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telegram is (and has always been) terrible for privacy.

it’s great for cops around the world, more so in countries where telegram cooperates with them but also in ones where they don’t.

nobody should use telegram.



wat? the linked image gives the impression that the US is operating out of only one base in Poland, and has no military presence in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, among other places. Meanwhile . . .

(That link is from perhaps not the most reliable source, but you can confirm many of these locations with other sources like this one: “As part of the ongoing commitment to its Baltic Allies, the United States will further enhance the continuous and persistent US military presence in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania,” the embassy said in a press release.)


how many layers of larping are u on right now


how many layers of larping are they on 🤔


🎉 thanks to the developers and everyone who helped!

one bug i noticed after the upgrade: my notifications page shows unread notifications for (what i guess is) every reply i’ve ever received which was later deleted. the count in the bell icon only reflected the actual new unread notifications I had received since I last looked, but when i click to view my unread notifications then all of these old ones about deleted messages appear to be unread now.


“almost entirely automated” turns out to be kids workers in a trenchcoat, yet again


prediction: In 2028, large language models (LLMs) will still give confident-sounding-yet-incorrect a
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/738541 > For example, things like this: > > ![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/83f2b0e3-3ea5-4bac-b89e-6af02c33825f.png) > > Some models might be able to answer this precise question correctly, but they will still fail at many simple primary-school-level math questions. > > More examples in [my comment here](https://lemmy.ml/post/737521/comment/379715). > > ::: spoiler and one more screenshot here > > ![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/80ff8270-4a71-4f64-957e-46761d27d512.png) > :::
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Would you update the community description to say that predictions should have specific dates associated with them? Falsifiable predictions are much more fun :)

also, as @graphito@beehaw.org said in the xpost:

auto redirect link from any instance:

/c/predictions@lemmy.ca


My mnemonic is that the higher-level more user-friendly tool (adduser), which is usually the one I want to use, is the one with the more grammatically correct name.


Things like that make me increasingly feel that there’s no difference between political administrations in so-called “western” countries like the US and those in China or Iran

That’s really not fair, there are lots of differences… and this is just one of them. (I’m not an expert on the subject but I’d be surprised if their school book censorship regimes are also based on an allow-list.)

There are plenty of other differences too, like the amount of military spending, or the number of people in prison. Don’t worry, USA is still #1 in these categories. It also remains one of the last places in the world where many freedoms from government interference are still cherished.


Yes, apple does allow the registered “owner” to transfer it to another person’s apple account, so it only becomes scrap metal when they don’t. But, as the article says, many large organizations “recycle” large numbers of machines without doing the work to let the recycler actually reuse it.

Apple could easily unlock these machines but they’d rather sell new computers than have more second-hand ones on the market so they choose not to.


Are you sure it has 3GB? Apple only shipped macs with 32-bit Intel chips very briefly (in 2006, with the Core Duo, which is i686) and I think they couldn’t have more than 2GB ram. Maybe you have a later model which actually has a 64-bit Core 2 Duo but the 64-bit Debian installer just didn’t work on it.


That sounds quite reasonable.

So basically these teachers are making a big drama out of nothing.

I believe my summary in the title of this post is completely accurate, even if the manatee school district is not taking the law as seriously as their teachers are.

Florida has literally moved their schools from a system which banned some books to one which bans all books by default until each book is individually approved.

Here is another story about it.

Here is the actual law.

Here are some excerpts of the law:

148       1. Each book made available to students through a school
149  district library media center or included in a recommended or
150  assigned school or grade-level reading list must be selected by
151  a school district employee who holds a valid educational media
152  specialist certificate, regardless of whether the book is
153  purchased, donated, or otherwise made available to students.

171       3. Each elementary school must publish on its website, in
172  a searchable format prescribed by the department, a list of all
173  materials maintained in the school library media center or
174  required as part of a school or grade-level reading list.
175      (e) Public participation.—Publish on its website, in a
176  searchable format prescribed by the department, a list of all
177  instructional materials, including those used to provide
178  instruction required by s. 1003.42. Each district school board
179  must:
180       1.  Provide access to all materials, excluding teacher
181  editions, in accordance with s. 1006.283(2)(b)8.a. before the
182  district school board takes any official action on such
183  materials. This process must include reasonable safeguards
184  against the unauthorized use, reproduction, and distribution of
185  instructional materials considered for adoption.
186       2.  Select, approve, adopt, or purchase all materials as a
187  separate line item on the agenda and must provide a reasonable
188  opportunity for public comment. The use of materials described
189  in this paragraph may not be selected, approved, or adopted as
190  part of a consent agenda.

So basically these teachers are making a big drama out of nothing.

Reading the actual law, do you still think so?



We’re not intruding on this space. We’ve been in the fediverse for just as long or longer; the fediverse has been scrapable since 2008.

Totally. And while it was scrapable, and scraped a lot, I wish there had been a lot more systematic public scraping of the “federated social web” (as it was called before the terrible name “fediverse” was adopted) back then - I had a lot of public conversations on identi.ca and StatusNet which I wish I could still see, but they now exist only in a bunch of private databases I don’t have access to. 😢


What about public parks? Is it okay to walk around you while you’re having a conversation and record you, and then post that conversation on-line?

No, that would certainly not be okay. When I’m walking in a public park I have some expectation of privacy. If you’re walking close to me when I’m having what is intended to be a private conversation, I might notice and pause.

You are conflating private and public conversations. When we’re having a conversation in a public forum like this online, we are both posting it on-line already.

I hope archive.org posts another copy on-line so that if I want to refer to this later, after lemmy and the whole cargo-cult-deadend activitypub architecture has gone the way of the dodo, I will still be able to. And I hope they make it searchable!

Is it okay to use directional microphones to record you in such a setting?

Of course not. It’s also not possible to be sure it isn’t happening, but, if/when that is happening it is an unambiguous violation of social norms (and the law, in most places).

Doesn’t the whole recording-in-the-park thing from the Conversation give you the creeps?

Absolutely. (And now I’m wondering if you’ve noticed the reference to this film in my profile here or are bringing it up independently… 😀)

Are you saying that the fact that something is difficult to enforce against makes it okay to do, even if the person you do this to does not want it done?

Not at all. I think publicly archiving public web content is okay because I think it has a net public benefit. Better than okay, I think it is a good thing to do.

It is not because it is difficult to enforce against that I think it is okay. The fact that it is difficult to enforce against is why I think that it is not okay to give people who don’t know any better the false impression that it is not difficult to enforce against.


I could be wrong, but I interpret this post as being about Mastodon’s culture of being against search technology, which I find depressing and irritating for reasons I explained in that other thread as well as this one.

However, I just noticed a place where there is some lack of informed consent here on Lemmy: in the Lemmy UI, it appears that upvotes and downvotes are anonymous. I checked a long time ago, and realized that they weren’t really; the identity of the up or down voter is federated, but it is simply not shown by the UI.

I would assume that many (probably most) lemmy users do not realize this: admins of your own instance and all federated instances have the ability to see who upvoted and downvoted what.

It just now came to my attention that Friendica actually is showing this information publicly, in the form of “$username does not like this” for a downvote! https://rytter.me/display/4c906314-4763-d3aa-4584-11a516756414 🤣

(hey @OptimusPrime@lemmy.ml … why did you downvote that? I myself am also listed there as not liking it; I downvoted it as a test to confirm my assumption that it would show up as “does not like”, and then when I undownvoted it that event apparently didn’t get federated.)

imo these are the kind of “informed consent” issues that fediverse developers should be thinking about, rather than “how can we increase the power imbalance by making it so that only the elite are allowed to have fulltext search… in the name of justice” as so many seem to be hell-bent on doing.

i clicked a button that most lemmy users would assume is an anonymous up/down vote and now my name is listed on a 3rd party website saying i “don’t like” something (even though I tried to undo it). #thisisfine ?


are cafés public or private spaces?

They’re fundamentally private spaces, even if open to the public. Under certain zoning ordinances they may be considered a “public place” for some purposes if they are above a certain size, but this does not negate their ability to set their own rules and deny access to members of the public who violate them.

If a cafe wants to enforce a “no phones” rule, they can do so relatively effectively. If a website wants to enforce a “no robots” rule (especially if they also want to not require any login to view the content on the site) they can ultimately only pretend to be able to do that effectively.


cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/726492 > Hey, united Ireland though. Small victories?
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Can I just sit at the table next to yours and stream and record your conversation with your friends?

You technically can, and if you get caught the cafe can (and should, imo) kick you out for doing so. Pretending that a provider of an electronic publishing system can enforce the same kind of social norms as are possible in physical spaces is silly at best and actually harmful at worst.

Some of my favorite bars and cafes outright prohibit the use of phones and also don’t operate CCTV, but in many places you are in fact frequently nonconsenually recorded by other people, sometimes streamed onto something like facebook live, as well as constantly by 4K CCTV with audio (in violation of the law in many localities, yet still common).

When you’re having a conversation in a physical space and you notice someone eavesdropping, you sometimes might speak less freely as a result, especially if they appear to be filming. In a public conversation online, especially one readable without even logging in, you can’t tell when someone is “eavesdropping” because you are publishing.

I’m a big proponent of enforcing privacy in online and offline spaces with technology, policy, and social norms. I’m also opposed to magical thinking. Telling people that they can semi-publish, to have some of the benefits of publishing without some of the consequences, is misleading to the point of being dishonest.

I blame facebook for conditioning people to believe that such a thing is possible, through their years of blurring the lines between public and private.


I got an apple product no longer supported by Apple that but it has an i386 processor

Really? What is it? I can think of a couple of i486 Apple products but no i386.


I agree with a lot of the spirit of what they’re saying, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t agree with their concrete applications of it (although they are unclear in the thread).

I think blurring the lines between public and private spaces is the opposite of informing consent. Cultivating unrealistic expectations of “privacy” and control in what are ultimately public spaces is actually bad, imo.

Informed consent in the fediverse should look something like a message on the signup page that says: This is a publishing system. Be aware that everything you publish here will be distributed to a bunch of other servers which are not under the control of us, the operators of your server. When you edit or delete something you’ve published, we will honor it and relay the message, but other servers may or may not honor it. There are many other tools for private (encrypted) group communication, but that is not what this is. ActivityPub is for publishing.

ps: I, for one, am glad that the Internet Archive exists!


Bernard London wrote Ending the Depression Through Planned Obsolescence in 1932:

People everywhere are today disobeying the law of obsolescence. They are using their old cars, their old tires, their old radios and their old clothing much longer than statisticians had expected on the basis of earlier experience.

[…]

I propose that when a person continues to posses and use old clothing, automobiles and buildings, after they have passed their obsolescence date, as determined at the time they were created, he should be taxed for such continued use of what is legally “dead.”



It looks to me like both lemmy and lemmygrad are using very similar LetsEncrypt certificates, so I don’t see why any browser would trust one and not the other. Perhaps someone is actually performing an MITM attack?

Possibly unrelated, but I just noticed that all .ml domains are currently failing to resolve via google’s 8.8.8.8 including the registry’s root servers ({a,b,c,d}.ns.ml., which I currently see as 185.21.1{68..71}.1 via cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 and another server I tried).

Everything else I’ve tried is working; just google is not resolving anything under .ml. ()


I am the walrus?


It would be nice if there was a large supply of cheap-because-apple-prevents-them-from-running-macos M1 laptops available for running free software on, but I’m pretty sure that this “Activation Lock” thing is in the firmware and blocks running other OSes too.





via imgur, the above are all non-rectangular alpha-transparency-having themes (or “faces”) used by Panic’s Audion from 1999 to 2004.

There is a sad story about how it almost became iTunes, but because the developers were already in talks with AOL they tried to invite AOL to their Apple meeting and… apparently AOL couldn’t fit it in their busy schedule, so, iTunes was instead based on an inferior player distributed by Casady & Greene called SoundJam which looked like this:

edit: TIL that in 2021 Panic released a stripped-down version of Audion for modern macOS to view these faces”. Unfortunately all of the screenshots in the linked directory appear to be 404 now, but the faces themselves do appear to be downloadable. (Also unfortunately, there still doesn’t appear to be a player that can use them without running a proprietary OS…)


(this was at least [~8 years ago](https://old.reddit.com/r/ProgrammerHumor/comments/38kj81/fox_news_explains_github_terminology/) but probably actually from 2012 since that was when github's series A was)
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Op-Ed: Yes, Gov. Cuomo, Car Helmets Could Save Lives

Amazing, thanks for the link. I just re-posted it here.















I think it would definitely be “perceived as unprofessional and silly in a negative way” by some people and also “in a net positive way - perhaps a bit silly, but memorable” by others, so, if you’re very concerned about appearing serious and professional you should probably not use such an address for these purposes.

If you emailed me from this address i would consider you a dork, and as a bit of one myself i might start calling you Fratnickle.



Hexbear currently has more than twice as many users online as Lemmy.ml and Lemmygrad combined, and a mind-boggling number of posts (total, as well as total divided by total users, etc):

Lemmy.ml:

Lemmygrad:

Hexbear:

These hexbear people appear to be extremely online. Them federating with us here will have a major impact on these spaces, for better and worse.

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(here are similar screenshots i took of lemmy + lemmygrad last april…)



Brave was never based on Gecko. (Originally it was based on (a fork of) Electron! 🤣)


howto avoid using npm?
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/718565 > I'm writing some javascript (for the web) for the first time in a long time and I am realizing that I would be well served by using a bit of tooling like eslint and standardjs. > > I am reluctantly willing to `apt install nodejs` but I am not willing to use `npm` because of my impression that it is a fractal of yolo `curl | bash` philosophy which will randomly install and automatically run malware or indistinguishable-from-malware garbage I don't want. > > So, my question is: how can I install things like [standardjs](https://standardjs.com/) without using npm? > > Please do not tell me that I should just use npm.
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howto avoid using npm?
I'm writing some javascript (for the web) for the first time in a long time and I am realizing that I would be well served by using a bit of tooling like eslint and standardjs. I am reluctantly willing to `apt install nodejs` but I am not willing to use `npm` because of my impression that it is a fractal of yolo `curl | bash` philosophy which will randomly install and automatically run malware or indistinguishable-from-malware garbage I don't want. So, my question is: how can I install things like [standardjs](https://standardjs.com/) without using npm? Please do not tell me that I should just use npm.
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cross-posted from: https://feddit.it/post/107967 > Here is the paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/2209.06909 > > Here is tbe code: https://github.com/sebawild/powersort
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it’s a mashup of the character names from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scooby-Doo with the infobox from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_Underground

i’m not sure who the first photo is of, but the second and third are Bernardine Dohrn and Diana Oughton, and the fourth is Dustin Hoffman

here is one of the recent reddit threads about it.



In the Settings application, go to Keyboard and there you can configure which key is the compose key, as well as add keyboard layouts and set keyboard shortcuts for lots of things (including rotating through your configured keyboard layouts).




This is a nice overview of this absurd situation, but Tim Bray’s conclusions are a little surprising to me.

Yes, Mastodon traffic either is already or soon will be captured and filed permanently as in forever in certain government offices with addresses near Washington DC and Beijing, and quite likely one or two sketchy Peter-Thiel-financed “data aggregation” companies. That’s extremely hard to prevent but isn’t really the problem: The problem would be a public search engine that Gamergaters and Kiwifarmers use to hunt down vulnerable targets.

Here Bray appears to be missing the fact that those people will often end up with access to those Thiel-financed private intelligence services that will have the full-text search, while the rest of us won’t. Making things public and pretending they’re private by shunning search effectively lobotomizes everyone who abides by this custom, while still allowing the worst people to have the capability (and not only the ones working in state intelligence agencies).

What success looks like: I’d like it if nobody were ever deterred from conversing with people they know for fear that people they don’t know will use their words to attack them. I’d like it to be legally difficult to put everyone’s everyday conversations to work in service to the advertising industry. I’d like to reduce the discomfort people in marginalized groups feel venturing forth into public conversation. (emphasis mine)

This is a conflation of almost entirely unrelated issues. The first half of the first sentence is talking about non-public conversations. The solution there is obviously to use e2e encryption, so that even the servers involved can’t see it, and to build protocols and applications that don’t make it easy for users to accidentally make private things public (ActivityPub was not designed for private communication, it was designed for publishing, so, it is unlikely to ever be good at this). The second sentence is about regulating the ad industry… ok, cool, an agreeable non-sequitur. But the last sentence is talking about public conversation… and in the context of the second half of the first sentence, it carries the strong implication that Bray somehow entertains the fantasy that conversation can somehow be public and yet be uninhibited by “fear that people they don’t know will use their words to attack them”.


Contrary to what the title suggests, it sounds like they aren’t actually planning on implementing ActivityPub on medium itself, but rather they are just launching a new medium-branded mastodon instance. 🥱




since you bring your own domain it is not total vendor lock-in

sure you can point your domain elsewhere, but i don’t see anything about the ability to export your data in a way that lets you actually migrate to something else (though i think that is arguably required by GDPR…)





“We estimate that a quantum circuit with 372 physical qubits and a depth of thousands is necessary to challenge RSA-2048 using our algorithm”
Some discussion here: * https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2023/01/breaking-rsa-with-a-quantum-computer.html * https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=34235350
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