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I stream regularly on Twitch: usually JRPGs, sometimes other things, always with a huge sideload of commentary on many things. Feel free to check out my channel. twitch.tv/kozross

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I mean, look at this actual pain in the dick.

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One issue after another! First, it seems I didn't grease my smooth rails enough and might have to re-grease the bearings. Then, to make things more fun, I got a jam in my extruder gears!

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mold 1.5.0 was released yesterday with support for RISC-V, PPC, and SPARC and zstd compressing debuginfo 🚀

github.com/rui314/mold/release

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**September 24:**
Rumors about border closing in the nearest time were getting unbearable, @oss and me canceled all our plans about escaping safely in October to go the most obvious and mainstream plan: Vladikavkaz -> Verkhnii Lars -> Tbilisi
through land border control checkpoint.
**Spoilers: mainstream options are always the worst, I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT SOONER.**

We panicked and bought the last remaining tickets to the Vladikavkaz on the evening of 26th, in two days from there!! fucking hell

**September 26:**
**18:35; 57km to the border.**
We landed in Vladikavkaz and caught a taxi driver asap, someone from the natives, he immediately suggested to drive us to the first traffic police point on the way to the great escape. The town is quite small but even so the traffic was quite overloaded. Guess why :')

**19:30; 27km to the border.**
We started walking on our own until we reached the first group of locals selling seats in cars to the beginning of the insane traffic jam on the border (it was about 18km long at that time), we bought 2 ofc, it's not like we had time to walk all the way.

**20:10; 18km to the border.**
The beginning of the traffic jam. A lot of locals were selling secondhand bicycles. We met a guy walking alone and he looked like a programmer. Yes, turned out he was a programmer. We decided to group up and walk together. The spirit was high, we joked around and talked about stuff, were walking mildly, not in hurry. The jam was dead locked. Machines seemed to move 1 place per 30 minutes. Poor drivers... they had to stay like that for days, almost a whole week. Just imagine the absurd of the situation.

**22:00; 9.8km to the border.**
We reached Chmi and the first inspection point. Some cops asked for passports to identify illegal or 'extremist' people. Also they were intimidating people. Like "haaa you running away too, fucking scumbags, weaklings. what would you do if we drafted you all right now? you want that? pissed your pants kids?" Guess they are just bored so they let off steam on tired and scared people like us. Disgusting. They said a lot of horrible things but in the end they let us go. The third guy was forced to bribe the official to get his passport back. Literally. It's as bad there right now. The mood immediately got dark and we decided to hurry and do the marching throw to the border to at least get to there at midnight.

**September 27**
**00:30; Ru-border control checkpoint**
Verkhnii Lars. We couldn't feel our legs, our whole bodies hurt from feet to shoulders and neck. The scenery was infernal. Crowds, thousands of people, cars, police sirens, the atmosphere screams in panic. Locals suggested to drive you to the border control in the line for 100k rubles per one person. Some suggested that for 200k. The more desperate the situation the higher the prices. People agreed and still do as I am typing it. We decided to get in the line of 'walkers', people trying to cross the border without wheels.

**04:30**
We realized we were not to make it alive. The line was about 900m long at that moment, we moved in only like, 1/6 of it. We were cold, we were super tired both mentally and physically, in the middle of nowhere surrounded by crowds of people in despair and fear. I decided that losing some money is acceptable to end this hell sooner. I started to knock in car windows close to the border control and ask whether they had a place for 3 almost dead bodies with semi-light luggage.

**05:00**
Found. A man and woman agreed to escort us through all border controls and deliver to Tblisi for 30k (per person ofc), it was incompatibly smaller, so we agreed. And we were almost to able to even simply stand and we started to freeze. A good deal.

**08:30; Ru passport control**
The car line was moving faster than the 'walkers' line. Made it in 3 hours! There we were at the most critical point. At that moment any of us could easily get actual draft invitation and get forbid from leaving the country at all due to military service requirements. Gotta admit I thought I was gonna die from panic. Imagine going so far to get DRAFTED in the very end (spoiler, it was not the very end).

**09:00**
A lot of intimidation, humiliation and mocking, again. "Do you know that running away from the country is such times is betrayal?! Do you know we could get you in jail for that?! Have you thought about that? have you thought about your family?!" etc etc. They let everyone go nevertheless, no matter what. It's just to cast on you even more despair after all these hours in the line. They know people are tired. They know they the people had to walk for hours and then stand in the line on cold in mountains for a dozen of hours to get there. And they fucking enjoyed it. Pieces of shit, I am sorry, but I let myself be emotional here. But I am kinda grateful, because it's the **hatred** for these people was the thing that kept us on in the first place. **Hatred** is the will to live. Remember that.

**09:30; Neutral zone from Russia to Georgia**
We immediately stuck in a jam. Nerves were going insane, I wanted to sleep but couldn't because the previous passport control section got on me deep and I couldn't stop panicking even though the Russia was far behind. @oss managed to finally take a nap in the car, I was just sitting there, playing the events over and over in my head. Also the image of thousands of cold and as scared people behind, piling on and on in the 900m line to the border control we just passed... check out the pic of the night line. sorry for bad quality it's midnight and my camera is shit

**10:00**
Took the first and the last nap during the whole trip, just for about 40 minutes. Talked a lot with the people escorting us. Even though they took quite a lot of money from us (though in comparison to what was happening on the border it was almost nothing), the turned out to be a lot nicer as people, they shared breakfast and snacks with us and it was nice to chat about this and that. It's not like we had a lot to do in the jam. The atmosphere outside was scary. People were nervous after spending a week in the jam from Vladikavkaz, a lot of arguing, shouting... fights. But hey, the mounstains were hella beautiful!!! check out the pics

**!!!16:30!!!**
The end of neutral zone jam. The beginning of another 'walkers' line. 5 times bigger than the previous one. You can't imagine how many people were there, you CAN'T IMAGINE. It was about a whole kilometer in length and about 20-to-40 people in width. But overall it was chaos. People were awake on their legs for 2 and more days, it's... just horrid. And there they were to stay another day in that line. Literally another whole fucking day. No way you could get past a thousands people line to passport border control in less that 20 hours (optimistically). At least there they were receiving basic humanitarian help like water and stuff. Check out the day line pic. It's 1/10 of the whole amount of people

**17:00; Georgia passport control**
They didn't ask anything at all: they silently give practically anyone a stamp and let you in the country.

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I am sure for all these thousands and thousands and THOUSANDS of people the Verkhnii Lars became one of the most horrid memories, I am sure a lot of them spent at 2 whole days on their legs, waiting for the infinite lines to passport controls on mountain cold. Jesus fucking christ.

Anyway, I just thought it's a story to tell you guys, you decide what you gotta feel about it.

Thank you.
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2fa is firstly a way to avoid you sharing your account, and secondly a way to avoid admitting that passwords have been a security plague and a 'terrible idea'

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FOSS, open source software, libre 

All software to the people

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FOSS, open source software, libre 

Open source software basically can't be good without the political side of society sorted.

It needs to be funded and projects protected from capitalist intervention.

So basically even a bit of mild social democratic intervention into tech world will go a long way.

3d printing, asking for help 

Maybe I'm just noticing, but diagonal X-Y moves on my printer are noisy. Is this a problem?

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@jbauer I saw a post from @jookia on this topic which is enlightening as well. Looks like newer CPUs are looking to dissipate about 300W and GPUs close to 1000W. Assuming this combination of hardware, in the USA, 1300W is awfully close to most outlets' 1500W maximum supported power. Beyond that, and you'll be tripping breakers without rewiring the house (either thicker gauge wiring, or going to 220V outlets like what the washer and dryer uses, or routing a dedicated circuit from the main breaker panel to your office just for the PC).

Of course, if the PC is sitting idle or is not under heavy load, it will probably not draw that much power. But, if you are using it for its intended purpose, which might include gaming and or bitcoin mining (because you know it will happen), you can be absolutely assured that this thing will be drawing as much power as your refrigerator, microwave oven, clothes or dish washer, and dryer.

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“87% of Microsoft employees feel as though they are more productive while working from home, whereas 80% of Microsoft’s managerial layer thinks workers are less productive.“

in conclusion, workers should make their own businesses and bosses should do all the work their employees currently do

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annals of capitalist neopuritanism, continued: this game was banned by Google for this indecent drawing of a female-presenting belly button.

of course the real problem isn't the belly pornography, but the fact that Hook Up: The Game is a melancholic narrative about modern dating life and bullying trauma, from a female PoV, i.e. it's the biggest sexual taboo: female agency. anyone familiar with gatcha games knows that the Google Play Store will happily host games where you undress and squish schoolgirls like "Moe Ninja Girls Sexy School" or "Ariah Fantasy RPG Waifu Gacha" etc. (actual examples.)

so far nothing new, but what's interesting about this case is that the person doing the censorship let the mask down:

> [Play Store helpdesk drone:] Regarding your concern about escalation, I am the highest form of escalation. Next to me is God. Do you wanna see God?

people online are calling this cringe; as for me, it gives me chills. I have a lot of Christianity-related chills these days.

(game website: hookupthegame.com/
report: kotaku.com/google-android-hook )

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@considermycatjohn it's a trend; the oligopolies are all banning unlawful pornographies from the public-facing platforms, relegating them to specifically porn silos where they can be controlled and monetised as pariahs, in a recreation of how sex work is treated irl. these days you can't sell porn on ebay, wear cleavage on twitch, or draw yuri sticker commissions on patreon. in many cases, banks and credit cards are pressuring the platforms to marginalise sex; it's the commandment of capitalism itself, the owners are happy to hurt their own profits if it's the price of social control. as I often insist, capitalism isn't about greed or reckless hedonism or wealth or profits; it's about power.

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@brainblasted honestly I feel pretty convinced that the biggest barrier to being a good artist is being okay with being a terrible artist for a very long time, and persisting regardless

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Just had my first non-trivial 3D printer issue (snapped filament inside the printer). Wasn't too hard to fix, but definitely came at a less-than-good time.

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I read a review once of a new model of Tesla that had a bug that caused it to slam on the brakes at unpredictable intervals. The reviewer said it was unsafe and undriveable.

And then, according to their metrics, gave it high marks for being comfortable and stylish and having trunk space and affordability and the stereo system. It scored a 7 overall.

Maybe if it exploded into a fireball, it would decline to a 6.5.

Metrics are meant to increase "transparency" and fairness, but they fail spectacularly at both. Ethical investment indexes become a way to hide worker injuries and wage theft. Or carbon that's consumed in unexpected ways, like driving truck around in circles because it's cheaper than warehouse space.

Every metric we have is an abstracted lie. And meta analysis only makes it more lying. And these are the metrics we're trying to use to make the world better and to cut carbon.

Capitalism cannot fix itself.

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What's worse is that their models have absolutely absurd polygon counts, which means Prusa Slicer _struggles_ to import them.

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Preparing the dryads for FDM printing was _sheer unmitigated pain_. I end up with open edges due to lack of horizontal detail (0.4mm nozzle), so I had to chonk them up _considerably_, and even then didn't quite get everything.

Buying a 0.3mm nozzle has never felt so appealing.

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You know what I really want? Low stakes mystery novels. I love murder mystery stories but I would like something that gives the same satisfying feeling of figuring out a puzzle along with the characters, without being about people getting murdered.

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I love the Steam Deck, but I think it is very disappointing Valve doesn't offer any way to notify them a Steam Deck compatibility review was incorrect.

For example, Psychonauts is listed as Playable. However, if you actually try to play it on the Steam Deck, your camera is perpetually moving right (it's an SDL joystick issue), making the game completely unplayable and even nauseating to have running.

But there is literally no way to mark this, so ProtonDB is again the only option...

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