"Democracy is messy, and it's kind of a pain in the ass, and the alternative is fascism."
As @davatron5000 says, I don't like playing cat and mouse with my privacy. https://daverupert.com/2018/04/dave-went-android/ At the same time, I'd prefer to run open-source software rather than iOS. And I've used Android since the HTC Dream.
But using Android without Google apps is just *so* hard. Not only do I have to invoke weird terminal sorcery every six months, but the damn thing doesn't even work very well – I haven't had working push notifications or GPS in a year. Time to throw in the towel?
How a Bitcoin Evangelist Made Himself Vanish, in 15 (Not So Easy) Steps
Ignore the "Bitcoin" in the title, this is pretty interesting
This looks promising too
Instructions for Xiaomi F1 but they say works for whyred too
Linux graphics driver saga, but at this point mainly just complaining about Linux generally Show more
I would almost say "🤷♀️ Let's just ignore this and go along with the default mediocre open-source driver that works OK."
KDE prompts you, shortly after install, to install the Nvidia driver. Any reasonable newcomer would say "yep"
and then get stymied by an apparently completely broken and irrecoverable system.
And it just annoys me that Linux is still like this. It has made leaps and bounds, and it is still pushing newcomers away.
an excellent take on wage labor by Chomsky: Show more
Almost everybody spends most of their life in a totalitarian system; it's called having a job.
When you have a job, you're under total control of the master of the enterprise. They determine what you wear, when you go to the bathroom, and what you do.
The very idea of a wage contract is selling yourself into servitude. You have a choice between starving or selling yourself to a tyranny.
No one needs to starve. No one needs to freeze. No one needs to die. There is enough for everyone. More empty homes than all the people without them, more food than grocers can even sell. The labor and the materials to end scarcity exist now. It is not a far-off dream. We can end scarcity in this life.
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