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  1. Comment on Teddit : the alternative, privacy respecting, front page of internet in ~tech

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    Teddit is an SDF sponsored and operated alternative Reddit viewer. From the About page:

    Teddit is an SDF sponsored and operated alternative Reddit viewer. From the About page:

    Teddit is a free and open source alternative Reddit front-end focused on privacy. Teddit doesn't require you to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. The source is available on Codeberg at https://codeberg.org/teddit/teddit.

    • Operated and supported by the SDF Public Access UNIX System
    • No JavaScript or ads
    • All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Reddit
    • Prevents Reddit from tracking your IP or JavaScript fingerprint
    • Lightweight (teddit frontpage: ~30 HTTP requests with ~270 KB of data downloaded vs. Reddit frontpage: ~190 HTTP requests with ~24 MB)
  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I read that book in high school (err, quite a while ago) and really enjoyed it. I remember finding a lot of esoteric bits of history in the book that led me down quite a few rabbit holes in...

    I read that book in high school (err, quite a while ago) and really enjoyed it. I remember finding a lot of esoteric bits of history in the book that led me down quite a few rabbit holes in parallel to the book. But I’ve also heard the book described as nothing more than intellectual chest beating by Eco. Still, I thought it was a fun read.

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  3. Comment on Facebook changes name to Meta: Mark Zuckerberg announces company rebrand as it moves to the metaverse in ~tech

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    Apparently “meta” sounds like the word for “dead” in Hebrew, and there are some funny memes going around about that. (Hopefully I’m not posting on this thread too late; I don’t mean to necrobump.)

    Apparently “meta” sounds like the word for “dead” in Hebrew, and there are some funny memes going around about that.

    (Hopefully I’m not posting on this thread too late; I don’t mean to necrobump.)

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Spooky books or short stories? in ~books

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    That Wikipedia entry alone looks like a great reading list!

    That Wikipedia entry alone looks like a great reading list!

    1 vote
  5. Spooky books or short stories?

    I often re-read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow around Halloween time. If you haven't read the original (published in 1819), it's a really fun read, with great descriptions of (obviously somewhat...

    I often re-read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow around Halloween time. If you haven't read the original (published in 1819), it's a really fun read, with great descriptions of (obviously somewhat fictionalized) life in a town on the banks of the Hudson River in 1790.

    What other short stories or books would you recommend for the Halloween season?

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Does anyone know anything about the computers used in vehicles? in ~comp

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    From these answers, it sounds like automotive computers are more stable than personal computers because they are single purpose (or limited/known purpose). Does the same description apply to...

    From these answers, it sounds like automotive computers are more stable than personal computers because they are single purpose (or limited/known purpose). Does the same description apply to computers in airlines? Or are there differences?

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    My Ántonia by Willa Cather

    My Ántonia by Willa Cather

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    This was the first year our apple tree had enough fruit for us and the deer, so we had some apples. Our persimmon tree didn’t fare quite as well, but we do have five or six not-yet-ripe persimmons...

    This was the first year our apple tree had enough fruit for us and the deer, so we had some apples. Our persimmon tree didn’t fare quite as well, but we do have five or six not-yet-ripe persimmons that seem to have escaped in a spot the deer can’t reach. Hopefully we’ll be able to eat those in a week or so.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Plans for $400-billion new city in the American desert unveiled in ~design

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    Apparently it's somewhere in the desert, or in "the Appalachian region" (a pretty large, non-arid region depending on how you define it).

    However, why the *$#% would you build it in the desert?

    Apparently it's somewhere in the desert, or in "the Appalachian region" (a pretty large, non-arid region depending on how you define it).

    7 votes
  10. Comment on A breathing tube through the butt could be an alternative to mechanical ventilators in ~science

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    The future of scuba diving looks… different.

    The future of scuba diving looks… different.

    13 votes
  11. Comment on 'Democracy for sale': Analysis ties corporate consolidation to increased lobbying in ~misc

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    My thesis is that a large portion of the voting public engages only in the conversations that are shaped by the corporate mainstream media. Because of this, the topics that are inconvenient to...

    somehow it never manages to hold a top spot in the larger cultural, and political, conversations the way it seems like it should.

    My thesis is that a large portion of the voting public engages only in the conversations that are shaped by the corporate mainstream media. Because of this, the topics that are inconvenient to corporate profits are either fed to them in a form that is garbled with calculated misinformation or simply ignored.

    I don’t have ideas about how to solve this problem, other than supporting sources of non-profit journalism and forums for activist discussion.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Alphabet’s drone delivery service Wing hits 100,000 deliveries milestone in ~tech

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    I can imagine a trend in suburban yard landscaping to include drone landing pads or package drop zones.

    I can imagine a trend in suburban yard landscaping to include drone landing pads or package drop zones.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on 'Democracy for sale': Analysis ties corporate consolidation to increased lobbying in ~misc

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    "The antitrust laws were a response to rising economic concentration, and the laws' framers recognized that concentrated economic power can poison our democracy," he writes. "This article is a starting point but hopefully also a reminder that antitrust is equipped and designed to grapple with the political ramifications of economic concentration. Those crafting and enforcing the doctrine should feel empowered to step into the shoes they were meant to fill."

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    You “need” a lot less caffeine than you think you do, even if you’re hopelessly addicted.

    You “need” a lot less caffeine than you think you do, even if you’re hopelessly addicted.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on The promise of open-source intelligence in ~tech

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    This article seems to carry on the spark of optimism that existed during the early days of the public internet. I think there is some reason to be optimistic about groups like Bellingcat; but I...

    The likelihood that the truth will be uncovered raises the cost of wrongdoing for governments. Although OSINT might not prevent Russia from invading Ukraine or China from building its gulag, it exposes the flimsiness of their lies. Eliot Higgins, Bellingcat’s founder, is right when he describes his organisation as “an intelligence agency for the people”.

    This article seems to carry on the spark of optimism that existed during the early days of the public internet. I think there is some reason to be optimistic about groups like Bellingcat; but I also am pessimistic about the willingness of corporate owned mass media to carry news that governments want to remain buried. Even if such reports and information are available, most of the public won't see them if they remain dependent on sources like Fox or CNN for their news.

    2 votes