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Cake day: Jan 15, 2022


I love yunohost. Easiest way I found to start self hosting.

Setup a jellyfin server for the price you were paying for Netflix. Get whatever content you want.

It’s a lovely thought, but I think it really depends on where the ‘start’ and ‘finish’ lines are. Plenty of arbitrary pairs of dates that don’t bear this idea out at all. When will the music stop on the moral universe? Will it coincide with the zenith of justice? Maybe it’s just a matter of having hope for the future, which is nice to have.

I’m confused by this statement. On the one hand you seem to say that fragmentation is good. On the other hand ‘divide and conquer’ suggests the negative consequences of such fragmentation.

Lots of food for thought there, though I must say I’m not fully convinced, particularly by the alternatives. In my experience matrix and xmpp), there are things that keep me from recommending them to my friends. The writeup mentions client fragmentation, which causes problems with encryption. That is a huge problem in this context. Ease of use is another, which may be dismissed by someone tech savvy, but shouldn’t be ignored in the broader context of activist communication.

On that note, self-hosting is a double-edged sword. Are most activists equipped with the knowledge/skills to implement and maintain a hardened secure server? Using somebody else’s server requires trust.

Those points in mind, I also think we can’t forget threat modeling. For as widespread as Signal is, there haven’t been to my knowledge any confirmed reports or leaks indicating its compromise. In contrast, we have court documents that show very little information gained from subpoenas to Signal. My feeling is that Signal is a good option for a lot of people. Phone number identifier is not good, but you can mitigate by registering with another number. If your threat model includes federal agencies, then you should be worried about your device being compromised, in which case it doesn’t matter which app you’re using. Also, don’t carry your phone to actions no matter what app you’re using.

Edit: d’oh! Meant this to be a reply to the post below, that links to dessalines’ github Signal takedown.

Yeah, I have that installed, but I rarely find myself using it. I’m not sure why, but it just seems easier for me to use Firefox with ublock when I’m on my PC.

I love NewPipe, and it works great 95% of the time. Occasionally YouTube updates something, and NewPipe breaks for a few days. To be fair, part of that lag is related to fdroid delays publishing updates. On a related note, SmartTubeNext is an amazing app for use on android-based smart-tv type devices.

I agree with you. People forget that ‘slippery slope’ is a logical fallacy, ie, ‘slippery slope fallacy’. It’s like when homophobes say that allowing gay marriage will lead to people marrying their dog or something. Like, no the fuck it won’t.

What about the slippery slope of slippery slopes? Once you give in to fear about slippery slopes, where will it end? You’ll never be able to say no (or yes) to anything again!

I found what seems to me a neutral look at the water costs of beef production. https://www.watercalculator.org/footprint/water-footprint-beef-industrial-pasture/ The relevant takeaway for me, is that it is true that grass fed and finished beef has far less impact than feedlot beef… feedlot beef is 99% of the beef produced in the US. It’s great that you put your money into the better of the beef options, but it isn’t representative of typical beef production.

As for my health, I hope it continues to be good! If I were to develop health issues that could only be remedied by eating animal protein, I would do it. The idea is repulsive to me personally, so I hope it doesn’t cone to that. If it did, I would raise a few chickens for eggs. I grew up on a farm and have slaughtered and processed chickens, goats and rabbits. Nasty work.

I get that people have differing biological needs, but most people will be perfectly healthy on a vegetarian or vegan diet. Anecdote: I’ve been vegan for over 20 years and am just as healthy as my several omnivorous siblings. I’ve had a recent checkup including blood panel, and everything is in normal range for my age and activity level. Also, I would say that most (Americans) probably don’t eat liver.

As for water usage, we are talking about the total water cost to bring meat to the shelf. This includes the feed crops that wouldn’t otherwise be grown. And yes, water returns to the environment. There are still some important problems. Where does the water come from? Do we need more dams, which have an ecological cost? Do we drill more wells, thereby depleting aquifers faster than they can refill themselves? Water is not scarce in a planetary sense, but we have a lot of problems with exceeding the capacities of our regional watersheds.