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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

This site is public enough that I wouldn't post about the stolen laptops. Though probably the FBI and Homeland security have more important targets, like the people that torrented a Michael Bay film. :D

I'm interested in this stuff, I should have known there is a lot of public information available. I assumed it was hard to do this kind of thing with Android. I have had several phones that were supposedly able to be unlocked from the OEM by visiting a website that I could not unlock - one from Motorola, one from HTC. The Motorola hardware is fully dead but I might be able to get the HTC working again, and I'd like to put Lineage on it. I know there are "guaranteed root" tools you can download or buy, but I don't trust the vendor of tools like that to be honest. For all I know, I'm rooting my own desktop instead. ;)

I've thought about buying FSF respects-your-freedom certified hardware to protect myself, but I don't want to sacrifice so much performance. I imagine, though, that it would be extra easy to put my own rootkit into Libreboot.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Heh. I guess I automatically assume someone that takes my stuff is as clever as I am. If I was going to take someone's computer, the first thing I would do is run a few passes of random writes over the existing drive data and then install a fresh operating system on it.

So short of taking the gadget from someone that put a physical GPS tracker somewhere I didn't notice or malware into the EFI, as far as I understand it I would be safe from the items you mentioned.

Admittedly wiping Android clean and starting fresh is beyond me (which I hate). So accordingly maybe I should play with the Android backdoors there to protect my Android devices.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

In the 1990s I knew a guy who insisted his cousin spent a few years in a convent and then fled when she learned one of the priests was coming to claim her in some way. This would have been 1970s US.

I was raised Catholic, but when the topic of god comes up I tell my religious friends and relatives the same thing: I am completely open to the idea a supreme creator being exists. I am also completely certain that if any such being exists it has no special connection to any Judeo-Christian religions.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Trying to slog through Real World Haskell, and interspersing it with The Automated Aristocrat, which is a steampunk adventure story.

I love technical reading, but most of the stuff I read is a small jump from what I already know. Haskell is awesome but makes my head hurt.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

This is especially frustrating to me because the screens at the schools are from devices running Microsoft, Apple, or more recently Google software.

So by the time an educator starts discussing concepts like freedom and privacy with the kids they have already become accustomed to years of sharing their personal data with big corporations.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Goddamn. If my kid was strip searched after anything short of being videotaped committing murder I would be out for the heads of the people involved.

I'm on good terms with the school principal, I'm going to ask her if this kind of biased treatment of kids is on her radar.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Once you factor in mobile, Firefox and Microsoft both have an insignificant fragment of the market.

Don't get me wrong, I love Firefox and I'm typing this from Firefox. And I'm emphatically against abandoning their own code for Chromium. But they really are just a tiny fraction of the market.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote (edited )

Starcraft 2 is well-known for being CPU-focused, and mostly single-threaded too. I have an AMD RX-480 8GB, and I run the game at 1920x1080 with graphics options on low.

One of my kids has the same graphics card and a Pentium G4600 and the lowest his machine will drop is 50 fps in similar situations - and he sets the graphics options higher, too.

I'm an AMD fan. I know none of these corporations really give a damn about their employees, customers, ethics, and so forth. But I figure Intel has pulled more dirty tricks than they have, and the market is better with two strong competitors than one. So I'm probably going to get a Ryzen R7 2700X (even though a current Intel Core i5 is better for gaming), or maybe wait for the AMD next generation parts this summer.

(Edit: to be fair, some of the difference is Linux+Wine vs. Windows. My kid with the better performance runs Windows. But I'm not going to install Windows just to get better performance out of one game.)

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I understand the point the writer is making, but I'm not sure I agree.

An awful lot of work in a capitalist society is not just alienating and devoid of meaning. It's also useless. Traveling long distances for work is a waste of time and resources. So much of the paperwork in most jobs is simply a waste of time and resources created by bureaucracies whose sole purpose is inventing justifications for their existence. Entire jobs add nothing of value to a non-capitalist society: tax preparation, marketing, advertising, telemarketing.

We'll still need to cook, and clean, and heat our homes when it's cold outside. But a lot of other work will simply vanish into the nothingness it always was.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

My impression, for what it's worth, is that martial arts that train the hardest for real fights also have the highest rate of training injuries. That's things like kickboxing, mixed martial arts, etc...

My martial arts school practiced softly and under controlled circumstances so nobody got hurt, and our injury late was low. But then I practiced against people that did judo, some that were in high school wrestling, some that did full contact kickboxing, and some that just played football and I found out that I couldn't do any of my moves against someone moving at full speed and full force.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Yeah, my six year old AMD processor does the same thing. It's especially bad with mods, the game turns into a slide show. But 2v2 or coop mode work fine, usually fps doesn't drop below 10 and that's good enough for me.

I'm thinking of a CPU upgrade when I get my tax refund.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote (edited )

The article is a quick read, it's not bad.

My own life experience strongly matches what the article describes.

That said, I think there's still a balance to maintain. Maybe this is simply my own failures as a person, but I seem to have roughly four categories of activities that demand mental energy: healthy eating and exercise; quality time with loved ones; household maintenance; learning.

When I've really done my best learning but struggling for hours each day with hard material, I also tended to stop exercising and eat more junk food (and thus fatten up further), have less patience and interest in friends and family, and have the house look like a tornado went through. At least for me, a goal of an hour of hard learning every day just isn't sustainable.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

But I think an informal system has all of the same flaws, they're just not written down. The more skilled orators can still swing policy in the direction they want. You can't escape that.

The assholes in that subreddit would not have done better if there was no formal democracy in place. As voiceinthewind states, they were always going to be a problem, period, because of who they are.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

The problem with Diaspora, Mastodon, Pleroma, and similar tools is that nobody uses them. Another interesting option is Beaker Browser and its decentralized social network Fritter, but that is even more obscure than the others and the last time I used it it didn't work that well.

As much as i want it, I can't convince the whole world to ditch Facebook and Twitter for those alternatives at once.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I have a lot to complain about in our school district. But one awesome thing was a boy born gender assigned female at birth who announced his sex in fifth grade. And the school district was fine with it. To my pleasant delight, so were the other kids - and this is an area that supported Trump in the election.

I've never met the child. I wish him well.