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Your post calling for peoplpe to contribute something of value to the discussion contributes nothing of value to the discussion. This comment adds to the noise by pointing it out. Such is the way of Internet forums since time immemorial.

I dislike wayland

Quite the unpopular opinion, but I just wanted to post this to show the silent majority that we still exist. We have reached a point where voicing criticism against wayland is treated like the worst thing ever and leads you to being censored and what not. The red hat funded multi year long shill campaign has proven to be quite...

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Pointing to android and chromeos as successful examples of immutable systems is a very effective way to convince some of us to avoid the immutable distros.

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It's not that easy being free
Having to wonder if you picked the right instance
When I think it could be nicer being Zucked
or Musked or Spez'd -
or something much more profitable like that.

It's not easy being free.
It seems you vibe with so many other
federated things.
And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
not standing out like influencers in the feeds -
or big brands in the web.

But free's the color of fedi.
And free can be cool and friendly-like.
And free can be big like an ocean, or dank
like a meme, or round like a blobcat.

When free is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
Wonder, I am federated and it'll do fine,
it's pretty good most of the time!

And I think it's what I want to be.

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Whittaker says that, for better or worse, a phone number remains a necessary requisite

Worse. It is for the worse. We sure did wait a long time for this half measure, Signal.

Office 365 asking for permissions to change browser settings (lemmy.world)

I have to use certain Microsoft apps for work, so I strictly only use the web versions as I am on Linux. However, just seen this setting pop up in Word while working on a document. I wonder what in specific they would change, considering i am on Firefox. Does anyone know anything about this? Is there an actual good reason for me...

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Every once in a while I wonder what things are like back in the land of Microsoft. That this message doesn't give the user even the slightest hint about what it wants to do more specifically than "improve your experience" tells me all I need to know.

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Debian: Good for people who don't care about all these arguments and just want something that works. I've been using linux for 30 years and prefer xfce for a desktop.

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I'm just glad I checked the comments here before wasting even one second watching the video.

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This isn't really the right decade for that.

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I've met quite a few vegans and far as I know none of them avoid gluten. I also know someone with celiac disease, who would never even contemplate going vegan when he already has so many dietary restrictions to put up with.

They're not absolutely mutually exclusive groups, but pretty close to it I think. Slackware users who install everything through Snap are the real gluten-free vegans of the linux world.

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Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson [...] ignored what the industry was doing, went back to their original ideas, and kept working on refining them. The result is the next step in the development of Unix

Plan 9 is clearly what the article is talking about. Odd that they don't name it.

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Now that you mention it, my policy from now on is to avoid any Internet service that tries to charge different prices depending on what country it thinks you're in.

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It's just another form of price discrimination, a crude attempt to extract maximum value from everyone according to their demographics. If they could charge a different price based on the size of your bank account they'd do that as well and it would be to my advantage. It makes a mockery of the idea that market price reflects the value of anything, and therefore of capitalism itself.

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Price discrimination just means charging different prices to different customers based on what you think you know about them. Its benign form would be a market vendor asking higher prices of individual people who look like they can afford it, and then really fleecing the tourists who look like they'll fall for it. In that form it looks perfectly wholesome compared to what the big corporations get up to today: Supermarkets selling smaller package sizes in poor areas at lower sticker price but higher unit price, airlines asking different ticket prices depending what they know about your web browsing history, et cetera. I do not rate it a good thing overall. Even if we take it for granted that international borders are a thing, and services can't be intermediated or subjected to arbitrage, the rich man in a luxury condo in Brazil paying less for some thing than the minimum-wage worker in New York does not strike me as reflecting any kind of justice.

But this is the Internet. International borders are not supposed to be a thing here, and still aren't for the most part despite the best efforts of the most repressive governments to change that. The cost of shipping data from one side of the world to the other is effectively zero. The system where it's broadly true that different parts of the world have vastly different purchasing power is an injustice, it's not something we should be attempting to replicate in cyberspace. I can route my network packets so that they appear to be coming from any region I choose, and so can anyone who can afford Netflix in any country. It's not a freedom I want to give up so that big streaming services can extract maximum revenue from each national market separately.

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Whichever one you prefer (I'm on Pleroma's side in this fight) ActivityPub is what's here to stay.

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For me it's seemed more gradual over the past few years. I keep around a lightly sandboxed firefox install with a clean profile for the occasions where it's worth going to that much trouble to see whatever cloudflare is blocking.

It also serves to remind me every now and then how much worse the default browser UI is compared to the one I've adjusted to my liking.

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They reported three posts! The scale of damage that must've been done to the vital ebb and flow of our corporate social media discourse is practically inconceivable, you might think.

But I've done even worse: I have reported more than five posts from spammers to fediverse admins who subsequently removed them. Tremble before the might of my awesome power of censorship, fedizens!

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For reasons unknown to me, AMD decided this year to discontinue funding the effort

Presumably they did not want to see Cuda becoming the final de-facto standard that everyone uses. It nearly did at one point a couple of years ago, despite the lack of openness and lack of AMD hardware support.

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That is contradicted by the headline. This easy confusion between CUDA (the API) and CUDA (the proprietary software package that is one implementation of it) illustrates the problem with CUDA.

ZLUDA seems to be an effort to fix that problem, but I don't know what it's chances of success might be.

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Vim macros are quite easy to use, if you already know how to vi.

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