines to work differently (oscillator) causing RF packet corruption. To debug it, we had to exfiltrate function return values via LEDs
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