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  1. Comment on The Markup iceberg in ~tech

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    I write my Markdown in VSCode which has both spell-check and preview features

    I write my Markdown in VSCode which has both spell-check and preview features

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Hahaha we live in hell: "how do we pay for parking?" in ~tech

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    Not everyone has a smartphone. Many (most) of the systems are not implemented well. The minimum balance "feature" means that many occasional parkers will have to "top up" $10 to buy $4 in parking...

    Not everyone has a smartphone.

    Many (most) of the systems are not implemented well.

    The minimum balance "feature" means that many occasional parkers will have to "top up" $10 to buy $4 in parking and getting the $6 back costs more than $6 effort for the consumer. Across N consumers means the company steals that money.

    One great example is how Daley sold out Chicago parkers to private capital who now gouge both the citizens and government in their rent seeking efforts.

    It's not that it can't be done well - it's that private capital doesn't want it to be done well. Putting citizens first means putting profits second or third. You mentioned a lot of ideals, that could work if they were all implemented. In the real world it's not done that way. There aren't additional policies. The money isn't channeled to related programs.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Hahaha we live in hell: "how do we pay for parking?" in ~tech

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    This reads like you're OK with a few of the 1000 cuts that eventually kill us. Where do we draw the line? Municipality should not have a rent-seeking shit-app for a citizens required duties.

    This reads like you're OK with a few of the 1000 cuts that eventually kill us. Where do we draw the line? Municipality should not have a rent-seeking shit-app for a citizens required duties.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on Hahaha we live in hell: "how do we pay for parking?" in ~tech

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    Regulatory Capture - a government sanctioned monopoly.

    Regulatory Capture - a government sanctioned monopoly.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Failures in accuracy, ethics and responsibility with Linus Tech Tips and LMG as a whole in ~tech

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    I'll pile on to this comment, as someone who's advised 100s of early-stage business operators. If you commit to building a huge company, then you'll become nearly obligated to operate in the...
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    I'll pile on to this comment, as someone who's advised 100s of early-stage business operators. If you commit to building a huge company, then you'll become nearly obligated to operate in the maximise-revenue mode. Taking outside money (Angel, VC) is one step that puts you on this path. If however, you start with a plan to build a "tidy" business -- not a household name, not an IPO -- then chances of being able to learn to operate the business, and grow (at reasonable rates) and operate a small but profitable business -- those smaller operations are able to continue to operate in-line with the original dreams and ethics that were in play when the company was founded. Assuming the business makes it that far (starting a business is roughly a 95% fail rate).

    Many, many, folks I've worked with over the years have expressed regret at taking the outside-money; or bringing the high-growth CEO to replace the founders (with the assumption the founders can focus on the core-value and the CEO will just "manage"). I've never seen it work a different way (n>2000). Once you join the "rat-race" you have to keep running.

    I'm not saying don't ever take outside money -- I'm saying one needs to put very diligent guards in place -- perhaps even putting folks in adversarial roles -- to keep the true "heart" of the business.

    50 votes
  6. Comment on What is your opinion of the ActivityPub protocol? in ~comp

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    I love it. It was trivial to add to an existing tool I have for watching the socials. Lots of personality I follow have some AP , as well as Twitter, etc - but this protocol was designed so users...

    I love it. It was trivial to add to an existing tool I have for watching the socials. Lots of personality I follow have some AP , as well as Twitter, etc - but this protocol was designed so users have control. You can follow w/o being on their server. It's like a fancier RSS.

    The only other protocol based one appears to be BlueSky. IMO they should have built on AP.

    Distributed/Federated applications have more applications than just social.

    17 votes
  7. Comment on What are your thoughts on Bluesky social app? in ~tech

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    And why AT? Why not use the existing ActivityPub?

    And why AT? Why not use the existing ActivityPub?

  8. Comment on What are your thoughts on Bluesky social app? in ~tech

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    My favorite Social site is the pub down the street.

    My favorite Social site is the pub down the street.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on US tax code blamed as wealthy see major retirement account gains in ~finance

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    What's the fuzz with WaMu?

    What's the fuzz with WaMu?

  10. Comment on Moving to PhotoPrism for photo self-hosting in ~comp

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    Use Wireguard VPN to access home network. One UDP hole in your firewall.

    Use Wireguard VPN to access home network. One UDP hole in your firewall.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Futurama Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Is this Season 8 or 11? two threads about Futurama w/different numbers confuses and infuriates Morbo

    Is this Season 8 or 11?

    • two threads about Futurama w/different numbers confuses and infuriates Morbo
    20 votes
  12. Comment on Threads is the perfect Twitter alternative, just not for you in ~tech

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    I'm old. For advertising to work on my I need a tiger yelling at me about sugar coated corn flakes. Why would I even look at your product when you don't have as mascot or a catch phrase.

    I'm old. For advertising to work on my I need a tiger yelling at me about sugar coated corn flakes. Why would I even look at your product when you don't have as mascot or a catch phrase.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on I filed a complaint against Amazon to the US Federal Trade Commission in ~tech

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    Anyone wanna talk about getting kicked off of their affiliate (Amazon Associates) program? Have heard a few other mumbling about getting booted for unclear reasons (your deals are from your...

    Anyone wanna talk about getting kicked off of their affiliate (Amazon Associates) program? Have heard a few other mumbling about getting booted for unclear reasons (your deals are from your business associates) and other such.

    Was thinking to take them to arbitration - but that's $900 to file and another $900 or something for the next step.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on US Federal Reserve announces that its new system for instant payments, the FedNow Service, is now live in ~finance

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    Zelle has no consumer protection. Treat like cash. Only send to trusted parties.

    Zelle has no consumer protection. Treat like cash. Only send to trusted parties.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on How do I get started in self hosting? in ~comp

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    My home box is a less used PC. Runs very stock debian Linux. Services I want to run are in Containers (preference) or VMs (when needed) - depends on the thing. The box exposes filesystem to my...

    My home box is a less used PC. Runs very stock debian Linux.

    Services I want to run are in Containers (preference) or VMs (when needed) - depends on the thing.

    The box exposes filesystem to my Apple and Linux devices. Special folders are replicated off-site (to rsync.net).

    I have large external driver (4+ TB)

    The containers and VMs can share access to those.

    So Minidlna in a container serves content from a folder that is shared with the media collector tools.

    To connect I have another $5/mo box that is VPNed back to it.

    No holes in the home firewall.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on ‘Masters of the Universe’ movie dead at Netflix after at least $30 million in development; Mattel shopping for new buyer in ~movies

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    I saw this one already, I think in the late 80s. He-Man is/was better as a cartoon. The CGI Battle Cat never could cut it. But in the animated world... suspension of disbelief really takes hold.

    I saw this one already, I think in the late 80s.

    He-Man is/was better as a cartoon. The CGI Battle Cat never could cut it. But in the animated world... suspension of disbelief really takes hold.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Credit Suisse inquiry will keep files secret for fifty years, says report in ~finance

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    Good move, this way all the people responsible will be dead or very old before the truth comes out. Less accountability for those "in charge". Wouldn't want to hurt their feelings or risk the...

    Good move, this way all the people responsible will be dead or very old before the truth comes out. Less accountability for those "in charge". Wouldn't want to hurt their feelings or risk the public pressure of fixing systemic problems (that won't be known until it's too late).

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Best way to use Instagram from a privacy perspective? in ~tech

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    Before choosing Insta/Meta as your marketing platform you should really determine if a) everybody is there and b) will marketing there make a difference? For a) there is a big portion of the world...

    Before choosing Insta/Meta as your marketing platform you should really determine if a) everybody is there and b) will marketing there make a difference?

    For a) there is a big portion of the world not on Insta, so evaluate that against your target demographics.

    For b) you'll have to pay Meta to promote to be see and spend a good amount of time building content and publishing. You don't just get an account and then boom 1000s of followers. And the metric that matters is if they turn into dollars for you - so you'd want to measure Meta/Insta vs Print vs Email vs LinkedIn vs ...

    For my own business the Meta properties have been net-negative as a customer channel.

  19. Comment on A new bill would force internet companies in the USA to spy on their users for the Drug Enforcement Administration in ~tech

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    Twilio and TMobile already spy on their clients and will boot your from their platform or block your number if they suspect any cannabis related messages.

    Twilio and TMobile already spy on their clients and will boot your from their platform or block your number if they suspect any cannabis related messages.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on SAG-AFTRA officially calls strike as National Board approves guild’s first walkout against film & TV industry since 1980 in ~movies

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    Sure. And there was reality shows even before those. And it can still be true that the strike was a forcing function to explore (but not discover, that was the wrong word to use) shows that are...

    Sure. And there was reality shows even before those. And it can still be true that the strike was a forcing function to explore (but not discover, that was the wrong word to use) shows that are more strike resistant (or revenue resilient in the face of a strike)

    1 vote