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mycorrhiza

@mycorrhiza@post.lurk.org

Dad, working scientist, degrowth anarchist, wobbly

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mycorrhiza, to random
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Buckle up, it’s time to read KSR’s fanfic about world governments actually doing something for the common good. I like Stan but I don’t expect to love this. Should have some compelling characters at least.

(comment on https://bookwyrm.social/book/29187)

mycorrhiza,
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@mycorrhiza I need to dig through my notifications because someone, a while back, was telling me to look out for some stuff. Was it you @skyfaller? Or maybe @adamgreenfield? Iirc you folks came away from the book with the opinion I expect to have. But it’s the next book on the stack on my nightstand, and duty calls.

jonny, to random
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6am, bright and early, the strike is on

mycorrhiza,
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@jonny “There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun”

lilithsaintcrow, to random
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"...for me, “Man or Bear” is not hypothetical. I’m literally a woman who left mankind behind to live in nature with bears. This is my actual life." https://bikepacking.com/plog/man-or-bear-debate/

mycorrhiza,
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@lilithsaintcrow this is a phenomenal read, thanks for sharing.

mycorrhiza, to random
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I’m not an Arch user, but the Arch Wiki has become the best place to figure out how to do some random thing in Linux. Nice work Arch people — thank you.

mycorrhiza, to random
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I saw a toot (from a stranger, hence the subtoot) that argued that permacomputing was about redeeming computers. Maybe some permacomputing proponents feel that way, but that’s not the attitude I’m bringing to this endeavor at all. The questions I’m interested in are things like:

• We have all these computers around, how do we make them last as long as possible?
• If or when we reach a point where we stop mass-producing new chips, how can we eke out the most use of extant digital devices?
• Is it possible to build something that counts as a “computer” in a genuinely sustainable way?
• At the root of all of this: what purpose does computation serve for humanity that is even worth carrying on in a more humane society?

mycorrhiza, to random
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If you have an old plastic device with a coating that once made it feel slightly rubberized, but has since become uncomfortably sticky, I’m finding that isopropyl and a bit of elbow grease takes that coating off, leaving the smooth hard plastic beneath.

Does anyone know if there’s a better way to do this? I just reclaimed an old gaming mouse, and I’d like to attack an even older Alienware laptop next. Laptops should not be sticky.

rysiek, (edited ) to random
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"ChatGPT [prompt] consumes (…) up to 25 times more than a Google search"
https://www.brusselstimes.com/1042696/chatgpt-consumes-25-times-more-energy-than-google

> Making sure your electricity comes from wind, solar or nuclear power is a logical first step. Google itself, for example, says it has been running entirely on green electricity since 2015.

Story misses a crucial point:

👉 The goal isn't just to add green power. The goal is to emit less CO2!

New green capacity needs to replace old dirty stuff. Not be gobbled up by new data centers for AI.

🧵

mycorrhiza,
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@rysiek another thing to consider is that when Google (etc) builds a new data center, they go in and buy up all of the region’s renewable energy so that they can claim to be using renewable energy. All of the homes and industries that were already in that region are stuck using fossils instead of any new green power. This is one way that the percent of renewable energy can increase without a commensurate decrease in the total amount of fossils burned.

mycorrhiza,
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@rysiek I’m sorry about that! I scrolled through the thread after I replied (which was sloppy), and then I just figured “at least we’re on the same page” (which was lazy).

But I’m glad we’re on the same page!

mycorrhiza, to random
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Over on the Permacomputing mailing list, I just learned about this super cool project by @thentrythis:

> Last year I ran a workshop for disadvantaged families in Cornwall in the UK (a historic mining area) where we smashed rocks, collected crystals from mine waste, built semiconductors out of them, plugged them into cardboard circuit boards and made synthesisers: https://thentrythis.org/notes/2023/11/17/organised-atoms-at-flamm-festival-redruth/

mycorrhiza, to python
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Bookworm is Debian’s oldest still-supported LTS release and apparently ships with 3.7.3. If you wanted a Python script to work out of the box on as many computers as possible, is there a compelling reason to target an older version than that?

mycorrhiza, to random
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Always grateful for @jonny's posts about academia on my timeline; whenever I start to wonder, “did I make a mistake by leaving...”, “did I give up too quickly...” a new toot drops, reminding me that I would be entirely too miserable working in that environment full-time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that they and folks like them are fighting the good fight — higher education is too important for us to abandon — but my circumstances preclude me from that one.

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  • mycorrhiza,
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    @Binder those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it.

    Those who do remember history are doomed to repeat it too. The first time they’ll be smug about it, but that will quickly give way to outrage, then horror, and finally just resigned acceptance.

    yaxu, to random
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    Pattern club is live on Mondo radio https://www.mondo.radio/

    mycorrhiza,
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    @yaxu on this broadcast you told a story about somebody running a tutorial and how they had great advice about following instructions and getting help from your neighbor? I wish I remembered the wording because I loved that so much.

    mycorrhiza,
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    @yaxu nice, thank you!

    mycorrhiza, to random
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    In light of the corporation’s legal attack on the NLRB, have any of the workers (or unions representing workers) at Trader Joe’s asked for a boycott yet?

    reiver, to random
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    Is anyone I know on ?

    I'm looking for fellow book readers to follow (from my BookWyrm account).

    ...

    I'm at:

    @reiver

    https://bookwyrm.social/user/reiver

    .

    mycorrhiza,
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    @reiver I just gave you a follow over there.

    mycorrhiza, to random
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    This whole comic from @catandgirl is great, but this half-panel was a gut-punch for me personally.

    https://socel.net/@catandgirl/111766715711043428

    mycorrhiza, to random
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    When I was a kid, my favorite types of museums were the science-y ones, followed by the natural history-ish places, and finally the art museums. These days, I still enjoy museums quite a bit, but my preferences are flipped.

    futurebird, to random
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    I saw a clip from fox I can't forget. It was shocking:

    “We are being conquered,” Stephen Miller said a few days ago “This is a complete resettlement of America ... now we have millions of people coming in from different cultures and different ways of living and different belief systems ... a generation from now, people will not know the country that they are living in."

    This kind of rhetoric hardly even makes waves it has become so common. This makes me extraordinarily uncomfortable. 1/

    mycorrhiza,
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    @futurebird @amazing_brush I think about this a lot. Any time my mind drifts toward punishment, I bring myself back to this thought: simply existing in my utopia — where all people are afforded lives of dignity, and nobody by virtue of status can expect to inflict their whims on others without reprisal — would be Hell on Earth for any member of the ruling class.

    mycorrhiza, to random
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    Project Idea

    I still have a bona fide Linksys WRT54GL that I’m not using for anything. I thought it would be cool to set up a solar-powered captive portal ebook library to share public domain reading with my neighbors...

    ...but the secret anarchist agenda would be to host a forum that I could stand up in order to help my block coordinate supplies and such in case of an emergency.

    Is there a turnkey solution for this usecase? If anyone has done this they're probably on Fedi, right?

    mycorrhiza,
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    mycorrhiza, to random
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    I would like your vegan cookie recipes please.

    mycorrhiza, to random
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    Voyager 1 has been in space for 16,900 days and is still getting software updates 24 billion kilometers away, but Google stopped supporting my phone less than 3.5 years after they started selling them (and just 2 years after they stopped selling them).

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    open source is a methodology to me, like peer review only shittier because software development is a profoundly disorganized, immature discipline. it's better than the alternative of never showing or sharing your work, but it's not a panacea. it's just a tool.

    mycorrhiza,
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    @garbados I hope it’s ok to reply like this even though I don’t know you, but I agree completely and this feels like a great jumping-off point for two half-baked thoughts about FOSS that I need to talk out a bit:

    mycorrhiza,
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    @garbados First one: I like FOSS kinda like how I like unions. I want to abolish both copyright and the worker/owner dichotomy, and eventually the very notions of “ownership” built into our society. FOSS/unions are cool because they can potentially be tools to dismantle those systems of hierarchy, but ideally we eventually won’t need a GPL or an IWW.

    Second one: it’s pretty fucked that, at the present, most jobs that “pay you to write open source” are for terrible companies, building bloated frameworks and infrastructure with the primary goal of extending surveillance capitalism. I’ve seen FOSS Bros dogpile solo indie devs who don’t want to open source their mobile apps and never call out developers at those FAANG companies, and those are some backwards priorities.

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