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This got posted to Hacker News. I'm tempted to create an account and join the discussion, but I'm holding off for now because I've already got plenty of time-eating social venues to post on.

I will say that the discussion there is interesting, but people seem to be overlooking my primary motivation in wanting this to happen, i.e. not having to frickin' manually enter my entire frickin' job-history every time I apply for a job on a new venue.

Yes, the job-hunting process is dehumanized and yes I suppose you could argue that greasing the process would just encourage that -- but it would make it easier for the job-seeker, whereas so far most of the greasing has been strictly for the benefit of the employers.

In my view, giving job-seekers more control over their data would be a small step towards rehumanizing the process, since we'd have to waste less time feeding the existing machinery and could also put in a lot more information (it's currently Just Not Worth It for me to enter even half my work-history if I have to do it by hand -- so that effectively gets erased).

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@claudiom hard to imagine, going that long without snow. :)

I could certainly go with quite a bit less snow. ;)

caps and swearing 

@ljwrites also... FREEDOM OF SPEECH USUALLY DOESN'T FUCKING APPLY TO PRIVATE SERVICES
It's to protect your rights to speak up against your government; not so you can go scott-free when you talk shit or abuse people.
And if you are talking merely about the social construct rather than the legal form, that imho gets trumped by that other one: "Don't be a dick".

Or, to put it in comic form: xkcd.com/1357/

Transcript of said comic:

«A person speaking to the reader.
Person: Public Service Announcement: The right to free speech means the government can't arrest you for what you say.

Close-up on person's face.
Person: It doesn't mean that anyone else has to listen to your bullshit, - or host you while you share it.

Back to full figure.
Person: The 1st Amendment doesn't shield you from criticism or consequences.

Close-up.
Person: If you're yelled at, boycotted, have your show canceled, or get banned from an internet community, your free speech rights aren't being violated.

Person, holding palm upward.
Person: It's just that the people listening think you're an asshole,

A door that is ajar.
Person: And they're showing you the door.»

«Alternative text:
"I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express."»

(Transcript extracted from xkcd.com/1357/info.0.json)

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waffling about headphones 

@oklomsy difficult question.
I have a pair of old Sennheiser radio frequency wireless headphones, which are comfortable and have quite a good sound. However, since they are rf-based, basically anyone can eavesdrop on them, which is less than ideal in certain situations. They also have an annoying 'feature' meant to prevent leaving them on unattended: they start screaming white noise after a (imho too short) amount of time without audio input, so they are only useful when actively listening to something, and not to just hear notification sounds and the likes while doing regular stuff.
The potmeters also need cleaning, as they suffer from volume dropouts and crackling when adjusting the volume or frequency, and have the occasional background white noise anyway.
Of course most of this is probably just limited to this specific pair, and could be fixed by using for example newer bluetooth headphones, but till I have the money spare to get a decent pair (I don't trust the cheap ones not to be utter shite), I can't be sure that a different pair would be a better match.

On the other hand, wired headphones have their own issues...
I've ruined so many pairs over the years by forgetting I'm wearing them and ripping the cord while walking away, getting bad connections in the cable from just regular use, or in the case of in-ear earplugs, losing them (though I doubt 'true wireless' headphones would solve that...)
Then there's untangling them when I forget to wrap them around something else. Or incompatibility because of TRS vs TRRS connector standards.
Or hearing the friction from the cable rubbing against my jacket or clothes while walking outside with in-ear earplugs...
But at least you don't risk running out of battery with them.

Long story short, ideally I'd like a pair of wireless headphones that works without issues, with the option to still connect a 3.5mm audio cable for when the battery runs out, or when I need to use it on a device without its wireless connection method of choice. (And then also not to have more important things to spend my money on.)

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What are your preferences?

waffling about headphones 

@oklomsy difficult question.
I have a pair of old Sennheiser radio frequency wireless headphones, which are comfortable and have quite a good sound. However, since they are rf-based, basically anyone can eavesdrop on them, which is less than ideal in certain situations. They also have an annoying 'feature' meant to prevent leaving them on unattended: they start screaming white noise after a (imho too short) amount of time without audio input, so they are only useful when actively listening to something, and not to just hear notification sounds and the likes while doing regular stuff.
The potmeters also need cleaning, as they suffer from volume dropouts and crackling when adjusting the volume or frequency, and have the occasional background white noise anyway.
Of course most of this is probably just limited to this specific pair, and could be fixed by using for example newer bluetooth headphones, but till I have the money spare to get a decent pair (I don't trust the cheap ones not to be utter shite), I can't be sure that a different pair would be a better match.

On the other hand, wired headphones have their own issues...
I've ruined so many pairs over the years by forgetting I'm wearing them and ripping the cord while walking away, getting bad connections in the cable from just regular use, or in the case of in-ear earplugs, losing them (though I doubt 'true wireless' headphones would solve that...)
Then there's untangling them when I forget to wrap them around something else. Or incompatibility because of TRS vs TRRS connector standards.
Or hearing the friction from the cable rubbing against my jacket or clothes while walking outside with in-ear earplugs...
But at least you don't risk running out of battery with them.

Long story short, ideally I'd like a pair of wireless headphones that works without issues, with the option to still connect a 3.5mm audio cable for when the battery runs out, or when I need to use it on a device without its wireless connection method of choice. (And then also not to have more important things to spend my money on.)

@encarsia for a weekly post it might also be nice to have a summary of new groups that have been added since last time? :)

@Taweret and it would give the other officer something to do in the mean time. ;)

re: Wordle 211 

@djsundog I'm still hoping for a first word guess xD

(of course with (qntm.org/files/wordle/index.ht) that's never going to happen, as the system basically cheats by design)

re: Covid life 

@drwho wouldn't surprise me if supply lines are going to get even worse, with Chinese New Year in a few weeks..

re: adventures of a n00b admin, Nextcloud - 

@ljwrites might be cheaper and simpler to get a Pi and experimenting on that before setting it up on a VPS xD

@mike same with the Steam Sales and GOG; it was fun at first when it offered something new and special. Now it's just another fixed thing solely meant to empty people's wallets.

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Enjoy frustration?

Someone made a clone of Wordle that doesn't pick a hidden word, it just strings you along until you've eliminated all but one possible answers.

qntm.org/files/wordle/index.ht

@mike another toot I read said that it was just the Humble Trove games that have gone Windows-only. Don't really care enough about Humble Bundle anymore to verify either claim though.

I already have more games collecting dust than I'll probably ever play anyway...

re: adventures of a n00b admin, Friendica & login 

@ljwrites I would highly recommend against installing any social network software to your main domain, at least if you have any hopes for later on reusing it for something else, or if there's any chance you'll switch software for it.
At least based on lamenting toots I've read from other server admins. :)

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A quick hint for the #retrocomputing and #retrogaming community. I just found this splendit monitor ideal for old computers and consols. It has connectors for composite video, s-video, RGB/VGA and DVI. It supports 15kHz as well as common VGA-frequencies. It is like the multisync monitors back in the early 1990s and it does not need a scandoubler etc. Picture quality is great!

It was produced around 2005 and it is sold for cheap on the usual platforms.

Look for Dell 2001FP

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