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Cake day: June 5th, 2023

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  • MystikIncarnatetoMemes@lemmy.mlCapitalism and fascism
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    Wasn’t fascism modelled after early feudalism?

    There were obvious differences, fascism has more nationalism and racism, IMO, but at the core, aren’t they extremely similar?

    I’m no expert on either. I just know enough to get myself into (and hopefully out of) trouble in these discussions.


  • MystikIncarnatetoUS Authoritarianism@lemmy.worldShout Out to Blue Maga
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    Last I heard from the rumor mill is that he was right leaning but showed signs of disapproval of Trump specifically after he was elected the first time. Something about activism engagements related to stuff that was pretty opposite of whatever Trump wanted.

    I dunno, I haven’t fact checked anything, but I don’t care to. Everyone is already picking his life apart (law enforcement and the public), which IMO, is pretty invasive.

    If the LEOs wanted to know why he did what he did, I’m sure their sharpshooters could have found a way to not end his life in the process of stopping him. IDK, I’m not a sharpshooter either.


  • MystikIncarnatetoMemes@lemmy.mlCapitalism and fascism
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    From the peanut gallery, aka me… Most business are run under a more fascist principle.

    I’m not talking about how the business operates in the market, or whatever… I’m talking about internal organizational behaviour.

    Things are often very “my way or the highway”, with management, owners, etc.

    Of course, not all businesses, but most follow some fairly fascist ideologies. They’ll tell you where to be, what to bring, what to do, when to stop… And hey, where are your papers? … I mean… Where is your company issued identification card?

    They’ll watch what you’re doing, monitor and surveil you as much as they are legally allowed, govern every moment that they can, of every day you’re working there.

    Capitalism and the pursuit of profit is their objective, the governance is fascist.

    Business leaders engage in fascism.

    … Why are we surprised that this brain rot is leaking out into actual politics? Trump is literally known for running businesses… Mostly into the ground/bankruptcy, but still. His whole thing is him being the boss. The ruler and Lord dictator over his tiny island. How are we so surprised that he’s a fascist? Shocked picachu

    The best move the Nazis made was convincing everyone that yeah, the Nazis lost and are gone forever… They’re literally hiding in plain sight.


  • https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/6879/a-number-one-egg-bread/

    There’s also cake that uses yeast/leavening:

    https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/215136/drozdzowka-polish-yeast-plum-cake/

    So I’m pretty sure the ingredient angle is out, unless you want to go by proportion of sugar/flour/whatever, which is a much more involved discussion, but IMO, will also be a fruitless one…

    I don’t think ingredients are the dividing line here between cakes/breads, IMO, it might be texture/consistency of the loaf, but even that’s a hard sell. There are some very dense breads and some very airy cakes.

    I’m more leaning towards “cake” being a label we put on bread products when we deem it appropriate.

    The fact that a lot of this was defined by medieval standards, where people did some pretty strange things, especially with naming, IMO, is the root of the problem. Today, as we create new things we have specific terms for them that defines that thing and limits on what the thing is and isn’t. A lot of scientific naming has been refined in the last century because of the bad/inaccurate naming of things, mainly because they were named and defined well before we had the technology to properly understand what we were looking at.

    Culinary arts, which can be scientific, but the naming certainly isn’t, is not an exact science. If you take either of the above recipes and add an extra quarter cup of flour or something to either, it probably won’t ruin the product. It might make it taste different than intended, but probably not ruined.

    In all the difference between cake and bread is blurry at best. At worst, cake is just a specific type of bread product, which is defined fairly loosely by how we feel about it.

    As a related fact, muffins and cupcakes have been in a war for which one is better for you. Cupcakes can have fewer calories, but muffins seem to have better marketing, so people feel like they’re better/more healthy, than eating cupcakes.

    I dunno, I’m just some guy.



  • MystikIncarnatetomemes@lemmy.worldweird looking gear
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    I could say a lot on this, as I’ve been in the whole premium audio/audiophile thing for a little while (I don’t buy the hype, I just want something that sounds good but doesn’t break the bank).

    What I want to mention is that cd shavers have a purpose, but it’s not necessarily good for audio/audio quality. To put it simply, if a disc is unbalanced and wobbles in the reader/player, it’s prone to errors. With audio, most of these errors are correctable, and at most generate artifacts in the sound (like ticks or pops), but with faster readers, usually with data storage (like 48x or 52x cd/dvd readers) those errors can cause some significant issues where the disc needs to be re-read. The wobble of the disc due to balance issues can be a significant factor at high speeds.

    Shaving a disc, which is really just trimming excess material until the disc is circularly uniform, can reduce errors and increase access speeds.

    While all of this is possible, in practice, it doesn’t really matter all that much.

    I will finish by saying: you won’t notice if a CD/DVD/BluRay is in balance, but you will definitely notice if it’s significantly out of balance.


  • MystikIncarnateto196@lemmy.blahaj.zoneGirl rule
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    For any person who is in the described situation: if you find someone attractive who happens to be MTF trans, then it doesn’t really say anything about you, if you’re a straight/cis man. The individual is intentionally trying to pass as female (because that’s what’s comfortable/appropriate for them) and you “fell for it”, or more appropriately, you were convinced by it. They succeeded in their efforts to present themselves as female. That’s it.

    When you find out that, maybe they had a penis, or perhaps they still do, and that’s a turn off for you, it changes nothing about who you are or what you like. This is what we like to call a “sexual preference”. Your sexual preference is entirely your choice. Whatever you like in a partner is your preference. The reasons why you like that in a partner, may be bigoted, but simply having a preference does not, and should not, say anything about you or what you stand for.

    You like what you like.

    How you react when you “find out the truth” will absolutely speak volumes about your character.


  • What isn’t he doing that warrants hell?

    He’s stealing from the poor, lying, cheating and otherwise scamming his way into wealth that he didn’t earn.

    There’s also a nontrivial chance he has had inappropriate relations with someone who was not of legal age. At the very least he’s allied himself with those that have and provided shelter for such people, either physically or socially.

    God knows what other atrocities he’s committed (pun(?) intended).

    How could he not go to hell?


  • If I thought there was any chance of police seizure at all, including interacting with the police, I turn my phone off.

    My phone is encrypted, and can only be initially unlocked (decrypted) via the pin code.

    Law enforcement has all kinds of methods to extract information from a powered on phone post-decryption. Once it’s off and the storage onboard is encrypted, they either need to force me to give them the code, which, anything short of torture will not compel me to do, or brute force the pin, likely resulting in my phone locking out, requiring even more access, into my online accounts to unlock it (and/or wiping the phone), or brute force the encryption directly which will likely take millions of years with existing technology.

    Even if a judge orders me to unlock it, I would refuse because the information on there, stuff I’ve said in confidence to others, could be used against me as testimony. The constitution protects me from incriminating myself. So I would simply argue (through my lawyer) that doing so would violate my right not to self incriminate.

    Good luck coppers.


  • The distances they’re likely dealing with are very likely a significant factor. Being that far away, optics can only do so much to show you what is happening.

    It’s hard to tell if it’s a rifle or not, and if the rifle is a real gun or something like Airsoft or a pellet gun or something that doesn’t actually pose any threat.

    With the distance (or even up close) you can’t really be picky about where you’re aiming, you’re just trying to hit something, so shots are generally towards the chest where you’re most likely to hit, unfortunately shooting someone in the chest has the largest chance to be fatal, so you basically have to shoot to kill.

    Killing someone for holding what looks like, but cannot be confirmed as a gun, on a building that’s outside of your protection zone, is a tough call. Once a shot rings out, the intention of the person and what they have is made very clear, and taking a shot at that point is valid and warranted.

    First, I don’t think that SS, or any agency, wants to end the life of someone who is not doing anything wrong and not posing a risk to anyone, so IMO, they all rightfully err on the side of caution until a threat is confirmed or very obvious.

    I’m aware that the local PD confirmed the threat, but I would assume that due to bad/slow/complex inter-agency and inter-team communication, the message did not reach the sharpshooter team which ultimately took the guy out… At least it didn’t reach them prior to when the shots were fired.

    Knowing what I do about radio, communications and the methods by which information is transferred, the local PD officer likely radioed dispatch about it, where they faffed about trying to find how to contact the SS, ultimately they probably called someone in the SS, who relayed it to an on-site (or dispatch type) operator, likely sending it out on the wrong channel (sharp shooters are often on their own channel AFAIK), and it took so long for the information to reach the sharpshooter team that by the time they could have set up the shot, he was already firing at Trump. This is all conjecture and speculation based on my experience running communications for various events (I’m not security nor medical nor anything else, I’m part of a team brought in specifically to relay information between locations in real time). There’s often a bit of a game of telephone happening, and the message is usually not clear getting to the final person.

    In my experience I’ve had bad reports from random event goers that turn into nothing. Recently at an event I had a report of someone collapsed, vomiting, and needing medical. When I arrived, there was nobody there, myself and the medical staff were thoroughly confused. We asked around and apparently, they didn’t collapse, they threw up a bit (probably alcohol related as there was alcohol at the event), then shuffled off by friends. We had no description of the person, nothing to go on at all on order to find them and confirm their condition, only a vague direction from the witnesses in trucks and tents nearby. We never found them, and the person who originally reported it disappeared into the crowd as quickly as they appeared. So we were left to wander around trying to find someone who looked like they had just thrown up in a crowd of people (likely around 200 or more). Another example was someone saying there was an injury, gave a location and myself and the medical team jumped into action. We went to the described location and nobody needed help nor had an inquiry. After canvassing around for about 3-4 minutes, we found them several hundred feet away, stationary, waiting for us to arrive, but in a completely different area.

    My point is, getting accurate information across from those that need help to those that can help is a challenge because the simple game of telephone between the points is unreliable at best. If you’re ever reporting anything, to anyone, please, for the love of everything, be specific and direct. Don’t just point and say, “over there” because there’s an entire world of stuff “over there”. If you can cite a nearby address or landmark, do that, otherwise give a direction and your best estimate of distance. If it’s a person or thing, do your best to describe the individual or object. Don’t assume that the recipient knows anything about the area.

    I love doing communications work for events, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. However, people are garbage at telling me what they need and where. To be clear, my team often works with medical/security, and often we travel with them to give updates to the rest of the team as we go. We have people listening where their only job is to relay information and record it, similar to dispatch. So we put as much information as we can on the air. Radio calls travel at the speed of light, so we can often get information distributed more quickly than having to pick up your cellphone and calling someone. Our systems are also independent from the cellphone networks so if there’s a problem with those services, we can still operate, giving us an advantage over other options, including stuff like GMRS/FRS which can be intercepted or interfered with by anyone with a handheld radio capable of using those channels. I know that the police, military, secret service, Airforce, etc, all have their own, independent, radio frequencies that do not overlap, so communication between agencies is usually dealt with separately from the radio. The best case is that one member of an agency is outfitted with a radio from the other service, so dispatch can call them directly to relay traffic. Behind that is that two dispatch operators are in constant communication, either by phone or by presence (being physically near eachother), but neither seems to be the case here. No matter what, it’s still a game of telephone to get a message from one agency to another, or even from one field operator to another when they’re on different channels, even within the same service/agency.




  • You can’t help a situation if you’re dead.

    Tactical retreat and getting backup/informing the secret service sniper team was a better play, and safer.

    I assume that the message simply took too long to make it through all the interdepartmental channels, and he was able to get shots off.

    Realistically, WTF was the cop supposed to do? If he proceeded forward, he’d probably get shot. Without checking in to dispatch to report the presence of the shooter and that he was on scene in the company of a guy with a rifle, then dispatch would have been very slow to respond, if they responded at all.

    Talk to the guy? He’s clearly deadset on doing something. You don’t climb on a roof with a rifle without a plan and the will to execute that plan. Talking to him is going to either agitate him or just get the officer shot… The chances that the cop could have talked him down, even if the Leo had expert negotiation training, is slim at best.

    The standard carry equipment for a police officer is pretty limited. It’s not like he has grenades or something, and don’t forget, at this point he’s on a fucking ladder with a rifle pointed at his dome at point blank range. Calling for someone with the correct equipment and training to get onto the roof to handle the guy, with the correct equipment to do so, and/or, have a fully trained sharpshooter that’s already positioned nearby take that shot, is a better way to handle the situation.

    Look, I’m not going to defend the police about what happened at Uvalde, or any other school shooting, but in this scenario, given the options, falling back to call reinforcements was the right call.





  • MystikIncarnateto196@lemmy.blahaj.zoneYOU HAD ONE RULE
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    I’m just sad that the shooter was killed.

    Look, I don’t agree with their methods, but they’ve got grit. I like that.

    It sucks that they were ultimately unsuccessful, but personally, watching secret service fumble about trying to shield Trump while he pumped his first in the air was pretty hilarious. He was just shot, and instead of being concerned for his own safety, he’s like “hell yeah, 'murrika!”.

    I’ll add that my sympathies go out to the victim’s that actually were shot, not just grazed. They were not the intended target, just caught in the line of fire. Whether Republican or Democrat, losing your life simply because you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, sucks. Condolences to anyone who lost someone in the event.


  • MystikIncarnatetome_irl@lemmy.worldme💻irl
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    Sounds like a solid plan. If you want to discuss any particulars, I’m happy to discuss more, however, since it seems like you have a good grasp on what you’re after, I don’t really have a lot to add here.

    So with that, I’ll bid you a good day.

    Good luck, and I wish all the best for you.


  • MystikIncarnatetome_irl@lemmy.worldme💻irl
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    I’m familiar with the sparkle arc cards, not so much asrock. I’ll check it out.

    My main motivation for 720p is a combination of me not caring about 1080/4k, space, and bandwidth. I only really get 10mbps of upload where I am. It’s basically impossible to get anything faster, so if one person tries to stream 4k, not only are they going to have a bad time, but also, nobody else is going to be watching anything.

    If I had 4k/1080 content, most of the time the server would need to transcode it anyways for most people, which I’d have to pay for via my electricity bill, and I’d be footing the bill for more disk storage to keep it around. On top of that, live transcoding is generally not as good as a 2 pass vbr when running it through handbrake or something.

    There’s obviously more to it overall, but I’ll leave it at that.

    Plex has support for hardware transcoding, but the CPU in the server where my VM is, doesn’t have a built in GPU, so I have to add one in. It’s part of the reason I moved from the c6100 to an FX2s. The “s” variant of the FX2 has PCIe card slots in the back that connect to the hosts. In the case of the c6100, there was space for a PCIe card, but only one, and given the built in 2x1GbE onboard, I’d sooner use those for additional networking. The FX2s has 2x10GbE, so it’s less of a concern to use the PCIe slots for graphics… Also, there’s two slots per half-width blade, which is what I have, so I could add two GPUs per host.

    I also want to experiment with 3D accelerated vdi, and cluster hosted gaming (similar to stadia), in house… For that I need a decent graphics card. The only one with a good amount of RAM is the Intel flex 140 and the Nvidia T4. The arc A380 is decent, but 6G of memory is limiting. The flex 140 has 12G IIRC and the T4 has 16G. It seems like a lot until you split up the GPU among a couple of VMs… On the T4 you get either 2x8G VRAM systems, or 3x 5.33G VRAM systems… I’d rather 6G per as a minimum standard. This means that to have two GPU enabled systems with the A380, you’d basically need one card per VM. Even though they’re pretty cheap cards, having 3 hosts (as is the plan) gets expensive pretty fast.


  • MystikIncarnatetome_irl@lemmy.worldme💻irl
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    That sounds familiar. My official job is more system administration, but networking is my one true love… At least in terms of work and interests.

    Ubiquiti makes pretty good wifi gear. If I’m not mistaken you’ll need a controller running 24/7 to ensure that roaming and stuff works, but IMO, that should always be the case. When I’m doubt, there’s always the cloud key.

    Ubiquiti wireless supports VLANs, so you should be good there, if it’s just going to be another SSID on your WiFi. I help run an ubiquiti network at home, we have two main LANs. My network is comprised mainly of Cisco stuff, but I’m using a sonicwall for my gateway, the other network here is entirely ubiquiti, UDM Pro, unifi PoE switches, unifi access points (about 4 right now, mostly for speed/density, though that network only has about 30 devices on it at any given time). The UDM acts as the network controller/manager. I don’t love it because the routing is not where I’d like it to be (in terms of features and capability). Prime example is that I’ve been pushing into L3 switching and for that net we got an enterprise 48 PoE, which can do 2.5G with PoE+ on all ports, and has a slew of additional features including L3 switching. On my side I have a Cisco catalyst 4948, which is connected to the enterprise 48 on a 10G link, I wanted to use the 10G link for device to device routing. On the Cisco, everything worked like clockwork. On the ubiquiti side, you can define routes, but they’re only added to the controller, which only adds them to the gateway. So traffic from my net to the ubiquiti net goes from station to switch to switch to station, and return traffic from the ubiquiti side goes from station to switch to the UDM, then to my switch, to the target station. You can manually add the routes to the enterprise 48 by cli/SSH, but as soon as the unit restarts, the config is replaced with the current config on the controller (which doesn’t include the routing information).

    I did it this way because my homelab, which everyone uses in some way or another, is hanging off my 4948 on a VLAN with L3 switching. I want to avoid the overhead of having it go through the extra devices and the bandwidth limits of going straight from my gateway to the ubiquiti gateway, and the enterprise 48 just won’t do it. On the control panel there’s no way to set what routes should be installed on which devices, so you’re kind of up a creek without a paddle.

    I like ubiquiti, but for anything more advanced than all VLANs being handled by the gateway directly, I wouldn’t recommend it. Since most home users only need VLANs to go to the gateway at most, it’s my go to recommendation for home users. It’s inexpensive (relatively speaking) and it’s fairly easy to manage, all while being quite good at what most users need.

    If I were to do it again, I’d skip the enterprise 48. It was much more expensive than the “pro” line, which would have been adequate (no 2.5G on the pro), or even the basic 48 PoE, which only has layer 2 (VLANs). I specifically bought the enterprise so it could do this and simply put, it doesn’t. I can force it to work, but I have to do the routes every time the unit restarts. It’s a huge pain.

    If you’re only going to use ubiquiti for wifi though, have at it. It’s quite good. A bit basic IMO, but I’m used to Cisco aeronet, which is above most people’s heads with the options you can set. Ubiquiti is a good balance.