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  1. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

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    Ehh, not really. It's a wishy-washy fine line we're talking about, but if someone's a redditor (insert tildes eponym) who has a business, that implies they're a tilder first, a business second....

    Ehh, not really. It's a wishy-washy fine line we're talking about, but if someone's a redditor (insert tildes eponym) who has a business, that implies they're a tilder first, a business second. Their primary purpose for being on this site is to be on this site, interact with it, etc. A business with a tildes account whose only purpose is to market their business doesn't belong on this site, and they wouldn't get the benefit of the doubt and a self promotion tag, they'd just be reported.

    The VPN self-promotion example I mentioned is borderline. I'd be inclined to report them outright, but instead tagged them as self-promotion. Here's their post. The linked article was a very basic and straightforward comparison benchmark. The article was clearly self promotion if you know the history of the user, but it stood on its own as a semi-interesting article. This is the ideal use-case for the self-promotion tag if you ask me. It's there for full disclosure, to identify the motivations behind an article.

    I guess now that I've said that I'm going to have to try and defend @nkv and why they're a tilder, tildoe, tildoor, tildee, etc rather than a business. I honestly can't, and it's all subjective.

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  2. Comment on Self promotion vs. Original content vs. Own content vs. User created vs. ...? in ~tildes

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    I think the tag "own content" is syntactically and grammatically awkward, but it's what I've been using for content that happens to be hosted on the submitter's site. "OC" and "User Created" work...

    I think the tag "own content" is syntactically and grammatically awkward, but it's what I've been using for content that happens to be hosted on the submitter's site. "OC" and "User Created" work to say the same thing to a degree, but they don't convey ownership and make it clear that it's OP's OC specifically.

    "Self promotion" is distinct enough I've been using it separately. The person who keeps shilling their VPN gets tagged self promotion. A musician saying check out my band we just released a new album would fit into this.

    I think it comes down to intent. I'm tagging these things based on what I think the submitter's motivation for submitting is. Someone wants to write up a long, well thought out article on their own blog that has no ads, that's user created original content. Compare to VPN person whose motivation is mostly to drive signups, that's self-promotion.

    Basically I use @Deimos' guideline from reddit. It's okay to be a redditor with a business, but not a business with a reddit account. I use the "self promotion" tag on the former.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on The ‘Bracelet of Silence’ that stops Alexa from eavesdropping in ~tech

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    Yes, but I think that only applies to radio waves. This is just sound, so it'd be akin to carrying around a bluetooth speaker that was playing a loud noise, which isn't something I think the FCC...

    Yes, but I think that only applies to radio waves. This is just sound, so it'd be akin to carrying around a bluetooth speaker that was playing a loud noise, which isn't something I think the FCC can do anything about. It's like, technically you can go around "jamming people's calls" by putting your hand over the microphone of their phone. In the end you're still blocking their communications, but not in a way that's within the purview of the FCC.

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

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    This is a lot of good info, and sums up pretty much all my gripes with the game. Why is a carved stair I, when a constructed stair is X? One of the biggest things I miss from DFHack right now is...

    This is a lot of good info, and sums up pretty much all my gripes with the game. Why is a carved stair I, when a constructed stair is X? One of the biggest things I miss from DFHack right now is the inventory search. I'm looking for a rock on the ground, is it under stones, ores, or rough gems? I'm looking for a pick, is it under weapons or tools or what? How can I find just copper armour so I can forbid/dump/melt it, instead of having to scroll through pages and pages of pigtail coats that happen to be in the same category?

    I understand once this release is stable Tarn's going to start working on the steam release. He's planning on packaging it with a tileset and doing "something" with the UI. Hopefully he can generate enough buzz, get enough preorders to maybe hire the people behind dfhack, therapist, and hopefully a UI guy to at least put some things in more logical places.

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

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    I picked Dwarf Fortress up again. There was a big update released recently, and I've been dying to try it out, but I've been waiting on the modders to release a Lazy Newb Pack. Even if I'm not a...

    I picked Dwarf Fortress up again. There was a big update released recently, and I've been dying to try it out, but I've been waiting on the modders to release a Lazy Newb Pack. Even if I'm not a newb, I am indeed lazy. Some progress has been made on that, but mostly only on Windows. So, I finally decided to say fuck it, we'll do it live. I've installed it without a tileset, without DFHack, or any other niceties. Normally I'm big on tinkering with things, and I'd be the kind of person to get all this stuff set up by hand, install my own tilesets, etc, but when I want to play a video game is precisely the time I don't want to tinker, configure, and troubleshoot.

    It's not as difficult as I anticipated, but I really do miss some things. I can get used to using the K and Q keys instead of clicking on things, no big deal, but I never realized shift+arrows moving 10 squares at a time was a dfhack feature, or how completely and utterly difficult it is to manage labours in the vanilla game. I grabbed an alpha copy of Dwarf Therapist, and all is well.

    I'm actually really digging the ASCII. It's surprisingly beautiful. I'm running it in real text mode, in a terminal, using an IBM VGA font. That gives it a huge nostalgia boost for me because it looks very much like Rogue and Nethack and other roguelikes I played on DOS back in the day. The caveat is that rectangular tiles make my designs look stretched, and it's hard to remember that rectangle is actually a square room.

    I also received a copy of Hollow Knight today in the Tildes Valentines Blind Date event, and I'm anxious to try it out. Being a platformer, I wanted to use my PS4 controller to play it, but that didn't work no matter what I tried. Wireless, wired, steam support off and on, the game just says no controller detected. This is sorta par for the course for me these days with my controller on steam on linux. I've decided to put it on the back burner while I play DF, since the last thing I want to do when I'm in the mood to play a game is tinker, configure, or troubleshoot.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on [RESOLVED] Is there a way for me to access the contents of my password protected zip file? in ~comp

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    If your password is as complex as that example, you're pretty much screwed. I checked a password strength calculator and it says it would take 204 million years to crack that. If it's a dictionary...

    If your password is as complex as that example, you're pretty much screwed. I checked a password strength calculator and it says it would take 204 million years to crack that. If it's a dictionary word with numbers at the end it's trivial and could take mere seconds.

    The most commonly used tool used to brute-force passwords is john the ripper. It's a bit complicated to use, but very powerful. You can feed it a dictionary or just tell it to start at "a" and cycle through every possible combination of letters. You can give it rules in the form of regular expressions to try different permutations of your dictionary words, say, swap zeroes for O's etc. There's a number of tutorials online, and I was able to find a bunch in a quick google / ddg search just by looking up "john zip"

    4 votes
  7. Comment on [RESOLVED] Is there a way for me to access the contents of my password protected zip file? in ~comp

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    And also are your passwords typically based on words that are in the dictionary?

    And also are your passwords typically based on words that are in the dictionary?

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Fair enough. The auto-updating alone is probably worth the effort. I suppose an equally kludgy, but slightly neater way would be to run PiHole in a virtual machine and pass your wifi card to the...

    Fair enough. The auto-updating alone is probably worth the effort.

    I suppose an equally kludgy, but slightly neater way would be to run PiHole in a virtual machine and pass your wifi card to the VM. That way whenever you start the VM your wifi card disappears and a bridged virtual ethernet adapter appears. No configuration needed on the host. No need to carry extra hardware.

    I mean, your way's fine too. I can appreciate the desire to make cool, semi-useful gadgets out of raspis. I have a small but growing collection of weather displays, portable emulators systems, computer vision experiments etc piling up. My next project is probably going to be hooking one up to my garage door opener and writing an android app (or just a web interface) that'll let me control the garage door over the internet.

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  9. Comment on Security researchers partner with Chrome to take down over 500 browser extensions in a fraud network affecting 1.7 million users in ~tech

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    Oh for sure, I get that, but I'm not sure what the point of assigning certain sites to certain tabs is, if it doesn't automatically segregate those sites into their defined tab type. The...

    Oh for sure, I get that, but I'm not sure what the point of assigning certain sites to certain tabs is, if it doesn't automatically segregate those sites into their defined tab type. The documentation talks about assigning sites to a container and ensuring you don't have facebook.com assigned to one before installing the FB Container addon. I guess they mean just don't have any facebook tabs open in containers at the moment of install, or they'll stay in their current container until closed and reopened?

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  10. Comment on Security researchers partner with Chrome to take down over 500 browser extensions in a fraud network affecting 1.7 million users in ~tech

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    I use Alt+F, B, P to open a new Personal tab, Alt+F,B,W for a Work tab, etc. I'm now realizing the Firefox Container addon has fewer features than MAC. For instance there's no Ctrl+. shortcut, and...

    I use Alt+F, B, P to open a new Personal tab, Alt+F,B,W for a Work tab, etc.

    I'm now realizing the Firefox Container addon has fewer features than MAC. For instance there's no Ctrl+. shortcut, and it appears you can't assign sites to specific containers. Apparently I can install both, and they don't conflict, but the FB Container addon is fine for my needs. What I do for my gmail/hangouts is open them in a personal tab, then hit "Pin tab" on them. They shrink down to just their icon and open up automatically when I start firefox.

    The documentation seems to imply you can assign certain sites to certain containers, but I don't think it forcibly segregates them like the FB Container plugin does for facebook.com, so I'm not quite sure what the point is.

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  11. Comment on Tildes' Valentine's Day Game Giveaway: Gaming Blind Dates! in ~games

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    I'm down to receive a game! Thanks for setting this up, @kfwyre! edit: I got Hollow Knight! Thanks @emnii!

    I'm down to receive a game! Thanks for setting this up, @kfwyre!

    edit: I got Hollow Knight! Thanks @emnii!

    3 votes
  12. Comment on DoorDash made its couriers agree to binding arbitration, and now a federal judge has ordered them to pay almost $10 million to arbitrate over 5000 claims filed by couriers in ~tech

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    Here's what I don't get: [...] So, those 869 drivers were doing work without signing any kind of contract? Or maybe they had signed a contract before the clause was added? If that's the case,...

    Here's what I don't get:

    6,250 DoorDash couriers brought their claims to an arbitrator, claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code.

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    The company successfully argued there was no proof that 869 of the couriers had valid agreements containing the arbitration clause. The judge said DoorDash would not have to arbitrate those claims, but it would still need to arbitrate 5,010 claims

    So, those 869 drivers were doing work without signing any kind of contract? Or maybe they had signed a contract before the clause was added? If that's the case, would those 869 people not be able to get together and file a class action suit independent of this? Also, what happens to their $300 filing fee if it's dismissed like this?

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Security researchers partner with Chrome to take down over 500 browser extensions in a fraud network affecting 1.7 million users in ~tech

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    I know this thread is about plugins, and this advice isn't applicable to that, but if you're just trying to sandbox sensitive stuff from regular surfing, I highly recommend mozilla's official...

    I know this thread is about plugins, and this advice isn't applicable to that, but if you're just trying to sandbox sensitive stuff from regular surfing, I highly recommend mozilla's official Container Tabs addon. It basically gives you five different flavours of incognito tabs, which don't share cookies between each other. Also related, the Facebook Container addon (also an official Mozilla addon) gives you one more type specifically for Zuckerberg sites. If you install FB Container you don't need to install the Multi-User Containers extension separately.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Nevada culinary union lays into Sanders supporters after health care backlash in ~news

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    Employers will still pay some, taxes will pay for the rest. There'll also be a big savings not having to pay for all the middlemen in the current system. The new tax scheme would be more...

    Employers will still pay some, taxes will pay for the rest. There'll also be a big savings not having to pay for all the middlemen in the current system. The new tax scheme would be more progressive, with the rich paying more, the middle class not so much, and the poor already don't pay tax. There's also closing of some tax loopholes, a wealth tax, and an inheritance tax involved.

    I'll admit I haven't read into it all that much - I'm Canadian, so this doesn't really affect me. I keep hearing though from various articles that he has a solid plan though.

    Here's his proposal: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/options-to-finance-medicare-for-all?inline=file

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Nevada culinary union lays into Sanders supporters after health care backlash in ~news

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    The employer. The union negotiates with the employer about how much the employer pays for premiums. They've agreed to pay 100% for workers that work more than 30 hours, and under that the...

    The employer. The union negotiates with the employer about how much the employer pays for premiums. They've agreed to pay 100% for workers that work more than 30 hours, and under that the employees make up the difference out of pocket at a rate of $4.74/hr for the missing hours.

    The assumption this article makes is that $4.74 per hour times 30 hours/wk is the total cost paid by the employer. They're using that figure to say at an average of $23/hr, premiums are eating 20% of the employees wages. I'm not sure anyone other than the union and the employer knows the real number, so I'd take that with a grain of salt.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Dangerous Domain Corp.com Goes Up for Sale in ~comp

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    In win95/98 it was on by default. My memory's a bit foggy but I think that might also be the case for XP SP1, maybe SP2. I do know they added the prompt sometime during XP's lifetime.

    In win95/98 it was on by default. My memory's a bit foggy but I think that might also be the case for XP SP1, maybe SP2. I do know they added the prompt sometime during XP's lifetime.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Nevada culinary union lays into Sanders supporters after health care backlash in ~news

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    Matt Bruenig took a look at the union's healthcare plan, and apparently it's not great. Any member who works less than 30hrs/wk needs to pay premiums, and many services have co-pays. Naturally...

    Matt Bruenig took a look at the union's healthcare plan, and apparently it's not great. Any member who works less than 30hrs/wk needs to pay premiums, and many services have co-pays. Naturally anyone working more than 30 hours doesn't pay premiums out of pocket, but that money is still coming out of their wages one way or another. Sanders' plan would require the money currently spent on premiums to go directly to employees, essentially giving everyone a raise.

    The union's workers have started a petition to the union, showing their support for Sanders.

    23 votes
  18. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    That sounds like a fun project, and maybe it'd be nice if the pi could also somehow be a wireless hotspot. That way you could use it as a condom for your cellphone and other wireless clients. As...

    That sounds like a fun project, and maybe it'd be nice if the pi could also somehow be a wireless hotspot. That way you could use it as a condom for your cellphone and other wireless clients.

    As for your laptop though, why not just edit your host file directly? Correct me if I'm mistaken but a pihole is nothing more than a DNS server that has a custom host file, no?

    The main advantage of a pihole is that you can use it on devices where you can't change the host file, like unrooted cellphones, smart tvs, etc. If you're only using it on one device, and that device is a laptop, you ought to just be able to edit the host file directly.

    I'm not sure which host files pihole uses, but MPVS is probably the biggest single list out there.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What TV classics are significantly better than the remake? in ~tv

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    That doesn't look to be all that complete. I can think of Roseanne, The X Files, ReBoot which I mentioned before, 90210, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Fuller House that aren't on that list.

    That doesn't look to be all that complete. I can think of Roseanne, The X Files, ReBoot which I mentioned before, 90210, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Fuller House that aren't on that list.

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  20. Comment on What TV classics are significantly better than the remake? in ~tv