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I’m glad there seem to be more people of the reasonable variety on this fuckcars community versus other platforms.

Eliminating/reducing car dependency is going to be a much easier problem than just deleting cars from existence.

One fewer mandatory ride in a car is a win no matter how you slice it.

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IMO by default everyone should put up a barrier to registration, be it manual approvals or email verification.

Both have their own set of flaws and can establish a sense of false security, but it’s the bare minimum to slow down spam registrations.

I’m working on an instance-level spam filter that acts on all federated content to take this into consideration for the instance I run…

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Not all of the ones involved in the spam attack….

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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People need to understand there are risks if they’re going to host an open server and are ultimately responsible for how it interacts in the network.

Keeping defederation minimal requires a high degree of trust with all instances, regardless of size.

If the instance has open reg, hosted spam for multiple days, has no activity from the admins for ever, and might be several versions behind, that’s entering “I simply don’t trust your ability to host” territory.

I run a small instance. I turn on registration applications, spot-check new accounts to make sure there isn’t spam, keep an alert active so I get notified when updates are available, and occasionally post from an admin account to indicate it’s an active instance. I even check reports at least once a day. This all takes very little effort to do. If you’re a small instance, the burden of proof is on you to show that it’s being maintained.

Some of the spam instances have had spam up for several days now. Sure, maybe one or two people may be on vacation and aren’t aware, but I doubt that’s the case for every host.

We’re fortunate the spam (at least what I’ve seen) didn’t blatantly display malicious content.

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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Completely disagree on the scalability argument and I find it silly.

Most instances are small. Not everyone is going to run a 20,000 person instance where all 20,000 show up on the same day.

If you’re a big instance like lemmy.world, then sure, I can buy the scalability argument, but once you’re at that point you’ve likely established that there is an active and engaged admin team.

As a bonus, it even serves as a great asshole filter. If someone gets upset they had to wait a day for an approval, imagine how they’d act once they’re in.

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Obligatory I think X is a shithole etc etc etc

That out of the way, Yulia’s account seems to be back now.

https://twitter.com/yulia_navalnaya

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The significance of this is that it should make seeing updates to OSM data a lot quicker, and I'd assume making the "look" a better too.

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I think the issue with Organic Maps is the lack of real-time traffic data (unless that's changed).

That said, Organic Maps routing seems good enough without it. I occasionally compare routes from Apple Maps, Google Maps, my car's nav, and Organic Maps. Organic Maps hasn't given a route that I'd say is unreasonable.

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Discover offers a free service that helps with this if you're in the US and have a Discover card or bank account.

I wouldn't be surprised if the data still exists with data brokers but at least it's become a lot harder to get my addresses from a Google search of my name.

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This has been spamming my YouTube recommendation feed for months, definitely not something started in the last few days.

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How it’s getting tied into the broader ecosystem feels very forced, too.

Advertising the ability to take spatial video from an iPhone months before the Vision Pro launched definitely left a bad taste in my mouth.

https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/record-spatial-videos-for-apple-vision-pro-iph6e3a6d4fe/ios

Usually Apple’s tie-ins feel additive — I’m not given a product that feels like it’s missing a feature if I don’t own another Apple device. When I buy additional product types, I feel like I gain the missing features. Seems like that changed with Spatial Video. You get to stare at a reminder that you don’t own the headset every time you take video.

I don’t like that.

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There is a 0.00000% (rounded up) chance that any PR firm is committing resources to Lemmy for product/corporate astroturfing.

I have a hard time believing this won’t become more than a toxic witch-hunt for opinions someone doesn’t like vs calling out legitimate astroturfing campaigns or people inadvertently spreading corporate fallacies.

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I’m an Apple user who owns a Tesla and thinks both have decently good products.

Do I win Lemmy Tech Product Controversy Bingo?

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Advocating for murder is generally something that gets moderated.

Are you… surprised? There are “free speech” sites like Truth Social and Gab that may provide a better experience for you.

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At times it’s amusing when people get super excited about the “Reddit exodus” and how the Fediverse will end Reddit.

Seems like the really egregious behavior is leaving Reddit and moving here, which might have the effect of actually improving Reddit lol

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I switched to a Mac a couple years ago but I'll always at least keep a Linux VM and a separate Linux laptop just in case.

As for why, generally speaking, Apple puts a lot of really, really good work into making a machine that feels immediately productive with little fiddling around, they're ahead of the pack in some ways, and for advanced stuff it's "good enough".

My reasons:

  1. Cross-device integration (at least with Apple) - I already use an iPhone, iPad, and AppleTV. The integration between iOS and macOS is just really, really good. Android+Linux just doesn't come anywhere close. And that's even if you put in the hours it'd take to set a bunch of disparate apps up to try to replicate it. Anyone telling you otherwise is completely full of bullshit or is showing that they actually haven't used Apple devices.
  • Using my iPad as a secondary display takes literally 2 clicks.
  • Setting my Apple Watch to unlock my laptop takes literally 4 clicks.
  • Casting my screen or even just sound takes 2 clicks.
  • Handoff is just magic. If you recently used something on your phone and have the matching app on your Mac, you get a shortcut in your Dock to load whatever you had on your phone on your computer to pick up where you left off. If I am in a Signal chat, I can instantly open the chat I was viewing on my phone. Same for browsing websites, text messages, and a bunch of things.
  • Airdrop between devices "just works".
  • If I connect to a wifi access point from my phone, my laptop will prompt me to automagically copy the password over (i think) bluetooth. Or if I'm at a friend's house and they use an iPhone, they'll get a prompt to share their wifi network password with me.
  1. Device restoration - Restoring a Mac is just impressive for how little effort it requires. If someone stole my laptop, I can drive 15 mins to an Apple Store, buy a new laptop, point it at my NAS, and be back running in an hour or less to exactly where I left off. Similarly, If I buy a brand new laptop, copying data from the old one to the new one is incredibly boring -- in all of the right ways. All apps/info/config/etc gets moved over. No weird quirks or workarounds or anything needed.

  2. M-series laptops - At the time, there were no other good options for ARM CPU laptops, especially ones that can be spec'd to 64GB of RAM. The M CPU laptops are crazy fast and efficient. I can literally use my laptop for 9-10 hours in a day going full-hardcore, and still have juice to spare. Yeah I know Asahi Linux works for the most part now, but I don't have time anymore to beta-test my main box.

  3. Adequate Unixy bits - The terminal does everything I need, the utilities are fine. I use Nix (and some Homebrew) to maintain various CLI tools.

  4. Software - I wanted to save this for last since everyone quotes this first. I wanted to meddle with music and Ardour doesn't really scratch the itch the same way Logic Pro does. Another example: as bad as the Mac version of Microsoft Office is, it's still far more nicer feeling than LibreOffice and requires much less work to get a good looking presentation/etc. out the door on a time crunch.

cosmic_slate ,
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Yeah :/

I almost wonder how far (as an example) System76 or someone could get by mirroring Apple’s approach: build a range of devices and focus aggressively on gluing them together without a care in the world for anything else.

I know Samsung tries for their devices with Windows, but their software always felt like there’s an internal competition for who can add the most number of controls to each UI and it comes across as very clunky.

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The Steam Deck is a great example of consumer Linux done right. You don’t even know it’s Linux. The team who developed it did a fantastic job at focusing on the full end-to-end experience.

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Because in yanks number out of ass 87.74% of threads of “why use X? Linux has Y, it’ll do everything you want”

Ardour/LO/etc are great for what they are and have their uses, but there are some apps that just aren’t available on Linux and the claimed alternatives really don’t work.

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I’m using a EnGenius EWS377AP and don’t have any complaints.

I had Ubiquiti gear but had some quirks and still wanted something a bit advanced. I don’t know how well meshing works though.

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It doesn’t have to be a walled garden, it could just be a system where they only do first-party development of products they product and leave it to the community to expand to others.

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What features in Joplin do you like using the most?

There are a TON of note taking apps and understanding what features you value the most might be helpful in pointing you in a direction.

cosmic_slate OP Mod ,
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I remember how incredibly frustrated everyone was in my apartment parking lot. People kept stealing other people’s spots and being idiots about not wanting to shovel snow. You couldn’t really park anywhere the first day or two if someone got lazy and moved their unshoveled car into your spot either.

A few neighbors and myself were bored and decided to shovel out over a dozen spaces because we wanted to make sure we could park if we had left.

https://dmv.social/pictrs/image/7e409dad-05e6-4de9-8513-ed321a28b2ca.jpeg

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Gluetun is great for when you want a container that should only use the network on the other side of a VPN.

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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I’ve been using it for months and maybe popped back over to Google only a handful of times.

DDG is okay but it’s miserable in comparison. I haven’t tried Ecosia long enough to form a proper opinion but my first impressions weren’t great.

The only people who actively rail against it seem to be the standard group of Fediverse who are… a bit too online 😉

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I think it's only reasonable to maintain a separate computer for gaming at this point. Yeah, I get it, it's expensive to maintain two computers, my point stands.

These kinds of blobs aren't going away. A lot of game studios put their developers under an insane amount of pressure so I'm skeptical that security is given the attention it deserves...

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End of the day, if friends want to play something, I'll happily join them. We only have ~80 years on this planet and I'm not spending them being forever upset at things I cannot change about the world that have no real significance.

Valorant already has 25 million active gamers who don't care enough to ditch the game for the anti-cheat. All 500 players who decide to uninstall LoL over this simply won't matter to Riot.

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Ironically this comment is upvoted and my original one is downvoted lol.

I just don’t trust games targeting Windows and it’s far easier to throw stuff on a second PC, put that on my guest VLAN, and not worry about what happens anymore. If it’s not a root kit, it’s installing some persistent game loader or other crap that doesn’t need to run 24/7 on the same machine I do my taxes.

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There’s only one LoL and a lot of its players like it specifically for its gameplay. If I’m going to be preachy to my friends, I’ll save it for something that matters.

If you’re convinced you’re saving the world, by all means do as you desire.

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