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Open letter to fediverse about purism Show more

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Wow, I am a bit overwhelmed by the current reactions in my timeline about the recent #Firefox disaster.

Yes, it sucks. Yes, this shall not happen. Never. There is no good excuse.

But, hey changing now towards a browser developed by the largest advertiser and tracker on the planet is not the right solution. They already dominate large parts of the web so helping them by leaving the last Browser bastion is not a smart idea!

Jonathan Leighton writes it much better than I could: we must base our ethics on reducing suffering for all sentient beings, and in particular extreme suffering.

In particular, switching from eating beef to chickens, fish or even insects because it helps with climate change is fundamentally speciesist, it's torturing sentient beings because it helps humans.
We need compassion for sentient beings, not for abstract systems that are not themselves sentient.

Sorry for the medium link, but I think this is worth a read.

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Does anyone own a Purism laptop? Are they actually sturdy? How's the battery life?

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thought experiment: a cat is in a box containing decaying nuclear material and poison gas. the box is on some trolley tracks. as the trolley approaches the box, it has all its parts systematically replaced so that no original part remains by the time it strikes the box. inside the trolley is a man receiving instructions on levers to pull in Chinese. do you take the money?

I propose we ban April Fools' Day. It pollutes too much of the internet, it's not funny anymore.

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I have so many seeds I want to plant all of them & have a bountiful harvest

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Installed a Firefox extension to put tabs to "sleep" if left inactive for a few minutes. Saves CPU and reduces tracking risk!

I just ordered Roquefort and Münster cheese cultures at Cashewbert, plus bacteria cultures and enzymes to curdle plant milk!

I hope it will work this time. At least, if the enzymes work well, I can try several times because almond milk is cheaper than pure cashew nuts.

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ok, time to put on cute socks and do math

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so we have a student who we asked to train a VAE to generate memes. he was showing us his newest model, which has problems with mode collapse, and was only outputting one thing over and over again (I swear I am not making this up):

"one does not simply make memes"

I am coming back from an amazing weekend in Switzerland about suffering focused ethics. We talked about how to reduce suffering in the world in the most efficient way, in the long term, for all sentient beings. I had excellent deep discussions and feel more motivated than ever to make the world less bad on expected value as much as I can.

Is it a really bad idea to make porridge with coffee? What about orange juice?

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