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Cake day: May 26, 2021


That wouldn’t be obscure or minor. My tax isn’t meant to target the rich, but the stupid. (and guitarists)

Yeah, of course you can use it creatively for distortion and saturation, but you can also do this with semiconductors or DSP and if you are such a snob that you really need that specific sound you can just pay the tax :D

They waste energy and resources and have bad sound quality and are somehow still sold as “hifi”. Somehow that bothers me, it’s like selling steam powered trains to someone who already has an overhead line fed with green energy on his train tracks.

Edit: Thinking of it, I forgot vinyl records. They are even worse, they aren’t just outdated, bad and wasteful, they are also toxic.

  • 200% tax for: cars that go faster than 130km/h, screens above 28", GPUs over 150W, guitars, audio amplifiers using vacuum tubes
  • right of way is always in the following order: pedestrians, muscle driven, motorized
  • javascript, python, java, CSS 3, spreadsheets and everything .NET is now illegal
  • Companies are liable in case of data leaks as well as for critical security issues they didn’t fix or provide patches for within a reasonable timeframe
  • mandatory “driving license” for using computers attached to any network
  • Companies with job offerings or marketing texts including the following words will for ever be excluded from official tenderings, funding and aid payments: “stack”, “AI”, “culture”, “cloud”, “fixed-term”, “flexible”, “internship”, “driven”, “blockchain”, “agile”

Linux is a tool, not a toy. Pop os may be (idk), but thats not the fault of Linux. No one would expect to be able to operate a cnc mill without at least reading the quickstart manual. Not even if they already know how to operate one made by a different brand and especially not when they only know how to use a dremel.

There are a lot of beginner friendly guides out there, there are some really really bad rehashes of those guides made for content too. There is a (secret?) trick on how to avoid the latter: turn adblock on and javascript off and most of them magically just show a blank page.

Linux distributions usually aren’t meant to be idiot proof, since they don’t assume you are an idiot. Which, I think, is generally required for decent and respectful interaction.

But what if we want to customise everything?

Imagine meticulously customising your window manager and compositor to get rid of bloat like animations and effects only to have some google dev decide to draw their own and break your webbrowser in the process -.-

is it integrated by default in your desktop environment?

It creates .desktop files what more ahould it do?

Can you easily add 3rd party repos from GUI?

Why would GUI users need to do that?

Can you finely edit the sandboxing settings for an app from GUI?


but it’s totally unfair to expect a casual user to read documentation

How else are they supposed to know how it works?

switching to something different would be a huge problem

Only because they use proprietary software, so all the more cause to switch.

Also what the fuck is a “normal person”?

If you use your distro’s up-to-date built and packaged from source applications it’s unlikely you’ll have a problem. Those start when you want to use old packages or packages from a different distro (with different or patched libs) with your system.

Flatpak, AppImage etc. packaged apps will run on (almost) any system and you only need to build them for different processor architectures. So it’s the ovious choice for lazy or profit oriented developers.

They are even worse, since they don’t come with an update mechanism builtin.

With Flatpak most of the runtime stuff is packaged separately

They mentioned that not all flatpaks use the same separate runtime. Ideally they could just use the one my distro packages.

I don’t find Windows to be any more backwards compatible than Linux is. On Linux you get the advantage of having access to the source

You can run (a lot of) really old (late 90s) windows binaries with the modern libraries. You can also probably run really old linux binaries, but only if they use syscalls directly, not if they are (dynamically) linked against e.g. libc or x-stuff. Of course if the source is open, you can make it work.

Imo they’re right, but theres some weird (pro proprietary software) claims in there.

If I ship an app for Windows I don’t have to include the entire Win32 or .NET runtimes with my app. I just use what’s already on the user’s system.

Those cases are rare on windows, most apps package their own versions of dependencies just like with snap/flatpak/appimage (just not so neatly organized) and it sucks.

Backwards compatibility is a major part of why Windows is still the dominant desktop OS.

But thats also a major part in why it sucks and is insecure. Microsoft knows that and has started to break stuff with higher frequency too. You should only freeze interfaces when there is a consensus that there isn’t anything to be improved anymore. You can only build this consensus when you have a clear use case.

I’d argue, that this is impossible for operating systems with desktop and all. So best you can do for backwards compatibility is to only put breaking changes in major versions and still maintain older ones. Of course that means you can’t have major versions to often and now people will complain that your software sucks because it can’t even do X.

Microsoft does this too, but they often release a whole new product instead of version bumps. And by that they accumulate even more technical debt.

Businesses actually care about this! They use ancient proprietary software that is critical to their business whose source code has long been lost to the sands of time.

This isn’t a case that should be handled by FOSS developers, but by courts fining them for putting their employees, customers and business partners at risk! Running software that isn’t maintained by you or a third party is a liability.

Look at what network you selected in transportr and use their website?

Nah, it’s more like the game developer trying to nudge you to buy a specific monitor. There is no reason for it except incompetence or needing specific features. The latter I highly doubt to be the case for a glorified todo list.

But it’s open source, so instead of complaining you can just add the firefox support yourself.

Open source means anyone can use their software as long as they make their modifications public.

Sorry to nitpick, but thats copyleft, not open source. People get those terms confused and I think this is partly on purpose, I’ve seen official tenderings that said “open source” when I’m pretty sure they were meant to say copylefted/free software.

If you want to add a term that only agree politically with the author can use the software, that is a completely different concept.

There was an attempt to do that with “ethical licenses”, and at first I thought it was a good idea because most people probably don’t want their software used for weapon systems, surveillance or repression.

Of course the people doing the latter couldn’t care less about your license and are never held accountable for anything anyways. But the final nail in the coffin of ethical licenses was when I read one disallowing me to use the code for non-christian purposes :D

Capitalism (or any kind of performance-metric) values output over quality. The problem can either be solved by the consumer (lol) or by overcoming (maybe later) or subverting this system.

Copylefted free software has the power to do the later, as long as there is an active community that has a shared vision for the project and isn’t afraid to tell people to go fork themselves if they go against it. Maintainers should not only think about what they want but also about what they don’t want for their project to become and make that clear to users and contributers alike. (E.g. no DRM, no [proprietary service] etc.)

I know thats not an immediate solution (how to get my friends on linux if they can’t do x) but thats the whole point, doing it properly just takes longer. And you should take that time, instead of hacking together something subpar that gets turned into infrastructure by some idiot.

in Germany most of these brands aren’t known as well. But I think many german brands are owned by Nestle as well.

Yes, Wikipedia has a more extensive List that also has non-US brands. The country-specific ones have the country name so you can search for germany, but some are international.

When I ran it I used an old wireless xbox controller.

Netflix or Amazon Prime

The post was about bringing freedom and privacy to smart TV’s, those services are opposed to both.

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