edmund_the_destroyer

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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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Reply to comment by ziq in Banned /u/yam by ziq

I'm going to play armchair jackass here. I have an autistic kid, and he finds things to argue about and be upset about that I think are not reasonable. So for example, he has a favorite bowl for meals. He gets upset when someone else uses it, even if they clean it immediately and it is available for his next meal.

He has also been arguing with the family over trans ethics. We were able to convince him it's unacceptable to deny anyone their chosen pronouns, and he doesn't care who uses what bathroom. But my spouse, myself, and our other kids accept that a person that labels themself a woman is a woman, a person that labels themself a man is a man, gender fluid is gender fluid, non-binary is non-binary. My autistic child will not accept it, he'll give each person their chosen labels but is emphatic that in truth only the genitals you have at birth matter. We're at a loss to convince him.

But my broader point is that I see the same kind of odd hangups over labels and specifics not pertinent to core issues in Stallman. I don't know if anyone would be insulted by this metaphor, but I would call it a kind of OCD for language.

It doesn't excuse the harm he creates and enables. It just explains a bit about the personality behind it.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Reply to comment by Kinshavo in Banned /u/yam by ziq

Thank you for responding. I'm sorry, I thought there was something trans in the specific listed Twitter post. I think Stallman's remarks on pronouns were not there - though I may have missed it. They were elsewhere, right?

I don't see how he downplayed structural racism. I interpreted most of the quoted comments as being pointlessly pedantic about terminology, not disputing anything about structural racism's existence or severity.

To be clear, being pointlessly pedantic over the terminology in an injustice is harmful. It takes focus away from addressing injustice, onto something less relevant. But I didn't see his posts there as overtly or implicitly characterizing non-whites as inferior, and neither did I see it defending unequal treatment.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

So as an anarchist, "kill your heroes". I shouldn't expect greatness from the FSF because I shouldn't expect greatness from any person or group of persons.

But I did and do want greatness from the FSF, and I think they are a disaster:

  1. Misogyny and pedophile apologetics.
  2. Counter-productive militancy in pursuit of their goals. Being active on Facebook and Instagram, for example, would give them the widest possible reach. Advocating mixed free/proprietary software as a stepping stone towards totally free computing would increase their appeal.
  3. Horrific marketing. "Software As A Service Substitute", "Defective By Design", and website aesthetics right out of 2000.
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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

It's a symbol of everything wrong with the modern world that not even a single millionaire, or wealthy non-profit organization, or municipality backed the project. I am so excited for what they're trying to accomplish.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote (edited )

The manufacture of a single PC generates 90 pounds of waste and uses 3,000 gallons of water? Really? (Edit: I don't have evidence to the contrary. The number just seems unintuitive.)

Separately, there is a project https://collapseos.org/why.html - that I probably learned about from Raddle - to write usable, useful software that runs on 8 bit processors with performance characteristics of 1980s technology. Devices with that level of power might be practical for a small anarchist community / group of friends to create using local resources. No Netflix or Call of Duty, but maybe enough for some kinds of useful automation.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Sorry for the late reply. It's difficult to judge for sure, but it seems like my strength gains while exercising come when my protein intake is high. That could be delusion, confirmation bias, etc...

I've tried Orgain, Vega One, Purely Inspired, and three different TrueNutrition vegan protein powders, and got diarrhea from all. Again, that's the same result I got from six or eight different variants of whey and casein protein powders.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I was coming to /f/Vegan to ask about high protein Vegan foods, and this is perfect, so thanks.

Almost every protein powder I've ever tried: whey (non-vegan), casein (non-vegan), pea, soy, hemp - multiple different brands of each - has given me diarrhea. The one exception was egg-based protein powder, and that didn't give me diarrhea but it's the most difficult food I've ever had to choke down. And of course it's non-vegan.

I find tofu delicious in some recipes and awful in others. I'll just keep doing my research.

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