I Never Did Understand.

Mrs. Robin says, “Company is coming, so we have to clean up, fix up, and dress up the house for our guests.”

And I say, “Waitaminute. The house doesn’t have to be neat and clean for the people who live here and who you supposedly love, but for strangers and friends it has to be squeaky clean and shiny? Ever ask yourself why?”

Mrs. Robin dismisses the question and assigns chores and a panicked timetable for getting them all done.

And I, being a black-hearted sonofabitch, take my sweet time and get almost none of it done in time for guests to show up. Our home isn’t dirty or anything, but it isn’t ready for a Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot either.

And our guests are full of compliments for Mrs. Robin on how lovely our home is.

But my question remains, sincerely: Why do guests matter more than those who live here and pay for everything?

Jus’ ask’n.

The trouble with Ubuntu Snaps, Ubuntu, and Ubuntu derivatives.

Yup! Snaps are BAD NEWS. Supposedly a way to make packages “distro agnostic,” the real problem is this resource-hogging, space-wasting constantly-running daemon.

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(I posted this as a comment on another blog. I’ll re-post it here, with some tweaks.)

I tried to use Snaps when I was experimenting with Ubuntu a few years ago. These are the major problems with it.

Server-side is proprietary and nobody else can run one.

snapd is a scandal. It’s extremely bloated and always running, even if the user never installs a snap.

When I tried to install some Snaps, including GZDoom (which is really a good program and available as a Flatpak, which actually runs), many of them failed to work at all on Kubuntu and I was told that this “universal” package was failing to load for some reason because I was using KDE as my desktop environment.

Ubuntu has let in cryptominer malware at least once. This is right after I argued with Alan Pope (popey) on Reddit that malware would happen eventually if…

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SalixOS 15 Beta

Hardly the “dead project” that some people wrongly assumed, Slackware-based SalixOS, which I have posted on before, is still n Beta development and not yet suitable for “mission-critical” use on the desktop. SalixOS attempts to make Slackware suitable for intermediate-level Linux desktop users, with some sweet GUI tools and such. It’s “Linux for Lazy Slackers.”

I think that packaging is going to be a big deal with the new Salix. Appimages and Flatpaks may be the way to go, at least for now, since Sourcery is obsolete now and gslapt-get doesn’t work nearly as well now as it always did in Salix 14.2. Theming breaks the simplest of apps, and it’s trial-and-error to get things working as they should. Even Micro$oft Winblows does a better job of running open-source apps like LibreOffice, believe it or not. SalixOS is definitely not ready for prime time, but then it doesn’t claim to be. Theming, especially if you like dark themes as I do, is still a big problem so far.

My current daily driver remains my own highly-modified Xfce version of antiX, with it’s wicked-kewl tool set and it’s complete absence of twisted systemd and Pulseaudio crap “there as a necessary dependency for other applications but otherwise but not used.” Why fill up the hard drive with all that?

It’s the same issue with Flatpaks, appimages, and snaps on Slackware/SalixOS. Flatpaks and appimages fill up the hard drive with libraries that aren’t shared by all the apps that depend on them. It’s fine if you have a 500-zillion terabit hard drive, but come on already. If the old Slackware philosophy of one application per task remains in effect, but applications don’t share libraries or dependencies, what the heck! I say one library per app is not in keeping with one app per task. Wasted disk space on an aging hard drive is not a good practice. That said, I think that if gsplat-get catches up in Slack/Salix to be like what it was in the previous stable version, Salix will be awesome. So here’s hoping.

With gratitude for those who can handle the testing, and for the careful devs who create and maintain both Slackware and SalixOS, hats off. I salute you!

Japan Is About To Unlock The Ultimate Energy Source

I saw this depicted in an episode of SeaQuest DSV many years ago. It was a disaster in that episode, but there’s no reason to think it has to be. I hope this catches on!

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byWill Lockett | Medium

Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

An untapped near-limitless carbon neutral energy source lies dormant off the shore of Japan.

Amongst the hustle and bustle of Tokyo city you’d be forgiven for forgetting the raw natural power that exists in Japan. For just offshore, deep in the ocean, lies a monster with ungodly strength. It has remained untouched and undisturbed for millennia. But now scientists want to harness this power to save Japan. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about Godzilla, though he may still be down there somewhere. Instead, I’m talking about deep sea turbines, as Japan is the first country to try and harness the potentialof ocean currents. But why has Japan turned to the sea for power? What are the benefits? And what are the risks? Could this be an energy revolution?

Geologically speaking, Japan is one of the most fascinating countries…

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As the tide goes out at Mozilla, they now run full page Disney ads on their Web site.

Yet another reason NOT to use Mozilla stuff

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Mozilla is now running full screen ads for Disney movies.

It gets worse. At the bottom of the page it has “stickers”, including one that says “I love Indie Tech”.

Yes, Firefox is very Indie. They rely on $500 million search deals with Google for 90% of their funding, and put ads, crapware, and alerts for a VPN that they rebranded into the browser, and they license DRM software….from Google, which you are obviously not allowed to have source code for, and which is impossible to license if you actually are an independent Web browser.

(I don’t even think that LibreWolf got a license from Google for Widevine. I think they just lie and download it claiming to be Firefox.)

Very Indie.

But what could possibly be more Indie and more Open Web than to run ads for a company like Disney, which says that copyright should run forever, has…

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#EvangelicalsForBiden sexual harassment scandal at Christianity Today

Don’t let names fool you!


Friend of the blog “Wintery’s Friend” sent me news about this breaking scandal. Although some of you may remember the days when Christianity Today was still Christian, they’ve lurched far to the left in recent years. No one conservative posts there or reads it anymore. But now news is emerging about the hypocrisy of CT. In public, they embraced feminism. But in private, something else.

Here’s the story the Washington Times:

Two top executives of evangelical magazine Christianity Today committed “unchecked” sexual harassment of colleagues over the course of a dozen years, the publication said Tuesday.

Mark Galli, who was editor-in-chief of the magazine for seven years before his retirement in January 2020, was accused of multiple incidents of ”demeaning, inappropriate and offensive behavior,” in an online article by CT News Editor Daniel Silliman posted Tuesday.

In December 2019, Mr. Galli — a veteran of several editorial positions in his three decades at the Christian…

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she: “*eye-roll* whatever grandpa”

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Have you ever had a kid behind you on an airplane kicking the seat the entire flight?

answered byDariusz Scharsig, Techlead at Hess Cash Systems (2018-present)

A couple of times. And, except one time, all I needed to do was turn around and, nicely, say: “Hey, little fella, is this your first plane ride? Yeah, I get nervous too. You know what helps me? Just closing my eyes and trying to relax. Which is super hard if you kick my seat.” Usually, their parents get super embarrassed and the kid stops right there and then. No hard feelings.

This one kid though, wasn’t even a super small child, rather a teenager I’d say. She kicked my seat a couple of times. I turned around, did my routine, she: “*eye-roll* whatever grandpa” (I was only 32 at that time, anyhow)

Me: Yeah, just please don’t kick my seat. Thank…

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