And it's not completely dead, it's just one of the drives in my RAID. I saw this problem before and most likely some cable wiggling would solve it. It's taunting me. Or, perhaps more appropriately, it's doing the thing dogs do when their caretakers leave, destroying pillows and such...

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Aagh, I'm now convinced homeservers require physical company. Since the pandemic started there were no hardware problems at all and now that I left my house for longer for the first time it didn't even take a week for something to break.

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While I knew about Dunbar's number before, the smaller and larger social groups he postulates are interesting:

They are:
Inner Circle 5
Sympathy 15
Overnight/Affinity Band 50
Active Network 150 (Dunbar's number)
Acquaintances 500
Human capacity to recognize 1500

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Meme poltics 

I think we need to agree collectively to consider soundbites and political memes impolite.

it’s a complete domination of style over substance, and we can’t debate anything meaningful this way, the tribal dadaism of what goes on on all major social networks is just awful.

Considering it good form to at least put together a couple of paragraphs worth of arguments for a position should be the minimum that we do.

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🇩🇪 bar association: Our attorney software #beA has #e2ee!

Researchers: No, your servers can read stuff.

🇩🇪: OK, but our encryption is good enough. We don't need e2ee.

🇺🇸 law firm #ReidelLaw: Hold my beer: CC


@freemo Has there been some update of the QOTO Mastodon software recently? It stopped working on my phone browser. :/

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Again I'll write my question in English as hopefully more people will notice this post (besides everyone of my followers know English even if they are Polish so whatever xD).

I know only two languages: Polish as my mother tongue and English. A few months ago I decided to learn Esperanto. This language is simple, pleasant to learn and sometimes even more logical than English.

However when I speak to my friends and family they are always like "why do you learn that language? No one actually speaks it!" which actually pisses me off just a little (don't worry @teetotaller - I'm not talking about you - you just kindly asked :D).

As an English teacher I personally think that there is no such thing as "wasting your time learning language". If there is at least one person in the world that speaks certain language it's fine (in terms of Esperanto there are around 1,000 "native speakers" and less than 200,000 speakers who know Esperanto as their second language).

Personally what do you think about the idea of learning Esperanto? Do you have any personal experience with this language? Or did you meet any Esperantists?

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two kinds of dwarf fortress fights:
- the -cotton ball- fractures the skull, bruising the brain!
- 50-year long colossus siege

Since I got the second half of the chip today, could someone point me at instructions for installing Gentoo on it?

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@kmic @timorl Peter Sunde is trying to become a registrar, but ICANN pulled a fast one on him:

I'd say supporting might be a good way to help him find a way to become a registrar eventually.

What's a good domain name registrar? I've been using Freenom, because, well, free, but as I perhaps should have expected they seem to be at least partially a scam – they decided not to send me renewal emails and that my .tk domain is now a special word (bullshit, it's almost a random string of characters which does not return anything relevant in search) so I would have to pay for it, and quite a lot at that.

Now I'm quite willing to pay, but definitely not them. So what does the Fediverse recommend?

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Sketch of The Analytical Engine invented by Charles .

The notes of are really REALLY something any programmer should read.

In particular, the famous Note G first lines are prophetic.

It is desirable to guard against the possibility of exaggerated ideas that might arise as to the powers of the Analytical Engine. In considering any new subject, there is frequently a tendency, first, to overrate what we find to be already interesting or remarkable; and, secondly, by a sort of natural reaction, to undervalue the true state of the case, when we do discover that our notions have surpassed those that were really tenable.

The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform. It can follow analysis; but it has no power of anticipating any analytical relations or truths. Its province is to assist us in making available what we are already acquainted with. This it is calculated to effect primarily and chiefly of course, through its executive faculties; but it is likely to exert an indirect and reciprocal influence on science itself in another manner. For, in so distributing and combining the truths and the formulæ of analysis, that they may become most easily and rapidly amenable to the mechanical combinations of the engine, the relations and the nature of many subjects in that science are necessarily thrown into new lights, and more profoundly investigated. This is a decidedly indirect, and a somewhat speculative, consequence of such an invention. It is however pretty evident, on general principles, that in devising for mathematical truths a new form in which to record and throw themselves out for actual use, views are likely to be induced, which should again react on the more theoretical phase of the subject. There are in all extensions of human power, or additions to human knowledge, various collateral influences, besides the main and primary object attained.

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I will be talking tomorrow at 6pm CEST about data colonialism, and how data extraction affects commonality in and outside of technological practice.

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this is a werecreature hate account
fuckers are worse than a bronze colossus
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Gisteren heeft het Europees Parlement de verordening over #chatcontrol aangenomen: een trieste dag voor iedereen die vertrouwt op vrije en vertrouwelijke communicatie en advies, waaronder slachtoffers van misbruik en journalistieke bronnen. #surveillance

Zo hebben de fracties in het Parlement gestemd:

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Hey does anybody know if there's a wiki (or at least a website) for video game accessibility features?

Also, is there anywhere that tells me whether I can play any given game as a girl?

Boosts appreciated!

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"From 2015 to 2019, #Iceland ran the world's largest trial of a shorter working week. An analysis of the results was finally published this week, and surprise! Everyone was happier, healthier, and more productive. Please pretend to be surprised."

🇮🇸 :blobaww:

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