And you are seeing first hand the need and likely the political positions that stand in the way of alleviating it.
There IS enough for everyone to have their basic needs met if there was not so much global greed and political posturing.
Thank you for the work that you do!
In a way it isn’t the greed side that’s so frustrating, it’s the absolute blind ignorance and westerncentrism that’s infuriating.
A couple of years ago, I was in Senegal. Our ngo donated say 30 laptops, 40 computers and 40 monitors to a local, senegalese run training school. The computers got win 11 pro under the original purchase licence. I wanted to see about getting ms office licences for them.
Back in 2018 I had got 50 licences for about 50 dollars for a uk based church through MS’ charitable giving scheme. But that scheme doesn’t work in africa, there is no way for charities in africa to legally get the ngo discounts from loads of western software companies. And there is no way they can afford the licences. So what are they supposed to do? Either use craked copies of software or train kids on the free alternatives that don’t get used in business or government.
There are grass roots ngo’s in africa that have far more chance of making a difference than any western initiative. But our bloody narrow-minded ignorance or even worse, fucking white saviourism, can do more harm than the local corruption or diversion of aid.
Judith Browning wrote:Going to go all out and use that 'should' word here...feel free to strike me down...I won't mind
I strongly believe that no one should be struggling for basic food, shelter or medical attention no matter where in the
world one lives...basic needs should be a given and from that point on a personal choice of direction and growth.
I can't give you enough apples for this.
Aside from my personal care choices, clothes and technological purchases, my journey is quite far from permie as I'm working in other countries towards that aim.
I’m rapidly approaching my 35th birthday and am finding that my body has decided to increase the growth of my nostril hairs.
This really isn’t a social problem, I wouldn’t entertain such criticisms but the hairs themselves irritate me.
Scissors are my default for beard and moustache but are impratical for nostrils. Plucking probably isn’t great for my follicles and is flipping uncomfortable.
I will tolerate batteries in some areas of my life, ipads and ereaders but not in personal care.
So, does anyone here have experience with manual nose hair removers and/or reccomendations please?
If I may, I would use different categories based on what I’ve seen.
Working 40-50 hours per week, leaving everything including their home country and even their first language.
Over the past 45 years and approximately 45,000 people
35 years plus: 3 (and I can name them)
18 years plus: 30
10 years: 200
5 years: 1000
2 years: 3000
2 months: 40,000
So per the 500 who said yes, 18 years would be about 1/3rd of a person.
I have no way of saying how many people said no but I’m going to say your numbers should look like 900 say no, 99.93 say yes and 0.07 do it for 18 years.
(These numbers were pulled out of my backside, based on four years of observation of a 45 year old mission to improve and perform healthcare and specifically surgery in countries in the lowest third gdp bracket.)
Almond Thompson wrote:
Where I'm coming from: I'm mostly agnostic about it. I certainly believe some aspects that tie into it but right down to the point of "the earth is flat", I just can't quite get on board.
So I’m pretty much decided but I want to be fair and listen.
Almond Thompson wrote:
…flat earth theory. Mainly, why are people so against it?
Almond Thompson wrote: But I love hearing about it from people that are passionate about it. It's always cool to hear different sides. And usually flat earthers are into other cool stuff, permaculture, stick-it-to-the-man stuff.
I think these two points are highly related. Heliocentrism was one of the biggest examples of a few people sticking it to the man. The majority of people agreed with the flat earth model not because of the arguments of the clever thinkers or religious people were particularly convincing. More that the shape of the earth didn’t make a difference to how they would put food on the table and more importantly, how they would fit in with society.
It’s easier to go with the flow rather than making a stand. Defying consensus is hard irrespective of how right you may be.
Almond Thompson wrote: I'm pretty open to it, and I wouldn't consider myself an open-minded person about just anything. After all, "do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out".
But this brings me to my point-people can be super uptight about it! They make very rude comments and just in general act like the flat earther is stupid. It's just kind of weird to me. Akin to making fun of someone else's religion! I certainly don't think you have to agree with them or pretend to. In fact, it's even more fun if you don't because everyone gets to have a friendly debate.
But friendly, well thought out debate is much harder than insults.
Almond Thompson wrote:
To clarify, I'm not advocating for or against flat earth. Just advocating for being a good hooman.
Also this is not in support of those flat earthers that have to bring it up in every other sentence, talk about it with people who have been nice about not wanting to talk about it, never shutting up about it...generally being obnoxious.
This has just been secondhand/observational experience. I don't talk flat earth with round earthers, I try to keep a low radar there haha
Any flat earthers on permies?
I doubt there are many and looking at the responses, I guess they would have purple moosaged you, rather than commenting here.
I’ll just leave something here I heard a long time ago and have no idea of the source.
“A man convinced against his will, is convinced of his own opinion still.”
You don’t win people over by arguing but by giving them your “facts” and letting them work it out for themselves.
Coydon Wallham wrote:
A few years back when I had to use an iPad for work, the big problems I noted were:
1) An inability to multitask. I was told iOS could only run processes for a single app at a time. If I punched in a route for the Nav program to figure out, switched to the company app to check on order details, when I switched back to the nav program it would have figured nothing out and only start planning the route when it was up on the main screen again. I never got a solid answer if this was a limitation of the iPad/iOS, a deliberate security 'feature' with iOS, or the result of lack of ability on the people programming the apps for our company.
I don’t know about then but I can run 2 apps side by side. Last night I was watching a film on VLC, while browsing the web.
One of the ways that tablets reduce processing power requirements is by not having a windowing system.
But also, you’re right that if it’s not on the screen, then it get’s pretty much no processor time.
Coydon Wallham wrote:
and 2) Frivolous, 'fashion' elements to the software. iOS would come out with periodic updates that did nothing to fix issues or improve features. The most notable was one where they changed the swipe direction for changing apps. The older apps used to be to one side, then an 'upgrade' came and the old apps were on the other. Why would it matter enough which side they are on to switch it? The only difference in reality was that for a month or two after the change, my vehicle was a greater risk in traffic because I used the swipe changes while driving routes as a way to deal with info without being distracted from the road, except now I had to focus on memorizing which arbitrary construct had replaced the other.
That sound like something that should be configurable
Coydon Wallham wrote:
As far as the browsers go, if a more powerful machine is processing websites slower than your iPad, I'd guess the Mac browser was blocking all sorts of tracking greyware junk that iOS is welcoming on board, you are likely sending up flares about all of your web activity to get the seamless, quick experience on the iPad...?
I think it’s more like tablet browsers don’t let stuff run in the background. But it was mostly the memory hogging. Which is partly browser developers being lazy like just leaving the whole cache in ram and web developers who go “ooh, the internet is quicker now. Let’s fill it with pretty stuff that doesn’t really do much’. Most sites should be static but CMS’s let noobs build anything and developers be lazy.
I’m fairly careful about tracking and I do use adblocking on the tablet.
Thekla McDaniels wrote: “In this context, what does power mean?”
This is where everyone who ‘know’s a lot about computers’, takes a deep breath, cracks their knuckles and asks “what do you want to use your computer for?”.
It’s not because they are trying to gatekeep or nerdsplain (huh, new word?). It’s because the real answer involves flops, L2, L3, sockets, mhz, ghz, busses…
There are 4 main components
Fast cpu with lots of cores = lots of big brains working together.
Lots of Ram = really big desk space so you don’t have to keep going back to the filing cabinet.
Powerful gpu = really it’s a separate little computer that just focuses on getting the information that the processor spits out displayed on the screen in front of you.
Storage - the filing cabinet.
SSD’s are a big lump of silicon that can read and write information really quickly (but much slower than ram).
Hard disks (as opposed to floppy disks, remember those?) are big chunks of metal that spin. Generally cheaper per unit of storage but S. L. O. W.
SD cards (USB sticks, flash memory) are a type of SSD that are slower, less reliable and shorter lifespan but cheaper than SSD’s.
Getting the first 3 to work together can be complex. Most of the planning stage consists of choosing the motherboard (think mothership). Not all ram fits all motherboards, fits all cpus.
Abraham is suggesting a motherboard where all of this stuff is glued down. This means there are no decisions to make.
(That was a hell of an introduction)
So your geeky friend is trying to work out which combination of the above you actually need (unless you have invite money and electricity, then just go for the most expensive thing you can find)
Video editing or gaming (Real gaming not just candy crush) is the only time you really need a powerful gpu. (Mining rigs are not up for discussion here.) But everything else needs to be powerful keep up.
Massive datasets (excel sheets with thousands of formulas, big databases, seti) needs a lot of ram and a powerful processor.
Lots of things running at the same time ( I will usually have 60 web tabs open on my work computer) needs a good chunk of ram but no real graphics or processor requirements.
Online shopping, book writing etc should easily be possible on a computer from 30 years ago if you can find replacement parts and if developers gave a damn about coding efficiently. Abraham’s raspberry pi should work perfectly for this, IF you can cope with Linux.
I’m not going to add Windows vs Mac vs Linux because this is already too long. But I will say that not all software will run on all hardware and so choosing the software (some of it) needs to happen before we chooses the hardware.
Oh, and now you want to work out how to use as little electricity as possible as well?
This was grossly short and inadequate but might help you start to ask questions.
I’ll probably move the macbook over to Linux now that the ipad takes over the main computer role. Originally one of the reasons for getting the mac was to keep myself up to date so that I could fix other people’s macs. Now that it’s so out of date, that reason is diminishing.
Forgive me permies, for I have sinned. I bought a 2015 iPad Pro.
Half the weight.
the licensing on the video editor I use won’t transfer from osx to iOS.
Can’t install libre office.
No native command line interface.
I actually bought it for controlling sound desks but for day to day use, it’s better than the macbook.
I’ll be keeping the macbook for when I’m back in college next year (Zotero is amazing for essay writing!) and network troubleshooting.
It’s intensely irritating that desktop web browsers (in particular) are so resource intensive, that they are bringing my more powerful MacBook to a crawl but the tablet with half the ram is so much smoother.
Yes, I’ve spent half as much on adaptors and keyboard/cases as I did for the tablet. But the total for that was still half of what a brand new laptop that still only as powerful as my macbook.
This may be relevant if you got lots of bike chain lying around but also to your design stage.
The force on a chain is directly proportional to the radius of the sprocket. If you double the radius then the torque halves. It's one of the reasons bikes have alloy chainrings but steel cassettes, each individual tooth has less force on it for the larger chainrings.