edmund_the_destroyer

edmund_the_destroyer wrote

The problem with these commands is that the spelling, capitalization, argument ordering, and so forth are inconsistent between them.

PowerShell may suck - I don't know, I haven't used it enough - but my understanding is that Microsoft tried to make PowerShell command syntax consistent across all commands. That sounds awesome. ( Don't get me wrong, I hate Microsoft, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella, etc... but some of the company's open source projects are decent. )

But I've got twenty years of bash, sed, ls, rsync, etc... so I'm not motivated to start over.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

This is mostly irrelevant, but I'm feeling chatty. One of the superhero Roleplaying Games I have, "Wild Talents", touches on this a bit. They have a section on superhero impacts on society, and point out that most comics assume that 99% of the world is no different with superheroes than ours is now. The super-soldier serum only works once, the magic ring can only be wielded by one hero and stops working if he uses it to do anything other than fight vampires, only one alien landed, the gadgeteer's tech only works for them, time travel can't change the default timeline.

But the book points out that it doesn't have to work that way. The super-soldier serum could be in every pharmacy, there are hundreds of rings that can be used for anything, aliens are everywhere, and the gadgeteer could sell self-driving cars that transform into boats, planes, plows, and harvesters in 1850, and time travel could be used to prevent the genocide of Native Americans or the African slave trade.

That sounds way, way more interesting to me anyway.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote (edited )

Reply to comment by annikastheory in Friday Free Talk by Kinshavo

I'm late to this party, but yeah tech is loaded with tribalism and gatekeeping, and Linux is now different. And it sucks, because I love Linux.

I use Ubuntu MATE, so on the one in a million chance someone asked me for a Linux recommendation I can suggest something geared towards newbies. (Edit: but I wouldn't attack anyone for preferring something else.)

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Yeah, I'm losing weight because I have more time to cook and more time to eat than I've had in almost twenty years. It's more expensive than cheap bulk foods but less expensive than takeout, but most of the time I got takeout in my adult life the issue was time and energy and not a preference for their food over what I could make.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Hmm, 8823a413f hasn't responded, so I'm unsure they're even following.

If coding is something you do for fun, I'd say anything is good if it undermines the technology industry trend towards Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, (GAMA) and the social media companies owning everything:

  • Ad-blockers
  • DRM circumvention of all kinds
  • Speech-to-text software (since most people use speech-to-text from GAMA)
  • federated or even better peer-to-peer alternatives to centralized social networks, file hosting, search engines
  • games
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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I find myself compelled by arguments that work - wait, "work" has ugly connotations in capitalism and socialism, say instead maybe... gainful effort? - should be joyful.

I daydream of homesteading. I'm sure the volume of gainful effort (again, avoiding the poisoned term 'work') is substantial, but I find the idea of tending plants for my own food, and harvesting and storing it, appealing.

I program as a day job, and I don't have the energy to program for fun outside my fucking ~40 hour work week. But if I was, say, able to support myself on part time work or less that didn't involve programming, I am positive that programming for fun would be a joyful thing for me.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

"I dont think about it at all. Thats the privelege of cisness i suppose."

Me too. I think if I had the same views of gender thirty years ago that I do now, I would probably have identified as non-binary. I don't think of myself as "male" and not "female" in any significant sense. The only reason I don't adopt non-binary now is habit. One of my kids is NB.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

people comfortable with their assigned gender don’t even think about this

I'm comfortable being assigned male.

However, I reject the idea that masculinity implies focus on one set of virtues and femininity implies focus on another set. All those distinctions shouldn't exist, and as long as they do exist I think we should all be non-binary.

So I've thought about being non-binary for that reason. So far I haven't. One of my kids has, and my wife and I support them.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I don't see the dropping sperm counts as an issue. A massive decline in fertility might be one of the best ways to save humanity from itself. As long as the fertility rate doesn't hit zero, the species will survive.

Maybe that's not a good thing. I still hold on to hope that it is, that humanity can become better than it is now. But that's dreams and foolishness, not wisdom.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

The last I looked, the pandemic death rate for people in their 50s in the US was 0.32%, or about 1 in 300. I lost a 58 year old family member who was otherwise in good health. The death rate for people in their 40s in the US was 0.1%, or 1 in 1000.

That's not ridiculous and a lot more than barely significant. Infect millions of people in their 40s and 50s, and hundreds of thousands will die.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I don't blame the FSF for losing the battle for education. First Microsoft and then later Apple and Google spent billions to get into that market, because they know most consumers that get accustomed to their products in schools will stick with them for the rest of their lives. I haven't seen the contracts, but I suspect the education discount for schools were huge because the companies viewed the project as a long term investment. A free software education system would be more costly because they couldn't subsidize the expenses from their other profits.

There has been an open war between IP and FOSS since the 1990s, and IP used permissive license software as their weapon - MIT, Apache, BSD, etc...

I don't think there's any parallel dimension with a capitalist world economy and a wildly successful FSF. There's too much money to be made by using DRM, invading privacy, and keeping trade secrets. I just suspect the FSF could be a lot more successful than they are now if they were run better - maybe have 2% of the global consumer market on FSF-approved hardware and devices instead of 0.00002%.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I use Groove Basin running off a machine in my house. https://github.com/andrewrk/groovebasin

There's open source personal cloud software called "Sandstorm" (similar in ideas to OwnCloud or NextCloud). I run that, and it has a bundled version of Groove Basin.

Unfortunately it's not a trivial thing to set up Sandstorm. If you're familiar with Linux it's not too hard, and they handle all of the DNS for you, but it's not simple.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Please forgive me for being pedantic, but "apologetics" means the defense of something through reasoned arguments. So at Raddle most of us engage in trans rights apologetics, and anarchist philosophy apologetics.

Facebook and Instagram is horrific garbage, but so is Twitter and billions on Facebook and Instagram don't use Twitter. FSF should be active on all of them, and Youtube, and everywhere else.

Ten years ago they were pushing GNU Social, Friendica, and so forth and they were actually pretty good. But then and now I don't think the promotions were reaching the right audiences or written in a way that appealed to people that were not already FOSS fans.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

People will see them as hypocritical if they do that. It also encourages people to stay on Facebook and Instagram, IMO, instead of having them migrate to free and libre platforms.

You can't reach the public by shouting messages from an isolated island. A good idea nobody hears might as well not be uttered, and the people listening to the FSF on free software platforms are already FSF supporters.

Advocating mixed free/proprietary software as a stepping stone towards totally free computing would increase their appeal.

That can actually backfire by discouraging people from ever writing free counterparts. If I don't see the need to write a replacement because this proprietary software I still use still works, then I won't write a replacement, because why do I need to?

If the completely free from top to bottom option doesn't meet their needs, it's a non-starter. A FOSS office suite that doesn't interact flawlessly with Microsoft Office means you'll have problem at schools, at jobs, applying for work, filing government forms, and so forth. I hate Microsoft as much as the next dues-paying FSF member, but "Use this FOSS office suite! It's great, as long as you never exchange files with anyone else!" does not work. I also believe in what the Replicant (FOSS smartphone) project is trying to do, but Replicant lacks so many essential drivers that any Replicant device is worthless, strictly inferior to feature phones from 2002 and with a lower battery life. I believe in what LibreJS does, but for example I can't find a bank or credit union that will let me do online banking without non-free JS. So LibreJS should exist, but not get much promotion.

I don't see the problem with this. I often like older design better than newer ones, because the older ones have matured enough to be stable, and they often use less resources.

https://fsf.org should not be written to appeal to people like you and me, it's got to appeal to the people who don't already believe in FOSS and don't have a hard-earned appreciation for minimalist web page aesthetics.

Is the FSF trying to make a FOSS cult, or a FOSS world? Because everything they're doing seems geared towards the former. The people that don't already understand what they stand for and agree with them face too many obstacles to join them.

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