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  1. Comment on Bitcoin causing CO2 emissions comparable to Hamburg in ~tech

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    Stellar has been using something similar to the tangle but they seem to have a much better grasp on the cryptography. I haven't read much about it. Otherwise this is a very solid intro/summary of...

    Stellar has been using something similar to the tangle but they seem to have a much better grasp on the cryptography. I haven't read much about it.

    Otherwise this is a very solid intro/summary of PoW/Tangle work.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Nextcloud signs public letter, opposing German plan to force decryption of chat in ~tech

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    The German minister of interior afairs, Horst Seehofer is possibly the worst person to have been put in charge of anything at federal level. This guy has 0 idea about digital things, or most other...

    The German minister of interior afairs, Horst Seehofer is possibly the worst person to have been put in charge of anything at federal level. This guy has 0 idea about digital things, or most other things, and constantly pushes out garbage level laws. He's from the conservative wing of the christian-conservative bavarian party CSU, which is only relevant because of complicated historical reasons.

    Luckily this is only a draft, so far, not a real proposal.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    "What if a child would visit this website!? Absolutely terrible! Make it stop!"

    "What if a child would visit this website!? Absolutely terrible! Make it stop!"

    10 votes
  4. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    Mozilla is a non-profit, sort of. The problem is they get like 100 million $ or so from search deals with Google. And Open Source is generally not as profitable. Wikipedia relies on a shitton of...

    Mozilla is a non-profit, sort of. The problem is they get like 100 million $ or so from search deals with Google. And Open Source is generally not as profitable. Wikipedia relies on a shitton of volunteers to moderate the site, almost nothing is done by the Wikiemedia Foundation (they basically only provide the servers and storage, which isn't that much really).

    7 votes
  5. Comment on HBO submits Game of Thrones final episode for best writing Emmy in ~tv

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    To quote the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy: "This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move"

    To quote the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy: "This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move"

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    Tor costs money to run too, even if it's mainly volunteers. Mozilla could offer a Tor+VPN approach, where Mozilla pays for the VPN and Tor exit nodes to compensate the extra traffic.

    Tor costs money to run too, even if it's mainly volunteers. Mozilla could offer a Tor+VPN approach, where Mozilla pays for the VPN and Tor exit nodes to compensate the extra traffic.

  7. Comment on GitHub shocks top developer: Access to 5 years' work inexplicably blocked in ~tech

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    He's against any HTML mail traffic on his service, regardless if it contains patches or not. Since lists are intended to replace any sort of issue discussion on github, that closes the doors for a...

    He's against any HTML mail traffic on his service, regardless if it contains patches or not. Since lists are intended to replace any sort of issue discussion on github, that closes the doors for a huge number of contributors.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    In most cases, you can stream 720p YouTube over Tor without much issue, there isn't a hard limit other than "what the exit nodes can pass through all the middle nodes to you".

    In most cases, you can stream 720p YouTube over Tor without much issue, there isn't a hard limit other than "what the exit nodes can pass through all the middle nodes to you".

    6 votes
  9. Comment on GitHub shocks top developer: Access to 5 years' work inexplicably blocked in ~tech

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    Sourcehut hasn't been that great in my experience, the interface feels fairly dated and the author doesn't seem to feel the need to add any accessibility features. I've had to deal with libraries...

    Sourcehut hasn't been that great in my experience, the interface feels fairly dated and the author doesn't seem to feel the need to add any accessibility features. I've had to deal with libraries written by SirCmpwn in the past and it wasn't very pleasant to file issues with them on the other end, so I extrapolate that the experience will be similar on sourcehut.

    I would recommend GitLab since it has the most features so most devs won't need to even switch to another platform for any of the many tasks they might need to do (CI and friends). Alternatively you can selfhost Gitea, which has been an utter joy.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What is your favourite programming language? in ~comp

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    Two in fact. First, LISP. Not elisp but classical (or Common) LISP. That language really moved the computing world ahead by decades, you can look it up; on LISP based computers people invented...

    Two in fact.

    First, LISP. Not elisp but classical (or Common) LISP. That language really moved the computing world ahead by decades, you can look it up; on LISP based computers people invented networking, GUI, laser printers, the computer mouse and much more. I believe that everyone should learn LISP. Not to program in it, but to understand it. There is always the moment when you really get LISP and learn a new way to think about programming in general.

    Second is Rust. Although it's macros are not as powerful as LISP's, it has some other advantages. I really enjoy how it makes most of what I type an error so I can fix it before I deploy it! Though on the other hand, I also ran into compiler bugs, which put a project of mine on hold for almost half a year by now until they get a newer LLVM merged.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Tildes User Income Survey in ~talk

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    Or people in different countries where 0-10k might not be enough differentiation to be valuable statistics.

    Or people in different countries where 0-10k might not be enough differentiation to be valuable statistics.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What's the best worst game you've ever played? in ~games

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    The ARMA 3 AI is on a special level of bad. The enemy AI spots you at a distance of 1 kilometer and takes you out in 1 shot. Your own squad AI doesn't spot enemy human players at 100 meters and...

    The ARMA 3 AI is on a special level of bad. The enemy AI spots you at a distance of 1 kilometer and takes you out in 1 shot. Your own squad AI doesn't spot enemy human players at 100 meters and fails to take them down with their entire ammo reserve (this happened twice; the AI ran out of bullets trying to kill a lone human across the road with the AI being set to normal).

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Gab is throwing away their existing code and switching to a modified version of Mastodon in ~tech

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    Federation is still a connection you can refuse. I blocked gab's domains on my instance. I did so on my own choice and not because my instance would be banned otherwise. I'm not forced to connect...

    Federation is still a connection you can refuse. I blocked gab's domains on my instance. I did so on my own choice and not because my instance would be banned otherwise. I'm not forced to connect to them and they aren't forced to connect to me. Both sides are happy.

    There are plenty of right-wing instances that will be OK with federating with them.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Gab is throwing away their existing code and switching to a modified version of Mastodon in ~tech

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    E-Mail is a fairly accurate way to represent how federation works; the major difference is that the default isn't User-to-User messages but a public message board.

    E-Mail is a fairly accurate way to represent how federation works; the major difference is that the default isn't User-to-User messages but a public message board.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Venezuela's economic crisis is now so bad that criminals can't afford to buy bullets in ~news

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    Atleast Venezuela found an effective method to prevent crime. Always look on the bright side of life!

    Atleast Venezuela found an effective method to prevent crime. Always look on the bright side of life!

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Tildistas, what is your favorite poem? in ~books

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    'My name is Homo Sapiens, king of apes; Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' That's the variant I've heard from some youtuber... and I prefer it myself.

    'My name is Homo Sapiens, king of apes;
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

    That's the variant I've heard from some youtuber... and I prefer it myself.

  17. Comment on Ex-smokers, what did you do to help you stop? in ~life

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    I went to vaping, through 6mg to 0mg. Though initially the 0mg was annoying so I mixed 2mg with glycerol and other liquids to get 1.5mg and down to even 0.1mg. I can recommend trying that.

    I went to vaping, through 6mg to 0mg. Though initially the 0mg was annoying so I mixed 2mg with glycerol and other liquids to get 1.5mg and down to even 0.1mg. I can recommend trying that.

  18. Comment on Archive Team and the Fediverse - is public posting the same as giving consent? in ~tech

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    Yes but again, how do you effectively filter this, blacklisted or whitelisted? Unless there is some magical AI that can differentiate between harmless teenager conversations and any data worth...

    Yes but again, how do you effectively filter this, blacklisted or whitelisted? Unless there is some magical AI that can differentiate between harmless teenager conversations and any data worth archiving for the next century.

  19. Comment on Archive Team and the Fediverse - is public posting the same as giving consent? in ~tech

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    How do you filter out these conversations among a 1400TB dataset (Google+ in this case)? "They're the ones deciding to make that data permanent." is true to some extend but I think it's more...

    Then, simply said, maybe some conversations held between teenagers for a few weeks just isn't actually worth archiving.

    How do you filter out these conversations among a 1400TB dataset (Google+ in this case)?

    "They're the ones deciding to make that data permanent." is true to some extend but I think it's more important to archive historical events than not and on Google+ there is likely a lot of forgotten data that people cared about or that could be interesting to future generations.

    Personally I try to sort out personal data from datasets I obtain but on the flipside, I can't do that for all datasets. Even a 300GB dataset would far exceed what I can handle, yet I have larger archives on my disk (for example a collection of usenet and BBS texts that is largely no longer available anywhere)

  20. Comment on Eating someone: Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair? in ~misc

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    I don't think there is anything that stops a meat eater from experimenting. Over the past year, I've tried hundreds of dishes, both vegetarian and meat on them, with different ways to cook...

    I don't think there is anything that stops a meat eater from experimenting. Over the past year, I've tried hundreds of dishes, both vegetarian and meat on them, with different ways to cook ingredients. Meat can supply a source of oils and texture to many dishes that would taste bland otherwise if you know how to properly add it to a dish. There is also more meats than just cow/pig/chicken. Boar and Deer are a very interesting (if expensive) change from normal that I've tried a few years ago!

    I even pull a few of my experiments together by appropriating a vegan or vegetarian recipe, often replacing texture components with meat. Or the other way round; I#ve made vegetarian variants of meat dishes too. It's all about how much you experiment, not about your diet!

    3 votes