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    You really spent $30 a month on Wordpress plugins? wew

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      No. I spent 30/m on the entire site - hosting, CDN and a couple of plugins.

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      I hope this makes more businesses realize that people can work from home 90% of the time for a great many positions. The amount of time saved, gas saved, and stress saved is immense….not to mention the amount saved on office space and associated costs.

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        I’ve been working from home for over a week and I’ve been much happier.

        I just need to go for a walk around my neighborhood each day to at least leave the house. I never go for a walk when I go to the office. Its nice, I went around and took some photos on my Nikon FE2 today (been getting back into film recently)

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          I got a dog to force me get out every day and it’s rewarding in many ways.

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          I also hope this could be the case, but I think there’s also a possibility that it could have the opposite effect, owing to:

          1. Rushing into it without time to prepare and test remote-working infrastructure.
          2. Being forced to suddenly go all in, rather than easing themselves into it gradually by initially having some people working from home some of the time.

          If a company experiences problems because of it, they might be more likely to dismiss the possibility in future.

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            Bram Cohen has a good Twitter thread about this - - “My office went full remote starting the beginning of this week related to covid-19 … This isn’t out of fear that going in to work is dangerous. It isn’t, at least not yet. It’s out of concern for not spreading disease and erring on the side of going full remote sooner rather than later.” Making sure you can strikes me as a good idea.

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            If only I could work at McDonald’s from home. Sure would be nice if I could just receive a case of patties in the mail, cook them up, and mail them out. They have enough preservatives that it wouldn’t be an issue, right?

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              There’s something that resonates about this. I wonder if these companies also encourage their data center engineers to work from home. Or even their cleaning and cafeteria staff. ‘Working from home’ requires an economic infrastructure that we expect to keep working, even though it requires people not to ‘work from home’.

              I’m absolutely sympathetic to the argument that not packing people together in tight spaces might, if we’re lucky, limit the spread of the virus. Maybe this is the wrong moment to wonder about the classist aspects of this.

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                I think the idea of restricting workplace interaction gets a bit muddled in transmission.

                A pandemic of this kind is almost impossible to stop absent draconian quarantine practices.

                The point of getting (some) people not to take public transport, go to restaurants, hang out around the water cooler etc. is not to ensure that those people don’t get sick. A certain percentage of them will get sick, no matter what. The point is to slow the transmission, to flatten the curve of new illnesses, so that the existing care infrastructure can handle the inevitable illness cases without being overwhelmed.

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                  I’m not sure what is there about class. There are white collar jobs that can’t be remote, like doctors. And there are some blue collar ones that can, like customer support by phone.

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                    There are always exceptions. But in general, “knowledge work” is both paid higher, and also allows the employee greater flexibility in choosing their place of work.

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                      Agreed with this take, yes.

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                      Many middle class jobs in the United States provide very few paid sick days, let alone jobs held by the working class. Paid sick leave is a rarity for part time jobs.

                      People who hold multiple part time jobs to survive will face the choice of going to work while sick or self-isolating and losing their income.

                      There’s absolutely a class component to consider, especially in America where social safety nets are especially weak.

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                        While it’s true that not all doctors can work remotely and others can’t all the time, telemedicine is a significant and growing part of the medical profession. Turns out there’s a lot of medicine that does not require in-person presence.

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                      What do you think this comment possibly adds to the conversation except being snide?

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                    Funny, I just posted this in #kisslinux earlier today asking Dylan why he made a whole repo for this. It never crossed my mind that it could be satire until he made fun of me for not recognizing the satire. It really is a funny idea though: a single line with an entire repo and build system.

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                      I used mine to flash Libreboot on my Thinkpad X200, and now I’m looking into using it as an emulation console in an arcade cabinet. Before Libreboot, I used it to host my website for a year or so.

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                        Oh, I like this topic.

                        -My blog and personal website

                        -My personal filehost

                        -A couple minecraft servers

                        -A ZNC instance for myself

                        -A bridge from Discord to an IRC channel, to encourage users of a Discord server I operate to switch to IRC The first two are hosted on DigitalOcean so I’m not sure that they count, but whatever.

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                          I learned how to operate some obscure lighting software so I’m writing lightshows for an event at my church. Oh, and working at McDonald’s. I’m always working at McDonald’s.

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                            As usual the shift at McDonald’s, but I’m also going to write lightshows for an event at my church. I’m one of the lighting techs at a very large (~5000 people) church. The only issue is that I’ve been faking it and have no idea how to write lightshows, so we’ll see how this goes.

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                              I’d like to point out that some games use a mix of both methods. For example, Halo has weapons such as the rocket launcher that have more slowly moving projectiles that can be dodged, as well as the normal raycasting weapons.

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                                That’s in the article, too.

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                                Christmas Eve is another shift at McDonald’s and then I’ll be going on a trip immediately after Christmas. Things are busy.

                                Merry Christmas everyone!

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                                  I appreciate the sentiment, but this is article #10000 on why the web sucks.

                                  Perhaps it would be better to write good websites than to complain about the bad ones over and over again.

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                                      A shift at McDonald’s. Be safe during the holidays, and please be nice to people who have to work instead of sit at home. :^)

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                                        Y2K is fascinating to me as someone born afterward. Such a silly thing looking back, but I’m curious as to why many people found the mythical bug a serious issue. Perhaps it was that knowledge of computers was not yet ‘mainstream,’ and people just didn’t understand computer systems in general?

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                                          It was a serious issue, and we fixed it.

                                          A lot of folks look at the fact pattern as: people said Y2K was a problem; we took them seriously and spent a lot of money addressing it; nothing happened — and therefore there was no problem to begin with. That’s just not the case: there was a problem, and those sums of money solved it.

                                          It’s though a bit cried ‘wolf!’ and the villagers banded together and drove it off, successfully defending their flocks — and then got angry at him, because the wolf didn’t eat any sheep.

                                          What really worries me is that the next Y2K issue won’t be fixed, and will result in death and destruction, precisely because folks think that the first one was a hoax.

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                                            This, exactly. A couple weeks ago, my daughter was raving about the cleanliness of the floors in our house, as if this sort of thing happened naturally. I had to remind her that she’s just absent when I spend a lot of time taking care of home things like cleaning the floors. Not so different.

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                                              What really worries me is that the next Y2K issue won’t be fixed, and will result in death and destruction, precisely because folks think that the first one was a hoax.

                                              I’m not really that worried about that; anyone who knows how computers work would find an argument like “These old machines count time as a 32-it number of seconds which overflows in a few years” convincing. When the entire IT department takes the issue seriously, I can only assume the people above that would let them so what they deem necessary to keep the critical systems running. This isn’t really something the general public needs to believe in to fix.

                                              Or maybe I’m just naive and people in charge don’t trust their IT staff to know what’s best for IT infrastructure.

                                              I’m worried about sporadic failures going forward due to the hacks intended to fix y2k though. If some people’s solution to y2k was to read all numbers below 20 as 20xx and all numbers above it as 19xx, because those 20 years ought to be enough to fix the issue properly…

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                                                This is why good(and public) history sources are something I will always champion. A post this week comparing these attitudes on Y2K to the 1987 treaty banning CFCs really resonated with me, having grown up witnessing both events first-hand.

                                                Even here in Seattle where newcomers love the views: Metro didn’t start as a bus service and many of our beaches were unsafe for swimming until the 80s.

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                                                  I had no idea it wasn’t a hoax. Thanks for filling me in; I’ll go research it more for myself.

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                                                  There were some people who were scared that old computers running deep down in cold war nuclear silos might go haywire and launch missiles (I kid you not). I guess it’s the unpredictability of the whole thing that scared people, mostly. Nobody was able to tell exactly what would happen when these date counters would overflow, which kind of makes sense because overflow bugs can cause really strange effects.

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                                                  This is unfortunate, and more reason to stay away from Google services. I started using qutebrowser again last week again was puzzled as to why I couldn’t log into YouTube.

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                                                    Too bad there’s no mention of battery life and screen redraw/update rates. Also unfortunate they chose a proprietary file format. It’s neat it was reverse engineered, but without the company behind it committed to supporting a public specification for it, there’s a great chance for it to include breaking changes in the future. I wouldn’t want to store anything serious in that.

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                                                      Counterargument: its gonna be a lot easier to handle and parse a simple binary format than deal with PDF.

                                                      People shouldn’t be scared of simple reversible proprietary formats.

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                                                        Particularly in comparison to the eldritch horror that is, for instance, PDF.

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                                                          And most of the PDFs (especially annotation stuff) is probably proprietary extensions to PDF anyway.

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                                                        Yes, their formats change subtly in each update. However, their formats are simple, and not obfuscated to make reverse-engineering difficult. It’s been two years, and several community-developed packages have kept up with the changing format with minimal effort.

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                                                          It might be ‘minimal effort’, but it’s effort nonetheless. Not everyone who would use this thing would have the time or skill to continue implementing changes if the community developed packages became stale. It’s just a bad idea in general to depend on proprietary formats, even if it’s currently “easy” to deal with them.

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                                                          The battery doesn’t last that long. I recharge it at least 2 times a week. The refresh rate is very good and overall it feels smoother than my 2019 kindle oasis.

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                                                            That is low, but not nearly as low as a smartphone. I have to charge my phone three times a week, so surely it isn’t a deal breaker.

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                                                            I’m not sure you understand what reversed engineering means…

                                                            The problem with proprietary formats is when they are not RE and the company stops supporting them, otherwise it all depends on whether they are good or garbage since no anyone can build on top of those.

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                                                              I know what RE means, don’t be an ass. The problem is depending on a proprietary format that is currently RE but completely at the whims of a company which may decide to make future versions of the format/product incompatible with the RE version. Commence game of cat/mouse.

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                                                            As an advocate of open/free socials myself, I know what you mean. That said, it’s not an aversion to open source as such, but rather change itself. A few reasons why I still use Twitter/Instagram despite having Mastodon/Pixelfed:

                                                            • Content. People generating good content aren’t on Mastodon.
                                                            • Friends. The fundamental unit in any social platform, really. It’s easier to stick to Instagram than move the 300 odd people you’re following over to Pixelfed.

                                                            Honestly, I’m losing interest social media altogether. I feel it’s too contrived at this point. There are better alternatives for sourcing news, better ways to socialize.

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                                                              Would you agree that by staying on Twitter and Instagram you’re encouraging others to do the same? I wonder what the tipping point will be, if any, that finally stops the major social media giants?

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                                                                I strongly think so.

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                                                              What makes you think it’s open source that people are resisting? Have you had better luck suggesting closed-source alternatives?

                                                              It seems much more likely that people aren’t interested in changing, regardless of the license and privacy policy. Or it could be that you’re coming across as pushy.

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                                                                A closed source alternative will always have the same privacy concerns as any other mainstream social media. That said, I don’t actually know of any proprietary alternatives to proprietary social media.

                                                                I do agree that the main issue at hand is likely resistance to change.

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                                                                I’m pretty sure I care about all of these things. It’s not that programmers don’t care, it’s that they don’t always feel like implementing these things, right?

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                                                                  Yeah. About 30% of these things I tend to care a lot about & end up having to campaign to support in projects I work on.

                                                                  This isn’t a list of things that programmers don’t care about. It’s a list of things that prototypes are usually missing.

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                                                                  The main takeaway I found in this is that Linux is a foundation, rather than a platform. It is not useful by itself, but is very important for building the rest.

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                                                                    Why? I see nothing here that truly makes it easier to contribute to a project. It takes little time to learn git, and another clicky GUI doesn’t seem to make things easier. The classic comic applies here.