@vordenken @skunksarebetter I'm not sure what the Linux-based stuff is doing these days, but ESP32 microcontrollers (which do have OTA updates and a partitionable filesystem on top of their Flash) require you to partition two app partitions and OTA is done by downloading into the spare one, verifying, and then flipping the bit which indicates which one to boot.

Further ideas for when I'm feeling like working on it again:

1. Write a custom web remote for my existing Audacious Media Player setup and install github.com/masmu/pulseaudio-dl

(audman exists, but appears to intentionally make design decisions I don't like.)

2. Write a Firefox extension and helper daemon to expose open YouTube tabs to DNLA for on-the-fly youtube-dl-ing and playback.

3. Combine all three prior options into a really polished web remote to supplant my use of Yaacc.

I finally did phase 1 of putting proper entertainment in front of the exercise machines:

1. Install gnu.org/software/gmediaserver/ on my PC and wrap a shell alias around `gmediaserver -p <PORT> --profile=ps3 <FOLDER>` on my PC.

2. `ufw allow <PORT>` on my PC

3. `Settings → Services → UPnP → Allow control of Kodi via UPnP` on my openelec.tv/ box.

4. Install these two packages onto an old phone for a remote:


@VikingKong @hund Just making sure that we're on the same page.

Beyond that, I'm in no position to influence policy, so I try not to get emotionally involved in decisions I can't affect. It just stresses you out.

@skunksarebetter Generally negative. This has cropped up under various whitewashes over the decades since open-source became a thing ("Open Core" is the one I remember most clearly).

The #1 thing that never changes is that it presents an economic incentive to cripple the open-source version.

An example of a healthier model would be "free for self-hosting, subsidized by the vendor's cloud-hosted offering".

@VikingKong @hund You called it a movement. That inaccuracy made me question how much you knew about it.

Also, the number of deaths isn't the whole story. There's also the people who recover, but with permanently diminished lung capacity.

@lupyuen Reminds me of how the Confederacy was key in making Egypt a supplier of cotton by trying to strong-arm Britain into joining their side of the U.S. civil war.

If you squeeze off trade patterns with people, they'll establish alternatives and, once set up, those alternatives stay.

@crackurbones The synopsis sounds interesting but, for stuff on livescience.com, I only see the article for a second before I get dumped into 404ed page that reloads once every second or so.

...I'm assuming they never tested their site under the influence of tools like NoScript or uMatrix.

@floppy My first impression was that it's built on the same Dash docsets that zealdocs.org/ uses but it looks like they wrote their own scraper.

(Dash is a paid offline documentation browser for macOS and its creator allows Zeal (an open-source clone for Windows and Linux) to piggyback on Dash's docset repository on the condition that Zeal not try to support macOS.)

@vordenken I'm preparing to rethink things but, currently:

1. Mirror non-blacklisted stuff in my /home to my four other drives (one external, only two of the same age and model) nightly using rdiff-backup with a two-week retention window

2. Mirror all of four drives to the fifth (a 6TB WD Red) nightly using rsync (rdiff-backup can't expire just some large files early)

3. Put my creations on GitHub (public) or BitBucket (private) ASAP

4. Manual DVD+R backups (with dvdisaster) for bulk stuff

@VikingKong @hund It's not a movement.

The idea is that a lot of people are going to get infected either way but, if it happens too quickly, it will overwhelm the healthcare system's ability to keep up with demand and doctors will have to choose who lives and who dies when there isn't enough to go around.

Spreading it out over a longer period of time allows:

1. Hospitals to scale up by doing things like acquiring more ventilators.

2. Some people to recover (or die despite doctors' efforts) and free up space for new arrivals

Explaining the joke 

A family member just asked if we have any vice grips. I asked what size. He said "small".

Without thinking, I responded "Yeah. There's a pair hanging off my desk with a tag on them that says 'Perl'".

@david @dropdan Unfortunately, the DOS/Win311 side of the dual-boot is currently non-functional but I haven't had time to pull out the SD card and figure out what's fouled up the boot process.

@dropdan @david *chuckle* Mine *is* my bedroom and it's also what I'd describe with adjectives like organized, cozy, nerdy, and colorful.

I need to clean up a bit before I feel comfortable putting up a photo of the current state of my work machine for posterity, but here's the corner of the room that I reserve for retro-hobby work back around the beginning of 2017.


@kev @yetiops Oh, also, not going 4K makes things *much* less expensive. The last time I bought new was in 2007 and I still need to crack open that now-dead matched pair of 1280x1024 displays and recap them.

My current setup is a a $7 passive DP-to-DVI adapter, a 1280x1024 monitor a family member found, fully-functional, in an eWaste bin, a 1920x1080 monitor a family friend gave me when upgrading, and a 1280x1024 monitor a friend gave me because the power button was broken.

I've also got some spare 1280x1024 monitors from thrift stores that ran between $7 and $15 and a 1280x1024 monitor that I got earlier from the local non-chain used games shop for $30.

(I haven't needed to check pawn shops yet and, if I can find time to practice desoldering and recap the half dozen dead LCDs under the basement stairs, I may not need to for a *long* time.)

@kev @yetiops Likewise. I've got a 1280x1024, 1920x1080, 1280x1024 spread (photo after I clean up a bit) and, if I go 4K, it'll probably be a large-format display with the same pixel depth but equivalent to adding a second row of monitors.

Questionable Linux HiDPI without compositing aside, I spec my systems based on not having air conditioning and I'm used to this pixel depth.

(Not to mention, I grew up on laptops. When I moved from CRTs to desktop LCDs, my reaction was "I've come home!")

@przemo @wizzwizz4

Yeah. 70% for disinfecting, 99% for cleaning magnetic tape heads and any other electronics tasks that need a solvent but want minimal water.

Another interesting bit of trivia is that you can't buy 100% alcohol because, when alcohol's concentration goes above 99-point-something percent, it wants water in it so badly it'll pull it out of the air to reach that balance point. I forget what the technical term is.

@freemo @Counsel A fair point. Is *is* very important to make sure we share a common understanding of our terminology.

I think the point of confusion is that, because there's so much waste and corruption in the U.S. budget, it appears to be redistributing less wealth than it is.

Also, the amount of wealth redistribution from the top to the bottom has been declining in the U.S. for decades, as lobbying by corporations and the wealthy results in taxation being shifted from means-scaled taxes, such as income tax, and taxes which take effect only above certain levels, like the estate tax, to ones such as payroll taxes and sales taxes, which are either capped at a certain point (payroll tax) or don't scale with wealth and represent a larger portion of the income of lower-class citizens than of upper-class ones... thus making taxation more regressive.

In that respect, the aspect of socialism that Sanders is focused on is that the poor need more wealth redistributed to them and the issue is getting muddied by how much wealth is currently getting redistributed to the rich.

As a Canadian, who keeps a close eye on the state of the U.S. but, at the same time, has to deal with a less progressed version of the same trends, I argue that "demonize the rich" has the wrong connotations as, while there are certainly many good rich people, economic policy is currently being driven by a subset of rich people who are setting policies severely detrimental to the lower classes.

@freemo @Counsel Capitalism vs. socialism is a continuum. Compared to the U.S., they're socialist. Compared to a communist country, they're capitalist.

The important thing is that going to either extreme fails. We're just arguing over where in the middle makes the healthiest economy.

(eg. Too much socialism and everyone has money but there's nothing to spend it on. Too much capitalism and money can buy anything, but nobody has it to spend. Either is unhealthy for an economy because they both represent a failure to properly connect supply and demand.)

Likewise, you could argue that a proper social safety net is "saving for an emergency" for economies.

For example, going to work despite being sick is a major problem in America known as presenteeism and it causes a *lot* of lost productivity as people not only can't focus on their work properly, but spread what they've got to others.

Another term not enough people know is "the velocity of money" and it refers to how readily people who receive money put it back into circulation again.

(And, thus, how the most effective way to bolster an economy is to inject money at the *bottom* (demand-side economics) because the poor have a nearly infinite capacity to find needed goods and services they've been putting off for lack of money compared to the rich, who are already in the habit of saving what they receive.)

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