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Is this the equivalent of a PC maker in 2024 going "yeah, I don't think we are going to put a floppy drive in anymore..."?

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Nick, nick, nick, nick, n-nick NICK nick, Nick-el-odeon!

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If you don't have a specific need that only Linux can fulfill, or are not an advocate of open source software or don't really care, then why make yourself go through this and not just stick with Windows if it works so much better for you?

I can use it fine, because A., I don't have to work with anybody else, and B. I use it mostly for programming and electronics engineering, which it excels at. You have other use cases, so it's probably not a good fit. I'm not the kind of person that will blindly push Linux on everybody and their grandmother while lying through their teeth about the "easy" user experience. I ain't gonna sugarcoat it, it's an OS developed by tinkerers for tinkerers, and if you're not a tinkerer, you're going to get frustrated.

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Or do while making sure you 100% know WTF you are doing. Some modern tech, like onion routing and encryption, are still very useful.

But if you're not the kind of person who can convert a 32 bit hex number to decimal in your head or recognize a JTAG port on a device when you see it, then yeah stay away.

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Now, not so unusual, I have pretty dull and standard "gaming" type PC running stock Debian, but about 20 years ago as a broke mofo I was running a phpBB forum off a wheezing Pentium MMX laptop with no screen (got ripped off a year prior) on Mandrake Linux. The whole thing was just loosely sitting under my bed. Managed to get a userbase of just under a hundred people before I lost interest. I was using Webmin to manage it from another PC.

I had to connect up an external monitor every time I needed to do something I couldn't do remotely. I learned so much from that laptop. "./configure, make, make install" became muscle memory.

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According to what I just looked up, they pay him a weekly salary of $50 so he'll show up every so often for special events. Hardly raking in the big bucks.

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If you are a heavy cannabis user, quitting for a week or two has the same effect until your tolerance goes back down.

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As a person who stares at a lot of text, 4K makes a difference. I don't notice antialiasing pixels anymore, my eyes finally see it as a smooth blend.

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Construction too. I peg my "I'm in danger" meter every time I go up in a scissor lift. Those lights/speakers/fire strobes/WAPs don't make it 30 feet up to your Walmart ceiling by themselves. Then there's the residential a-hole who wants a camera at the apex of his roof on the third floor, so gotta break out the creaky old sun-bleached 40-foot extension ladder and fuck around like Clark Griswold...

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I'm only a hobbyist, but I do embedded programming, and knowing computer science concepts really helps when you're bare-metal programming a teeny-tiny computer in say, a smart toaster.

Pointers and dereferences and how memory works, buffers, interrupts, how registers work, and perhaps even a little bit of assembly are still very useful things to know about in today's world, just not on the web. But like damn near everything has little computers in it everywhere, even your TV remote. I bet the average home is filled with hundreds of these one-chip computers.

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I'll settle for this ESP32 microcontroller I'm currently playing with to play variable-bitrate MP3s through a decoder chip without segfaulting.

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Someone ought to order pizza delivery for him to cheer him up...

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That's not how emojis work. They look different for everybody. It all depends on how the client renders Unicode character U+1F62C. Just like text.

Try it out. Find a PC with a web browser and find your comment and emoji, and see how it looks on a different platform.

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Oh shit my bad, I was being a nerd. 🤓

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They said email, not AIM username.

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Is this a rational discussion about what may be actually happening here in reality, or is this a circlejerk where everybody just repeats what we already know, which is that Elon sucks as a person? Let's not become Reddit.

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That wasn't my point. I'm just getting sick of seeing "Elon sucks" everywhere with no substance. We fucking get it already. You're preaching to the choir on the fediverse.

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What are you talking about? Are you lost in the thread responding to the wrong person? I made no edits to my comment.

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Here where I am in the US there are probably like 200 drugstores and doctor's offices in a 30 mile radius that will give me a Covid shot no problem.

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People are different. I just like to look at cool pictures. I couldn't care less about the person that made it. I expect anyone to do the same with anything I create.

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I'm using Github Copilot every day just fine. It's great for fleshing out boilerplate and other tedious things where I'd rather spend the time working out the logic instead of syntax. If you actually know how to program and don't treat it as if it can do it all for you, it's actually a pretty great time saver. An autocomplete on steroids basically. It integrates right into my IDE and actually types out code WITH me at the same time, like someone is sitting right beside you on a second keyboard.

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Do you care that you may soon be having discussions/arguments with chatbots more often than not on popular platforms like Reddit, X, YouTube, etc?

I wouldn't mind it as much if these chatbots weren't being used for nefarious purposes, like mass data collection, tracking, influencing, and privacy violations. Other than that, if it walks like a human, talks like a human, and we are convinced it's a human, is there anything wrong with that? It might as well be human. This is going to become more and more of a big question as we get closer to AGI. An AGI isn't going to suddenly "wake up" and become self aware one day. All these systems are slowly inching towards it. There's not going to be a clean line between "just a program mimicking a human" and "a fully self-aware entity". It's up to us to determine that, and there's no hard rules to determine that, because it falls into the "problem of other minds" philosophical concept.

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Check out Technology Connections. Very successful channel. Not a single clickbaity face in sight. It has the bold text, sure, but it mostly describes the actual video.

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If the human brain can do what it does while being powered by Doritos and beer, we need to do wayyy better on the hardware efficiency front.

Opinion: It's Time To Ditch 2.4GHz WI-FI

2.4GHz wifi is not suitable for two big reasons, interference and low bandwidth. 2.4GHz wifi in any kind of suburban or city environment and sometimes even in rural will be congested with other networks, microwaves, other appliances, etc causing massive speed degradation or fluctuations. The range of 2.4GHz is just too large for...

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I run both. 5Ghz for high bandwidth devices such as phones and laptops. 2.4Ghz for IoT stuff that needs to penetrate through walls and isn't using much bandwidth.

Because of this useful niche, it probably won't go away for a long time. Just like new burglar/fire alarm panels, UPSs, and network appliances that still use RS232 serial interfaces to program some settings.

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The ISS is one yard short of the length of one American football field!

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HDMI only had about four good years to itself before DisplayPort showed up. In contrast, the RCA port stuck around for damn near 100 years.

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Software pirates still love it for some reason. You'd think they'd use non-proprietary archival programs.

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Which is why people still need to learn to code. We are gonna find out real quick who the copypaster fakes are.

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I'll never forget seeing "Y2K compatible" flashlights in the dollar store.

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I realized a long time ago that Ubuntu, Mint, and like almost half the distros out there are all just Debian-based. I can literally just turn one into the other if I want. To me they are about as different from each other as different system themes, all just Debian in various outfits. (Astronaut gun meme: it's ALL Debian?/Always has been...)

So I figured why not just go with the OG? I'm not a gamer, so I don't need the hottest new GPU drivers every week.

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I don't know, maybe, check up on what your kids are watching from time to time? We survived the 90s just fine this way. Now we expect technology to supervise and raise them...

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The people who have the means to just uproot everything and move to another country on a whim are probably not the same people who are struggling to live here, and so the incentive there is to not really care because they're comfortable where they are.

We aren't really taught to give much of a shit about our fellow citizens here. There isn't any kind of social cohesion, it's everyone for themselves. We saw the US's true colors when we tried to get everybody vaccinated.

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Yeah it's called a "dead cat bounce". Zoom out by about 7 years.

Take it from a veteran. They get longer and longer with each iteration of boom/bust cycle. I've been into this shit since 2012. Long before the cryptobros all piled in.

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That's not my point. I was talking about the recent price rise.

Every boom/bust cycle so far (and there have been about 4 or 5 of them), you get an initial spike, followed by a second one, and then a long, drawn out "despair" period after a crash.

What you're seeing is the second bounce of a spike that has been ongoing since about 2019/2020. The "despair" phase is probably not too far off now.

I know the past is no indicator of future results, but when it happens over and over and over again, well...

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As a former Bitcoin user and fan, I am also anti-Bitcoin. Until they can figure out how to run the network without drawing the energy equivalent of an entire developing country just to check if some numbers are correct in a database, I can't morally justify myself using it any more.

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Naw, better probe the anus too to make sure it's a person.

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Throw in a little whimsical wizard while you're at it.

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This is the guy who supposedly helped code early versions of PayPal. Now I want to see his code out of morbid curiosity.

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The laws of physics still apply. We already have to do all kinds of crazy tricks to make transistors as small as they are and not leak electrons all over the place due to quantum tunneling. The best thing we figured out how to do is just pile on more CPU/GPU cores.

It's also arrogant to assume we will continue on this exponential industrial-revolution growth of the last 300 years and not plateau as a species again for the next thousand. We could be looking at an eon of just burnin' away our oil while we try to cling more and more to whatever other energy impinges on this pitiful little planet, trapped in our local space unable to use our pathetic spacecraft to push us any further.

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A 1970's dumb terminal dialed up through an acoustic coupler to a mainframe running Lynx...

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Don’t pretend like you weren’t implying Soviet style collectives.

Why do you believe this? I'm a fuckin' anarchist for christ sake. I already mentioned libertarian socialism once.

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