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  1. Comment on Among the three major operating systems, which one cares the most about their user's privacy? in ~tech

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    Linux: I think some clarity on terminology will help. I'm not being pedantic, confrontational or political, I'm just trying to provide some clarity. Linux is an operating system (OS) kernel that...

    Linux:


    I think some clarity on terminology will help. I'm not being pedantic, confrontational or political, I'm just trying to provide some clarity.

    Linux is an operating system (OS) kernel that provides services for interacting with hardware but it's difficult to use only those services productively.

    An OS generally refers to the kernel plus additional software that makes it easier to use the kernel's services. Even then a basic OS made from a Linux kernel is not very user friendly.

    Over time, many projects were created to bundle even more additional software together to make it far easier to run, interact and see the results of programs.

    Such a project is usually called a Distribution.

    Ubuntu is one distribution (and probably the most well-known and popular). Ubuntu itself is derived from another distribution called Debian. They are separate projects and both choose what software and applications to bundle along with how they are all initially configured.


    To give my opinion about privacy using Linux.

    As you said Ubuntu made some decisions about the software that gets installed and runs automatically that caused people to worry about privacy. I think most would say that Debian is more on the careful side of privacy than Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu became very popular and a whole myriad of distributions were made based on Ubuntu - each one making its own decisions about the software installation and configuration.

    There are also lots of other Linux based OS/distributions that make radically different choices of software and configurations. The point is you can choose and research which distribution matches you desire and needs but it often takes more work and dedication than Debian or Ubuntu. There's no magic bullet - you'd have to investigate and research each one to be certain about the privacy you consider important.

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  2. Comment on Why Nancy is scrapping its magically bonkers monorail-bus-trams in ~design

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    What an interesting video! I'm a bit fomo-sad because I won't have a chance to experience it. I haven't seen this channel before but on quick inspection it looks to be full of interesting,...

    What an interesting video! I'm a bit fomo-sad because I won't have a chance to experience it. I haven't seen this channel before but on quick inspection it looks to be full of interesting, somewhat left-field travel topics which I'm now going to check out.

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  3. Comment on Jason Sudeikis says ‘Ted Lasso’ Season 3 “is the end of this story we wanted to tell” in ~tv

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    Seems they don't though. I wonder if is a tactic to test the waters for spin-offs. Am I the only one who craves fresh characters, stories and ideas? I get lazy studio execs being risk averse, but...

    Man, you know what, we get it, we’re fine. We don’t need anymore, we got it.

    Seems they don't though. I wonder if is a tactic to test the waters for spin-offs.

    I am Am I the only one who craves fresh characters, stories and ideas? I get lazy studio execs being risk averse, but I'm fed-up with every dead horse getting flogged beyond obliteration.

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  4. Comment on ~s shorts recommendations in ~movies

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    shoutout ot @cfabbro .Focussing on live action. The Eleven O’Clock: I'll just link to this sketch from Fry and Laurie... great minds think alike? Dekalb Elementary: No idea how I would react to a...

    shoutout ot @cfabbro .Focussing on live action.

    The Eleven O’Clock: I'll just link to this sketch from Fry and Laurie... great minds think alike?

    Dekalb Elementary: No idea how I would react to a shooter, but I strongly suspect my fear would vastly overwhelm any tendency for compassion or understanding. Of course I hope never to find out. Strong performance by Shinelle Azoroh.

    The Phone Call: Speaking of compassion I appreciated the unflinching trajectory and unexpected (to me) outcome of this one-sided conversation. Interesting choice of how to respond after the fact and how a small off-the cuff interaction can have a meaningful impact. Talking of unexpected, Sally Hawkins!

    The Silent Child: What a self-centred, heartless person the mother is.

    The Windshield Wiper: Everyone's going to have their own take on the question posed. I have to say I didn't find much to connect with, except for the other question which

    I thought might have made a better subject - What colour do you see when you think about yourself?
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  5. Comment on You can make handmade holograms just by etching lines into a shiny surface. All you need is a compass with two points (a divider). And to be able to get your head around the mind bending geometry. in ~creative

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    I want to mention another maths channel I follow (that I forgot about when you posted) and that's Mathlologer.

    I want to mention another maths channel I follow (that I forgot about when you posted) and that's Mathlologer.

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  6. Comment on ~s shorts recommendations in ~movies

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    I'm working my way through them, albeit slowly as I'm also following recommendations of full length features from another site. I'm actually a bit overwhelmed by the number of recommendations....

    I'm working my way through them, albeit slowly as I'm also following recommendations of full length features from another site. I'm actually a bit overwhelmed by the number of recommendations. This is going to be more of a marathon.

    I started with Pixar - Bao, Lou, Burrow and Piper (my favourite from Pixar so far).

    I did enjoy Caterpillarplasty because I'm drawn to bizarre or uncomfortable movies (I genuinely love Eraserhead which I re-watched recently too). It reminded me of something I read ages ago from the point of view of a caterpillar describing the physical pain and torment of the actual transformation process and another distorted memory of a novel (I think) where the narrator philosophises about whether the caterpillar and butterfly are the same identity or not and how it relates to our own changing sense of identity. An interesting framing I thought.

    I've watched 4 or 5 at random from the Short of the Week youtube channel suggested by @scrambo (and subscribed too so I'll be watching them as they are published in future.)

    Others I watched.

    Two Distant Strangers which explores police racial abuse in the unexpected form of sci-fi time loop! It's hard not to feel angry but I'm also aware I can't really comment too much as a white guy whose only racial abuse is being treated over-kindly in every country I've ever visited.
    The Neighbours' Window. I liked the idea that witnessing a sad and poignant story unfold in an apartment across the street not being such a one-sided experience.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on You can make handmade holograms just by etching lines into a shiny surface. All you need is a compass with two points (a divider). And to be able to get your head around the mind bending geometry. in ~creative

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    I have barely pursued maths since I graduated and I do find that channel more accessible and interesting than 3Blue1Brown. That's not criticism of Grant Sanderson, just my own reaction to the...

    I have barely pursued maths since I graduated and I do find that channel more accessible and interesting than 3Blue1Brown. That's not criticism of Grant Sanderson, just my own reaction to the direction, presentation and choice of material.

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  8. Comment on You can make handmade holograms just by etching lines into a shiny surface. All you need is a compass with two points (a divider). And to be able to get your head around the mind bending geometry. in ~creative

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    Steve Mould has a knack of choosing such interesting and unusual subjects (with some technical/engineering depth to them). I love his channel and I don't think I've ever seen a bad video there. I...

    Steve Mould has a knack of choosing such interesting and unusual subjects (with some technical/engineering depth to them). I love his channel and I don't think I've ever seen a bad video there. I realise this just means we have some kind of alignment of interests but I haven't come across any other channels like that. I suppose Veritasium is similar but those videos feel a bit more hit and miss to me.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on ~s shorts recommendations in ~movies

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    Wow I'm blown away by the massive amount of recommendation in this thread. Way more than I expected and the fact that so many of them are available to stream without payment.

    Wow I'm blown away by the massive amount of recommendation in this thread. Way more than I expected and the fact that so many of them are available to stream without payment.

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  10. Comment on ~s shorts recommendations in ~movies

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    Pixar are certainly welcome since we've currently got a Disney+ subscription although haven't checked yet whether it's their whole catalogue.

    Pixar are certainly welcome since we've currently got a Disney+ subscription although haven't checked yet whether it's their whole catalogue.

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  11. Comment on ~s shorts recommendations in ~movies

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    Cheers for these. I can never fathom why some things are region locked but others are free to stream. Anyhow, I'll start off with the one's I can watch on their site and see if I can find other...

    Cheers for these. I can never fathom why some things are region locked but others are free to stream. Anyhow, I'll start off with the one's I can watch on their site and see if I can find other means for the rest.

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  12. Comment on ~s shorts recommendations in ~movies

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    I'm amazed these are all on youtube and grateful for the links too! Thanks!

    I'm amazed these are all on youtube and grateful for the links too! Thanks!

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  13. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I haven't and I will. Any favourite or that you particularly enjoyed?

    I haven't and I will. Any favourite or that you particularly enjoyed?

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  14. ~s shorts recommendations

    So I'm on a movie kick after realising I haven't paid attention to movies for a number of years now. I may have seen less than 10 movies last year. One thing I miss from when I was growing up is...

    So I'm on a movie kick after realising I haven't paid attention to movies for a number of years now. I may have seen less than 10 movies last year.

    One thing I miss from when I was growing up is when a trip to the cinema always started with a short followed by the main film.

    So here's my pr(e/o)mise:

    Recommend me your favourite short movies (from any director / year / genre) and I will do my best to track down and watch it (by fair means or foul!)

    Also let me know the best way to follow up - add a comment in this thread, make a new post or just shut up (I won't be offended).

    I thought it might be interesting to compare notes and ideas.

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  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I just finished the 2nd season of Bored To Death - an oblique take on a private detective case of the week show. More theatrically camp than noir but such a refreshing angle to take. Witty, fresh...

    I just finished the 2nd season of Bored To Death - an oblique take on a private detective case of the week show. More theatrically camp than noir but such a refreshing angle to take. Witty, fresh and entertaining with a light hearted study of relationships and their ups and downs - life's vicissitudes as my English teacher was fond of saying.

    Created by Jonathan Ames. It was only after I finished that I saw that he created Blunt Talk too - which I also thoroughly enjoyed - for its similarly sidelong approach aimed at Network News.

    Looking forward to catching up on the 3rd and final season next week.

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  16. Comment on Z-Library returns on the clearnet in full hydra-mode in ~tech

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    Directing multiple domains and sub-domains to servers seems trivial. Presumably the actual servers are behind a bunch of reverse proxies in a country less co-operative to US law enforcement (they...

    Directing multiple domains and sub-domains to servers seems trivial. Presumably the actual servers are behind a bunch of reverse proxies in a country less co-operative to US law enforcement (they way torrent sites do).

    Registering millions of domains would be far too costly I think. From what I remember it can take a couple of days for DNS to propagate. So I guess they just maintain a queue of new random domains to register, then after a couple of days, start assigning unique sub-domains to users as needed. If/when domains get taken down, re-assign those users affected to domains fresh off the queue. Rinse and repeat.

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  17. Comment on What happened to Google Search? in ~tech

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    After some experimentation I don't think it needs a script. I believe the video filter is a simple url search parameter - sp=EgIQAQ I already have a Firefox keyword search 1 for youtube so I just...

    After some experimentation I don't think it needs a script. I believe the video filter is a simple url search parameter - sp=EgIQAQ

    I already have a Firefox keyword search 1 for youtube so I just extended that bookmark to add &sp=EgIQAQ.

    I know it can be done with Chrome too; I just don't know how. Pull requests welcome :)


    Footnote 1 The easiest way to make a keyword search in Firefox is to right click in the youtube search box and choose "Add a keyword for this search...".

    Firefox will create a bookmark and prompt you for the keyword. In my case I already have one (using the keyword v - for video). The bookmark it creates includes a %s placeholder - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%s

    Now edit the bookmark and add &sp=EgIQAQ to the end of its URL.

    To use it, In the URL bar, type your keyword followed by your desired search criteria and firefox replaces the %s with whatever you typed in.

    So in my case typing "v turkey earthquake" is transformed into "https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=turkey+earthquake&sp=EgIQAQ" and if I check the Filters - indeed the Video option is selected.

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  18. Comment on What happened to Google Search? in ~tech

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    Ooh thanks, I will definitely try this. It should be possible to automate it too - I'll see if I can hack together a GM script although not today. Whatever metrics they decide are most important...

    Ooh thanks, I will definitely try this.

    It should be possible to automate it too - I'll see if I can hack together a GM script although not today.

    Why they chose to pollute the search results page like that, and to such an extreme, I have no fucking idea.

    Whatever metrics they decide are most important increase. We're not the people they are interested in keeping on their site. It feels like I'm always not that type of person. It always appears to be an inevitable corporate race to the bottom of the barrel.

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  19. Comment on What happened to Google Search? in ~tech

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    Something changed recently at youtube (past few months) as search results have noticeably dropped off a cliff. The thing I use it for particularly is music - mostly using artist and track/album....

    YouTube's search isn't all that great,

    Something changed recently at youtube (past few months) as search results have noticeably dropped off a cliff. The thing I use it for particularly is music - mostly using artist and track/album. So much totally unrelated garbage that is obviously being pushed independent of relevance.

    Search results before were a bit hit or miss. but you'd generally get related stuff on the first page and near to the top but no more. It's almost random now what results appear.

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  20. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    This has been on repeat since I saw it posted. Maybe 15-20 times so far. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (Gumi & Soru Remix) It must take a lot of guts (or hubris) to decide to cover such an...

    This has been on repeat since I saw it posted. Maybe 15-20 times so far.

    Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (Gumi & Soru Remix)

    It must take a lot of guts (or hubris) to decide to cover such an iconic song.
    I have a looong list of covers that are substantially different from the originals. I kind of collect them, and I really like this version. It's individual and in a metamorphosed genre without being excessive, though I think there are a few missteps.

    1 vote