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  1. Comment on The "S" in "IoT" is for Security in ~tech

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    I am not really sure I understand your gripe with GPL. GPL is a license just like MIT, any text that dictates how you can use software/code, albeit freely-distributed code is still referred to as...

    I am not really sure I understand your gripe with GPL.

    it is still a licence

    GPL is a license just like MIT, any text that dictates how you can use software/code, albeit freely-distributed code is still referred to as a license.

    one is granted permission to use the software, one does not own it

    GPL is typically associated with code that builds the software. You can inspect it, audit it, fork it and make changes, that pretty much checks all the boxes for owning software.
    What makes you feel you don't own GPL software?

    As an open source developer who writes code for free, I would very much like to have the option to dictate how people use my code, often times I just release stuff under MIT license, but I respect the GPL and it's variations for the impact it has had on open source technology.

    our ever-increasing reliance on softwares has profundly changed how we understand ownership

    I don't think blaming our reliance on software for this is entirely right.
    Companies have slowly changed how much of a product they sell us, we own and shifted the goal-posts gradually.

    Given that a large percentage of the population don't really care about ownership of their software (nor even think about it), which being a non-tactile entity can also extenuate this.
    Internet as a software platform with subscription services have contributed to this, however, I can't blame companies for monetizing their product more efficiently, that is what a capitalist economy dictates.

    Even software which requires a subscription to use, like the Adobe suite, Office365, etc have become common-place. I hated this trend catching on for years, but I feel like that model for software distribution has become quite common and is here to stay.
    I even pay for intelliJ suite annually, and realized I no longer have a problem with that business model, since I do like to support those devs and their product makes my life a lot easier.
    (IntelliJ's licensing is still a lot better than a lot of other subscription based software out there, which prevent you from using their software once you end the subscription. Whereas with intelliJ's software, you just stop getting updates and access to future releases)

    What I am trying to get to is, I am not sure how important software ownership is at the end of the day. With the billions of man-hours companies spend writing software, realistically they are never going to open-source all their code. Software binary distribution and use as-is terms still works for most commercial software.

    I feel hardware ownership and right to repair are larger issues we currently face, not our reliance on software.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Been watching this every week as new episodes come out and like it so far! Alan Tudyk is hilarious and the show has been pretty well balanced so far. I am glad they did not make this into a...

    Been watching this every week as new episodes come out and like it so far!
    Alan Tudyk is hilarious and the show has been pretty well balanced so far.

    I am glad they did not make this into a sitcom, where the set the stage where an alien starts working as a doctor in a tiny remote town, and then forward the larger plot of the story towards the end of each season.
    Instead, each episode has been introducing new characters, story arcs and moving the central story along!

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Starting March 16, LastPass users on the free plan will only be able to use it on one "device type" (either PC or mobile) in ~tech

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    You can self host bitwarden (or bitwarden-rs) if you want; but bitwarden also has a public instance you can use at http://vault.bitwarden.com They also have a free tier, which I think should work...

    You can self host bitwarden (or bitwarden-rs) if you want; but bitwarden also has a public instance you can use at http://vault.bitwarden.com

    They also have a free tier, which I think should work for personal use. Pricing and feature comparison is here

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Nim by default uses a reference counting garbage collector, but it also provides other GCs. The ARC GC could work well for more hand-on memory management needs.1

    Nim is reference-counted

    Nim by default uses a reference counting garbage collector, but it also provides other GCs. The ARC GC could work well for more hand-on memory management needs.1

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    uLisp is great for a lisp-y experience working with micro-controllers!

    common lisp. It doesn't go ‘small’ (so, no microcontrollers)

    uLisp is great for a lisp-y experience working with micro-controllers!

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 1 in ~news

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    Now a days, if I read that a CEO of some company is being called for a congressional hearing, I just chalk it up to political theater. Nothing meaningful is going to come out of it. I think...

    Now a days, if I read that a CEO of some company is being called for a congressional hearing, I just chalk it up to political theater. Nothing meaningful is going to come out of it.

    I think pushing for things like financial transaction tax and other regulatory oversight would be a lot more helpful than this congressional hearing, but those don't create catchy headlines for the news agencies and allow for politicians to get soundbites in the news where they sound like they are fighting for the common folks.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Why I still Lisp (and you should too!) in ~comp

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    I agree clojure is great, but I am not sure I agree with it being more practical than Scheme (or Common Lisp) (not sure why you chose to include elisp in the comparison :) If I don't have to use...

    I agree clojure is great, but I am not sure I agree with it being more practical than Scheme (or Common Lisp) (not sure why you chose to include elisp in the comparison :)

    If I don't have to use the JVM (or javascript) for a project, the chances of me picking clojure drop considerably, and using CL increases proportionally!

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Why I still Lisp (and you should too!) in ~comp

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    Agreed! Clojure is great when you have to deal with Java. Libraries like honeysql are great when you have to build dynamic SQL queries! Currently am working on a desktop GUI in my free time, and...

    Agreed! Clojure is great when you have to deal with Java.

    Libraries like honeysql are great when you have to build dynamic SQL queries!

    Currently am working on a desktop GUI in my free time, and using rust (with webview) and clojurescript (with re-frame), it is a lot more enjoyable experience!

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Why I still Lisp (and you should too!) in ~comp

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    Yup, I have read Land of Lisp and it is a pretty good book to get up to speed on writing CL. He does gloss over more arcane stuff/cruft that comes with CL to get you writing workable code! Another...

    Yup, I have read Land of Lisp and it is a pretty good book to get up to speed on writing CL. He does gloss over more arcane stuff/cruft that comes with CL to get you writing workable code!

    Another suggestion is Practical Common Lisp, which also goes over building actual projects in CL to teach CL itself, however without most of the humor/any comic aspect.

    The main issue I have with most of the CL books out there is they do not cover using asdf/quicklisp, which I feel is an important piece in modern CL development.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on I'm getting spammed by robocalls, what can I do about it? in ~talk

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    You can set who can interrupt you even on Do Not Disturb mode. In Android just set people who can disturb you as starred contacts and update your Do Not Disturb Settings. More info here Android...

    You can set who can interrupt you even on Do Not Disturb mode.
    In Android just set people who can disturb you as starred contacts and update your Do Not Disturb Settings.
    More info here

    Android also has a setting that allows the same caller, if they call a second time, within a 15 minutes window to go through and ring your phone.

    I am sure apple has similar settings as well.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic and health-care relief package in ~news

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    Agree it is a pretty progressive bill! But my cynical self also feels like a bunch of things on this bill are there to be used as bargaining chips, i.e. will be dropped for support from lawmakers....

    Agree it is a pretty progressive bill!

    But my cynical self also feels like a bunch of things on this bill are there to be used as bargaining chips, i.e. will be dropped for support from lawmakers.

    I doubt things like $15/hr federal minimum wage is going to survive in this bill to the end. I hope I am wrong.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 11 in ~news

  13. Comment on 70TB of Parler users’ messages, videos, and posts leaked by security researchers in ~tech

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    Parler apparently also collected copy of Driver/Govt IDs if a user wanted to be a "verified citizen", which allowed users to be able to DM, post meme's etc. (this is from what I heard in Reddit,...

    Parler apparently also collected copy of Driver/Govt IDs if a user wanted to be a "verified citizen", which allowed users to be able to DM, post meme's etc. (this is from what I heard in Reddit, so please correct me if this is not the case).

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 10 in ~news

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    Is Parler starting to moderate their site now? From the article you linked I thought the whole shtick about Parler was that it's a free-space to post anything.

    Parler has since removed the message.

    Is Parler starting to moderate their site now?

    From the article you linked

    The message, along with a few others, violated Parler's terms of service, and was removed, CEO John Matze told Mediate on Saturday.

    I thought the whole shtick about Parler was that it's a free-space to post anything.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on It's official: Apple has removed Parler from the App Store in ~tech

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    I think Parler being kicked off AWS after their apps were pulled from Google and Apple play store is good thing. Apparently, the number of app downloads on the app store surged for parler before...

    I think Parler being kicked off AWS after their apps were pulled from Google and Apple play store is good thing.

    Apparently, the number of app downloads on the app store surged for parler before it was pulled [1], but with their upstream servers going down, all those iOS downloads are going to be useless now. I don't think normal iPhones allow apps to be side-loaded easily. (ofc, android users may still be able to download and install apk, if parler starts distributing it directly from their new site, whenever it comes back up)

    6 votes
  16. Comment on What are your New Years intentions/resolutions? Why have you settled on them? in ~talk

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    Bigger, Leaner, Stronger is a pretty good book, I remember reading it 5-6 years ago when I started getting serious about getting fit. It is a easy way to get a good introduction into nutrition and...

    Bigger, Leaner, Stronger is a pretty good book, I remember reading it 5-6 years ago when I started getting serious about getting fit. It is a easy way to get a good introduction into nutrition and different aspects of exercise.

    Two things, I find that are most important is discipline and keeping an eye on your nutrition. Be mindful of what you eat and have an approximate goal of how much of carbs/fats/proteins you want to consume. Don't try to be too strict with it, but having an idea of what you should eat and what you are eating, will help you quite a bit. I personally think, trying to fit to a diet too strictly, causes a negative feedback everytime you miss any targets.

    Set a schedule for your workout/exercise sessions and try to stick to it. As you progress make sure your routine evolves with you. This also includes rest days, which are important for your body too :)

    of course, all of the above are things I find which personally works for me. Everyone is different and the key is finding what works for you!

    Best of luck on your journey towards getting healthier! :)

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of December 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think these quotes are equally important, as I was trying to figure out why this would be the case: Seems like a combination of lack of trust in the government and the vaccine seems to be the...

    I think these quotes are equally important, as I was trying to figure out why this would be the case:

    April Lu, a 31-year-old nurse at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, said she refused to take the vaccine because she was not convinced it was safe for pregnant women. She is six months pregnant.

    Clinical trials have yet to be conducted on pregnant women who take the vaccine, but experts believe the vaccine is unlikely to pose a specific risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The agency says pregnant women may choose to be vaccinated.

    Respondents to the Kaiser Family Foundation survey who said they probably wouldn’t get the vaccine said they worried about side effects; they lacked trust in the government to ensure the vaccines were safe; they had concerns about the role of politics in the development of the vaccines; or they believed the dangers of COVID-19 had been exaggerated.

    In online forums, some healthcare workers throughout the country have expressed frustration over going first — a status some have associated with experimentation.

    Seems like a combination of lack of trust in the government and the vaccine seems to be the case largely along with fear of uncertainty of what the long-term effects (if any) may be.

    It is also weird to see "...; or they believed the dangers of COVID-19 had been exaggerated." come from healthcare workers at this stage of the pandemic.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What are we so afraid of? – Tony Green, on dismissing, denying, contracting and spreading the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    The person in the article (Tony Green) was also on CNN with Anderson Cooper (here); and Anderson Cooper introduces him as: (tagging @FishFingus as he pointed this out too)

    The person in the article (Tony Green) was also on CNN with Anderson Cooper (here); and Anderson Cooper introduces him as:

    My next guest voted for president trump, supports him still, but has changed him mind about the pandemic.

    (tagging @FishFingus as he pointed this out too)

    6 votes
  19. Comment on What are we so afraid of? – Tony Green, on dismissing, denying, contracting and spreading the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    To add to @tindall 's and @aphoenix 's response With statements like these, from this person: I find it hard to be as judicious as you in absolving him of the blame he holds in this and think he...

    To add to @tindall 's and @aphoenix 's response

    With statements like these, from this person:

    I used to call it the “scamdemic.” I thought it was an overblown media hoax. I made fun of people for wearing masks.

    Some people in my family didn’t necessarily share all of my views, but I pushed it. I’ve always been out front with my opinions.

    I find it hard to be as judicious as you in absolving him of the blame he holds in this and think he might be a victim.

    In a global pandemic, I find it hard that he did not know what was being said about the disease. He however decided it was a hoax. Sure, this can be because of his distrust in the media, or because of what was pushed on him. (I am sure a large amount of blame rests on the people who peddled misinformation, I am not denying that)

    However, how hard is it for this person to stop for a second and consider the possibility that this situation may be as dire as it is being trumpeted to be (or even just be a fraction as serious), especially before making a decision which would put other people at risk.

    I stopped trusting the media for my information when it went hard against Trump in 2016. I got rid of my cable. It’s all opinion anyway, so I’d rather come up with my own.

    He just flat out decided he knows better and he is just going to go by his opinions to make his decisions. He did not try to search for more information nor educate himself on what is happening.

    The way I see it this person explicitly did not care how his decision might affect other people. All he wanted was a get-together and have some fun with other people, and he worked towards getting that, despite whatever the consequences may be.

    4 votes