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Whenever a web browser, operating system, or web site gains dominance among users, it stops being cool and starts becomes blatantly abusive.

This Chromium nonsense is just more of what we saw from Internet Explorer.

Every generation of geeks learns this anew, and acts all shocked. Learn some history, folks. Learn from those who came before.

Stop supporting only one platform. Variety is ESSENTIAL. Monocultures are death. #sysadmin

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anyone ever told you "premature optimization is the root of all evil"?

let me tell you a story. about computers and javascript and hitler and the soviet union.

a friend of mine just dug up some numbers and did some math for my dyscalculic ass and came up with the conclusion that just by transmitting the minified version of jquery around (not even executing it!), Planet Earth is likely using up somewhere between 7-14 billion kWh of power every year.

let's put that into some perspective.

world war two was the single deadliest conflict in human history. it killed somewhere around 80 million people, which at the time was three percent of *all humans, everywhere.* it left europe in ruins, and nowhere was the damage so intense and horrific as the Soviet Union.

the Battle of Stalingrad is one of the most famous battles of the war. two million people died there alone. in the opening salvos the entire city was flattened by nazi and soviet bombs alike. eventually the Union prevailed, at a tremendous cost.

but Stalingrad was only one of the cities flattened, only one of the battles fought as Europe burned. the devastation was so comprehensive that nearly every western nation had to rely on aid from the US, one of the only powers on either side whose economy was intact, to rebuild. (it didn't help that American wartime policy was designed more to inflict as much Nazi death and destruction as possible on the Soviets, of course).

if we add up the energy of every single explosive device detonated over the course of that terrible war, from hand grenades all the way up to the two atom bombs the US detonated over japan, slaughtering civilians en masse and turning two cities to rubble in the space of a moment, we get the figure of about 3 megatons. or in kilowatt hours, 3.4 billion, spread out across all those years of war.

compared to 7-14 billion kWh just to transmitting the same tangle of bytes around again and again. every single year.

and that's just jquery. not the cost of executing it. not the mass of other garbage javascript and analytics and social media spyware, which now often adds up to megabytes per page. not the cost of rendering or running any of that.

just to zap jquery back and forth across the internet to every computer accessing a website that uses it.

a final point of comparison, now that i have your attention: bitcoin uses up 46,000 billion kilowatt hours per year. a number which is likely to keep on growing.

draw your own conclusions about web design & software optimization.
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La Playstation sur nostalgie pour les 25 ans de la prends cher 😐

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I have serious doubts that random script kiddie trying to extort bitcoin from me with idle threats knew just how good of a mood that would put me in. I've been perma-grinning all morning. Every time I think about it, it makes me laugh!

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whenever i see someone ask a question about computers that i feel is obvious, rather than saying READ THE MANUAL DO IT YOURSELF or HOW COULD YOU BE THIS UNINTELLIGENT i just explain how to do the thing, thus giving people a good experience with the community instead of making people associate linux users with smug, condescending, self-righteous asses

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just setup a private #firefox #sync server. pretty straight forward... :firefox:

1. build a #docker image from
2. #deploy it somewhere
3. configure identity.sync.tokenserver.uri in #about:config to point to your new location
4. login at `about:preferences#sync` (you still need a #mozilla account, unless you also run a private account server)
5. sync and check about:sync-log for #error|s

should i #blog that in more #detail? :think_bread:

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When I was in college I administered the linux server that the whole computer science program shared. When I heard about the ‘sl’ command, you *know* I installed it.

I actually got to see it in action in class one day. There was a group in front of me working on a project, and I happened to look up right as the guy at the computer hit ‘sl’ instead of ‘ls’

He looked genuinely dumbfounded for a couple seconds at the ascii steam locomotive that drove across his screen. It was amazing.

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Dear FOSS Community,

We need to make people aware of the Googles, Facebooks and Microsoft of this world. Tell them about FOSS software, get them to use the apps first then we switch them to Linux.
The time is now.

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Ok so I got a hold of a dead snes.

The plan is to cram a raspi 3 in there, convert original pads with 8bitso diy kits and re-use the raspi 2 as a pihole.

How does that sound ?

Also open to suggestions for any 8bitdo alternatives. How hard will it be to convert original snes pads ?

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#fossdroid might have more success here than on Reddit, which is just a cesspool of trolls nowadays

What would happen if I used ADB uninstall to cull Google Play Services from my android? Would it brick it? If so, then how would I go about writing an OS using base base base AOSP without any Google implementation whatsoever? (Yes, I know I can't get around the proprietary modem blobs)

Replicant devices are too old. I don't have a device Lineage is built for. Is what I want to envision possible?

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Haven’t done one of these in ages, and the instance is much bigger now. So here is my #introductions post...

I’m Kev and I’m a cyber security guy working in the financial industry for a very large bank. I live in the North West of England in a fairly large town called The Wirral with my fiancé, dog, cat and god knows how many fish.

I’m into walking, motorbikes, tattoos, reading, weight lifting (when time permits), oh yeah, and this thing called #Linux. I’ve also de-googled where possible.

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So, I want some more people to follow, if you are a coder \ 3D \ game artist etc, then let me know, or follow me and I'll follow back. I want to follow people who have the same interests as what I have. Feel free to 'boost' for reach!

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Saw this reaction to #Google marketing running #Linux apps on #ChromeOS:

"So it does everything that Linux does, but you can also send all your personal data automatically to google.

Wow, what a value proposition!"


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