synergy-unsterile's recent activity

  1. Comment on The main Invidious (YouTube frontend) instance is shutting down and Omar Roth is stepping down as project owner in ~tech

  2. Comment on The main Invidious (YouTube frontend) instance is shutting down and Omar Roth is stepping down as project owner in ~tech

  3. Comment on Seeking good anti-malware to replace AVG Free in ~comp

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    Keep your anti-virus and VPN separate. They are completely different Use the one that Microsoft bundles with Windows. Microsoft has no incentive to push ridiculous "addons" like VPNs (that aren't...
    1. Keep your anti-virus and VPN separate. They are completely different
    2. Use the one that Microsoft bundles with Windows. Microsoft has no incentive to push ridiculous "addons" like VPNs (that aren't even secure) and every incentive to make sure the antivirus works right.

    VPNs just shift the trust from your internet provider to the VPN provider. Therefore any "free" VPN provider is probably doing something shady. A lot of the paid ones are pretty shady too since "privacy" and "security" are marketing buzzwords that make it easier to appeal to clueless consumers. If you simply want to avoid threatening letters or ISP strike notices then rolling your own VPS/proxy is a decent option.

    23 votes
  4. Comment on The importance of resisting excessive government surveillance in ~misc

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    From the video's description: Nick's current project is the Calyx Institute, "a technology non-profit with the mission of developing, testing and distributing free privacy software, as well as...

    From the video's description:

    My name is Nicholas Merrill and I was the plaintiff in a legal case in the US court system where I challenged the FBI’s policy of using a feature of the so-called USA PATRIOT act - what are called “National Security Letters” - to bypass the American Constitution's system of checks and balances and in violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights - in order to obtain protected personal information and to unmask anonymous Internet users. I spent over 6 years not able to speak to anyone (other than my lawyers) about my case - forced to lie to those closest to me due to an FBI gag order that carried a possible 10 year prison sentence for violating it. However the lawsuit resulted in the establishment of two key legal precedents and made changes that affect every Internet worker and Telephone worker in America. I would like to speak to the 27C3 audience in order to tell about my experience and to challenge (and offer my support and assistance to) those individuals who are in a position to challenge government surveillance requests to follow their consciences and do so.

    People who work at Internet Service Providers and Telephone companies as well as IT workers at Universities and private businesses are increasingly likely to encounter government attempts at surveillance. I would like to speak to the CCC regarding my experiences in resisting a National Security Letter and also a “Grand Jury Subpoena” as well as my experience of being gagged by the FBI for nearly 7 years - unable to speak on the subject or identify myself as the plaintiff in the NSL lawsuit.

    Nick's current project is the Calyx Institute, "a technology non-profit with the mission of developing, testing and distributing free privacy software, as well as working to bridge the digital divide."

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What are some good non-political spaces on the internet? in ~talk

  6. Comment on News 39 by Mitchie M (featuring Hatsune Miku) in ~music

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    Trivia: The "39" in "News 39" is a reference to Miku herself. In Japanese, Mi (三, meaning 3) and Ku (九, meaning 9) are the alternate pronounciations for the numbers.

    Trivia: The "39" in "News 39" is a reference to Miku herself.

    In Japanese, Mi (三, meaning 3) and Ku (九, meaning 9) are the alternate pronounciations for the numbers.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Apple, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and other accounts are tweeting a bitcoin scam in giant Twitter hack in ~tech

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    That's the scam BTC address right? It's showing up as a link back to this topic.

    [1]

    That's the scam BTC address right? It's showing up as a link back to this topic.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Flagship Matrix client, Riot, and developer, New Vector, rebrand as Element in ~tech

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    The lag on the matrix.org homeserver and the riot.im/element.io clients is very high right now. Would recommend checking things out after the interest settles down.

    The lag on the matrix.org homeserver and the riot.im/element.io clients is very high right now. Would recommend checking things out after the interest settles down.

  9. Comment on Can we have an option to collapse all the threads too? in ~tildes

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    "Collapse replies" works on all responses to top level comments. It would be better to use "Collapse read", which affects top level comments, to reduce the amount of scrolling needed to reach the...

    "Collapse replies" works on all responses to top level comments. It would be better to use "Collapse read", which affects top level comments, to reduce the amount of scrolling needed to reach the comment box.

    Edit: The "Collpase read" button only appears if there are unread comments, so that isn't really an option.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Can we have an option to collapse all the threads too? in ~tildes

  11. Comment on Self-hosters and home-lab enthusiasts ... anyone here have experience running their own Matrix? in ~comp

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    Keeping up with FOSS projects: GrapheneOS Funkwhale Nitter Invidious Bibliogram Matrix (This is a link to a group, which is a collection of channels.) Using it as a ghetto RSS/Twitter Reader...

    Keeping up with FOSS projects:

    Using it as a ghetto RSS/Twitter Reader (there are quite a few channels with bots posting from rss feeds).

    Additionally the matrix.org homeserver is bridged to sever IRC networks like freenode, oftc, and snoonet. You could join in on those channels in those networks as well. Basically the homeserver+bridge will act as an IRC bouncer for you. Caveats: some IRC rooms are configured to disallow messages/users from the Matrix side and the matrix.org IRC bridge will act funny since there are so many users.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What do you think of alternate history? in ~humanities

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    A lot of people from alternatehistory.com migrated to Sufficient Velocity. I find the maps most intriguing. Like this thread for the World Dream Bank Planetcopia alternate Earths and weird...

    A lot of people from alternatehistory.com migrated to Sufficient Velocity.

    I find the maps most intriguing. Like this thread for the World Dream Bank Planetcopia alternate Earths and weird habitable planets.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What do you self host? in ~comp

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    Probably bitwarden_rs, which is an unofficial rust server implementation that supports premium features. The official Bitwarden requires multiple docker containers.

    Probably bitwarden_rs, which is an unofficial rust server implementation that supports premium features. The official Bitwarden requires multiple docker containers.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on How should I host my images? in ~tech

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    Check out the Privacytools.io recommendation for metadata removal tools (they recommend MAT2 or ExifCleaner). There's also a handy webapp for removing exif metadata and blurring sections of...

    Check out the Privacytools.io recommendation for metadata removal tools (they recommend MAT2 or ExifCleaner). There's also a handy webapp for removing exif metadata and blurring sections of images.

    Check out the Sharex custom uploaders for an idea of what other image hosts there are.

    @KapteinB also recommended https://put.re/ as an alternative to imgur

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Tilweaks: A user style I made to "clean up" Tildes' interface in ~tildes

  16. Comment on Twitter is testing a new feature on Android: When you retweet an article that you haven't opened on Twitter, the app may ask if you'd like to open it first in ~tech

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    Chronotope on Twitter made a thread about the privacy implications of this new feature. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1270789059888254977.html

    Chronotope on Twitter made a thread about the privacy implications of this new feature.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1270789059888254977.html

    It's particularly interesting b/c by pushing you to click through Twitter will likely be expanding its detailed data on users. & b/c the last time I did a data export from Twitter (Aug 2018) there was no list of links that I clicked on, a thing we can assume Twitter stores now.

    So I ran an export of my data from Twitter and guess what! There's a new file that wasn't there in 2018 'user-link-clicks.js' which logs links I clicked on, what tweets they were in, the url those links resolve to & the time stamp of when I clicked, starting 05-13-2020.

    yes, instead of storing metadata about links you click now Twitter stores a log that explicitly contains everything you've ever clicked, the tweet you got a link from, & precise timestamp of that click (great for deanonymizing cross site activity!)

    6 votes