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  1. As if on cue, my mother texts me about going to church on Easter...

    about 9 hours 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 10 hours 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 9 hours 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 4 days 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 9 days 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 9 days 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 9 days 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 7 days 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 8 days 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 14 days 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 9 days ago from web
      • Aaannd he did it, he checked the "blame Obama" box, as foreseen

        about 10 days 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 14 days 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 13 days ago from web
      • That said, I keep meaning to launch a Pleroma instance for myself.... Just keep having problems with nginx.

        about 23 days 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago from web
      • HOTELS IN LOS ANGELES ARE EXPENSIVE!!!!! TF!!!!!

        about a month ago from web
      • Megalovania on toothbrushes, scanners, steam cleaners, and a kitchen sink http://rainbowdash.net/url/875439

        about 2 months ago from web
      • Damn, Sage and Savant dropped a musical act due to a difference of sociopolitical opinion. It's a decision I agree with, but still - it wasn't a thing I imagine anyone actually wanted. Not naming names, but they do share an initialism with Irritable Bowel Syndrome which just amuses the permanent child in me.

        about 2 months ago from web
      • Ah, yes, taxes are coming up. What are we gonna do on the bed, Uncle Sam?

        about 2 months ago from web
      • I remember shortly after Steve Irwin died, I said something disparaging about how he probably was doing something unnecessarily risky when he died (my family nicknamed him "Stupid Guy") and I got scolded because you're not supposed to speak poorly of the dead because they can't defend themselves. Turns out it wasn't really his fault, he just ran into some bad luck with an animal that shouldn't have been interested in attacking him at all.

        about 2 months ago from web
      • The face of a mad scientist http://rainbowdash.net/url/875420

        about 2 months ago from web
      • Code lines that are not avoidable: butt.isEnabled = true; (Enabling a button)

        about 3 months ago from web
      • From reddit:

        mkdir temp
        chmod -R 400 temp
        cd temp
        alias "you=touch"
        you this

        you: can't touch this

        about 3 months ago from web
      • Apparently reading a binary file to a char pointer and casting to a struct is a bad thing because different architectures can insert padding between the fields to cause them to align "better" for that machine. Writing is the same. I was writing an RLE binary file (a packed bitmap) this way on x64 and reading on 6502 (Commodore 64) and I guess I got lucky that nothing exploded since all the fields were in order of descending size.

        about 3 months ago from web
      • "BUT I do know that the whole instance is making my life harder" Yeah, like how it's hard being exiled from your family Christmas party, because your depressed, transphobic relative is going to be there, and everyone is worried that your mere presence will push him over the edge?

        about 4 months ago from web
      • Someone told me to watch https://youtu.be/cZYNADOHhVY

        Which is an animated story of a kingdom desperately needing to beat a dragon. The story is an obvious euphamism.

        Just do not read the first YouTube comment. Though this might be a poor man's attempt at reverse psychology warfare, or maybe not.

        Regardless, go see that story, it is about 13 minutes long.

        about 4 months ago from web
      • Adding “obstruction of Congress” to the list of impeachment articles was a smart move on paper because it’s way easier to say “okay, yeah, he did that even if he didn’t do the other stuff”, and I’m betting if any GOP Senators vote to convict it’ll be on that charge - won’t be enough of ‘em, though. not soliciting opinions

        about 4 months ago from web
      • trungo2 http://rainbowdash.net/url/875352

        about 4 months ago from web
      • "What happened back there?"
        "I dunno Jerry, why don't you ask the smartest people in the universe? Oh wait, you cAAaan't. They blew up."

        about 4 months ago from web
      • Next time I’m gonna go over to California and papaya in THEIR salads, see how THEY like pulling down over fifty products from their shelves.

        about 4 months ago from web