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Cake day: Jun 05, 2020


Always suprises me how uninformative mainstream news coverage is. It’s barely apparent who is doing the shelling here. Why they are doing it not touched upon at all. It is only a two minute clip but I doubt the full segment will be any better.

Western media does not cover Chinese companies in the same manner and depth as they do Western companies. Regarding the Pentagon’s chief’s statement I would not take it seriously. It’s highly unlikely that he knows enought about machine learning to correctly comment on the situation. Plus American national security agencies like to portray themselves as enfeebled sometimes because it helps justify their massive fundings.

At our work, all our logs are stored in a postgres database. We don’t utilise fts, so if I want to find a log line that matches some text, I have to use LIKE or ILIKE. The problem is that searching like this does not utilise indexes unless you search for something like ‘sometext%’ which is rarely helpful. So unless I can specify a small timespam within which to search, the query takes very long.

Every country that has monetary sovereignty is a currency manipulator

Editing someone else’s post/comment is not something that should be allowed in my opinion.

I had no idea jetbrains pretty much singlehandedly funded kotlin development

I don’t know what his game is with being critical of the empire now after a lifetime of serving it.

Americans struggle to comprehend the concept of complex, multi-ethnic and cultural nations. I wonder why.

Damn I thought the result would have been opposite. There are tutoring companies where I live which teach programming to kids as early as grade 1. I’m not sure what their appeal is because I can’t get in the mind of a boomer but they take advantage of parents who stuck at parenting.

Hoping it costs only one kidney instead of two as is the case of Elite controller

But water is delicious though

Where does the file go if it is named with a.txt?

This technique is usually used with checksums because they have a predefined length and alphabetic characters can be safely casted to lower case. How do you want to differentiate between upper case and lower case here asauming that you are using a file system that is sensitive to it?

The devs have actually spent a lot of valuable time making the website isomorphic. Because that it can be rendered server side and can be crawled for search indexing.

Yeah kinda. Some fuel trade took place via rupee-rouble exchange. But using the Yuan is not something I had heard of before.

Regarding Instagram’s methods for limiting access to non-logged-in users, I have been able to work around them to some extent.

If you click on a post while viewing a profile and Instagram asks you to log in, you can instead right click on the post and open it in a new tab.

If you scroll down while viewing a profile and Instagram asks you to log in, you can use uBlock Origin’s zap tool to remove the pop-up message and dark translucent background. The should load normally when you scroll after that.

I think settler colonialism plays some part in it too. For example, cultures that have organically developed over several hundred years as opposed to cultures that have developed over thousands of years. But I haven’t thought about this particular topic much so I could be wrong.

I think Instagram just goes the extra mile to make sure that alternative frontends don’t work. Bibliogram breaks A LOT though I still thank them for their service.

Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu if you like sci-fi. It has a bit of the “chosen one” aspect but it’s not as bad.

The idea of profiting off of nothing but ownership is deeply rooted since it forms the foundation of politics and economy almost all countries in the world right now. Renters paying rent to the landlord is to some extent as natural as gravity for some reason. No one knows or cares how it came to be like this and it’s seen as something that you must just live with.

I’m not sure about Apple these days. I have an iPad Air 4th Gen and it can be charged by my phone’s USBC charger. Do iphones not allow this?

At least we have gitea and sourcehut.

GitHub is so bloated with useless “features” and 90% of them seem like they have been authored with corporate middle management bureaucracy in mind.

What about mirrorless?

Just a nitpick, traversal in vim is fast because of its modal nature rather than because of keyboard shortcuts.

They were gonna do that anyway. Now they’re just trying to blame the evil commies for their bloodlust.

Doesn’t Mozilla have this controversy where their CEO is paid a large salary despite them being a non-profit?

It seems like Google is allowing Firefox to exist to avoid antitrust litigations.

  • There are a lot of javascript and web frontend developers these days.
  • It’s cross platform.

What happened to the Nvidia source code that was being leaked?
I think I read about it last month but since then there hasn't been any mention of it. Wondering what came of it.

Has anyone turned off autocorrect on their phone?
Using autocorrect makes typing much easier on phones. Not only you can write words you don't know the spellings of correctly, but it also compensates for mis-hits on the tiny keyboard. But one day I had to write something using a pen and paper and I realised that I had forgotten how to spell common words. For example I had no idea if it was "absense" or "absence". Then I turned off autocorrect on my phone so that I can relearn how to spell words. I have gotten a lot better since then. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

Announcing /c/EldenRing
A subcommunity for the upcoming game if anyone is interested.

A question about the Great (American) Resignation
I see this being mentioned a bit in American media. I understand why this can happen. Capital does not want to pay living wages to the working people and workers do not want to work for pennies. There is no such thing as labour shortage, only capital not willing to pay. But if people are just walking away from jobs, how are they affording subsistence? I have seen restaurants being closed because they don't have workers. So it is not only people who can afford savings who are quitting. I can't phrase the question very well but the bottom line is this: I don't understand. So any insight you might want to share is welcome.

What software/library to use to write a bot that snipes a PS5 as soon as it is available for preorder?
I have tried to use fast fingers to preorder a PS5 as soon as it restocks and have failed. Now I want to turn to the dark side. What do I use to achieve this? I know python and shell scripting but know nothing about web development.

How do people enjoy horror games?
I feel tangibly anxious when playing horror games so trying to understand how people who enjoy horror games do it. To be fair, I feel anxious all the time. And the games that gives me the most anxiety are Dark Souls games and Bloodborne. Sekiro didn't make me feel that anxious. But I love the feeling of accomplishment that I get after beating a tough boss. That, and how satisfying the combat feels mechanically is why they are my favourite games of all time. In other games combat never feels this nice (eg. Fallen Order, Devil May Cry etc.) I recently started Resident Evil Village and it doesn't feel rewarding at all to me. Even after beating some of the mini bosses in the beginning. Will still finish it though because I like to step on my balls. I remember playing the PT demo when it was available on PS4 and one scene in particular made me lose my sleep that night. People also say they love the atmosphere of Bloodborne. Why? It spooks the fuck out of me. I guess it is well executed in that respect but I find it repulsive because of how good it is. Just wondering how other people think. I don't mean to imply that people who like these kinds of games are weird or something because I have no right to do that.

Anything like NewPipe but for Twitch or YouTube streams?
Just want to listen to that lofi stream while studying.

Is there a free, open source alternative to smart home solutions like Alexa?
Someone in my family uses Alexa to do things like control lights and some other electrical appliances in the home. I don't know anything about this smart home trend, but I immediately disliked Alexa because: 1. It's Amazon 2. When the internet went down, we were unable to use Alexa to any affect to control the appliances. I am guessing this means that all communication (unsurprisingly) is routed to a central Amazon server before going to the appliances, which IMO is a pretty terrible design choice for the consumer (but I am guessing not for Amazon). Are there any open source alternatives to things like this? I can see it being useful in some scenarios or at the very least it would be a nice gimmick to have if you have a spare rpi lying around.

Thoughts on XMPP/Jabber?
I want to stop using WhatsApp because I fuckin hate it. Does anyone use XMPP regularly? It allows encryption so I was considering it. The consideration is whether I will have to self host it or I can use some publicly hosted instances (like how there are open Matrix instances). Also whether it has support for desktop clients that run natively on Loonix without electron. Please share your thoughts if you have experience. Feel free to suggest other alternatives too. I won't mind that.

Thoughts on Bitwarden?
I personally use passwordstore.org with a git repo on a personal VPS. But I wanted to set up a password manager for my boomer parents and looks like Bitwarden is one of the better options out there. The problem is that the free tier sounds a bit too good to be true so I am worried that it might just disappear or discontinue one day. Any idea if this fear is unfounded or not? If you have been using Bitwarden please share your experience with it. Would like to hear.

Thoughts on smart watches?
Hello. For a long time I have considered smart watches to be a gimmick but since they have become more accessible and common now for some time, I was wondering what the people who own and use them think of them? So what has your experience been of them? One thing I am curious about is how functional these (especially the Android ones) are without being connected to a phone via bluetooth since bluetooth drains battery?

Signal without Google Play Services?
Apparently Signal doesn't run in the backgroud and give notifications if I don't have Google Play Services enabled. Anyway to work around this? Seems uncool to have a privacy focused messenger that relies on Google shit.