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  • America: You can't have free health because that's socialism but you can replenish your Glock 9 stock because FURDUM!!!!

  • How do we disincentize car ownership?

    My original question was "How do we disincentivize the purchase of pickup trucks/SUVs" but then I thought it would be better to approach the larger problem of car dependency and car ownership. One option is, of course, to create public transit infrastructure and improve it where it already exist. This, however, doesn't change the fact that some will still choose to drive. What would be the best ways to discourage people from owning personal cars?

  • Painfully accurate.

  • A lesbian couple was brutally beaten by group of men in Halifax. Police still haven't filed charges
  • The point was that those men weren't supposed to harass them in the first place.

  • What if we gave it back to nature?
  • I can only dream that my city could look like the first picture let alone the second one.

  • #stopkillingtrains
  • And Louis Rossmann's hairline just keeps receding.

  • Project 2025 Architect Signals Bloodshed If Left Opposes Trump-Led 'Revolution'
  • My teenage fantasies of armed rebellion are finally coming true!

  • Trying to install glib2-devel on Manjaro but to no avail. Any workarounds?
  • True. I think I'll switch to Arch proper soon.

  • Trying to install glib2-devel on Manjaro but to no avail. Any workarounds?

    Yesterday, I made this post about getting my old Xbox 360 controller working wirelessly on Manjaro. The comments suggested using xpadneo- more specifically xpadneo-dkms. xpadneo-dkms only works Xbox One and Series X controllers. Doing a little more research, I came across xboxdrv. I installed the AUR package but gave me an error message saying that I was missing two dependencies: scons and glib2-devel. scons installed with but glib2-devel has been a bit tricky. If I used yay -S glib2-devel it returns this error: -> No AUR package found for glib2-devel there is nothing to do. If I use sudo pacman -S glib2-devel it returns this error: error: target not found: glib2-devel. I could go on but we would be here all day. Any help? Thanks in advance.

    [Manjaro XFCE] How do you connect an Xbox 360 controller wirelessly?
  • Didn't know if it was supported but this clears it up. Thanks.

  • Aaaand fade out...
  • Or you could take the Dream Theater route and end the song abruptly.

  • [Manjaro XFCE] How do you connect an Xbox 360 controller wirelessly?
  • Do I have to use PC receiver or is that unnecessary?

  • Earth divided
  • Whoever thought that region locking content was a good idea should be thrown overboard and be eaten by the Kraken.

  • [Manjaro XFCE] How do you connect an Xbox 360 controller wirelessly?

    I was going through my old stuff and found an Xbox 360 controller and the wireless PC receiver that was once a requirement before the bluetooth-enabled controllers. I remember using it when I was a Windows user but I'm completely stuck on how to use it under Manjaro. Any advice? Thanks in advance.

    Oklahoma schools head Ryan Walters: Teachers who won't teach Bible could lose license
  • Any of you remember Kitzmiller v. Dover? It was a case that essentially ruled that teaching ID/creationism was a theological doctrine and thus couldn't be included in the biology curriculum of schools across the country. While the issues here at not the same (teaching creationsim vs mandatory bible studies), they have the same ideological underpinnings. Unless we're talking about Sunday school*, schools must remain secular institutions where discussions of religions are from a neutral perspective in regards to the humanities. As to regards to a hypothetical Supreme Court case: considering how ultra-conservative the Supreme Court has become in recent years, I fear that they might side the theocrats.

    *Are those still a thing?

  • FCC proposes ending cellphone carrier locks after 60 days
  • As much as I to be optimistic, I doubt this will pass. So long as Wall Street is still a thing don't expect any sort of regulations. Continue to buy second-hand, OEM unlocked phones on eBay.

  • Trump’s Spiritual Adviser Resigns Amid Allegations He Molested 12-Year-Old
  • It's always the self-righteous, "holier-than-thou" types. Remember, when these so-called holy men talk about the "evils" of porn and casual sex it's a self report.

  • PSA: Alternatives for the most popular communities
  • I'm completely lost. Can someone fill me on what the hell is going on?

  • Intel’s Anti-Upgrade Tricks Defeated With Kapton Tape
  • Hackers are the only saving grace in this increasingly dystopian world.

  • Best apps for digital art/graphic design?

    I'm thinking of buying a Pixel tablet secondhand for my wife who is a graphic designer. I'm trying to move her away from propriety software but I don't any of any apps for graphic design on F-Droid. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.


    Some questions about building a PC for graphic design

    I'm trying to build a workstation for my wife who is a graphic design by trade. She has only ever used Window so I thought that this would be a great way to introduce her to Linux. I just have some questions about getting this project off the ground.

    1. Am I better off buying a cheap, prebuilt desktop and adding some extra parts like a GPU and more memory or building it from the ground up?

    2. For a distro, I was thinking about Linux Mint but would other distros be better options?

    3. Other than GIMP, what are some essential software for graphic design and digital art on Linux?

    Debian 12 KDE Plasma: The right GNU/Linux distribution for professional digital painting in 2024. Reasons and complete installation guide.
  • Coincidentally, I was just thinking about building an art station for my wife who is a graphic designer. This article and guide might come in handy.

  • [SOLVED] [Manjaro XFCE] Trying to mount an SSD but gives me a "Failed to mount" error

    I'm trying to mount one of my SSDs on my systems but it gives me this error when trying to mount from File System: "Failed to mount "New Volume" - No object for D-Bus interface." If I go into Gparted and check the description of the device in question it gives me this: $MFTMirr does not match $MFT (record 3). Failed to mount '/dev/nvme0n1p2': Input/output error NTFS is inconsistent. Run chkdsk /f on Windows then reboot it TWICE! The usage of the /f parameter is very IMPORTANT! No modification was made to NTFS by this software.

    Failed to open '/dev/nvme0n1p2'.

    $MFTMirr does not match $MFT (record 3). Failed to mount '/dev/nvme0n1p2': Input/output error NTFS is inconsistent. Run chkdsk /f on Windows then reboot it TWICE! The usage of the /f parameter is very IMPORTANT! No modification was made to NTFS by this software.

    Unable to read the contents of this file system! Because of this some operations may be unavailable. The cause might be a missing software package. The following list of software packages is required for ntfs file system support: ntfs-3g / ntfsprogs.

    If I run fsck -l in the terminal It returns this:

    fsck from util-linux 2.40.1 e2fsck 1.47.0 (5-Feb-2023) ext2fs_open2: Bad magic number in super-block fsck.ext2: Superblock invalid, trying backup blocks... fsck.ext2: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/nvme0n1

    The superblock could not be read or does not describe a valid ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystem. If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the superblock is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock: e2fsck -b 8193 <device> or e2fsck -b 32768 <device>

    /dev/nvme0n1 contains DOS/MBR boot sector MS-MBR Windows 7 english at offset 0x163 "Invalid partition table" at offset 0x17b "Error loading operating system" at offset 0x19a "Missing operating system"; partition 1 : ID=0xee, start-CHS (0x0,0,2), end-CHS (0x30,254,63), startsector 1, 4294967295 sectors' data

    Any advice? Thanks in advance.

    Edit: I have since solved this issue with the help of @[email protected]. For anyone having a similar problem, the comment thread that led to the eventual solution is down below.


    Planning to move to the Netherlands. Which city would be a great place to live: Amsterdam or Utrecht?

    I'm an American and I'm thinking about moving to the Netherlands sometime in the future especially if a "certain presidential candidate" gets elected. Now, I've never been to the Netherlands or anywhere in Europe for that matter. Everything I "know" about the country comes from Youtube videos/channels that brag about how great it is. One of the things that gets that touted the most is the cycling infrastructure and walkability. As someone trying to move away from car dependency this seems to be a no-brainer. Amsterdam seems like the obvious choice but I've been told that Utrecht has a better cycling infrastructure. What do you think?


    How repair-friendly is the R1S?

    I've been debating if I should get R1S or the new Bronco and repairability will be a factor for my purchase. I'm pretty sure many of you have seen the $47,000 fender repair bill story but I as far as I can tell that is an extreme case. Not to mention anecdotal. However, Rivian is still a relatively new startup and (from what I can see) doesn't have the network nor the infrastructure to provide for repairs be it certified service shops or DIY repair. EVs in general are not as 'open source' as traditional ICE cars (yet).If I'm wrong about this, please do correct me. The Bronco, on the other hand, is based on the current Ford Ranger and (again, from I what can see) seems to be repairable and already has a steady aftermarket. What are your thoughts and experiences?


    Just a quick post about trucks and SUVs

    If you ever find yourself tempted to buy a truck and/or SUV, just remember one thing: they're not worth it. They're a societal nuisance. They're a massive pollutant. The maintenance, repair, and insurance will cost you a whole lot more. Aside from the aforementioned pollution, They're overall environmental impact is egregious. These monstrosities are best left alone.

    If you ever have to do any sort heavy work, rent one instead. Want to live that outdoors lifestyle? A sedan and/or hatchback will do. Just buy a bike and roof rack. Got a family? Again, sedan and/or hatchback will do but also consider a station wagon. Better yet, buy a cargo bike like the Urban Arrow or the Dutch bakfiets. These are way better options to those climate-changing abominations.

    I know what I'm writing isn't anything groundbreaking but I'm writing this mostly get something off my chest in relation to a dream I had last night. The dream itself was quite boring: I was driving around in a new Ford Bronco. The thing was that, in the dream, I was quite happy about it. This happy feeling was still felt when I woke up. For a brief moment, I was thinking about buying a Bronco. I soon returned to reality. But I'm not going to lie; the temptation was strong. The temptation was made stronger by nostalgia. I grew up with these kinds of vehicles. My dad worked in labor-intense, blue collar jobs that used trucks. He even owned some himself. But, once again, they're not worth it.


    If we were to ban cars, what would happen to emergency services?

    Firstly, I'm aware that my question gives the impression that I hold anti-urbaninst views but that's not the case. If such a measure were to be implemented I would fully support it. I'm merely curious as to what would happen to emergency services if a total ban on personal, motorized vehicles was enacted. I'm especially curious to how cities or even countries with low car dependency handle EMS.


    Is there any way to root and unlock the bootloader on a U.S S21 Ultra?

    I'm going to repurpose my S21 since I just got a new phone that could be rooted and have the boot loader unlocked. However, I've told that the U.S variant of the S21 (Snapdragon 888) can't be rooted and have the boot loader unlocked. Is this true and I'm simply chasing a pipedream? Or can it actually be done?


    Car-free ways of going to natural parks?

    Quick heads up: natural parks = any place that could be considered outdoorsy. Think national parks or famous lakes like Lake Tahoe. Forest and wooded areas can also be included.

    Anyways. Instead of wasting my money buying a bloated 4WD truck/SUV or even a AWD wagon like the Subaru Outback, I could just buy a roof rack for my 4 door sedan, buy or even rent a mountain bike, buy some outdoor/hiking gear and I'm all set. But then I thought of something better: how about I get rid of the car all together? If I go the car-free route, I now have to consider how I'm going to get there. While I could go cross-country on bike (and I do plan on doing that anyways), I was wondering if some quicker forms of transportation (excluding cars) could be an option. Do buses and trains go to these places? Would they allow me to take my bike? Thanks in advance!


    What's a fictional character or media franchise that you would love to see get the video game treatment?

    Especially those that have either never gotten a video game adaptation or are underrepresented in video games. For me, I would love to see Gambit game. The X-Men series as a whole (independent from the larger Marvel comic book universe) has a lot material for a video game. Yes, there has X-Men games in the past but I want to see solo Gambit game; in style of Arkham Knight. But that's just my idea. What are some of yours?


    Installed a modpack for GTA 3 and keep getting this error. Any advice?

    I installed this modpack for GTA 3 but for some reason it gives me a 'insert disc 2' error even though this is on Steam. Thanks in advance.


    What can I do to get parking mandates repealed in my city?

    I'm new to advocating for urban planning so I don't know where to start. I know can attend city hall meetings and even email the mayor but I feel like those aren't effective solutions. Any advice? Thanks.


    Trying to make some pide bread for at-home döner kebabs and want to add 3 ingredients to the traditional recipe. How much do I add of each.

    I'm trying to make a döner kebab at home (derived from this video). I want to add the three following ingredients to the bread recipe: vital wheat gluten, diastatic malt powder, and dough conditioner (or enhancer). The pide recipe itself (again based off the video) goes as follows:

    200g warm milk

    10g instant yeast

    535g bread flour (totaled)

    4g sugar

    245g Water

    40g olive oil

    8g salt

    How much of the additional ingredients will I add?


    Any tips for reducing my car dependency beyond walking and cycling?

    Today was my first day seriously going car free and despite some literal roadblocks ahead I think it's doable. Any tips taking this further? Thanks in advance.


    Trying to install gzdoom on Manjaro but keep getting an error message. Any advice?

    I've tried to install gzdoom both through the terminal and GUI and both times it returns the same error: _==> ERROR: A failure occurred in prepare()._

    The line of code before that says this: /var/tmp/pamac-build-[user]/zmusic/PKGBUILD: line 20: patch: command not found

    I go to that file, open it in Mousepad and that specific line says this: patch -i "$srcdir"/0001-Use-correct-soundfont-path.patch -p 1

    I go to that patch file and only mentions the file path for Ubuntu. I know that this makes me really dumb but I really help with this. Thanks in advance.


    Best tracking device for a stolen bike?

    I plan on riding bike for often and while I have invest and will continue to invest in the typical security measures (D lock, wheel lock, etc.). However, in the extreme case that it should get stolen I want a way to track it down. I was thinking about getting a Tile tracking and place it within the frame of my bike but there's a better way please suggest it. Thanks in advance!