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Review of "1984" (4 stars): problematic but relevant


A lot to unpack in this book. The lead character (Winston) has some pretty misogynistic tendencies, and there's not a single female character in the book with any depth whatsoever. This can be explained to some extent by the fact that it was written in the 40s, and that Winston has been subject to psychological manipulation essentially since birth.

Problematic elements aside, this provides an interesting dive into the world of psychological warfare, which remains relevant to this day.

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One of the easiest ways to manipulate someone with propaganda is to start with a person who believes themselves immune to propaganda.

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Remember kids:

IRC is free.
IRC is a open standard.
You can run your own IRC server.
IRC doesn't collect data on you and sell it.
You can still moderate your channels via invite, voice, and ban modes.
You can run a server on a 486.
IRC doesn't try to up sell you on "nitro".
IRC doesn't need to make money to make some VC happy.

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@me I haven't got back on the XMPP train yet, but its on my list. Was a big user until Google killed off much of it. Solid technology though!
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@Miah Johnson The two advantages it has over IRC are federation and (optional) E2EE. The latter it should be pointed out, doesn't work for multi-user chat.
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@Jonathan Lamothe @Miah Johnson there is *some* support for multi-user e2ee, but it's true that it requires a bit of effort (iirc everybody in the chat should have everybody else in their roster, and trust their omemo keys, otherwise things break and people lose part of the conversation)
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@Miah Johnson @Jonathan Lamothe between the time when Google tried to kill it and today XMPP has had quite a revival and has grown a lot of features that wasn't common at that time but are considered quite important today (such as working well on mobile connections, and when used from multiple devices, and of course e2ee)

and there are bridges to use it to access IRC servers, and I've heard that they are quite useful to access IRC from mobile devices ๐Ÿ˜ (I still have irssi in a screen)



Okay, I'll admit it. Using #Haskell to talk to an #SQL database is not my favourite thing.

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@Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. It's not so much the SQL part that's the irritating bit. It's that it doesn't really mesh super well with "the Haskell way of doing things".
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@BoydStephenSmithJr understandable. There's always a tension between "pleasant for the Haskeller" and "pleasant for the DBA" (or general SQL knower). We have the same problem at work (we sacrificed our DBA and used https://flora.pm/packages/@hackage/hpqtypes-extras and its eDSL)

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if you're disappointed by zelda not getting a sword in her new game might i suggest giving kitsune tails a look because we have a literal disaster sword lesbian in the main cast: https://kitsunegames.com/kitsunetails
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@r0br0t we try to represent our fans pretty exactly. one of the people who streamed our demo was a purple haired vtuber named yuzu

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Where do they ask for $20? Here in Toronto, it's always $2.

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Itโ€™s really cool that corporations with so much power and influence are incentivized to not give a fuck about anyone not making them money. Cool system we have.

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And to ruthlessly exploit the ones that ARE making them money!
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I feel that sometimes it got even better - it seems that these same corporations don't give a single fuck even about anyone who give them money buying their goods, content, or services


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So, I'm nearly half way through Tue book and Winston is... problematic.

I don't know how this escaped me on my first read.

(comment on 1984, p. 130)

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Had an optometrist's appointment today. Got confirmation of something I've known for some time: my depth perception sucks.

Sadly, it's not correctable, but it's been like that for as long as I can remember. I've learned to adapt.


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I've read it before but was in a very different place at the time. Want to see if it hits differently this time around.

(comment on 1984)

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Jonathan Lamothe finished reading Sourcery

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Not sure, but I think the cat may have developed an intolerance to his super expensive prescription food.

That's neat.


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My god I love clicking on like, boost and follow without feeling it will be logged and crunched by a monetisation algorithm

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40k theory: The mechanicus can't create new technology because LLMs were invented during the dark age of technology.

Most of the media created after that point is AI nonsense, so they can't find the actual plans to replicate most of their technology.

The emperor can work with tech because he saved a copy of the wikipedia before it was too late.

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while back we called it bullshit automation, and just recently a scientific paper was published that arguments this distribution nicely.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/381278855_ChatGPT_is_bullshit

Yes I know this is essentially a different class of problem, but the "learning" is done in the same way. And it flows the tradition of garbage in, garbage out.

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Ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives to well-known software


A great resource that makes it quick and easy to find alternatives to Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe and many more.

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Katy just got an ad for a "grounding sheet"... It's literally a blanket that plugs into a wall outlet so that you can be grounded while you sleep.

In case you're probe to static buildup in your sleep, I guess? How is this a thing?



Content warning: nerdy math shower thought

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Content warning: nerdy math shower thought

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Content warning: nerdy math shower thought



Haven't checked in on the #minetest server in the past few days because I've been otherwise occupied. Had a look today and to my surprise, there was no immediately apparent spawn griefing.



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Any other diabetics out there have any favorite low carb recipes?

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https://www.atkins.com/recipes/muffin-in-a-minute/165
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@nitpicking Sounds like a colonoscopy prep. I'll check it out. Thanks!
@Carl

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For this week's #FollowFriday #FF I'm choosing Linux-mom of the Fediverse Veronica Explains.
@vkc@linuxmom.net
@vkc@tinkerbetter.tube

Also @uoou cos it's Drew and he's awesome as fuck.

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in reply to Chris Were ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ“ฐ๐ŸŒฑโ˜•

seems as good a place as any to say:

Iโ€™m enjoying being on a single-user instance. It feels a bit more curated, which is something I think I want now and didnโ€™t before.

Also the fact that fedi can do this is just fucking cool.

Oh and being a rambler, I love having 5000 characters. Hitting the limit was a constant frustration.

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Awesome. How easy is it to host video on your single user instance?
in reply to Chris Were ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ“ฐ๐ŸŒฑโ˜•

Once itโ€™s installed that โ€˜just worksโ€™.

Iโ€™ll make a quick vid to test that cos I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve uploaded video yet.

I will say though, it was an absolute pain in the arse to install. About as bad as Mastodon was. The instructions are often just wrong in places or leave out important details.

I hear Goto Social is easier to install.

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Yeah. Surely it's gotta be possible to make it as easy as OwnCast.
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it says the video file is corrupt, even when I directly go to your instance.
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Oh really. It plays okay for me. Can I test an image file on you to see if the same applies?
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image works. ... maybe it is my web browser's fault regarding the video file.
in reply to Chris Were ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ“ฐ๐ŸŒฑโ˜•

Thatโ€™s odd then. The first video isnโ€™t working for me and others on Firefox but is for you!

The manifold mysteries of Linux ๐Ÿ™

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I even double checked with my Firefox on my Linux Mint machine (my other is windows). It doesn't work for either of them it seems.
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Iโ€™m a bit curious as to what it is about that file that Firefox doesnโ€™t likeโ€ฆ

Okay, looking at ffprobe output, the pixel format is an unusual one. Maybe itโ€™s that?

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BEHOLD! The mystery manifold of Linux!
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@Chris Were ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ“ฐ๐ŸŒฑโ˜• @calvin ๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ @uoou I just tried Firefox (also on Debian) still didn't work but the first time I tried the server returned a JSON error message (which I didn't think to take down). It worked on the reload but seemed to struggle.
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Yeah the json error is the server falling over when itโ€™s doing anything strenuous. Either because itโ€™s swapping, because the CPU or swamped or because thereโ€™s not enough swap. Iโ€™m gonna up the swap since thatโ€™s the only one under my control ๐Ÿ˜
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I guess in a way we are stress-testing it for you! ๐Ÿ˜„
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@calvin ๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ Sometimes just running a fedi instance is stress test enough (ask me how I know). ๐Ÿ™ƒ
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@ChrisWere Hahaha. Really is!

Okay, well the server really disliked me trying to change the swap out from under it. Hopefully itโ€™s a bit happier now.

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I use italics all over the place. Iโ€™ve been using italics:

  • since youโ€™ve had hot dinners
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Okay good, well at least itโ€™s not a server problem.

The first video was recorded with wf-recorder, Iโ€™ll have a play with the options to see if I can make something more generally viewable.

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@calvin @me Yeah cos Debian packages Firefox with a whole bunch of specific security provisions, as I understand it.
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Okay that seems to work? The serverโ€™s clearly struggling a bit but it shows up in both FF and Qutebrowser for me.
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Okay, so when I upload an image or video, the server does seem to temporarily shit itself (Iโ€™m running on very low memory, which I think is the cause).

It seems to right itself after a moment. Could you check the video again now and see if it still doesnโ€™t work. If not then it could be your browser, cos yeah, the video works for me in a different browser, not logged in etc..

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I can easily download the video and play it in VLC.
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So the file itself is presumably okay. Ahhh okay, I just tried in Firefox and get the same thing (I use qutebrowser).

Right, lemme find a known-good (small) video and upload that to test whether itโ€™s something to to with the file or whether itโ€™s a server problem.

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it plays in an Edge browser but not in my Firefox browser.


Logged into my online banking to be greeted by a notification about an "unusual transaction". It was today's vet visit.

Yes. It was unusual. It was also entirely legit, but thanks.

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As a side note: I sent my parents a text asking if we could borrow $X to hold us over until next pay day. My mother replied by saying that she'd "accidentally" sent $(X + Y) and to spend the extra as we see fit. We have a tiny bit of breathing room again.

She is amazing, and I am so fortunate to have family who are able to help out in an emergency. It's not lost on me that many don't.



Content warning: pet medical issues, stress

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