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You do need the original game assets, which you can grab easily with a DRM-free copy of Caesar III on GOG.com or Steam. Find the project on GitHub. You can also play it easily from Steam using Luxtorpeda!..


OpenSnitch - an application firewall for Linux

OpenSnitch is a rare tool in the Linux ecosystem. It is a service with a friendly graphical desktop application which assists the user in blocking network connections based on which daemon or application is making the connection attempt. Most Linux firewall tools focus on blocking access to specific…


Highlights: new releases of BlenderBIM and IfcOpenShell, Natron, LibrePCB, Shotcut, VCV Rack, Blender 3.0 is coming later this week, Krita and darktable are prepping up for a major update…



I would buy a used mini-PC or even a Mac mini with Linux on it. I can get them for as low as 30-40 euro with a decent processor, memory and HDD. LibreElec is great but I wouldn’t use it if I also wanted to do some web browsing.


But now, humans seem to have broken this fundamental law of the ocean. In a November paper for the journal Science Advances, Galbraith and his colleagues show that the Sheldon spectrum no longer holds true for larger marine creatures. Thanks to industrial fishing, the total ocean biomass of larger f…



Magdesign has uploaded a series of Blender video tutorials to PeerTube. …


Geotechland commenting on the Linux Daily Driver Challenge from Linus Tech Tips. BTW: My comment, I recently installed Pop!_OS on my sons desktop PC that he uses for school and gaming and Steam just installed fine. …



Minigalaxy certainly does the job, and it’s my go-to if I’m going to grab anything from GOG rather than messing with direct-downloads…


I stopped eating meat a couple of years ago and I haven’t missed it since. Vegan food can be as tasty as meat. The key is to invest time and energy in cooking and work with herbs a lot. In our home we have a lot of (non-vegan) guests for dinner and we always cook vegan for them. I dare say that a lot of these guests are surprised by the tastiness of vegan food and a lot of these them ask us for recipes in the end.


Hints of that old cyberian idealism float through Zuckerberg’s conception of the metaverse — he’s big on teleportation — but despite his habit of reminding us that he took philosophy and classics courses in college, Zuckerberg is no metaphysician. A Mammonist rather than a Platonist, he’s in it for …


Dolphin demonstrates the new features for MX-21 (Xfce, Fluxbox and KDE)…


And it is, of course, going to get much worse, as temperatures, humidity and waters rise. The Middle East is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. By the end of the century, if the more dire predictions prove true, Mecca may not be habitable, making the summer Haj a pilgrimage of peril…


I agree. The most prominent example is the Blender Foundation that has their own instance (https://video.blender.org/videos/local). Judging by the number of views people are having a hard time finding. Small wonder since I couldn’t find any link to it on the Blender Foundation website. A missed opportunity.


I’m on diode.zone at the moment, but if you had to recommend me something I’d like to have place with essayists about games or whatever. so I could have some kind of competition; that said I haven’t seen any of this kind of content creator that is remotely serious or put in some kind of effort, other than well, linux youtubers.

Diode.zone is fine but if you compare it with TILvids you’ll notice that the latter is more curated. Just compare the Recently Added page from both. So if your videos are good and you don’t mind that TILvids isn’t federating you could consider moving to TILvids.

I haven’t seen much quality game essayist on Peertube (perhaps Boiling Steam or Zed at the ShovelWarehouse) probably due to the fact that PeerTube is tiny compared to YT. I can only hope it will grow in time.


The quality on PeerTube relies very much on the instance that you are on. So choosing the right instance for your channel is very important and determines whether the experience is good or not. Check which instance your instance is following. A number of higher quality content PeerTube instances federate which each other (e.g diode.zone, linuxrocks, share.tube and spectra.video) and therefore provide a good experience in terms of content. TILvids doesn’t follow any other instance but has a good number of high quality channels. If you’re not happy with your current instance I suggest to delete your channel and move to one of the instances mentioned above.


Good analysis and possible solutions. I was working on a video about the same topic but that seems a bit superfluous now. A couple of remarks.

IMO TILvids is the instance with the best content by far (I’m sorry). The reason is that the admin or host is very active both in attracting content creators and promoting content within the Fediverse. I’m not saying that instances like diode.zone, share.tube and spectra.video are bad. Not at all but the TILvids approach could be an example for other hosts (except for the part that they are not federating with other instances). Too many admins start a PeerTube instance and don’t seem to bother about it any more.

Also almost all (good) content creators on PeerTube are also on YT. This gives viewers little incentive to watch on PeerTube. If PeerTube hosts can somehow convince content creators to leave YT that would be a big win. But I’m afraid that currently only YT can make that happen since YT is it’s own biggest threat.

I’ve also noticed some improvement in content lately. A year ago almost everything on my instance trending page was old content but now I see recent content of proper quality.


I think that you just react on the word obesity and didn’t even read the article which is about page bloat on the web.


Science doesn’t lie, nor does it tell us what to do. But it does give us a picture of what needs to be done. We are of course free to ignore that picture and remain in denial. Or to go on hiding behind clever accounting, loopholes and incomplete statistics. As if the atmosphere would care about our …


The world is gripped by an energy crunch — a fierce squeeze on some of the key markets for natural gas, oil and other fuels that keep the global economy running and the lights and heat on in homes. Heading into winter, that has meant higher utility bills, more expensive products and growing concern …


Indeed, it’ll be interesting to see if the Chinese government is able to deflate this balloon slowly and demonstrate that no private company is too big to fail. The West could learn an important lesson from that.


The rescue of embattled Chinese property company Evergrande appears to have stalled, leaving the developer on the brink of default and threatening to unleash contagion through the country’s giant real estate sector, home prices and the economy. …


The Antarctic Ocean Commission is made up of 25 governments and the European Union. Their job is to protect Antarctic marine life. But despite their commitment to create a network of Antarctic ocean sanctuaries, this group of decision-makers has let exploitation drive its agenda for far too long, an…


This is a really simple game: You push boxes by walking into them. You can’t push more than one box at once. Your task is to put all boxes to spots marked by marbles. A box gets coloured red when it stands on a marked spot. And since the game is 3D, you can move all 6 directions: left, right, forwar…


The source that you’re referring to is from 2008. Another source mentions almost 3000 watt per capita in 2014 and I imagine that it has increased since.


All eyes are on Cop26 in Glasgow since the climate crisis aroused worldwide attention and compelled more than 120 countries to join the unprecedented global Race to Zero carbon-emissions campaign. But the UN biodiversity conference in Kunming, or Cop15, should not be overshadowed, as biodiversity lo…


China plans to build more coal-fired power plants and has hinted that it will rethink its timetable to slash emissions, in a significant blow to the UK’s ambitions for securing a global agreement on phasing out coal at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. …


Fiction: Foundation by Isaac Asimov; Non-fiction: The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen


Capitalism first occurred in the 19the century UK which had a representative democracy leading to the assumption that these two were forever connected. However Capitalism can be found (or has been found) in a wide variety of political systems including fascist regimes, absolute monarchies and single-party states. Surely China itself has been able to manage economic growth using some of capitalism’s competitive principles.

I’m not disagreeing with the major advancements that have been made in China and it’s definitely a consequence of the successful policy implemented by the Chinese government. But we shouldn’t be blind to the fact that China is no 94 in the list of worlds happiest countries in the world. So economic growth doesn’t guarantee that people are content.

So let’s extend the list of countries with the top 15 of the worlds happiest countries and we can conclude that this contradict your conclusion that parliamentary democracy does not work in practice. Like I said it is a flawed method of reasoning to take a few examples to draw general conclusions about one political system or the other. Certainly when other examples that support the opposite conclusion are left out.

I’m not saying that China is a bad country (on contrary) but it’s not very productive to declare on country or political system superior. It only leads to nationalism which in turn can only lead to bad things. And with that I’m going to leave this exchange. One has to sleep sometime.


But that’s not necessarily due to representative democracy. In fact IMHO it’s more likely caused by Capitalism that’s tearing the world apart whether in China or the US. When studying these (perceived) patterns it’s very tempting to confuse a prejudice with a causality. That also applies to me of course. BTW: I did a little comparison in the top 5 happiest countries (Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Netherlands; source: World Happiness Report of the UN) between 2019 and 2021 and I rather saw an upward trend in happiness than the opposite which doesn’t seem in line with growing discontent.

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/happiest-countries-in-the-world


To state something (Western parliamentary democracy does not work in practice for example) and support that with a link to one study is a flawed method of reasoning. In fact if someone comes up with just one example that supports the opposite the statement has to be rejected or rephrased.

The US is probably a very poor example of a parliamentary democracy since the whole system is designed the favor the white voters with the stupid winner takes all principle and voter registration. It probably wouldn’t pass the test of a proper democracy of any kind.

A proper parliamentary democratic system does have a proper representation of minorities that have actual influence because of changing coalitions (and therefore changing majorities) every time new legislation is being created and brought into vote.

It’s hard to compare parliamentary democracy with e.g a consultative democracy here objectively without degrading into sentiments of national superiority (e.g US vs China) which frankly I despise and consider very non-productive.


The 3 has been discontinued but the 3+ according to their website is temporarily out of stock but will become available again.


That’s indeed puzzling but apparently Fairphone stated that due to the 5 year guarantee period the headphone jack wasn’t an option because it’s too vulnerable. Also the phone would have become too large with a 3.5mm jack. It’s a pity really I love the simplicity of the analog headphone jack.


At least since 1972 and the publication of The Limits to Growth it is known that the exponential economic and population growth with a finite supply of resources is a dead end (literally). Yet it was easier to ridicule the publication and continue business as usual because it’s easier to destroy the Earth than to rethink Capitalism. As a consequence we’ve been sitting on our hands for almost 50 years losing precious time, listening to politicians, false prophets, that tell us that growth is somehow sustainable.


First of all I’m no security expert but I do know that security is relative. I’ve yet to see a objective scientific approach that can compare the security models of GNU/Linux and Windows (or any other OS). This could, given a proper experimental setup, provide objective data to substantiate that a certain Linux installation or distribution (or Windows for that matter) is secure (or insecure) in comparison. Understandably this scientific approach is very difficult to define given the numerous variables one has to include in this experiment. Until then we have to settle with self-proclaimed security experts that argue perhaps even rightfully why one system or the other is (in)secure. Often leading to endless debates without a decisive clear outcome.

As a sidenote. It’s funny that the author while describing the lack of sandboxing applications in Linux puts Linux against ChromeOS while the latter is a Gentoo Linux-based operating system.

And another one. Any OS is as secure as it’s user.


Definitely Mindustry. Great strategy game that I played hour after hour especially in coop mode. Not too steep learning curve and always enough challenge to keep coming back. Also it runs on low spec machines. https://mindustrygame.github.io/


There is the excellent InfoSec for Journalist handbook from Silkie Carlo and Arjen Kamphuis. The latest edition is from 2016 but it still contains valuable information and it covers a lot of topics. The handbook is no longer being updated which is likely caused by the disappearance from Arjen Kamphuis in August 2018.

https://beschermjegegevens.nl/wp-content/uploads/InfoSec-for-Journalists-V1.3-1.pdf

I also found this more elaborate book, a collection of articles, posts and lectures and a handy InfoSec guide from Arjen Kamphuis. The InfoSec guide starts at page 307 but is probably the same as the one linked to above.

https://beschermjegegevens.nl/wp-content/uploads/arjenkamphuis-infosecurity-small.pdf


I can’t help it but the word crap comes to mind and then the word bs.