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What popular product do you think is modern day snakeoil?
  • As interesting as it is crazy. My experience was completely unsolicited. The podologist, a health professional, out of the blue, started talking about this miraculous solution and showed it to me: looked like antifreeze liquid. Discarded the comment, the pandemic topic was still fresh and a go-to conversation, so she went back to the CD as a treatment for COVID-19. I was skepticly interested by then, threw a couple of questions and she started talking about its supposedly scientific evidence. Then she used the word "protocols", as if it was the most serious matter to her.

    She already had my number so, asked politely if she could send me some documents and evidence of the treatment and its protocols. I told her yes, sure, let's see what's all about. After treating my infected nail, a couple of hours later, a new WhatsApp conversation with lots of documents and videos appeared in my inbox. I was baffled, so angry too, fucking quacks deceiving desperate people suffering from all kinds of illnesses, just for the money and attention.

  • What popular product do you think is modern day snakeoil?
  • Quite literal. The Chlorine Dioxide Solution scam came to me through a podologist a year or so ago. What makes this outstanding to me, it's they succeeded at having some academic backup, though, completely out of context. It's an absolute rabbit hole, you are warned.

  • Check the new Power Ampache app! GitHub - icefields/Power-Ampache-2: second version of my popular ampache Android app

    second version of my popular ampache Android app. Contribute to icefields/Power-Ampache-2 development by creating an account on GitHub.

    GitHub - icefields/Power-Ampache-2: second version of my popular ampache Android app

    Years ago, when Owncloud was still the only self hosted cloud solution around, the Music app used to come with an Ampache backend to connect to your music through client apps. My favorite for Android was Power Ampache, it was almost the only one, that and an extension for the really old Just Player. After a while, a Subsonic server was added to the Music app and these Subsonic clients proliferated. So, I switched to a Subsonic client, then another, and another... none was really doing it for me. DSub is great but looks dated and lacks some features, others are not mature enough, and some I just find too barebones.

    Recently, Power Ampache 2 was released, and even though it's still in beta or even alpha, it already looks great and my favorite client again. Check it out if you have an Ampache server or a Nextcloud instance with music!

    Linux really has come a long way
  • Linux is boring. In a good way. It is so boring that each of my computers use different distros. I have Debian, Fedora, Mint, OpenSUSE Tumbleweed and Endeavour OS installed across 4 or 5 computers right now. Some of them still dual-booting Windows 10/11. Now each time I boot into Windows is fun. In a bad way.

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 480p)
  • I tried hard to get this in Mexico City in 2001. I was lucky enough to get to a VHS with CC that worked perfectly. Now, everyone can watch this in YouTube, but my VHS is still around even if the DVD version was easier to find in more recent years.

  • The May 2024 Organic Maps update with bookmarks and tracks sorting by name, better paved/unpaved paths colors, GPX import fixes, drive-through, and many other changes
  • I use both all the time. Organic Maps rendering and navigation feels snappier, even with 2.5D support, and less cluttered, but since I do contribute to OpenStreetMap, OsmAnd is unmatched for editing and access to power tools like up-to-date data, GPS tracking, PDI editions, etc.

    Unfortunately, in my country the map is not as complete as the proprietary options, so, using OsmAnd is more practical for me. As a regular user, though, I'd prefer Organic Maps.

  • How to update to Nobara 39 if transaction test errors arise

    So, I was having a hard time trying to update Nobara 38 to Nobara 39. Did the KDE swap, followed the website instructions to upgrade but in the last part, after:

    $sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=39 -y

    I'd get:

    Error: Transaction test error:

    file /usr/lib64/ conflicts between attempted installs of noopenh264-0.1.0~openh264_2.3.1-2.fc39.x86_64 and openh264-2.3.1-2.fc39.x86_64

    Tried several solutions to this without success but noticed it's just that two packages in the upgrade are trying to write the same file. My solution was to just disable the openh264 Cisco repo for the upgrade with:

    $sudo dnf config-manager --set-disabled fedora-cisco-openh264

    You can do this also in the Diskover preferences.

    After disabling the Cisco repo you can proceed with:

    $sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=39 -y

    $sudo system-upgrade reboot

    Then, after a successful upgrade, go to Diskover > Preferences and enable (check) the fedora_cisco_openh264 repo. Finally, do perform a system update with Nobara update tool. Install whatever it tells you it's missing and then you are done.

    Figured I'd share this here since the threads in Reddit don't show any clear fix to the problem. Hope someone can use it.


    Rulfo's reprimands are serious business!

    You guys seem to think my boy is all cute when he is angry, but he's some kind of monster of the week from the X-Files when he's scolding at my face! Here is proof.


    One millisecond before a scold

    So, Rulfo (aka Chochi) had been following me all over the house meowing loudly at me for like half an hour. I sat on the table, he followed me of course. Sat right next to me and continued meowing at my face. This is he, an instant before one of his reprimands.


    How do you feel about financing a genocide?

    I didn't want to direct this question to Americans specifically because, at this point, other countries have shown support to Israel in one or the other way. If my country was financing this, I would be taking the streets. Shit, I'm right now in the hospital but all I can think about is protesting anyway just to feel I did something to stop this madness.

    Are you doing something about this? Are you feeling unsettled? How do you feel about all this mess?

    EDIT: So, buying Chinese stuff takes the USS Gerald Ford to Gaza’s coast. Also, TIL that that chocolate my cousin gave me when she was 20 and I was 5, (delicious stuff!) made me a slavist-ish. The fact remains, this genocide is being paid and supported by taxpayers money; of course, I was hoping that most of us didn’t pay taxes wishing for this. Thank you all for your responses, some of them were hard to swallow.