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Zero

That's how many, out of 1,457, requests for electronic surveillance the FISA court rejected—in part or in whole—in 2015. But there's nothing new here; that's the same number they rejected in 2014. So don't worry about all that spying the … Continue reading

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What to do When Emacs Hangs or Crashes

Jisang Yoo has a very nice post on recovering from Emacs hangs or crashes. He considers three topics What do do when Emacs hangs How to enable debugging What to do when Emacs crashes His advice on Emacs hanging seems … Continue reading

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Tips on Writing a Major Mode

Wilfred Hughes wrote an Emacs major mode for Cask. Afterwards, he distilled what he learned into a post on writing major modes. The post is not a tutorial on how to write major modes; it's a few tips that will … Continue reading

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Aphantasia

Blake Ross and I have something in common. We've both learned a fact that blew our minds. The thing is, it blew our respective minds for opposite reasons. Ross suffers from a condition called aphantasia: the inability to form mental … Continue reading

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Still No Justice

Yesterday, I saw James Clapper on TV. That reminded me of this. It's been over 3 years and Clapper still hasn't been charged or even fired. If you're an American, ask yourself what would happen to you if you lied … Continue reading

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Blogging with Org Mode

John Louis Del Rosario offers another nice example of blogging with Org Mode. What makes Rosario's solution unique is that he doesn't use Jekyll, Nikola, or any other blogging engine. Rather, he serves static pages to his hosting provider via … Continue reading

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Emacs for Prose

I just came across a tweet pointing to an old post by Urpo Lankinen about using Emacs for writing prose. I'm always interested in that topic so I followed the link and read the post. It seemed vaguely familiar—especially with … Continue reading

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FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment (Again)

Remember how I told you and told you and told you and told you and told you about the Iron Law of Data Collection? That no matter what the government says or promises, data, once collected, will find other uses … Continue reading

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How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash

If you're running a Linux system and sometimes experience an X crash, Sacha has some advice on how to keep Emacs running. Emacs is notoriously slow to start, of course, and that alone is reason enough to be annoyed when … Continue reading

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Which Key

Recently, I came across this reddit post on which-key. I think Sacha mentioned it in one of her weekly Emacs News posts too. The post reminded me that Kaushal Modi had recommended that I try it out after I'd mentioned … Continue reading

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