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The Bible seems like the obvious answer, what might be a more interesting question is: what is the most influential book now?


Why is it never framed…

Because I do not speak those other languages, and -attempt- not to be so presumptuous as to speak beyond my experience. But those are also problems, greater problems than the one I mentioned, problems that have been troubling this world for decades now, forever even.

Notice that I didn’t say that those projects should support English. I didn’t suggest there was anything wrong that they didn’t. And to be clear I don’t even mean to suggest that they must support any kind of IAL, even if one were agreed upon. The people of the world should be free to include others or serve their own… but I think generally people prefer to collaborate, and collaboration is something which should be facilitated.

Even the way internationalists frame things is very telling.

The way things are interpreted also says something about the reader. This is a sensitive subject for you, and I’d bet rightly so. You should take care of yourself. Try not to get so worked up.


You raise some excellent points in your response, on every point besides 2 and 6 we are generally in agreement. 6 is outside of my experience, and so I don’t have a meaningful opinion. 2 is one of the things I like about Esperanto, though you might well be right. I intend to study Mandarin, and since you mentioned it perhaps that will change my opinion regarding #2.

I did say that Esperanto isn’t perfect, truly it is itself flawed. Even besides the points you made, even in the foundation there are irregularities which exist which are scarcely justifiable:

  • words which are redundant
  • some root words which are simply difficult to pronounce for anyone
  • the difficulties that arise from certain combinations of word parts
  • constructed words which work one way in a certain set of cases, a different way in another
  • the confusing resemblance to unrelated word constructions which some root words have

…to name but the things that come to mind.

And certainly if we’re going by head-count there is little reason to learn Esperanto instead of a natural language. But there is more to a language then just the number of people who speak it, there is also the question of who your going to be talking to and why. In that analysis depending on the particulars, almost any language can be about equal, even a “toy” language like Esperanto.

But it must not be forgotten what the original subject is: the question of the future of software development. Arguing in favor of any national language is like arguing for the domination of a national system of measurement, instead of metric. Certainly you probably are right that the euro-centricity of Esperanto makes it ill suited as a international language at it’s very core, and in this you and I would be in agreement, but so too in that way no national language should enter into the equation.


When I was looking at Mastodon Desktop clients a while back I came across Mikutter, which is only in Japanese. In their FAQ was a little gem which I feel may be relevant, the question “I am English speaker. Can I use Mikutter in English?” The response was in Japanese, here it is translated:

After the defeat in the war, the Japanese were forced by GHQ to adopt Shift-JIS and JAP106, and as a result, they fell far behind in the development of information technology. When I was in elementary school, when I started programming, I was frustrated because I was lined up with English that I had never learned. Also, you have released many low-quality services that do not support anything other than ASCII, which even Japanese elementary school students would not create. This mikutter is a precious opportunity for you to relive how we have been oppressed for generations.

How a programming language is written is a legitimate concern.


Read. I know a few people in my personal life who would be aided with their problems significantly if they could just read a book, or even a couple chapters.

Their not technically illiterate, but nevertheless this is asking too much of them.


I have found myself thinking this more and more as well, with the rising number of projects which are being developed primarily by/for speakers of other languages, sometimes with terrible to non-existent english support. This is not a new problem, but the natural consequence of the world breaking free of english hegemony. Where as the pain was felt before by others, now it will be felt by us as well.

Perhaps the problem could be offset somewhat by using software to translate the common symbols of the major programming languages (if, else, int, float, str, etc…). But generally speaking I think the time for a commonly accepted auxiliary language is now. Not necessarily Esperanto, which I think is an impressive accomplishment of it’s time (kaj kiun mi parolas), but I think a modern -and international- effort could produce a superior language.

But we do need a better solution, and I think Esperanto is a better solution.


Ĉu vi scias Esperanton? Esperanto ne estas perfekta, sed la Angla estas pli granda malordo. Mi vere dubas ke la Angla estus tiel facila kiel Esperanto.

Esperanto is ignored for political reasons, not because its bad.


Mastodon needs more angsty teens making relatable meirl depression memes

I feel there are a few too many of those already.


Its a matter of taste. For myself, I don’t like my pace being effected by a release schedule, and I generally have plenty of other (more important) things competing for my attention.


Given the state of the world, i think seeing the future would distract significantly from the chess match.


It doesnt occupy your attention uncomfortably. You never ask yourself what will happen next, because all you need to do i keep watching instead of waiting for the next episode to come out.


I wanted to make video games. I do all sorts of things with code now… maybe someday I’ll even make a video game.


Most of this doesnt seem like something i’ll use, but i appreciate it all the same.



If you pass a shy guy and he doesnt acknowledge you, just keeps walking, until he comes to an obstacle and has to turn, or walks off the side of the platform.

This is as true to life as it is to Super Mario Brothers 2.

Although from personal experience, if they’re stressed they might act like that anyways.


I sort by “top day”, that seems to work fairly well for me… but I’m not very active either.


For my understanding of it, social democracy is the idea that the existing capitalist controlled state can be gradually reformed into a worker controlled socialist state. This depends upon the capitialists which control the economy and the state to be willing to surrender their control, that is to say the source of their wealth, their capital. To my knowledge of history, in practice they have not been willing to do this, and frankly this is consistant, as a lot of their ideological literature regards the working class, the masses, the mob, the passive citizen, as subhuman.

The fundamental problem with this is that any conceits given to the working class can easily be repealed or sabotaged, providing the conservatives a basis for claiming that “it didnt work”, this has happened many times already.

The only way to make them surrender power is to leave them with no other option, to seize control and force them, and that. is a dictatorship. of the proletariat.


I use Sylvia Ritter’s speed paintings as my wallpaper, set to change automatically every hour to help me keep track of time.



Given the things they say about us, i’d say no, we are completely alien to them. Like two completely distinct classes of people or something.



Toki Pona enters the chat.


What an excellent use of Sonic.


I studied mine. If I was going to address the problems we’d had, I needed to understand them. Understanding a problem isn’t always enough to solve it though, as i found out.


For my part i am often unsure.

You’ll find no sage here. When it comes to questions of how to think, I’d recommend people to read philosophy.

We’re talking about a person as a social role; a person as an idea vs a person as a reality. When I say ‘Man/Woman’, ‘Lover’, ‘Partner’, ‘Boyfriend/Girlfriend’, ‘attractive’, ‘sex’, certain thoughts come to mind, without context you likely have forms/images in your mind you would give to these words, idealized forms, possibly even multiple distinct forms for the same word, which are likely rooted in popular culture or lived experience.

Are you thinking more about the person, or the idealized form you associate with the context that person had in your life?

Can you remove the person from the role and still value them as a person?

If your ex were to love another, would you be able to have a genuinely positive reaction towards this?

“Love” is a word we should be careful with when referring to a former lover, thinking in those terms might cause confusion even if we’re attempting to mean it in the general sense. We often concieve of “love” as having some sort of profound meaning, but even if we’re not rejecting that line of reasoning outright, it is important we should distance ourselves from it in this case and answer the more basic question: Is this person, as they are, important to me? And maybe equally: Am I still of any importance to them? Because any real relationship is mutual.

That might be the limit of what I have to say on the matter, for the most part my study has been on the dialectics of relationships, not so much on how to think about them after the fact.


One of the important things to ask yourself is: do you miss the person themselves or the idea of the person? For my part i am often unsure. But if you miss them as an idea (partner, lover, companion, generalized personality traits) you should check yourself. If you miss them as a person perhaps you could assosiate with them on different terms, but you should be careful.



I had some trouble adopting Searx, but once I found out about Searxng I was able to handle that. A little bit of presentation made the difference.


There does need to be some level of interpretation, though.

I don’t necessarily disagree with you, however…

For instance, white supremacists love to cite black crime statistics.

Because the interpretation they give those statistics justifies their ideology. (As you know)

What is important is to make clear the interrelation of facts, and not to merely present obtuse statistics. One might call this interpretation, and i won’t argue semantics. Once the interrelation of things is known on a factual basis, the range of seemingly valid interpretations narrows considerably, increasing the likelihood that an individual can make meaningful judgements on a given topic. This degree of information ofc takes time, but given how much time I’ve seen ideologues babble nonsense and call it news, i’d actually be inclined to say time isn’t the issue.


“Truth” is an idea, something subject to interpretation by way of ideology, which seems to me one of the big problems in journalism today (and in the world at large). Facts are more objective, and i think that any good consumer of the news will not rely exclusively on the interpretations of facts (and sometimes not even facts) by others for forming their own awareness.


Recently my dentist advised i get some special high floride toothpaste ($25 for 2 tubes from the dental office), which i am supposed to use once a day and leave on my teeth (spitting out the excess) instead of rinsing. I’m told the floride will be absorbed into the outer layer of my teeth, making it more resistant to bacteria. Maybe you could look into something like that.


they feel that the happiness and freedom of one person isn’t very important.

Yes exactly.


I’m already noticing chinese open software cropping up in my searches, software which only crudely supports english if at all.

What i want to see is this start to effect the demographic and the ideology of the foss movement.


Assuming you live in the US, have you observed the gun laws lately?


In my (likely limited) experience, most conspiracy theories are either harmless to the status* quo, or actively reenforce it. *typo


In my experience with lifestyle changes, if i can’t identify the ways that the change noticably improves my life, i won’t be likely to stick with it. If your slouching isn’t causing you pain or problems, if your concern is mostly asthetic, you shouldn’t expect to adjust it because the problem is somewhat imaginary.

Of course prolonged bad posture causes problems, but if your not experiencing them yet subjectively, it might be hard to do much about it.

For my part i was having some pains and some issues, my postural corrections mostly had to do with labor, proper form when lifting, doing my best to have my keyboard at the proper angle to my wrists, etc. The benifits from these were more or less imediate and the result was a general improvement in posture overall.

So my advice is strive to be aware of your body, what it’s doing and how it’s reacting, both negative and positive.


As the gravity of how bad this looks for Russia sets in, I think the retreat will accelerate astonishingly.

I don’t understand the mechanisms by which this would take place, could you explain it to me? It’s not like the world hasn’t been killing putin in effigy, blaiming russia for every conceivable problem accross the world since the war started, and insinuating that their government are nazis, barbarians, demons, etc. Against that kind of ideation it seems to me like actual piles of dead bodies weight very little.


Aren’t most of the users from lemmygrad now? At any rate, for me lemmy feels like the best fit, there is no instance that better suits my interests, nor for my region.


My concern with nuclear power is that it seems to me that it is fundamentally incompatible with capitalism. You cannot cut corners when generating nuclear energy, the maintenance of facilities and proper storage of waste outweight the profit motive. The consequences of negligence seem significant. Though thats not to say oil is any different… but i fear the damage caused wont be so apparent to the layman.


In the app i can set it to show me only posts local to lemmy.ml, this doesn’t block the instance, but it keeps them from dominating the feed. Presumably the site can also do this?