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  1. Comment on I could use some help with nginx error, please in ~comp

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    It’s probably in the file mentioned in the next line - try a grep to check if this is true.

    It’s probably in the file mentioned in the next line - try a grep to check if this is true.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Abuse and harassment on the blockchain in ~tech

  3. Comment on Why is this pasta so hard to make? Inside an Italian pasta factory in ~food

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    He’s done some impressive dried pasta in the past, in his ramen series - I wouldn’t put it past him to produce something decent.

    He’s done some impressive dried pasta in the past, in his ramen series - I wouldn’t put it past him to produce something decent.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on The upcoming paid personal AdGuard DNS service in ~tech

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    This behavior is more or less how all adblockers work - they have a list of known ad domains and redirect requests to them to go nowhere instead of the machine that has the ads on it.

    This behavior is more or less how all adblockers work - they have a list of known ad domains and redirect requests to them to go nowhere instead of the machine that has the ads on it.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on The upcoming paid personal AdGuard DNS service in ~tech

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    Think of a DNS as another machine on the internet that acts as a lookup table of internet addresses for your machine. Your machine makes a request that says “hey, what is the IP address of...

    Think of a DNS as another machine on the internet that acts as a lookup table of internet addresses for your machine. Your machine makes a request that says “hey, what is the IP address of ‘example.com?’” and the DNS machine replies with “that address is ‘w.x.y.z.’” If your VPN is worth its salt, it includes a DNS, so that your domain requests don’t get leaked outside of the VPN. The VPN itself is just a simulated network that exists on top of the larger network, where the connections are all encrypted to prevent the communication from being looked at by intermediate machines across those connections. VPNs are useful for a few reasons; they let you form a private network without creating your own infrastructure, if the VPN has the functionality they let you choose where it looks like your internet traffic is coming from, and if there are enough people behind the VPN it acts as a sort of internet traffic escrow. This last one is fairly meaningless since most companies would be under the jurisdiction of the country they’re in and must cooperate with requests from law enforcement.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on The upcoming paid personal AdGuard DNS service in ~tech

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    Not at all - I use WireGuard on my iPhone to point to this server. The reason I did this is because apple prevents browser extensions like adblockers afaik. Essentially, when my phone makes a...

    Not at all - I use WireGuard on my iPhone to point to this server. The reason I did this is because apple prevents browser extensions like adblockers afaik.

    Essentially, when my phone makes a request for a domain it reaches out to the dnsmasq DNS server on this VPS. From there, if the domain is in the additional-hosts file it points the domain to the machine - which is to say it returns nothing.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on The upcoming paid personal AdGuard DNS service in ~tech

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    I have a VPS that runs as a WireGuard server, that runs dnsmasq with an additional-hosts file. That file is a processed version of Steven Black’s hosts file that is updated automatically every...

    I have a VPS that runs as a WireGuard server, that runs dnsmasq with an additional-hosts file. That file is a processed version of Steven Black’s hosts file that is updated automatically every morning by a systemd service. Due to the way dnsmasq works, I don’t even need to restart the DNS.

    Clarification: this is not free as in money - you need a machine to run this sort of setup. It is FOSS though.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Common Crawl: an open repository of web crawl data in ~comp

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    I love this dataset, I use a rotating postgres database of 100000 wet samples for NLP training.

    I love this dataset, I use a rotating postgres database of 100000 wet samples for NLP training.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Help needed: slow external hard drive in ~tech

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    I agree, this sounds like a dying drive.

    I agree, this sounds like a dying drive.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on How do I calculate my family's "average family location"? in ~talk

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    I think the ideal way to do this is use a local (since I don’t think you can constrain this to work with a global one) optimization algorithm such that you start with a copy of any one of your...

    I think the ideal way to do this is use a local (since I don’t think you can constrain this to work with a global one) optimization algorithm such that you start with a copy of any one of your points, and minimize the geodesic distance between that variable and every other point.

    Edit: You could probably do this in a few lines of PyTorch code with L-BFGS.

  11. Comment on How do I calculate my family's "average family location"? in ~talk

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    I think using spherical coordinates rather than Cartesian vectors will bias the average? I would have to test this to be sure.

    I think using spherical coordinates rather than Cartesian vectors will bias the average? I would have to test this to be sure.

  12. Comment on How do I calculate my family's "average family location"? in ~talk

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    This is a much harder problem than you might suspect, due to the fact that you’re dealing with continents. You’ll hit issues if you fail to take into account that you’re on an ellipsoid (though...

    This is a much harder problem than you might suspect, due to the fact that you’re dealing with continents. You’ll hit issues if you fail to take into account that you’re on an ellipsoid (though assuming a sphere will be good enough) as well as choose a proper coordinate system.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on How do I calculate my family's "average family location"? in ~talk

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    Wow, that is truly a terrible/great function name.

    Wow, that is truly a terrible/great function name.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Where do I start with _____? in ~talk

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    I agree, but at that point we aren’t too far from telling them to go get an applied math degree. More useful to understand the general structure first in this case, and move on to the deeper stuff...

    I agree, but at that point we aren’t too far from telling them to go get an applied math degree. More useful to understand the general structure first in this case, and move on to the deeper stuff later in my opinion. It’s also useful to keep in mind that there is some separation between optimization problems and optimization algorithms, and things can get hairy quickly.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Where do I start with _____? in ~talk

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    Here’s a list of albums, unordered: New Long Leg Shadows on the Sun Typical Cats DISCO4 The Impossible Kid 2012 - 2017 Hiding Places Geogaddi The Money Store I Know I’m Funny haha Demon Days...

    Here’s a list of albums, unordered:
    New Long Leg
    Shadows on the Sun
    Typical Cats
    DISCO4
    The Impossible Kid
    2012 - 2017
    Hiding Places
    Geogaddi
    The Money Store
    I Know I’m Funny haha
    Demon Days
    Immunity
    Vaudeville Villain
    Currents
    OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES
    Lush
    No Dogs Allowed
    Guns
    Sleeping With Ghosts
    Pinegrove on Audiotree Live
    Replica
    Space Is Only Noise
    GREY Area
    Immunity
    Since I Left You - Spotify doesn’t have the original Australian release, go find that and give this a listen if you haven’t.

    This list is just a handful I could think of - I tried to keep it to things that are fairly well regarded but not too well known. This is based on my own perception as well, so some of these might be very well known and some of them might be very niche, and I just don’t realize this. Well, except Since I Left You - this is well known, but if you haven’t heard it go listen to it.

    Edit: Oh Demon Days as well, everyone knows Gorillaz.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Where do I start with _____? in ~talk

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    Honestly, you don’t even really need to know that much math for ML if you aren’t implementing those optimization algorithms. Libraries like PyTorch and TensorFlow have really lowered the barrier...

    Honestly, you don’t even really need to know that much math for ML if you aren’t implementing those optimization algorithms. Libraries like PyTorch and TensorFlow have really lowered the barrier of entry.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Where do I start with _____? in ~talk

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    Do you have Spotify? Sourcing links will be easier if so.

    Do you have Spotify? Sourcing links will be easier if so.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Where do I start with _____? in ~talk

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    Work towards understanding this paper. It is the first style transfer paper that was published, and likely the easiest algorithm. You will need to understand how classifiers like vgg16 are...

    Work towards understanding this paper. It is the first style transfer paper that was published, and likely the easiest algorithm. You will need to understand how classifiers like vgg16 are architected and trained.

    Edit: Please consider this edit a low effort joke about how your second to last sentence describes the field of ML.

    Edit 2: There’s actually a decent PyTorch tutorial using this algorithm, I highly recommend you use that tutorial to guide your understanding of the paper.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    I mean there are several answers to that, and I think it’s open to interpretation - the digital art, in my opinion, would be the combination of the data in the storage format and intended...

    I mean there are several answers to that, and I think it’s open to interpretation - the digital art, in my opinion, would be the combination of the data in the storage format and intended rendering pipeline displaying the data. A pointer to digital art, again in my opinion, would be the link to a webpage that contains it, the path in your file system to the file, or any various methods of indexing data. I personally don’t believe that an NFT is anything other than a new way to point to the data.

    For your second question, I actually haven’t shown it online at all - I have a single piece at a google images link that I use to show friends what sort of thing I want to do when I ask if they want to model for me. The honest answer is that I’m working on turning the digital art I do into physical art (with more steps than just having prints done, but I won’t expand on that until I’ve actually pulled it off), because that’s how I’d prefer to display it. That said, sharing the link with someone would be a way to say, “here is where the data is, go retrieve it and render it on your machine.”

    I want to say, I do appreciate your line of questioning; I think it begins to adequately address the way NFTs themselves may be viewed as art by others.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    I make digital art myself, because I enjoy it. I’ve written an extended implementation of A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style and trained my own architectures on ImageNet to use with it. I do...

    I make digital art myself, because I enjoy it. I’ve written an extended implementation of A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style and trained my own architectures on ImageNet to use with it. I do photography to support this as well. I value art based on the aesthetic pleasure I derive from it, not the capitalistic value of the art. NFTs are not digital art - they just point to digital art.

    13 votes