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Cake day: Jun 13, 2023


The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect, coined by Michael Crichton:

Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.

That is the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. I’d point out it does not operate in other arenas of life. In ordinary life, if somebody consistently exaggerates or lies to you, you soon discount everything they say. In court, there is the legal doctrine of falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, which means untruthful in one part, untruthful in all. But when it comes to the media, we believe against evidence that it is probably worth our time to read other parts of the paper. When, in fact, it almost certainly isn’t. The only possible explanation for our behavior is amnesia.

Happy birthday! He did a great job in “The Mandalorian”!

I’m glad it worked out for you. In my case they are really not comparable, especially when working with text. Inkscape can’t even do bullet points or paragraph spacing.

FWIW I like LibreOffice for presentations, but for text documents I prefer OnlyOffice (which looks and behaves exactly like Word)

No problem! I really wish Serif/Affinity would port their suite of apps to Linux. Although it’s proprietary software, their underdog status vs. Adobe would still be a good fit in the ecosystem, I think.

I wouldn’t compare it to Krita - it’s more like Illustrator (or perhaps Inkscape if looking for a FOSS equivalent, although it isn’t quite up to par in terms of features or workflow).

Same, EOS is awesome and cured my distro-hopping.

Affinity Designer is the only reason I have a Windows VM. I really wish I could get it fully working on WINE - I have it installed but it can’t save files.

I don’t like Gnome but Dash to Panel at least makes it usable for me. As for tweaks, I always move KDE’s taskbar to the top of the screen rather than bottom.

I actually use Arch as the OS for thousands of computers for my work that end up in customer hands, who expect stability.

Whoa… Do you work at Steam?

I use my laptop for work all day every (week)day. It runs EndeavourOS and I haven’t had any problems - if anything I’ve encountered fewer annoyances than with any other distro I’ve tried to date (Pop, Fedora, Mint, OpenSUSE, Debian). I don’t use Btrfs but I do use Timeshift as well as Syncthing to back up files to a file server at home.

I haven’t felt the desire to install Arch, and TBH I’m not sure what the benefit might be because I’d just configure it to be basically the same as EOS anyway.

I don’t know why they like big docks so much. My dock is small and I’ve never had any complaints.

They didn’t include my distro of choice (Gentoo) or my desktop environment (TDE)

To be fair, these would both be absolutely terrible suggestions for beginners.

lmao this is exactly the image that would pop into my head if I imagine a Slackware user in 2023.

windows is like their main product

TBF it isn’t really - only about 12% of their revenue. It’s more of a means to lock people into their other products.

Pop is the distro that finally made me a Linux full-timer after 15 years. I don’t use it anymore but I’ll always be grateful to the devs at system76.

Galileo is the name of the “release”, which while somewhat of a misnomer for a rolling-release distro, is something EndeavourOS has done since the beginning. The current release is called Cassini Nova.

Exactly. Using a GUI is too imprecise; it’s made for plebeians. I enter vector coordinates directly into the terminal.

Do you mean a VST? There’s a good list of open-source VSTs here: https://github.com/webprofusion/OpenAudio

Wow this looks great, surprisingly polished for KDE (and I say this as someone who enjoys KDE)

GNOME Foundation names “professional shaman” as new executive director
Maybe I don't really understand what the Foundation does (or what the ED's role is), but this seems like a very odd choice, even by GNOME standards. Edit to add source on the shamanism: https://web.archive.org/web/20231017185521/https://www.hollytheshamanartist.com/about

Their market cap isn’t really relevant, it’s not like that “value” is accessible to them, much less usable to pay their bills.

I use my laptop for work presentations and running a presentation with embedded videos doesn’t work on external displays.

A non-folding scooter is like a bucket with a hole in the bottom.

Well that was easy. Thank you very much, I may stick to Fedora for a while longer!

For anyone wondering, just edit /etc/xdg/discoverrc and change the flag to “false”.

Edit: looks like it can also be changed with a checkbox in system settings > software updates.

This is exactly my issue, Just as I can’t deal with unread notifications, I can’t live with a pending update icon just sitting there.

Interesting, I assumed I’d have to live with it… Would changing that setting be a bad idea?

I’m not doing anything wrong, it’s just made that way. Browser update? Reboot. Update to an app that I haven’t even opened in weeks? Reboot.

Why does no other distro do that though? I’ve tried a bunch before and this is the first time I get that notification sitting there taunting me.

I’m using the KDE version and updates come in automatically through Discover. They almost always announce in the system tray that a reboot is required.

Trying Fedora. Never rebooted so often in my life
Even back in the Windows 3.1 or 95 days I didn't have to reboot this often - sometimes twice a day. Seems a bit excessive?

There are vanishingly few people who live in areas with weather consistently below -30C. I’ve been seeing that kind of concern trolling all over the place in the past year or so, and they always have the same song and dance about low efficiency in extreme cold - technically correct, but taken as part of the bigger context, so niche as to be practically irrelevant. Yeah, if you live in Yakutsk you won’t want to rely only on a heat pump. Big fuckin’ deal - the other 99.5% of people on earth can benefit greatly.

Edit: I wouldn’t be susprised if this is the exact same guy I once argued with on Mastodon, actually. He was German too.

I’ll chime in here since I own 2 heat pumps and live in a cold climate (often below 20C). Our house is heated with 100% electricity and after installing heat pumps our power bill dropped by about 18%. That includes all electricity, not just heating, so the gain in heating efficiency was very considerable.

PopOS is the one that finally made me a Linux fulltimer too, after 15ish years. Welcome!

I love how Syncthing handle this - they show you a link to a dashboard of what they collect. I opted in because of that.

Is he a robot? This iseems like a very strange thing to have to explain to a grown-ass man.

I’ve been using a Plugable UD-CA1 for many years (Windows and Linux) and it works fine. Currently using it with an X1 Carbon G9. As it’s quite old I don’t know if it’s still available but if not, I’m sure they have a newer version.The price was sub-100 if I recall.

File permissions on mounted drive - can read/write but can’t drag into apps?
RESOLVED: it was caused by the app being flatpak. use Flatseal! I have a network drive mounted to my computer (PopOS). I have read & write access to everything in the drive and can drag and drop files between two Nautilus windows, but if I try to drag a file from the network drive into an email for example, I get a popup about file permissions. Is it because flatpak apps don't inherit my user permissions?

Using Linux for work - need a good email/contacts/calendar system
(apologies in advance if this isn't the right community for this question) I've been flirting with Linux on and off for about 15 years and I think I'm ready to make the switch mostly full-time. I use a laptop for work and have a Microsoft 365 plan with email and such. I need to replace that with something Linux-friendly and would much prefer something that works with a desktop email client. Easy syncing of email, contacts and calendar to Android is a must. Proton seems like it might be a good option but the privacy features aren't a huge selling point for me so I'm open to other options!