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Malicious code can also leverage DRM's natural tamper-resistance to make it hard to remove malware once it has been detected. Once a device designed to control its owners has been compromised, the attacker gets to control the owner, too.

Which brings me to "Smarter," a "smart" $250 coffee maker that is remarkably insecure, allowing anyone on the same wifi network as the device to replace its firmware, as Martin Hron demonstrates in a recent proof-of-concept attack.

decoded.avast.io/martinhron/th

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“The official reason given by Google for the removal of #Fediverse apps is that these apps can be used to access […] content which are dedicated to hate speech.”

privateinternetaccess.com/blog (hat tip to @Rigby_Koyaanisqatsi)

Somehow this doesn't motivate removal of other apps from Google's app store. What could explain this difference?

A better explanation, from @pluralistic: locusmag.com/2020/09/cory-doct

“The more freedom you have to leave Google, the bigger a risk you pres­ent to Google.”

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 that I used as a media box for a while. It worked OK but was lacking power for some things (playing youtube is basically impossible unless you input the stream URL in VLC, if video is too high res it fails).

I'm thinking about using the raspi3 as a home server and getting new streamingbox. I'd prefer to run a Linux desktop on it (raspbian, Ubuntu, debian, etc) on a VPN permanently, run torrenting software, play video and preferably also youtube. Anyone have a suggestion?

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The Twitter/Mastodon model sucks 🤮 

@yuki it blows my mind that there are people who consider "follow back" to be an appropriate default behavior.

you can't use any kind of social media (or maybe social behavior, period) in a healthy way if you don't start from an understanding that you don't owe anyone your attention. that is absolutely foundational.

knowing that you can prevent a person's boosts from reaching you is also super important.

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Remember when Medium convinced bloggers to give up their personal sites because it was free and the user interface was super intuitive? And now they literally try to charge subscription fees to people who want to read more than X number of articles per month (I have no idea what X is...is it 10? 20? It's super unclear to me). Do the writers get a cut of that or are they producing free content for Medium to profit off of?

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I had gone to kmart to buy a Nintendo Wii, but they were all sold out like every other big box retailer in town. Halfway to my car, a woman flagged me down and said she was selling home made air fresheners to help raise money for her daughter to study abroad. I think at that point I just was looking for something to take home with me so the trip didn't feel wasted.

The air freshener was an old tuna fish can with a paper filter on top. Words will never explain how much it REEKED of cherries.

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space exploration gripe 

@anarchiv Its hard to imagine a disaster terrible enough that anywhere in space is a more hospitable place to move to than earth. Seveneves might be the only exception, and its literally just “idk the moon exploded”

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That's a Trump thing, and he's using Wikileaks and Assange to set the precedent. Trump - and his wilier, more tactical political allies - knows that his adversaries don't like Assange and won't stick up for him, and so Assange is a means to his end.

That end: allowing future administrations to criminally charge publishers that publish leaks they don't like. To shut down press outlets and put their key personnel in prison for very long sentences.

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the algorithm isn't racially biased! it just selects for [list of the factors that lead to a racially biased outcome]

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singularitarianism is tech dorks reinventing the christian eschaton, starring themselves as the inventors of the god that will build the heaven that will replace the fallen world, and then patting themselves on the back for how original they are

roko's basilisk is tech dorks extending the concept with a reinvention of literal satan and then forgetting the scary thing at the end of their arm is their own hand in a painted sock

it's all just evangelicalism with extra steps and the need for any actual evangelizing defined out. and it seems difficult to imagine anyone, beyond a few incredibly sheltered academics like nick bostrom who are literally paid by universities to write science fiction in this genre and give talks about it in kayfabe, taking it seriously in this, the year of oh lord it's still 2020

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If I had a dime for every time a writer friend asked me to GM a Dungeons and Dragons game for them so they could write an article about the experience, I would have two dimes, but it's weird that it happened twice.

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"If people's basic needs were met through socialism, nobody would ever choose to work!"

Kid, there's people who saved up their entire lives to retire, and never have to work again

Who then choose to spend their retirement doing unpaid menial labor for the public library

People generally WANT to work, to feel accomplished from Doing Stuff

They just want to get to do work they choose to do willingly, for reasonable amounts of time, without the threat of starvation looming over them

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got a train ticket back to Colorado. getting hit by a car is not how I wanted to end the #BigGayBikeTour but I really don't think that even if I healed up 100% in the next few days I would have much fun continuing to bike. spent a month on the road and pedaled over 1500 miles. I'll get back out there someday soon enough
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talk like a pirate day 

copyright law is unethical

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