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petrichor commented on a post by @StallmanWasRight May 21, 2021

I’d suggest Dash to Panel over Dash to Dock, for anybody thinking about switching to GNOME.

With a lack of hardware updates, buggy keyboards that never get fixed, removed SD card slots and useless touchbars, the Macbook ecosystem has been languishing for a while. Apple seems intent on cutting away the long tail of power-users, be it audio professionals, video editors or developers. With the recent ARM-transition and Big Sur, it was clear to me that Apple and the Macbook were moving in a direction that I couldn’t join them in, and I refuse to be dragged to along. An iPad with a keyboard running on an ARM chip might honestly be a great computer for the vast majority of users, but I don’t see my requirements fitting into that box - at least for the next five years. I might do a second part on why I left and what the other side offered, along with the choices encountered and an evaluation of the options, but I’ll cut it short here by mentioning my final choice: Ubuntu 20.04 running on an XPS 13 9300 Non-Developer Edition.

The Linux ecosystem is a lot better than it was when I left five years ago, but it still has a ways to go. I’ve had to do quite a bit to get my system to a point where I can reliably and comfortably work on my computer, without spending too much time working on my computer. Don’t get me wrong, I do quite enjoy recompiling kernels and tweaking my workflow - and Linux gives you the most control there - but I still do want a machine I can feel at home in, and not a permanent work-in-progress. Here’s a guide on what I ended up doing to port over the functionality I missed from the Mac and additional improvements made. It was a day or two of work but in the end, I’m happy to say that I haven’t felt the urge to open up my Mac since I finished, despite it being my happy home for the last half-decade or more.

We’ll go through setting up biometrics, backups, gestures, optimizing battery life, and some good alternatives to tools you’ll need.

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petrichor commented on a post by @rat Apr 11, 2021

I quite like the names of these projects!
Extremely Large Telescope
Thirty Metre Telescope
Five-Hundred Metre Aperture Spherical Telescope
Very Large Telescope
Very Large Array
Very Small Array
Very Long Baseline Array
Large Millimetre Telescope
Large Latin American Millimetre Array
Long Wavelength Array

Any I’m missing? ;-)

Bicycle seat rain covers.

petrichor commented on a post by @hagbard Apr 8, 2021

Holy smokes, as someone who doesn’t know C++ but knows a few other languages… that’s scary. What a behemoth.

The story behind this article is very simple, I wanted to learn about new C++20 language features and to have a brief summary for all of them on a single page. So, I decided to read all proposals and create this “cheat sheet” that explains and demonstrates each feature. This is not a “best practices” kind of article, it serves only demonstrational purpose. Most examples were inspired or directly taken from corresponding proposals, all credit goes to their authors and to members of ISO C++ committee for their work. Enjoy!

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petrichor commented on a post by @linuxgirl Apr 5, 2021

It’s the end of an era!
All jokes aside, I’m glad Arch is (finally) getting an installer. I took a look at the code a while back when it was first announced, and some of the design patterns threw me for a loop (what’s the distinction between profiles and application profiles? why are there so many files? what does this level of complexity offer over a simple Bash script?) but the guy maintaining it seems nice and the community seems to have rallied around this project. Arch is a great distro - hopefully this will open it up to more folks.

For those short on time or not wanting to manually install Arch Linux on your systems and wanting to use Arch Linux directly rather than one of the more desktop-friendly options like Manjaro and EndeavourOS, this month’s Arch Linux install media is shipping archinstall.

petrichor commented on a post by @femme Mar 31, 2021

Wow, what a uniquely designed building!
; )

petrichor commented on a post by @babayaga Mar 18, 2021

Beautiful - where was this taken? My guess would be somewhere in the Pacific Northwest…

petrichor commented on a post by @digiterate_dingo Mar 12, 2021

@root While there’s not a volcano per say, the San Andreas fault line runs through most of upper Cascadia, and another large “Big One” earthquake is well overdue.

Can anyone tell me why its a good idea to have all sites for the Internet Archive in and around San Franscisco ? I was watching this (link below) and when he shows the map at 5:38, I exploded into laughter… Is it a calculated risk or just avoiding the subject of the “ Big One“ ?

petrichor commented on a post by @StallmanWasRight Mar 12, 2021

I think you can get pretty far with Linux + a wide range of host computers. Laptop support has also improved tremendously over the past several years, to the point where I’d honestly recommend it to folks fed up with Windows, technical or non-technical.

And if you’re concerned about the physical backdoors (wrt. Intel Management System and what not), you could go for an older ThinkPad or one of the Purism line and competitors. Or one of the new ARM-based laptops.

I have in my mind an idea that though simple in concept may be impossible to achieve today. I want a computer that can be completely autonomous when I want it to be, but which can also be used to communicate securely with anyone on the planet without being observed by a third party. I don’t want to be spied on by Microsoft or Google. I don’t want the NSA intercepting my conversations or even their metadata. I want complete autonomy and privacy without having to resort to workarounds that have been invented to give me back some of the control I should have had in the first place. In other words, I want a computer that I own completely. I want a computer that does what I want it to do, not one that has a hidden agenda programmed into it at the factory. And, I want to have these capabilities regardless of what anyone has done to the Internet to prevent me from having them. I don’t want to be dependent on the whims of a government or the good will of a giant corporation. Perhaps I am looking for something like the x286 DOS computer I had in the early 1990’s, but 10,000 times as fast with a built-in solution for total online privacy and the ability to run modern software while blocking spyware.

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petrichor commented on a post by @digiterate_dingo Feb 27, 2021

Here’s a simple Python script that might do what you want:

import os

for path, folders, files in os.walk(“path/to/folder“): # replace this

> for file in files:

>> renamed = file

>> for char in [“-”, “:”]: # replace these

>>> renamed = renamed.replace(char, “”)

>> os.rename(os.path.join(path, file), os.path.join(path, renamed))

Heya everyone !

I’m looking to rename files that have problematic symboles in them. I’m using Freefilesync to copy over files and folders and some don’t work well due to file and folder names.

Any tips on how to recursively find and rename files to remove problematic ‘.‘ and whatnots ?

petrichor commented on a post by @femme Feb 14, 2021

I personally think this is a fundamental property of the universe, and that life as we know it either never would have evolved or would have evolved to use something like this as a source of energy.

Even something as complicated as nuclear fission can occur naturally on our very Earth. Less complicated nuclear fusion pretty much powers the whole universe, naturally providing for life in conditions where it can’t be easily formed again.

These kinds of broad, reflective articles are my absolute favorite.

Thankfully for us, humans’ most destructive technology to date – nuclear weapons – is exceedingly difficult to master. But one way to think about the possible effects of a black ball is to consider what would happen if nuclear reactions were easier. In 1933, the physicist Leo Szilard got the idea of a nuclear chain reaction. Later investigations showed that making an atomic weapon would require several kilos of plutonium or highly enriched uranium, both of which are very difficult and expensive to produce. However, imagine a counterfactual history in which Szilard realised that a nuclear bomb could be made in some easy way – over the kitchen sink, say, using a piece of glass, a metal object and a battery.

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petrichor commented on a post by @rat Feb 11, 2021

There’s no real reason to drag Signal into this - the article is really about whether the feds can gain total control over your locked iPhone.

Feb 10, 2021

Signal has become the de facto king of secure messaging apps of late, stealing users from WhatsApp and gathering millions of others looking for private forms of communication. That means the police and governments will be wanting, more than ever, to ensure they have forensic techniques to access Signal messages. Court documents obtained by Forbes not only attest to that desire, but indicate the FBI has a way of accessing Signal texts even if they’re behind the lockscreen of an iPhone.

petrichor commented on a post by @artist Feb 2, 2021

I’ve seen this on a puzzle before. The compression doesn’t do the picture justice, it’s a phenomenally detailed watercolor painting.

Feb 2, 2021

Sommarnöje, Anders Zorn, 1886