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freakazoid

@freakazoid@retro.social

He/him or they/them. #Atheist #anarchist #doomer living in #Pittsburgh #Pennsylvania USA. Boosts = endorsement. No alt text = no boost (and maybe unfollow).

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freakazoid, to random
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One could make an entire Looney Tunes series in which Craig Wright continually fails in increasingly hilarious ways to convince people he's Satoshi Nakamoto.

https://neuromatch.social/@jonny/111974624551796965

frigginglorious, to random
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I can't wait til I finish #shedstudio. I've had a damn frustrating morning at work, and I just wanna jump on my drum kit and bang out some really loud stress relief - without waking up toddler from nap.

But theres a few (largely cosmetic) things I feel I need to get done before before I finish up with the floors.

I picked a wood stain and I think it looks great. Though I learned that apparently youre sposed to stain the wood before you nail it to the wall.

freakazoid,
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@frigginglorious It goes into the nail holes and makes them darker, right?

freakazoid, to random
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Serious question: what's the difference between Russia's assassination of Navalny and the US's assassination of Fred Hampton? Pot. Kettle.

freakazoid,
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My point is not that Russia is OK but that the US does not have the moral high ground. The US is better on rule of law, but that's irrelevant when your laws are so good at protecting the status quo. And to the extent the US is better on domestic political dissent, it does far worse on the foreign stage.

sidereal, to random
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Man, seems like hella books on libgen are only available through the tor mirror these days. Super weird.

freakazoid,
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@sidereal Tried Anna's Archive?

https://annas-archive.org/

freakazoid, to random
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Maybe the problem with the world is that practically everything we call "international" is actually European.

LALegault, to random
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The more I brainstorm with my leftist comrades about how to get people off the internet and into proverbial cafes again and printing zines and talking irl I realize video games are a bigger barrier than anticipated.

freakazoid,
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@LALegault We need some modern equivalent of the video arcade. I mean, they still exist and have been updated, but they're still a completely separate thing from the online or console gaming world.

Maybe we need streamer cafés or something.

freakazoid,
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@LALegault But maybe that kinda defeats the purpose?

Maybe another way to think about it is: how do we use video games to get people thinking about hard problems?

We're in a video game golden age right now.

freakazoid,
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@LALegault Hmm. I think of video games as just a medium, though. But my experience of video games is also heavily biased in favor of indie and older games. I rarely play AAA titles.

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I’m watching French news and there is a sex crisis 😂 (a lack of) being reported on, nationally.

Genocide and late stage capitalism somehow does not have people in the mood, who would have guessed?

freakazoid,
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@LALegault French people not having sex? The world really is coming to an end!

freakazoid, to random
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Starship Troopers the movie (1997) is obvious parody of their fascist society, but the political system of the movie is basically identical to that of the book IIRC, and the book represents Heinlein's actual political views at the time. He apparently wrote it because he was pissed off about Eisenhower suspending the US's nuclear testing program.

freakazoid,
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I kinda wonder if the producers of this film still would have made it if they knew how many Americans would think "That society looks pretty awesome, let's make it real!"

freakazoid, to random
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It turns out you can't just decide to become a "semiconductor superpower" and then throw subsidies at it. Making advanced semiconductors is hard.

India won't become a semiconductor superpower anytime soon, says think tank
https://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.com/2024/02/16/india_semiconductor_insufficient/

freakazoid, to random
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Aww, poor incompetent Apple is incapable of making an OS that complies with EU law.

sidereal, to random
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My concern about UBI is most of it is going to go to landlords and banks. Can we just decommodify housing instead?

freakazoid,
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@sidereal The purpose of UBI would be to save capitalism, so no, we can't.

freakazoid, to random
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"Pax Americana" was never about peace. It's always been about the threat of war if the US's dominance was ever threatened.

freakazoid, to random
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The myth of "the west" and "liberal democracy" died for me on October 7.

freakazoid,
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When your "freedom" comes at the cost of others', it is not freedom at all; it's domination.

freakazoid, to random
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Gell-Mann Amnesia appears to apply as strongly to tech companies as it does to the media.

"Oh, look, companies A, B, and C all turned out to be staggeringly incompetent. No news about company D so I'm sure they're fine to entrust my deepest secrets to."

ai6yr, to ArtificialIntelligence
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Hmm, that seems like a bit of a glitch--remind me to never wear a t-shirt of a pickup truck being towed down the street: "Waymo recalls and updates robotaxi software after two cars crashed into the same towed truck" https://techcrunch.com/2024/02/13/waymo-recall-crash-software-self-driving-cars/?guccounter=1

freakazoid,
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@ai6yr This is exactly my concern with AVs: at large scale, a single bug could potentially cause dozens of fatal accidents faster than they can shut the fleet down. What if there were a bug that caused a car to drive into a crowd of people? That "safer than human" stat could get blown away in a single incident.

freakazoid,
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@ai6yr They use ML models, so I'm sure one could find things that would confuse them, like the billboard with the stop sign that was causing Teslas to slam on their brakes.

freakazoid, to homeassistant
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Anyone using Mitsubishi ductless mini-split heat pumps with ? Any issues/gotchas?

freakazoid,
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@ksawatsky I saw the WiFi modules, but it looks like they are cloud-dependent.

What do you mean by "you're not supposed to adjust heat pumps"? I'll definitely want different settings at night vs daytime.

@stephanie

freakazoid,
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@holgerschurig This is a good idea, though they'll be hardwired so I'll need something a little more sophisticated. Probably one of those inductive things that hooks up to the breaker box.

@ksawatsky @stephanie

freakazoid,
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@holgerschurig There are inductive devices that can measure each circuit separately.

@ksawatsky @stephanie

ljrk, to random
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Recently learned about #ODD "Oppositional Defiant Disorder" and honestly these:

  • Often argues with authority figures or, for children and adolescents, with adults
  • Often actively defies or refuses to comply with requests from authority figures or with rules

... just sound like being anti-authoritarian... and not a disorder (perhaps neurodivergence). I may be biased because that sounds like a description of a relevant part of my persona but what the fuck I don't care for your authority lol

freakazoid,
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@ljrk People with Pathological Demand Avoidance often get diagnosed as having ODD. Pretty sure I'm the former.

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