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Jon Stewart's prediction about changing beauty standards from 2004
  • You didn't notice it already happened?

    Look at Instagram beauty. The definition of a big bootie/phat ass has really changed in the past 20 years.

    Fat-shaming is a thing; had Stewart's book been published today, it'd be skewered on talk shows for this one joke being fat-shaming.

    We may not be there yet, but around the time All About That Bass came out, normalizing obesity started gaining mainstream support. Despite clear evidence that it shortens life expectancy and is considered a co-morbidity for any medical condition, American society is overriding the medical community in telling people "it's OK to be fat," and worse, calling any other messaging "fat shaming."

    It's already happened. You just didn't notice because the Kardashians distracted everyone.

  • "Gluten Free" has officially gone too far.
  • Oh, hey @MissJinx; I haven't seen you in a while.

    I don't think it was a stupid question; frankly, it's not something I find intuitive. I have to stop and think about it. Also, living with someone with allergies makes you more aware of them, since your brain tends to purge knowledge you don't use. I'd think it's a curse - especially since my memory is shit to begin with - except that I know a couple of people with eidetic memories, and that can present its own problems.

    I know one guy with an eiditic memory who has a problem with information that he learns wrong the first time. He has to build a sort of linked-list model in his brain for corrections, and then do a sort of very slow O(n) crawl of the list to end up with the right result. So say he's introduced to you and they say your name is Becky; that gets stored in his memory. Then you correct them and say your name is "Susanne", so he makes a "correction" link. But because someone coughed when you said it, he heard "Susan", and that was w what got stored; so he has to make a second correction. From then on, whenever he runs into you he has to go through this "Becky" -> "Susan" -> "Susanne" process, and he says it's real slow and can take a couple of seconds, and longer if there are more corrections. That seems a poor trade-off to me for being able to glance at a page and then repeat it back verbatim by reading the picture in his memory.

  • Real house flipping.
  • Look at the front steps, and where they meet the white step. The whole house is crooked.

  • "Gluten Free" has officially gone too far.
  • This is why you don't get nuts when traveling on an airplane carrying a passenger with a nut allergy. Allergic responses vary wildly. You might have a mild allergy that gives you a rash if you eat too much of something. Or, you might go into anaphylactic shock if you breath air that's had nuts in it.

    My wife has an autoimmune disease that's triggered by foods. Some foods more than others, and there's some tolerance to each. She shouldn't eat capsicum, but she loves spicy food, and she can eat some, but it she eats it too often, she gets a response flare. OTOH, she can't have any amount of dairy: the response is rapid, and severe, and she has to take steroids to get it under control. Luckily, she's not sensitive to anything (that we've found, anyway) that triggers a response from the molecules in the air.

    Oh, there are two things you may have forgotten: first, when you smell something, you're literally tasting molecules of that thing; second, your skin is your body's largest organ, and you can absolutely ingest stuff through your skin. That's how Novichok, and other nerve agents, work.

  • Ahh! Ricky! I wanna be in the Alpha Quadrant!
  • I'm hoping the fanfic will start flowing. Not with Ball in her "I Love Lucy" persona, but more "The Dark Corner."

    Although, I think Janeway was directed this way, with Lucille's dry wit. It wouldn't surprise me if the scriptwriters weren't paying homage to Ball with the Janeway character.

  • Announcing systemd v256
  • Have we gotten so large now that we're capable of a Lemmy Hug of Death?

  • L.A. County wants to cap rent hikes at 3%. Landlords say that would push them to sell
  • In British English, "renter" - means both (in the OED). So, you mean "in American."

    But, yes; I concede landlord may have been a better term, although not all renters who lease properties to others are also landlords; for one example, subletters are renters (in both meanings of the word) but not landlords.

    Renters (landlords) are necessary; the real problem I'm railing against is property developers turning single family homes (or apartments[^1]) and farmland into rental properties.

    [^1] in 'Murican, the word "apartment" has rental connotations. I'm using it here in the "a unit in a larger building of units, either owned or rented out."

  • L.A. County wants to cap rent hikes at 3%. Landlords say that would push them to sell
  • In British English, "renter" - means both (in the OED). So, you mean "in American."

    But, yes; I concede landlord may have been a better term, although not all renters who lease properties to others are also landlords; for one example, subletters are renters (in both meanings of the word) but not landlords.

    Renters (landlords) are necessary; the real problem I'm railing against is property developers turning single family homes (or apartments[^1]) and farmland into rental properties.

    [^1] in 'Murican, the word "apartment" has rental connotations. I'm using it here in the "a unit in a larger building of units, either owned or rented out."

  • pee(1) rule
  • finger, yes, but IIRC I just manually edited a .finger file - I don't remember chfn.

    Also, I haven't used finger in such a long time; since soon after the eternal September, probably. So many contacts never had finger info, it became not worth the effort to even check for it.

    ☹️

  • L.A. County wants to cap rent hikes at 3%. Landlords say that would push them to sell
  • Noun: renter |ren-tur|

    1. Someone who pays rent to use land or a building or a car that is owned by someone else β€’ the landlord can evict a renter who doesn't pay the rent = tenant

    2. An owner of property who receives payment for its use by another person

    It's not my fault the stupid word means both people renting, and the owners who rent the place out. I'd hoped the context would have made it clear to which I was referring, in each use.

  • L.A. County wants to cap rent hikes at 3%. Landlords say that would push them to sell
  • I hate that "renters" mean both people who rent, and rent out. It's a stupid word.

    There is a place for rentals, but it's gone far beyond reasonable. Property developers are responsible for the housing crisis and the inability for younger generations to even contemplate owning a home.

  • the fastest transition in the west
  • I seem to be the minority here, but, while I'd press the button, I wouldn't mash it or press it a bunch of times, or eagerly press it... because periods. And PMS. And misogyny. But, mostly periods.

    I think being a girl has some pretty sucky parts that is guys completely avoid, and for which I'm really grateful. And I think a lot of dudes who fantasize about transitioning sort of skip over, although I guess with no ovaries trans women get to avoid the worst of it. Although they still have to deal with the patriarchy, and that's pretty shitty.

    So, yeah. I'd press it, but with some trepidation.

  • pee(1) rule
  • Use an OS for 20 years and still learn about new command every once in a while.

  • [Ann] v0.1.2 of rook, a keepass-backed secret service

    Rook is a lightweight, stand-alone, headless secret service tool backed by a Keepass v2 database. It provides client and server modes in a single executable, built from a reasonably small (auditable) code base with a small and shallow dependency tree - it should not be challenging to verify that it is not doing anything sketchy with your secrets.

    Reasonable auditability, the desire to use KeePass files, and to do so through a headless tool that doesn't spawn off the better part of a DE through otherwise unused services, were the main motivations for Rook.

    You might be interested in Rook if one or more of these are true:

    • you use KeePass v2-compatible tools to store secrets already
    • you are not running a DE like KDE or Gnome (although Rook may still be interesting because of secret consolidation)
    • you prefer to minimize background GUI applications (KeePassXC is excellent and provides a secret service, but doesn't run headless)
    • you run background applications such as vdirsyncer, mbsync (isync), offlineimap, or restic, or applications such as aerc that can be configured to fetch credentials from a secret service rather than hard-coded in a config file.

    Pre-built binaries for limited OS/archs are built by the CI, and Rook if available in AUR. There's an nfpm config in the repos that will build RPMs and Debs, among others. I consider Rook to be essentially free of any major bugs and fit-for-purpose, although I welcome hearing otherwise.

    Utility scripts in zsh and bash are available for providing autotyping and entry/attribute selection using xdotool, rofi, xprop, and so on; these are YMMV-quality.

    Changes from v0.1.1 are:

    Added

    • one-time pin soft locking
    • installation instructions for distributions that have rook in a repository
    • more of the special autotype {} commands are supported (backspace, space, esc)

    Changed

    • getAttr adds a little delay before typing, allowing initiator tools (like rofi) to close windows before text is output
    • cleans up code per golint/gochk

    Fixed

    • an autotype bug in outputting literals
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    [Solved] Elektra Micro Casa Leva portafilter(s)

    Update

    On a whim, I tried searching YouTube instead of search engines and found a short video which led me to this shop in Etsy. It looks quite promising, so I'm going to update the title as "solved."

    Original post

    I've had an Elektra Micro Casa Leva for a number of years, and a while ago I bought a naked portafilter for it. It was (and still is, on the product site) as "for the Micro Casa." It is, without a doubt, one of the poorest quality things I've ever bought. The wood appears painted, not stained; it's been resistant to oiling, and lately the paint has been flaking off leaving what I assume is cheap pine. The wood itself has been cracking and splitting. The portafilter itself is painted to look like brass; I can tell this because that paint has started chipping and peeling. It looks as if it's some type of steel underneath -- I'd suspect aluminum, except for the weight and I assume the maker would be concerned about having one literally melt on a user. In any case, it's horrible. The handle is not screwed in, or else it's screwed & glued; if the metal weren't so obviously crap, I'd consider routing out the handle and replacing it myself; as is, it's so poorly made it hardly seems worth the effort. Regardless, I've been using it for a few years and it hasn't outright broken yet, but with all the paint chipping and peeling, it's looking really rough, and you don't own a Micro Casa Leva for the convenience.

    The Elektra takes a non-standard 49mm portafilter, which can make finding parts challenging. Is there a company that makes decent portafilters that fit the Leva? It's possible I simply haven't delved the depths of the web deeply enough. Or, is there a craftsman in the community who does this sort of work -- making nice handles, sourcing appropriate baskets, etc? Failing all of that, is there a place I can buy a naked portafilter of good quality for the Leva, and is there anyone making good handles for portafilters? I'm no craftsman, but I can manage sanding wood to fit a hole, and I can mix epoxy.

    What I'd really like to end up with is a brass portafilter with a beautiful wood handle with a nice grain and stain. I'd settle for a naked portafilter for the Leva that isn't a cheap piece of garbage.

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    Rook, a secret service backed by Keepass 4.x kdbx

    cross-posted from: https://midwest.social/post/9890016

    > Rook, a secret service backed by Keepass 4.x kdbx > > Howdy Lemmy, > > I'm announcing Rook v0.0.9, software that provides a secret service a-la secret-tool, keyring, or pass/gopass, except backed by a Keepass 4.x kdbx file. > > The problem Rook solves is mainly in script automation, where you have aerc, offlineimap, isync, vdirsyncer, msmtp, restic, or any other cron jobs that need passwords and which are often configured to fetch these passwords from a secret service with a CLI tool. Unlike existing solutions, Rook is headless and does not have a bespoke secrets database, full of passwords that must be manually synchronized with Keepass; instead, it uses a Keepass db directly. > > While the readme goes into more detail, I will say the motivation for Rook evolved from a desire to use a Keepass db in a GUI-less environment and finding no existing solutions. KeepassXC provides a secret service, but is not headless; it also provides a CLI tool, but this requires the db credentials on every call. kpmenu exists, but is designed specifically to require human interaction and is unsuitable for cron environment scripting. Every other solution maintains its own DB back end, incompatible with Keepass. > > Rook also benefits from minimal external dependencies, and at 1kloc is auditable by developers - I believe even by ones who do not know Go (the language of implementation). Being able to verify for yourself that there's no malicious code is a critical trait for a tool with which you're trusting secrets. > > Rook is fit for purpose, and signed binaries are provided as well as build-from-source instructions (for auditors). > > The project contains work in progress: credentials are limited to simple password-locked kdbx, and so doesn't yet support key files. Bash scripts that provide autotyping and attribute/secret selection via rofi, fzf, and xdotool are provided, for GUI environments; these have known bugs. Rook has not been tested on BSD, Darwin, or any other system than Linux, but may well work; the main sticking point is the use of a local file socket for client/server communication, so POSIX systems should be fine, but still, YMMV. > > As a final caveat: up until v0.0.9 I've been compressing with brotli, which is very nice yet somewhat obscure. With the next release, everything will be gzipped. Also included in the next release will be packages for various distributions.

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    Rook, a secret service backed by Keepass 4.x kdbx

    Howdy Lemmy,

    I'm announcing Rook v0.0.9, software that provides a secret service a-la secret-tool, keyring, or pass/gopass, except backed by a Keepass 4.x kdbx file.

    The problem Rook solves is mainly in script automation, where you have aerc, offlineimap, isync, vdirsyncer, msmtp, restic, or any other cron jobs that need passwords and which are often configured to fetch these passwords from a secret service with a CLI tool. Unlike existing solutions, Rook is headless and does not have a bespoke secrets database, full of passwords that must be manually synchronized with Keepass; instead, it uses a Keepass db directly.

    While the readme goes into more detail, I will say the motivation for Rook evolved from a desire to use a Keepass db in a GUI-less environment and finding no existing solutions. KeepassXC provides a secret service, but is not headless; it also provides a CLI tool, but this requires the db credentials on every call. kpmenu exists, but is designed specifically to require human interaction and is unsuitable for cron environment scripting. Every other solution maintains its own DB back end, incompatible with Keepass.

    Rook also benefits from minimal external dependencies, and at 1kloc is auditable by developers - I believe even by ones who do not know Go (the language of implementation). Being able to verify for yourself that there's no malicious code is a critical trait for a tool with which you're trusting secrets.

    Rook is fit for purpose, and signed binaries are provided as well as build-from-source instructions (for auditors).

    The project contains work in progress: credentials are limited to simple password-locked kdbx, and so doesn't yet support key files. Bash scripts that provide autotyping and attribute/secret selection via rofi, fzf, and xdotool are provided, for GUI environments; these have known bugs. Rook has not been tested on BSD, Darwin, or any other system than Linux, but may well work; the main sticking point is the use of a local file socket for client/server communication, so POSIX systems should be fine, but still, YMMV.

    As a final caveat: up until v0.0.9 I've been compressing with brotli, which is very nice yet somewhat obscure. With the next release, everything will be gzipped. Also included in the next release will be packages for various distributions.

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    Help with QMK issue

    I assume this is QMK, because changing the settings clears or introduces the issue. I'm using Vial for the programming/configuration.

    I have a key configured tap-dance, like many others: - on tap, and ctrl on hold. The issue is that most of the time when I type something like -p, I get only the -. Then, the next time I type p, I get 2 of them. So something like this will happen:

    I type foo -p bar baz, but don't notice the p is missing until after baz, cursor left and type p again, and end up with -pp

    Most of my keys are tap-dance of some pattern: <char> on tap, layer shift in hold, <char> on tap-hold. I've noticed this buffered character after - on other characters; it isn't just p. Changing the timeout does affect the frequency, but doesn't entirely eliminate it. I haven't noticed it on any other combo, although they're all of the same pattern; it seems to be only happening with the -/ctrl tap-dance. Removing the multitap on - eliminates the issue.

    This is my first QMK. I'd been using an Ergodox for years, and kmonad on my laptop for a year or so, although I recently switched to kanata (fantastic piece of software, incidentally), so I'm more or less familiar with the world of layers, multi-tap/tap-dance, combos, and so on. This one has me stumped, though.

    I've checked and there's no combo defined that involves dash. I've never created a QMK macro, but it occurs to me that I didn't check if there are any defined.

    Does anyone have a suggestion of how I can debug this? Could there be some bug, some bit that I accidentally set, that's causing this? Is there some QMK feature that does exactly this thing, and I've somehow enabled it? I've power cycled the keyboard, although I haven't yet tried a hard or factory reset.

    Any ideas would be appreciated!

    Edit corrected "multi-tap" to "tap-dance", as QMK calls it the one thing and not t'other

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    Is there a QMK Lemmy community?

    I've been looking around for one; search (in my Lemmy client) doesn't find one, and while there seems to be at least one in Reddit, the only communities listed on qmk.fm are Reddit and Discord.

    Is there a good place to ask questions in the Fediverse?

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    What's the term for the distance between keys called?

    I have been using a piantor built for me by beekeeb.com, and am enjoying the more agressive stagger than my previous Ergodox. However, my typing experience is being spoiled by how tight the key spacing is. I have large hands, and can span an octave on a full-size piano; the Piantor is downright cramped.

    In looking for a possible replacement (the Kyria was my primary option, but I guess splitkb.com has entirely given up on selling pre-builts, and I don't solder), what should I be looking at for specs to get some wider spacing on the keys? Is it simply "key spacing?"

    Most commercial keyboards are fine; my prior was an Ergodox and the spacing was fine. The Piantor supplies that - it might even be a touch too much, but it's still better than the tepid stagger on the Ergos.

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    Question: Terms for language anachronisms

    What are the terms for language anachronisms?

    I had a conversation about a year ago with someone about anachronisms in language. We both felt that there were terms for these things, but could neither recall nor find (via web search) satisfying answers. This came up again recently in a different discussion in a Lemmy community, and it's driving me a little nuts. Help me Linguistics-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope.

    So we have the term "skeumorphism," which refers to oramental anachronism. I may be using "anachronism" incorrectly, but it's the hammer I have. Skeumorphisms, in computers, refer to the graphical representations of things, but not the underlying concepts. There are similar linguistic anachronisms that I feel also have specific labels:

    • "disks" which are still in use, but are largely being replaced by solid-state, rectangular SSDs; but most people still call all persistent storage devices "disks."
    • "film" to refer to movies, regardless of the media (increasingly digital and having nothing to do with film).
    • "rice" to refer to the process of fancifying something, like computer desktops
    • "desktops" to refer to computer GUI window managing interfaces
    • "files" and "folders" in computers

    Are these all the same category of things? Is there a term for them?

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    Cancel install, or... ?

    A recent update to Droid-ify has improved the user experience in a confusing way.

    This is the new package installation modal confirmation dialog.

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    Why are owl hoots low-pitched?

    There was an owl hooting outside our house earlier, and it occurred to me that every other bird has a high-pitched call.

    Ravens have a croak that could be considered low, but their loud call is a caw that's higher. I can't think of another bird with a call nearly as low as owls'.

    Search engines are no help, mostly duplicates answering why they hoot. Why are owls' calls so much lower than other birds?

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    How accurate is current eye-tracking tecknology?

    Can commodity products detect which pixel you're looking at on a screen?

    For a number of years, I've wanted a system that eliminates mouse pointer devices. In my imaginary system, there are hotkeys bound to left &amp; right mouse clicks, and what gets clicked is whatever you're looking at.

    When I've looked at this before, the tech field tends to suffer in granularity and/or physical limitations, like needing to limit gross head movements. Most products talk about what they can do, but avoid talking about their limitations. It can be hard to find out what devices are capable of - accuracy, working with corrective eyewear, speed, head movement, software (OS) support, etc. Many products are geared at research, leading me to believe the tech isn't there yet.

    Anyone have, or used a device that would be able to replace a mouse?

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    Non-intrusive PGP pinentry

    I got tired of pinentry popping up and interrupting whatever I was doing; I didn't find a solution elsewhere, so I wrote a little bash script to address this. This is designed for (poly|i3|way|...)bar users. The blog entry (no ads, no tracking) linked has the script verbatim, plus some rambling about the why and wherefore.

    It's 22 lines of does-stuff; the rest is whitespace, comments, and instructions -- including a little blob example of using it with polybar.

    A known issue is that it does occasionally pop up pinentry twice in a row when unlocking. I'm not surprised, and it has happened to me only once since I've been using it -- not enough for me to need to bother trying to address it. But I wanted to call it out.

    It's not rocket science, but it took a bit of time to make sure it functioned correctly (enough), and hopefully it'll help someone else.

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    Wall control panels

    On Amzn, there are nicely framed, wall-mounted control panels for proprietary home automation systems. What are people using for HA? I'm leaning toward trying to wall mount tablets, but I'd need 3, and cost starts to factor in. Mounts are a problem; I want it to look as built in as possible, but most mounts aren't picture-frame style. The ones that I've found that are, are designed for specific tablets, and not the low end cheap ones. I don't have a 3D printer, so I'm limited to mounts I can buy.

    I like some projects here I've seen using eInk - that's the ideal solution! Is there a source for pre-fab Android eInk wall mounted control panels, or are what I've seen bespoke projects?

    I'm not opposed to gross wiring, and am not afraid of cutting holes in dry-wall... it's really the mounting that I'm stuck at. Android 7-10" tablets sufficient to run the UI would probably work, and I can probably even figure out wiring the charger, if I could just get some nice picture-frame style mounts.

    What are your solutions that you think is pretty neat? Or products that I may have missed?

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