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fuck lawns (fuck lawns) fuck them very very much
  • Lawns:

    1. require artificial irrigation that contributes to depletion ofvaquifers

    2. create monocultures that reduce biodiversity and harm ecosystems

    3. require maintenance that usually involves burning fossil fuels

    4. shadeless lawns contribute to warmer neighborhoods

    5. act as nitrogen sinks

  • Is there any way to brute delete stock firmware on a redmi 10c with debian? do you know of any compatible foss OS I could install on this device?
    1. Don't use hacky unlocks if there's an official way. The best case scenario is it becomes a headache and isn't reliable; ghe worst case is that it bricks your phone or installs malware in the bootloader

    2. All I could find looking for custom ROMs for your phone was XDA users shrugging their shoulders and unverified downloads from very shady websites/githubs. I'd suggest getting the most out of this phone you can before selling it and getting one you know works with the OS you want

  • How do I change the default login screen?
  • I know it's bad form to suggest using other software that handles the same functionality instead of suggesting a fix, but it looks like sddm doesn't have the functionality to change displays at the time of writing.

    GDM seems to have a workaround

    But it looks like every display manager chooses whichever display based on arbitrary criteria.

  • People who refuse to learn how to drive a car, why?
  • Unless you experience physical pain from driving, it's a slippery slope because every facet of modern life gets easier in car culture if you have a car.

    Just look at Road Ragers: people who experience extreme emotional duress from driving, possibly endangering everyone with their angry antics and maybe giving themselves health problems from the blood pressure fluctuations, and yet they keep doing it.

    And some people even drive without a license, simply because getting between places in time is nigh impossible otherwise.

    As for why I decided to give up renewing my license, here's my rant from elsewhere:

    It's not just the pollution from the exhaust, it's not just the tons of trash/scrap that rots away in junkyards, it's not just the rubbers and plastics from tire wear and tear getting into ecosystems, it's not just the gigagallons of hazardous chemicals required to maintain, it's not just the steady trend toward "Cars as a Service" while locking your premium features behind a paywall, it's not just the carwashes draining their runoff into the local groundwater, it's not just the needlessly large cities to accomodate every individual having a car to themselves, it's not just the ever expanding highways in between cities that continue to have congestion but now take more space and more time to repair and do more damage to the environment, it's not just the asphalt island effect, it's not just the burden on local economies that is car culture, it's not just the hostility drivers have for pedestrians and bikers, it's not just the millions of accidents causing hundreds of millions dollars in medical damages and 40,000 deaths every year, it's not just the blatant disregard for millions of animal and insect lives left on the roadside and windshields as warnings, it's not just the arms race between assholes for bigger and louder and more dangerous death machines so they can feel like they're the only one on the road who matters.

    It's all of it, and more.

  • Many such cases
  • I'vw become so brainwashed by the FOSS Difference™ that if I see something exclusive to proprietary OSes, I assume it's 99% marketing and not actually an important nor useful feature. I have no idea what HDR is, but it sounds like a marketing acronym for something that's done worse than the FOSS equivalent

    Also, my life is objectively better since I stopped using Adobe outside work.

  • Bootloader equivalent to Rufus
  • I haven't found a good GUI (Balena's Etcher is cross platform, but the flatpak never worked for me)

    dd has never failed me

    sudo dd if=<path to ISO file> of=<path to USB> bs=4M status=progress conv=fsync

    (double, triple and quadruple check that the output file, of=, is the correct device with multiple different commands before running this)

  • Desk workers of Lemmy, what are your tips for appearing busy in the office even when you might not be?
  • Seek more work. Find tasks you can help on, earn brownie points, don't offer to do anything extra that takes more than 30 minutes to get done. Don't overdo it, and make sure to also use the downtime to grab a federally required break, stretch, drink water, meditate, do some calisthenics.

    The first part boosts how you're perceived by others: your bosses will take note of your enthusiasm, your coworkers will appreciate you more; this is why it's important to not overdo it—you don't want your extra effort to be the new baseline expectation.

    The second part boosts your health, mood and productivity.

    If you find you have more free time than these fill, consider asking your employer to sponsor certifications/continuing education in your field to further your career, or just talking with your boss about taking on more responsibilities for a raise. But still make sure to "leave room on your plate" to do the aforementioned breaks. If the money/career growth isn't an issue, consider negotiating reduced hours so you have more free time.

  • How bad is Microsoft?
  • While I'm not gonna argue the merits of GPL—it is technically restricting modification, even if there is no practical difference for those only interested in adding/removing functionality—I disagree with the assessment that using the GPL causes harm to the users.

    The reasoning seems to be that a 3rd party's refusal to use the software because of the license, and suvsequent use of a shittier product is somehow the (hypothetical GPL-using) OpenSSH dev's fault.

    The problem is that accepting the premise that the devs are responsible for what people who choose to not use their software do entails that they are then responsible for everyone who uses any type of software tangentially related to OpenSSH's functionality. It also means that it's their fault for whatever consequences of using the licenses they currently do, which inevitably drive some people away for various reasons. It also means any potential license (or even lack thereof) is open to the same criticism.

  • How bad is Microsoft?
  • I couldn't find any primary source on OpenSSH's licenses, but wikipedia says "BSD, ISC, Public Domain."

    Both BSD and ISC explicitly grant permissions to modify the software (and redistribute the modified software), and Public Domain means no rights reserved whatsoever, so the mailing list user's points aren't relevant to any of the Four Freedoms (aka the Sacred Texts).

    Without access to the source email: it looks like it's a debate about using copyleft licensing instead of BSD/ISC, which is sometimes considered the Fifth Freedom. If you want an argument about that, I'm happy to do so (later), but it isn't a valid reason for saying some piece of software fails to meet the definition of Free Software.

  • How bad is Microsoft?
  • Did you mean

    Is that related to the gpl advocates who criticize BSD/MIT/ISC license and laugh at FreeBSD for letting Apple do something (I can’t remember what)?

    I'm not trying to be a grammar nazi, I just want to make sure I'm interpreting you correctly and not putting words in your mouth.

    Afaik, BSD and MIT licenses qualify as Free Software licenses. I could be wrong; I am not a lawyer, nor am I Richard Stallman.

    As for your first question:

    Can you explain more?

    @[email protected] did a good summary of the distinction, so I will expand on m$'s role:

    By most Free Software advocates' accounts, the rise of the term "Open Source" was a deliberate move to make proprietary software less of a bitter pill for us radical digital anarchists: "look, our code is Open and Transparent (but you still can't reproduce or modify it, even if you buy a license)." At the same time, Open Source advocates argued that this was the "Shoe-In-The-Door" for Free Software into the corporate/capitalist landscape—it's not, because it doesn't actually advocate any of Free Software's Four Essential Freedoms (Five, if you consider Copyleft to be essential, as I do).

    So basically the corporate world took the concept of Free Software, which was starting to be a threat to their businesses, sanitized it of any actual freedom, and sold it back to devs and users as some kind of magnanimous gesture that they were letting us look (but not touch) the code they wrote. Open Source.

    M$ has been essential in this shift. Perusing their github, they make it clear that they're willing to toss projects onto the pile, but make sure as hell to keep the Freedom from infecting any of their larger, popular software (e.g. Office, Visual Studio, Windows). And in return, they get access to whatever code you host on their service, assuming they can interpret vague phrasing in their Privacy Policy loosely enough.

  • Fedora Silverblue is the most frustrating distro so far
  • After beginning to wrap my head around atomic immutable OSes, I can't believe they're not the standard for most servers. i can't believe Debian doesn't have an official atomic and immutable version yet, seems exactly like the kind of stability they aim for

  • Dealing with games that just won't run on Linux
  • aside from leaving them behind

    Why are we conforming to fit the software's needs instead of vice-versa? Fuck the devs who can't be assed to make it work for proton at the least. This isn't my job, I'm not being paid to use software that goes against my values. There's tens of thousands of games out there and I'm gonna let myself get so hung up on the few hundred that don't work that i just go back to m$?

    Fuck. That. They deserve to get left behind. No piece of media is worth compronising on my values to consume.

  • Ente encrypted open source alternativ to Google Photos. Can be self hosted and supports S3 backend
  • Not to mention that self-hosting/federation comes with a million small headaches.

    If the devs are paid, do you want to pay them to work on the project or work on maintaining a contact infrastructure?

    If they aren't paid, do you want them using what little free time they have working on the app or working on maintaining a communications network?

    If it's someone else's forum/matrix/chat server, are you okay with 1. a third party having access to your communications and 2. being able to force a comms blackout for any reason whatsoever?

    Or would you rather they use their time and money focusing on finding a provider who meets every need of the project AND every user?

  • Staying Positive in the Apocalypse - Veil of Cloud Piped

    An alternative privacy-friendly YouTube frontend which is efficient by design.


    It's the series finale for our friend Plague Roach. Big props to Drue for all the work he's put into this project

    Here's the full series playlist on youtube


    Slow Nala completions - Janky hack m8 GitHub - volitank/nala: a wrapper for the apt package manager.

    a wrapper for the apt package manager. Contribute to volitank/nala development by creating an account on GitHub.

    GitHub - volitank/nala: a wrapper for the apt package manager.

    I've been using nala on my debian-based computers instead of apt, mostly for the parallel downloads, but also because the UI is nicer. I have one issue, and that's the slow completions; it's not wasting painful amounts of time, but it still takes a second or two each time I hit tab. I don't know if this is the same for all shells, but I'm using zsh.

    I tried a workaround, but it seems prone to breaking something. So far it's working fine for my purposes, so I thought I'd share anyway:

    1. I backed up /usr/share/zsh/vendor-completions/_nala to my home directory
    2. I copied /usr/share/zsh/functions/Completion/Debian/_apt to /usr/share/zsh/vendor-completions/_nala
    3. I used vim to %s/apt/nala/g (replace every instance of 'apt' to 'nala') in the new /usr/share/zsh/vendor-completions/_nala

    Already that's sped up the completions to seemingly as fast as any other command. And already I can see some jank peaking through: zsh now thinks nala has access to apt commands that it definitely doesn't (e.g. nala build-dep, nala changelog and nala full-upgrade), and it has lost autocompletions for nala fetch and nala history.

    Once I understand completions files syntax better, I'll fix it to only use the commands listed in nala's manpage and submit a pr to the git repo. In the meantime, if anyone has suggestions for how to correct the existing completions file or more ways to make the _apt completions fit nala, it'd be much appreciated.


    Who does flatpak/snap benefit?

    As a user, the best way to handle applications is a central repository where interoperability is guaranteed. Something like what Debian does with the base repos. I just run an install and it's all taken care of for me. What's more, I don't deal with unnecessary bloat from dozens of different versions of the same library according to the needs of each separate dev/team.

    So the self-contained packages must be primarily of benefit to the devs, right? Except I was just reading through how flatpak handles dependencies: runtimes, base apps, and bundling. Runtimes and base apps supply dependencies to the whole system, so they only ever get installed once... but the documentation explicitly mentions that there are only few of both meaning that most devs will either have to do what repo devs do—ensure their app works with the standard libraries—or opt for bundling.

    Devs being human—and humans being animals—this means the overall average tendency will be to bundle, because that's easier for them. Which means that I, the end user, now have more bloat, which incentivizes me to retreat to the disk-saving havens of repos, which incentivizes the devs to release on a repo anyway...

    So again... who does this benefit? Or am I just completely misunderstanding the costs and benefits?


    Are there any studies that looked at the environmental impact of cars beyond just gasoline?

    Most people are aware that gasoline sucks as a fuel and is responsible for a large portion of carbon emissions, but defenders love to trot out that "if every end consumer gave up their car, it would only remove like 10% of carbon emissions"

    I can find tons of literature about the impact gasoline vehicles have, but is there any broader studies that consider other factors—like manufacture, maintenance, and city planning—while exploring the environmental and/or economic impact of cars and car culture?

    I know there's great sources that have made these critiques, but I'm looking for scientific papers that present all the data in a single holistic analysis