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Cake day: Dec 25, 2020

Suggestions for digitizing documents?

What hardware and software do you use for digitizing your documents? …


Which bank or credit union do you use and why did you choose them?

I’m looking to switch credit unions, but I’m finding the process dispiriting. There is no shortage of competing financial institutions in my part of the United States, but no institutions open to the public seem to be doing anything exciting, progressive, or seriously systemically beneficial to thei…


I am not aware of any crypto consensus algorithm that is not regressive. This is an argument against all cryptocurrencies and blockchains, not just Proof of Stake.

What has proven far more equitable than any decentralized consensus algorithm is a fiat currency issued and controlled by an institution accountable to a democratic constituency.

Proof of stake is fundamentally regressive. Literally, whomever has the most tokens also has the most governance weight. It is basically “1 dollar, 1 vote” rather than “1 person, 1 vote”.

There’s https://www.mercuryos.com/

Mercury OS is a speculative vision designed to question the paradigms governing human-computer interaction today.

If you’re wanting to self-host a cloud service, then Nextcloud is second to none. You can use NextCloud together with Cryptomator for easy client-side encryption, but If you need automatic syncing look into rclone instead.

If you are planning to use this for backups, check out borg backup and vorta(easy to use GUI for borg).

Currently I’m using VS Code because VS Codium does not have a native M1 Mac build, and electron apps running through Rosetta 2 saps my laptop battery at least twice as fast as native apps. I could build VS Codium myself following this page, but I would rather continue using Homebrew to manage as many packages as possible.

I’ve been considering learning Vim, is it more productive and worth it to learn in 2022?

At least in my circles and where I live it’s pretty normal to shit on mainstream apps. Most people still use them, but if my opinion of those platforms comes up I never feel judged. In fact, since the social dilemma came out and after Facebook’s most recent controversies and name change I’ve heard more and more people speaking poorly of social-media, smart phones, and algorithms in general.

In my experience it’s almost as if using social-media is perceived the same as smoking was in the 80s-90s: everyone knows it’s terrible for you, but it’s normal. Now, in conversation there’s almost a prestige in saying “I don’t use Facebook” that causes people who do use Facebook to immediately justify using it by saying things like “Yeah, I only use it to keep in touch with family”, or “I don’t check it very often”.

Many of my friends and family half-joke about their addiction to their phones and apps, it seems pretty widely recognized now.

I don’t believe alternative apps, services, and platforms are necessarily better, so if I bring up the fediverse it’s usually in the context of me advocating for government forcing interoperability between social media sites to weaken the tech-giant oligopoly. Most people’s response is basically “huh, I didn’t even know that was possible”.

For using Linux I used to catch flak from my friends when trying to play games with them, but we don’t play games nearly as often anymore and anything we do play generally works on Linux now, so I don’t get teased anymore. Amongst every single non-techie friend I have they could not possible care less that I use Linux.

How did you become class conscious?

I was thinking this morning of when I first became class conscious. …


edX has all sorts of engineering courses for free, no torrents required.

My understanding is that voice interfacing is already the most common way to interact with a smartphone in China. Chinese (and other non-alphabetic languages) are notoriously tedious to type, and all sorts of keyboards have been invented to make it easier, but they all have a learning curve. Instead, it is far simpler to simply use voice recognition. Over the last decade many companies have pivoted their focus towards the Chinese economy, so a lot of the voice assistants, customer service platforms, and other software innovations we enjoy in the west are the direct result of companies trying to break into Chinese markets (and other emerging markets) with voice-driven designs that are accessible to billions of people for whom typing is an insurmountable friction.

Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant’s User Friendly is a really good book for learning about state of the art UI / UX design and the current trends that are likely to determine what our computer interfaces will look like in 2025 - 2030.

https://fuchsia.googlesource.com/ , Fuchsia - Wikipedia - Another really interesting project. This is Google’s new operating system they are building from scratch to replace Android, ChromeOS, Windows, and perhaps even server Linux. Fuchsia is being built from the ground up to replace the traditional desktop metaphor with a conversational or “story driven” metaphor instead. The ultimate goal is to be able to tell your computer in human language what you want it to do and have the computer do it. e.g. “Ok Google, open the survey results Sarah emailed to me. Ok, now plot a histogram with markings at each standard deviation, oh and a pie chart too. Great, save that and email it to Kyle.”

I’m not aware of what Microsoft, Apple, or any other tech giants might be working on, but Fuchsia is at least currently open source under BSD, MIT, and Apache 2.0 licenses.

I was looking into getting an eink display for my rasperberry pi so that I could have a minimalist terminal only computer similar to the light phone. Now, I’m really looking forward to getting a PineNote, loading a compatible distro on it, and avoiding having to build my own case!

I had never heard of Darebee before reading your comment. +1 for Darebee, I’ve had success with similar resources before, and I’m having fun starting Darebee thanks to you!

Thanks for the suggestion! On the surface it looks like such a cool organization, I picked up a copy of William & Kathleen Whyte’s Making Mondragon, I’m looking forward to reading it after the holidays.

If you haven’t heard of Confessions of a Recovering Engineer yet, it’s a really good read to understand how things got to be the way they are. The road to hell was paved with good intentions, but at every opportunity we’ve doubled down on critically flawed designs.

These are really problems with stroads, car-centric infrastructure, and car culture rather than with the vehicles themselves.

I like to watch Not Just Bikes, he has a lot of well-done videos exploring why car-centric infrastructure causes all sorts of problems, and showcasing how The Netherlands successfully re-built their infrastructure to prioritize pedestrian traffic and public transportation.

Anyone know any good books about cooperatives & other collaborative business models?

There are libraries full of books written about hierarchical business methods, practices, and models. I’m curious to learn more about the practical application of alternative business models. …


Yeah, but I take every review with a grain of salt. I ordered desk-mounted camera stand a while ago and when I did I went straight to the most critical reviews. People were complaining that the clamp that attaches to the desk was breaking too easily, but that particular stand had a neck that was like 3x thicker than normal to accommodate heavier cameras. When people tried to adjust the neck while it was clamped to the desk the torque would break the clamp. I bought the stand, but I make sure to loosen the clamp and support the neck when I adjust it.

They’ve likely been laying the groundwork for years, but the timing is certain to meet the expectations of cynics - after all, changing the company name after a scandal is the oldest trick in the book.

This simple rebranding will likely ease a lot of the public pressure on Facebook.

My comment is only specifically critical of that one post on Lemmy, I did not indicate support or condemnation of China or the west. You’re reading between the lines and tilting at windmills my friend.

There’s no way to make a meme against a group or in support of an ideology without stripping away all the nuance and dehumanizing people. Many of the articles that are posted here are misleading and in some cases entirely untrue.

Yesterday, I down voted an article claiming “AP confirms no Uyghur genocide”. I read the cited AP article and found the post’s click bait title was completely false. The post’s author is pointing at a report that contradicts his beliefs and claiming that his beliefs are therefore correct because the article is lieing. It is fine to refute an article, but to twist an article’s words and then claim that the source says something it clearly doesn’t is just dishonest.

I believe misleading and dehumanizing posts should be downvoted in order to promote a space where diverse peoples can all feel welcome.

Seeing Crunch Bang in there I got excited that they may have restarted the distro, but it’s still dead unless you count bunsen labs.

Just search “install steam Fedora” and the first result is https://itsfoss.com/install-steam-fedora/

In that guide it has the correct instructions to enable the RPMFusion repos, then install steam. It even provides the necessary terminal commands to copy + paste:

sudo dnf install https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

sudo dnf install steam

Never mind that Linus could tweet “how do I install steam on Fedora?” or ask his live stream, he’d be flooded with the correct answer in like 3 seconds.

Kinda disappointed they shot down Fedora so quickly, that’s my favorite distro! I don’t think I’ve ever used a distro that “just worked” better than Fedora. I love that it does not adulterate packages with distro-specific theming, presets, or libraries / dependencies (eg. Livav), etc. that is relatively common practice on ubuntu-based distros. I’m going to change the default theme and settings anyway, so I’d rather use software untouched from upstream as much as possible to enjoy better stability and compatibility. Fedora packages are pretty much untouched from upstream and between rpmfusion, copr, and flatpak I have never encountered a third-party package that wasn’t easy to find and install.

If there’s a bug or incompatibility RedHat / Fedora is better about committing fixes upstream for all to benefit. This is opposed to Ubuntu who are infamous for having a very “fuck everyone else, we’re doing things our own way” attitude towards upstream, downstream, and the wider community (e.g. Mir).

Fedora is also the testing ground for RedHat / CentOS / RockyLinux which are the big enterprise Linux distros. Support and stability are paramount for RedHat, so in my experience it was always easy to find well-written documentation, and software compatibility with RedHat distros is really really good. Plus, the man, myth, and legend himself is a long-time Fedora user.

How much does your ISP charge for internet?

I recently got an email notifying me that my ISP has implemented data caps on all plans, and since I routinely exceed my new data cap of 1024GB/mo they will be charging me $10/50GB overage starting next month. …


Favorite Personal Finance Management Software?

My credit union recently shut down their in-house personal finance management site because it was too much work to maintain and they don’t see it as competitive with freely available sites like mint.com. …