Amateur typesetting enthusiast.

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Cake day: Jun 03, 2021


Oftentimes, for words especially of Latin origin, German will adopt the English term, perhaps slightly fitting it to the language. This type of term (in my experience) has tended to become the favored variant, such as Compiler for the English compiler. However, there is typically a more German-like variant of the English (or, ultimately Latin), as evidenced by Kompilierer, or a straight translation of the term into something more easily understandable, whereby compiler becomes Übersetzer.

The internet age, international communication needs, and the prevalence of the latest documentation being available first (or only) in English is likely to blame for this trend. Books especially use either a German-like Latin derivation or (preferably) a native term.

This is cursory illustration of the situation on the more technical side of things. No one would think to use a term like user interface over the well-established Benutzeroberfläche, or memory over Arbeitsspeicher.

Ultimately, both English and German, as West Germanic languages, operate similarly enough that the friction due to terminology is minimal.

And some more, after a few more months of looking at more built-ins in the documentation:

  • calculator - great for most simple desktop calculator needs
  • ps-print--with-faces - creates a postscript printout of the current buffer or region

Unfortunately, the ps-print--with-faces commands do not preserve the markup features of org-mode, but the structure of the buffer or region is faithfully displayed, save the occasional wrapping of a long line or `?’ in place of an unrecognized character. If you have a printer, this can allegedly even deliver postscript printouts directly to it! It’s not exactly a novel idea; elvis has boasted such a feature for a good while, but it’s nice to see Emacs has it built-in as well!

This is sadly a less informative re-write of the Linux Mint blog post by Clem, which includes pictures of its previewed features.

I would fully agree that other internet protocols are much better suited to information not meant to be broadcast publicly.

Civility is great, and should be highly encouraged. That’s largely why I like Lemmy. Each instance can guide its community in line with its values, whatever those may be, block offenders, and generally forge the space it wishes.

However, I think Besse’s comments on setting the correct expectations in the public sphere are worth considering.

For a different internet example: all the messages I send in any chatroom on an IRC server will inevitably be logged by someone, especially in popular rooms. Any assumption to the contrary would be naïve, and demanding that people not keep a log any of my publicly broadcast messages would be laughed at by the operators. It’s a public space, and sending anything to that space necessarily means I forgo my ability to control who sees, aggregates, archives, or shares that information. My choice to put the information into that space is the opt-in mechanism, just how books or interviews do the same offline in print.

It’s not so much the protocol as it is how making things public fundamentally works.

I think Besse makes a great point here:

I think blurring the lines between public and private spaces is the opposite of informing consent. Cultivating unrealistic expectations of “privacy” and control in what are ultimately public spaces is actually bad.

I tried to single out the world wide web, as opposed to the internet at large, because the two are not synonymous. It’s rather absurd to publicly serve webpages to any querying IP address and maintain that the receiving computer is not to save said pages to disk.

All this to say: I find it difficult to argue that web publications should or could be exempt from aggregation and archival (or scraping, to put it another way). I understand that the ease with which bots do this can be disconcerting, however.

If we stay with the cafe bulletin board, getting a detailed overview of all the postings on the board is akin to scraping the whole thing. If we extend our analogy instead to a somewhat more significant example, library catalogs do the same with books, magazines, and movies.

This is the cost of publishing, be that in print or online. It must be expected that some person has a copy of every- and anything one has ever written or posted publicly, and perhaps even catalogued it. A way around this might be to move away from the web to another part of the internet, like Matrix, as alma suggested.

I assume the non-consensual collection of various (meta-)data is what you refer to when talking about intrusion and money making. Lemmy, like many projects, seeks to offer an alternative to corporate, data-gobbling social media sites, but doesn’t eliminate the ability to search through its webpages.

And here’s the point at which we go off the rails (towards the end of the thread; the earlier section is quite well expressed):

Most people in tech do not want to hear this, because it invalidates the vast majority of their business models, AI/ML training data, business intel operations, and so forth. Anything that’s based on gathering data that is ‘public’ suddenly becomes suspect, if the above is applied.

And yes, that includes internet darlings like the Internet Archive, which also operates on a non-consensual, opt-out model.

It’s the Western Acquisition, claiming ownership without permission.

It’s so ingrained in white, Western internet culture that there are now whole generations who consider anything that can be read by the crawler they wrote in a weekend to be fair game, regardless or what the user’s original intent was.

Republishing, reformatting, archiving, aggregating, all without the user being fully aware, because if they were, they would object.

It’s dishonest as fuck, and no different from colonial attitudes towards natural resources.

“It’s there, so we can take it.”

We then have some reasonable responses from others in the thread:

Rich Felker

Re: Internet Archive, I think many of us don’t believe/accept that businesses, organizations, genuine public figure politicians, etc. have a right to control how their publications of public relevance are archived & shared. The problem is that IA isn’t able to mechanically distinguish between those cases and teenagers’ personal diary-like blogs (chosen as example at opposite end of spectrum).

Arne Babenhauserheide


This is the difference between the internet archive and an ML model: the archive does not claim ownership.

Finally, a thought of mine own:

Sindarina seems to fundamentally miss the central idea of the world wide web, that is, publically sharing information. This does not mean the work may be used for any purpose whatsoever, as the content of many websites is either copyrighted or CC-BY-SA. But publishing anything on the www or in print, opens it by necessity to aggregation and archival. I routinely save webpages to disk.

To run with the cafe analogy that has been brought up, one cannot post a note to the cafe’s bulletin board and at the same time expect that no one else may take a photo of it, then perhaps share it with some acquaintances.

This is a far cry from the data harvesting done by Google, Microsoft, Apple & co., or the dubiously collected data used to train “automated plagiarism engine[s],” as Arthur Besse put it not too long ago.

An excellent image, and one I hope to use myself in the future! Did you put it together, or find it somewhere?

Oh, my! What a treat it is to behold such wonders! Many thanks for sharing! :D

This is awesome! Who wouldn’t want a radio hat like this one?

Brilliant article. It’s just a shame that so much free software is written in C already, else I’d learn another language.

matplotlib.pyplot, numpy, scipy, and os are fantastic for solving the problems I deal with. The ease of use is much appreciated. Granted, there are other languages, like FORTRAN, that are still often used for scientific ends, but I’ve yet to learn any.

None of these pique mine interest enough to try them, but I was surprised that the oil shell didn’t make an appearance. Besides fish and nushell, it was the only alternative shell I’d heard of.

The current moderator seems to have deleted their account. It's a low post-volume community, though I would nonetheless welcome another Linux Mint user as an additional moderator, should there be one interested.

As an addendum, stations often offer Android apps, if that is desired.

There is likely a way to stream local (public) radio stations using a browser, granted one likes the music of at least one station that does so. I find this provides excellent recommendations and tons of helpful information about the picks for the playlist, which itself is typically logged by time.

This provides no built-in download option, though if great recommendations are the focus, nothing beats public radio.

These are excellent! I became an instant user of both the tab-bar and the desktop-save/read functions. Gems indeed. Thank you for sharing! As for lesser known Emacs built-ins I appreciate, here’s a short list that may qualify:

  • remember - a mode for remembering data with as little structure upfront as possible
  • todo - create and manage to-do lists with minimal effort
  • speedbar - calls a new frame for quick navigation in directories and info nodes

Melty Land Nightmare - Harumaki Gohan featuring 初音ミク
The artwork is what caught my eye at first! It's gorgeous. I highly recommend watching the music video. Below are links to English and German covers (or versions?) as well. The German one is shortened, apparently due to laziness. [Melty Land Nightmare - English Cover by rachie]( [Melty Land Nightmare (german version) by Mimi](

I have but one regret regarding this survey: not taking it using eww.

I recently began playing Doom (1993) and StarCraft: Brood War (1998). The soundtracks for both are fantastic.

Another solution would be to have a persistent, live pendrive that boots on all the computers one develops on. Something like NomadBSD comes to mind. From a quick search, it looks like Ubuntu can support persistence as well.

It is possible to hide the voting status by un-checking Show Scores on the Settings page.

They run their fingers across the lines to read the patterns by touch.

I’m usually running late when I need to bike, so stretching is atypical. I’m nearly always out for an ancillary reason, not purely for the sake of cycling.

Thanks for sharing! Finally, a real reason to use XFCE.

xsetroot -solid black was about as much effort as I wanted to put into how my desktop looks. And besides, I couldn’t be a 1337 hax0r if I used something more friendly looking :P

Is this fvwm, or something similar? It’s a great looking desktop! :D

Linux Mint endeavors to stay snap-free. Might be of interest, even if it doesn’t ship with KDE by default.

Largely because I both like it and think it under-utilized.

It should re-direct one to a creepy video with the mark of the devil, vi vi vi, all over it.

I find incorrect verb tenses to be more annoying, which is unfortunately becoming the norm in places for which this is not a variation due to dialect. Things such as, could have ran, drank, sang, or swore, and so on, in the stead of the correct could have run, drunk, sung, and sworn.

If one chooses to forgo the manual pages and the manual page viewer, that’s one’s own problem to solve.

Is that so? I often* say such things as coulda, musta, gotta, thinkin’, 'bout and s’pose, all of which feature word shortening or changed pronunciation, yet produce negligible effect 'pon mine orthography.

*pronounced without the t sound, you heathens! Unless you also say soften and fasten

Do note, however, that troff is generally used to output PostScript or PDF files, while nroff is used for the internal manpage formatting. The GNU version, groff, combines them into one. If one makes a README meant to be read in a terminal, the following will present a formatted version to the viewer, eliminating the need to view the raw source:

man ./README

There, no markdown pager, or reading of raw markdown necessary. Do not heed those others, who speak of “accepted standards.” :P

Sure, it’s not exactly great that he seems to get views for this sort of obscenity. However, the system rewards many types of videos encompassing a wide berth of topics and styles.

In any case, it behooves one to hold values besides fame and money.

There’s a lot of great stuff in the mailing list archives of various FOSS projects. This is one such gem of a thread.

Nick actively chose to undergo this transformation. He can make his own choices about what videos to produce. His audience may have rewarded his poor habits with views, but they, ultimately, are not to blame for his life choices.

“Intro to USB drivers for Plan9 and 9Front” by adventuresin9
As someone who has encountered unsupported peripherals, this quick look into how drivers work was fascinating to see.

"The north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch to open source software, including LibreOffice, in its administration and schools. In doing so, the state wants to reduce its dependence on proprietary software, and eventually end it altogether. By the end of 2026, Microsoft Office is to be replaced by LibreOffice on all 25,000 computers used by civil servants and employees (including teachers), and the Windows operating system is to be replaced by GNU/Linux." This article by Mike Saunders shows several photos from the Open Source conference, also linking to an interview with the Digital Minister Jan Philipp Albrecht and a PDF of the Parliment's Planning. (both in German)