Re: I can't be the only one ...
Triumph Stag, from the look of the rear.
2449 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007
The thing that annoys me most about PulseAudio is just how unnecessary it seems to be. Improving ALSA's documentation would have obviated most of its functionality, while the rest could have been added in to ALSA itself if it was deemed necessary. Poettering (for it was he!) decided that he'd rather stake his claim on the audio daemon space and write a wrapper for ALSA that "fixed" the problems (chief being that ALSA didn't work the way he decided it should work), rather than contributing to existing software and improving it.
(Given subsequent behaviour, writing wrappers for other things so he can stake control of the space seems to be his MO. I'm just surprised he hasn't written a wrapper for etc and called it "systemd-registryd". Maybe I shouldn't give him ideas...)
PipeWire isn't a poettering special, but it feels like the devs have the same motivation: a wrapper around existing systems to "fix" them, rather than just working with the existing software to implement those fixes. Maybe I'm just jumping at shadows this time, because audio on Linux definitely suffers from the constant churn of new sound servers and wrappers and such. It'd be nice if someone fixed the underlying software instead.
I was debating whether to also rant about PipeWire pulling in video as well as audio to the same service, but I can kind of see the point there. It's all signal processing when you get down to it.
The problem is, twitter just happens to be the echo chamber where all the journalists hang out, so every stupid, tiny little spat on the platform gets amplified to international, life and career destroying news before you can say "cancel culture isn't real".
Because Labour never proposed anything as wildly insane, obviously, and the Lib Dems never supported it the same nonsense whenever they had the chance.
The civil service are the ones pushing all this ID card stuff, otherwise the policies wouldn't remain so consistent over multiple governments of different wings and parties. People allowing themselves to be conned by the superficial political theatre of Parliament is half the reason this country is in the state it's in. Unfortunately I don't have a solution, but I expect it would be easier to find one if more people let go of political tribalism (and all the rhetoric of division that comes with it) and started paying attention to who actually runs the country.
Grenfell wasn't caused by scrapping regulations, it was caused by regulations that were unfit for their stated purpose, which is a circumstance that seems to slide under the rug with alarming regularity these days. Bad regulations are worse than no regulations at all; they create a false sense of security and safety, whilst giving everyone involved a way to sign off and declare it not their problem when the inevitable disaster strikes.
Whether the tories are up to the challenge of fixing that isn't my place to say (though I can guess the answer), but the reflexive, unthinking yell of "regulations are always good!" is no better than yelling "regulations are always bad!" whenever the topic of regulatory reform comes up.
Avoidance is not evasion. Avoidance is when you don't pay taxes that you don't owe. Evasion is when you fiddle your accounts to not pay taxes that you do owe. I will keep saying this every time this topic comes up until someone actually understands it.
Tax avoidance - not paying tax that you aren't required to pay - is not only legal, it's ethical and rational.
Look at it this way: you're walking down the street. You see a police officer at the other end of the street. You decide turn down an alley to go a different way.
If you did it because you're an asocial bastard who doesn't want to have to deal with people, you're avoiding.
If you did it because they just spotted you beating an old woman around the head for her purse, you're evading.
What you're doing, when you whine about tax avoidance, is conflating a legal and rational behaviour with the behaviour of a criminal. The unspoken accusation is that everyone who does the former is no different than everyone who does the latter.
Icons-only task manager, which is the default task manager these days, unless I'm very mistaken. Certainly is in Neon. I just tried dragging my panel around to different sides of the screen and it works absolutely fine. It's worked fine for years.
The regular task manager also reverts to an icon-only view if you move the panel to the side of the screen.
It's an abbreviation of the latin libra, for scale or balance. The latin pound was called a libra pondo. Came to us first via a borrowing into proto-german rather than French, which is why pounds and ounces (libra pondo et unciae) as units of weight predate the Norman invasion.
I could go into great detail about the time I spent trying to debug a click listener that failed to capture an event on a child element, but this isn't really the place to get into a lecture about event bubbling and how it should work vs how it did work in Safari.
Pointing out that Safari does have a specific issue, while pointing to the general area in which it has that issue in a discussion about Safari's potential to screw over standards compliance, is plenty meaningful to anyone who actually has to deal with this sort of thing on a day to day basis.
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