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7700 XT a good choice?
  • It's a good card. Make sure you're running a kernel with up-to-date drivers.

    I'm not super familiar with the GPU market in the UK. What other cards can you get for around that price? If you can get a 6800xt for cheap, it could be better.

  • LindowsOS, 2001
  • Short answer: Enterprise bullshit and Adobe.

    On the home computing side, I can't think of much that has specific OS requirements besides gaming and DRM'd 4K streaming. For better or worse, most desktop apps nowadays are glorified web sites. It's a different world today than it was 20 years ago.

    On the enterprise side, nah. Way too many vendors with either no Linux support or shitty Linux support.

    Microsoft is working hard to shove "New Outlook" down everyone's throats despite still not having feature parity with old Outlook. Nobody in my company will want to use it until it is forced because we need delegated and shared calendars to actually work. And then there's the "you can take my 80GB .pst files when you pry them from my cold dead hands" crowd. Advanced Excel users are not happy with the web version either, and I don't blame them.

  • LindowsOS, 2001
  • Its gimmick was that it was compatible with Windows apps, and an easy transition for Windows users. It didn't really live up to that promise. Wine was not nearly as mature then as it is today, and even today it would be pretty bold to present any Linux distro as being Windows-compatible.

  • Jonathan Kamens: "It has come to my attention that many of the people complaining about Firefox's PPA experiment don't actually understand what PPA is…" -
  • That does nothing to deal with malware distribution, which has been a problem in pretty much every ad network. It does nothing to address the standard practice of making ads as obtrusive and flashy as possible.

    I do not accept the premise that advertising is the only possible business model for quality web sites. History suggests the opposite: that it is a toxic business model that creates backwards incentives.

  • Language Is a Tool for Communication, Not for Thought, MIT Researchers Argue
  • This is interesting work, but I don't think it justifies the plain-English summary. If you're going to claim that language is not a tool for thought, I would expect you to demonstrate that a difference in language does not lead to a difference in thought. To answer that, you shouldn't just look at whether language-focused brain regions are activated during non-language-based activity, but also whether a lifetime of using Language A leads to differences outside of those regions compared to a lifetime of using Language B. Isn't that the crux of linguistic relativity? That different languages encourage and train different modes of thought?

    Any chess player will tell you that they apply their "chess brain" to all sorts of things outside of chess. It's not that we literally view life as a chessboard, but rather that a lifetime of playing chess has honed a set of mental skills that are broadly applicable. The fundamental logic applies everywhere.

    In particular, some deaf children who are born to hearing parents grow up with little or no exposure to language, sometimes for years, because they cannot hear speech and their parents or caregivers do not know sign language. Lack of access to language has harmful consequences for many aspects of cognition, which is to be expected given that language provides a critical source of information for learning about the world. Nevertheless, individuals who experience language deprivation unquestionably exhibit a capacity for complex cognitive function: they can still learn to do mathematics, to engage in relational reasoning, to build causal chains, and to acquire rich and sophisticated knowledge of the world

    It seems like they are using a narrower definition of "language" than is appropriate. e.g. I don't think it's controversial to include body language under the umbrella of "language", so I am very skeptical of the claim that any of those deaf children had "no exposure to language".

  • We're coming for you
  • There are only a few species of mosquitoes that pose a threat to humans (and several thousand that don't). If we had a way to effectively eradicate those few species, then it probably wouldn't have major consequences. They don't fill an important, unique niche in their ecosystems like, say, bees.

    But we don't have a way to do that. Not without huge collateral damage from poisons and the like. There's been some promising work with genetic engineering, releasing mosquitoes that will mate and produce non-viable offspring. This can greatly reduce a local population in the short-term, but they bounce back.

  • SSDs with 1000-layer memory chips expected in 2027: ultra-fast 20TB NVMe drives for $250
  • Do I need a 20TB boot drive? No. Do I want it enough to pay $250? Yes, absolutely. I'm running 1TB now and I need to manage my space far more often than I'd like, despite the fact that I keep my multimedia on external mass storage. Also, sometimes the performance of that external HD really is a hindrance. I'd love to just have (almost) everything on my primary volume and never worry about it.

    It's kind of weird how I have less internal storage today than I did 15 years ago. I mean, it's like 50 times faster, but still.

    I'm not super-skeptical about the pricing. This stuff can't stay expensive forever, and 2027 is still a ways off.

  • Good mouse with good linux support
  • Tons of brands use Windows-only software to control button mapping, lighting, etc.

    Anything outside basic movement, scrolling, and the first three buttons will need additional software.

    It's been a while since I looked. Anyone know a good universal mouse config tool for linux that would let me map all buttons on a per-app basis?

  • Futurama | Trailer - Season 12
  • Also known as the second half of season 8. In case anyone is as confused by the alternative numbering schemes as I am. I think they officially called the Hulu season "8" before, didn't they? Or is Wikipedia just crazy?

  • Children Risk Their Lives Building America’s Roofs (Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • A $500 fine for a company violating child labor laws and workplace safety laws is absurdly low. Should be 100 times that or it's useless.

    Ms. Sánchez and other subcontractors said they have turned to children because there are not enough adults willing to do this work. Roofing industry experts say firms have struggled with a labor shortage amid residential building booms across the South and an uptick in hurricanes and other natural disasters.

    In other words, "we'd rather kill children than pay adults a fair wage".

  • eBook Library Structure
  • I think it helps to think of browsing as a basic form of searching. Everything you can do in a browsing context, you can by definition do in a searching context...if the client doesn't suck. The information needed to browse is embedded in the tags.

    So this strikes me as entirely dependent on your client software. A good client should let you browse by tags. You could add Dewey numbers as tags to start with, so you can browse that way if you want, then add any other tags that might be useful (like genres, for example) on top of that.

    The only difference with tags in this context is that books will appear in multiple places.

  • I believe Transphobia is Unnatural
  • Agreed. English is a stupid language in many ways. Why do we shoehorn in gender when it is not relevant? Why does it deserve to be baked into the language? How the ever loving hell can you expect someone to understand someone else's gender implicitly in arbitrary scenarios? Even when you can see someone face to face, if they're not strictly following narrow gender norms, your accuracy is going to be dogshit. Why bother?

    I understand the feeling that parading around pronouns and taking time out of our days to explicitly establish them (when it's generally, again, not relevant) is tedious and confusing. I barely have the brainspace to remember names. The obvious answer is to use neutral language whenever it is sufficient in context. Which is, again, most of the time.

    I think it goes beyond the Internet, and beyond trans inclusion. Even if you're a bunch of cis folks talking face to face, it still makes sense to default to neutral pronouns. I don't always know (and certainly don't always care) what someone's sex or gender is face to face, and that ain't new.

    The singular "they" is awkward, but it's like two hundred years too late to come up with something better.

  • Image thumbnails broken after latest update

    Edit: This appears to have been fixed already with another backend update. Leaving the post below as-is.

    Current version in the footer: UI: 0.19.0-rc.11 BE: 0.19.0-rc.10

    Starting today, most image thumbnails and pictrs links will not load. I tried clearing cookies and I tried in three different browser engines (Firefox, Chromium, Safari).

    If I try to open one of the image URLs directly in my browser, it shows {"error":"auth_cookie_insecure"}.

    Interestingly, images will load correctly if I am NOT logged in. Why are the pictrs URLs even checking cookies when they do not require auth? Is that new behavior in this version of Lemmy?

    Here is an example post:

    And an example direct image URL from that post:

    I am interested to know if others are seeing the same issue. I have not exhaustively tested different cookies settings in my browsers, so it's possible some anti-tracking privacy settings are interfering with this behavior.

    Worth noting is that the Eternity app on my phone continues to work. I did not even need to log out and back in today, like I did in my browsers.


    Quails in space, bouncing off walls like a DVD screensaver


    Torgal is a good boy

    That is all.