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Lock that, if you try to pick it or open it with the wrong key, sets off small explosives inside, fusing the locking mechanism and spraying hot combustion products out the keyway to burn you.

Data is sculpting. Troi wants him to try an abstract sculpture of "music."

He sculpts a treble clef.

Troi: It's a start.

(It's literally what goes at the start of many pieces of sheet music.)

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I've just been devastated by a pun in a Star Trek episode.

Gaming on Linux 

One of my Steam games runs better (as in, runs at all) in default-config regular Wine than in Steam's custom Proton setup...

@alexbuzzbee Since I use Clear Linux on my laptop as a daily driver, I've come to love their 'swupd' Bundles, and the underlying concept:

Dependencies are intelligent, (rolling) updates are excellent, and I can use Flatpak/DNF if something isn't available. Perfect for desktops IMHO.

All of my servers however run either Debian or Ubuntu so I use APT for those, and wouldn't trust anything else for production workloads due to APT's historical stability & interoperability.

@alexbuzzbee, it’s nix. Because it can handle multiple versions of dependencies without effort, and you can make a (nearly) reproducible system out of it. And if you break something, you can roll back and get the exact same system you had before.

@alexbuzzbee apk because vroom fast and sane command line interface. Also nice to write packages for but that mainly seperates it from dpkg/rpm, since all the shell based package managers seem to be close enough that you can copy code from one into the other with a few tweaks and not run into any issues.

@alexbuzzbee I haven't put a lot of thought into it, since I usually care more about the repos available for them more than the package managers themselves. Instead of picking a favorite, here are some pros and cons I see with each:

apt pros:
- reasonably fast
- easy to remember operations like update, upgrade, install, etc.
- Y is default when prompted for confirmation
- pretty progress bar

apt cons:
- ppas

yum pros:
- easy to remember operations
- update and upgrade are not separate operations

yum cons:
- slow
- N is default when prompted for confirmation
- very slow

dnf: see yum

pacman pros:
- very fast at resolving dependencies and installing packages
- Y is default when prompted for confirmation

pacman cons:
- arguments seem meaningless, and basically require pure memorization or looking up how to do things every time. yay can help with this.

portage pros:
- incredibly flexible

portage cons:
- incredibly flexible
- slower than I'd like at resolving dependencies, but it's also doing a lot more than other package managers (checking USE flag deps as well as actual package deps)
@alexbuzzbee it turns out I have put a lot of thought into it

What's your favorite system package manager (e.g. apt/dpkg, yum/rpm, dnf/rpm, pacman, portage, NOT e.g. npm, pip, cargo) and why?

POLL for self-identified fluent and native English speakers: Does "edible" mean that something...

US politics 

Congress should probably set aside a couple weeks to a month out of each year for at least a decade or so to fix uncontroversial obviously broken things.

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