Will have to make a decision soon, as I'm running out of space on the drive 😬

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@sntyj Do you have hands-on experience with the Framework? It's in theory at the top of my list; in practice, I'd want to have a backup laptop until they're more settled.

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So looks like I'm getting a new laptop. I have never bought a non-Apple computer. But AFAICT the new M1's don't take to Linux very easily, so I'll be getting a non-Apple.

Please send me your loves and hates. I'd like to get something that'll last 8 years, as my MacBook has.

Perhaps notable: I'm not a gamer.

Thanks all!

@sntyj oh yeah thanks, random person on the internet, for reminding me about Lenovo's shenanigans. Yer the first person I know of who loves their Dell.

Narrowed it down to two:
- Dell XPS 15
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8

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So looks like I'm getting a new laptop. I have never bought a non-Apple computer. But AFAICT the new M1's don't take to Linux very easily, so I'll be getting a non-Apple.

Please send me your loves and hates. I'd like to get something that'll last 8 years, as my MacBook has.

Perhaps notable: I'm not a gamer.

Thanks all!

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A child is only real on the internet when they are either an intuitive genius at something or being disciplined, and in neither of those instances is that child just a goddamn human, and I hate it with the flame of a thousand stars. Just buy dolls then, goddammit.

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The big-name streamers angry that masks will be required at TwitchCon- that they might be photographed/videoed wearing a mask, gives you an idea of how much pressure content creators are under to pretend the pandemic is over.

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teaching in-person, impending monkeypox and covid outbreaks 

I was on the phone with a nurse yesterday regarding some (non-COVID) illness and we got to talking about monkeypox and she said, "yeah, it's not a question of if, it's a question of when," and when I mentioned that the graduate worker union was not prepared to strike again this fall, she was like, "oh no, you need to be."

So. There's that. A strike for health and safety, seems necessary, again. A strike that we LOST, might I remind you

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Statement on “Join The Fedi” jointhefedi.com is a website owned by known “gender critical” activist Alex Gleason. The domain name and SEO is clearly designed to appeal to individuals curious about the fediverse, and potentially take traffic from joinmastodon.org. Unfortunately, Gleason does not have the best intentions when it comes to helping the fediverse grow. Gleason formerly contributed to other fediverse projects, before being removed from doing so due both his behavior and poor code quality. This is a problematic individual, recommending problematic services.

Join The Fedi has an explicitly right-wing agenda and seems to only promote instances which either a) run the “Soapbox” front-end software created by Gleason himself or b) advertise themselves as “free speech” instances. As of right now, the site actively recommends the following instances:

poa.st (blocked by Howlr for harassment)
Spinster.xyz (blocked by Howlr for transphobia)
Shitposter.club (blocked by Howlr for harassment)
Gleasonator.com (blocked by Howlr for transphobia)
Freespeechextremist.com (blocked by Howlr for hate speech)

In other words, Gleason is using the site to promote his own agenda rather than simply gain more users into the fediverse. This is not a site that should be recommended to new users. I would recommend using https://joinfediverse.wiki/ instead!

Thank you!

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Hmm Taiwan decided to drop Zero-COVID in May, let's check in on them to see how that's working out?

Oh...shit😬

(If we'd done the same on the Mainland there would have been a *minimum* of 500,000 dead since May based on those numbers)

But the economy!

Oh...

@gweezlouise Five stars for everyone*! This is a small way for us to practice the class solidarity in which the rich are so expert. Make no mistake; they seek always to divide us.

* excepting people who threaten or endanger

🌕 It's a full moon in the Town So Nice They Named It Twice, so—and I think u know where this is headed—they're ripping up our street surface. At midnight.

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uspol / covid 

Covid-19: *still doing a 9/11 every week in the US, in terms of deaths*

The CDC:

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@alex The CDC recommends grabbing a cup of coffee, becoming a cartoon dog, and saying "This is fine."

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