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nilix shared 10 Dec 2023 08:37 -0700
original: praxeology@post.lurk.org

One of the problems of digital systems is that they pretend to represent infinite resources. So we end up collecting gigabytes of media, scrolling endlessly and opening hundreds of tabs. It's very hard to know when to stop so you eventually feel overwhelmed, confused, tired and freaked out.

And since these systems are based on individualized, interactive choices we tend to blame ourselves for bad choices or poor self-discipline. But we are dealing with stuff that is _cognitively hostile_. It's designed, in many cases, intentionally, to constantly cut off our ability to reflect and process our thoughts and emotions or to see them in a broader social context.

But we are human and don't have infinite capacities. You can't expect yourself to become a zen monk just to get a few things done with the computer!

As I see it, the way forward is to try to put ourselves in different situations where we don't need super-human powers of self control and concentration. An interface (digital or not) should be limited and mirror our own abilities to think. #permacomputing and related approaches are helpful because they have more human scale limitations built-in and frame these constraints not as a problem, but a virtue.

nilix posted 09 Dec 2023 23:25 -0700

#xmodmap can swap mouse buttons on demand - so my riosh script that uses #slop to draw windows like #plan9 #rio can actually use the right mouse button!

ironically though #openbox has terrible behavior when hotplugging monitors compared to the dumb but predictable behavior in #ryudo, so that's the last(?) thing to adjust to have my openbox config be essentially an EWMH-compliant version of my ryudo setup...

nilix posted 09 Dec 2023 22:59 -0700

busy saturday...

babysat our big post-codefreeze deployment this morning; no issues with the deployment per se but we discovered a 5+ years-old bug :D

then had a web consultation that went well and it looks like we're moving forward with the work, which is excellent timing since my other side gig is winding down.

and took a wonderful walk with the kiddo around the neighborhood. there is a lot to explore.

it's been a good day!

nilix shared 09 Dec 2023 07:23 -0700
original: nabijaczleweli@101010.pl

type of guy what circumvents the three-CI-jobs-per-push limitation by manually downloading and chrooting into a void tarball

nilix shared 08 Dec 2023 11:27 -0700
original: mike@fosstodon.org

The most fun comment I've heard in a meeting today:

"Someone somewhere in corporate did some knee jerky thing because that's what they do, and now we have to go and explain to them the ramifications of what they did."

nilix shared 06 Dec 2023 13:09 -0700
original: neauoire@merveilles.town

I don't have much time today so I'll keep it short, implemented theme parsing at the OS level. I wanted the little interface there is to follow the colors defined by the theme file. That's it, just wanted to make things a tad comfier while I work for the rest of the month.

More tomorrow, until then I've got lifelines to splice.

Uxn operating system with a bunch of shit opened, picture viewers, text editor, but all share the same color theme.

nilix shared 06 Dec 2023 11:21 -0700
original: currentbias@open-source-eschaton.net

"'I do not think we should be appropriating $10.1 billion for the right-wing, extremist Netanyahu government to continue its current military approach. What the Netanyahu government is doing is immoral, it is in violation of international law, and the United States should not be complicit in those actions,' Sanders argued on the Senate floor."


#gaza #westbank #palestine

nilix posted 06 Dec 2023 10:20 -0700

CW: playful yet extreme violence

CW: playful yet extreme violence

"ok, let's go stab today in the face!"

  • QA lead at the end of scrum

nilix shared 05 Dec 2023 15:09 -0700
original: astrid@fedi.astrid.tech



They are growing right next to this server btw it's the mycology 8bay NAS

The jars are actually sitting next to a server cabinet

nilix shared 05 Dec 2023 10:27 -0700
original: alice32@tech.lgbt

Please read. This is important as fuck, to me at least.

It is no news that LGBT is not doing great in russia. Since december 1st, LGBT itself is an extremist group on russian soil, and a little before that government banned trans healthcare.

All I am asking is to sign a petition that would allow for trans people from russia to get humanitarian visas to Germany. All it would take from you personally is to spend 10-15 minutes of your life, that could possibly save someone else's life.

The petition is available here: https://epetitionen.bundestag.de/content/petitionen/_2023/_08/_22/Petition_156274.html

Non-germans can sign it, I signed it as a russian citizen.

Please boost this on mastodon, that's the very least you can do if you don't have time / dont want to sign the petition.

nilix posted 02 Dec 2023 18:09 -0700

Storage enclosure is here! The SSDs will arrive on Monday!

empty 2x2.5" SATA enclosure from MAIWO. Next to it are the cables and screws in zip lock baggies and a couple tiny screwdrivers

nilix shared 30 Nov 2023 15:41 -0700
original: neauoire@merveilles.town

I've been working from within a flow-based operating system for a few days now. It's beginning to feel a bit familiar. It has been pretty nice to make and unmake communication between programs as they run.

I've managed to implement a basic folder navigation with the dropdown rom, which made my life a lot easier

External Attachment: Moving a couple of windows aroundin the Porporo operating system.

nilix shared 30 Nov 2023 15:40 -0700
original: nina_kali_nina@tech.lgbt

It is official now: Russia's Supreme Court declared "extremist" and banned the "LGBT movement".

A single display of LGBT flag, offline or online, is punishable by a fine.
In case of multiple offenses, the punishment is up to 4 years in prison.
Activism, online or offline, and potentially donations to LGBT charities, are punished by up to 6 years in prison.
Allies of LGBT activism are now legally banned from elections.

And there is a new law coming up, "justification" of "extremism" online (as in, not denouncing), punishing it by a prison sentence of up to five years.

Progress Pride flag 2021: the rainbow flag (horizontal stripes of red orange yellow green blue and purple) are covered by a series of L-shaped stripes (45 degree to the horizontal stripes, black, brown, light blue, pink, white) and finally a yellow triangle with a magenta circle in it

nilix shared 30 Nov 2023 12:07 -0700
original: Cyborgneticz@scholar.social

My piece on sexuality, desire, and politics is now out!

'Within abortion restrictions, there is an implicit allowance for some forms of sodomy. This tolerance is at clear odds with the attempts to hide queer sexuality and queer sodomy from children. Even so, the acceptance of some non-procreative sex demonstrates an awareness that eros can never be fully controlled.'


nilix posted 30 Nov 2023 10:16 -0700

sweater is necessary today...

view out my bedroom/office window - snow cakes the pine tree outside and the sky is blindingly white. There are no curtains.

nilix shared 29 Nov 2023 12:35 -0700
original: jenniferplusplus@hachyderm.io

So anyway, if you liked my incendiary toot the other day, then you might also like the long form version.

In summary:
❎ AI isn't reliable, and even if it was
❎ AI does real harm in the real world, but even if it didn't
❎ AI hypesters are not acting in good faith, but even if they were
❎ AI can't know things or understand your complex system

Even if all that were true, making ourselves into reviewers for AI written code is still selling out ourselves and our futures

nilix posted 26 Nov 2023 23:13 -0700

Why yes I am a time traveller from 2005 why do you ask?

a 24" monitor with a c4d style abstract background and pcsx2 window in the foreground with large font and window decorations

nilix shared 17 Nov 2023 15:06 -0700
original: wim_v12e@scholar.social

OK, I just did a more rigorous study and I conclude that a single ChatGPT query requires between 30x and 50x more energy than a conventional search query. We can't afford this.

(blog post to follow soon)


nilix posted 17 Nov 2023 12:29 -0700

Every day is a LAN party!