markstos

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The New York Times should not be considered a reliable source of journalism.

The New York Times is one of the newspapers of record for the United States. However, it's history of running stories with poor sourcing, insufficient evidence, and finding journalists with conflicts of interest undermines it's credibility when reporting on international issues and matters of foreign policy....

markstos ,

I have been reading NYT’s coverage of this conflict. Their journalists seem to have a range of viewpoints and their coverage reflects that.

Here’s a story that’s just about the level of Pro-Palestian support:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/04/us/protests-israels-gaza.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

Here: “Invading Gaza Now is a Mistake”

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/17/opinion/israel-gaza-invasion-mistake.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

The conflict has proved hard to cover because journalists have been targeted and killed, so there are a shortage of journalists on the ground in Gaza.

I’ve also appreciated the times when NYT has published follow-up pieces to explain when I found case where their own reporting didn’t meet their own high standards and what they are doing about it.

I agree we should hold them to a high standard, we should have a conversation about media literacy and be careful what we consume.

Regarding a possible NYT ban, I think it is both important to consider their totality of coverage behold what is seen as specific mistakes. Also consider the alternatives. What English language outlets have objectively better and less biased coverage of the conflict?

markstos ,

A lot of presentations are made today with Keynote, Google Slides or LibreOffice Impress.

markstos ,

Buy a Framework, System76 or something else with first class Linux support.

markstos ,

For all the comments that say “the real problem is…”: this is crisis and working on all emission sources contributes to a solution not just the biggest emitters.

Everything we online has an impact in the real world and there’s some value in reminding people that. And yes, some sites could be causing a lot emissions than others.

Some are powered by solar, others by coal.

ARM chips are more energy efficient than x86 and so on.

markstos ,

There are lots folks and lots of problems. We don’t have to focus. We can work on many aspects at the same time, big and small.

Researchers design a processor from DNA — microfluidic chip completes math calculations and also stores data in DNA ( www.tomshardware.com )

A microfluidic DNA processor dubbed a "lab-on-chip" has been developed by RIT researchers, capable of not only computation but also reading and writing data stored within DNA. The prototype device supports artificial neural network computations on data stored within DNA, specifically microfluidic solutions of manipulated DNA...

markstos ,

Or it’s Greta Thunberg and she’s already made a difference.

markstos ,

I have a Masto.es account for practicing Spanish, but activity and engagement seems low when I check-in. That could be my own social circle there, though.

Is it possible to flash a new OS onto an old iPad 2?

I bought an old iPad2 for the purpose of viewing a Home Assistant dashboard via a web browser. My thinking was that the ability to browse the web was the sole requirement for a tablet for this purpose, but I was wrong: Home Assistant's web pages apparently require a newer version of javascript than iOS 9.3.5 can handle, but the...

markstos ,

Good news. You can install a newer browser in a virtual machine on some other server you have and then use some Remote Desktop software on the iPad to access the VM which can run a browser to access your Home Assistant dashboard.

markstos ,

Spam filters rely on many signals besides the from address to decide if a message is spam, because one signal alone is often not reliable enough.

It’s hard to see who deals with spam with the best because when the filters are working well, you don’t notice how much is being blocked.

I can say that both Fastmail and Google work fairly well. Unless things have changed, about 90% of email is spam, with most getting blocked or diverted at different levels. So even if some gets through, it’s possible the systems to block it are still working very well.

markstos ,

School is a time to learn and both Arch and NixOS provide plenty of opportunities for that.

markstos ,

I recommend first trying the Nix package manager on Arch to see how you like it. You can use it to install some things in your home directory without interfering with the Arch package manager.

markstos ,

The speed limit might possible be 25 mph because a human could survive being hit at that speed.

Going this fast in a 25 mph zone is quite likely endangering someone else’s life, not just a private game of Darwinism.

markstos ,

Driver going 80 mph in 20 mph zone, strikes, kills man on bike:

tampabay.com/…/tampa-surgeon-in-tesla-struck-bicy…

markstos ,

Facts disagree with you. Humans have about an 80% chance of surviving a 25 mph impact.

www.propublica.org/article/unsafe-at-many-speeds

markstos ,

And do you have some data for the “most pedestrians will try to dodge” claim?

markstos ,

Tools like Podman, Docker, Distrobox and Toolbox use custom uid namespaces. I don’t see how they could work with them disabled.

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Committing Fully To Netplan For Network Configuration ( www.phoronix.com )

The Canonical-developed Netplan has served for Linux network configuration on Ubuntu Server and Cloud versions for years. With the recent Ubuntu 23.10 release, Netplan is now being used by default on the desktop. Canonical is committing to fully leveraging Netplan for network configuration with the upcoming Ubuntu 24.04 LTS...

markstos ,

How is it better than using NetworkManager or systemd-networkd directly?

Why is it worth the extra complexity?

markstos ,

If the track is made of wood, yes.

markstos ,

If the cat was chasing Tony Hawk instead of a mouse, yes.

markstos ,

The virtual machine adds valuable security isolation with hardly any performance penalty. What’s the drawback?

markstos ,

What’s not ready for you on Wayland yet?

markstos OP ,

And dmenu-wayland.

markstos OP ,

I initially missed SSH support from Rofi, but just changed my workflow to open a terminal and then use Fish with the history autocomplete history to quickly select a host to SSH to.

markstos ,

The Anker 575 can drive dual 4K monitors at 60 Hz and is supported by Linux, although I’ve best luck driving one monitor with a dedicated laptop USB C port. It currently retails above $200 though.

markstos ,

You could use a Garmin and disable the normal syncing. You can plug it in as USB device and access the activity files that way.

You could write your own automation to process the files when the device is detected on the USB hub.

markstos ,

Under this model, a proprietary, closed source process can access all your secrets.

markstos ,

The classic Unix user and permission system provides a solution for this.

Create a user for the app you are worried about. Make the environment variables available to that user only.

Other apps can’t read the secrets, and if the app itself gets exploited, it has access to the secrets in any case.

markstos ,

If your concern is about the comfort using the Control key frequently, another option is to solve this at the keyboard hardware or firmware level.

For example, I use a Corne keyboard with a control key on a convenient thumb key. I also don’t have to hold it. I can tap it and tap the next key.

Also, by holding down another thumb key on the other hand, arrow keys are available for the home row. With this, using arrow keys and modifier keys via comfortable across all apps.

mark.stosberg.com/markstos-corne-3x5-1-keyboard-l…

markstos ,

ChromeOS already supports Flatpaks.

flatpak.org/setup/Chrome OS

markstos ,

Right, and that’s very easy to set up with the GUI ChromeOS provides.

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