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  1. Comment on How I’ve convinced people around me to care about privacy in ~tech

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    Honestly, even after 20+ years of fighting this fight, I am still truly amazed and bewildered that so, so, SO many people simply don't care, and even for those shockingly few people that do care,...

    Honestly, even after 20+ years of fighting this fight, I am still truly amazed and bewildered that so, so, SO many people simply don't care, and even for those shockingly few people that do care, the vast majority do not care enough to do anything about it. I mean, Damn it ... why would anybody even need convincing?

    5 votes
  2. Comment on US websites no longer work, at all, in EU (?) in ~tech

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    Still there. I'm now in the habit of regularly firing up the VPN service, as needed ... but it's also a short list of websites with this issue.

    Still there. I'm now in the habit of regularly firing up the VPN service, as needed ... but it's also a short list of websites with this issue.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Proving the Earth is round at home in ~science

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    Works on the Great Lakes, too. Probably other large lakes out there. Not sure of the math, but off the top of my head, I'd guesstimate anything more than 40-50 miles across would be big enough.

    Works on the Great Lakes, too. Probably other large lakes out there. Not sure of the math, but off the top of my head, I'd guesstimate anything more than 40-50 miles across would be big enough.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Combating abuse in Matrix without backdoors in ~tech

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    It seems to me that the pro-E2EE side keeps pointing out that the "backdoor" solution is fundamentally flawed ... while the backdoor proponents keep utterly ignoring this argument. I have yet to...

    It seems to me that the pro-E2EE side keeps pointing out that the "backdoor" solution is fundamentally flawed ... while the backdoor proponents keep utterly ignoring this argument.

    I have yet to see any "backdoor" defense that even acknowledges the problem, let alone tries to address it. They just keep on eternally saying "must stop terrorism (or whatever) at any cost".

    7 votes
  5. Comment on The fake futurism of Elon Musk in ~tech

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    I firmly believe that, along the way towards learning how to terraform planets, and long before we make any real progress on it, we will develop our space-based construction capabilities enough to...

    I firmly believe that, along the way towards learning how to terraform planets, and long before we make any real progress on it, we will develop our space-based construction capabilities enough to make giant self-contained colonies — O'Neill Cylinders — and then we'll start knocking them out like cars, and quit bothering with planets.

    I honestly suspect Musk knows this, too, and just maintains the whole "Occupy Mars" effort, because it's picked up so much momentum.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Driver of the largest mass extinction in the history of the Earth identified in ~science

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    New science on the P-T extinction event, 250M years ago. Spoiler: it was the Russians.

    New science on the P-T extinction event, 250M years ago. Spoiler: it was the Russians.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on US websites no longer work, at all, in EU (?) in ~tech

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    Thanks. Not a EU-wide thing, I guess ... would've heard about it by now. But not a browser thing, either. As I said, I am seeing the same issue with all FF add-ons disabled, and in multiple...

    Thanks. Not a EU-wide thing, I guess ... would've heard about it by now. But not a browser thing, either. As I said, I am seeing the same issue with all FF add-ons disabled, and in multiple different browsers (only exception being TOR browser -- hence my leap to VPN).

    1 vote
  8. Comment on US websites no longer work, at all, in EU (?) in ~tech

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    It's not DNS, and it's not just the radionouspace group of sites. I just tried Clouflare, and also Quad9's unfiltered DNS. Same issue. Reconnect VPN thru Miami, and everything works. Browser spins...

    It's not DNS, and it's not just the radionouspace group of sites. I just tried Clouflare, and also Quad9's unfiltered DNS. Same issue. Reconnect VPN thru Miami, and everything works.

    Browser spins until it times out, about 1 minute.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Radio Nouspace: Experimental internet radio in ~arts

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  11. US websites no longer work, at all, in EU (?)

    So, I had an issue with the radionouspace.net website, referenced here. Since then, I've started hitting the exact same issue on a few other sites ... webpage never resolves, the browser just...

    So, I had an issue with the radionouspace.net website, referenced here. Since then, I've started hitting the exact same issue on a few other sites ... webpage never resolves, the browser just spins its wheels until it times out.

    I went thru and systematically shut down all of my add-ons, no joy. Tried other browsers, does not work anywhere ... except, oddly, sometimes, in TOR. On a hunch, I fired up my VPN service and tried to connect thru a US-based VPN server ... and there it is.

    I have now confirmed, multiple websites (I'm assuming these are all US-based -- have not checked) no longer resolve for me, here in Hungary. Can anyone, anywhere else in the EU, confirm this?

    I'm guessing this is the US response to the latest GDPR ruling against data-sharing across the Pond, but I'm on a "news fast" and haven't been keeping up-to-date ... anyone care to fill me in -- the "in a nutshell" version?


    Update: Definitely something local-ish, probably specific to my ISP. VPN thru Hungary works, non-VPN thru Hungary does not.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Radio Nouspace: Experimental internet radio in ~arts

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    Oddly, the site does not work for me, at all, in FF ... website times out while loading, as if the server were down. Works fine in other browser, though. Addendum. The man behind it, John F...

    Oddly, the site does not work for me, at all, in FF ... website times out while loading, as if the server were down. Works fine in other browser, though.

    Addendum. The man behind it, John F Barber, has several websites — American Dust, Re-imagined Radio, The Brautigan Library, more. Every one of them fails to open in my FF. All work in TOR browser, though. Very weird.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Elon Musk announced Tesla is cutting the price of the Model S the same day competitor Lucid Motors revealed the price of its cheaper Air sedan in ~tech

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    I gave him another 3-6 months after the "pedo guy" thing, on the off chance he had some kind of inside info on the guy to justify the smear, before I (mostly) wrote him off. I still love the...

    I gave him another 3-6 months after the "pedo guy" thing, on the off chance he had some kind of inside info on the guy to justify the smear, before I (mostly) wrote him off.

    I still love the existence of his companies and the things he/they are pushing for.

    I also suspect he used to be a lot better ... maybe always somewhat dickish, but I think "fame and fortune" tends to warp and pervert most people.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on A GPT-3 bot was posting on /r/AskReddit for a week and routinely getting upvoted and replied to in ~tech

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    Caveat: I may be transposing different themes inappropriately here. Just finished reading thru the whole Linehan transphobic IT Crowd discussion, before coming to this ... It occurs to me that a...

    Caveat: I may be transposing different themes inappropriately here.

    Just finished reading thru the whole Linehan transphobic IT Crowd discussion, before coming to this ...

    It occurs to me that a day will come (probably not today, but probably soon, < a decade), when we will begin thinking and talking about bot-rights, bot-phobia, etc, and at least considering the possibility that trying to ID them and figuring out how to exclude them from discussions, may be another form of bias ... as opposed to the current perspective of "asshole programmers unleashing their home-brewed experiments on unsuspecting forums".

    Currently, bots are being used as tools to help manipulate people, politics, etc ... which is going to make it much harder to give them any kind of rational consideration, once they do reach some level of self-awareness ... always assuming, of course, that humans survive that long (an assumption I am daily less willing to concede).

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Dendrite is entering Beta! in ~comp

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    I've tried spinning up my own Synapse server a couple of times, and I intend to try again in the near future. If I ever get comfortable with hosting Synapse, I'll start experimenting with...

    I've tried spinning up my own Synapse server a couple of times, and I intend to try again in the near future.

    If I ever get comfortable with hosting Synapse, I'll start experimenting with Dendrite, next.

    Question: this announcement mentions several other alternative servers ... Conduit, Mascarene, Construct ... has anyone experimented with any of them?

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Helsinki rides the Slush wave toward a booming startup future – six venture capitalists share their thoughts on Finland's tech ecosystem in ~tech

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    Interesting. I've been watching Finland's advance into Tech for awhile now. For the tracker-paranoiacs (like me), my uMatrix refuses to even open this site, due to a GuceAdvertising MITM redirect...

    Interesting. I've been watching Finland's advance into Tech for awhile now.

    For the tracker-paranoiacs (like me), my uMatrix refuses to even open this site, due to a GuceAdvertising MITM redirect ... but it opens nicely in TOR.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on The deep Anthropocene - A revolution in archaeology has exposed the extraordinary extent of human influence over our planet’s past and its future in ~humanities

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    Talks both about the many new and improved tools and techniques becoming available in archeology, and many interesting examples of the things they are learning with said tools. Good read.

    Talks both about the many new and improved tools and techniques becoming available in archeology, and many interesting examples of the things they are learning with said tools.

    Good read.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What are your go-to websites and apps for desktop and mobile wallpapers? in ~talk

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    Years ago, my go-to was DigitalBlasphemy; I even got a paid subscription for a year (and I am quite stingy), because I loved both his work and his business model. It's not photos, but rather,...

    Years ago, my go-to was DigitalBlasphemy; I even got a paid subscription for a year (and I am quite stingy), because I loved both his work and his business model.

    It's not photos, but rather, beautifully rendered digital artwork.

    The site may have changed since then (8-10 yrs ago), but it should still be worth a visit, at least.

  19. Comment on Moxie Marlinspike on decentralization in ~tech

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    I was probably extrapolating ... my main takeaway is that centralized services tend to have more resources at their disposal, probably by an order of magnitude or two, for constant testing,...

    I was probably extrapolating ... my main takeaway is that centralized services tend to have more resources at their disposal, probably by an order of magnitude or two, for constant testing, innovation, advancement, etc.

    1 vote