Rambly Technology Explanation: Why Arch Linux breaks if you leave it too long

Packages have dependencies and potential conflicts with other packages. If you jump a whole bunch of versions really quickly, you risk incompatibilities and skipping required steps between versions.

So for example say you’ve not updated for a couple of months. If you’re updating package X from version 3.5 to version 4, and it requires package Y of a certain version to do that, you can be screwed, because you may have access only to package Y (too old version) or package Y (too new version). Or if you’re jumping more versions, the creators have only built it anticipating for 3.5>4>5, not 3.5>5, which can break in the intermediate step for the same reasons.

Like… have you ever seen youtube videos where someone updates a computer from windows 3.1 to windows 10 or w/e? they go through each version individually until they reach the end. Imagine trying to install windows 10 directly on a 3,1 system using windows 3.1 software.

And because Arch updates everything, including system critical stuff on a rolling release model with all the other packages, you can break not only some random program but your entire installation.

Mainstream Economics and Political Economy

So I, being a smart and thoroughly non-masochistic person, decided to read a reddit thread about mainstream economics and its relationship with Marx. It and the linked previous “good discussion” threads can be summarised as “political economy is dead, economics is a hard science, all hail mathematics,” interspersed with grossly misinformed understandings of even the most basic Marxist takes.

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A brief (and somewhat uninformed) summary of complex systems and their implications for human societies

I need to research more before finalising/formalising a lot of points but here’s the general gist.

Every complex adaptive system is a system that basically generates knowledge from incorporated information, in order to extract more energy from the environment in a feedback loop.

Each level of this system is a holon- both a whole and a part unto itself. This is cool enough by itself but it has a lot of implications for human society.

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A disambiguation about the “100 companies produce 71% of the world’s pollution” figure

I see the rhetoric that 100 companies produce 71% of world emissions thrown around a lot by people here. This statement is true, but somewhat misleading and I believe leads us to a somewhat incorrect attitude in terms of what’s actually happening.

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Viscolourchanger and How it Works

So I finally wrote a piece of code =w=

Wellll I mean it’s just bash, but still! I’m pretty proud of this one. So, viscolourchanger is a program that takes colourschemes generated by pywal, automatically adds them to a cli-visualiser (herein referred to as ‘vis’) colour config file, and reloads vis.

That’s pretty much it. It’s pretty simple, but it works really well when added to a wrapper for wal:

the program in action

click here to check it out or poke around!

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The Curious Case of Mr Bean

So I’m on emuparadise right, looking at the ratings for various games.

Even games that really aren’t that fantastic tend to have pretty high ratings, because the people who look for them are people who remember them fondly.

Anywho, I’m looking through the list of platformers, and I come across a game simply titled “Mr. Bean.” I think this is funny, and I’m looking for more platformers on the PS2 so I open the page to remember it.

It’s then that I notice something

Rating: 1.12/5, 2171 Votes
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A rant about people, idealism and assuming that everything will be ok if we just follow your ten-step program.

The federal election in my country Australia got me thinking quite a bit. Not that I love them by any means, but credit where due the labor party’s plan was the most expansive and forward-looking in a quarter of a century.

And that plan got absolutely curb-stomped by the status-quo and fears/hatred of minorities.

There was a time not too long ago when liberal democracy and universal suffrage were the utopian future. When they were implemented, people thought that people would agree, debate logically and implement rational policy based on the best people and ideas naturally rising to the top.

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Rediscovering and modding my PS2

The Playstation 2 is, to me, still the greatest console of all time. The Switch is a strong rival, but for me the nostalgia value, the great, non-gimmicky controller and the ginormous backlog of awesome games.

Nevertheless, it’s been about 5 years since I last touched my PS2, but when Lynne and I moved out we brought it with us, and we’ve set it up and had a great time. Lynne being Lynne however, suggested that we mod the console to allow us to play rare, expensive and unavailable titles, which is what we’ve done 0u0

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A Discussion of Revolutionary Terror

This post is a copy of something I originally posted to fedi, in conversation with @CornishRepublicanArmy and @scottishwobbly. This is the result of two comments of mine glued together, and it represents well my thought on the topic. Nevertheless, this is still one side of an argument, the whole of which can be seen here. Ok, here it is!

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