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i'll say this again so i can pin it:

if your software doesn't require a manual, it isn't software, and could be a regular document

if your software does real computational work that justifies its existence, it requires a manual

document. your. software.

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I am a / radical.

This is because I understand some things that many people do not, or do not want to. This isn’t because those people are stupid or purpousely ignorant; rather, my circumstances forced me to part with some of the comforts of predatory software, and it opened my eyes to the world that universal software freedom could create.

(the answer is that I just need to get my shit together and build an HF rig. I already have the license.)

Honestly, the only thing I want is to get to a place in my life where I have a wall covered in DIY and salvaged analog equipment controlled by knobs and buttons and connected with coax, which serves some actual purpose

From HN discussion - "This is why I use ad blockers and a pi-hole server" (

This is GDPR in action. Wow.

I'm so damn tired. This is why I have problems trusting that proprietary software, no matter how effective, is a good solution to pretty much anything.

I only bought this game because it was something I could play with my casual-gaming Windows-using friends without _purchasing and installing a whole new operating system_.

This is fucked.

So, I recently bought Rocket League, only to find out that today, support for was pulled. Not only will they not be issuing updates for the Linux client, is intentionally breaking online functionality.

oh. i see. that doesn't work even a _little_ bit.

if some nerd can figure out a chemically reasonable anion containing Ga and Pd that doesn't already have a common name so we can call it lesbiate that'd be amazing

I think that maybe the itsy bitsy blips 110 KHz or so across that I keep seeing on 915 MHz are car key fobs or something?

working on books is really fascinating

especially books that contain code

What are some things that every computer user should learn? What things do you wish every computer user knew? What are some of the biggest benefits that individuals and/or society could reap if computer users learned these things?

Please boost, I honestly want as many serious answers as possible. Feel free to answer variations of the question for different levels of "computer users", such as programmers, office workers who use a computer 4+ hours per day, phone-only users, etc.

I really, really want a copy of The Art of Electronics

Mm. Yeah. After turning on 20-sample max averaging for the FFT things are much easier to see.

This is indeed very powerful software.

I hope that there is some way to incrementally rebuild our systems of knowledge, rather than starting from scratch, without perpetuating the grievous harm of intellectual colonization. I'm not sure there is.

How do we conceptualize the world, without the works of colonizers? How is it possible to live in the largest neocolonial power in the world speaking a mishmash language of colonizers and their colonized subjects, and speak about decolonization?

Is colonized knowledge poisoned? Is all knowledge that is produced under a colonial system inherently damaging to the people who make it, about whom it speaks, and whose lives it impacts? Maybe so! And yet...

This Decolonizing Knowledges course is really, really fascinating.

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