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  1. Comment on One month with Kagi search in ~tech

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    As an alternative perspective, I've been running a personal searx instance for a while, and find it pretty good. I do miss ddg instant answers and bangs, so still use ddg a bit

    As an alternative perspective, I've been running a personal searx instance for a while, and find it pretty good. I do miss ddg instant answers and bangs, so still use ddg a bit

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    You might like the Culture series by Iain M. Banks. It's space opera, so crosses the line between sci-fi and fantasy. It's not so much a series as a shared world, and so kind of hard to summarise...

    You might like the Culture series by Iain M. Banks. It's space opera, so crosses the line between sci-fi and fantasy. It's not so much a series as a shared world, and so kind of hard to summarise what it's about. The quality and complexity of the writing and structure and narrative is a real step above most of the stuff in this genre. Keywords: rich world building, politics, philosophy, social commentary, queer, neologisms, post modernism, strong AI.

    The author also has a number of non sci-fi works that are worth checking out, under the name Iain Banks

    5 votes
  3. Comment on If you could rebuild user authentication on the web from the ground up, what would you do? in ~tech

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    https://webauthn.io/ basically does what I want; asymmetric keys with a nice user experience. It's supported in the main browsers, but the documentation and infrastructure needs a bit of work.

    https://webauthn.io/ basically does what I want; asymmetric keys with a nice user experience. It's supported in the main browsers, but the documentation and infrastructure needs a bit of work.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What are your favorite Linux distributions to use for gaming and as a daily driver, and why? in ~comp

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    I use Funtoo, a derivative of Gentoo (I prefer it to Gentoo because it has some nicer tools for managing the system, but otherwise it's similar). I use it cos: systemd free; openrc is muuuuch...

    I use Funtoo, a derivative of Gentoo (I prefer it to Gentoo because it has some nicer tools for managing the system, but otherwise it's similar). I use it cos:

    • systemd free; openrc is muuuuch nicer to work and doesn't break unexpectedly like systemd
    • generally excellent documentation, between man pages and wiki
    • extremely flexible package management. I can run a mix of stable and bleeding edge packages as I need, apply custom patches, compile the features I need, and add my own packages that aren't in the repos (which are very extensive)
    • in general, I can actually understand it system. I know what's there and what's running cos I built it that way.

    I run steam through flatpak which is generally rock solid. Unfortunately gog games don't work because they target Ubuntu; I don't really use gog though. I do also keep a Windows machine around for the handful of steam games that don't work on Linux/proton

    Caveats:

    • very much a hacker distro, you need to know what you're doing and the initial setup can be daunting
    • you'll need at least 32G ram to compile a modern desktop; there's a handful of packages (e.g. Qtwebengine) that are dependencies for modern desktops that need it to build. Day -to-day updates are generally small, otherwise.
    2 votes
  5. Comment on "Free will" is an illusion: Your life runs on a pre-destined trajectory in ~life

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    For the mathematically inclined, Conway & Kochen have a very compelling proof that free will exists, based on (as noted above) the non determinism of quantum mechanics.

    For the mathematically inclined, Conway & Kochen have a very compelling proof that free will exists, based on (as noted above) the non determinism of quantum mechanics.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Started Disco Elysium recently and love it. It's very DnD, minus the tedium of manually handling mechanics. Because of that it can go much further, with many more overlapping skills and checks,...

    Started Disco Elysium recently and love it. It's very DnD, minus the tedium of manually handling mechanics. Because of that it can go much further, with many more overlapping skills and checks, and hidden details. I love the art style, and multiple narrators. The lore and characters are rich; it feels like an old, living world. The stories are good, varying from fun, to deep, to interesting, to silly.

    You can also lose if you make bad choices. Which lends weight to making choices 👌

    Would recomend for hard RPG enthusiasts

    6 votes
  7. Comment on The wind farms angering renewable energy fans in ~enviro

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    Sorry, the article title is a bit clickbaity. It's about the tension between renewable energy projects and traditional flora and fauna conservation.

    Sorry, the article title is a bit clickbaity. It's about the tension between renewable energy projects and traditional flora and fauna conservation.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on How a New Hampshire libertarian utopia was foiled by bears in ~humanities

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    See for example East Wind, or Rojava, or the Zapatista communities. You might find some interesting articles in the crimethinc.com archives.

    See for example East Wind, or Rojava, or the Zapatista communities. You might find some interesting articles in the crimethinc.com archives.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Is a hole a real thing, or just a place where something isn’t? in ~humanities

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    Just throwing it out there, in quantum field theory (and especially in condensed matter) we great the absence of a particle - a hole - as a particle in it's own right. This approach seems to model...

    Just throwing it out there, in quantum field theory (and especially in condensed matter) we great the absence of a particle - a hole - as a particle in it's own right. This approach seems to model the world quite nicely.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What is transhumanism? in ~humanities

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    Under capitalism transhumanism only applies to the rich. The working class will be left behind - or even worse, forced to transform against their will. I don't want to end up in a Morlock/Eloi...

    Under capitalism transhumanism only applies to the rich. The working class will be left behind - or even worse, forced to transform against their will. I don't want to end up in a Morlock/Eloi dystopia.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I got a PiDP11 at the start of the year, and put it together a little while ago. Recently I've started learning how to program a PDP and I'm aiming to turn it into a lisp machine.

    I got a PiDP11 at the start of the year, and put it together a little while ago. Recently I've started learning how to program a PDP and I'm aiming to turn it into a lisp machine.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What is your favorite comedy sketch of all time? in ~talk

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    Yep! Big oil spill in 1991 https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/from-the-archives-1991-oil-spill-brings-catastrophe-20210712-p588zv.html (I'm a bit too young to remember it, but I...

    Yep! Big oil spill in 1991 https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/from-the-archives-1991-oil-spill-brings-catastrophe-20210712-p588zv.html

    (I'm a bit too young to remember it, but I always loved their work, up until Clarke died a few years ago. All their stuff was based on current events)

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What is your favorite comedy sketch of all time? in ~talk

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    Clarke and Dawe had so many; "Front Fell Off" is one of my favs

    Clarke and Dawe had so many; "Front Fell Off" is one of my favs

    5 votes