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  1. Comment on Kickstarter’s staff is unionizing in ~tech

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    I was a little concerned it would be because of unsavory practices that came to light (see: Disney animators unionizing in the 40s, or the current push for game developer unions). It's great to...

    I was a little concerned it would be because of unsavory practices that came to light (see: Disney animators unionizing in the 40s, or the current push for game developer unions). It's great to see unionization as an entirely positive idea.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    There's not really "vanilla" Manjaro. Which desktop did you go with?

    There's not really "vanilla" Manjaro. Which desktop did you go with?

  3. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    I've used Linux on one or more computers for the better part of a decade, and I'm working on getting a majority of my computing time in Linux. Most of that time was spent on Arch, and I've dabbled...

    I've used Linux on one or more computers for the better part of a decade, and I'm working on getting a majority of my computing time in Linux. Most of that time was spent on Arch, and I've dabbled with seriously using Debian (it's my choice for a stable distro, at least). If I posted my Debian setup, it would be the same, but probably vanilla i3 or MATE from backports. I've also used i3 off and on after I first found wmii (and was really into using DWM, and kinda dug wmii), but then wmii stopped being developed.

    Here's my current setup, with some free Arch/Arc wallpapers I did in GIMP in like ten minutes. It's just a basic i3-gaps setup on my gaming rig with my crappy Doom launcher project opened to help show the terminal colors (I copy/pasted the Nord colors with the Arc background color, nice pastel look I always like). I installed ranger just in case I need a file manager, but I tend to find the shell faster for many file operations.

  4. Comment on Gov. Gavin Newsom Will Halt Executions in California in ~news

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    It seems to have the highest success rate. This organization has a chart of methods and failures. Double-checking, I probably shouldn't be saying a method with a use count in the double digits is...

    It seems to have the highest success rate. This organization has a chart of methods and failures. Double-checking, I probably shouldn't be saying a method with a use count in the double digits is "safer," because it probably hasn't had enough time to mess up. Considering two botched firings quads out of 34 (the same two, in the VICE video and in the link), it may actually be worse (that's 5%, which is higher than the overall average at 3%).

    Hanging may be a better option, we have better tools for it, the science is all there, so we could probably avoid the problems it presents. Or just do away with the whole mess.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Gov. Gavin Newsom Will Halt Executions in California in ~news

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    I think if the death penalty must be used, it should be as humanely as possible, but am strongly opposed to the death penalty. I'm a fan of the firing squad, Vice did an interesting piece on it,...

    I think if the death penalty must be used, it should be as humanely as possible, but am strongly opposed to the death penalty. I'm a fan of the firing squad, Vice did an interesting piece on it, but the bit with Ronnie Lee Gardener's brother was poorly handled (he "had to see" pictures he requested of his brother after the execution, and proceeded to use them to shock people into having his opinion, in what I feel is an important footnote of the video). It mentions that only two firing squad executions have gone wrong, and there were instances of corruption tied to both.

    More on-topic, Newsom could easily have spun this into something about the current process being potentially inhumane (the issue of the drugs used for lethal injection not working, or being hard to get), but decided to stick the personal, moral argument that he is the one who has to sign them, and was elected by people who knew he opposed it. I feel he could have taken an easier argument, but decided to go for the moral high ground, and applaud him for it.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Have you ever experienced Sleep Paralysis? in ~talk

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    My last stint was a couple years ago. I always avoided sleeping on my back because ibwas afraid of having an episode, because I had quite a few as a child. I had oje on my belly, where I heard my...

    My last stint was a couple years ago. I always avoided sleeping on my back because ibwas afraid of having an episode, because I had quite a few as a child. I had oje on my belly, where I heard my brother playing his guitar in the kitchen, then see him squatting in his underwear in the middle of our bedroom. Then, everything felt wrong. this was the typical fear response that seems to be caused by (but isn't) a hallucination. I realized what was happening and how bad it may go, and fought for control, and tried to make a noise. I finally made a "wmmmuuuah!" sound, got on my knees, and worked it out, tripping out at tge experience, and realizing if it happened on my face, then I could sleep on my back with no fear.

    I usually saw scary stuff, one time seeing a horrific entity from a nightmare in my doorway when I was 10, in full color. It messed me up for a couple days, vut I was a skittish kid (amd only slightly less skittish adult). I had these a couple times a year until 6, and rarely until that last time at 10, and then fifteen years later (two years ago). I think tye worst thing is the unprompted terror, it makes the hallucinations worse

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What do you do about existential dread? in ~talk

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    You never had a meaning. Realize this, and it stops being so scary. What did you do before this "revelation?" Keep doing it. What do you want to do, that is moral and ethical? Do some of that. You...

    You never had a meaning. Realize this, and it stops being so scary. What did you do before this "revelation?" Keep doing it. What do you want to do, that is moral and ethical? Do some of that. You have to make your own meaning because there is not a single entity in this universe that can give you meaning, and anybody that says otherwise is selling you something.

    Personally, I don't worry about it. It was mostly just living with the idea that made me okay with it. I don't do anything to specifically combat this idea because that is the road to being depressed about it. I just do what I think is right, and what I feel I want to and need to do to be fulfilled.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Thoughts on the Fediverse? in ~tech

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    I have no experience with federated social media software, but I do have a strong opinion. Federated social media is like a couple groups of friends going to the pub, but actually staying at home...

    I have no experience with federated social media software, but I do have a strong opinion.

    Federated social media is like a couple groups of friends going to the pub, but actually staying at home and attempting to have the normal interactions between groups via supersonic carrier pigeon (I can't think of anything both fast and slow that spreads one idea at a time, but hear me out). You have rapid interactions in the group, but slow interactions between groups as data has to be pulled from one and deliberately sent to another.

    Looking into ActivityPub (@Liru, really, it's a cool concept I wouldn't have heard of if you hadn't mentioned it), it speeds the transfer up. Ideally, with this system, each instance could block undesirable content, and the market would determine where in the federation the users went, and you would potentially have a somewhat fragmented, but probably all happy userbase.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Whats the most important alias or function in your bashrc file? in ~comp

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    if [ `$tty` == "/dev/tty1" ] then exec ~/.bin/start.sh fi which calls start.sh, which has some variation of #!/usr/bin/env bash echo -e "Choose a session:\ \n 1) XFCE\ \n 2) i3\ \n" read -p "Which...
    if [  `$tty` == "/dev/tty1" ] then
    exec ~/.bin/start.sh
    fi
    

    which calls start.sh, which has some variation of

    #!/usr/bin/env bash
    echo -e "Choose a session:\
    	\n 1) XFCE\
    	\n 2) i3\
    	\n"
    read -p "Which session? " REPLY
    echo
    case "$REPLY" in
    	1 ) startx /usr/bin/mate-session;;
    	2 ) startx /usr/bin/i3 ;;
    esac
    

    It's basically a hacky session manager I cobbled together based on an example from the Arch wiki (that used DISPLAY and XDG_VTNR), but I've been experimenting with other distros, and wanted a more generic solution that works for my single-monitor computers. It helps with the minor instability nvidia brings to my Arch desktop.

  10. Comment on Announcing the release of sway 1.0 in ~comp

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    My understanding from following the project since shortly after it started is that is still very much the case. Each compositor must handle its own inputs, and there are specific interactions that...

    Wayland would not allow the things that i (we) do now like having bspwm as a wm, lemonbar as bar, shxkd as a keybinding daemon

    My understanding from following the project since shortly after it started is that is still very much the case. Each compositor must handle its own inputs, and there are specific interactions that happen between wayland clients, creating a more sandbox-like system. AFAIK, there still isn't a clean way to handle, say, sway and a lemonbar-style bar. Even dmenu causes issues because of xwayland (selecting a wayland window after calling dmenu in sway will cause the spawned dmenu window to stay up unless the process is killed).

    Hopefully, with ideas like waybox or way-cooler, or whatever other awesome compositors, this will become easier, or at least standardized via wlroots.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Announcing the release of sway 1.0 in ~comp

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    Trying to use Sway (after being a semi-convert to i3, I always keep it around), the biggest hurdle is the lack of wayland-specific software.

    Trying to use Sway (after being a semi-convert to i3, I always keep it around), the biggest hurdle is the lack of wayland-specific software.

  12. Comment on What author has the best worldbuilding? in ~books

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    I felt Robert Jordan did a good job with his Wheel of Time series. He built entire cultures and showed them to the reader so they could understand all the crazy nuances of the various societies,...

    I felt Robert Jordan did a good job with his Wheel of Time series. He built entire cultures and showed them to the reader so they could understand all the crazy nuances of the various societies, past and present, and follow how they affected the political landscape of his world.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Potential issues with catch-all terms for all non-white races? in ~talk

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    "People of color" leaves a bad taste in my mouth because it's too close to the mid-20th century's labelling of non-whites as "coloreds" (maybe just black people, but that was a rough time, with...

    "People of color" leaves a bad taste in my mouth because it's too close to the mid-20th century's labelling of non-whites as "coloreds" (maybe just black people, but that was a rough time, with the black, asian, and chicano-rights movements).

    I'm most comfortable with "minority/ies" because it at least speaks to a statistically-proven demographics (whites are the majority of votes in the US), but that's probably going to change. It also doesn't reflect population, at least where I live, because it seems to be that whites aren't the majority demographic where I live.

    I'm not really comfortable with any of these terms, to be honest, but figure if "people of color" is the accepted term, I'll use it until it changes.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on When Did Everyone Become Socialist? in ~misc

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    I like the ideas of democratic socialism, but the people/execution is why modern leftism is a hard bite to swallow for the lower classes. Culturally, poor blacks, latinos and whites are very...

    I like the ideas of democratic socialism, but the people/execution is why modern leftism is a hard bite to swallow for the lower classes. Culturally, poor blacks, latinos and whites are very similar (grew up poor and white in a latino-heavy neighborhood). If you can't get the poor white guy, you probably won't get the black guy either, but you can't build a loudspeaker to blast this notion into these left-wing echo chambers. This would be a reason, I think, many poor people of all races voted for Trump (yes, working-class minorities voted for Trump).

    The article felt like a propaganda piece, trying to tell me about the "hip new wave of socialism."

    If Sanders can run properly, I'll vote for him, unless I see a socialist Democrat running who has a better campaign (part of the reason Bernie lost the DNC is he was only a Democrat for the campaign, but is an independent senator). It takes extreme ideas to get a minor change in a democracy, but they have to hit close enough to home (like the old DSA motto in the article) to work. The DSA, as represented by the article, at leasr, sounds too much like the American left that gave Trump the presidency

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Do you consume any short-form, easily-digestible content on the internet? And, if so, what do you do to keep your browsing habits healthy? in ~talk

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    Yes. I actually generally prefer shortform content (videos no longer than 30 minutes). Tildes is, in a way, my way of poking my brain into action. When Markiplier switched to long-form content, I...

    Yes. I actually generally prefer shortform content (videos no longer than 30 minutes). Tildes is, in a way, my way of poking my brain into action. When Markiplier switched to long-form content, I wound up unsubscribing, and poke i on some of his series I want to catch up on. I do watch the occasional NileRed or other, similar, science channel. I spent way too much time, in years past, watching absolute garbage like Filthy Frank, but honestly don't regret it, and go back to watch quite a bit of it.

    If I'm doing something longer, or watching/reading something, I'll usually be trying to learn some sort of game strategy, exploring something in music (either making or learning), or trying to learn something more about the technology I use (where I can learn a bit more programming to automate something, maybe about an interesting system or program).

    A major thing, though, is I don't really pursue content on the basis of "long or short form." I don't do podcasts unless there's a particularly interesting one (mostly JRE talking to some controversial figure, or maybe a Youtuber streaming), but it's usually if I bump into it, and have the time for it. I don't just sit down and watch a bunch of short stuff, but if it's not going to hurt me, I'll watch a bunch of short stuff for an hour. I prefer to play videogames or try to fight to do something at all creative simply because I prefer the interactive aspect that simply doesn't occur with reading or watching something.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on How to emulate ZX Spectrum on emulated Commodore 64 on emulated DOS on emulated Windows on Linux in ~tech

  17. Comment on Why open source projects don't charge (while keeping the code open)? in ~comp

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    There are a couple music programs (Radium and Ardour that require you to pay to access fully usable binaries, but you can easily compile them yourself. Radium is somewhat complicated to build to...

    There are a couple music programs (Radium and Ardour that require you to pay to access fully usable binaries, but you can easily compile them yourself. Radium is somewhat complicated to build to work just as it is distributed, but it is possible (the dev does it in Fedora, but it won't work in Ubuntu or Arch for various reasons, but does fine in Debian). Ardour is available in most distros' repositories, so you don't even need to pay for it to use it unless you use Windows. Radium goes a bit further and support is tiered based on your subscription level (subscribe to a higher tier, your features and issues get looked at first). I think it's an alright method, because you pay to get the developer's ear, and to fund ongoing development, without being able to dominate the project. I'm subscribed to Radium's development, and frankly don't even expect the one-man show to operate like, say, Renoise, which is a small team and company dedicated to a product.

    I don't think FOSS devs deserve our money, but if I see an opportunity to incentivize development (Qutebrowser did a ~$3000 indiegogo to back a month of solid development, I think it hit some stretch goals), I'll back it. I donate to projects as I can (less than I would like), because I don't have much in the way of technical expertise (I'm not very experimental, and try to avoid breakage as much as possible, so I don't see much in the way of bugs). I would never fault a dev for asking for money to dedicate time to develop a project, at least provided they actually do so after getting the money.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been helping with my winter cabin fever! in ~games

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    Take your Switch outside, and run around Hebra for full immersion.

    Take your Switch outside, and run around Hebra for full immersion.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Why OpenBSD Rocks in ~comp

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    Really? Which wifi chipset? My x220 wouldn't work with Linux without the intel firmware, and at least FreeBSD (the only BSD I have experience with).

    Really? Which wifi chipset?

    My x220 wouldn't work with Linux without the intel firmware, and at least FreeBSD (the only BSD I have experience with).

  20. Comment on Momo Challenge, memes, and "Secure, Contain, Protect" (SCP) in ~talk

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    I'm not looking it up, but there was a Momo photoshop contest on some corner of the internet (for a laugh, I'd assume), and somebody submitted Overly Attached Momo.

    I'm not looking it up, but there was a Momo photoshop contest on some corner of the internet (for a laugh, I'd assume), and somebody submitted Overly Attached Momo.