• Altima NEO
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    1879 months ago

    Internet was better when it was a bunch of forums and personal web pages

        • @bassomitron
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          559 months ago

          It’s not that no one cares, per se. We just live in a society where the majority of working adults are fucking exhausted. They have bills to pay, uncertain job security, seemingly constant climate crises/natural disasters in many geolocations (e.g. Canada and US West Coast wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.), hyper polarized partisanship in many countries (yeah, it isn’t unique to the US), and on and on. That Google, Microsoft, or Amazon own the internet is such a low priority to the much more immediate, life threatening/living security concerns of the majority of people.

          I care, but I also understand why many people do not.

          • @[email protected]
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            149 months ago

            Man, I would love to run a Linux box and still be able to run the like 4 programs I use my computer for, but I don’t have any interest in running an OS I have to build and make work. I got Redhat working once (feels like a million years ago) and I am just not that interested in my PC anymore. It’s a tool. I want it to work without any fiddling on my part. It has exactly 5 programs it ever has to run. I touch it on the weekends. Windows it is.

            This is me agreeing with you in every way.

            • @[email protected]
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              189 months ago

              Fwiw Linux is way easier today than it was a million years ago. Honestly I find it simpler to use than Windows.

                • @Sanctus
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                  59 months ago

                  Try it, Linux Mint just works put of the box, easy as hell. Even has GUIs for everything.

            • @[email protected]
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              69 months ago

              Linux today is plug and play in almost all areas. Off the top of my head the ones that have problems are creativity (no Adobe and also wacky color management, though it’s getting a complete rework with Wayland setting it on par with macOS) and engineering (next to no support from big CADs).

              • @Misconduct
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                09 months ago

                VR and my guilty pleasure games that still use ridiculous anti-cheat are holding me back for now :(

                • @[email protected]
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                  19 months ago

                  Oh yeah, VR is currently a pain point too. Anti-cheat is an odd position tho, so I’d recommend checking out Are We Anti-cheat Yet? every so often.

                • @[email protected]
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                  19 months ago

                  I have played through Skyrim and No Man’s Sky in Linux VR. Valve has done a great job keeping up the development of Linux Steam VR, especially considering how low its market share is. It’s part of their nuclear option against Microsoft and Windows or something.

                • Cosmic Cleric
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                  -19 months ago

                  Many/most anti cheats are on Linux now too.

                  In fact just yesterday I installed EAC so that I could play New World, and all I did was to install it straight from Steam before also installing the game from Steam.

            • @[email protected]
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              219 months ago

              It’s not really the time. It’s more about the mental effort it takes to find out what to switch to.

              Sure, it’s easy to install Firefox or sign up for Lemmy once you know that it’s there, but most people just have a sense that things suck with no idea of what they can do to fix it.

              Finding out what to do to have a better experience takes a non-trivial amount of mental energy that scrolling reddit and instagram do not require.

              The constant hustle, multiple jobs, or jobs with a high mental load, rising prices and stagnant wages all work together to create a lot of decision fatigue and stress. It often takes something major to get people out of that and get them active at changing things.

                • @[email protected]
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                  119 months ago

                  No, it’s not excuses, it’s just reality. It’s hard. Does that mean people shouldn’t try to do better and make things better? Of course not. Being better and doing better is hard, and we should do it anyway. That kind of personal growth is central to the human experience, or it ought to be.

                  The thing is, just because people aren’t doing better in the area that you understand and care about doesn’t mean that they aren’t in other areas that you may not know about.

                  For example, someone who is stressed out and overburdened with work may be using all of their available energy to be a better parent and make sure that their child is raised in a healthy and emotionally stable home. If that doesn’t leave room for people to support FOSS and privacy friendly browsers that’s ok.

                  Just be the best human you can be every day and don’t beat yourself (or others) up for not being perfect.

            • @[email protected]
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              49 months ago

              It takes 0 minutes of my limited spare time to use what already works. How someone chooses to use their corporate allotted time off is none of your fucking business anyway. Your username checks out for real.

        • @[email protected]
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          29 months ago

          You realize all of that old shit is still possible today right? Static plain html still works. It loads quicker than ever. The only thing preventing it is the creators of the content. The masses on social media were never going to create that so having Twitter around doesn’t change the possibilities. Get cracking.

        • Cosmic Cleric
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          09 months ago

          The Fediverse is there, now.

          I use Lemmy and Mastodon, on a daily basis.

      • @[email protected]
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        19 months ago

        No we can’t. It’s been consolidated. Sure some of us might get a little piece of freedom but the web is going to stay consolidated unless something major happens…

        • kitonthenet
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          19 months ago

          then give up and go away, or watch the video and reflect on your comment

    • Flying Squid
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      139 months ago

      The internet was better when it was Usenet and Gopher.

      • @WaxedWookie
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        209 months ago

        The internet was better when it was a pair of tin cans and a string.

        • Flying Squid
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          129 months ago

          Oh sure, like that was an improvement over cave painting.

          • Jamie
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            69 months ago

            There have been examples that are effectively primitive shitposts found carved into walls in Pompeii. People never really change.

            • Flying Squid
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              109 months ago

              Forget shitposts, there were legitimate flame wars in Pompeii graffiti:

              Successus textor amat coponiaes ancilla(m) nomine Hiredem quae quidem illum non curat sed ille rogat illa com(m)iseretur scribit rivalis vale

              Translates to:

              Successus the weaver is in love with the slave of the Innkeeper, whose name is Iris. She doesn’t care about him at all, but he asks that she take pity on him. A rival wrote this

              A response to this translates to:[6]

              You’re so jealous you’re bursting. Don’t tear down someone more handsome― a guy who could beat you up and who is good-looking.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_graffiti

          • Cosmic Cleric
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            9 months ago

            Cave paintings are overrated. Hand shadow puppets on the cave walls were always more dynamic.

        • Cosmic Cleric
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          09 months ago

          Wi-Fi back then was using carrier pigeons.

      • @rwhitisissle
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        109 months ago

        Honestly, the internet was at its best when it was the fever dream of stoned, sexually frustrated grad students at Berkley. Infinite potential - it could’ve been anything. Could’ve. But wouldn’t. The real thing, after it became fully saturated in everyday American life, was always going to be some mediocre, watered down corporate cesspool of lowest common denominator, hyper-sanitized garbage. Because that’s what people like. They like safe, familiar, predictable, and uncomplicated. Well, most people.