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phil_stevens

@phil_stevens@mastodon.nz

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Vintage 319 ppm CO2

Musician since the beginning, oddball, techie-but-luddite, biochar entrepreneur/evangelist, MMT proponent, deep green, outspoken, cantankerous and slightly twisted.

Life goal: to see billionaires go extinct.

Tolerance is a social contract.

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phil_stevens, to random
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Asking for a friend (literally): What happens to existing Windows 11 machines now? Do the get the spyware enhancement force-fed to them on the next Patch Tuesday? Is there an opt-out?

I may need to play the risk mitigation card with the business I do contract work for, since I occasionally touch a Win 11 laptop that's used in manufacturing and QA workflows.

phil_stevens, to NewZealand
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phil_stevens,
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@jeremy_pm But who will they extract rent from if those kids don't grow up?

I guess they aren't good at thinking ahead.

phil_stevens, to random
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Your semi-regular reminder that the fossil fuel industry wants the fascists to win. So I guess that means they are fascists.

https://heated.world/p/the-chopped-steak-eaters

SamCrawley, to climate
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New article! I compared climate opinion in NZ and Australia and found:

  • Climate opinion is more polarised in Aus than NZ but
  • More people see climate as high importance in Aus than NZ
  • For most people, climate change is a cultural (not economic) issue
  • Being culturally conservative is associated not just with being a "hard" climate denier, but also with being "lukewarm" on climate action

Open Access article: https://academic.oup.com/ijpor/article/36/2/edae027/7673544

@politicalscience

phil_stevens,
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@SamCrawley @politicalscience Not a critique of the work per se, but I really wish that the discourse would move away from the term "belief" when applied to climate science.

Either someone accepts the evidence, or they don't.

iangriffin, to NewZealand
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Just because I am taking a day off today, and am waiting to watch the Space Station cross the sun, here's a comparison between radiation levels you get when flying on an ATR 72 and an A320 Airbus.

phil_stevens,
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@iangriffin I'm hearing J Frank Parnell as I look at this.

br00t4c, to random
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phil_stevens,
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@br00t4c And in doing so deprives American consumers of the ability to get inexpensive and reasonably sized EVs. It's a good news/bad news situation and blatant protectionism for US automakers, who have abandoned the idea of providing useful, appropriate transportation choices in favour of making stupid bloated Wankpanzers.

jpm, to random
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Ok computer-touches of the fediverse, I’ve had enough of the Windows fucks and will be installing Debian <soon>. Maybe 20 years has been enough for a viable Linux on the desktop, who knows…

So what window manager are the cool kids using these days? Is Enlightenment still a thing? I want to not have fuck with things

phil_stevens,
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@jpm I'd highly recommend Mint as a distro for the It Just Works aspect. You can install a Debian edition and choose from Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce desktops.

Tengrain, to HashtagGames
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I was a manager at a cemetery, but I didn’t like having that many people under me.

#PunAnything
#HashtagGames

phil_stevens,
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@Tengrain I'd think the sexton gig would make you more grounded.

Tengrain, to HashtagGames
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I’m shocked to admit I’m a bad electrician.

#PunAnything
#HashtagGames

phil_stevens,
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@Tengrain It's really a matter of how you're wired.

phil_stevens,
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@Tengrain Are you considering a career switch?

phil_stevens, to random
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An example of how any time you rely on outsourced cloud services you're putting your stuff at risk. Now it's the self-appointed content police:

https://www.wired.com/story/what-happens-when-a-romance-author-gets-locked-out-of-google-docs/

Local backup, at minimum, for any cloud storage that you rely on. And don't expect big tech giants to ever do the right thing, because they won't.

billbennett, to random
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I had to put one of my stories into Google Docs (don't ask) and notice the spell checker wants to change Tbps (terabits per second) to Tbsp (tablespoons)

phil_stevens,
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@billbennett @essjax This is why I stick to the standard units like Olympic swimming pools and Libraries of Congress.

mbonsma, to random
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Cars parking in the bike lane radicalized me 13 years ago, and these days my willingness to "just go around" has hit rock bottom. It feels more important than ever to make it safe for ALL of us to walk and bike.

phil_stevens,
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@mbonsma Can you use an online form to send a photo with the time and location of the incident to the local cops? At least the driver might get a warning out of the bargain.

phil_stevens, to random
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dgar, to random
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Drilling holes can be boring.

phil_stevens,
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@dgar Well, if you go bit by bit, you find it's a deep field of study.

ryanhoulihan, to random
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It’s not that I don’t feel the social pressure to join Spotify. I just get Apple Music for free! 😭

phil_stevens,
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@ryanhoulihan I don't have any desire to support the likes of joe Rogan.

phil_stevens, to random
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I'd like for people to take a moment today to remember Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, who were brutally murdered almost 30 years ago.

phil_stevens, to random
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Either the billionaires go extinct, or we do.

phil_stevens, to random
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Memo to eugenics death cultist David Seymour: The pandemic has not "largely subsided" and we reserve the right to keep kids home from schools where the risk management protocols are unacceptably low.

Normalise masking and fund air filtration, you ghoul.

phil_stevens,
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In the past week, at least one teacher at our son's high school has been out with COVID. Band rehearsal got canned because our drummer got it.

Don't tell me this thing has gone away.

phil_stevens,
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@Salty The universe is a vast place. But it is still too small to contain all the ways Seymour can fuck himself.

phil_stevens, to NewZealand
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Well, it has happened. We are being governed by a malevolent Linkedin account. Full cringe motivationalspeak is being deployed to paint over the deep damage they are doing to our society and environment:

“Raise the energy New Zealand brings to key relationships through international engagements”

WTAF make it stop I don't even care how just make it stop

#nzpol

econads, to random
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Hello @compost,
Question, if you have time: my dad has a load of wood chips he's made, he thinks too much carbon will "draw all the nitrogen out of the soil" if he uses it as mulch. Is that right? Is it best straight in the compost, or can he mulch with it?

phil_stevens,
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@econads @compost Yes. Go for 5 cm at least if you can. As they start to break down, you'll be surprised at how quickly they disappear. Fungi are magic.

Oh, that's the other bonus: you might get a crop of mushrooms. Wine caps in particular really like to grow in wood chips that are in contact with soil.

phil_stevens,
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@compost @econads Inoculating with generalist fungi is a great way to hasten breakdown. Pleurotus and Stropharia are good for this. All you need are some fruiting bodies (mushrooms). Put them in a blender with water, give them a whiz and pour the slurry on the chips. As a bonus, you may get tasty treats.

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