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  1. Comment on Is the FOSS world’s desire for ‘simplicity’ really just anti-intellectualism? in ~comp

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    I agree with you 100%!

    I agree with you 100%!

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Is the FOSS world’s desire for ‘simplicity’ really just anti-intellectualism? in ~comp

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    I agree that "anti-intellectualism" is the wrong word here. That being said, I agree with the main thrust of the article, at least as I understand it: a lot of "simplistic" software is software...

    I agree that "anti-intellectualism" is the wrong word here. That being said, I agree with the main thrust of the article, at least as I understand it: a lot of "simplistic" software is software that doesn't actually work. As an example, see the article discussed here, where the author can't get Bluetooth or ___ to work, but decides they don't actually help them compute -- though if those things did work, I'm sure they'd be used.

    I think that "simplicity" or "minimalism" in software, as a trend, prioritizes the wrong things -- SLOC or low package counts or what have you -- since those are easier to measure than something nebulous, like "ease of use" or "expressivity," which is really the measure of an operating system or programming language. So not "anti-intellectualism," per se, but an oversimplification of the problems computers are built to solve.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Your configs suck? Try a real programming language in ~comp

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    I like this article a lot -- I've found that the most useable WMs for me are Xmonad and awesomewm and dwm, which are all configured in the programming language. (WMs are like, the #1 thing I do a...

    I like this article a lot -- I've found that the most useable WMs for me are Xmonad and awesomewm and dwm, which are all configured in the programming language. (WMs are like, the #1 thing I do a lot of configuring with on my computer. I'm real cool like that)

    It also makes me think of tight coupling, like with my website currently I have a sort of interpolated lightweight markup and shell thing that lets me program my posts as I write them. Which also keeps everything small and tight and I know what's going on, at least. I was using Hakyll, which was great, but there'd be things I'd want to do and then I'd have to figure out the DSL, Haskell type system, Hakyll's logic, etc. etc. and it was frustrating.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Favorite Recipes for Shut-Ins? in ~food

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    awesome, I'll see what I can find!

    awesome, I'll see what I can find!

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Favorite Recipes for Shut-Ins? in ~food

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    What do you mean by shut in recipe? Something that only uses nonparishables?

    What do you mean by shut in recipe? Something that only uses nonparishables?

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    ooh that would be interesting. do you know how I'd find out if it's legal or no?

    ooh that would be interesting. do you know how I'd find out if it's legal or no?

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I have my old-ass laptop that I started college with. I tried to set it up as a homeserver but it overheats easily and my router's not forwarding the port, anyway. I also have a 1st-gen Raspberry...

    I have my old-ass laptop that I started college with. I tried to set it up as a homeserver but it overheats easily and my router's not forwarding the port, anyway.

    I also have a 1st-gen Raspberry Pi that's mouldering doing nothing. Maybe I should set it up as the homeserver, haha.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    Yeah -- I'll keep messing with it! Thanks.

    Yeah -- I'll keep messing with it! Thanks.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Books briefing: If your attention span is shrinking, read poetry in ~books

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    I read poems a lot at a time, more like a novel or something. Sometimes I give kind of a breath between poems. If I was really going to read poetry like I should (with my MFA and all), I'd just...

    I read poems a lot at a time, more like a novel or something. Sometimes I give kind of a breath between poems. If I was really going to read poetry like I should (with my MFA and all), I'd just re-read a book a few times. I like @NaraVara's point here: it's like music in the way that multiple experiences give deeper insights.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    I use glibc, and I like it fine! The package manager is quite fast. The documentation is quite lacking, however, past the installation step. However, it's pretty similar, administration wise, to...

    I use glibc, and I like it fine! The package manager is quite fast. The documentation is quite lacking, however, past the installation step.

    However, it's pretty similar, administration wise, to Arch: the biggest differences are the packaging and init systems. I've been doing one kind or another of a diy Linux system for a while, but it's really not hard. Just a lot of steps to check off. Computers are complicated!

    I'd recommend building a system from scratch, at least on a VM. It's a good learning experience.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    Good point on systemd. I think what I was getting at is that, regardless of ideology, it works: it makes the computer do what you want it to do. It's just not very "clean" or "pure". Which I think...

    Good point on systemd. I think what I was getting at is that, regardless of ideology, it works: it makes the computer do what you want it to do. It's just not very "clean" or "pure". Which I think is my main critique of the philosophy in KISS or Crux or the nixers community...there's an obsession with purity, which I actually get, and have fallen into, but also have noticed that for me it can lead to obsessive reinstalls to the detriment of work. But that's my personal journey, too.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    I use awesomewm and an xprofile with Lightdm. I have pavucontrol, too, and I've messed around with different input settings. The internal mic doesn't pick anything up, and when I've tried plugging...

    I use awesomewm and an xprofile with Lightdm.

    I have pavucontrol, too, and I've messed around with different input settings. The internal mic doesn't pick anything up, and when I've tried plugging in an external mic the computer only recognizes it as headphones...I have one of those combo jacks.

    Thanks for the suggestions though! I'm totally open to trying any others.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    I read the comments on Lobsters, and thought they made really good points. I've run into some of that weird antagonism with minimalist projects personally, and it's a weird thing. I wonder if it's...

    I read the comments on Lobsters, and thought they made really good points. I've run into some of that weird antagonism with minimalist projects personally, and it's a weird thing. I wonder if it's due to the fact that the choice is, basically, ideological: e.g. systemd works, and the biggest reason not to use it as far as I can tell is that it doesn't conform to the Unix philosophy. And maybe it'll become corporateware since it's run by Redhat.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    I really like the ideas behind KISS, and I think dylanarap's work with bash is inspiring -- but I don't know if I have the gumption to install a bare-bones linux distro any more. I'm running Void...

    I really like the ideas behind KISS, and I think dylanarap's work with bash is inspiring -- but I don't know if I have the gumption to install a bare-bones linux distro any more. I'm running Void right now, just because it's what I last installed. My microphone doesn't work which is a pain with all this social-distancing-induced online communication.

    On the one hand, I have time now to set up a new os on my laptop; on the other, I don't know if (a) I want to or (b) if it would be KISS or BSD or Ubuntu even.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    So far so good! I have three poems up, though they're just kind of grouped in with all my others: acdw.net/words I need to figure out how I want to organize them.

    So far so good! I have three poems up, though they're just kind of grouped in with all my others: acdw.net/words

    I need to figure out how I want to organize them.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I'm trying to write a poem every day for National Poetry Month. I was going to try writing an album during quarantine, but IDK if that's going to happen.

    I'm trying to write a poem every day for National Poetry Month. I was going to try writing an album during quarantine, but IDK if that's going to happen.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What have you been cooking during quarantine? in ~food

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    Sourdough bread, instant pot soup, seitan, oatmeal every day, and my wife made banana bread! I've also been really getting the forage bug. O went and picked some mulberries yesterday off a street...

    Sourdough bread, instant pot soup, seitan, oatmeal every day, and my wife made banana bread!

    I've also been really getting the forage bug. O went and picked some mulberries yesterday off a street tree.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I tried to set up mpd on my home server. Well I succeeded in that but I couldn't get it to play over pulse on my laptop, since I installed bsd on my server and it's using sndio. I tried installing...

    I tried to set up mpd on my home server. Well I succeeded in that but I couldn't get it to play over pulse on my laptop, since I installed bsd on my server and it's using sndio. I tried installing sndio on my laptop but that didn't work either. I just got frustrated. I might try again tomorrow.

    I also crocheted a hat!

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Louisiana pastor defies coronavirus order, draws over 1,000 people to services in ~health.coronavirus

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    LOL I love the Orgeron thing. 100% accurate. But more importantly, you're absolutely right about the people attending -- I found out about this story from my mother-in-law, who just started at...

    LOL I love the Orgeron thing. 100% accurate.

    But more importantly, you're absolutely right about the people attending -- I found out about this story from my mother-in-law, who just started at Wal-Mart to make ends meet. She said, "Are these people going to come in my store?" which the answer is probably, yes, some of them.

    EDIT OH and she's got health issues. So great.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on How do you set up Emacs? in ~comp

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    I love Vim -- warts and all. The unwarty offshoots, like kakoune and vis, I have tried, but they aren't quite there yet, in terms of all Vim can do (I use neovim, full disclosure -- but not Arch,...

    I love Vim -- warts and all. The unwarty offshoots, like kakoune and vis, I have tried, but they aren't quite there yet, in terms of all Vim can do (I use neovim, full disclosure -- but not Arch, btw). It'll be nice when they can.

    I'm just past the age of endlessly tinkering with my machine to get it just right.

    5 votes