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  • I get that they’re trying to figure out how to monetize it while staying kosher FOSS, and their first wording suggests they’d like to offer per-seat licensing.

    What I don’t get is what would compel me to get a license. I still can’t rely on it for anything serious. I’m basically using it as an UI for the face recognition models and that’s shoddy too. They’ve made it impossible to lean on it for anything else.

    I don’t want to sound like a hater because they’re obviously working hard on it but, God, you can tell they’re not professional developers and it’s so frustrating. Focus on doing something well, and stop breaking compatibility every other week.


  • Normally, in a democracy, you have two chambers for the legislature so that one of them is filled by popular vote from all over the country and the other by representatives allocated for administrative divisions.

    In the US both chambers are allocated for predefined divisions, just on different scales (state vs slice of population), so the principle of the popular vote is not represented.

    It does serve (in theory) to make up for a state that had lower population, but since the slices are subject to manipulation it’s debatable.








  • Depends on what you mean by “programming”.

    If you mean it like the neighboring comment, who is probably a mathematician or physicist who just needs to feed it a science paper and run some models to verify the premise, but doesn’t care about the code itself, it’s a good tool. They aren’t programmers and learning programming or using a programmer would only delay them.

    If you’re a professional programmer however your whole point is to create the most efficient specifications for the computer to do things. You cannot convey 100% of the spec to something like GPT so inevitably some is lost, so the end result is not the most efficient (or doesn’t even cover everything you needed).

    You can of course use it to get a head start but there are also boilerplate and templating tools and frameworks that cover the same purpose.

    Unlike the physicist, the code you make is the whole point, and it’s based in your knowledge of the subject matter, and you can’t replace it with GPT. Also, using GPT in this manner stunts your professional growth and damages you long term.

    It would be somewhat worth it if at least it accelerated some part of your work, and it can find its way into the tooling, but straight out replacing your brain with it ain’t it.

    For writing actual code and designing software it’s more trouble than it’s worth, it produces half-assed code that needs fixing.

    TLDR figure out ASAP if you really mean to be a programmer or some other type of specialist that only deals with programming incidentally.




  • Not OP but:

    Separate the system and home partition, first of all. The strategies are usually different.

    Many distros integrate Timeshift out of the box to create system partition snapshots before every update, and to be able to restore them from the boot menu. Using BTRFS for the system partition makes this even better.

    This is usually all that people need in regards to the system, but you can also take regular backups (see below) of things like /etc, the list of installed packages and things like that.

    For personal files I prefer Borg Backup because it is incremental, does compression, deduplication, encryption, checksums & recovery.

    Borg works with repositories, which can be on local disk, on a removable disk, or remote. If remote, they are tunneled over SSH. It can also export/import tarballs for more exotic scenarios like moving snapshots between different repositories or backing up data to optical discs.

    You can use Borg from the CLI and there are also UI apps that make it easier. Pika Backup is a simpler one, Vorta is a more advanced one. I’ve set up family members with Pika and after preparing it for them all they have to do is plug in the backup HDD, open Pika, and hit the big “backup now” button.

    There are also online services that support Borg repositories specifically, and for anything that doesn’t you can export tarballs and back them up as regular files, completely transparently from the service.

    rclone is a cli tool that supports a large number of online storage services. You can use it with borg snapshots or you can use it to back up your files directly — it resembles rsync somewhat and can also do encryption iirc.