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A little bit of neuroscience and a little bit of computing

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maegul ,
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That given its popularity it would be more user friendly. Every good dev tool will have its internals or more advanced features. Git is no different. But it sure feels like it never took the idea of a polished user experience seriously. Which is fine. It’s a dev tool after all. But the UI conversation around git has been going on long enough (here included) that there has to have been a significant global productivity cost due to the lack of a better UI.

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If there was actually a persistent productivity hit from its interface, one of the weird wrappers would have taken off, and replaced it.

How many use a GUI or text editor plugin (eg magit) for git? AFAICT, such things, as a category, are rather popular.

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If it were really that big of a problem, someone would have made an effort to resolve it. The fact that people still use it anyway suggests to me that it’s a bit of an overblown issue.

As I said in another reply ... how many GUIs and text editor plugins are there for git and how many use them?

What other CLI tool has as much work put into GUIs, wrappers and plugins that do not try to replace the underlying tool/CLI, even accounting for popularity?

maegul ,
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I mean sure. I personally haven't researched and become an expert on this ... it is an early-user's misconceptions thread after all. And a dev can justifiably reflect on all of their tooling and consider their general usability against their popularity.

However, by the same token, your lack of any counter examples isn't exactly highly credible either.

Nonetheless:

  • Whenever I've seen an opinion from someone who's used both mercurial and git, their opinion is always that the mercurial interface and model "actually makes sense"
  • AFAICT, the git CLI (at least up until the more recent changes) has widely been recognised as being unnecessarily janky and confusing especially for common and basic tasks
  • Apart from that, many devs have shared that they always struggle to remember git commands and always need to rely on some reference/cheat-sheet (obligatory XKCD), which IMO is a product of it both having a poor CLI in need of polish and being a program/tool that isn't naturally constrained to CLI usage but rather naturally implemented with a graphical of some sort.
maegul ,
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Because this is a casual discussion and that’d be more effort than I’m willing to put in. Also, your premise is false: it can both be trivial to implement something better and relatively obvious that a better implementation could exist.

Also, if you’ve encountered these sorts of discussions before, I’d dare say it’s because people often avoid flame wars and you give off flame war energy.

I’ve mentioned two pretty concrete examples: be like mercurial and have a built in GUI. The basic commands being janky is also pretty concrete given the recent additions that have been made to correct that. But I don’t trust that you want a discussion because you’re being pretty demanding and aggressive here. Sea lioning would be somewhat apt … there is such a thing as meeting people where they are … do you have an example of something people often criticise about git that you don’t think can be improved or not easily? “Why is it so hard for replies to actually have a discussion rather than be demanding, argumentative and aggressive”

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Found it kinda underwhelming TBH.

maegul ,
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You heard Electric Callboy stuff before? Their two tracks last year "Pump It" and "We got the moves"(?) were huuuge bangers IMO. This kinda pales in comparison IMO.

maegul ,
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Ummm ... ok.

I was just sharing here. I don't know you well enough to know one way or the other. And babymetal are big enough that one could be in this thread without knowing anything about EC.

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Ah ... is that still a thing!? I mean, metal fans can just kinda suck I guess.

No gatekeeping here ... just sharing more EC in case you hadn't heard them before (so long as more hear and see "we've got the moves" my work is done).

Anyone else find the decision to code Raava as femme and Vaatu as masc an interesting (although not necessarily bad) choice? ( 64.media.tumblr.com )

I've been doing a lot of reading into various spiritual concepts and practices from around the world and typically light/order/yang is masculine and dark/chaos/yin is usually feminine. Is there another concept that's being referenced or is this just a minor but interesting artistic decision?...

maegul ,
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Nah. I agree with Hello Future Me (on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@HelloFutureMe) about Korra.

Good show but with problems and Raava and Vaatu are probably the biggest one. The female v male and good v evil that they wrought out of the spirit world to explain the origins of the avatar were just ... meh. The female/male divide is a trope and doesn't really add anything IMO. If anything I think I always found their voices kinda weird in how human sounding they were. So if anything it is a distraction (masked by, IMO, the bigger problems with that whole story).

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Yep. Spirit world went from an alien mysterious and dangerous place to another good v evil battle. I appreciated the attempt at an origin story that had been lost to time. And the world building was nice and well done. But the essential story and its premises were underwhelming.

maegul ,
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How have you found the season so far? I can't watch it so I haven't seen anything since the specials/christmas ep. I got the feeling from our first glimpse that I could really like this Doctor but I'm not entirely sure I'd be up for more Davis writing.

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I saw a review that said the film looks a lot like Fury Road but has a distinct core. I haven’t seen the film … does this fit?

maegul ,
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Yep. I haven't watched any of Disco S5 (I'm one of those that have struggled with Disco and I just don't think I can do s5) ...

... But I am dropping whatever I need to for SNW S3.

I just hope they ease up on the TOS prequel stuff (which I've ranted about elsewhere), but still, I AM READY.

maegul ,
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Oh I'm with you.

It's just that the TOS prequel angle is exactly the way that Paramount can force some BS ... because it's the path to a TOS reboot.

We know paramount would want to do this (they've stated openly that familiar faces and franchises will be their future focus). And they've already played with the timeline. The episode with young Kahn establishes that we're in a different canon timeline now, which means they're probably feeling ambitious here about rebooting TOS in their own way. It need not cancel TOS, but just delay the timeline so that they can squeeze in their own pre-TOS TOS reboot.

From Lower Decks and Disco being cancelled, to Matalas heading the new Marvel Vision TV series (which means "Legacy" ain't happening any time soon) ... everything is lining up with the execs focusing on a SNW -> TOS reboot arc (for the cash).

From all of the reactions I've seen to the TOS characters in SNW (which I personally haven't enjoyed because I like SNW and its own characters) ... I think people would either eat it up or Paramount would be reasonable in expecting people to eat it up.

Even if the TOS prequel stuff eases, they've already laid the groundwork with Kirk now being an established secondary character and everyone apart from Sulu and Bones and of course Chekhov having been introduced (but they all come kinda later don't they?)

I hope I'm wrong. But like I said, the moment Kirk appeared in the finale of SNW S1, however much I liked the episode, that was the door way for paramount forcing BS.

And just in case anyone thinks I just hate TOS ... it's not about that, it's about moving on from TOS and doing new things, and also, frankly, avoiding the pretty under-diverse set of characters TOS had compared to what we'd expect today. It really would be something if all of the women in SNW were to be pushed out for the men of TOS, which, in my opinion has already happened in the episodes that featured TOS characters (notice how La'an and especially Ortegas have been underdeveloped here and there?)

maegul ,
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I’m with you as a fanboy, just worried (and also enough of a fan that I want the the TOS characters to get out of the way of the SNW characters).

maegul ,
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Yea I suspect that this is where things will go actually. But I’m not sure execs can resist the idea of a TOS reboot.

I’m not enough of a TOS fan to know how viable it is, but if they can get a writer keen to write stories that don’t break canon but simply add to the original stories, I think the execs will green light the shit out of that.

maegul ,
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I've been saying it to everyone who'll listen ...

the journals should be run by universities as non-profits with close ties to the local research community (ie, editors from local faculty and as much of the staff from the student/PhD/Postdoc body as possible). It's really an obvious idea. In legal research, there's a long tradition of having students run journals (Barrack Obama, if you recall, was editor of the Harvard Law Journal ... that was as a student). I personally did it too ... it's a great experience for a student to see how the sausage is made.

maegul ,
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You don’t need one in each University, that wouldn’t scale. There’s be natural specialisations. And journals could even move from University to university as academic personnel change over time.

The main point is that they’re non-profit and run by researchers for researchers.

maegul ,
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So I've been ranting lately (as have others) about how big tech is moving on from the open user-driven internet and aiming to build its own new thing as an AI interface to all the hoovered data (rather than conventional search engines) ...

which makes this (and the underlying Bing going down) feel rather eerie.

How far away (in time or probability) is a complete collapse of the big search-engines ... as in they just aren't there any more?

maegul ,
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in line with map_enthusiasts: !dataisbeautiful (and also !dataisbeautiful , which is smaller IIRC)

maegul ,
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your own hacked together wrapper around sqlite as a plugin for your text editor of choice

maegul ,
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I’m scared of cults and not ever being truly enlightened is a risk I’m willing to take. Maybe one day.

Seriously though, in terms of longevity, where I want the dependencies of my system to last for the rest of my life and to be easily installed on as many machines throughout the rest of my life, SQLite (and pure Python for the wrapper, using only the std lib) seem like good bets. Better bets than emacs and org-mode, perhaps not, but certainly without the baggage of being bound to a text editor.

EDIT: just clicked the link, lol.

maegul ,
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Big issue IMO. Never touched it for that reason.

A personal knowledge system has to be designed to last the rest of your life.

Is there a federated/non-profit alternative to Stack Overflow?

Considering how SO is killing itself rather quickly, it would be interesting to have a platform with similar structure but taking users interests instead of profit of executives. I am not saying their system is perfect, I have made a post in the past on their meta community regarding how hard it is for new contributors to start....

maegul ,
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Yea it's pretty popular and generally I like that, especially compared to the whole discord thing (though real time chat is also a valuable platform).

Ideally, I'm with you and IMO this would be something where the fediverse could shine.

It feels to me like many pieces are already in place for some people to come together and create a fediverse space for filling that SO function. Lemmy, NodeBB and discourse (when they get federation stable, however close/far that is) are all there.

What's likely needed is for the right pieces and modifications to be put together, the right instance, some basic branding and commitments, donations, sponsorships (and even ads would be appropriate here IMO if done tastefully).

But, in reality the devs on the fediverse are spread pretty thin and many developers generally are in a bit of a squeeze at the moment. Financial support hasn't reached a healthy equilibrium on the fediverse, culturally and probably quantitatively, in that further growth, creativity and adaptation at any decent rate doesn't really seem viable.

Back in the heyday of the twitter migration to mastodon or reddit migration to lemmy, there likely would have been some dev ready to go out on a limb and try to scramble something together (however healthy that is). That energy has passed and there doesn't seem to be a more stable substitute set of incentives for new devs to build new things here (though there are of course devs building on the fediverse, lemmy and newer projects like SL, piefed and bonfire included). Instead it seems like the dev community on the fediverse has settled and they all have their work set.

So the best bet would probably be for some eager volunteers to take the best platform for the job (possibly NodeBB ATM) and put up an instance and see what happens. I think there's been enough interest, including this post, to make it interesting.

And what's especially interesting is that the SO archive, AFAICT, is open and available for download, so there's a real possibility of having a live archive of SO for search coupled with new content, right here on the fediverse.

maegul ,
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The moment word was that Reddit (and now Stackoverflow) were tightening APIs to then sell our conversations to AI was when the game was given away. And I'm sure there were moments or clues before that.

This was when the "you're the product if its free" arrangement metastasised into "you're a data farming serf for a feudal digital overlord whether you pay or not".

Google search transitioning from Good search engine for the internet -> Bad search engine serving SEO crap and ads -> Just use our AI and forget about the internet is more of the same. That their search engine is dominated by SEO and Ads is part of it ... the internet, IE other people's content isn't valuable any more, not with any sovereignty or dignity, least of all the kind envisioned in the ideals of the internet.

The goal now is to be the new internet, where you can bet your ass that there will not be any Tim Berners-Lee open sourcing this. Instead, the internet that we all made is now a feudal landscape on which we all technically "live" and in which we all technically produce content, but which is now all owned, governed and consumed by big tech for their own profits.


I recall back around the start of YouTube, which IIRC was the first hype moment for the internet after the dotcom crash, there was talk about what structures would emerge on the internet ... whether new structures would be created or whether older economic structures would impose themselves and colonise the space. I wasn't thinking too hard at the time, but it seemed intuitive to that older structures would at least try very hard to impose themselves.

But I never thought anything like this would happen. That the cloud, search/google, mega platforms and AI would swallow the whole thing up.

maegul ,
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I dunno, my feeling is that even if the hype dies down we’re not going back. Like a real transition has happened just like when Facebook took off.

Humans will still be in the loop through their prompts and various other bits and pieces and platforms (Reddit is still huge) … while we may just adjust to the new standard in the same way that many reported an inability to do deep reading after becoming regular internet users.

maegul ,
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Oh yea, it’s basically a vibe now for those who see it, which I was mostly channeling.

maegul ,
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Yea but this feels quicker than anyone expected. It’s easy to forget, but alpha Go beating the best in the world was shocking at the time and no one saw it coming. We hadn’t sorted out what to do with big monopoly corps yet, we weren’t ready for a whole new technology.

maegul ,
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Great take.

Older/less tech literate people will stay on the big, AI-dominated platforms getting their brains melted by increasingly compelling, individually-tailored AI propaganda

Ooof ... great way of putting it ... "brain melting AI propaganda" ... I can almost see a sci-fi short film premised on this image ... with the main scene being when a normal-ish person tries to have a conversation with a brain-melted person and we slowly see from their behaviour and language just how melted they've become.

Maybe we’ll see an increase in discord/matrix style chatroom type social media, since it’s easier to curate those and be relatively confident everyone in a particular server is human.

Yep. This is a pretty vital project in the social media space right now that, IMO, isn't getting enough attention, in part I suspect because a lot of the current movements in alternative social media are driven by millennials and X-gen nostalgic for the internet of 2014 without wanting to make something new. And so the idea of an AI-protected space doesn't really register in their minds. The problems they're solving are platform dominance, moderation and lock-in.

Worthwhile, but in all serious about 10 years too late and after the damage has been done (surely our society would be different if social media didn't go down the path it did from 2010 onward). Now what's likely at stake is the enshitification or en-slop-ification (slop = unwanted AI generated garbage) of internet content and the obscuring of quality human-made content, especially those from niche interests. Algorithms started this, which alt-social are combating, which is great.

But good community building platforms with strong privacy or "enclosing" and AI/Bot protecting mechanisms are needed now. Unfortunately, all of these clones of big-social platforms (lemmy included) are not optimised for community building and fostering. In fact, I'm not sure I see community hosting as a quality in any social media platforms at the moment apart from discord, which says a lot I think. Lemmy's private and local only communities (on the roadmap apparently) is a start, but still only a modification of the reddit model.

maegul ,
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LOL (I haven't actually met someone like that, in part because I'm not a USian and generally not subject to that sort of type ATM ... but I am morbidly curious TBH.

maegul ,
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Yea, US, can you just fucking not be a petulant child.

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said the court's allegations are "significant" and the US must support its work as it has done on past occasions, including in the case of Libya.

"The application for arrest warrants is merely the beginning of a judicial process," she wrote in a statement on Monday.

"The ICC has been a functioning court – it has seen convictions, acquittals, and dismissals, as we would expect from an impartial and non-political judicial body."

Only clear headed response in the article.

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UI differences are a big factor in the success/failure of decentralised federation of diverse platforms and content

And this seems a good example: bridged posts onto which has a lower character limit than Mastodon.

So, just like posts on mastodon, you don't get the full content of the post (which ends with an abrupt ellipsis here) and have to take a link to the original platform.

However powerful the underlying protocols, this isn't far from screenshots.

@fediverse

maegul ,
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Eh. AP isn't magic. Platforms can be pretty incompatible because of their differing use or implementation of AP. I feel like at some point there's a blurry line between a bridge being something different and just an extension of 2 protocols.

maegul ,
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Yea a complete protocol to protocol bridge seems far off for sure. But a platform to platform bridge seems to be working fine for the moment (masto-bsky), and that seems a reasonable expectation.

maegul ,
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yep! I didn't pick up on any explicit link ... but the coupling AI and recall is not coincidence. It's serfdom.

maegul , (edited )
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It’s interesting to see Torvalds emerge as a kind of based tech hero. I’m thinking here also of his rant not long ago on social.kernel.org (a kernel devs microblog instance) that was essentially a pretty good anti-anti-leftism tirade in true Torvalds fashion.

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Torvalds's anti-anti-left post (I was curious to read it again):

I think you might want to make sure you don’t follow me.

Because your “woke communist propaganda” comment makes me think you’re a moron of the first order.

I strongly suspect I am one of those “woke communists” you worry about. But you probably couldn’t actually explain what either of those words actually mean, could you?

I’m a card-carrying atheist, I think a woman’s right to choose is very important, I think that “well regulated militia” means that guns should be carefully licensed and not just randomly given to any moron with a pulse, and I couldn’t care less if you decided to dress up in the “wrong” clothes or decided you’d rather live your life without feeling tied to whatever plumbing you were born with.

And dammit, if that all makes me “woke”, then I think anybody who uses that word as a pejorative is a f*cking disgrace to the human race. So please just unfollow me right now.

maegul ,
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Yea. It's almost like caring about your craft and being motivated chiefly to just make good things and fix things ... aren't terrible character traits?!?

maegul ,
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I don't follow thinigs closely at all, but I'm under the impression he's already starting to kinda take his hands off of the wheel? If so, maybe that picture is emerging now, at least behind the scenes.

maegul ,
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Yea, car congestion isn’t about industrial transport, it’s about personal transport. All of the people commuting to/from work etc in single person occupied tanks.

maegul ,
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Cheers for the personal review! Awesome.

It’d be cool if there was more of this than just links to the rest of the internet (which is clearly turning to shit anyway).

maegul ,
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It really is a decent album once you get past the initial knee jerk reaction to it lol

Haha yea ... a Kerry King solo album certainly would bring that out in people.

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Huh!

My impression of Godzilla x Kong, as someone who's generally enjoyed that franchise, is that it's basically reached a sort of "strangely calm and abstract animated cartoon vibe". Which I'm probably down for, but which is also probably just not as entertaining as many would expect.

maegul ,
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Fantastic framing! Not just of the internet, but the whole economic sector including big tech, various publishers, of course the ads industry and now all of the push for winning the AI platform wars.

It's a toilet economy! Fueled by the attention, tastes, inclinations and urges of people taking a shit! And now, as AI "learns" from the internet, also fed by and literally made of the writings and thoughts of people ... taking a shit.

It's also a nice litmus test for what kind of internet space somewhere online is based on where people are when they comment or post: "Is this a toilet or desk space". Depending on what you're after, you will probably want to know if you're in the right kind of place.

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The prestige Coppola carries certainly makes reviews less reliable for this, I’d say. Industry can’t let a good marketing angle slip by.

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Reflecting on the firefish/calckey "moment"

which was about a year ago now, I can't help but suspect it was a small event with wider implications on the dominance of in the

I think it was the last chance to direct the twitter migration energy into discovering new/different fedi platforms.

And it was blown, with alt-social in a weird steady/waiting state that's smaller I suspect, than what many hoped for.

@fediverse

cntd: https://hachyderm.io/@maegul/112358202238795371

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Huh. Thanks!!

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