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  1. I find it weird that Amazon suggested a book about mobile solar power based solely on my purchase of a Kill-a-Watt. They're not wrong, it's just a tad unsettling.

    about 21 days ago from web
    • It's funny that the government can take away and add to my rights in different areas within the exact same week.

      about 21 days ago from web
      • Does anyone else find it particularly gross when for-profit corporations send messages about donating to charities or supporting a particular political opinion that doesn't have to do with their main business? It makes sense on the hiring end of course, and I get that companies are made of humans, but doing it on the public end just feels like capitalizing on people's emotions. The realty group holding my apartment made a donation to a campaign related to the protests. Why not give that money back to your leasers, or even your employees instead? They can then choose to do what they want with it.

        about a month ago from web
      • I just want it to be clear that what's happened is awful and messed up, I just feel like all these corporations flexing their cash is disrespectful to all the people who have died at the hands of police.

        about a month ago from web
        • I didn't think it needed to be said, but my official position is that Black Lives Matter, and Fuck the police. Thank you and goodnight.

          about a month ago from web
        • Advice for keeping proper social distancing while playing with balls: http://rainbowdash.net/url/875517

          about 2 months ago from web
          • Literally back to contemplating suicide over computer problems

            about 2 months ago from web
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            • @scribus I hate IBM-like computers and avoid them for anything that makes sense to at this point. For gaming I look for the Switch version, even if it's more expensive. I like my Chromebook because it's a good platform for Linux without basic hardware nightmares, but it also prevents you from doing much with external devices unless you're willing to defile ChromeOS by sidestepping their VM environment. There are too many parts in any operating system anymore. Apple loves to break backwards compatibility because it becomes too much effort to support everything after a while, but it sucks for the users. Make sure you don't upgrade to 10.1000.2000.12 because it breaks this one specific program that only works on versions .10 and .11. Then you get into this weird situation where two of your tools work in different ranges of versions and you're screwed. I can understand why they'd get rid of 32 bit compatibility, since no computer runs 32 bit processors anymore, but it still stinks

              about 2 months ago in context
            • @scribus Linux on laptops is almost always a mistake unless it's a Chromebook in Google's VM. There is too much nonstandard hardware that usually something dumb breaks. I tried overwriting ChromeOS with plain Xubuntu on my Chromebook and there was no sound, suspend didn't work, and if you don't install a special version of Ubuntu (Gallium) the touchpad doesn't work right.

              about 2 months ago in context
            • @thismightbeauser Eh, I knew the audio interface was classed Experimental Support when I plugged it in, lol. I've been mostly on laptops for an amount of time that actually really surprised me when I looked back at it, lol, but I've usually had pretty decent luck doing it. Typically better than desktop, but those were always budget beige boxes I pieced together, so... And I know you just can't keep backwards compatibility forever, even I eventually gave up on keeping my vanity 5-inch floppy drive on my crappy desktops. But there's moving forward, and there's abandonment, I guess, you know? God, I just wish the industry would adopt, and adhere to, more intercompatible standards.

              about 2 months ago in context
          • Fits like a glove http://rainbowdash.net/attachment/875506

            about 2 months ago from web
          • OMG I did it

            about 2 months ago from web
          • So, no. I do not have goddamned nginx figured out, and no, the Pleroma 2.0 launch has not made this any less goddamned infuriating.

            about 4 months ago from web
          • http://rainbowdash.net/url/875494

            about 2 months ago from web
            • Are people really this appleing stupid? http://rainbowdash.net/url/875491

              about 3 months ago from web
            • I find it way more amusing than I probably should that there's a Homestar*Runner reference in the Node.js documentation.

              about 3 months ago from web
            • Whenever there will be a decision for a mandatory face mask I'll 3D scan my face, cut out the nose area up to the chin, scale up the model slightly and create holes (nose, mouth), add holders for filters and for a mounting strap, and then 3D print it.

              about 3 months ago from web
            • remember that one day the sun will explode and everything will be for nothing http://rainbowdash.net/url/875484

              about 3 months ago from web
            • just bought a new phone, what is this “iCloud” I’m hearing about

              about 3 months ago from web
            • As if on cue, my mother texts me about going to church on Easter...

              about 3 months ago from web
              • pretty cool that I decided to buy shares in Ford on account of they’re making ventilators, only for the President to then start Fluffle Puff talking American auto companies, causing my stock to plummet. Cool thing you did there Donald.

                about 3 months ago from web
                • @mrmattimation Is that what that was about? Was wondering why I was breaking even again. It concerns me that the market is influenced by anything he says. It's clear he hasn't been very concerned with the truth this whole time, but calming people down, as the deadlines for "opening up the country" keep moving further out as he continues to claim they're right around the corner. It's harmful to the response as people who aren't paying attention may miss the actual directions and continue to spread this thing when the fake deadlines come up.

                  about 3 months ago in context
              • Just ordered a new New 2DS XL for 90€. I don't care for the 3D display so it works out for me. Gonna need some games for it.

                about 3 months ago from web
              • Like I said - I have no reason to believe I’ve got it other than this cold, which is also going around right now. No fever, no headaches, nothing. Just congestion.

                about 4 months ago from web
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                • @thismightbeauser But, the Carnegie and Rockefeller and all those families, they used to do public works and stuff. They may have been hoarding the wealth, but not damn *all* of it. Their flash contest was at least servicing the greater good as a side effect of the ostentation. This new crop seems more about raw, bigly yuge numbers, and hoarding, like a dragon (or a priapism). But, again, this is all coming around to perception. . . .

                  about 4 months ago in context
                • @scribus I mean, there's Bill Gates and whatnot. On the other hand you get people like this guy, who think it's an okay idea to keep making electric cars at a moderately high risk of illness to his employees with no one to buy them. http://rainbowdash.net/url/875471

                  about 4 months ago in context
                • @thismightbeauser @scribus That is indeed the case, a lot of rich people have middle class cars and discrete houses and do their best to keep people from knowing how rich they are, due to the general sentiment of "wealth equals evil"
                  You can't blame them really, if the mob will hate you just for managing to make good decisions and earning your family big money. I'd probably do the same if I couldn't simply relocate to a fortified compound with a minefield around it. It makes no sense to feel empathy for a group that has none for you, for whom you'll always be the bad guy regardless of what you do or don't do, that openly talks about how good it'd be if you died.

                  The ones that show off are the sociopaths, politicians and entertainment industry guys, who by default are crooks as that whole industry is built on crime and debauchery.

                  about 4 months ago in context
              • My new financial strategy of “buying stocks just after Trump has a press conference, then selling just before he has his next on” is paying off so far

                about 4 months ago from web
              • Another thing I wonder about is "let's make ventilators" just some sleight of hand to get the government to let the auto manufacturers to stay open while continuing business as usual in the shadows. I mean, likely not. Hopefully? I've probably just had too much time to overthink it. The unions certainly wouldn't tolerate it.

                about 4 months ago from web
                • Aaannd he did it, he checked the "blame Obama" box, as foreseen

                  about 4 months ago from web
                • OK completely unrelated to server setup bile, but I seriously didn't feel as much like we were facing The End after 9/11 as it looks for COVID-19. Just about think there were more flights in the air, too.

                  about 4 months ago from web
                • I accidentally let my domain expire and now I'm really freaking out because I only just noticed today, which is coincidentally the very last day of my provider's grace period... http://rainbowdash.net/url/875463

                  about 4 months ago from web
                • That said, I keep meaning to launch a Pleroma instance for myself.... Just keep having problems with nginx.

                  about 4 months ago from web
                • I know that ad blocking is a hotly contested right (you're free to do it but you're trash and a thief if so tends to be the argument against it), but when a site pops all sorts of boxes over the content telling me to turn it off, I usually just leave. Even if I'm cool with the publisher, I don't think they realize how complicated it actually is to turn all that off correctly. First I have to allow the scripts for the ad network, usually churning through several refreshes of layered scripts (using an ad network is a major turnoff. It's better if you run your own ads. Coincidentally those ads are far less likely to be blocked by default since they're custom!!!1!), then I have to unblock it in my content blocker, THEN I have to remember to turn that junk back off before I leave. Temporary permissions aren't good enough, because you still have to remember to click the button to revoke them.

                  about 4 months ago from web
                  • @thismightbeauser There is literally zero compelling reason to NOT use an ad blocker, site design these days is garbage, laden with so many ads the site itself no longer functions. Not to mention trackers. I refuse to feel ashamed of it. Mother'effers drove me to it.

                    about 4 months ago in context
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                • I'm sure it's not nearly so simple in reality, but I feel like conquering climate change is a simple matter of banning some of the bad stuff with obvious alternatives (gas vs electric consumer vehicles, for example) and watching the market self-correct. But everyone is afraid to pull that lever because it could be political suicide.

                  about 4 months ago from web
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                  • @thismightbeauser An actual solution to the issue is deglobalization of economies and achieving food and industry autonomy in every relevant country, but good luck cutting the flow of shekel just like that. There is a reason any sort of nationalism is treated as evil incarnate by mainstream political parties and economic groups, a global market that depends on countries not being self-sufficient is extremely profitable, no one can stop buying or selling or their internal situation crumbles within months.
                    A secondary effect of this, while a positive from an environmental point of view, is that a lot of countries simply don't have the capacity to achieve food autonomy due to having bigger populations than their fertile land can sustain. Take Nigeria for example, <1 million km2 of surface with a rapidly growing population at 190 million right now. Without world trade the country would starve, and lead to open war in the region.

                    about 4 months ago in context
                  • @thismightbeauser So you not only need to completely reshape the economy of most countries but also need to regulate the population of each to levels their own land can sustain (without further destroying the environment to grow more crops)
                    Some countries have a food surplus of 10 times their internal consumption, so they can keep their current populations without issue. But what happens with a country that has a food deficit of say, 50% of consumption? the population has to be cut in half or starve. Either way, you have a disaster in your hands with no clean way to solve it. You can pick between genocide, mass starvation or civil war, neither acceptable by any humanitarian standard. And you can be sure it'll spill to neighbouring regions.

                    In short, environmental damage is such a big issue because there's no clean way of solving it, nations and fortunes depend on the wheel spinning, and genociding the world to a sustainable population numbers is off the table.

                    about 4 months ago in context
                  • @nerthos I think some of this makes sense, but I have a hard time believing that the world's current population level isn't sustainable, just that we haven't figured things out yet. There's a lot of junk produced that isn't necessary, or made in inefficient ways that could be cut out. I get what you're saying about deglobalization and the whole "buy local" slogan that environmentalists have been pushing kind of points back to that. Where do you draw the line though? Even goods shipped within larger countries like the US or China can travel vast distances before reaching their destination. Do those countries have to be split into regions then? People would probably be freaking out about that. No more California oranges in PA? No way! Probably not a great example due to Florida being closer, but still.

                    about 4 months ago in context
                • I meant to add more to that but submitted accidentally. Supposedly China is already taking some measures to improve by nature of being actively strangled by their own pollution density, but it probably won't be enough. I guess we can't refuse to do business with their polluting businesses, at least not quickly enough to matter.

                  about 4 months ago from web
                • I'm sad that I didn't get a chance to even consider Buttigieg, but I guess we still haven't had a woman president so having a gay one is asking *way* too much...

                  about 4 months ago from web