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Nerd|Furry|Linux User|Ace|BiRomantic|Taken <3

Leftist with an incorrigible love for fancy aesthetics (mostly Renaissance Italy/Victorian England) that might be incorrectly read as a monarchist because of that.

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Unicorn, but also occasionally gryphon.

This profile is from a federated server and may be incomplete. For a complete list of posts, browse on the original instance.

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Believe it or not... Vimwiki (&& syncthing for synchronisation across my machines)

it's rather no nonsense idk. I'm not even a vim wizard, I just know the bare basics

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Respect for keeping the comment online so others learn from your mistake.

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Glad I'm not the only chronically immature person here

TacGpook

If I ever make my own niche fedi instance I'm naming it that. The opposite of Facebook

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An asshole

Left wing beliefs expected but actually optional.

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Each instance has its own vibe and you can generally get a feel for what a user will be like based on their home instance

.world is mostly reddit refugees who, like you, are still learning the ropes. .ml is mostly unpleasant people that happen to hold left-wing beliefs. feddit.de is germans. Etc.

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This could sound like a dig on op but it's not, it's a different bugbear from elsewhere:

Thinking Linguistic Pedantry makes you a cool guy.

It doesn't.

Anyone who points out minor spelling mistakes as some manner of gotcha should be made fun of aggressively.

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Oh they're insufferable on the internet too. It's worse at parties because it screams "bad room reading abilities" and "terrible social skills", but if I were to focus on that end, as autistic as I am, I would be doing a pot-kettle.

On the internet they bring down the level of the conversation, turn any discussion into semantic wankery, and generally make any thread they show up for unpleasant.

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Had a fun experience in the back then times that my father's computer became infected with one of those nineties style "funny guy" viruses. You know the ones, the ones that seem less interested in stealing money and doing damage and more interested in just fucking with you.

Of note:

  • if you tried to open Mozilla Firefox it'd autokill it and pop a message saying "use IE or else"
  • if you tried loading up Orkut (look, we were Brazilians in the early aughts. We all used Orkut) it'd kill your browser saying orkut was banned from that PC
  • it'd occasionally pop up messages with rude text seemingly at random
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Gryphon, so, technically hexapod.

That said -- Actual birds can totally pull off this position, as anyone who's ever seen a cockatoo eating will tell you.

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Best we can do is a remote controlled plane with guns.

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Given how things have been, we might not even be in the next world cup

... Or so I'm told. I don't watch soccer. The only "ball" sport I have any patience for is Basketball lmao.

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Because I make the best Brazilian Bean Stew ever.

VinesNFluff OP ,
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And I didn't even mention which sports I actually like, only that basketball is the only 'ball sport' I have patience for askldjaksldjalskjd

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The ancient egyptians DID love their cats.

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I feel like the problem is less with the technology itself and more with some of the stuff within and around it. So let me list my favourite bugbears:

  • Buttons!

Here's the thing about buttons and knobs: they are definite. When you press them, you KNOW you pressed them, you can use your finger to feel for them without activating other stuff by accident. Back in the day with my cheap-ass chinese MP3 player, I could change tracks and playlists without taking it out of my pocket just by using tact and muscle memory.

Nowadays with my smartphone even something as basic as skipping a track requires me to take it out and unlock the screen. It's like. Sure, the phone does a lot more stuff, and can stream stuff from the internet so I don't have to download every track (even if I keep a local library for my favourites in ogg format), it has bluetooth for wireless headphones, a lot of good shit -- But that little bit of user experience is just dead and buried.

Heck, my older sister tells me she used to text her friends in class without taking her phone off her pocket. Imagine! IMAGINE typing a text on one of those old phone number pads, just by muscle memory and tact! It may not be the ideal user experience, but holy shit, it was possible! Try doing anything even close to blind typing on a modern smartphone.

Another point: when something goes unresponsive on a device with just a touchscreen, you experience a confusing and annoying experience as all you have feedback-wise is the screen and sometimes it freezes and you're swiping and tapping and just praying something happens.

When a computer with keys and buttons goes unresponsive you can do the three-fingered-salute and that usually gets it to do something, and because the keyboard is a physical object, it can't be hidden from you by a crashed OS.

Nowadays even kitchen appliances are dropping buttons and knobs. My parents' dishwasher is all touch-buttons, sometimes they brush against it while walking around the kitchen and lo and behold, their butt pauses the washing cycle. Something that wouldn't be an issue with a much cheaper set of regular-ass buttons.

To say nothing of cars and the horrid security issue that fusing a tablet to the dashboard and replacing every control with just that has proven to be.

  • Customization!

Used to be, Windows 9x let you change every colour of your UI right from the built-in settings app and came with a dozen colorschemes built-in, and Windows XP came with three built-in themes and could with just some changing around (you replaced like ONE dll file, a single copypaste), support themes that totally changed the look of the OS. Nowadays you get "White" and "Black" and that's it.

And like, that's windows, a corporate-ass proprietary system for corporate jerks -- But even Linux -- Linux! the darling of nerds who like to change everything in their computers (like me!) has caught this illness -- And you'll see people defending this. Saying that having no theming support and only having users be able to change highlight colours if even that is the "right way" to do it.

On the note of customization -- In the back-then times, chat applications let you set fonts and colours to give your messages "your look", and your friends could do the same. -- Fuck! The application me and my mates used for playing RPGs by text back in the early 10s supported not just font colours, but also complete rich-text, and would let you set different colours for like, things said by a character vs. narration, resulting in an utterly beautiful formatted text.

Don't get me wrong, we use Telegram/Discord for that now and having a fully searchable archive of everything that we did and talked about is great and I wouldn't trade it for the world. But the most customization you get is -- Setting a profile picture. The most formatting you get is bold/italics.

Webforums would let you have an avatar, a user title under the avatar (that many forums let you customise!), and a signature. Nowadays with things like Lemmy you have to squint to see a person's username.

And like, it's not like there is something about the modern technologies unto themselves that prevents these bits of customisation: Computers are better at drawing shit on screen than ever, internet connectivity has only gotten faster, and we figured out 'sending some markup codes to make rich text' as a thing way back in the 80s. We lost all that simply because the people making the applications don't want to have it.

I feel like for every neat thing that new technology provides us, it takes three steps back for entirely human and not at all technological issues. ^read:^ ^capitalism^

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Uhh Linux is a kernel and on its own doesn’t even support graphics much less customising them.

I think we all realise that when someone says "Linux" in casual conversation on the internet, they mean existing well-known distros that include far more than just the naked Kernel, because no one who uses Linux is using just the Kernel, even headless servers aren't "just the kernel".

ANYWAY, I mostly am bitching about Gnome, but other DEs and WMs caught that bug as well to varying degrees. As have a dozen unconnected libre programs. Just for one example try finding a Matrix client that DOESN'T look like a shittier version of Discord (... And doesn't run on the Terminal)

There was even a collective of libre application developers that got together specifically to chastise people for using themes and to beg DEs to disable all theming by default because "muh app's branding and identity!"

Everything QT follows the theme - so much so I didn’t even realise how ugly some apps look on windows

Unless you're using Flatpaks. Then you have to spend an afternoon metaphorically beating your computer with a metaphorical hammer to get the apps (not just qt, gtk too) to look like the rest of the OS.

and in linux specifically I wish we had more ‘basic display driver’ like tools to handle emergency situations.

It's true. It would make the whole thing more resilient.

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Odd.

All the ones I've seen have the interface on the outside. Like on the door. Usually at the top.

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Nope. Still accessible on the front of the door. Dunno what to tell ya.

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Literally what I said.

VinesNFluff OP ,
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I actually have no idea.

I was sent this with no indication of what was under.

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Drink water during business hours. Pee on company time. Time-theft is cool and good.

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These imageboards are 99% porn per square meter, and yet there's always people arguing about the weirdest shit in the comments.

How long until society's collapse?

With worrying global trends like climate change, pollution, increasingly divided or radical governments, economic woes, misinformation and disinformation everywhere, dangerous health crises and so on, what do you think - how much time do we have before "it all comes crashing down"? What will end life or our way of life as we...

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The "collapse" is a cope. A non denominational version of the rapture. It being "all over" is something people dream of because oblivion also means an end to pain.

Society won't "collapse".

Life will just get shittier and shittier in such a slow, gradual manner that most people won't even realise it is happening. More work for less pay, less rights and freedoms, more repression, more wars, etc.

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Just say you hate neurodivergent kids already....

VinesNFluff ,
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Another comment already said everything I was going to say in a far more eloquent manner, so refer to @t3rmit3 's comment below :P

VinesNFluff OP ,
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Sounds promising enough, will take a look.

VinesNFluff OP ,
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Seems you tested a lot of options. I've been testing Heliboard since the first reply I got, but uhhh.....

Would any of those you tested happen to support multilingual typing? As in, detecting when you switch languages without having to tap a button? I alternate between English and Portuguese a lot and having to tap something to switch is a nuisance.

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Well I'll be.

I'll test it more extensively, still, neat!

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Anything within the MMORPG genre, the Diablo-like genre, and the Looter Shooter genre.

Played them on my own -- Felt like I was grinding just so I could grind some more, the entire thing felt like an exercise in pointless skinner-boxing with no reward other than "number go up"

Played them in the company of friends -- Second verse same as the first, but now less tedious because of voice-chat with people whose company I enjoyed, the micro-instant they had something else to do I'd log off immediately because the whole thing bored me.

Then I'll see people get excited for like, Diablo 4, and it's like -- This is the same skinner box as the last three games, but now slightly prettier. And now you know you are giving your money to abusers and I'm like "?!?!?!?!?????!?!?"

How do people get a kick out of clicking the same monsters until they explode like piñatas for a random chance at a helmet that gives them +.5% gullibility status?

https://www.reed.edu/biology/courses/BIO342/2012_syllabus/2012_WEBSITES/CSLP%20Nov%2020%20Monkey%20and%20Addiction/images/rhesus-monkey%20self.jpg

Every video game is this on some level, but these games are so very transparent with this, I just can't. Not only do I not enjoy them, I flat-out don't understand how people enjoy them.

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The real easy mode in Souls is to have you and three friends get burner accounts, then get anticheat-banned on purpose so you can co-op the entire game with low risk of getting griefed by some jerkoff PvP player, as the 'banned people' ghetto server is a ghost town. Played through the entire Souls trilogy like that during the 2020 lockdown, and had the time of my life. Never really felt "hard" because we could gang up on enemies. It did help that one of my mates was a veritable Dark Souls encyclopedia, and would give us pointers and strategies while also telling us about the lore. Great time.

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Sekiro.

DaS/ElR give you so many options and so many moving parts that you can make the game a lot easier if you know what you are doing. You gotta find a build and playstyle that work for you. People say there is no easy mode, but there is. It's not easy-easy but it is definitely easi-ER than trying to brute-force it without thought.

I consider the easy mode of DaS to be playing with magic. Your health pool basically doesn't exist and if anything touches you, you just melt. But you also deal a ton of damage, so you just get naked and tumble around pretending you're playing a bullet hell game and you just can't get touched. This is the build that works for me.

With Sekiro, on the other hand, there is a lot less you can mess around with. It's just you, your pattern memorisation, and your reflexes versus the world.

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no such thing as a wrong opinion.

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Well. Yes? That's the point, stranger.

Saying "you felt an emotion, argument invalid" is childish at best, especially given my comment was specifically about wanting to make things easier.

Co-opping is not an easy mode if the "bad red man" can get you, but it is if you're in a ghost town server and it's literally just you and your friends.

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  • "Does my gaydar tell me anything about how to get back to civilisation?"
  • "Listen up, Poundland-Sundowner"
  • "So wait, I blew up the mayor's house and my punishment is I'm made into a college professor?"
  • "Now back to mare's milk"
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Would it make it better or worse if I told you it actually kinda-sorta worked?

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PS2

Just

A lot of diversity in stuff it could play.

Even if I was a GameCube kid growing up.

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Mfer really said "if I'm going down I'm taking my party and my entire country with me" : 💀

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If for no other reason, then in the name of your own bank account.

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more relatable than I wish it was.

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More and more people are against giving kids internet access. Allow me to go against the grain:

If your child is neurodivergent, or LGBTQ+, or any other form of misfit, then denying them internet access is tantamount to condemning them to social isolation. It wasn't until I got unrestricted internet access, circa 17 years of age, that I realised that actually, no, I wasn't a fucking alien, there were hundreds of thousands of people just like me, but I didn't know because I was stuck in this shitty small town with shitty small town people. So I spent seventeen years thinking there was something fundamentally wrong with me when in reality there was something wrong with the environment around me.

I would have had a much happier early life if I'd gotten internet earlier. Wouldn't have spent 90% of my teens being suicidal.

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