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  1. Comment on An introduction to privacy and security - Part III in ~life

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    I had already planned on it.

    I had already planned on it.

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  3. Comment on An introduction to privacy and security - Part III in ~life

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    Since it is introductory material I thought it best to break it all up into digestible bits for the uninitiated. You're welcome and I'm glad that you are enjoying it. 😁

    Since it is introductory material I thought it best to break it all up into digestible bits for the uninitiated. You're welcome and I'm glad that you are enjoying it. 😁

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  4. Comment on One of the best clusterf*&$ks or Reddit shitshows that I've seen in a long time in ~tech

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    Whoops! Didn't see that and thanks for the link.

    Whoops! Didn't see that and thanks for the link.

  5. Comment on One of the best clusterf*&$ks or Reddit shitshows that I've seen in a long time in ~tech

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    That place is becoming a huge mess. I'm so happy that I only use it for very niche communities.

    That place is becoming a huge mess. I'm so happy that I only use it for very niche communities.

  6. Comment on An introduction to privacy and security - Part III in ~life

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    I'll be going over this next week in part IV.

    I'll be going over this next week in part IV.

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  7. Comment on An introduction to privacy and security - Part III in ~life

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    I tried it once and I could not reach most major social networks.

    Do you know what the "social" category means for the hosts files?

    I tried it once and I could not reach most major social networks.

    3 votes
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  9. Comment on An introduction to privacy and security - Part III in ~life

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    Sure. It just feels safer for some to use specific software to do this. For example, Gas Mask automatically backs up the original hosts file. Obviously. I wanted to present the two options that I...

    Unless I'm misunderstanding something, you really shouldn't need a special utility to edit Windows hosts file.

    Sure. It just feels safer for some to use specific software to do this. For example, Gas Mask automatically backs up the original hosts file.

    if you're the type of person to put together a Pi-Hole you probably have the chops to edit that file

    Obviously. I wanted to present the two options that I felt were the best while pointing out that Pi-Hole is highly technical and network-wide.

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  10. Please, if you haven’t already, see Part I and Part II. Besides using anti-virus software, I wondered if there were other ways in which I could reduce the amount of threats to my online privacy...

    Please, if you haven’t already, see Part I and Part II.

    Besides using anti-virus software, I wondered if there were other ways in which I could reduce the amount of threats to my online privacy and security. One method that I came across was to block adware and malware before it had the chance to reach my browser and computer.

    For the technically inclined person there is Pi-Hole which is a network-wide adware/malware blocker. The name comes from the use of a Raspberry Pi to act as a black hole for adware/malware. Currently, supported operating systems include Raspbian, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and CentOS.

    A much easier method, which essentially does the same thing, is to modify your computer’s hosts file. For a safe and easy way to do this, I recommend that you use free GUI software to implement this. Windows users can download Hosts File Editor+ and Mac users can download Gas Mask.

    Next, you will want a DNS blacklist that comes from trusted sources. The ones that I recommend are from Steven Black here: https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts

    Scroll down the page a little until you come to a table of all the different combinations of blacklists.

    From there you would choose which list to use, as your new hosts file depending on your personal preferences by clicking on the corresponding Non Github mirror.

    Using your hosts file editing software, you would then create a new hosts file by copying and pasting your preferred list. You may want to check for an updated list every once in a while. Most of these lists have their associated creation dates near the top for convenience.

    20 votes
  11. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    When my wife and I started to critically analyze the problem of plastics in 2008, we were overwhelmed by its nature. To explain, if the average person tried to rid their personal lives of...

    When my wife and I started to critically analyze the problem of plastics in 2008, we were overwhelmed by its nature.

    To explain, if the average person tried to rid their personal lives of plastics, then they would be jogging up Mount Everest.

    Plastics are everywhere. They are in our electronics, vehicles, clothing, furniture, construction materials, medical devices, and the list goes on and on.

    All of life on Earth is drowning in the toxicity of plastics. I believe that this could be what brings this planet into an irreversible state of collapse.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    Aren't plastics the major problem here? If so, what are some solutions that have been proposed?

    Aren't plastics the major problem here? If so, what are some solutions that have been proposed?

    2 votes
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  14. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    I believe that there are economic reasons that are the largest contributor to this phenomenon. One example, is that income disparity has been increasing since the 1950s to what we have today in...

    I believe that there are economic reasons that are the largest contributor to this phenomenon. One example, is that income disparity has been increasing since the 1950s to what we have today in the United States.

    Income inequality, as well as, many other small factors that exacerbate the problem are causing alarming rates of drug use and suicide.

  15. Comment on Abandoned in ~creative

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    Could you give us some idea of where this photo was taken or any other context?

    Could you give us some idea of where this photo was taken or any other context?

  16. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    It isn't. We don't know, from the NY Times article, if this person has what you are describing. The setting/context of this article is the United States.

    This sounds like sensationalism on the part of the writer.

    It isn't. We don't know, from the NY Times article, if this person has what you are describing.

    In many cultures it's not at all uncommon for people to live in large, joint family arrangements their whole lives.

    The setting/context of this article is the United States.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    Please, keep in mind that the setting/context of this article is the United States. In many countries it is the norm that children live with their extended families. On the other hand, it has been...

    Please, keep in mind that the setting/context of this article is the United States. In many countries it is the norm that children live with their extended families.

    On the other hand, it has been the norm (in the United States) that children form their own immediate families outside of their childhood homes. This doesn't necessarily mean that children are abandoning their parents nor are the parents abandoning their children. It's, simply, been customary for generations.

    Thus, I believe that the main reason that this is happening here is because of economic reasons.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    (I laughed too hard at this) Part of life is learning how to deal with adversity. Obviously, if parents are anticipating and clearing the path, then the children won't learn how to do this in a...

    One didn’t like to eat food with sauce. Her whole life, her parents had helped her avoid sauce, calling friends before going to their houses for dinner. At college, she didn’t know how to cope with the cafeteria options — covered in sauce.

    (I laughed too hard at this) Part of life is learning how to deal with adversity. Obviously, if parents are anticipating and clearing the path, then the children won't learn how to do this in a timely manner.

    Even more astounding to me is that we have the largest percentage of kids, averaging in their mid thirties, who still live with their parents. Something is way off.

    17 votes