yote_zip

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Every community I care about is dead

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yote_zip ,

I knew there was something wrong when my pirated copies of these games suddenly started vanishing from my hard drive! Curse you, DRM!

~ What the execs think will happen, I guess? What is the point of applying DRM to a game that has already released?

yote_zip ,

Possibly, though I suspect that releasing your new DRM early is a good way to have it broken by the time you actually want to protect something with it.

yote_zip ,

I haven’t read this series yet but it’s on my TBR. Is there some kind of actual justification for the price of these books? The combined total word count of all the books is ~350k, which is 50k words shorter than a few books I’ve recently read that cost $7-8 each. Meanwhile the entire Murderbot series costs $76 to purchase, most of them being 30k words for $12.

I’m lethargic on both getting around to reading it and not letting those hefty prices color my opinion if I were to read it, so I’m not sure if I ever will.

yote_zip ,

I feel piracy for demo purposes is fully justified if you buy it after you like it. People always say vote with your wallet but it’s more like gambling with your wallet if you don’t get to see and touch the product before you make the purchase. Giving proper demos should be more common with digital media.

yote_zip ,

Vote with your wallet regards any sort of purchase. By giving money to someone you are giving them the most encouragement possible to continue doing what they’re doing. If you purchase something that you end up not liking, they will still receive your initial vote loud and clear. The gaming industry especially has shown us that companies will happily take both the money and the negative review and say ‘thank you’.

yote_zip ,

Everyone fully missing the point here. This is the banner image for !linux (that’s not where we are right now for the record), and it has a normal JPEG size of 7.7MB. When it’s served as WebP it’s 3.8MB. OP is correct that this is very stupid and wasteful for a web content image. It’s a triple-monitor 1440p wallpaper that’s used verbatim, and it should instead be compressed down to be bandwidth-friendly. I was able to get it to 1.4MB at JPEG quality 80, and when swapping it out in dev tools and performing A/B testing I can’t tell the difference. This should be brought to the attention of a mod on that community so it can stop sucking people’s data for no reason.

[Book Review] Imperium Lupi by Adam Browne

I just read through this giant book twice in a row, and my TL;DR is that it’s a must-read for anyone that loves fantasy, furry or not. That’s not to say it’s an all-time masterpiece, but it’s surprisingly strong in almost every aspect, and I think almost anyone will have a great time with its unique blend. I picked up an...

yote_zip OP ,

I like stories to have stuff to aspire to, rather than characters that share the pains of a hopeless millenial.

Yeah I feel that. I wouldn’t call it a light read if you’re feeling depressed, and there’s some clear parallels and lessons from the book’s world to be applied to ours. The story likes to punch you in the guts whenever it feels like it, and a hopeless feeling lingers throughout. I should make an amended edition where the characters frequently get the hugs they deserve.

it’s hard to come by good furry literature

Surely. Oftentimes it feels like any furry media that exists has to have a compelling reason why the people are animals, with human-based stories being the default if you can’t think of a good one. It’s nice to have a good story regardless, with the animalistic flavor largely just being garnish on top.

helping attract some more attention to a project

Hopefully at some point it will stick and be properly recognized. It was released in 2017 and has excellent Goodreads reviews, but the author is young and surely will eventually make waves if they can keep the creative spark going.

yote_zip ,

Have you tried KOReader yet? It’s not Material UI and doesn’t have any sort of “theme”, since it’s very focused on just showing your text, but it lets you extensively pick fonts and styles for your books, has dictionary lookups (tap and hold), page view, and it can sync with itself (available on the desktop and many physical ereaders). My main gripe is that it’s very configurable, and I don’t personally like many of the defaults. After setting it all up it’s quite powerful, and I use it on my physical ereader, Android phone, and desktop PC in roughly the same configuration.

yote_zip , (edited )

You can change the background color by changing the [“cre_background_color”] key in settings.reader.lua (again, I dislike needing to configure it like this). On my Android and desktop I set it to [“cre_background_color”] = “0xECECEC”,, which inverts into a nice gray when I set it to night mode, then I invert all the image colors so they’re a normal color. Font color can’t be changed though, TMK. You can change font color with custom CSS snippets.

yote_zip ,

This is all I needed to do so: www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=314220

Run the script from the second post, then eject the Kobo and let it install. Afterwards you can open it from the new NickelMenu button at the bottom right. My Kobo just stays in KOReader mode all the time.

yote_zip ,

Wow I feel dumb for not thinking of that. In my defense I like the text as on gray. KOReader’s arbitrary CSS snippets and style tweaks are really neat.

yote_zip ,

That was my takeaway from this video as well. It was a lot of “aw shucks can’t we all just get along” and not understanding that in today’s world, getting along is a left-wing policy. I think there is still merit to saying that part of the reason we’re so divided nowadays is that we are forced to interact more often, but it shouldn’t be represented as the entire problem. In a way, I think a video like this is actually worse for discourse because it might convince people that there is only one problem that needs to be solved.

yote_zip ,

I bet someone at some point said “256 is futureproof”. We’re well into Amdahl’s Law at this point.

yote_zip ,

The existence of poverty/hunger/homelessness in a post-scarcity world. if we wanted to eliminate those problems we could, but humans are blocked on how it can be done without hurting their own wealth.

yote_zip ,

You’re right, and I suppose I was half-thinking along the lines of “we have all the pieces to solve this, but we don’t because we’re frozen in place by greed” instead of “this is something we could do with infrastructure today”. If everyone could collectively let go and re-distribute wealth and materials efficiently everyone would be much better off for it, but instead we’re stuck in some game theory hell where the optimal personal choice results in one of the worst outcomes.

yote_zip ,

It’s a result of Lemmy being too small to exist without using the “all” feed. Non-furries get your content across their feed and have the ability to vote on it. It might be worth disabling downvotes while the instance is small, since it’s especially prone to outside vote manipulation.

yote_zip ,

It has 34 users/week, and 12/day. I don’t think that many people are seeing the post to begin with. Those people are also not subscribed to every community and won’t see every post that comes through Yiffit unless they’re watching the All feed.

yote_zip ,

There are so few votes on even chat topics and the general /c/furry community, which are subscribed to by people not from Yiffit. I think Lemmy is just dead in general, and that doesn’t favor niche communities that some people have a vendetta against. I think it’s worth asking Wander and the community what their thoughts on disabling downvotes are. This was previously discussed here, but the community and climate was different at that point. It’s demoralizing to try to support a small community while hecklers are allowed to interfere - I suspect some people even subscribe to those communities to downvote every post.

yote_zip ,

I agree, I’m sick of Puritan attitudes about sex and sexuality. They pass hateful laws at lightning speed at the mere mention of “protecting the children”. This usually ends up being about ways to selectively target the LGBTQ+ anyway. Anything LGBTQ+ was until very recently seen as a disgusting kink, and in many places those attitudes haven’t changed. The tracking is especially nefarious because they’re likely biding their time until they can make such things a crime, then use all the data and tracking systems they’ve set up - this happened immediately in the US after making abortions illegal.

It’s nice to briefly hang out online among people who aren’t sexually-repressed, but then I look outside and see my neighbors flying Trump flags and remember that many people IRL would love for me to be punished or disappeared for who I am. I’m tired of fighting just to exist in this world. If we survive climate change and the far-right I can’t wait until all these old bigots die off. I’m a millennial but still got death threats and into fights for being gay when I went through school. One generation later and being gay is something to be celebrated. The youth can’t take over soon enough.

(Special shout-out to lemmy.ml for defederating everyone from Yiffit because their admin couldn’t handle seeing a properly-tagged penis)

yote_zip ,

It feels like some people need hobbies. They have nothing better to do in their lives than campaign against minorities that have zero effect on their life. I hope we’re going in the right direction but we’ve been backsliding on a couple things recently and it’s sickening to see people close to you that were quietly in support of that. Maybe we need another Pokemon GO phenomenon to remind the bigots that there are other things they could be doing with their lives.

yote_zip ,

I’m not nearly as qualified as your professional help, but there are always bright spots and safe spaces to exist when you’re low. Everyone is exhausted these days, and you’re not going to change the world by dedicating your entire life to worrying about it. Take what you can and fight for what you’re able to, but don’t overexert yourself. Ideally half the fight needs to be done by people who are not the minorities in question - these people have the most privilege and population to actually enact change. E.g., telling the homeless to fight for themselves is not how you end homelessness.

yote_zip ,

I really don’t think it’s “love” at this point. I understand that point of view, but I rarely ever see those types of people anymore. They don’t even necessarily need specific religious litigation to back up their views, and they can pretend that their god “would support them” in their endeavors just as easily. These people want punishment for those they deem “other” because the normalization of “other” challenges their privilege and makes them uncomfortable. I think their fear of these outcomes is the most likely “rational” explanation. Semi-related, the world is not in a good place right now with capitalism running rampant. I think these people are even more frightened at their precarious living conditions and their sense of survival is pushing them to hold onto the privilege and lifestyle they have in any way possible.

yote_zip ,

It’s half true. They enjoy certain privileges while others are beneath them. By giving others the same privileges they lose what makes them “special”, even though they are not losing anything directly in a zero sum fashion. It’s a greedy and fearful way of thinking, but those properties make it an easy ideology to adopt during crisis. That’s probably the most favorable motive I can apply.

yote_zip ,

This has been happening for a little while now. I’ve started cloning repos and using local searches instead.

yote_zip ,

I think about half a year, assuming that’s what they mean in this blog post: github.blog/…/2023-06-07-code-search-now-requires…

yote_zip ,

they don’t let you have multiple accounts to separate your professional life from your cringe life

Can you post more on this? I found this article that seems to recommend you only use one account, but doesn’t seem to suggest that they enforce it. I have like 8 GitHub accounts with a cringe/professional mix, so hopefully that’s not something I need to fix. (Ironically I usually stay logged out anyway)

yote_zip ,

Ruh roh. Yeah I’m involved with several projects that I’d rather not trace back to my other identities, and I make a new GitHub account per job. Even if they start enforcing it I imagine it’s quite hard for them to actually figure out what’s all connected without amping up their identification schemes with mandatory phone numbers and etc. I guess we’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.

yote_zip ,

They just replied with this link, which has it listed as the third bullet. I suspect they don’t actually care enough to do anything, but I had no idea that it was in their ToS.

yote_zip ,

It has a very high opinion of itself.

yote_zip ,

The real problem is that everyone is using the “All” tab as a content feed. Ideally everyone would subscribe to communities and then they wouldn’t have to worry about seeing things they don’t want to see. Lemmy needs to be bigger before we can break that anti-pattern.

yote_zip ,

Thanks to Wander as well, especially for trying to get conversation going at the start (and then probably burning out). It’s a bit dead on Lemmy, and I’m not super happy that the furry section isn’t doing well compared to Mastodon. TBH, I wouldn’t really even consider myself part of the “furry community” given I don’t exist anywhere else - I’m just active because no one else is. Sooner or later I hope Lemmy gets a little bit more crowded so it’s more effortless.

yote_zip ,

I feel like it would be better as a toggle in the settings? I wonder if they envision it as something that’s always enabled for everyone in the future.

yote_zip ,

I would prefer to have only one of the options in the menu - the one I want to use. I’m not going to change my mind on whether I want trackers stripped on a day-by-day basis, and I think having both taking up space at the same time is bad UX.

yote_zip , (edited )

I assume they’ve modeled it after ClearURLs, which exists as an addon here, and as a uBlock filter here. The short answer is it’s a ton of whitelisted regex.

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