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  1. Comment on Trump says the USA will label Antifa as a terror organization amid unrest in ~news

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    Since I asked this things have gotten so much worse on the ground that what I'm asking -- in this context, at this time -- amounts to a distinction without a difference and so I'm parking my...

    Since I asked this things have gotten so much worse on the ground that what I'm asking -- in this context, at this time -- amounts to a distinction without a difference and so I'm parking my fence-sitting.

    I still believe there's something material to discuss here, but this is not the time.

    Right now, there is a fascist-fancying moron directing trigger-happy bullies to assault, suppress, and kill citizens. My issues around terminology are a rounding error.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Trump says the USA will label Antifa as a terror organization amid unrest in ~news

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    I can see from the existing answers and voting that this might be against the prevailing view, but Tildes might be one of the few places I can have this discussion without having people scream...

    I can see from the existing answers and voting that this might be against the prevailing view, but Tildes might be one of the few places I can have this discussion without having people scream directly at me, so here goes (I present this earnestly and in the spirit of wanting to understand, and apologise in advance if any of what I say or ask is coached in the wrong language):

    From what I've seen of ANTIFA on the news (prior to this week) they come across as a loose band of agitators who cause trouble on behalf of any pro-left (more incendiary, perhaps: "any woke") or anti-right issue that's currently in the public eye.

    More troublingly, this is coupled with the overuse and broadened meaning of terms like "fascist", "nazi", "right wing", etc, which is leading to ANTIFA being a group that are physically fighting anyone that disagrees with them on anything.

    This seems to be summarised in the, seemingly popular, "punch a nazi" meme.

    In my mind that's not constructive or productive, or conducive to getting your own way. In the simplest example I can think of: being an actual Nazi isn't a crime, but you surely want law enforcement to watching the Nazis rather than watching you, and so turning out with the express intention of punching a Nazi means that you're aligning law enforcement against you, and worse forcing them to protect Nazis.

    For context I'm white and British and so I can't claim to have experience or insight of some of the people more directly impacted, and I obviously need to consider this in my worldview.

    For the record, whilst I don't support ANTIFA (based on the above), I am 100% opposed to fascism in any form - it's a cancer that I'd hope we, as nations, had eradicated in 1945.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Let's try to make some quotes of our own in ~talk

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    Couldn't agree more. And to elaborate marginally: if you can't do something then say so. Accepting a task that you know you can't do, and then half-arsing it goes down as a double-fail - not only...

    Couldn't agree more.

    And to elaborate marginally: if you can't do something then say so.

    Accepting a task that you know you can't do, and then half-arsing it goes down as a double-fail - not only didn't you manage to do what you said you would, but you also didn't manage the requester's expectations.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Let's try to make some quotes of our own in ~talk

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    "Be quietly excellent at what you do." I've never been one for making a big deal about what I do, but I've found consistently over time that the people who make the most noise are bluffing the...

    "Be quietly excellent at what you do."

    I've never been one for making a big deal about what I do, but I've found consistently over time that the people who make the most noise are bluffing the most, and it always unravels.

    In my career I have a consistent pattern of joining a place, doing about 6 months and then starting to get promoted through the ranks. Yet I've never asked for it, or directly played for it. I turn up and I do what I do, but make a really good job of it and it works.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast will be exclusive to Spotify later this year, with a multi-year deal in ~tech

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    I've listened to parts of his output for a few years. Over time my curation has gone from just filtering our MMA stuff (not my bag) to filtering out "John/Jane Doe is a comedian, podcast host..."...

    I've listened to parts of his output for a few years.

    Over time my curation has gone from just filtering our MMA stuff (not my bag) to filtering out "John/Jane Doe is a comedian, podcast host..." type episodes because they're just rambling, incoherent nonsense, to now filtering out supposedly "better" content like Eric Weinstein (IMO, the man has never said something that was simultaneously coherent and interesting), Elon Musk (straight up arse-hole) and others.

    It's a shame because he has a good reach and at his best can get some interesting conversations going, but my interest in him and his guests has waned to the point that seeing the Spotify announcement gave me the trigger to just unsubscribe now rather than wait.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on List of open source game clones in ~games

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    Great resource. I had no idea of the scale. Unless I'm missing something though, it's frustrating to click on a game that's listed as free/GPL but that requires the original game libraries!

    Great resource. I had no idea of the scale.

    Unless I'm missing something though, it's frustrating to click on a game that's listed as free/GPL but that requires the original game libraries!

  7. Comment on The confessions of Marcus "MalwareTech" Hutchins, the hacker who stopped WannaCry and was arrested by the FBI in 2017 in ~tech

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    They covered that well. I was reasonably close to what was happening (1 'degree' of separation away from Marcus) and I was assured that he was 100% innocent. I believed this (as did his friend...

    They covered that well.

    I was reasonably close to what was happening (1 'degree' of separation away from Marcus) and I was assured that he was 100% innocent. I believed this (as did his friend doing the assuring) and I advocated for him and against his arrest in the US.
    When the Krebs piece came out I remember worrying that I'd backed the wrong horse, but my view of Krebs has been up and down, so I stuck with the party line.
    When Marcus finally admitted that he actually did do it, I was embarrassed to have defended him and took it quite personally. I spoke against him whenever it came up, although his friend continued to speak highly of him. What annoyed me most was that he was having his friends (and their friends, and communities) fund raise on his behalf against a lie.

    When I read this I was expecting a fluff piece about his resurrection. I'm glad to see that they didn't go there.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks in ~tech

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    Oh my God. This is so perfectly and succinctly put. I feel like this answers so much of what has come out of the sewer of the internet over the past few years. Thank you!

    Taking the radical centrist point of 'I'm not one of those conspiracy theorists but we don't know enough' is damaging, because we do know enough, but that doesn't mean that that understanding is accessible for everyone.

    Oh my God.

    This is so perfectly and succinctly put. I feel like this answers so much of what has come out of the sewer of the internet over the past few years. Thank you!

    13 votes
  9. Comment on What are your opinions on how Boris Johnson has handled the COVID-19 crisis? in ~health.coronavirus

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    and on top of this, the whole thing is shrouded in his trademark mis-information and iterative re-writing of history in an attempt to ensure no one sees the bigger picture of his and their...

    and on top of this, the whole thing is shrouded in his trademark mis-information and iterative re-writing of history in an attempt to ensure no one sees the bigger picture of his and their mis-steps.

    I'd accept and understand mistakes and course-corrections - hell, I'd welcome evidence-based correction to policy and direction back into politics with open arms - but it's the lack of humility and the disingenuous pretence that that mistakes were never made that I find most frustrating.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    We've started playing Battlefield V on Xbox. Much more forgiving as a squad game than PUBG, and much more fun than Battlefront 2. I'm most impressed by the world damage - the battlefield changes...

    We've started playing Battlefield V on Xbox. Much more forgiving as a squad game than PUBG, and much more fun than Battlefront 2.

    I'm most impressed by the world damage - the battlefield changes so much over the course of a 20 minute game.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Does Linux need antivirus? in ~tech

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    Yeah, it's a shitty attitude from what we broadly consider the 'old guard', but the problem is that it's a really easy route to follow - being 'the sky is falling' guy is easier than actually...

    Yeah, it's a shitty attitude from what we broadly consider the 'old guard', but the problem is that it's a really easy route to follow - being 'the sky is falling' guy is easier than actually thinking something through in context. But also, unless the org and the culture is willing to support the infosec guys properly then there's no incentive for them to be anything other that Chicken Little.

    It often lines up that if anything were to go wrong then Infosec would get the kicking, but equally they're supposed to be 'open' to new ideas. That's not something that can necessarily be solved within the infosec team - that needs a higher up vision that enables infosec to be part of the solution instead of 'the police'.

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  12. Comment on Does Linux need antivirus? in ~tech

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    As an Infosec professional, I sympathise. I really do. I've worked in many places where Infosec had a degree of 'power' and used it badly. It's a shame every time I see it. But it's perhaps not as...

    As an Infosec professional, I sympathise. I really do.

    I've worked in many places where Infosec had a degree of 'power' and used it badly. It's a shame every time I see it. But it's perhaps not as simple as most people suppose.
    The issue is based around the fact that it's really easy to be Chicken Little. And even when you're on a team that's trying to get away from that mindset, it's a big gamble to go against Chicken Little because it only takes a single example to prove them right vs your hundreds of examples that never quite suffice in proving them wrong. It takes a big cultural effort to overcome this - but the good news is that I've seen it done right in a bunch of places too.

    OTOH, I've worked in places where I've tried to implement something like "this is my prod so it's my rules, this is your dev, so it's your rules". And this has worked well right up until the point that there's an 'edge case' that absolutely needs implementing and then the flood gates open to all sorts of crazy.

    The best/worst of it was when I'd implemented a new monitoring solution on the corporate LAN and found:

    • open TOR exit nodes
    • Warez server
    • one machine that was aggressively mapping the network and trying to connect to any port it found

    Something common between these three machines? Two things:

    • All 'dev' machines
    • All Linux.

    So, to the point: is AV absolutely necessary? Maybe not - but not because it's Linux, more because of the context and the trade-offs. But equally, just because it's Linux doesn't mean it's low risk or should get a free pass.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Folding at Home: Team Tildes information in ~comp

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    It's not letting me do anything right now - keep getting "Bad Gateway" on pretty much all requests. I'll keep trying and get it sorted. edit: right, I think I've sorted it, but I can't check...

    It's not letting me do anything right now - keep getting "Bad Gateway" on pretty much all requests.

    I'll keep trying and get it sorted.

    edit: right, I think I've sorted it, but I can't check because I can't see the stats pages!

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Netflix will reduce the video quality on its service in Europe for the next thirty days to reduce the strain on internet service providers in ~tech

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    They recently allowed you to turn off auto-play whilst browsing. It was honestly a strong disincentive for me to use Netflix. Glad it's gone.

    They recently allowed you to turn off auto-play whilst browsing. It was honestly a strong disincentive for me to use Netflix. Glad it's gone.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    Good call, actually. Might be worth switching to the browser-based version!

    Good call, actually. Might be worth switching to the browser-based version!

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    It's a work machine so I'm pretty limited on what I can get access to in the logs, etc. But through some pretty blunt testing if Slack is running, I get 2 hours battery. If it isn't I can go all...

    It's a work machine so I'm pretty limited on what I can get access to in the logs, etc. But through some pretty blunt testing if Slack is running, I get 2 hours battery. If it isn't I can go all day.

    Looks like it's doing what Chrome (used to?) does where it's dominating _windowserver to run the GPU at max all the time it's running.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    I'd like to see them address the maxed-out CPU usage on Macs. My MBP lasts less than 2 hours on battery when Slack is running :/

    I'd like to see them address the maxed-out CPU usage on Macs. My MBP lasts less than 2 hours on battery when Slack is running :/

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Work From Home (WFH) Thread - March 16th, 2020 in ~life

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    The biggest thing I learned from 3 years of working from home that I will be very mindful of when it's imposed in my new place from Wednesday is this: they are not doing you a favour by letting...

    The biggest thing I learned from 3 years of working from home that I will be very mindful of when it's imposed in my new place from Wednesday is this:

    they are not doing you a favour by letting you work from home.

    In fact, it's quite the opposite.

    I found myself in a constant destructive cycle of feeling like I owed my employer something for it and that I somehow needed to "make up for it". The consequence was that I was never truly "off" at any point in the entire day: I'd log on first thing, have my laptop with me the whole day, right through to when I went to bed. I didn't have enough work to fill that time but since they were "letting me" work from home I felt like I had to prove that I was worth it.

    Take breaks. Build and maintain boundaries. Turn off. They're not doing this for you!

    5 votes
  19. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Small town in the North West of England. We have one official confirmed case so far. I just heard this evening of a death in a neighbouring area (this won't have been officially acknowledged at...

    Small town in the North West of England.

    We have one official confirmed case so far. I just heard this evening of a death in a neighbouring area (this won't have been officially acknowledged at the time I'm writing this though).

    Next week my work will go into BCP mode and we'll be asked to work from home for 7 days officially. Unofficially this will likely go on for 2 months at least.

    We were told that our local primary school is "ready to close" from next week. Nothing more on this yet though.

    My PT session in the gym this morning was a bit like a ghost town. My local sports club are "considering" their options - we expect the governing body will force their hand, as has happened with other sports like football.

    There's a lot of talk of panic buying in our supermarkets, but other than pasta and hand sanitiser things have been pretty much business as usual round here. I was talking to some of the staff in a Tesco and they were telling me that most people just seem to be buying 2 of things they might normally buy one of with only a small number of lunatics needing to be reigned in.

    6 votes