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  1. Comment on Thoughts on running online communities from the creator of Improbable Island in ~tech

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    Removed at author's inferred request.

    Removed at author's inferred request.

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  2. Comment on Facebook is a global mafia in ~tech

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    This is a myth so widely believed that it's impact is effectively the same as though it were true.

    This is a myth so widely believed that it's impact is effectively the same as though it were true.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Riff.cc, a torrent website for creative commons and free culture in ~tech

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    To clarify; this is not my website but I do know who operates it. I believe the design is unmodified from the default of Unit3d. I will pass on your feedback though.

    To clarify; this is not my website but I do know who operates it.

    I believe the design is unmodified from the default of Unit3d.
    I will pass on your feedback though.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on How accurate are whois records? in ~tech

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    Well I didn't want to cast aspersions when it could just be bad luck but it was namecheap which is specifically named in that hacker news thread.

    Well I didn't want to cast aspersions when it could just be bad luck but it was namecheap which is specifically named in that hacker news thread.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on How accurate are whois records? in ~tech

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    So does that mean that a registrar could claim that a domain was registered 15 days earlier than it was? To be clear I wasn't avoiding whois, rather spitballing ideas into the registrar's search...

    So does that mean that a registrar could claim that a domain was registered 15 days earlier than it was?

    To be clear I wasn't avoiding whois, rather spitballing ideas into the registrar's search function so that I could see the prices before committing to anything.

    1 vote
  6. How accurate are whois records?

    I attempted to purchase a domain this week without first using whois. The registrar's search function got stuck in an infinite load animation. I then checked the whois to find the domain was...

    I attempted to purchase a domain this week without first using whois. The registrar's search function got stuck in an infinite load animation. I then checked the whois to find the domain was registered about 4 hours prior by a different registrar. Bad luck I guess but I can't help feeling paranoid that this was a domain front run.

    My question is how much leeway is there for a registrar reporting the registration time?

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Facebook will ban Australian users from sharing or viewing news in ~tech

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    well I have been owned How optimistic I am about the consequences remains to be seen

    well I have been owned

    How optimistic I am about the consequences remains to be seen

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Riff.cc, a torrent website for creative commons and free culture in ~tech

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    I asked this question on matrix a while ago I think the goal is just to encourage seeding and the kind of a culture of consistent quality, tagging and such that is sometimes achieved by private sites.

    I asked this question on matrix a while ago

    what is the value add over just using a public torrent site or peertube?

    massive, massive speed improvements vs those.
    better UX
    better metadata
    and it actually pays artists, hopefully.

    I think the goal is just to encourage seeding and the kind of a culture of consistent quality, tagging and such that is sometimes achieved by private sites.

    6 votes
  9. Riff.cc, a torrent website for creative commons and free culture

    Riff.cc is a private tracker torrent site that is completely focused on works distributed with creative commons, public domain, gpl or other free culture licenses. It has some plans to allow...

    Riff.cc is a private tracker torrent site that is completely focused on works distributed with creative commons, public domain, gpl or other free culture licenses.
    It has some plans to allow tipping creators and seeders using digital currency.

    You can use this invite to signup (I believe there is a limit of 90 people who can use it).

    https://u.riff.cc/register/fb4dc3bf-af81-43f4-94fb-5afc6b24b159

    17 votes
  10. Comment on Mozilla VPN desktop client now available on Linux in ~tech

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    I don't have access to mozilla vpn atm as it's not available in Australia but I would check their documentation to see if you can connect directly using wireguard instead of their client.

    I don't have access to mozilla vpn atm as it's not available in Australia but I would check their documentation to see if you can connect directly using wireguard instead of their client.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Action Button reviews Tokimeki Memorial in ~games

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    I haven't seen this particular video yet but I will second that previous videos were enjoyable and well worth the extreme duration. You're not the boss of me

    I haven't seen this particular video yet but I will second that previous videos were enjoyable and well worth the extreme duration.

    Don't spend 6 hours watching any one thing straight.

    You're not the boss of me

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Trump took a wrecking ball to media credibility—can Biden repair it? in ~misc

  13. Comment on Progamer: A documentary on the rise of esports during the peak of Starcraft 2 in ~games

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    I kickstarted this documentary in 2011 only to hear almost nothing over the next 9 years aside from a few excuses. I just discovered it was finally released on youtube last month (the 2017 in the...

    I kickstarted this documentary in 2011 only to hear almost nothing over the next 9 years aside from a few excuses. I just discovered it was finally released on youtube last month (the 2017 in the title refers only to a festival screening and not any release) without so much as an email or announcement to the backers.

    While the production was incredibly frustrating this documentary documents some personalities from a key part of the development of esports as it really took off in the western world and is a nostalgic trip for anyone involved with starcraft and esports at the time.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Our experience with the Fediverse, and why we left in ~tech

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    The article makes a declarative statement It is true that it is not a all encompassing privacy feature for all threat models, however it is false to assert that it is not beneficial for some...

    The article makes a declarative statement

    Decentralization still isn’t a privacy feature

    It is true that it is not a all encompassing privacy feature for all threat models, however it is false to assert that it is not beneficial for some people's use cases.

    There is a considerable amount of metadata tracked by social media sites now that is not publically available. Everything from how long you looked at a post, how many times you visited a profile, what you typed but did not send, your outgoing clicks, your mouse hovers that you did not click... it goes on.
    None of this can be data-mined from mastodon and is not even tracked with the official build.

    If the information that is publicly available on mastodon is too much for you personally then it is fair that you may not want to use Mastodon. However that isn't the argument made in the article small, disclaimer withstanding, and is even less representative of the fediverse in general.

    How does decentralization avoid 3rd party trackers? It avoids the addition of a single 3rd party tracker that can track everything

    You have answered your own question. Any random blog likely already has a facebook tracker, google analytics etc, however I doubt that you will ever see a blog with trackers for the thousands of different fediverse servers.

    As to the possibility that any given fediverse server could choose to add anti-features to their site; you are free to use a different server that does not do this, in fact servers that do not do this constitute the vast majority of all fediverse servers now and probably into the future provided that donation models continue to be viable.

    What would prevent a large actor from just buying up data from malicious admins of a large number of servers

    Impossible? No. But the more servers there are the more difficult this is to do. Who do you trust more to not sell your data? The VC funded startup?, or a server maintained by privacy advocates, or a community group... or even yourself?

    In any event these potential threats you raise are hypotheticals in the fediverse while already being standard practice in centralised websites. This is already a notable privacy improvement you can obtain right now, even if it could theoretically disappear one day.

    4 votes