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  1. Comment on Google logged my mother out of all devices and now she can't login in ~tech

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    While i myself have not been impacted by a google lock out (yet), I have been planning to move away from G Suite (way before they announced the closure of the grandfathered free tier)...and the...

    While i myself have not been impacted by a google lock out (yet), I have been planning to move away from G Suite (way before they announced the closure of the grandfathered free tier)...and the constant threat of being randomly locked out was one of the reasons why i am moving to a paid email provider. In my case, i am moving to paid tier on Zoho. I have tested zoho for almost a year (sorry, i was only planning a month or so, but hey life distracts)...and so far, zoho has been great! I highly recommend their paid teir...and its only about $12 USD per year...so quite low pricing compared to other paid providers (though i'm sure there are other paid providers that are good too).

    Also, @lou if you or your mother in fact eventually decide to go to a paid provider - including zoho - do as others have recommended and establish a tight set of recovery and security mechanisms, such as using 2fa/multi-factor auth., separate recovery email, etc. Good luck!

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  2. Comment on Google logged my mother out of all devices and now she can't login in ~tech

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    I'm so sorry that this is happening to your mother! I do not have a solution for you...but I recall reading a similar scenario on hacker news a few weeks ago, where the person was at least able to...

    I'm so sorry that this is happening to your mother! I do not have a solution for you...but I recall reading a similar scenario on hacker news a few weeks ago, where the person was at least able to make a little progress. I'm sorry i don't have the link to the post on HN...but i did a quick search, and here's another recent one which has links to other stuff too: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30770671

    Admittedly, this might take some more research, but if it helps at all: you and your mother are not alone! Good luck!

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Google logged my mother out of all devices and now she can't login in ~tech

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    Wow, that almost seems like an alternative attack vector to sim-jacking...but leveraging the police for generating justification document. I can absolutely see the benefit for a law-abiding...

    Here if a phone is stolen we file a police report and get a replacement sim from carrier

    Wow, that almost seems like an alternative attack vector to sim-jacking...but leveraging the police for generating justification document. I can absolutely see the benefit for a law-abiding citizen to be able to leverage this process...but can also imagine nefarious people to abuse this too. Overall, it sucks that providers like google and telcos create such infrastructure that we as users or customers have to do lots of the heavy lifting to protect ourselves and/or coordinate resolutions ourselves. This all sucks, and this scenario is merely the latest sucky situation. (Sorry, clearly i'm grumpy.)

  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    Within the relevant /etc/nginx/.../pleroma.conf file be sure to scroll all the way down in the file... Because i have found that sometimes the let's encrypt certbot adds an additional, extraneous...

    Within the relevant /etc/nginx/.../pleroma.conf file be sure to scroll all the way down in the file... Because i have found that sometimes the let's encrypt certbot adds an additional, extraneous couple of lines for the "/etc/letsencrypt/live/example.tld/fullchain.pem" snippets. Of course i think the error might be different, but never hurts to double-check.

    Separately, when i used to run pleroma, of all the little cuts in setting it up or upgrading it, the nginx portion was fine for me...its the other stuff that annoyed me...at least a few years ago (so could have been early days). Good luck!

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  5. Comment on Google is wrong. Apple’s iMessage is actually a failure. in ~tech

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    I really, really wished that messaging had developed like email had...in that: one is not tied to a specific phone number/identity (though in email, you can if you wish choose something that is...

    I really, really wished that messaging had developed like email had...in that:

    • one is not tied to a specific phone number/identity (though in email, you can if you wish choose something that is less anonymous, and in fact clearly expressing your true identity... e.g. hotdude123@whatver.net vs john.smith-job-applicant@something.net)
    • not tied to a specific app (with email of course i can choose to use any reasonable mail client)
    • less centrally controlled i.e. not tied to a carrier/provider (for email, if my email address uses my own domain name, i can switch mail providers with little to no impact on ability to send and receive messages from my existing contacts, etc.)

    But, i get, capitalism and the movements of the masses and such. Le sigh.

    EDIT: I forgot to add of course the very important of interoperability across any/all/most systems ...e.g. an email from john@something.net can be sent to/received by linda.something@gmail.com, etc.

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  6. Comment on IRS will soon require selfies for online access in ~tech

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    Similar to @soks_n_sandals, I also signed up for id.me and did not encounter such hassles as was described in Krebs' article. I do recall that certainly there was plenty of hoop-jumping...but i...

    Similar to @soks_n_sandals, I also signed up for id.me and did not encounter such hassles as was described in Krebs' article. I do recall that certainly there was plenty of hoop-jumping...but i don't recall any blocks, nor even the need to connect with representative. Then again, i actually was happy about the hoop jumping because it hopefully blocks (or at least greatly encumbers enough to disuade) the evildoers. Also, happy about the use of multi-factor authentication. And, honestly, we're dealing with potential access to some pretty sensitive information...so i welcome some level of hoop-jumping...Of course, what i dislike is that it is some (yet another) company with yet more of my personal data...which makes for a juicy target.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Your Phone app (also) has an email client in ~comp

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    This was a fascinating read! I'm always impressed when technologists are so smart to leverage established protocols, systems, and/or technology to create seemingly new offerings. Visual voicemail...

    This was a fascinating read! I'm always impressed when technologists are so smart to leverage established protocols, systems, and/or technology to create seemingly new offerings. Visual voicemail - being a much newer offering than email - gets to be sold as a newer service, but really is just an adjusted process/flow for the very-well-established (like several decades old) technology that is the email system (IMAP, SMTP, etc.). Although i do wish we as mobile customers were allowed to play with some of these underlying features directly ourselves...like with a proper API, etc. In any case, this was a fun post!

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Framework laptop review in ~tech

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    That is doubly encouraging to hear! My hope is longevity for this product as well as continuation of their good behavior!

    That is doubly encouraging to hear! My hope is longevity for this product as well as continuation of their good behavior!

    1 vote
  9. Comment on File not found: A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans in ~comp

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    As i read your statement there, i almost immediately thought of that phrase that many system admins note about treating servers as cattle and not as pets. So, i wonder with younger generations,...

    I think that the types of students who don't care about file organization are the same ones who leave the Microsoft Store on their toolbar: their PC isn't a central device to their life, so they don't care enough to customize and organize it.

    As i read your statement there, i almost immediately thought of that phrase that many system admins note about treating servers as cattle and not as pets. So, i wonder with younger generations, and the vast ubiquity of computing devices (as compared to previous generations), there might be plenty of these young folk who treat most available computing devices as cattle - and hence do not customize things - and of course lack any "customized mental model" of customizing their content structure (which others might call file hierarchy, etc.)...In other words, these young folk might not have had enough scarcity in computing so didn't feel the need to curate their content in the way that previous generations needed to. In a world that might be usable by search, maybe that might be ok, but heaven help them if the world pivots somehow. I watch tv shows like Walking Dead and there are characters who don't survive because they might have lived a life that did not expose them/nor teach them survival skills out in nature...so exaggerated as that connection might be, i figure young folks are not gaining experience to older world skills...and that might be ok if newer worlds don't require those skills...i guess.

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  10. Comment on Framework laptop review in ~tech

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    Thanks for this great review! I'm dying to get one of these; but similar to what @Eric_the_Cerise noted, I can't justify the purchase just yet. I'm hoping that in 1 ~ 1.5 years, I'll be...

    Thanks for this great review! I'm dying to get one of these; but similar to what @Eric_the_Cerise noted, I can't justify the purchase just yet. I'm hoping that in 1 ~ 1.5 years, I'll be ready...and of course by then, any bugs and nits from their initial versions should have been worked out by then...though it seems like even those are very minor. :-)

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  11. Comment on File not found: A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans in ~comp

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    Maybe a ban might be too harsh? Much like some sort of "NSFW" label/tag, perhaps there could be a feature to label/tag a link as being "Privacy invasive"? (Mind you, that label/tag verbiage is not...

    Maybe a ban might be too harsh? Much like some sort of "NSFW" label/tag, perhaps there could be a feature to label/tag a link as being "Privacy invasive"? (Mind you, that label/tag verbiage is not ideal, but something along those lines might help to classify what you are describing with respect to privacy.)

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Open source alternatives to Slack, Google Drive and Google Docs in ~tech

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    Yeah, i see your point! I was thinking with the context of an always-on, server somewhere available through the greater internet (up in "the cloud" as others often state)...but, agreed, that...

    Yeah, i see your point! I was thinking with the context of an always-on, server somewhere available through the greater internet (up in "the cloud" as others often state)...but, agreed, that self-hosting software could absolutely simply be as you noted "just run it on your ordinary laptop or desktop".

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  13. Comment on Open source alternatives to Slack, Google Drive and Google Docs in ~tech

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    @Contentus Self-hosting is the undertaking of the responsibility and management of a web service yourself. I like to point to definitions such as on wikipedia...

    @Contentus Self-hosting is the undertaking of the responsibility and management of a web service yourself. I like to point to definitions such as on wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-hosting_(web_services)]...But the gist is: instead of relying on someone else to manage a system for your use/benefit, with the self-hosting model, instead you are the admin of said service. Many reasons that people do this include: privacy concerns; sovereignty of one's data/web presence; desiring to learn the tech that the big entities like Google employ; sometimes only for fun (because they can); etc. One example: maybe someone does not like/trust Google...so instead of using Gmail, they setup a server and begin to manage their own email server (attached to their own domain name, etc.). This cincept of self-hosting has existed for a couple of decades now, but happens to increase in popularity now more so because there's an increase in privacy concerns (related to web services run by big entities) as well as far more availability of system software (thankfully, lots more open source software available for use)...plus, costs are much less nowadays for renting small scale servers that fit perfectly for self-hosting (managing one's own system) for the benefit of, say, one's small family, etc.

    Some say that self-hosting helps to keep costs at bay, and for some services that might be true, but there is always a cost of time/attention...because someone is always managing a system - either another entity or (in the case of self-hosting) you. There's tons more to understand about self-hosting, but i hope this gives you an infinitesimally small idea about it. I'm biased in favor of self-hosting, but even i understand that it isn't for everyone. And even if it might get to the point of being super easy, everyone's life/family priorities differ...so i don't fault anyone who chooses not to self-host. Hey, life can be like a party; if you want to only attend the party, that's cool...orif you want to play host for a party, that's cool too - no harm either way! :-)

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  14. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    As i began to read your point here, I was going to reply with "the fediverse" already exists (accessible via mastodon, pleroma, etc.)...but then upon reading the latter portion understood that...
    1. A decentralised social network similar to Reddit, Facebook, etc that uses technologies like WebTorrent to save on hosting costs/infrastructure.

    As i began to read your point here, I was going to reply with "the fediverse" already exists (accessible via mastodon, pleroma, etc.)...but then upon reading the latter portion understood that (while decentralized/distributed) the fediverse isn't built on tech like torrents nor blockchains, etc....but then wondered if maybe Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) might be more along the lines of what you were thinking? See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Scuttlebutt

  15. Comment on The inside story of how the lowly PDF played the longest game in tech in ~tech

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    I used to have a love-hate relationships with PDFs years ago...I used to love that the experience for reading/viewing a doc was consistent across different platforms, OSes, etc. And i used to hate...

    I used to have a love-hate relationships with PDFs years ago...I used to love that the experience for reading/viewing a doc was consistent across different platforms, OSes, etc. And i used to hate how i needed "special" software to be able to view/read the docs in the first place (vs. say an html file that any web browser or even text editor if i really was crazy enough to want to read the underlying html code - which was of course rare)...this was years ago, and now i have no strong feelings either way. Nowadays, as the article rightly states, so much software is easily available to view PDFs. I also do still see the value that PDFs bring with a consistent viewing experience. But nowadays i prefer web standards like html docs (or html-like docs like some markdown files, etc.) because the flexibility of the viewport is more important to me. By this i mean, if i'm viewing an html file on mobile, the mobile browser will size the text nicely for my eyes (unless the html file has been coded to be too pixel-specific, which is bad dev. practice in my opinion). I do not often have to pinch-to-resize content with html files, while PDFs mildly annoy me with the constant need to pinch to zoom, etc. Again, things are way better than they used to be, but i'm still a fan of web standards. Or, maybe if there was a single document standard that provided the benefits of both perspectives: the flexibility of html where the viewer can flex the experience; and, the choice of PDF-like "locked down"/consistent view for other audiences...Plus, is an open standard so as to avoid locking anyone out of freely using it ("free" as in both price and liberty of source and rights)...Then that would be the holy grail of document formats.

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  16. Comment on How to scrub your online footprint? in ~tech

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    You can try to "muddy the waters"...that is, start to post different/fake/gibberish content that makes it more difficult for others to discern who is the "real you". I think someone might have...

    You can try to "muddy the waters"...that is, start to post different/fake/gibberish content that makes it more difficult for others to discern who is the "real you". I think someone might have already mentioned about adding more noise than signal. This takes work, but maybe start posting fake photos, and all manner of content all over the popular places to get slurped up by social media and search engine crawlers. For a fake photo, maybe try grabbing some from the following site: https://www.thispersondoesnotexist.com/
    Now, this site is supposed to be generated by some sort of AI, so the people portrayed there are artificially created...so who knows...but it can at least give you photos without (hopefully) impacting other real, innocent people. As far as content...maybe there are sites out there that create AI-generated stuff, which you could use similar to the fake photos noted above. Again, none of this removes your footprint...all it does it create a bit more work for you, and hid you a tiny bit more. I myself have not undertaken this approach, so your mileage may vary. But figured it would be what i would do if i was in your position. I hope that helps!

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  17. Comment on Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more in ~tech

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    Ugh, you're absolutely right! More force-fed stuff to have to contend with; bleh.

    Integrating Teams means that there's one more annoyance that I have to disable,

    Ugh, you're absolutely right! More force-fed stuff to have to contend with; bleh.

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  18. Comment on The Matrix Spaces beta in ~tech

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    Thanks @petrichor! And, that link to the matrix.org side of the house really helped too! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

    Thanks @petrichor! And, that link to the matrix.org side of the house really helped too! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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  19. Comment on The Matrix Spaces beta in ~tech

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    In my mind, if i were to oversimplify it, I'd say that Spaces is almost like folders and sub-folders in a desktop email client...which wouldn't be a bad thing, at least for me! Is my way of...

    In my mind, if i were to oversimplify it, I'd say that Spaces is almost like folders and sub-folders in a desktop email client...which wouldn't be a bad thing, at least for me! Is my way of thinking (email client folders) here wrong? Is there a different paradigm that someone could point to which could help clarify Spaces??

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Can anyone recommend a printer? (...ahem...) a Linux printer? in ~tech

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    Wow, I had no idea about Brother printers! I've had luck with HP officejet models (that are of the multi-function kind, with 8610 being the current on e that i have) across ubuntu, Mint, and...

    Wow, I had no idea about Brother printers!

    I've had luck with HP officejet models (that are of the multi-function kind, with 8610 being the current on e that i have) across ubuntu, Mint, and fedora distros...and works good enough. Yes, there's an occasional need for the printer to get a quick reboot, but honestly it impacts Windows devices in the house too...so less a linux distro issue and more a printer issue I'd say. I think historically HP printers have gotten decent linux support because of some HP printer utility that was created for lnux devices...then again, "printer support on linux" is not a topic that comes up when i speak with my buddies at my local linux user group...so i'm happy to learn about Brother and that it works so well with linux; TIL!

    Secondly, @Eric_the_Cerise i share your sentiment that we have many linux folks in our midst!!

    2 votes