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xxi wrote (edited )

Couldn't agree more. The suckless community is very right on this point and others. Then there's the semi-elitism surrounding it, but they're right in relation to this and other things.

Why use a sledgehammer where a plain ol' hammer would do?

Regarding this subject the sentiment expressed here is pretty much on point.

Example one: http://motherfuckingwebsite.com/ Example two: http://bettermotherfuckingwebsite.com/

You can do wonderful plain 'ol HTML/CSS.

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xxi wrote (edited )

Racist? No doubt. Mentally ill? No doubt.

Hesitated to write this, but I can't blame a mentally ill person from being mentally ill. Doesn't mean I condone racism. I do think mentally ill people usually have some leeway when it comes to affecting their own behavior. How much needs to be decided on a case-for-case basis. TempleOS guy: batshit crazy.

Never hung around on reddit, but I think that some right-wingers saw him as this lovely "town drunk" who's words were crazy but true. Those people can fuck off.

However, that isn't the mentally ill person's fault, ,is it? I can't revel in the death of a disabled person like a petty person. Tbh, neither should you.

edit: wording.

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xxi wrote (edited )

Just to counter with stuff I like more, and thereby providing alternatives, I'll mention them here. As such comments often come off as rude I just want to say that I'm not trying to be a smartass or spew out some poser "cool people use these apps" BS. Taste is subjective. I just wanna comment, haha.

  • Keyboard: Hacker's Keyboard. Not a hacker, but non-physical keyboards generally suck and this one was the least worst alternative for me.

  • Launchers: KISS launcher, Search based launcher and TU-I. I've used all for extended periods of time. KISS feel out of favor a while ago, but I use the last two daily. TU-I is just fun to mess around with and "Search" is minimal. It does what it need to do: open applications, and not much more.

  • Searching: Duck Duck Go. Sort of old and unmaintained. Does the trick though.

  • Writing: Markor. Very handy for scribble down stuff quickly. I like markdown. If I need to write something more substantial than a note I tend to use Termux/Vim if I don't have a computer close by. I like physical keyboards... (See first entry).

  • Reading: for reading away from the browser Document Viewer. The few times I actually bother to read comics: Bubble.

  • Sounds: Vanilla Music. Saw that a instrument tuner was on the list the link leads to. A word about that: I never got any tuner to work well enough to actually use it.

Aside that sort of connects to the tuner thingy: pedometers. Dedicated pedometers always seemed like a more sturdy alternative to me.

  • Browser: Lightning. Lightweight, supports another good app Orbot (Tor, you can enable the Guardian Project repo in F-droid), and customizable enough to get stuff done.

  • Feed reader: Feeder. I usually use other software to read feeds at my computer, but I've played around with Feeder and it's awesome. Web feeds are underrated and often has to play second fiddle to dedicated social media apps. Basically for no good reason if you just want to read the news, what's happening on Raddle or some indie writer you follow. I think that using and demanding web feeds is a way to avoid walled gardens and vendor lock-in.

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xxi wrote (edited )

StartPage sources its result from Google.

I've got no idea if DDG is effected. I'm completely pulling the following out of my ass (in contrast to partially as I did above) , but seeing as Google is the "bawz" of search engines I guess Yandex and other sources DDG uses could take a cue from Google. Thereby affected search result.

Wouldn't put the last part forward as an argument in a debate though. I'm just speculating.

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xxi wrote (edited )

Well... Everything md_ said. Being aware of the risk of manipulation, the only thing I see is a nuisance that trivial mostly text-only sites arbitrarily get down-ranked. Such sites can have some value. (Before you get mad, read the last line).

I visited a site only available under plain HTTP today. It was a rudimentary site of a minor village which happen to lay near a nature reserve. Still being update, looks like it's from 1998 but these people provided me with some information that I couldn't find anywhere else. They seem very passionate about their village but I understand that they probably won't hire a webmaster because it's done on a non-profit basis. There's no reason to expect that some tech-savvy savior will swoop in from above, do the work for free, teach them how to do it themselves and then do the same for all similar sites around the web. So in that sense I guess that "penalizing" can have a detrimental effect to such niche sites and favor more general information repositories who might have an entry for their village but lack vital information about it.

HTTPS would be preferred, but the text on the village's site is about as easily manipulated as the physical brochures they might send to, or give, people.

So in that sense Google's omniscience could favor certain pages above others sort of arbitrarily. Can't think of something really substantial of the bat, but StartPage/lxquick could be one. There's probably a shitload of other cases where someone's using Google data to do something interesting that's not entirely repulsive.

That's a problem. I don't expect Google to be fair in that regard though. Bottom-line is: don't use Google. Google is powerful, but Google is not the web.

However, none of this is detrimental to the validity of HTTPS. The text this post points to sort of misses the mark.

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xxi wrote (edited )

I remember a time, not that many years ago, when too many leftists looked upon Venezuela with rosy eyes. It's not like I can predict the future and my sense for analysis can only be described as average.

However, I never really got people that only saw Venezuela's wealth redistribution schemes and not the flaw of how top-down political decisions were.

I'm generalizing but I can't say that I didn't see this thing, and other things before that, coming.

Edit: Addition to the "However"-part: In the long run those two things generally don't play nice with each other.

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xxi OP wrote (edited )

I've never heard of that particular tidbit about Service, I have to look into it. The criticism I've read has mostly been pretty dry stuff. To be that wrong regarding facts is, well... Wrong, haha. Gotta look into it.

If I ever heard something about Read's book it must've been a long time ago. Feels new to me. So thank you for making me aware of it.

Edit: (forgot to write something). Concerning biographies of divisive historical figures: seems to be either that there's a lot of books about them or very few. Sure it's just a personal opinion but feels like that's the case to me.

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xxi wrote

Apart from what libre_dev said. My experience from the time I actually used Google Play before ditching it is that UC often ranked high in the search results. Wikipedia says that Android had 2 Billion active users in 2017. UC has been around for a long time.

Where I'm at the article is paywalled. So, 1. it's proprietary, 2. it'd be ridiculous to call UC unknown, it's been around a long time and a lot of people must have seen the name at least 3. the article is paywalled so even if you're interested in it reading it you might not be able to. (Yeah, I know you can get around it. Some people might not.)

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xxi wrote

Reply to comment by !deleted1665 in GNOME moves to GitLab by ziq

Valid point.

However, it's easier for GNOME to hack on the Gitlab base as opposed to, let's say... Github? The vibe I get when reading the comments is that most people view non-free JS as a problem.

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xxi wrote (edited )

Haha, I hear ya. But I sort of think it's a good thing for one reason only. People who don't care about privacy and what companies they give their data to get reminded of those two things all the time now. For a while at least.

Sure, in a very Kafkaesque way, but I can't help but finding it funny. That people more or less get irritated when some company remind them of what information they actually give away. Not saying that you don't know it, but I think the whole thing is in line with the state of the world today. It's so bizarre it's hilarious.

Anyway, I dislike those warnings too. I block em.

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xxi wrote (edited )

From what I understand it's run by a small non-profit called enkompiskompis. They maintain the server themselves so sometimes there's outages, because well...

They don't host it "in the cloud" (i.e. some multinational corporation with endless resources) or rely on other companies. My impression from communicating with people on their servers is that they're up most of the time.

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