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Just a geek, finding my way in the fediverse.

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Is the eye murdering deck OLED PWM flicker problem in this video?

I'm on mobile with very little bandwidth so I can't check.

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Playing the long troll game by burying your nudes for some poor sap in the future to find.

I respect that.

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The sites shouldn't have to maintain that but browsers should?

Also, some browsers are open source.

There's so many problems with this idea that I don't know where to start. But, I do see where you're coming from.

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Anybody have experience with System76? I've been on the lookout for a replacement for my ancient thinkpad and they came up as a contender along with eluks. Looking for something with no OS or Linux since I'll immediately wipe and install my own

I'll never game on it (just now realizing this is a gaming community :) so GPU doesn't matter a ton. More interested in CPU/RAM/storage and cost. Even battery life doesn't matter a lot since I'm rarely mobile, but nice to have.

Amazon Prime Video won't offer Dolby Vision and Atmos on its ad-supported plan | The company is now facing a lawsuit over its decision to charge $3 more for ad-free viewing. (www.engadget.com)

Amazon Prime Video won't offer Dolby Vision and Atmos on its ad-supported plan | The company is now facing a lawsuit over its decision to charge $3 more for ad-free viewing.::Amazon isn't only interrupting its Prime Video subscribers' viewing experience with ads -- it's also removing their access to Dolby Vision and Atmos unless...

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I've noticed over the last few years that you can always find new releases but "old" material is increasingly unavailable. .

Want the new super hero movie that released last week? Easy.

Want 1984's "The Last Starfighter"? Good luck....

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I've been on mint for ages but when I updated my RAID this year it originally wouldn't recognize it. I eventually got it recognized but it capped the 16TB drives at 999GB for some reason. For fun, I went up the chain to Ubuntu... Same thing

In frustration I went to Grandma's house with Debian and it worked perfect out of the box. I'd spent hours researching it but the best I found was a potential RAID related bug (lvm, specifically, I think) introduced in Ubuntu that, of course, filtered into Mint. Even fdisk reported the physical drives as 999GB in Mint/Ubuntu.

I still don't know the exact cause but I got it up and running so I'm a Debian guy now, I guess.

Granted, my use case isn't super normal since I'm using a BIOS RAID1 (and we all know how fun BIOS RAID can be) with full disk encryption.

Worked out in the end but it made me sad to ditch Mint

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Yep, that's why I made sure to include that "we all know how fun BIOS RAID is" bit.

It was fine with the previous 2TB RAID1, but that doesn't mean anything.

Music Piracy Is Back, Baby (gizmodo.com)

"Muso, a research firm that studies piracy, concluded that the high prices of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are pushing people back towards illegal downloads. Spotify raised its prices by one dollar last year to $10.99 a month, the same price as Apple Music. Instead of coughing up $132 a year, more consumers...

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"when pigs fly: the death of oink, the birth of dissent, and a brief history of record industry suicide"

Look it up if you haven't read it, I never miss an opportunity to post it but it looks like the original demonbaby host is now offline. There are mirrors though.

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I dropped prime after the announcement... Who's next?

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This has been commonplace for decades. The government agencies went big into it after 9/11. Funny thing was that I found out about it from a competing company telling me about how the company I worked for at the time was doing it.

I should note that I'm firmly against it, just that it's not new.

It's illegal to spy on your own citizens in the US, but completely okay if someone else does the spying and you buy the data.

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I’ve been considering this too. I don’t have much time at all to game but feel like maybe I’d do better with a portable than can stream to a TV.

I need to search up if they support all games or just those that have been ported. Surely it’s more than what has been ported to Linux…

But my mouse and keyboard, hmm

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“you’re really good at this and enjoy it so let’s get you into middle management where you won’t do it anymore and will hate your life”

Yep.

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Note: limit of 500 “sorry” cards and 75 kisses for the entire class action suit. You may also opt to receive a free “DNA protection plan” from the same company that fucked everything up in the first place or 75 cents discount on future products (your code expires in 45 minutes).

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“American cheese”. I searched for an image and conveniently Wikipedia shows one with the clarification that it’s an “American cheese single”.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_cheese

But, imagine ten or twenty of those individually wrapped slices wrapped together in another bit of plastic.

You can hit an image search for “American cheese singles” and find a lot more examples.

YSK that chiropractors are not medical doctors and "Systematic reviews... have found no evidence that chiropractic manipulation is effective" (en.wikipedia.org)

“Systematic reviews of controlled clinical studies of treatments used by chiropractors have found no evidence that chiropractic manipulation is effective, with the possible exception of treatment for back pain.[8] A 2011 critical evaluation of 45 systematic reviews concluded that the data included in the study “fail[ed] to...

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But maybe you get a bonus, worse, problem from the chiro? Got to look on the bright side : D

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“There shall be no other date formats before ISO8601. Remember this format and keep it as the system default”

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Pretty much every American I’ve ever met. Dates on drivers license, bank info, etc - all in MM/DD/YYYY … or even just MM/DD/YY

I regularly confuse people with YYYY-MM-DD

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I bailed to signal the day after Facebook bought whatsapp. No regrets and nothing lost :)

Mark Zuckerberg personally rejected Meta’s proposals to improve teen mental health, court documents allege (www.cnn.com)

Mark Zuckerberg personally rejected Meta’s proposals to improve teen mental health, court documents allege::Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has personally and repeatedly thwarted initiatives meant to improve the well-being of teens on Facebook and Instagram, at times directly overruling some of his most senior lieutenants, according...

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I’m also a big digital privacy nut and I can’t begin to fathom just broadcasting all my shit to the entire internet… Particularly through a company that is actively analyzing and monetizing it

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I’m running it on phone, tab (long ago), and desktop… What do you mean?

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Ah, I thought that was by design.

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I’m on vacation so I’ve been posting comments up a storm. Yet I’ve never seen…K …blue ball… Other letters? Before.

I’m just here to see Lemmy grow and I like what I see

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Be careful about “boot camps”, and I say this as someone who teaches at one on the side (coding, not security). A lot of them are kind of like degree mills - pay money, get stamp, maybe worthwhile or maybe worthless.

If you go that route, do a lot of research. The biggest thing I’d look for is that the instructors work in the field full time and teach on the side (because they love sharing info and teaching the next generation). Hire rates for grads is also a good indicator… But take close note of where those hires are at and ask if it’s not published.

Any time I’ve come across these kind of programs where the boot camp instructors only job is teaching, the info is usually 10+ years dated and relatively useless past the absolute basics.

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The relationship with the instructor is something I wanted to touch on but thought I’d maybe rambled too much already.

If it’s a good program, they WANT you to succeed and they want to give you every possible advantage. You can show up to class, do the bare minimum, and maybe pass. But going the extra bit and asking good, useful, questions will get you much further.

I’ve never met an instructor who cares that isn’t up for side discussions, private tutoring, and literally anything that helps the student squeeze as much info as possible before, during, and after the class. I have zero respect for anyone who teaches a class and refuses to do anything outside of the prescribed class hours… Makes me angry just thinking about it.

Edit: also if the instructor is working in the industry then they have a network that you can tap into… which is often more important

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I think I’ll continue sticking to “dumb” cars… at least as much as they’re available.

The “smart” fad can go fuck a duck.

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Ugh, I also have a special hatred for touch screen anything in cars.

Give me fucking knobs and buttons. I don’t want to have to stop looking at the road while I drive a 1000kg death machine because I can’t adjust the air con without looking.

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I just want to say that you’re a MVP for seeding that much for that long. Lots of TBs up there - you’ve helped out a ton of people.

Thank you.

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I’m a fan as well. I got into the Bluetti brand ecosystem and I’m pretty happy with it. Ecoflow is nice too. I wanted it to be self contained and (somewhat) portable which they do well… Way better than I could DIY without spending a lot more.

I think all reputable brands have switched to LiFePO4 batteries but if anyone is just getting into it - that’s the hotness. They last much longer than lion and are less 'splodey.

Pay close attention to the input limits. You can have 2kW of solar but it doesn’t matter if your device can only take 200W for charging :)

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Hah, yeah, measuring the power usage of everything you need to power and doing the math is part of the fun.

I’m in the same boat - primarily a backup for the fridge/freezer in case of power outage. They’ve also come in handy for running AC power tools when you’re nowhere near an outlet. It made life a lot easier when doing work on a remote cabin that isn’t grid tied… Really makes you appreciate how nice it is to have electricity as a labor and time saver.

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Given how much I enjoy knitting socks, encourage others to try knitting socks, and basically never stop talking about knitting socks, I thought you might all appreciate the project notes from my first ever socks.

@knitting #Knitting #SockKnitting

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I feel this in my soul.

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@meggied90 has perfect advice (the others are great too, but that’s the one that resonated with me).

Make sure you’re good with knitting (and purling) first. If you’ve never done it before DON’T start with a sock. Do something like a scarf - it’s much simpler, you can do it much faster, and you can still turn out something that you like and will use. If you want to go even more simple, pot holders / hot pads are “fast” and easy.

I may or may not have a pair of socks that I dived into with fingering weight in 2019 that’s still mocking me. Though I did do two more rows when I saw this post out of shame.

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Occasionally it’s caused some problems with the tracking crapware that the spouse’s company uses in their web platform. Since they work from home and it breaks the main site they use for work, I’ve had to add some exceptions.

I’ve also seen it occasionally cause problems on websites that rely on tracking garbage and outright fail when they’re blocked. Usually I just never go there again but in a few cases it’s been something I was forced to use so I just disable the pihole for five minutes, do what I need, and hope to never visit that site again.

I think there have been maybe eight of these occurrences in the past five years so it’s not a continual annoyance. No big deal and definitely worth it.

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Thanks bud. I was just talking to some friends who aren’t in the path but wanted to see it.

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I see the thumbnail 👍

Edit: from lemmy.world on Thunder mobile

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I have chickens and have seen this meme before, but it’s been years and I think I threw out my back laughing at it again.

Thanks bud.

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Seems I’ve been watching too much Resident Evil.

Doing the quick scroll through my feed and had to pause for what I thought was the umbrella logo.

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I dropped Whatsapp for Signal the day after Facebook bought it. Told my friends who use it that is just a matter of time before they wreck it and exploit it for targeted ad purposes.

Took them a little longer than expected but they announced a couple of years later that they were researching how to do it. And, of course, they cross link your Facebook data and WhatsApp data.

Lots of articles out there on the topic but here’s an excerpt from 2021:

Earlier this morning, Facebook confirmed to The Information that it is developing a team that includes former Microsoft AI researchers and cryptographers to find new ways to collect data from encrypted sources such as WhatsApp–without technically having to decrypt the information.

Facebook can go fuck a duck and I’d never trust anything they’ve touched

Is there a way to repurpose an Alexa device?

My girlfriend gave me an Alexa assistant as a gift with all good will, since she knows I like technology. I know in terms of privacy it is garbage, however I wonder if there is a safe way to use some functions of this device, perhaps without internet. Some way to hack it or something, do you guys know something about this?

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EDIT: I misread. I don’t know what an Amazon assistant is. I’m talking about an Amazon echo below

I have one at a cabin in the mountains that has no internet or cell service. It required internet access to sync/auth with my phone so I did it at home then moved it to the cabin. I think it needed to be auth’d to an Amazon account, despite never planning or wanting to use it with an account. It was a “prize” from work.

It is literally impossible for it to connect to the internet at its location but it is a pretty good speaker. Perhaps the loneliest IoT device ever, but I’d never use it in a connected state.

If you only want it for a speaker, you could wall it off to prevent Internet access even at home

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I tried to recover my Mojang account and migrate it three times. Each attempt gets a stock response asking for certain info (receipt, email, username). When I provide this, I get a response from a different support user asking for the same thing I just provided. After three to five back and forths (with the same questions and the same answers) I get busy, frustrated, and leave it for a few weeks.

Once I have time, I start over and the exact same thing repeats again.

I wrote it off as a loss last year with an asterisk of “another reason to fucking hate Microsoft”

Finally boarded the ship! And all it took was swallowing my pride.

Started learning Linux with Manjaro a few years ago, but there were always stability issues pushing me away from daily driving. I found when I did have time to use my PC, it was largely for gaming, and when any issue presented and needed to be fixed it was a bit of a barrier to entry....

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Welcome to the club, good to have you.

Cookies and coffee are in the break room.

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Ah, this takes me back. Got to love the mushroom

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Thanks bud!

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Ah, great point on FOSS. I know I have it in my original notes somewhere but I need to be sure it makes it into my outline.

I added chmod and chown into the permissions bullet.

clif OP ,
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Great point. I think I have a “flavors” note in my margins somewhere but I’ll ensure it makes it into the introduction.

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Now I’m learning something. I’ve defaulted to using ifconfig for so many years I didn’t even realize that ip and ss were around. I’ll look into them, thanks for the pointers.

And yeah, good idea on file editing. Maybe I should move nano up to the essential category for basic editing and keep vim in the “extras” since it takes a little more training to use effectively, while providing a lot more functionality if you know how to take advantage of it : D

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That is an excellent idea on time management.

Yes - I’m planning to walk them through a real install to a VM and have them follow along so they have a local instance that they can play with on their (win or mac) system. It requires me to spend a little extra time for setting up VirtualBox, but I think it’s worth it since they can then play along and experiment as we discuss each topic. I know that’s how I learn best - you can tell me something multiple times but it’s only when I truly do it that it’ll stick in my memory forever.

Covering the intro, history, etc would be perfect topics to go over while the install runs.

EDIT : I should point out that I’m going to distribute thumb drives to the students that will contain VirtualBox (win+mac) installers, a Linux ISO that we’ll use (probably Ubuntu), as well as that thumb drive being a live Linux bootable drive in case they ever want to plug & boot without using a VM. This will hopefully cut down on wasted class time for “now everybody go download this 4GB ISO” - they’ll already have it available and all in the same drive/directory/etc for every student. From past teaching experience, there’s always at least one that doesn’t come prepared with downloads and such no matter how much I harp on it… that and the ever present “I saved it somewhere and now I can’t find it” 😆

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Excellent suggestions.

I’ve got one example for the shell scripting section - a script I wrote decades ago called serial_killer.sh that’s used to terminate “bad” processes that spin up tens to hundreds of copies of themselves. You do something like serial_killer.sh my-bad-program and it will use a few CLI commands to find the PIDs for all processes named “my-bad-program”, ask you to input the signal (sigterm/sigkill) to use, ask you for confirmation that you want to send that signal to the list of processes (listing all of them with program name, owner, PID, PPID, etc), then kill all of them in one go if you confirm.

That was a hacky fix to a bad approach/configuration, but it was a fun script : )

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