Chuckellania for October 14th, 2021

Published on Sunday, October 17, 2021

The anti-cheat arms race in PC gaming has reached… kernel modules.


(Lots of previous variations of this, like games not starting when you have an IDE installed, or refusing to launch when you have any VMs.)

The first ways to patch Windows 11 to be a little more like its predecessors are, of course, already coming out. For example, Explorer Patcher.


Among the strange side effects of the pandemic (you know the one) was an involuntary exploration of how well people can work remotely with the tools of 2020. I was personally positively surprised how well Zoom and Teams worked at videoconferencing, for example.1

And it has, of course, led to a worldwide conversation of: why do certain jobs need to be in-person all the time at all? Doesn't that result in additional cost, pollution, time wasted, much of which could be avoided?

Thus, compared to two years ago, high-paying jobs that are remote have more than tripled, which is certainly a development that wouldn't have happened at the same pace (if at all) without the pandemic.


Keyb lets you type one-handed on a Mac.

I'm positive I had a tool back in the early 2000s that did this when you held down the fn key, but cannot for the life of me remember what it was called. I think I had it installed to add two-finger scrolling to a trackpad that didn't yet have that feature built in?


Another thread about "10x engineers".

I have a lot of thoughts, and one of them cannot be phrased better than this:

I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.

Focus on giving people a good working environment. The health of your team matters more than whether it includes people with many "x"s.

  1. Other gripes about Teams notwithstanding.