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I bought a 2nd gen Nest thermostat several years ago. It paid for itself within two months and some change especially considering I installed it during the summer here. I'd put off getting something else after Google bought Nest because they at least kept the company separate. I knew eventually they'd fold it in and start collecting information they don't have a right to have. Guess that's happening now.

I do find it funny when Europeans rant about price tags in the US (and Canada) not including tax. It’s an inconsequential thing to rant about first of all, but we do have one major purchase that is tax-included and that’s gas (petrol). As a result almost no one knows how much they pay in tax to fill up their tank, and in a few places in the US taxes on it are egregiously high. On the other hand when buying say... art supplies I’m always faced with how much I pay in tax.

Was wondering what was going on last night. This is something Firefox sure didn’t need. Queue monoculture asshats in 3... 2... 1...

I’ve been a fan of Purism’s products, but it kind of looks like they’re shitting the bed here with Librem One, hmm?

Librem.one, Moderation Discussion 

Probably the most complex thing I have running on my server is Mastodon. It consumes a ridiculous amount of resources, but what it does not consume a lot of is maintenance time. That crown goes to acmetool followed closely by XMPP.

I disabled ipv6 a while back because my host had some issues with it for an extended period of time. I forgot to turn it back on. I rebooted tonight and noticed redis wasn't working because of it. Oops. Oh well. Updated mastodon while I was at it, too.

Traffic didn't flow down a portion of this road because the two traffic lights that came one after another were always set alternately, meaning when one was red the other was green. But, by all means build two roundabouts when setting traffic lights correctly would have solved the issue.

So not far from where I live they've had a street torn up to replace a significant portion of the road with not one but two roundabouts to "improve traffic flow". This construction has been going on for a while because the road can't easily be closed down. They've just opened up half of each of the roundabouts and have had a few accidents already.

Been shopping for a phone, and it amazes me just how gigantic they are. Why in the fuck would I want a 6.5 inch screen on a device that is supposed to fit in my pocket?

So stupid for people to be requesting text formatting in toots. Anything outside of a stripped down markdown would be insane. Best to allow nothing.

I decided to check Birdsite to see up to date information about the burning of Notre Dame and was instantly reminded of why I left it where Twitter showed me on the first tweet of someone I don’t follow gatekeeping grief over the destruction of the cathedral versus other tragedies happening elsewhere. I just instantly logged off.

I just spent 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get TypeScript to understand what the fuck HTMLElement was and then was like “Why am I -WANTING- to add header files to JavaScript?”

For a bit over a year I have had broken voicemail on my phone because AT&T’s system freaked out when I got my sister’s phone as a hand-me-down. I’ve tried calling and getting it fixed, have gone by a store, and have even emailed them to no avail. Suddenly today I have working voicemail.

My ISP has some technical difficulties with ipv6 this morning. I'm assigned an ipv6 address but nothing works through it, and while my "Mac" just happily automatically switched over to using ipv4 when browsing my server (Ubuntu 18.04) would not. I ended up having to disable ipv6 in sysctl just to get things working. Anyone know how to get Ubuntu to just switch over to ipv4 when ipv6 is having trouble?

Hell, before you’re even allowed to select a game in Steam you get a popup ad for a game. They all put up with this shit already and are mad when having to install more malware (let’s call Steam what it is here)?

I can’t help but laugh at people pissed over Epic’s exclusivity on Borderlands 3. They don’t get pissed off when Steam launches launchers for the launchers which all display ads for publishers’ games to you before you’re allowed to play the game. The entire experience on Steam is garbage.

Giving Krita a try again (last time I used it was before hardware acceleration). Spent an inordinate amount of time playing around with brush settings and made a couple I like then painted a mason jar to test things out. Really like it. Might write my thoughts on the app on my blog.

Looks like there’s going to be a lot of 451 errors in Europe’s future.

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