BaumGeist

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BaumGeist ,

I think it's just the utopia image with colors inverted, which is a visual gag that I'm loving

BaumGeist , (edited )

Louis Rossman is my Alex Jones. He's angry, compelling, and talking about something that makes him seen like a conspiracy theorist to normies. Unlike Jones, though, he's usually right (if not always, I haven't fact checked everything he's ever said). It's extremely cathartic to see someone use such extreme rhetoric to talk about privacy and software ownership and right to repair; e.g. it's not "advertiser's entitlement," it's "rapist mentality."

Ironically, youtube's inability to completely differentiate between people at the same IP has accidentally gotten my non-techie roommate into him too. I never shared his videos with her, never said anything about him, and one day I hear his voice as she browses the web. I'm so proud of her.


My least favorite thing about the "engagement friendly" slop in youtube's search results is that it takes up HALF of the results. Because clearly what I expect from SEARCHING for something is to dredge up a bunch of shit that ranges from tangentially related to completely unrelated.

For example, I too just searched a song. Let's see how that went:

7 results
4 "people also watched" videos
5 results
2 "More from [band name]" videos
2 results
3 "people also searched for" suggestions
2 results
3 "For you" vids (IS IT THE FUVKING SEARCH RESULTS I ASKED FOR???? BECAUSE IF NOT, IT'S NOT REALLY "FOR ME," IS IT?)
2 Results
3 "From related searches"
2 results

That's 20 results to 15 irrelevant pieces of ADHD triggering visual clutter. Luckily the results were actually relevant, unlike whatever you're getting.

To all the commenters saying "I have X, I don't have this problem": I have adblock, I don't have this problem, YOU'RE MISSING THE POINT:

YOUTUBE SEARCH IS BROKEN BY DEFAULT. The largest video sharing site on the internet is BROKEN BY DEFAULT. It shouldn't require extra software to function properly when functioning properly requires less work on the server's side

BaumGeist ,

Damn... That's a good username. Wish I had thought of it

BaumGeist ,

Nah, I don't feel like starting a new account, nor adding to the unnecessary confusion of multiple users with the same name. I'm kinda happy I'm the only one of me rn

BaumGeist ,

Whatever you use, make sure it's the furthest upstream. Everything else is dependent on the upstream to update systemwide. Yes, some downstream distros will fix certain issues before upstream does, but because their teams are generally smaller, they won't fix all the issues in any given distro. And feature/major version updates start at the top and trickle down.

BaumGeist ,

That's a weird reasoning, as I can find plenty of FOSS that has paid "business" editions

BaumGeist ,

We're capable, we just have to stop relying on technology, hierarchies, and buck-passing to solve our societal problems for us.

When we rely on technology (in this case I mean "any human-made cosntruct to solve a problem" and not just "machines"), we start falling into the Golden Hammer bias. Think of a societal issue that you care about, no matter how general, look it up, and see some results are just "So-and-so has invented an app to combat [issue]." Then you look into the app and realize that it doesn't do anything to attack the root of the problem, and instead treats some symptoms while fitting into the existing framework that caused the problem in the first place. Incidentally, that's how society has become so full of middlemen.

E.g. insurance: health care becomes expensive enough to break the bank for everyone below a certain threshhold -> someome proposes a system where everyone pays so the people who need it can cash in -> the people who need it pay for this system, those who don't need it don't pay -> the system needs overhead, so it starts charging more and attempting to drive down costs -> the providers artificially increase prices to compensate for the costs being driven down -> more people need insurance. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Tons of ink has been spilled on the problems with hierarchy, but the simplest argument I can give on why it's bad at solving societal issues is: when you put your fate in someone else's hands, you give them the ability to make choices that negatively impact you with no recourse.

Every solution to this problem so far has either been "let's just add another person who sits above the people who sit above us" (which just adds a layer to the original problem) or "let's try to make our relationship more equal without removing their power over us" which cuts down on the benefits of entrusting that power to someone else AND provides none of the benefits of an equal (horizontal) relationship.

Finally, buck-passing is tempting, especially when the problems aren't our fault. But we've become a global society of people looking to point the finger at someone else, and pay another person to do the hard part for us.

Take climate change for example. One of the rallying cries of online activists has been "100 companies are responsible for 71% of GHG emissions." Great! Now what? What good did assigning blame do? What I've been told is that now we should get them to stop. Ok, how? The response i usually get is to elect officials who will enact sanctions for polluting and rewards for cutting down on pollution. And now we're passing the buck, adding a middleman, giving someone else power over us to control our fate, and completely relying on the demonstrably broken technology that is representative government.

What I want to know is what I can personally do today, starting now, to combat the problem. What change to my lifestyle can I make that won't destroy me or my future? I'm not saying we shouldn't support representatives who act in our interests—we absolutely, unequivocally should do that (unless it hampers our ability to enact a better solution)—but I want a solution I can personally participate in, too.

Because, by and large, those solutions get a lot more good done quicker while relying less on "necessary" evils.

BaumGeist ,

To conflate the way of the crowd with human nature is a folly at best

BaumGeist ,

You're right, I don't like this answer. But it's only partly for the reasons you assume. I'll let someone else argue ethics with you, since I'm not particularly well informed in that regard.

I also don't like this answer because it gives me a nebulous handwaving in the direction of mass action in lieu of actual advice. You may as well have said "revolution," it's only slightly less specific.

Which is... unhelpful, to say the least. Should I google "guide to industrial sabotage" or "how to start and run a global ecoterrorist movement"? Obviously not, that's a sure way to end up in prison before I've made any difference.

All the solutions in the world don't count for dog spit if they're not practical (in all definitions of the word). What can I personally do here and now?

BaumGeist ,

Yes, but not all humans behave the same way in groups. That's why cultures are different, it's why the fields of sociology and anthropology exist, and it's why conflating "something a lot of people do" with "human nature" is pessimist bologna.

BaumGeist ,

"Problems existing" is not the same as "never solving any problems." Old problems get solved, new ones arise, and no problem gets solved until it does. People in the middle of the process always point to the extant problems and go "welp, we've never solved that one, guess we're fucked"

BaumGeist ,

AI isn't a challenge to those who know better, the rest are already building their cults about it: some say it will save us from downfall, others saying it will create the downfall. The sad part is that either group could be right, as it's all a self-fulfilling prophecy and just requires enough people participating in the myth to make it happen.

And I reject the "vapourware" label. Machine Learning has a lot of potential for the future, especially as we break out of standard Von Neumann architecture and experiment with different types of computers/computing. Will it ever do what the consumers currently expect it to do? No. Will it continue to develop and grow into it's own domain of computing? I'd bet on it.

BaumGeist ,

"I am a new linux user. After 15 minutes of research on google, I found a few forum posts and some niche websites that said SystemD was bad, so I took it as gospel. Now my system doesn't work as simply as it did with installer defaults? How do I make everything Just Work™ after removing any OS components I don't understand the need for?"

BaumGeist ,

Debian, Arch, Fedora, Mint, Ubuntu, Redhat, Manjaro all have docs and wiki on their primary websites. Slackware has docs, Gentoo has a wiki. Anything that's not on a distro's site needs to be carefully considered before tampering. Almost all of those distros have a warning in their installation instructions to only listen to the information in their docs and wiki, and to a lesser extent their forums. Hell, even nosystemd.org tells you what systemd is, what it's for, what replacements there are, and the proper way to get rid of it in bold text under the header "How do I get rid of systemd?"

Listening to hackneyed advice from unvetted sources just because they have strong opinions is a problem that any and every computer will face. That's not a problem with linux anymore than the hoardes of trolls on random social media sites telling you to "delete System32" is a problem with Windows.

I want Linux to be customizable AND safe. But safe in the way that someone takes the time to learn how what they plan to do will effect their system, not safe in the sense of "impossible to bork"

As for elitism: if it's "elitist" to indirectly poke fun of someone who deleted a core system component without understanding what it does without a backup, then so be it. It feels more like that word is levied by people whose ego is too big to take respobsibility for the mistakes they made, and instead blame others for laughing when it bites them in the ass.

Idk where these swaths of elitists that refuse to help are. OOP went to stackexchange and likely got a helpful answer complete with explanations, as that is the community standard. Over on !linux , I see people offering help with problems all the time without shitting on them. If I go to the aforementioned OS forums, or really any software-specific forums, I see people helping or pointing people to where they can get help.

And I'm not denying that assholes who say shit like "did you even bother googling?" exist. They're nasty people with no patience, but they're by no means the community standard unless they're the only ones you pay attention to...

Or unless you see a screenshot of a question from a different website posted in a meme-sharing forum and expect the comments to offer advice, instead of laughing at the person who shot themselves in the foot and went to a hospital instead of seeking help at the DNC HQ

*braces for down votes and possible ban* ( pawb.social )

I've been seeing a worrying number of these people on Lemmy lately, sharing enlightened takes including but not limited to "voting for Biden is tantamount to fascism" and "the concept of an assigned gender, or even an assigned name, at birth is transphobic" and none of them seem to be interested in reading more than the first...

BaumGeist ,

I met him 95% of the way... and failed.

That's because the people you're picking fights with only care about being right. It's why the American government undergoes a political ratchet toward the right: the people pushing for radical change at all costs and the people seeking compromise are not evenly distributed.


There's this half baked idea that keeps bouncing around in my mind, let's give it a engagement friendly name: Scam Theory.

Scam Theory, stated simply, is the idea that most of society is composed of scams. Scams, in this case, are any relationship where a large group of people come to believe lies that harm them and others, told by a small group of people who peddle those lies because they benefit from that harm.

It's like Category Theory, where you start to see the commonality across many disparate domains of math; except in this case it's commonality across many different social groups, and the commonality is the cycle of abuse.

Under Scam Theory, there are only minor implementation details that differentiate political zealots and religious zealots. Given some time, I could probably think of dozen more commonalities between leftist revolutionaries and christian doomsdayers. Or any other religion's extremists for that matter. Or people that buy into get rich quick schemes. Or capitalism. Or any other type of scam.

One of the main aspects of commonality amongst all scams is that there are the in-group, who participate and get to go to heaven/live in utopia/become fabulously wealthy/find happiness/stay young forever/etc, and the out-group, who didn't participate get to burn in hell/get walled for being counterrevolutionary/stay poor/be miserable/grow old and die alone/etc.

All you have to do to support Scam Theory is be vigilant of scams, spread this info, and don't be like one of the easy targets who will suffer (scams) for not buying into Scam Theory

BaumGeist ,

Cool now do parallel downloads and I'll quit using Nala

BaumGeist ,

Now seems like a good time to plug Mull browser, a privacy oriented version of firefox

Then again, msybe mozilla really is just hurting for cash

BaumGeist ,

imo the best feeling is finding out the root cause and unfucking the system when it's like this

BaumGeist ,

If you can boot windows, that means you can get past the bootloader, which means it's actually running linux before the screen goes black. with that in mind:

  1. do yoy have extra kernels you can boot into? I use Debian, and they automatically maintain a few boot options including an older kernel and a "rescue mode". But that might just be debian for all i know

  2. any change when you plug your monitor into your PC motherboard's graphics port instesd of the GPU?

  3. can you switch between TTYs once the os boots and the screen goes black?

Sometimes graphics issues like this just means the GPU isn't working, which 2 should diagnose. But given that it happened when you tried to switch DEs, my bet is on either the Display Manager or the window server (x or wayland) failing, which 3 should get you around, and then you can proceed to diagnose and unbork it from the terminal

BaumGeist ,

stupid question, but does your server have a video card or only the CPU's (or SOC's) built-in GPU?

If you do, you might want to make sure you've configured ffmpeg to use the hardware acceleration

Also, could be that unmanic is trying to reencode the files, which would eat up wayyyyyyyy more resources than necessary. It looks like the least overhead/performance hungry option will be to just run ffmpeg directly, so you know exactly what's being done.

BaumGeist ,

right? I know the unix philosophy disagrees, bur goddamn is it so convenient and versatile.

plus overpowered CLI tools like ffmpeg are the definitive case where CLI is definitely preferable to GUI by almost every metric. Why go hunting through a labyrinth of dropdowns and dialog boxes when I could just search the man page and type a few characters.

BaumGeist ,

they've been doing this since 10 and "featured apps"

BaumGeist ,

Release software

User finds bug

Find workaround for bug while looking for a fix

Owner/company marks bug "fixed" because a workaround exists

Users implement workaround into workflow

Users find edge cases where bug is helpful

Bug is now a feature

BaumGeist ,

I also think we could learn website design from… looks at notes …everyone else.

whacks you with a rolled up newspaper No! Bad. Wrong.

There is a beauty to simplicity that's lost on so many. I can load a Debian wiki page over a dial-up connection at the south pole. The design is uncluttered and uncomplicated. That goes for every page on debian.org

I often see Mint recommended to new users, but rarely Debian, which has a goal to be “the universal operating system”.

I always took "universal" to be in the sense of "universal remote": it's not universally adopted, it's universally applicable. The fact that it's the upstream of so many major distros (including Mint) indicates that it's accomplished that.

Making it "new user" friendly necessarily requires restrictions and choices made by the maintainers for the ease of the users, which negates the "unversality."

BaumGeist ,

thanks for the red circle, otherwise i'd be illiterate and unable to see the only thing in the foreground

BaumGeist ,

seen it twice, got nothing new out of it the second time. What am I missing?

BaumGeist ,

2001: A Space Odyssey

It's my favorite because of the cinematography and atmosphere. It's my favorite because of the themes and philosophy. It's my favorite because space and psychedelia are cool.

It's just an all around great movie if you can appreciate the slow pacing and intentionally jarring or tense aspects that drag on. 30 minutes of monkeys fucking around for seemingly no reason (at least, at first). Discordant wailing that lasts so long it nearly leaves your ears ringing. Space shots with no sound at all, or just the hissing of the space suit, which linger on the slow drift of a character moving from one location to the next. A character begging for his life as another dismantles his brain bit-by-bit.

To me, this movie always flys by, and it always feels like i was there in it, fully immersed. To my friends, it lasts a week and has one cool part that took an eon to get to.

Also it begs for multiple watchings to develop a theory of what the fuck is happening at the end and what the obelisk is and where it comes from.

It also raises philosophical questions that are interesting to come up with and grapple with in new ways with each viewing. Is HAL alive? Whats the next leap in evolution? can uncomfortable art be good? Who owns the moon? How did consciousness evolve? What's happening to Dave?

BaumGeist ,

I'm watching it right now. 20 minutes in.

spoiler

The columnist is talking about aging out of the orphanage and some guy is offering him a job as an astronaut.

I took your advice and know literally nothing about it other than it came out in 2014, and falls under the "Action, Drama, Sci-Fi" genres. Still, I wanna write this down now so I don't end up saying "I called it" after the fact and have no credibility, and if I call it wrong, we can all have a good laugh:

spoiler

I have the weirdest feeling that time travel is going to be involved at some point. And also something is just screaming "All You Zombies" adaptation at me.

spoiler

Might just be because he's trans.

spoiler

And telling a bartender his story. And there's some secret organization that's been teased... And the surgery in the beginning.

Okay I paused the movie because it was starting to bother me how much there was in common, looked up the story, and wow. I haven't read it in a decade or more; I didn't remember the character was given a title, but it's right there in the first sentence. Glad I'm not just crazy.

It was the weirdest feeling, to feel so strongly that there was a connection but not sure enough to trust the feeling. Like a compulsion, or an intrusive thought. Just a weirdly intense sensation.

One of my all time favorite short stories, I didn't know they made an adaptation. I am so excited now.

BaumGeist ,

I found this pdf of it just now. I'd say worth the read just to see the differences between the source material and the movie. It's short, should only take 10 minutes.

I did like the movie! There were some things I was really pleased with how they handled, some things not as much, some things were even done better than the original. Truth be told, I'm not a fan of the author's wannabe Hemingway All-Dialogue-Little-Description style in the bar scene and flashbacks, so it's really cool to see the characters actually act and react and show emotion in the movie.

Thanks for introducing it the way you did, otherwise it wouldn't have caught my attention.

BaumGeist ,

it truly is, especially visually. The vfx are incredible for any time. And I'm not ever talking about the ending, which is mostly just film-editing; I'm talking about the space scenes that actually feel like space, or the scene where frank makes a complete loop running through the ship, or the zero g scene when the space age is first introduced. That's all astounding, and it boggles the mind to think how they achieved that with practical fx

And this was made around the time of the original Star Trek and before Star Wars.

Its prescience is a whole other layer on top of that. It was obviously influenced by the space race and how that captured the public imagination: what will we find on the moon? Will we have a moon colony? Will we have commuter class space travel? What's next, travelling to another planet? Will computers be sentient?

And lo and behold, they were only about 25 years off with some guesses. And it's looking more and more likely that the rest are coming down the pipe.

BaumGeist ,

I did not, but you're also the first person I've met who liked it. Does it add much to the original?

BaumGeist ,

also want to say that this is illegal in most places. The store may or may not press charges, but they have the right to and they will win that case if they do. So only do it if you know you can get away with it or have permission or don't mind having the stain on your legal record and whatever fine they hit you with

BaumGeist ,

The data takes that into account. It's not just about what individuals can do, it's about all possible solutions and their cost/benefit analysis. Obviously it's not going to have "stop operations of the small group of companies responsible for 80% of ghg emissions" because that's not a solution—we're less likely to cease needing them than we arw to replace them or replace them with more companies that do less individually but the same amout overall—but it will list things like "replace x infrastructure within y industry" and the cost associated with it and how much CO2 equivalent it offsets over time.

BaumGeist ,

not immediately, but it does in the future. Which is what most of these solutions are analyzing

BaumGeist ,

Emissions did fall, actually. Atmospheric levels continued to grow at near the same rate, and there are some posited explanations as to why

What I'm getting from all this is that any solution will necessarily be long term, as we can't just stop everything and expect homeostasis to immediately return to the global ecosystem. Regardless of what we do, it will take time for atmospheric levels to start dropping.

BaumGeist ,

re: degrowth

it's not a solution, it's a philosophy that includes a family of solutions. It's not just about plugging the thermal leaks in your house, it's also about moving into a smaller house. It's not just about reducing food waste, it's about not eating more than what you need.

The beauty of it is that it's inherently proportional to individual impact on the climate: the people with the most SF of living space per person are contributing the most to energy expenditure to heat their living space, regardless if you call it a "home" or be brutally honest and acknowledge it's actually a a small private village; the people who eat the most food per person are contributing the most to whatever amount of food waste and food production there is.

I think my term will be much more appealing to people because you can still live, you know, eat a healthy meal, have nice dinners, and whatever; it's not [garbled] a term that is kind of implicitly sounds like sacrifice

yes, that's the problem. People are unwilling to ever give up anything. We are becoming a species of packrats and hoarders, and it's destroying the planet and society. Greed and utopia cannot co-exist

BaumGeist ,

that's a big "if" because it not only requires that a smaller society become more car dependent, it requires that this hypothetical society become more car dependent enough to offset or even overcome the amount of good done by taking however many potential drivers off the road for a lifetime.

That's kind of like saying "yeah, bike infrastructure is great, but not if we start making bikes out of uranium!"

BaumGeist ,

Capitalism only works if the economy is growing. If the economy is stagnant, a win for your neighbor is a loss for you.

"stagnant" seems to be playing a a double-meaning game here. "Stagnant" in terms of growth just means that we do not continue to make surplus and drive more demand to use the surplus and make even more surplus then drive even more demand to use the... ad infinitum.

"Stagnant" in the sense necessary to make a market a zero-sum game means that there is no production whatsoever, i.e. production quite literally stagnates, which isn't what degrowth is about.

But I think is clear that markets can improve peoples lives

I'd go a step further and say that specifically capitalism has improved people's lives. But not everyone's, and the people it did work for are being increasingly cast aside by the current incarnation of the capitalist feamework.

And yes, in case you weren't just using "market" as a shorthand for capitalism, but were actually unaware: there are other forms of market economies

and alternatives are difficult to implement.

Unfortunately true, but a worthwhile endeavor nonetheless.

Turning fuckcars into an anticapitalist movement is unnecessary and unhelpful in my opinion

Fuckcars as a movement only means anything and makes any difference if it understands and responds to the driving forces behind car culture; that includes the economic incentives that drove the push for more cars and car-centric cities.

In turn, it must necessarily diverge from and act against the economic status quo to some degree, which, by definition, makes it an anti-capitalist movement. It's not a movement that seeks the best economic outcome, even though that may be a side effect, and thus can only be described as anti-capitalist.

Put another way: you don't have to be a communist or an anarchist, and hell you might even be an ancap or fascist, but you have to realize that being anti-car and pro-capitalism means that you get to keep your bike paths only as long as they are the most profitable form of transportation

BaumGeist ,

Also I’d never get a Tesla nightmare spy device,

Is there any car that isn't these days? seems like everythings got a gps enabled computer with onstar and a blackbox that phones home to ensure you're allowed to drive the vehicle

BaumGeist ,

Oh god, you probably got the gonocacococcus

BaumGeist ,

Afaik the issue is that they made their code "open" source in the way many for-profit companies do: they require a subscription before you have access to the code.

If I understand the GPL correctly that doesn't violate it, since it only requires that the users have access to the source and not the general public.

BaumGeist ,

I've been using nouveau on my laptop fpr a few weeks now, and so far, no issues

BaumGeist ,

no, not on my laptop, why?

BaumGeist ,

There is this desire to be as widely federated on an instance and the idea that everything on the Fediverse is something they want to be able to see.

Reminds me of Geek Socual Fallacy #1

BaumGeist ,

Do you mean anonymize as in hide which specific mod took a particular action? Because that makes sense as an anti-harassment feature, and doesn't conflict with everyone who's retorting about transparency.

Mod actions should be publicly available, but not necessarily which mod is taking the action. That can just lead to witch hunts and ignores the complicity of other mods

Copilot misses the question, elaborates on topic I was speaking aloud instead. ( lemmy.world )

Was using my SO's laptop, I had been talking (not searching, or otherwise typing) about some VPN solutions for my homelab, and had the curiosity to use the new big copilot button and ask what it can do. The beginning of this context was actually me asking if it can turn off my computer for me (it cannot) and I ask this....

BaumGeist ,

Occam's razor dictates that it's just overly permissive settings by default and an owner who doesn't know how to turn off mic access

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