# lambda wrote at January 29, 2018 at 3:18 AM

Hey, now that's not such a bad idea. While using the word "libre" instead of "free" has helped some people understand the concept better, it doesn't work so well for English-only speakers (at least those who aren't good at recognising root words). When I try to explain the concept, I try to emphasise that the software itself is freed from being enslaved to any particular person or group.

# lambda wrote at January 25, 2018 at 1:01 AM

Probably, though I don't eat much meat other than fish these days as it is.

# lambda wrote at January 17, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Software consulting. I'm a rather large advocate of free software and contributing back, so I tend to focus on projects or firms that align with those goals.

# lambda wrote at January 17, 2018 at 8:39 AM

As a transhumanist, probably not. I'd prefer if we all lived forever honestly.

# lambda wrote at January 15, 2018 at 4:28 AM

The flux website has a bunch of links.

# lambda wrote at January 7, 2018 at 6:15 AM

This is like that time Bezos became the richest person in the world for less than a day. Easy come, easy go!

# lambda wrote at January 4, 2018 at 4:41 AM

Perhaps GNU Social, previously known as StatusNet (and the old identi.ca which appears to now be based on something called pump.io ) could work here?

# lambda wrote at January 1, 2018 at 5:22 AM

I'm hoping that it turns out to be legit and we start vitrifying all humans (and probably some other animals with intelligence) until medical science catches up enough to fix our medical issues. It'll be hard to make it affordable without more people knowing that it exists, though.

# lambda wrote at January 1, 2018 at 3:31 AM

I really like math, functional programming, and free software (FSF style), though I'm interested in a lot of things and always enjoy learning.

# lambda wrote at January 1, 2018 at 3:29 AM

Do you mean cryonics? I wouldn't consider that a pseudoscience, but it still seems to be more hopeful than proven at this point (still need to demonstrate that vitrifications is actually reversible).

Cryogenics has to deal with freezing while cryonics has to do with vitrification which replaces water with a different substance (avoids the issue where water expands when frozen which kills cells).

# lambda wrote at January 1, 2018 at 3:27 AM

He has a public Facebook account for one where he occasionally talks about economics. The Sequences on lesswrong.com, while rather interesting, also cover it a little bit. Also, some of Harry's ideas are very clearly libertarian (e.g., being a market maker trading galleons with muggles for profit), though the theme behind Harry is that he's supposed to be somewhat idealistic despite having a lot of knowledge.

# lambda wrote at January 1, 2018 at 1:58 AM

I liked the stories, but Yudkowsky is an unapologetic libertarian which is rather annoying. I do like the transhumanism aspect, though.

# lambda wrote at December 29, 2017 at 5:23 AM

When going the route of mathematical formatting, it'd be nicer to just support some form of LaTeX. For example, MathJax looks useful here. With that syntax, you could group a longer superscript by doing something like foo^{one two three}.

# lambda wrote at December 29, 2017 at 5:19 AM

I love how they call him out as a "controversialist". Similar in idea to a "shock jock", it certainly gets the point across that he's a professional shitposter. What's even better is that he's so bad at it, he can't really continue to make a living at it while people wise up to his bullshit.

Reading through the notes gives me the impression that this book had a very specific audience in mind that doesn't really require any editorial input. The poor quality in exposition reminds me of how a lot of phishing emails have terrible spelling and grammar: it helps filter out the people who will realise it's a scam before wasting time on them.

Dangerous was eventually self-published in July 2017.

Oh, of fucking course it was.

# lambda wrote at December 25, 2017 at 1:31 AM

The very first I ever heard of youtube-dl was due to mpv, the free software video player. By default, it pulls in youtube-dl as a dependency so you can stream videos from sites straight from mpv rather than needing to download them if unnecessary (e.g., watching a video without all the BS javascript and malware).

The frequent updates are great for sites other than youtube, too. This also helps for circumventing draconian copy protection or shitty Flash players that still exist.

# lambda wrote at December 3, 2017 at 12:05 AM

Even if there isn't a normal GUI way to do it on their site, I'm sure there's a REST API which you can interact with using free software. I'd imagine the CLI tools around this already do that, so not too many worries there.

# lambda wrote at November 28, 2017 at 7:46 AM

He brings up type safety being something useful in Go, but without generics or some sort of parametric polymorphism, I still find it to be a flawed language. At least Rust already has that baked in.

# lambda wrote at November 24, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Pretty sure the Linux kernel works fine with EFI.

# lambda wrote at November 18, 2017 at 8:13 PM

On the positive side, Keurigs are horribly wasteful, terrible for the environment, and make a shit coffee-like substance to boot. The boycott is for terrible reasons, but at least they accidentally targeted something worth boycotting.

# lambda wrote at November 18, 2017 at 8:04 PM

Most pharmaceutical companies and other abusers of imaginary property laws (IP laws). They gain a government-sanctioned monopoly on something, and in the case of pharmaceuticals, this can often be life-saving medicines or treatments in general.

# lambda wrote at November 18, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Place is 100% communist SJW tranny.

Uh, what? Pretty sure it's not, but even if it was, what's supposed to be bad about that?

# lambda wrote at November 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Right. I believe a lot of people confuse anarchism with chaos, not decentralization, removal of hierarchies, and the other actual aspects of anarchism.

# lambda wrote at November 14, 2017 at 5:19 AM

They'll have an incredibly poor understanding of radical politics.

This right here is probably one of the most transparent things they do. They confuse anarchism with anarchy or liberalism.