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  1. Comment on IRS will soon require selfies for online access in ~tech

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    Same here. I couldnt get the desktop version of the site, and the mobile version would not work with my crappy phones front facing camera. I ended up having to do some user-agent shenannigans to...

    Same here. I couldnt get the desktop version of the site, and the mobile version would not work with my crappy phones front facing camera. I ended up having to do some user-agent shenannigans to get the mobile version of the site on my desktop browser...

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  2. Comment on Judge says BNSF unions can’t strike over new attendance rule in ~news

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    I dont get how one can make it illegal to strike... What happens if the workers just... refuse to show up? what is a strike other than that?

    I dont get how one can make it illegal to strike... What happens if the workers just... refuse to show up? what is a strike other than that?

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  3. Comment on The upcoming paid personal AdGuard DNS service in ~tech

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    Pi hole would only be able to work outside of your home network if you expose it to the public internet (bad idea, pi-hole is made for internal use, has no way of authenicating DNS users, so you...

    Pi hole would only be able to work outside of your home network if you expose it to the public internet (bad idea, pi-hole is made for internal use, has no way of authenicating DNS users, so you will just get it swamped), or vpn into your home network using something like wiregaurd (good idea, pi-hole has instructions on how to do this in their docs.)

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  4. Comment on Developer nukes his extensively used JS libraries to protest corporate use without compensation in ~tech

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    if the GPL is unpalatable for a corporation, they will simply either not use it, or reach out to the copyright owner for an individual license. (The GPL does not ind the author in any way,...

    if the GPL is unpalatable for a corporation, they will simply either not use it, or reach out to the copyright owner for an individual license. (The GPL does not ind the author in any way, excepting that the license is perpetual. The author is free to license the work to individuals under terms of their choosing.)

    Alternatively, if your project is art, not code, you could use creative commons share-alike noncommercial, but keep in mind that that keeps it from being used in any commercial context, including things like one-person home businesses and the like. Businesses would have to get their own license the same way as I described above. For code, i'm unaware of a copyleft license that is easy to modify to include a non-commercial clause, as code based copyleft licenses have quite a few edge cases to cover.

    Regardless, restricting the usage of your software in your license violates both criteria 6 of the definition of open source software as well as freedom 0 of free software.

    IMHO, I license all my code under GPLv3 (or AGPL if its a server-side product), as while I don't care if a company uses it, I do very much care if someone (an individual or a company) uses it to create a proprietary product. That's the fundamental issue here, is a company using a piece of software without giving any changes they make back to the community. Its what separates Linux from BSD, for example. BSD was yoinked by apple, and while BSD is still developed by its own developers, apple has never (and likely will never) give back the numerous changes they have made. Linux, on the other hand, cannot really be 'yoinked' in the same way. (that is, as long copyright holders are willing to litigate GPL violations, which is why said litigation is important.) Any company that tries to add their own modifications without releasing said modifications can be sued with penalties up to and including an injunction preventing the company from distributing the product in question.

    I guess this post is long enough I should reiterate my final point... While there are ways to do what you want to, the point of open source is not to restrict who can use the software, or what they can use it for. Its a way of keeping the software open, no matter who takes up the torch of the developer.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Developer nukes his extensively used JS libraries to protest corporate use without compensation in ~tech

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    This is the problem with all permissive licences. Should have made it GPL or another copyleft licence.

    This is the problem with all permissive licences.

    Should have made it GPL or another copyleft licence.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on University loses 77TB of research data due to backup error in ~tech

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    Yup. my server has a RAID1 so that it doesnt go down due to wear, and daily backups to tarsnap for more unexpected things happening. I think RAID is good for routine failures (hardware wear,...

    Yup. my server has a RAID1 so that it doesnt go down due to wear, and daily backups to tarsnap for more unexpected things happening. I think RAID is good for routine failures (hardware wear, mostly), but not much else.

    But that doesnt fit into a trite little poem very well.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on University loses 77TB of research data due to backup error in ~tech

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    which is exactly what I was trying to say. my sentence was ambiguous though. I meant that RAID and mirrored filesystems were examples of 'A backup that automatically mirrors changes without...

    which is exactly what I was trying to say. my sentence was ambiguous though. I meant that RAID and mirrored filesystems were examples of 'A backup that automatically mirrors changes without storing history'. Ive had too many clients call raid a backup. It is not. Edited my post.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on University loses 77TB of research data due to backup error in ~tech

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    1 backup is no backups. Backups in one location is no backups. A backup not tested is no backups. A backup that automatically mirrors changes without storing history (RAID or other mirrored...

    1 backup is no backups.

    Backups in one location is no backups.

    A backup not tested is no backups.

    A backup that automatically mirrors changes without storing history (RAID or other mirrored filesystems are example of systems that fail to do this) is no backups.

    Data not backedup does not exist.

    16 votes
  9. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    Id love to take tower of guns and armello!

    Id love to take tower of guns and armello!

  10. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    Ill take a wold of goo! I loved human resource machine and its sequel.

    Ill take a wold of goo! I loved human resource machine and its sequel.

  11. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    just this month, ive fallen into deep rock galactic... again.

    just this month, ive fallen into deep rock galactic... again.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on The secondary market in gift cards in ~finance

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    Im suprised he doesnt talk about the other end of gift card fraud, where the fraudster is the one selling the gift card. In IT, I see a lot of scams. A suprsing amount of malicious email is not...

    One potential answer is fraudsters, but that is obviously unsatisfactory. A marketplace which doesn’t stay ahead of fraudsters will find itself turned into a money pump, as it pays real money for gift cards, gets paid with stolen credit cards by fraudsters, and then has those purchases reversed by the banks of the defrauded individuals. It’s obvious that a marketplace which doesn’t solve this problem will close doors in a matter of weeks, and indeed fraud management is one of the largest technical and operational concerns of gift card marketplaces.

    Im suprised he doesnt talk about the other end of gift card fraud, where the fraudster is the one selling the gift card. In IT, I see a lot of scams. A suprsing amount of malicious email is not just phishing, but scamming as well. They will often, under the claim of authority (impersonating the company ceo, claiming that they have unpaid fines they must immediately pay, etc) instruct the user to buy a medium amount of gift cards (1 to 3 digits, any more and they tend to instruct the user to buy cryptocurrency) and reply to the email with all the codes to the gift cards.

    And these things work, too. I remember when I worked at a small computer repair shop, I got a call from a lady who had been persuaded that she owed the DMV a $200 fine, and was instructed to pay it in the form of gift cards (I dont remember the type, sorry). Of course, much to her dismay, there was nothing our little computer shop could do to get her money back, and they hadnt installed anything on her laptop.

    I would be very suprised if these selling fraudsters were not a significant portion of the gift card supply.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Sarco suicide capsule ‘passes legal review’ in Switzerland in ~life

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    Id have to say I agree with the psychiatrists with this one. Using an AI to establish a persons mental health is a wholly unfit purpose for any AI out there.

    P.N.: Currently a doctor or doctors need to be involved to prescribe the sodium pentobarbital and to confirm the person’s mental capacity. We want to remove any kind of psychiatric review from the process and allow the individual to control the method themselves.

    Our aim is to develop an artificial intelligence screening system to establish the person’s mental capacity. Naturally there is a lot of scepticism, especially on the part of psychiatrists. But our original conceptual idea is that the person would do an online test and receive a code to access the Sarco.

    Id have to say I agree with the psychiatrists with this one. Using an AI to establish a persons mental health is a wholly unfit purpose for any AI out there.

    18 votes
  14. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    TBH, I have no proof. it very well could have been an enterprising wardriver or a script kiddie neighbor who just got lucky with their timing. Besides, I have no recording of the incident other...

    TBH, I have no proof. it very well could have been an enterprising wardriver or a script kiddie neighbor who just got lucky with their timing. Besides, I have no recording of the incident other than my own memory. I was stupid and didnt save the logs.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Eh, unless they start soldering their wireless chips onto the board, it will almost always be possible for a tinkerer to crack open the plastic and just rip out the wireless chip. Thats what I did.

    Eh, unless they start soldering their wireless chips onto the board, it will almost always be possible for a tinkerer to crack open the plastic and just rip out the wireless chip. Thats what I did.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    I know this is anectdotal, but I once saw almost 10k failed connection attempts in one hour the same day I got a vizio. My suspicion has always been that the TV tried a short wordlist on my...

    I know this is anectdotal, but I once saw almost 10k failed connection attempts in one hour the same day I got a vizio. My suspicion has always been that the TV tried a short wordlist on my network to connect. It could have been a coincidence, of course, but they stopped after I opened it up and removed the wireless board.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Is weed now legal in Germany? in ~news

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    Lets hope they go through the process, and dont do what South Dakota did, and evade the whole thing...

    Lets hope they go through the process, and dont do what South Dakota did, and evade the whole thing...

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Despite having just 5.8% sales, over 38% of bug reports for the game "ΔV: Rings of Saturn" come from the Linux community in ~comp

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    Neat! one of those 400 is me! great game!

    Neat! one of those 400 is me! great game!

    10 votes
  19. Comment on Two disbarred lawyers sued a Texas doctor who performed an abortion. Flustered ‘pro-lifers’ are backpedaling in ~health

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    IIRC, the texas law specifically allows out of state suits, as well as granting anyone, whether they have interacted with the person they are suing or not, standing and statutory damages for the suit.

    IIRC, the texas law specifically allows out of state suits, as well as granting anyone, whether they have interacted with the person they are suing or not, standing and statutory damages for the suit.

    9 votes
  20. Comment on Scientists present plan to cool the world through geoengineering whiter clouds in ~enviro

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    That is, in fact, the point. (well, not specifically the ocean, but land as well) The goal is to reduce the total energy that gets input into the earth as a system, to concentrate for things like...

    just that on average we reduce the amount of energy going into the ocean

    That is, in fact, the point. (well, not specifically the ocean, but land as well)

    The goal is to reduce the total energy that gets input into the earth as a system, to concentrate for things like more energy being trapped by co2 and more energy being absorbed in the first place by melting ice caps reducing albedo.

    Making the cloud 'whiter' reduces the energy absorbed by earth by increasing the energy reflected back into space.

    At this point, we are past the point of caring to much about minor effects to sea life. Continued warming is an existential threat to humanity, and needs to be stopped, even if it leads to an extinction or two. There will be a lot more extinctions if warming continues un-combated.

    9 votes