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freakazoid

@freakazoid@retro.social

He/him or they/them. Queer GenX parent of two kids living in #Pittsburgh #Pennsylvania USA.

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#retrocomputing #amateurradio #space #electronics #c64 #rc2014

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freakazoid, to random
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Running from Microsoft to Apple because of Recall is like running from Twitter to Bluesky because of Elon Musk.

freakazoid, to random
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Hmm. Immutable computers, but without relying on "cloud" storage? Encrypted, removable storage you take with you? Or it's in the machine but completely independent of any configuration?

https://ioc.exchange/@rye/112559367813758142

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There must be capitalists or economists who can see that we've made the switch from low-hanging-fruit consumption to self-consumption. Cory Doctorow obviously sees it, but he's neither. Tyler Cowen or Nassim Taleb maybe? Has either written about this phenomenon? Cowen has The Great Stagnation, which is Part 1. Taleb has Incerto, but I've only read part of book 1. Does he write about the shift to self-consumption?

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By "self-consumption" I really mean consumption of all the goodwill built up during the low hanging fruit phase. The shift happened during the period of low interest rates between 2008 and 2020. A lot of people noticed the old Internet was "dead" by 2015. That's because dominance had fully shifted to Apple and Google by that point, and they stopped competing. By 2020 the goodwill had largely run out. Now we're into a period of full-blown theft.

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@sarajw Ooh, thanks for sharing! I think about that article all the time, but had lost the link and forgotten the name!

@garius

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@sarajw I do think people are starting to jump. From streaming to piracy. From food delivery to picking up their own food or making it at home. From Google to searching directly in Wikipedia, Reddit, Amazon, or just asking on social media. I just use taxis or the bus rather than Uber or Lyft these days. Hotels instead of Airbnb.

People are keeping their cars for much longer than they were. They're living with parents or roommates instead of working more hours (or at all).

Young people worldwide are just saying no thanks. They're not believing the promises of earlier generations anymore, that they'll be rewarded for hard work. Because they won't; the fruits of their labor will go to pay the debts incurred by earlier generations.

@garius

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Why isn't faction the opposite of fiction?

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This is what I keep trying to tell people. It will never be enough to add green energy. We have to take away fossil fuels as an option. And it won't get any easier over time, because demand just expands to absorb new supply.

"The costs of green electricity are plummeting and renewable technology is only getting cheaper.... And yet the share of global energy coming from non-carbon sources is broadly the same as it was two decades ago."

"For Christophers it isn’t just prices that matter, but profits too. And profitability for green energy projects remain well below those of oil and gas. The incentives are simply not there for market actors to take us rapidly beyond oil, gas and coal."

Everything You’re Told About Green Capitalism Is Wrong | Brett Christophers Talks to Aaron Bastani
https://novaramedia.com/2024/06/02/everything-youre-told-about-green-capitalism-is-wrong-brett-christophers-talks-to-aaron-bastani/

freakazoid, to random
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Israel developed a scoring system just based on Palestinians' WhatsApp contacts that they were willing to kill based on.

Imagine what Google, Apple, Meta, or Microsoft could do (for Americans particularly). My guess is they could roll it out in a day or two.

emmecola, to ChatGPT
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Houston we have a problem...

freakazoid,
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@emmecola Hasn't it been the case for a while that CAPTCHAs only stop humans?

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Next time "AI winter" comes, that phrase will have taken on a whole new meaning.

astro_jcm, to chile
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Soon the telescope platform at ESO's Paranal Observatory in #Chile will look very different at night: all four of the 8.2 m telescopes of the VLT will be equipped with lasers! This is one of the ongoing upgrades of the GRAVITY+ instrument, which will allow us to study black holes, stars and planets like never before.

Find out more in this great article by current and former ESO communication interns Elena Reiriz Martinez and Tom Howarth: https://www.eso.org/public/blog/gravity-leap-vlti/

#astrodon #astronomy #technology

freakazoid,
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@astro_jcm I managed to see a guide star operating at Lick Observatory once. Photos show a bright yellow beam, but I was only able to see it in my peripheral vision. Very cool to see this perfectly straight yellow beam projecting upward from the dome!

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Umm, no.

"Anarchist, punk rock, cowboy. Who is also a Police Officer."

https://mastodon.sdf.org/@BlackDogActual

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I had forgotten about Gerald Bull, his supergun, and his assassination, almost certainly by Israel.

The Tragic Story Of The Ill-Fated Supergun
https://hackaday.com/2024/05/28/the-tragic-story-of-the-ill-fated-supergun/

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I just got my first email from star labs about starlite shipping.

The first one that wasn't a response to a question I asked them since I got my initial order confirmation in ... September, I think, of 23.

It says that my product will ship on Friday May 31st, probably, unless something goes wrong.

That's welcome news!

But it's also in blatant contradiction to the last update on their status page, which indicated that all the orders would ship in by May 12th.

and, again, this is the first communication they've initiated with me since my order confirmation.

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@ajroach42 @tuckerm FWIW my Oryx Pro 9 crashes fairly regularly if I do heavy-duty stuff using the discrete GPU, possibly due to their use of cheap thermal paste and heat sinks that don't have sufficient thermal capacity. I've also had issues with the WiFi card. I don't think I will buy another laptop from them without some indication that they've improved their processes.

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should have codified as promised. should have codified Roe as promised. Campaigning on the Court is a ploy to GOTV and to raise more campaign cash:

“We really need a book titled ‘Those Who Knew Roe Was Never Enough and the the SC would overturn Roe.’ There are thousands such people.”

https://bsky.app/profile/prisonculture.bsky.social/post/3ktidd632dg27

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@mloxton Good thing we had an old white man to give his opinion! I sure don't hear enough old white man opinions! Especially from old white men who were privileged enough to go to medical school!

OF COURSE you favor incremental change! Heaven forbid we should disrupt your cushy old white doctor life so people who aren't as privileged can have better lives today instead of waiting for maybe their great great grandchildren to have better lives!

JFC go back to Twitter. And take your whole fucking instance with you.

@micchiato @Jennifer @Mary625 @zakalwe

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@mloxton As others are telling you, it does not. If it did, I would expect it to be people in less privileged positions than yours defending incrementalism. But strangely it's almost entirely old rich white dudes.

I'm also an old rich white dude, and I can see clearly that it's not working. The world is cooking, we're on the verge of WWIII, millions are starving worldwide, the US is facilitating a genocide, and the major American parties are virtually indistinguishable from one another, particularly when it comes to foreign policy and immigration policy.

I used to totally buy into the hype that capitalism and "liberal" "democracy" were great for everyone. That's been gradually changing for a while now, but it was really watching Biden adopt a bunch of policies Democrats had been vilifying Trump for, then hearing crickets from Democrats, was really the last straw.

Then, after October 7, at the behest of a Zionist (now former) friend, I started researching Israel's history. Then I started researching the US's (and other western countries) involvement in oppression around the world.

We aren't the good guys. We're the bad guys. We aren't interested in helping anyone unless it ultimately helps us. And if they have something we want and their government doesn't play ball, we just overthrow their government and install our own. We don't care about "democracy". We tolerate it as long as it benefits us. Otherwise we're perfectly happy to play ball with dictatorships. And we'll install one if necessary.

There's no plan for climate change. It's all about maximizing profit opportunities. Which is why we're focusing on EVs and useless "carbon capture" projects and not public transportation and high speed rail. Our system cannot produce those things. No amount of incremental reform will get us there. I know because I've been being told it would since I was a child, and we're no closer today than we were then.

You want to think that you got where you are be cause you deserve it. That's a powerful motivator. You don't deserve it. I don't deserve it. We got lucky. We were born in the right place at the right time, to the right parents. Maybe we worked hard, but not harder than an awful lot of people who are much worse off than we are.

@micchiato @Jennifer @Mary625 @zakalwe

freakazoid,
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@mloxton I am not sure what "democracy" you think we have when our only two choices are old white dudes who are completely indistinguishable from one another on every single policy that matters to the wealthiest. We're just an overly complicated one party system where all the apparent conflict between the "two" parties is just theater. Extremely destructive theater, but theater nevertheless.

@arh @micchiato @Jennifer @Mary625 @zakalwe

freakazoid,
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@mloxton I think at best there was some backlash against Obama because he was Black. I am not sure what else they could be reacting to, at least not in terms of political reform. Demographic shifts, perhaps. Fewer church attendees, whites forming a smaller fraction of the population.

But, honestly, I don't see it as being much of a shift. I hate Trump, but he's a charismatic leader who has latched onto working class discontent that's been growing for a long time. So I see it as having happened because things were getting worse not better.

In 2016 I saw Trump very similarly to how you do. It was seeing Biden continue so many of the very same policies Democrats were vilifying Trump for that really opened my eyes. The Democrats pretend to be the party of the "left" but they aren't and never have been. Even under FDR. FDR only appears "left" today because he was president at a time when communism was actually a widespread belief in the US. He was trying desperately to avoid a communist revolution. And Democrats are still milking the perception of him as "left" to this day.

@arh @micchiato @Jennifer @Mary625 @zakalwe

freakazoid, to random
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iFixit's had enough with Samsung. That secret contract was only part of the problem.

Anyway, I've been saying Samsung sucks for years. Not sure why it wasn't obvious to anyone who's used one of their crapware-laden devices.

iFixit divorces Samsung over lack of real commitment to self-repair program
https://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.com/2024/05/23/ifixit_samsung_repair/

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Let's start by degrowing the military, police, and prisons. No more using resources to produce negative value.

freakazoid, to random
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The nobot hashtag in my profile means no bots boosting my posts either.

Why is it techbros are so completely incapable of understanding consent?

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This problem is why Arch Linux is both harder and easier to use: harder because you have to configure everything yourself. Easier because there's very little magic that's invisible until it's not.

https://mastodon.social/@jk/112485636960778400

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LOL imagine moving from Windows to MacOS because of Microsoft's AI fuckery. Almost as shortsighted of a decision as moving from Github to GitLab when MS bought the former.

Worse, really, because Apple's been progressively locking down MacOS for over a decade in the name of "security" but by sheer coincidence that also happens to shepherd people into their app store.

If you @ me with Apple defenses I will block you. I have no time for people who think it's a good use of their time to carry water for a trillion dollar company.

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Linux has its share of enshittification these days, primarily via Red Hat and Canonical. I use an Ubuntu derivative (PopOS) on my laptop, but if Canonical were to vanish off the face of the planet they could pretty easily switch over to Debian as a base, because Ubuntu still uses Debian as a base. I use Debian on my desktop, and if I ever reinstall my laptop it's what I'll use (it came with PopOS preinstalled).

AFAIK Debian is the only noncommercial Linux distro that has a well-funded nonprofit organization behind it. It's not necessarily the easiest to use, but it's been around for over 30 years and could well be around and still unenshittified 30 years from now. I can't say that about any other Linux distro. Slackware has been around that long, but it is still developed by its original developer, which is a huge risk factor.

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