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rhys

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My profile on my own Mastodon instance!

I'm most likely to be posting about #StreetPhotography, #UKPolitics, #gaming, #science, #infosec, #cyber, #linux, and wider #technology. Probably a fair bit about #cardiff and #wales too.

There will likely be many selfies.

This profile is from a federated server and may be incomplete. Browse more on the original instance.

w7voa, to random
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Accounts pushing disinfo/misinfo about Iran vs. Israel appear to be crowding out the few credible sources remaining on Twitter/X. As @jsrailton puts it: "Twitter is awash with a flood tide of falsehoods tonight. Some is the work of people trying to farm revenue. And some is disinformation seeking to seed specific false perceptions."

rhys,
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@w7voa @jsrailton fwiw, really appreciate your toots here this evening.

rhys, to random
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This on the Cass Review, which will be published later today, was posted a minute after midnight. Today is going to be a terrible day for the internet.

I'm sick at the moment so it'll be a while before I get to read it, but I am hopeful it's more rigorous than this article makes it sound.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/apr/10/thousands-of-children-unsure-of-gender-identity-let-down-by-nhs-report-finds

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The Graun also posted this piece critical of the a minute after midnight too: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/apr/10/mother-criticises-agenda-from-above-cass-report-trans

'The woman said the Cass report represented “an agenda from up on high that things need to be more difficult”. “It’s hard enough as a parent without having the entire society or media pointing at transgender people as if they’re some aberration or as if they threaten us.”'

rhys, to random
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I firmly believe the piss tape is real.

mattblaze, (edited ) to random
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There’s been an especially nasty undertone in my mentions the last few days, including from someone who I’ve known for a while and whose thoughts and insights I respect. I’m saddened by this, and also baffled.

I’ve obviously offended a number of people here, presumably with my questions about Threads and Meta. I apologize. My questions were genuine, but it seems pointless for me to engage in any further discussion of the subject, given the clear passions that others have about the topic.

rhys,
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@mattblaze fwiw I really value your toots and I hope these negative experiences don't discourage you from engaging with the fediverse.

ChrisMayLA6, to random
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Wes Streeting's position, it seems (as told to the FT) wants the NHS to utilise private healthcare while it straightens itself out, so that in the long run it won't have to...

I mean its cute that he thinks that's possible; 'my ambition... to make the NHS so good that no one feels forced to go private'!

However, misunderstands how the private sector cherry picks medical treatments to ensure that the NHS never gets the easy to do stuff; so never 'gets better' just challenged

rhys,
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@ChrisMayLA6 The same approach worked rather well during the Blair/Brown years.

Using private entities in the short term to clear the backlog was however accompanied by significant NHS investment to in the longer term to remove the reliance on private support. Streeting wants that outcome but hasn't committed to the spending to get there yet — which is a legit area of concern — but I've not seen anyone serious argue that using private capacity to reduce the backlog won't work.

stux, to random
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I'm still kinda surprised that I've owned a "root" & "admin" dot TLD domain in my life :ablobgrin:

It's a nerd thing i guess :blobcatgiggle:

rhys,
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@stux Double spaces at the end of your root account names, coward!

stux, to random
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I kinda super dislike my posts about politics and mostly Trump since it's often negative and I'm not about that but..

..it feels the threat is so incredibly high, I must do whatever I can to get as many of us to the "non destroying side" of history

Somehow the upcoming US election feels very definitive, even for a not-American. There is so much at stake on a global level

rhys,
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@freequaybuoy @luke @stux I would like to confirm that I also care.

rhys, to gaming
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Sometimes small things hit hard.

rhys, to random
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Laptop aesthetics successfully ruined.

rhys,
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@samwho I'm a big believer in understatement. I like to leave a little room for nuance and interpretation, you know?

rhys, to linux
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My building has been having repeated powercuts for the last few days, and one today finally caused some damage to my array.

The four unavailable disks are in the same caddy, and the error message looks very scary, but import -fF mounts the pool fine.

I'm not really sure what to do here other than running a scrub and looking seriously into investing in a UPS. If any ZFS nerds can help me out I'd be much obliged.

A screenshot of the ZFS error page for the error being produced, which doesn't seem to perfectly match my situation as it lists disks as 'FAULTED' and says that in this scenario all data has been irrevocably lost and the pool needs to be rebuilt.
A screenshot of my terminal again after forcing a mount of the pool and it working successfully.

rhys,
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@FrankTheHealer @KarnaSubarna Setting displays to run at 144Hz has worked for ages. VRR is a different feature, where the display's refresh rate syncs to the framerate being pushed to it by your OS. Most environments have supported that for ages too, but some things haven't. Mutter moving to support it is a big step toward it being universally available.

rhys, to Ukraine
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Stand firm, Macron. France can send troops unilaterally if they so wish, without necessarily dragging NATO or the EU with them.

If I had my way, we in the west would have done so in 2022, or 2014, or on any day as this war on democracy and civilisation ensued. I lament that only Macron has been able to find room to suggest that we should stand shoulder to shoulder with our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in defending our future.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/27/sweden-rules-out-sending-troops-to-ukraine-after-nato-membership-agreed

rhys, to climate
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Every now and then I read something casually and it takes a few minutes for my brain to acknowledge the gravity of its meaning.

Like this sentence: "According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030."

Global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030! How is that not headline news driving a massive global effort to prevent the ensuing tragedy!?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-42982959

rhys, to random
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I miss the olden days when folks took screenshots instead of taking pictures of their monitor with their phone camera.

otl, to selfhosted
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Another successful OpenBSD setup

I've been buying these little boxes from AliExpress for years to use as firewalls and routers. My oldest one is almost 9 years old now! OpenBSD installs just fine. Just a BIOS tweak to always boot up after power is restored.

@selfhosted

rhys,
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@madcaesar @otl It's a small server running OpenBSD, configured to operate as a router and/or firewall.

Linux and the *BSDs can operate as very good routers and firewalls, usually being much more configurable and enabling you to do more complex than off-the-shelf consumer-level hardware routers. Using them on a small form factor computer with a cheap switch in front of them can give you a better performing and nicer to use alternative.

rhys, to chess
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rhys, to random
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I hate infinite scroll pages.

I've discovered The Atlantic makes their entire catalogue of issues (back to 1857) available online, but different eras have different URL schemes making it hard to programmatically download them.

Therefore I'm using ydotool to repeatedly mash the page down tool so I can load them all in a page then mass download them with Floorp.

A video of The Atlantic's digital archive page repeatedly being scrolled downward on a portrait monitor, loading more icons as it goes.

rhys,
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This piece from the March 1858 issue is focused on a music festival in, "A queer little welsh town," (that's not named but begins with the letter M), "with an androgynous population, or so it seemed to me, who had never before beheld women wearing men's hats and coats, and men with head-coverings and other articles of apparel of a very ambiguous description."

Going to see if I can figure out where this was.

rhys,
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First clue, the 'M____ Beacon' was their newspaper. I'm guessing this is Merthyr, but this might make it discoverable.

rhys,
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25 miles from Abergavenny. This is surely Merthyr.

rhys,
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Yeah, it's Merthyr.

rhys,
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rhys,
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He enjoyed our mutton, rabbit, and beer — but not at all our literature.

rhys,
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I didn't expect to find this bit about in the fifth issue of the first volume of The Atlantic, coming as it did in the run up to the US Civil War when I'd have thought they'd have better things to write about, but I'm very happy I did. This is a very fun read :)

"Oh, Absalom! Oh, Absalom! Oh, Absalom, my son! If thou hadst worn a good Welsh wig, Thou hadst not been undone!"

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