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When you buy a 3d printer, your hobby is now trying to justify buying a 3d printer.

The seems like a culmination of Gabe's years-long noble vendetta against as a gaming platform, and I am *here* for it.

Any and all answers are greatly appreciated. No judgement whatsoever. Asking this for research on a WIP article:

Do you #selfhost :flan_hacker: ? If so:

- What do you host yourself?
- Do you use an existing toolchain (Ansible/Puppet scripts, Yunohost, etc)?
- Do you run it bare metal, virtualized or containerized? Which one?

Boosts appreciated :flan_balloon:

Just typo'ed a servername while reconnecting to an IRC channel, and accidentally put in libera dot net instead of the correct dot chat, and you wouldn't believe where I found myself: Back on Freenode. Who've apparently secured that domain, and are using it to try to trick people back on to their services.

@h3artbl33d i have a VPS for some websites, configured with #NixOS

you find the config here: codeberg.org/davidak/nixos-con

i'm generally against self-hosting of e.g. e-mail or git and instead for community maintained services like @codeberg. it's not efficient when everyone does it themselves and not everyone is a professional sysadmin (i am tho). it's OK if you do it for fun, but consider contributing in a community effort

@tindall eris public license time: under no circumstances can this software be used to any means or for any purposes

Selection effects on police composition given widespread ACAB beliefs

<< It’s this thing that we were warned about. It’s this thing that we knew could happen. Norbert Wiener, who coined the term cybernetics, warned about it as a possibility. And despite all the warnings, and despite all of the cautions, we just walked right into it, and we created mass behavior-modification regimes out of our digital networks. We did it out of this desire to be both cool socialists and cool libertarians at the same time. >>

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Amusing idea: a blog that is *only* distributed through RSS (or some similar feed format).

Old man yells at modern video arcades 

I hate modern video arcades so much. They are absolutely dazzling, an overwhelming riot of light and color. The games themselves come in two flavors: One flavor is casinos set to maximum extractiveness, paying out in tickets for cheap junk. The other is outright scams like claw games. No incentives at all to be good or fun games, just intense stimulation and avarice.

Something has been lost, for sure.

holy shit freenode has started referring to itself as the "freenode autonomous zone" and insisting they are now beyond the laws of the state hosting their servers

this is beyond parody at this point

Alright, the "let's wait and see what happens with #keybase after zoom acquisition" uncertainty has been resolved:

- the keybase client repository hasn't seen activity in months
- their twitter account has just been deleted

Time to get your keys out of there and move on. With no new auditing and patching, the platform is dead.

I really, really want to love . Actor-based programming? Compiler-tracked isolation? Expressive type system? Solidly written tutorial? Check, check, and check!

But the stdlib documentation is such garbage I can't possibly figure how to fit pieces together to do anything. It's super frustrating.

I am a long time aficionado, but I've been reading the protocol, and... I don't hate it. It fixes a lot of the problems with without introducing many new ones. I'm not super excited about http-all-the-things and json protocols, but it seems solid otherwise.

I don't think I'll really know how I feel about it unless I write a client for it.

"The rise of community-owned monopolies" by Konrad Hinsen blog.khinsen.net/posts/2020/02

"The monopoly situation prevents existing users from moving elsewhere, significantly reducing the effort that needs to be made to keep them. All effort can thus be concentrated on gaining new users, which leads to the paradoxical situation that the needs of non-users have a larger weight in strategic decisions than the needs of the user base."

This is spot-on.

Institutional Memory and Reverse Smuggling

I worked for several decades at a large petrochemical company. In the early 1980s, we designed and built a plant that refines some hydrocarbon type stuff into other hydrocarbon type stuff. Over the next thirty years, institutional memory of this plant faded to a dim recollection. Oh, it still operates, and still makes money for the firm. Day to day maintenance is performed, and the skilled local crew is familiar with the controls, valves, safety systems, and other such.

But the company has forgotten how it really works. ...

web.archive.org/web/2011120618

#InstitutionalMemory #DataInfiltration

My car spontaneously installed an Alexa app and I am really damn unhappy about it.

In case you're wondering how Freenode is doing, just take a look at their latest policy update:

github.com/freenode/web-7.0/pu

In other news, if you enjoy political, racial, ethnic, religious or gender-related invectives, Freenode is now the network of your choice! 😬

For people who are sad about Freenode, I am too.

I want everyone to take courage, though, because picking up and moving our crap elsewhere is freedom. It's the freedom given to us by IRC, by federated services, and by FLOSS software in general.

We only have this freedom because IRC isn't *owned*. This was and is the best thing about the open internet, and it's worth preserving as much as we can.

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