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Journal Journal: Tested Ubuntu, it's garbage 1

Got Ubuntu working in a VM by setting it to UEFI mode and opting not to install updates during initial setup. Once it was going I set about getting it updated... But where is the updater?

You can configure updates in the system settings, but not actually start them. There doesn't seem to be a start menu or app draw, just a few random quick launch icons, including some Amazon spam. Eventually resorted to searching.

Mouse wheel is just as broken as Mint. Window controls on the wrong side and oddly placed in full screen mode, menus hidden by default. Apparently the window control position is now hard coded because... Fuck you I guess. Lost interest at that point, going back to Mint.

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Journal Journal: Linux and the mouse wheel 8

So, mouse wheel input is fucked in Linux.

There is no way to configure how much the wheel scrolls by. It's fixed. And it's incredibly slow in many apps, and inconsistent between apps because it's up to each one what it does with a single scroll "tick".

Some people have asked on forums and Stack Exchange how to fix it. Turns out, you can't. You can hack around with imwheel, but it translates the wheel into key presses and breaks some apps and is ignored by others. There is libinput, but when I tried it configuration changes had no effect in Cinnamon.

How can something so basic be so broken? It's actually better if you have a trackpad because at least that is configurable.

Chrome is more or less usable if you install an extension to speed up scrolling. Scrolling is not as smooth as Windows, but that could be cause it is running in a VM.

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Journal Journal: Japanese IME working on Linux Mint

Found some instructions here:

They are out of date though. Basically you need to install IBus and you chosen IME (I used mozc) and then add it to the list in the IBus preferences. It says "Japanese" in there by default, but that apparently doesn't do anything and you have to install the IME. I would have thought that the basic Japanese entry would have at least let you enter kana... Oh well.

Anyway, it now actually works better than Windows. The mode keys on the keyboard work, which is something that Windows can't handle apparently. At least not if your OS language is English, in which case you have to hack the registry just to get a working Japanese keyboard layout.

Speaking of layouts, I use a custom one on Windows that has extra alt keys for symbols like degrees, Pi, plus/minus and so on. Maybe I can do that under Linux too.

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Journal Journal: Switching to Linux Mint 10

I'm trying to switch away from Windows 8.1 because Windows 10 is just too much. Decided to start with Linux Mint in a VM.

Installation was smooth and easy. Went for Cinnamon because it's the recommended one. Coped with having a Japanese keyboard and English (not American) locale. Installation was very quick. On first boot a window appeared with some info, one of which was drivers. That offered to install an Intel microcode update so I went for it.

Set screen resolution. Mouse wheel seems laggy, need to look for mouse options later. First thing is updates. The update icon is in the tray area it seems. At first it wasn't doing anything... The output window said that updates were inhibited for some reason. I refreshed it a few times and it found some updates. Selected a local mirror.

Updates installed quickly and relatively easily. Only hitch was when it asked about some Gnome config file that had apparently been changed and did I want to overwrite with the one from the update. I have no idea, the diff output didn't really help so I just went with the updated file. Looked like it was just resetting some default apps.

After that it says my system is up to date (no reboot, much better than Windows) but there are two updates marked as level 5 red security updates... So not up to date? For some reason I have to manually select them, because why wouldn't I want level 5 red security updates..

I seem to be getting asked for my password a lot. Isn't once when I open the update app enough? Reminds me of the bad old days of Windows Vista with UAC prompts every 5 seconds for fairly common tasks.

The font rendering in the little "details" terminal window is crap. Linux has historically had bad font rendering... But most of it looks good. The high DPI support is a bit limited (only 1x or 2x scaling, nothing in-between) but it does at least seem to work reliably in my limited testing. No support for monitors with different scaling settings though (e.g. you have a laptop with 4k display and plug in a 2k external monitor), and lots of stuff seems to use bitmap graphics that look bad zoomed in.

Installed open-vm-tools, not sure if it actually did anything. Clipboard sharing doesn't seem to work.

Trying to get Japanese input to work is a real pain. I installed it as an input language, but it seems that I need to manually start Ibus. Found some instructions but they were out of date. The Ubuntu wiki says load it and press CTRL+space to activate, but it doesn't work. Tried changing it to CTRL+space in the prefs, didn't work. The IME switching key and the kana/roma switching keys don't work. Found a forum post that detailed how to make the daemon auto-start and suggested a restart may be required to make it work. Still did not work.

Gave up with the IME for now, but I need to get it working.

The mouse wheel is very slow. Should be easy to fix... But apparently it needs some hacking around with the command line. Can't be bothered right now... I mean, it's a basic preference. Pick this up later.

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Journal Journal: POTUS Emeritus Alfred E Neuman on Trump 7

Bush's comments came after a prominent Republican in Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was in touch with Trump's top advisers during the campaign.

Bush said he would trust Senate Intelligence panel Chairman Richard Burr to decide if a special prosecutor is necessary.

But, Bush added, "I think we all need answers ... I'm not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered."

Indeed our world has now been turned upside-down. Not only does Trump make GWB look intelligent and well-spoken, he even makes him look presidential or diplomatic. While we already knew a while ago that the GOP took such a hard right turn that it would reject Reagan himself as a commie, now they've dove headfirst so enthusiastically into the loonie bin that Bush seems like a born leader and statesman.

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Journal Journal: So what was Milo's book Dangerous supposed to be about? 8

On my way home from work I couldn't seem to escape news coverage of the "conservative provocateur" having his book canceled after being recorded praising pedophilia.

What I couldn't seem to figure out for anything though is what his canceled book was actually supposed to be about. The Amazon entry for it only told me its length, title, and author; not a single word about its content - and that Amazon entry is now gone. Some of the news coverage was bragging about how well it was doing in pre-sales - did he really sell a huge number of books based only on his name and an exceptionally vague title?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Monday Funnies!

Thank you friend, for your awesome line

Temporarily stopping entry of people from Terrorist hot-beds as defined by Obama and Congress until we can get a true vetting process so we don't import another Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

While it doesn't make the situation suck less, it is an amusing reminder of the geography fail that is the GOP.

Thank you, friend. I look forward to seeing who you can pull into your trap.

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Journal Journal: How To Destroy America in Under Two Years 22

Our POTUS / Fuhrer is off to a great start here. Not just the executive order pertaining to immigrants from 7 carefully selected countries, or even that plus the wall. It goes much further, including the promised tariffs as well as the suppression of free speech, the "alternative facts", and tightly embracing hate. This barely even gets the fascism going, really - he's done so much more beyond that.

So how will it go down? Here's my prediction.
  • First, we're going to see a large spike in unemployment, soon. This will start with the large number of government employees losing their jobs as a result of Trumpian thoughts and actions. It will go much further than those people though, as their inability to put their own money into the economy will be amplified on down.
  • Second, the cost of pretty well everything will rise. We're dependent on migrant workers doing tasks that our work force simply isn't capable of. The administration aspires to throw these people out, which will make everything we consume regularly more expensive. We cannot automate our way out of this.
  • Third, the vultures will come in and start throwing people out of their homes at an accelerated clip now that they are officially endorsed by the administration and all of the GOP. The vultures don't give a shit about the fact that this will create a substantial deluge of homes on the market with no buyers for them. They also don't care that this will bring home construction to a screeching halt and further accelerate unemployment.
  • Fourth, the government will go broke. The taxpayer base will erode and no significant money will be coming in. States will try to make up for it either by raising property taxes or through silly accounting gimmicks but that won't work either.

Hopefully the people will rise up before the collapse of the system to the point of no return.


Journal Journal: Conservative Clairvoyance

A while (years) back some conservatives claimed that we had we had elected a POTUS who hated the country. I laughed at them, but did not realize at the time that they were actually expressing profound clairvoyance. On Saturday the White House came to be occupied by someone who indeed harbors great hatred for our country.

Do you doubt me? Take a look at what he actually said in his inaugural address. Here's a hint - blessing America is dramatically different from loving America. You can do both, just as you can do one or neither. Trump opted for a rather unique combination of blessing it while hating it. I can't think of anyone who ever before was so bold to put that combination on display for all of the public to see.

It is hard to tell if it is therefore better for his sake that he had one of the least-attended inauguration ceremonies of recent history. Although even as much of a total moron as he is, he should still be well aware that people were able to see his vitriol posted to news sites and other web pages.
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Journal Journal: Wait, how tall is the fuhrer again? 17

They keep claiming that he is 6'3". However we know that Obama is 6'1". here they are standing side-by-side. I think someone forgot his elevator shoes for that picture... here's another picture where Trump's two inches seem to have magically disappeared (or even changed sign). Once again, he still doesn't look taller.

I'm willing to skip the sitting pictures, because different people have different proportions and sit differently in the same chair. I have yet to see a single picture of the two men next to each other that supports the notion of Trump being the 6'3" that he claims.

Considering he is already making a fast claim at least honest POTUS in the history of our nation, it wouldn't surprise me if his height is a lie as well.

Journal Journal: Conservative Cowardice On Parade 5

The GOP members of congress made dozens of attempts to repeal the ACA while President Lawnchair was still in office. They never worried about a replacement at the time because they knew their attempts were good publicity as they were guaranteed to fail.

Now they have all the power. Where is the repeal now? Nowhere in sight. Suddenly they have all these extra steps they have to take, when before it was so easy.

This. Is. Bullshit.

What's really going on? Why the foot dragging? Two reasons, the first you hear often.

First, they have no replacement ready. They know the consequences of repealing without replacing . They knew these consequences before, but didn't have any reason to worry about them before. Now they actually need a replacement, so they are intentionally slowing down their own process as they don't have one.

Ultimately, they are going to "replace" the ACA by changing the name from "Obamacare" to "Trumpcare" (or "Pencecare" if Trump is removed from office before it happens).

Second is the reason they don't want anyone to pay attention to. Both the GOP and the democrats are owned by the insurance industry. As much as the insurance industry claims that the ACA has been bad for business, the GOP knows that nothing that deviates strongly from this will keep their owners happy. The insurance industry has such deep pockets in DC that they could very nearly replace every representative in 2018 if they wanted - or at least establish a new majority.

Unfortunately nobody will be willing to call out the GOP on their bullshit with this. The elected democrats are too spineless and afraid of being called "Un-American" by their colleagues.

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