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tartley

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Made out of meat.

Class III sentience. Singular biological manifestation. Mortal. Human. He/him.

Computer programming sparks joy. Linux lover. Test obsessed. Mostly wrangling Python.

Loving the current discourse in the science fiction scene, of a critical need for metamodern myths to rally around, provide meaning, and heal the culture wars, by integrating the best of the ancient, modern and postmodern views of the world and our place in it.

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lisa, to random
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I'm not a selfie queen. I don't normally like to look at photos of myself, let alone share them with anyone else.

And yet...

My therapist told me I need to take selfies, if for no other reason to document the progress of my transition for myself. And that I can just keep them locked away in my photo library.

And yet...

Sometimes I look at these very unremarkable pictures and feel very "meh" about them. Or I frown in disappointment. Because I don't see the girl. Or at least a girl that could be described as even a little bit pretty.

And yet...

I'm showing you a no-makeup, messy-haired selfie taken from the closet mirror of my poorly lit home server room while wearing my go-to daily outfit, skinny jeans and a not-very-femme T-shirt.

Why am I doing this?

Because this time I did see the girl. And she actually seems girl-shaped. And happy. And I don't think she'll frighten small children.

So, there ya go, now you know what I look like.

Be kind, please.

tartley, (edited )
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@lisa You're a lovely star and we all love you! 🤗

hedders, to random
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Advice needed from PC gamers who run Linux, please!

I’m thinking seriously about ditching Windows on my main PC. The only reason I haven’t done so years ago is gaming. I have a massive library on Steam and I really don’t want to kiss that goodbye.

I understand Linux gaming has got wildly better in recent years. Can anyone point me in the direction of a good primer on the subject? Debian or Debian-like focused preferably, as that’s what I’m most comfortable with.

tartley,
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@hedders I was in a very similar situation and indeed still have a big rattly Windows locomotive under the desk, which is now my kiddo's gaming PC.

I am happy to report that gaming from my Steam collection on Ubuntu (which is Debian derived) works almost flawlessly. I got a System76 gazelle laptop with Nvidia graphics card, and more or less, everything Just Works.

tartley,
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@hedders Perhaps I see fewer problems than some might, because I don't tend to play the latest big AAA multiplayer shooting people in the face simulators, which tend to be where the most problematic severe anti cheat measures are deployed. (Tho CS works)

I play what I'd characterize as mainstream genX gamerDad titles. I don't have a single game in my collection which I can't play.

Eg. Cities:Skylines, DeepRockGalactic, KerbalSpaceProgram, Witness, CivVI, Subnautica, Battlezone98 +120 others

tartley,
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@hedders @sam also, be aware that Steam just handles this for you, out of the box, so unless you're getting very hardcore, you won't need to worry about it, other than occasionally selecting a particular version of Proton to use for an obstinate game, in the Steam UI.

tartley,
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tartley,
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@Boerdejakobiner All those "Windows only" games run on Linux directly through Steam these days. It's the pervasiveness and reliability of that process that the OP is asking about. 🤗

tkinias, to random
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I just read that a single Bitcoin transaction requires upwards of 1,000 kW-hr of electricity.

That’s like running a small air conditioner 24/7 for a month and a half.

tartley,
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@tkinias I gathered together a little table that compares this against various other cryptocurrencies and similar transactions, including Visa https://www.tartley.com/posts/energy-use-per-transaction-for-cryptocurrencies-vs-visa/

luis_in_brief, to random
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Gotta admit I found it pretty irritating, in the xz discussion of the last two weeks, that some people declared confidently "you can't pay maintainers". (cc @ehashman)

It isn't easy to pay maintainers, but it can be done: at Tidelift, we've been doing it for years. So I figured I'd write up how we do it and what we've learned. And yes, it's a HOWTO. Be glad I also avoided an FAQ ;)

https://blog.tidelift.com/paying-maintainers-the-howto

tartley,
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@luis_in_brief @ehashman Tidelift have been sending me a monthly check for years now. Not big enough to compare with salary, but big enough to split 50/50 with a co-maintainer and buy myself some indulgence like a new monitor every few months.

tartley, to plex
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I've been a really happy user for many years - have loved it, paid $100/year and invested a lot of time to get my , , and collections set up the way I want them.

But encroaches... 1/3

tartley,
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Most recently, I've noticed that if I search for a movie that Plex have available in their shitty "watch this from our servers but with ads" tier, then that's the only search result I see for it, regardless of whether I have the same movie available to watch for free, without ads, from some other source.

Fuckers. It's over. I'm out. , here we come...

tartley, (edited )
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@zrail It really is. Like, not the end of the world, but absolutely demonstrates that there are people working at who are not remotely acting in the best interests of users. And even if I could be convinced that problem had been fixed, they have demonstrated the principle that it - or something like it - could happen again, at any time.

Commercial software is just an untrustable hazard and should be avoided whenever possible.

tartley,
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@bhcompy I'm glad that you're happy with it. I am not.

popey, (edited ) to random
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[POLL] How many eggs is the correct amount when making one portion of scrambled eggs for breakfast?

tartley,
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@popey where is the 1 option? I would pick that.

notnorm, to neovim
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I'm trying to setup a keymap that saves all my buffers, closes the buffers, and brings up my Alpha dashboard. A clean "reset" of #neovim.

So far, I've settled on: :wa|%bd|:Alpha which does exactly what I want. The only caveat that I want to skip is that when I have unsaved buffers, I get a notification at the bottom of my session that requires me to press enter before it closes the buffers and opens the dash.

Any ideas how I can suppress the message?

tartley,
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@notnorm I think you want to look at ":silent ...", or maybe ":silent! ...", although I always have to look up how it works so am not sure.

tartley,
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@notnorm I'm not at a computer but maybe the "silent" part ends up going before the command that generates the output, so maybe ":wa | silent %bd | :Alpha...", but I'm just spitballing here.

AlSweigart, to random
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  • tartley,
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    @AlSweigart Draw, sketch, paint but using a tablet or computer instead of a canvas. Maybe 3D modeling. Perhaps pushed towards graphic design to pay the bills. Now I type this, Reflection makes me suspect this gut reaction is naive and out of touch.

    tartley, to random
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    Watched the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man (2018) recently. What I want now is a version of the fabulous intense immersive scene The Landing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfNhkYHrfj0), same music, but depicting busy parents prepping kids in the morning, with constant interruptions, overruns, alarms, things breaking, kids going rogue. Tense cryptic communications with one's spouse, because you're both intimately familiar with what needs to happen, against the tight deadline of the final 08:59 school drop-off.

    matias_hettich, to pop_os Spanish
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    I'm trying #Pop_Os again for #Linux #GameDev (I tried it before but ended up using #Ubuntu instead)

    Has anyone used this distro for this purpose? and if so, how's the overall experience with it?

    #Godot #Aseprite #IndieDev #OpenSource

    tartley,
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    @matias_hettich I'm using Pop!OS for pro software development and hobbyist gamedev with Godot4, and have no problems. What sort of issues did you find before, or are you anticipating?

    Brahn, to firefox
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    My experience with #firefox on mobile has been so abysmal lately, I'm going to sadly try going back to Brave. I've neutered TF out of Brave, disabling almost everything it does. Chrome doesn't let me use the web the way I want, Brave at least has filtering. Firefox's SPA handling, absolutely awful performance, constant 1password issues, DOH performance, and just general bugginess is something I just don't want to deal with anymore. See ya in a few years Firefox, hope you get your shit together.

    tartley,
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    @Brahn Apologies that this isn't helpful to you, but it works beautifully for me on quite low end devices. I wonder what the difference is?

    morgant, to random
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    As I've had a number of weekends traveling to visit family the last couple of months, I've been repeatedly listening to William Gibson's Neuromancer, read by the author. I love that version!

    It made me realize that, aside from Johnny Mnemonic, I never got around to reading the remainder of the sprawl trilogy, nor the other short stories set in that universe. So, this week, I've been reading Gibson's early works from archived OMNI magazines.

    It's been an absolute pleasure to just read.

    tartley,
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    @morgant Agreed that this is a lovely version. Do you happen to know a source for a better quality audio version than that one that's on Internet archive?

    tartley,
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    @morgant Genius idea. Thx. I had hobbled myself by limiting to searches for the digital artifacts only, and the copy I have features distortions which are distinctly from an audio-cassette (wow and flutter). But of course CDs must exist...

    tartley,
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    @morgant haha, available for $890 on ebay...

    lcfd, to neovim
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    I'm having a lot of performance problems in #neovim with a semi old and not that huge Typescript/React project.

    I have to use vscode 😅

    What could be the reason for those issues?

    tartley,
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    @lcfd Sanity check: have you started nvim with the command line option that means "ignore all my custom config"

    tartley,
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    @lcfd if that fixes the problem, then try enabling your config one part at a time to see what is causing the problem.

    tartley, to random
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    I was today years old when I learned that I can just type the plain small integers when referencing a git stash. For over a decade I've been typing out "stash@{2}" every time. Jeeeeeezuuuusssss.

    tartley,
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    @normalmode Right!

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