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So... the ultra-rich are just poorly programmed process with memory leaks. And there's no runaway process killer to protect the system.

God is just a hack scripter; it makes sense.

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I maintain some software, and Nix is by far the hardest to deal with. To package config files are relatively complex, and to submit a package you have to download the entire Nix repo, which is huge. Getting a package to build correctly can be a challenge.

It's a pretty large ask for software contributors, who may have to iteract with a half dozen different distros. Now, you could say, leave it to the distro people to do the packaging, but it remains a barrier for entry and is by nature exclusive.

I don't use NixOS, so I have little motivation to stay conversant with Nix and, frankly, it's so demanding I don't bother anymore. I can make RPM, deb, and aur packages trivially, and without having to hold Gb of some package repo (which I otherwise don't use) on my disk.

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I wish people like spez and zuck cried themselves to sleep, but those beds of cash are probable pretty comfortable. The only real hope is that they're pilloried so thoroughly in history books that, at the ends of their lives, they're bitterly angry at the injustice of how they'll be remembered. The good news is that this is something the public can influence. The bad news is that 99% of the public don't give a shit. Musk might be the only one in this crop of unethical sociopaths who might ene up railing about his legacy; the rest are just going to get away with raping the public and generally recognized as being "shrewd business men." And it's only the men; the women who do this tend to end more poorly - fired by boards, or spending time in jail.

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Not for the first time do I wish Lemmy had github-like responses. Up/downvotes are utterly inadequate; why didn't Lemmy learn this lesson from Reddit?

Anyway, I love how succinctly you summed up the state we're in. I've joked before that America would be well-served by the introducion of Carousel; I'm well past the Last Day age, but the older I get, the less it becomes a joke to me. It'd be better for the environment, too.

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Seconding IM, but for me I just skip eating for a whole day a couple/three times a week.

I try not to eat healthy any more than I have to.

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You're right. There is (are?) an open source web interface to OSM. Technically, someone could host that themselves, and the app is just the web browser.

The real reason that it's not common is because there's no demand; or, at least, not enough for anyone to take the effort to package it up in an easy-to-deploy, well documented release. And demand is low because having offline, local tiles is almost always preferrable to nav or maps that require relatively heavy, constant internet access.

Fractional scaling help? (kbin.run)

Im on a Dell G5 15 laptop with a 1660ti. I set my built in monitor to 125%, and that looks fine, but for some reason my second monitor seems to be zoomed in a bunch, even though that is still at 100% I kinda need my laptop screen zoomed in since its so small, any advice? Pop!_OS LTS, dont remember version, but says "most recent"

sxan ,
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I was going to suggest the opposite. I have nothing but problems with fractional scaling on Wayland, which is one of the main reasons I still run X. My main workstation has 3 monitors, and X's fractional scaling works smoothly.

With a lot of distros defaulting to Wayland, it'd be interesting to know which OP is running, and causing them grief. Does Pop!OS use X only for now?

‘A 1-year-old could get an abortion under this’ bill: far-right GOP lawmaker (www.rawstory.com)

A far-right Republican state senator explaining his opposition to a bill that would grant an abortion exception for rape or incest told his fellow lawmakers, a “1-year-old could get an abortion under this.”Senator Bill Eigel, a pro-Trump Republican who is also running to become Missouri's next governor

sxan ,
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Yeah, my phrasing was going to be a little different, but say the same thing: if a 1 year old needed an abortion, they absolutely should be able to get one.

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Okay hear me out. What if we all chipped in 5 bucks to @firefox? How many people would it take to fund it well enough so they don’t have to do layoffs? I get it, the FOSS community wants the “F” part but we all should contribute some for good infrastructure. And the idea that search engine payments from Google is what keeps Firefox afloat should worry us all. We need browser engine diversity if the web is going to stay open and not littered with walled gardens any more than it already is.

sxan ,
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The "focusing on AI and Pocket" part provided proof that the current crisis is due to poor management. The poor management could even have come from tech leadership; I've met plenty of chief architects who were just as prone to bandwagon-jumping as anyone else.

It's always poor leadership, but people on the lines never write the press releases.

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It's never in Recents. Recents is utterly useless unless you're using one of the Google apps, and even then it's unreliable.

sxan ,
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It is so stupid that this app is needed, and so useful.

sxan ,
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Sort of like how Israel has been funding Hamas?

I'd be willing to entertain the 9/11 theory of the US funding Al-Qaeda except for two facts:

  1. Al-Qaeda was sufficiently well-funded and supported without US involvement
  2. I saw that video of Bush hearing the news and sitting, indecisively and in shock. The man was not that good an actor; he was pretty obviously at a complete loss about how to react.

It requires more suspension of disbelief that the head of state would be utterly unaware of such a program or plan, and if he was aware, he'd certainly have a better photo-op reaction planned than sitting there like a stunned cow for several minutes.

Al-Qaeda was absolutely a product of US intelligence agencies, but not to this end. We created them to cause grief for the Russians, and once spawned, they grew their own agendas, some of which were turned against their creators. I doubt any US agency had any knowing involvement with 9/11. What we did have is indirect involvement, and a shit-ton of hubris.

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K, this is one of those "and now I'm afraid to ask" memes, but comnents like yours have me super confused. What's all the CUDA about?

I have 2 machines with AMD CPU/GPU hardware. SOC maybe? I really didn't pay much attention outside of wanting the extra CPU cores for... reasons. They're both Ryzen, one's a 5, 'tother a 7. The GPU component has always worked fantastically, but I don't stress it much as I'm not a gamer. The CPU component has been a dream for my many-threaded needs. And so I'm confused when people chip in about this news complaining about AMD. What, exactly, isn't working for people, and why don't I notice it?

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So, CUDA is SIMD for (or backed by) GPUs?

sxan ,
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It looks like simple ratio gears in series. Each alternating dial turns in the reverse direction of the previous. Since all you're doing is reading off numbers, the direction of rotation doesn't matter.

If you watch it for a bit, one dial will move. It's probably the one on the far right, but you can verify this through observtion. The dial on the opposite end probably won't move perceptively as long as you live there - that's a total number since the device was installed and it could take decades to increment by one.

Take a picture every month on the same month-day; make a spreadsheet and record your kwh cost, and multiply that by the difference from the reading from the previous month. Taxes and fees aside, that should be your bill.

How you fight this overcharging & occasional refund, I have no idea. You might call your local township/city/whatever and see if you can track down the regulation office and find out if you can legally file a complaint, or if this practice is allowed.

sxan ,
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Yes. You're right. It's pretty close, though, and "genocide" is handier than a drawn-out, nuanced description for which there isn't a convenient term. Abusing the word "genocide" is little worse than using the extremely broad and easily downplayed "human rights abuses." The latter is as equally appropriate to US police treatment of minorities as to China's treatment of the Uyghurs, but you'd agree they're vastly different in scale and scope, right?

sxan ,
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You are singing the song of my people. And definitely Maruchan, and not some fancy boutique shit. It's such a versitile product.

  1. dollars for calories value is hard to beat
  2. 2 minutes to cook
  3. Add frozen peas, corn, shelled edemame, or whatever when the noodles go in, in a nod to "heathy eating." Increases the cook time by a whole minute.
  4. Drain most of the water off after cooking and melt in a tablespoon or two of butter for an insanely decadent, rich dish. Good when you tire of having soub. Amazing experience, but super rich.
  5. You could write a book about ramen as a starter for caseroles.
  6. Do #4, but much less butter, and add a can of tuna. This is really nice when combined #3, and add some frozen veggies

And none of these variations take more than 10 minutes! It really is a super food.

But by far, my favorite use for Maruchen ramen is to snack on the noodle raw and save the packet. Make a batch of popcorn. Mix meltee butter into the popcorn, then mix in the ramen seasoning. Add just a dash of nutritional yeast, and you have popcorn that the gods themselves are not worthy of.

Christ, I need to invest in Maruchen. Are they publically traded? I love that ramen so very, very much.

sxan ,
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Really? It's basically a form of pasta alla puttanesca, although there's a specific version without a sauce that I can't remember the name of. It's pasta, tuna (usually canned), olive oil, salt, capers... it might have garlic too, I can't remember. Anyway, doig it with ramen is just a massive shortcut and isn't far off a traditional Italian dish.

sxan ,
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You see what the common factor here in OP's problems is, though, right? Flatpack and Snap - whether you're pro or con - are new and have warts, and the distros jumping to them are "easy, beginner-friendly" ones. Sure, installing an add-on for the wrong OS for some software is bound to cause problems; that's not a Linux-specific issue. But the sorts of issues OP is complaining about are because of complications caused by the software distribution mechanism, issues that had long been resolved on many distros.

sxan ,
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There isn't any evidence that any previous "rulers" of the Earth also took entire ecosystems down wity tyem when they died out.

Humans are special. We're likely the first to be the cause of our own extinction, probably the first to destroy most of the other higher life forms in the bargain, and almost certaimly the first to make certain no life form following us has a chance to rise above the stone age, due to our exhaustion of easily accessible minerals and energy-dense resources.

We'll be the first to murder ourselves, everyone else, and stifle any advanced society in the future! That's pretty darned special, if you asked me.

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But easily accessible surface metals, coal deposits, and oil fields aren't going to miraculously re-appear. The great oxidation event was 2 billion years ago. In 1 billion yearsfrom now, the sun will be so hot that life on Earth will be unsustainable.

We are Earth's last chance, mainly because we've used up all the easily accessible resources a civilization needs to advance past the stone age. The Earth isn't going to cycle enough metal to the surface, and life isn't going to create enough coal or petrolium deposits, before the sun cooks it.

sxan ,
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Oh, yes, of course. I completely agree with you; I assumed the context was Earth.

My favorite theory to explain the Fermi Paradox is that we're one of the early intelligent life forms in the universe. Our goldilocks situation occurred fairly early in the overall lifespan of the universe, even considering only the exciting period, when stars are forming and growing their own planetary systems.

If we survive and get off the planet. we could be the mysterious "old ones" some future species discovers evidence of as they explore the galaxy.

If we can just survive ourselves.

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Oooooh, ok. Thanks, I didn't connect those dots.

sxan ,
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I think you missed the point that life doesn't have the luxury of time that we've had, because the sun is going to cook the planet in half the time as between us and the GOE. Our successors will have to advance farther, faster, and with fewer resources to escape the planet - which we still haven't, in any meaningful way - before the sun makes the panet uninhabitable.

If humans somehow survive in some form and we can cut out most of the evolving-to-big-brains time, most of the knowledge they might inherit will be useless, as it's based on resources they have no access to.

Sure, it isn't impossible, but the odds are stacked against anyone following us succeeding in escaping a planet which is 2/3 of the way through its goldilocks phase of life. The best chance is for us to get our shit together, and get some self-sustaining colonies out there. Preferrably in deep space, eventually.

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Humans are animals, and are the only ones who've evolved to prioritize big, expensive brains over every other survival characteristic. It took us a long time to do that, and even then, we spent a massive amount of time - most of it, in fact, running around not creating anything more complex than baskets. There is a lot of evidence - 2 billion years worth - that there are a huge number of variables that have to work out just right to produce something like what a human is.

sxan ,
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I think I saw this in an episode of Blue Eye Samurai.

sxan ,
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And yet, even with cheap truffles, there are still sustitutes that are even cheaper. If you are buying something like this from a grocery store, it almos certainly has no truffle in it. Black, white, summer, or any fungus at all.

sxan ,
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nnn has the worst learning curve, but at least the number of commands is brief and all fit on the one help page. I was wishy-washy on it until the selection improvements last year, but now I reach for it about half the time I do anything file/dir related - even the short things, and 100% for anything batch-related.

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It's just wierd. Sort of vim-ish, but mostly not. The bindings are really NIH - makes sense to the author, I guess, but it could have been so much easier if a few more of the key bindings were shared with... anything else. It's an entirely new modality I have to switch to whenever I use it.

I think the biggest stumbling block is that it's almost vim key bindings, and the muscle memory betrayed me in the cases where it isn't. I still have to bring up the help occasionally for the stuff I use less frequently, b/c I can't trust it'll be something sensibly from vim or readline.

sxan ,
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She made some mistakes that absolutely cost her tye election, and cemented the paradoxical blue collar support for a party that wants to make things worse for them in particular. It was a catastrophic misstep by an intelligent and experienced politician, and to this day, I don't understand it. Hubris was always a problem for her, all the way back to the primaries, so maybe it was hubris that was responsible.

Yes, the Right already hated her, and she always had an uphill fight because of her sex. But it was still her fight to lose, and she threw it.

Still, she is a smart person, and capable of learning from her mistakes, and has had a few more years under her political belt, so discounting her just because of one disasterous loss might be its own kind of mistake.

sxan ,
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Too fucking bad.

I don't want you to be on the internet, but that's not a decision I get to make, just like Russia doesn't gets to decide what its sovereign neighbors do. Because they're not Russia's, and don't have to do what Russia says.

If might makes right, then NATO has the right to absolutely roll over Russia and make it their bitch. But that's not how international law works, and everyone except Russia is still trying to play nice, as much as they can.

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I didn't want to spoil their fun, but I'm glad you did. That kid's going to experience an embarassing moment of parental disillusionment the first time they try to be clever with a halfway competent math teacher.

sxan ,
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Even if we aren't OP is still wrong; we'd have 8 fingers, if we don't count thumbs, even if we index them from 0-7. The only way 9 works is when someone doesn't have the common number of digits.

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sxan ,
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You're not going to get a telephone number you can call, but the documentation maintained by Arch is far superior to that offered by Ubuntu. If support is your biggest concern, you're far better served by Arch.

sxan ,
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I dunno. I finished Borderlands 3 years ago, and I still pick it up and play regularly. I've played the campaign through four times - once for each character.

Heck, I'd still be playing Destiny if it hadn't gone to total shit with the focus on coop.

Long before that, I played the original God of War trilogy through multiple times, and it didn't even have different character classes.

It's not my bag, but there are people out there playing Skyrim for years. Hell, I fire up No Man's Sky every so often, and I bought it on release when it was really rough.

It's common for people to replay good games. I'm not even sure what the point of Starfield is - are they trying to be an MMORPG? If so, that huge of a player loss is a massive failure. If it's not - why is it even online? Isn't it supposed to be some massive, explorable universe with endless gaming possibilities?

sxan ,
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Jesus christ, I thought .beat died in the early 00's with the failure of the Swatch physical watch line.

The main problem with .beat is that it's decimal. Decimal is a terrible base for time keeping. 12, 60, and 360 all complement each other, with divisibility being more important in the end than how many fingers we have. There are good reasons why even the French stopped short of trying to decimalize time, reasons Swatch didn't think through when they tried to find a new way of getting everyone to buy new watches.

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The sad thing is that no amount of mocking the current state of ML today will prevent it from taking all of our jobs tomorrow. Yes, there will be a phase where programmers, like myself, who refuse to use LLM as a tool to produce work faster will be pushed out by those that will work with LLMs. However, I console myself with the belief that this phase will last not even a full generation, and even those collaborative devs will find themselves made redundant, and we'll reach the same end without me having to eliminate the one enjoyable part of my job. I do not want to be reduced to being only a debugger for something else's code.

Thing is, at the point AI becomes self-improving, the last bastion of human-led development will fall.

I guess mocking and laughing now is about all we can do.

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This is not a foregone conclusion.

Sure, I agree. There's many a slip twixt the cup and the lip. However, I've seen no evidence that it won't happen, or that humans hold any inherent advantage over AI (as nascent as it may be, in the rude forms of LLMs and deep learning they're currently in).

If you want something to reflect upon, your statement about how humans have an advantage of adaptability sounds exactly like the previous generation of grasping at inherant human superiority that would be our salvation: creativity. It wasn't too long ago that people claimed that machines would never be able to compose a sonnet, or paint a "Starry Night," and yet, creativity has been one of the first walls to fall. And anyone claiming that ML only copies and doesn't produce anything original has obviously never studied the history of fine art.

Since noone would now claim that machines will never surpass humans in art, the goals have shifted to adaptability? This is an even easier hurdle. Computer hardware is evolving at speeds enormously faster than human hardware. With the exception of the few brief years at the start of our lives, computer software is more easily modified, updated, and improved than our poor connective neural networks. It isn't even a competition: conputers are vastly more well equipped to adapt faster than we are. As soon as adaptability becomes a priority of focus, they'll easily exceed us.

I do agree, there are a lot of ways this futur could not come to pass. Personally, I think it's most likely we'll extinct ourselves - or, at least, the society able to continue creating computers. However, we may hit hardware limits. Quantum computing could stall out. Or, we may find that the way we create AI cripples it the same way we are, with built-in biases, inefficiencies in thinking, or simply too high of resource demands for complexity much beyond what two humans can create with far less effort and very little motivation.

sxan ,
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And, yet, I've been to an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art that consist of an installation that included a toilet, among other similarly inspired works of great art.

On a less absurd note, I don't have much admiration for Pollock, either, but people pay absurd amounts of oof for his stuff, too.

An art history class I once took posed the question: if you find a clearing in a wood with a really interesting pile of rocks that look suspiciously man-made, but you don't know if a person put it together or if it was just a random act of nature... is it art? Say you're convinced a person created it and so you call it art, but then discover it was an accident of nature, does it stop being art?

I fail to see any great difference. AI created art is artificial, created with the intention of producing art; is it only not art because it wasn't drawn by a human?

sxan ,
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There are some species which haven't changed all that much for millions of years

Like... crocodiles?

sxan ,
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Conifers don't have a bite force of 20,000 newtons and stomach acid that can disolve bone.

sxan ,
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Really? I just spun up a gotosocial instance on a VPS and was up and running in a dozen minutes. Failing that, I'd have just joined mastodon.social. Why was it a hard decision for you? As a tech person, what about "federated" was confusing? I have a second account on a spoken language-specific server, for kicks; I set both of these up within an hour of each other. I donft understand how it could be considered a hard choice.

Now, the finding people, I could understand, but since I was not on Twitter to begin with, I had nobody I cared about following. I can understand how that would be challenging, although it has nothing to do with your home server selection.

sxan ,
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You don't get logged in to other accounts. Just follow people at their address, like you'd send an email. The server does the rest.

If your question is about finding people to follow, that's another matter. Folks on other instances won't show up in your searches unless someone on your instance already follows them. For popular people, that's usually no problem. For others, you might get their address from their web page. In any case, once you have their address, you just... follow them. No matter where they are, follow them from your instance and it just works. You don't have to "log in" anywhere else; that's the "federated" part of the fediverse.

What's most fantastic about it is that you can often follow accounts on entirely different platforms. How well this works depends on how well the platform supports the AP protocol, and fundamental models of data. But you can easily follow PixelFed accounts from a Mastodon account, and it works pretty well. It's as if you could follow Instagram accounts from your Twitter account; that's the killer feature of the Fediverse, IMO. Discovery is still clunky, and how these things interoperate in "World" can be kludgy. But the possibilities are really very revolutionary.

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Rumsfeld was on TV spreading thowe lies, and it was obvious he knew they were lies. He should be the first. But W, there's the fucker who drove the country into that shit show; even before Cheney, Bush Jr. should be in prison for the unwarrented deaths of US soldiers.

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It took so long for hell to claim Kissinger. I guess when you sell your soul, the devil can bide his time.

sxan ,
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Oh, thank god. I guess I'm glad his passing was such non-news that I missed it.

sxan ,
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Piracy, not privacy.

In my defense, it was my last comment of the night, on my phone. I thought I was answering the otheg c/. Oh, well.

sxan ,
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Because you already have donuts in the patrol car?

Because the grade-school girls are in class?

Because you need to fill your quota?

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