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I'm a 37 year-old cis man living in western PA, USA. I work as a and (unfortunately) backup . I'm primarily a user.

I'm also into , my username's my callsign.

I started back in July and am now a student glider/#sailplane pilot.

My other interests include , , , (which I used to work in) and , especially my own named Freyja.

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I mentioned that I had my second glider flight on Sunday. I took my DSLR camera with me this time, and when my flight instructor had control of the glider I took pictures. Here are four of them.

It was another great day for gliding/soaring. Too bad I couldn't stay long due to Freyja's vet appointment.

Hey, Fedifriends, does anyone know some good, free resources for #ConflictRresolution / #moderation?

I'm thinking about starting a discord server for a project, but I'm afraid I'll be out of my depth trying to manage users I don't personally know.


So my main takeaway from the tumblr debacle is that people are still expecting corporations to behave like they're their friends. And they're not.

Communities are built out of individuals coming together, not imposed on them from above.

With any luck recent events will see people switching back towards early-internet style sub-Dunbar number ad hoc communities. I remain hopeful.

@freakazoid I know a handful of sharp technical people who succumb to security nihilism. In fact non-technical people seem to have an easier time than techies understanding that security/privacy are about degrees rather than absolutes.

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It didn't take long for me to make an Olivia contact during the day here at home. Just did that with VE3EEI in Toronto on 40 meters.

Even better, I did it on my laptop running ., I had to feed the radio's audio into the laptop's mic via the external speaker to be able to receive, but was able to transmit through the RIGBlaster's sound card interface.

Side note: FLDigi's popup windows don't get along with the i3 window manager. Hams who also use i3, you have been warned.

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The whole "caring about things is uncool" South Park phenomenon is entirely the result of the fact that caring about things opens you up to to both extreme sadness and extreme joy, both of which are too risky under late capitalism, wherein you must sell your entire future to an employer and not ask too many questions. It is easier to hollow out your own humanity by not caring about anything then to actually be a vulnerable person.

RT Please enjoy an impromptu day off in which all federal agencies, mail services, and the markets are closed to honor this sudden development.

Anyway, as we were saying, Eection Day cannot be a federal holiday because the logistics are simply too dif


Some how IE being integrated into Windows didn't signal webdevs ruining everything, mostly because MS was just using that to force people onto their product.

But Edge going Chromium sorta nails it. There's one browser and even MS, who didn't build it, is forced to use it. All because modern desktop applications are written entirely in JavaScript, communicate solely over HTTP/S and use mainly REST protocols.

Three hundred and fifty years of computer science and this is what we're doing.

If you consider yourself a rational person, in particular a rationalist, I highly recommend you learn formal logic.

If you've never learned it formally, you need to take a hard look at how you think logic works, and how it actually does. Knowing lists of logical fallacies is not enough. You must be able to distinguish between valid and sound arguments. You must understand that a fallacy in an argument does not prove the conclusion false. You must understand that debates are not how truth is determined.

On the side of things, I stayed at the SKyview Radio Society until just before midnight last night. I ended up making two 40m Olivia contacts there, one in southern California and one in Colorado. Despite the poor band conditions Olivia 8/250 gave near-perfect copy. It's slow but it's a good ragchewing mode for poor conditions, especially when PSK 31 won't do so well.

I want to start doing this at home. Need to take care of the RFI issue first, though.

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Cis het dudes, 📢quit worrying abt ‘Low T’ and quit putting ‘T count’ on a pedestal. There’s no ‘ideal’ T count. Your body makes the right amount for YOUR body. Testosterone isn’t ‘good👍’ and estrogen isn’t ‘bad👎’. You’re fine unless your doctor specifically says otherwise. Dudes stressing over testosterone tend to be intolerable dickheads nobody likes anyway🙄

It's almost 2019, and every application that wants to share stuff via "the cloud" must still implement support for each cloud provider separately, even though WebDAV has existed for over a decade.

In other words, "the cloud" is really just a lie told by people trying to trick you into handing over your precious files and locking yourself into their walled garden. If it ain't standards-based and interoperable, it's not "the" anything. It's "a" piece of shit.

Just realised: with the purging of adult content based on US moral standards, corporations controlling huge swathes of user content and the decline of the number of browser engines.

The WWW is becoming AOL.

1) don't confuse 'the internet' with 'the web'; 2) don't confuse 'the web' with 'social media'; 3) don't confuse 'social media' with 'corporate social media'

The idea that the ipad "saved" us from netbooks is bad ideology. Access to general purpose computing is an extremely important right and our culture will degenerate in many subtle and/or scary ways if it becomes rare.

2012: low powered netbooks for internet browsing
2018: browsing the internet is one of the most resource intensive tasks you can do on a computer

I got the email from the FAA on Tuesday. Looks like I'll be getting that student pilot certificate for gliders in late December or early January.

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