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#126 2022-07-16 18:06:36

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Re: What are you reading/want to read ?

You are not a Boltzmann Brain

This is a great relief to me. I've been worrying for a while now.


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#127 2022-07-17 19:03:02

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Re: What are you reading/want to read ?

ed cheatsheet (PDF)

Invaluable resource for fans of the standard text editor.

archie:~$ echo $EDITOR
ed
archie:~$

Oh yes.


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#128 2022-07-29 23:46:35

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Re: What are you reading/want to read ?

libadwaita: Fixing Usability Problems on the Linux Desktop

A well-reasoned defence of GNOME's decisions about GTK4.


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#129 2022-07-30 00:25:10

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mmm I don't much care about GUI, but I don't think I would see much value in using a platform that wants to be in control how my stuff looks. Probably best for me that I keep staying away from it smile

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#130 2022-07-30 03:18:20

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The Tears of Strangers, Stan Grant.

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#131 2022-09-04 16:32:27

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Does the past exist?

I used to believe in the block universe but I'm not so sure now. Heisenberg's principle doesn't allow enough accuracy for the behaviour of particles to be mapped into infinity. But I'm no expert :-)


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#132 2022-09-05 06:38:28

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Funny man pages:

https://manpages.debian.org/unstable/fu … index.html

Trigger warning: content reflects the attitudes of the times.

EDIT: holy fuck, some of that is really bad. RMS must have had significant input...

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#133 2022-09-05 09:26:48

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Just ordered some pre used computer books....having a reminisce of command line days. wink

Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools

Going Text: Mastering the Power of the Command Line

The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction

Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible

Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell

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#134 2022-09-05 17:08:27

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started Ashenden by WS Maugham
in the Preface he shares some observations about the differences between facts and stories

Fact is a poor story-teller. It starts a story at haphazard, generally long before the beginning, rambles on inconsequently and tails off, leaving loose ends hanging about, without a conclusion. It works up to an interesting situation, and then leaves it in the air to follow an issue that has nothing to do with the point; it has no sense of climax and whittles away its dramatic effects in irrelevance. There is a school of novelists that looks upon this as the proper model for fiction. If life, they say, is arbitrary and disconnected, why, fiction should be so too; for fiction should imitate life. In life things happen at random, and that is how they should happen in a story; they do not lead to a climax, which is an outrage to probability, they just go on. Nothing offends these people more than the punch or the unexpected twist with which some writers seek to surprise their readers, and when the circumstances they relate seem to tend towards a dramatic effect they do their best to avoid it. They do not give you a story, they give you the material on which you can invent your own. Sometimes it consists of an incident presented, you might think, at haphazard, and you are invited to divine its significance. Sometimes they give you a character and leave it at that. They give you the materials for a dish and expect you to do the cooking yourself. Now this is one way like another of writing stories and some very good stories have been written in it. Chekov used it with mastery. It is more suitable for the very short story than for the longer one. The description of a mood, an environment or an atmosphere, can hold your attention for half a dozen pages, but when it comes to fifty a story needs a supporting skeleton. The skeleton of a story is of course its plot. Now a plot has certain characteristics that you cannot get away from. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. It is complete in itself. It starts with a set of circumstances which have consequences, but of which the causes may be ignored; and these consequences, in their turn the cause of other circumstances, are pursued till a point is reached when the reader is satisfied that they are the cause of no further consequences that need be considered. This means that a story should begin at a certain point and end at a certain point. It should not wander along an uncertain line, but follow, from exposition to climax, a bold and vigorous curve.

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#135 2022-09-19 13:16:46

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An X11 Apologist Tries Wayland

tl;dr: they were wrong, Wayland is awesome.


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#136 2022-09-20 13:05:07

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Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

An X11 Apologist Tries Wayland

tl;dr: they were wrong, Wayland is awesome.

I could not find in that article what linux/gnu distribution artemis using? im guessing archlinux?.

I will change over when wayland is usable without dbus and doesn't require obscure methodology to get to a graphical session.


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#137 2022-09-20 13:37:38

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Evenson wrote:

what linux/gnu distribution artemis using? im guessing archlinux?

Looks like she's a Parabola dev. Not sure though.

Evenson wrote:

doesn't require obscure methodology to get to a graphical session.

lolwut?

Here's my Wayland session startup script:

exec sway > ~/.sway.log 2>&1

That's it. What is obscure about that? The logging is purely optional, the desktop will start with just sway run from the console (or X session if you want a nested Wayland compositor).


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#138 2022-09-20 13:44:00

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Re: What are you reading/want to read ?

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Evenson wrote:

what linux/gnu distribution artemis using? im guessing archlinux?

Looks like she's a Parabola dev. Not sure though.

Evenson wrote:

doesn't require obscure methodology to get to a graphical session.

lolwut?

Here's my Wayland session startup script:

exec sway > ~/.sway.log 2>&1

That's it. What is obscure about that? The logging is purely optional, the desktop will start with just sway run from the console (or X session if you want a nested Wayland compositor).

Startup script? Im talking about the back end requirements, namely polkit and dbus. One can do a simple apt depends on sway for this knowledge.


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#139 2022-09-20 13:48:10

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Evenson wrote:

the back end requirements, namely polkit and dbus

Sway doesn't require polkit. The Arch package was recently fixed to allow seatd to be used instead. Unfortunately the Debian sway package is broken in this respect. I would file a bug report but I'm not actually using Debian atm.


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#140 2022-09-20 13:49:24

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Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Evenson wrote:

the back end requirements, namely polkit and dbus

Sway doesn't require polkit. The Arch package was recently fixed to allow seatd to be used instead. Unfortunately the Debian sway package is broken in this respect. I would file a bug report but I'm not actually using Debian atm.

Im not an archlinux user. So it is broken in debian.
Edit: seatd/libseat reads like a good replacement for policykit.

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#141 2022-11-18 20:34:04

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New SI prefixes just in:

https://www.bipm.org/documents/20126/77 … b76500990f

tl;dr:

  • 10^27 — ronna (R)

  • 10^-27 — ronto (r)

  • 10^30 — quetta (Q)

  • 10^-30 — quecto (q)

So a ronnabyte (1 RB) of RAM would be a billion billion gigabytes. I think hmm

EDIT: good grief, that's almost enough to run the latest version of EMACS lol

EDIT2: these boards need some kind of LaTeX plugin so we can better express mathematical notation.

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#142 2022-11-19 10:15:30

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What am I about to read?

All the documentation on the BSDs, again, as I have just acquired a lot of thin clients which need an O/S.... big_smile

(It's been a while since even using OpenBSD as my desktop, never really got on with FreeBSD, but I shall be giving it another tryout, as will NetBSD be getting a further spell on one of them; & NomadBSD too.) smile

Well, I reckon that will keep me occupied this Winter...... wink

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#143 2022-11-19 11:42:22

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As an English student and sci-fi fan, I'm reading again 1984, but this time in English, previous one I read it in Spanish.

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#144 2022-11-19 13:07:53

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Im reading Dune for the first time, its quite the epic and im drawn in. Ive watched the movie that came out last year but the book is by far superior.


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#145 2022-11-19 20:23:52

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Evenson wrote:

Im reading Dune for the first time, its quite the epic and im drawn in. Ive watched the movie that came out last year but the book is by far superior.

Frank Herbert was an amazing, visionary scifi writer with traits of true genius. One of my favorite series by him was the Pandora series (Destination:Void, the Jesus Incident, the Lazarus Effect, and the Ascension Factor) in which he explores human consciousness and the concept of God in a distant future dystopic universe. In the Dune series and so many writings he will challenge your perception of reality and even change your thinking on subjects like biology, religion, politics, ethics. What's fascinating about him is he says "you are being lied to" without saying it, but by showing the consequences of our society's big lies in dramatic scifi stories.


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#146 2022-11-20 13:53:31

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Really good article about how mechanical watches work:

https://ciechanow.ski/mechanical-watch/

I don't approve of the date complication though. I can't stand date windows.


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#147 2022-11-20 15:01:14

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The human meta-narrative taken as a whole (science, mathematics, religion, philosophy) is simply an obituary of a thought written in a nonsense language. Love seems always to be the dialect we cannot master.

Currently re-reading: Fire in the Lake and Windblown World

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_in_the_Lake

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-670-03341-6

l(a or (A leaf falls on loneliness) by e.e. cummings
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#148 Yesterday 16:31:59

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One for golinux:

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

It is old though. We're much better now. I hope.

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#149 Yesterday 17:06:16

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Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

Obligatory NotRelated Podcast reference: The Flaws of Academic Statistics: the Null Ritual - https://piped.kavin.rocks/watch?v=an0RFLzJ5Yo


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