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    1. Beehaw.org suffered a loss of recent user accounts and subsequent data today

      I'm not sure if recent user accounts (the ones that are now lost) were created over the past couple of days because of its reference in this recent post. However, if you lost your account there,...

      I'm not sure if recent user accounts (the ones that are now lost) were created over the past couple of days because of its reference in this recent post.

      However, if you lost your account there, then please recreate it.

      The facts of, precisely, what happened to the server are still fuzzy. I plan on contacting Digital Ocean support to try and resolve this so it doesn't happen again.

      2 votes
    2. How do you manage data backups?

      Hi Tildes. Hopefully this thread will be both a good discussion and helpful to some of you, and hopefully me. As I'm guessing most of you know, data backups are quite important and it is best to...

      Hi Tildes. Hopefully this thread will be both a good discussion and helpful to some of you, and hopefully me.

      As I'm guessing most of you know, data backups are quite important and it is best to have at least one copy locally and another copy somewhere else. At the moment, I store photos on an external hard drive and Google Drive, photos from my phone on Google Photos with copies of important original quality files saved locally, and everything else on drives in my PC and a network drive on my Raspberry Pi. It's far from ideal, I've only got one copy of some files and three or four of some others so I've been looking for something better to keep everything organised, safe and in one place.

      I've tried the free trial of Backblaze, which seemed the obvious choice, but it had a few problems. I couldn't backup my Pi's network share, and in general it's a bit clunky and difficult to use. It is marketed as an easy solution to backing up data, but in doing this it just makes everything more difficult, at least for me - I know what I want backed up, and I would prefer to select it manually, but by opting in everything for backup by default you have to spend ages excluding the folders you don't want saved, one-by-one, in a UI that is difficult to use and often unclear. Sometimes the exclusions list just doesn't work - the Program Files folders are meant to be excluded by default and they were listed under exclusions but were backing up anyway. For me it found over 200,000 files, and because they were all so small it barely managed to backup 100MB in three hours. (Not that I know where the files come from because they aren't listed in the Windows app in any vaguely comprehensible way.)

      So I need to find something else, and I was hoping someone here would have some recommendations. Personally I need it to:

      • Be affordable and easy to setup and use
      • Backup external and network drives to the cloud (physically keeping another drive somewhere else isn't an option for me)
      • Be trustworthy and have strong commitments to security and privacy
      • Work well for my use case: preferably automatic from Windows

      Looking forward to any comments or recommendations. Thanks!

      23 votes
    3. How important is protecting our data from companies like Google?

      I was a supporter of Andrew Yang while he was running for president. His policies appealed to me a lot. One I supported because it made sense to me; personal data as a property right. I’ve thought...

      I was a supporter of Andrew Yang while he was running for president. His policies appealed to me a lot. One I supported because it made sense to me; personal data as a property right. I’ve thought about it more and I don’t see how a company like Google using my data negatively affects me. What are the negative repercussions I experience when a company uses my information like that? Are there alternatives that would protect my data more that are actually decent? I’d love to receive some explanation for this!

      21 votes
    4. I wonder what the social media meta data is like right now

      Facebook et al. must be excited right now with this jackpot of acute behavioral data they're acquiring, in the context of a global catastrophe. I wonder if anyone has any insight here into what...

      Facebook et al. must be excited right now with this jackpot of acute behavioral data they're acquiring, in the context of a global catastrophe. I wonder if anyone has any insight here into what kind of research they are doing? I know it's all usually a tight secret.

      One idea that came to mind is that this would be excellent data to weaponize. Now we (as in social media corps.) can generate a pretty good model of what a global conflict looks like on the level of individual behavior and how that can be used for an advantage. The other edge of the sword would be this will help future public health initiatives but somehow I don't see this info being made publically available...

      7 votes