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  • I’ve had Linux pop OS on a USB and ran it for about a year and a half total before switching on and off to windows. I think it’s one of the few OSes that actually work on all my devices even obscure thinkpads. I’d still use it today however -

    My issues with Linux as a whole stem from absolutely trash antivirus and auditing perspective. Windows suffers this in many ways but I think they’re a live service rather than a static service. I’ll give an example, we’re getting bitlocker encryption with backup support keys etc in case a user gets locked out of a device on all devices very soon in W11h24 I believe, as a default. Pop OS comes with disk encryption but if I forgot my password or what have you, or even want to make a USB encryption key to unlock the device if I forgot it, I’d be in trouble. There’s an element of user friendliness that OSX and Windows have, that Linux just doesn’t have. I get scared running these open source applications when we’re essentially in a Cold War and I need to depend on them for my business. Especially if the apps are developed in JavaScript there’s so many dependencies I can’t verify. I can use portmaster and some log trailing to sift it but something about it feels like I am still not secure.




  • How is the west white supremecy? You sound like a racist when you say that and it hurts your credibility, especially in a larger conversation about some of the other points you mention.

    Go walk into a tech building in the west in the USA and you’d find that white people are a fraction of the workers present, and even then it’s European transplants also in the office. It is unironically very diverse. Teams I worked on were not strictly white people or majority white. And taking it even further - why be racist in the first place?



  • Between this and the pip install break all system packages

    This has to be about the dumbest change I could possibly gather in the last 20 years of computing. I can’t even imagine breaking this many things all at once. I’m still dealing with the side effects of people’s installers from docker-compose and the pip problems - ansible will just never be the same again. Now this.



  • Hey thanks for posting this. I’ve bookmarked it to watch within the hour.

    I’m interested to see if these are really businesses under threat from Microsoft or if it’s businesses looking to eliminate competition from USA and push their own products. I’m not a fan of MULAFAANG pushing a monopoly but I’m also realistic that politicians will always be motivated to do what politicians do best.

    EDIT: Not even that far into the video yet…So I live in the USA and I’ve visited a Microsoft campus when I was in Washington. And the premise of what is being presented is laughable. I said as a system administrator back in 2015 that going into the Microsoft cloud azure was bullshit and not a good idea, and turns out today that is still the answer. If these departments wanted to use Linux that is an internal decision not one reflective of Microsoft. LLDAP (easy managed LDAP service) exists in FOSS. So does Mailcow. Everyone loves to masterbate to how “bad these companies are”, dude you CHOSE them. There are parts of Microsoft’s footprint that are good like their ability to staff teams to work on security, keeping NPM, github, and pypi safe. But they also have a lot of malware-like components in their services/OS that collect data in the same way a virus would.

    I just don’t like this premise of purchasing someone’s product and then vilifying that product as if they had no other choice. I understand that its not entirely with that intent, its more to start a conversation about it, but damn does it ring that way when I saw self hosting in 2015 & IT departments as the answer.

    EDIT2: Why are talking about the cloud, then pivoting to saying that Microsoft won’t release the source code for Windows? Lol. These are two separate topics, and the author of the video didn’t attempt to pose it as one. I am disappointed by the author to present the information that is reasonable and understanding of both their own culture and display a lack of effort in their own administration to use existing FOSS products. No one has a gun to your head. I’ve migrated between 5 different clouds and solutions over the last few years for my own company’s infra.




  • That’s not true. We used to collect client and server data both to detect issues and even if it was only in a subset of customers there is just some customer facing QoS issues you wouldn’t find unless you were collecting data, that wouldn’t be found on server side for example. Like let’s say iPhones make an update and you’re doing video streaming, maybe certain video formats would lag when streaming to the player but not on an android or vice versa.


  • spaphy@lemmy.mltoMemes@lemmy.mlso much for modern medicine
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    4 months ago

    So you’re telling me that a vaccine for a sickness with basically 1 year R&D to production turnaround time doesn’t cause you to think twice, when a regular prescription can have side effects and need to be changed?

    Think of any experience you’ve had with anti depressants or reoccurring drug as a prescription: it’s frequent that people have these changed out because of the adverse side effects or lack of effectiveness. The joke used to be that a commercial for medication would quickly read out side effects on TV for 20 seconds straight.

    What I’m saying is the complete lack of any critical thinking before taking the vaccine is disturbing.


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    That is a ridiculous amount of work and jabs. Do you find that there is near to no sickness then? In the USA I find that COVID is seasonal for everyone here no matter how many vaccines you’re getting. In other words, I’m curious do you find it makes a difference keeping up with it?

    As for politics - in the USA the structure of what decisions below the president get made can sometimes change during a term because Democrats and Republicans basically play musical chairs when the opposite party is president. So it might be a democratic figurehead for a president at the top but speaker of the house is Republican and maybe the justices are Republican in decision making. Trump appointed new justices during his time that made a lasting impact with abortions during Biden’s presidency for example. More relevant to this conversation and topic they both had different stances on vaccines relative to their core voters. Trump appeared skeptical at times of Dr. Fauci who was chief medical advisor to the USA.


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    My GF and I were talking about vaccines and COVID, mainly doubts about them. We both got the vaccine pretty quick. A lot of the talk was about how a healthy skepticism of the profit driven US healthcare system leaves room for doubt. It’s not like the vaccine made us any less sick or prevented us from catching it, or transmitting it. So we were asking ourselves what was the point?

    Ultimately we landed at a pretty logical conclusion which is that the widespread vaccine seemed to ultimately drop the total COVID rate down and we seem to catch some variant of it similar to the flu once a year now. My sister works in healthcare and she usually knows when COVID is making the rounds. I don’t find myself leaning antivaxx. I am skeptical of the Trump and Biden administrations both though in the USA. It’s all too odd how willing people are to put their faith into the vaccine with literally zero doubts.