In-reply-to » @lyse Easier said than done. I really do want to have a phone for emergencies (and some people are only reachable via SMS, oddly enough). Maybe I can get away with buying a super cheap and super simple one.

@movq@www.uninformativ.de yes, she spends 2.5/hours a day commuting, and her old (2010) SUV now runs at 21mpg (around 34km per 3.8litres). In the US everything is quite far apart. 😩

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In-reply-to » @lyse Easier said than done. I really do want to have a phone for emergencies (and some people are only reachable via SMS, oddly enough). Maybe I can get away with buying a super cheap and super simple one.

@movq@www.uninformativ.de get a Nokia 6300 (https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_us/nokia-6300-4g?sku=16LIOW11A01). For $70 it is easy to buy one every 6 months, if it were to be really bad. :-) Heck, my wife’s SUV eats $70/week of petrol, so… one phone per month is just fine. LOL.

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In-reply-to » Battery in my smartphone died. Can’t be replaced. It’s roughly 3 years old.

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org Easier said than done. I really do want to have a phone for emergencies (and some people are only reachable via SMS, oddly enough). Maybe I can get away with buying a super cheap and super simple one.

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In-reply-to » Battery in my smartphone died. Can’t be replaced. It’s roughly 3 years old.

Smartphones got so large the last few years. My goodness. What’s the plan here, make them indistinguishable from tablets? 🤨

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More data contradicting the existence of “echo chambers”. As I’ve argued many times before, the concept of an echo chamber or information bubble is not real. The podcast below is an interview of an author of a study where they actually intervened and changed the information diet of 20,000 people (with consent!), then surveyed them after three months. They observed essentially no changes to the study subjects’ beliefs and attitudes. They also observed that the typical person, while they tend to gravitate towards people with similar political leanings, only get about 50% of their content from such like-minded people. They get the rest from neutral sources and maybe 20% from non-like-minded people.

Varied information diet + No change in attitudes when information diet is forced to be different = no echo chamber.

Listen to the podcast episode here

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Battery in my smartphone died. Can’t be replaced. It’s roughly 3 years old.

Now I have to find a replacement, which annoys the hell out of me. 😒 (I checked the prices of Fairphone, PinePhone, Librem, but sorry, all way too expensive.)

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In-reply-to » Traveling soon. I'm going to need a new cheap laptop and a new cheap phone.

@rrraksamam@twtxt.net for a good recommendation we are going to need more information. For the laptop, what would its intended use be? Do you need to run Microsoft Windows? Does it needs WiFi? Destination (for power outlets)? For the phone, do you need it to be “smart”? Physical, or software SIM? Do you want it to work where you are going (destination is needed)?

Details are in the pudding.

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In-reply-to » The Philips Hue ecosystem is collapsing into stupidity Philips Hue products are about to get a whole lot worse – even the ones you already own. Their latest round of stupidity pops up a new EULA and forces you to take it or, again, you can’t access your stuff. But that’s just more unenforceable garbage, so who cares, right? Well, it’s getting worse. It seems they are planning on dropping an update which will force you to log in. Yep, no longer will your stuff Just Work across ... ⌘ Read more

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This should be illegal.

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The Philips Hue ecosystem is collapsing into stupidity
Philips Hue products are about to get a whole lot worse – even the ones you already own. Their latest round of stupidity pops up a new EULA and forces you to take it or, again, you can’t access your stuff. But that’s just more unenforceable garbage, so who cares, right? Well, it’s getting worse. It seems they are planning on dropping an update which will force you to log in. Yep, no longer will your stuff Just Work across … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » @prologic Not much, really. Went out for a long walk this morning since temperatures are finally down to a comfortable range. Now I’ll have a coffee and play some more Quake 4. 😅

I play chess, is that considered retro gaming?! 😆

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In-reply-to » What's everyone up to? 🤔 Good weekend so far? 🤔

@prologic@twtxt.net Had a scouting game with the scouts today. The story was that some leaders didn’t want to let go their older kids to the next section and thus stole and hid the new neckerchiefs. So the children had to solve all sorts of puzzles in groups to get a new hint and figure out new coordinates that eventually lead to the hidden box. One station was diving for apples, the kids had really great fun. Eventually, the box with the neckerchiefs was successfully located under the hut at the scout yard.

This meant the older kids of all the sections could finally leave their mates and join the next sections. Each section comes up with some kind of an entry exam each year. What you can see in the photos is the scouts (“Jungpfadfinder”, or short “Jupfis”) who are wearing blue colored neckerchiefs and explorers (“Pfadfinder”/“Pfadis”) in green. The old cubs (“Wölfinge”/“Wös”) joining as new scouts had to guess the type of both yummy and nasty blue dyed liquids. Banana juice, cucumber water and the like.

The explorers welcomed their new members with a quiz of green things. Somebody started with the name of something green. The next person then had to find another term of a green-colored item that started with the same letter the previous thing ended in. E.g. grass, slime, emerald, dill, etc. If someone couldn’t think of a thing within fifteen seconds, they had to choose left or right and whatever another person behind them was secretly holding up in the air was then mixed into a cup as penalty. In the end they all had to savor this yucky gnat’s piss. Apparently, kids love such kind of torture. :-D

No slug was harmed by the campfire. It was professionally rescued before the wood shavings were set on fire. Saussages and buns left over from yesterday’s party were put to good use. Also marshmallows and stick bread. All in all, a great fun day.

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Unfortunately, we cannot watch the sunset from the scout yard as it is located in a valley. But I timed the way home just perfectly.

Next week I have to sort through a thousand photos of two cameras from just this weekend. I’m already hating myself because I was one of the photographers. And a third source of pictures will be added. Örks.

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In-reply-to » @prologic Not much, really. Went out for a long walk this morning since temperatures are finally down to a comfortable range. Now I’ll have a coffee and play some more Quake 4. 😅

Huh, already finished Quake 4. That was much shorter than I remembered. 🤔 Does this qualify as “retrogaming”, btw? It was released 18 years ago … 😳

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In-reply-to » ESP32 board equipped with Ethernet and MicroSD card slot One of the latest embedded products launched by LILYGO is the T-ETH-Lite which is based on the ESP32-S3 module with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Additionally, the compact board includes an ethernet port and a microSD card slot for convenient storage. This development board, like other new LILYGO products, is built around the ESP32-S3 microcontroller.  ESP32-S3 […] ⌘ Read more

@linux_gizmos@feeds.twtxt.net Hmmm 🤔 This is a cool looking embedded board! 👌

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AmaIng that on these plane WiFi networks, clearly powered by satellites, even get this much bandwidth 🙃

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Latency is pretty piss poor, but you kind of expect that with a moving target 🤣

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