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  1. https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/javascript-trap.html
  2. Would it be possible to have a Javascript free version of the site ? I've found that I'm not really coming here anymore since it's so inconvenient to use without Javascript.
  3. I agree with you that proprietary technology is horrible, but a socialist revolution doesn’t solve anything. It just puts the same unethical powers into the hands of different people. Nothing else is changed.
  4. Haven’t gotten the OS yet, will probably do it next week. Pd would probably be the way to go, but I’ve been more focused on playing physical instruments than computer music.
  5. I think it’s especially difficult when you see this happen to people you love, who you know are great people with great minds, who are being held captive by this irresistible addiction that preys on all of us. Computers are a wonderful invention that can immensely benefit our lives, but for some reason the technology is just being abused and imprisoning us instead. Hopefully we can get over this and figure out a way to implement the technology in a more responsible way. The current system of abuse seems too strong for that to be easy, though.
  6. Apparently there is a gaming keyboard that connects to the internet and sends keystroke data to Chinese servers. Also the game Abstractism that was sold on Steam installed code onto people’s computers that used their processors to mine bitcoin for the game devs. Social media apps are also a trap. Last night when I was with friends, I realized at one point that I was the only one in the room not looking at social networks on the smartphone, which was absolutely surreal. It’s strange seeing people’s physical presence dissolving as their mind is divided and sent into hyperspace.
  7. Actually I’m going Guix because Arch contains binary blobs in its kernel and I don’t trust that
  8. This web paged contains more information on the topic.
  9. All Ford vehicles manufactured since 2019 have a constant tracking disservice that sends your physical location, your weight, and probably other information to Ford servers. The Nissan Leaf and other electric cars do this as well. Almost all laptop computers made now have Intel Management Engine or the AMD equivalent, which is invisible to the computer OS (regardless of which OS you have installed) and can be remotely controlled by Intel to turn the machine on and off and to manipulate anything else that the CPU is doing. Easypass can be used to track your location as well. Ubuntu has a feature that collects information about your searches on the computer and sends it to Amazon for advertising.
  10. The worst thing I’ve ever tasted was Gymnopilus junonius
  11. If China were trying to create some horrible disease for some reason, they didn’t do a very good job. Spreading some of the plague that they sometimes find in the western provinces would have done a lot more damage than this coronavirus.
  12. A friend of mine was wearing her old Pat the Bunny shirt on Saturday and so I’ve had this song stuck in my head all week It’s awful. I had bad taste in music when I was in high school.
  13. I created this thread specifically to divert beer discussion away from the coronavirus thread. Now I see that this is going to end up being the disease thread.
  14. So that’s what I had at the beginning of the month. I didn’t know that’s what it’s called, but I got it in both eyes pretty severely after neglecting to drink water for longer than I should have. I was basically blind by the time I realized I was dehydrated. Also got tunnel vision at the same time which made for quite the experience.
  15. I’m glad that China is actually enforcing lockdowns and quarantines, unlike Congolese Ebola outbreaks, where one of the deadliest viral pathogens in the world is treated with the same concern as bronchitis.
  16. What are your favorite beers from south of the border ? I personally don’t think any beer in its price range comes close to Modelo Negra.
  17. Ok boomer is a social engineering device propagated by the surveillance vehicles of the technology industry to make younger generations less distrustful of smartphones and other slaveware. Don’t buy into it if you value freedom and/or privacy.
  18. Learning proper singing or taking up a wind instrument are both really great ways to keep your breathing healthy and strong. It’s one of the many wonderful ways that music can help us stay in tune during the turbulence of life.
  19. Just in case anyone forgot what a beast John Coltrane was
  20. I upgraded my laptop to Pure OS . . . and then realized that my computer’s wireless chip requires a proprietary driver. So now I have a computer with no WiFi capabilities, and I’m faced with the difficult dilemma of conceding to Debian’s proprietary packages, going down a rabbit hole of finding a libre wireless chip that’s also compatible with my laptop, or simply getting an Ethernet dongle and using wired connections from now on.
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