In-reply-to > NASA Scientists Estimate Tonga Blast At 10 Megatons According to NASA researchers, the power of a massive volcanic eruption that took place on Saturday near the island nation of Tonga was equivalent to around 10 megatons of TNT. "That means the explosive force was more than 500 times as powerful as the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II," reports NPR. From the report: The blast was heard a ... ⌘ Read more

I completely agree with the first comment on Slashdot here:


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In-reply-to > @ullarah I think I still prefer them as "dumb displays" to be honest. It gives me the freedom to plug whatever I like into them via HDMI. It's sort of the same argument as bundlind a Wireless Access Point and Route and Switch in an all-in-one plastic box 😅 -- I prefer to have separate Switch/Router and Wireless Access Points 😂

@prologic speaking of network gear, what do you run? If you don’t mind me asking.

Pretty sure you have a special feed for this 😅


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In-reply-to > I wish you could just buy dumb TVs (PC monitors?) that can't be connected.

@ullarah I think I still prefer them as “dumb displays” to be honest. It gives me the freedom to plug whatever I like into them via HDMI. It’s sort of the same argument as bundlind a Wireless Access Point and Route and Switch in an all-in-one plastic box 😅 – I prefer to have separate Switch/Router and Wireless Access Points 😂


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In-reply-to > I wish you could just buy dumb TVs (PC monitors?) that can't be connected.

@ullarah

I wish you could just buy dumb TVs (PC monitors?) that can’t be connected.

Speaking of Dumb TV(s) – The only models/brand I am aware of that still fit the bill here are the ones by HiSense. They still (AFAIK) make ‘em. I have one, and as long as they keep making bigger, brighter and crisper dumb displays, I’ll keep buying them! 👌

=> HiSense TVs


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In-reply-to > Some Roku Smart TVs Are Now Showing Banner Ads Over Live TV Some Roku smart TV owners are seeing banner ads appear over live content, according to a thread on the r/cordcutters subreddit. Ars Technica reports: [A photo posted by the Reddit user] shows a Sharp TV running Roku software and displaying an ad for a bed over a live sports broadcast, plus a prompt to 'press OK to get offer.' These ads don't seem ... ⌘ Read more

@ullarah I know right! 🤦‍♂️ I literally cannot think of any value proposition as to why I would want my toaster to be connected to the Internet. Seriously 😂


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In-reply-to > Some Roku Smart TVs Are Now Showing Banner Ads Over Live TV Some Roku smart TV owners are seeing banner ads appear over live content, according to a thread on the r/cordcutters subreddit. Ars Technica reports: [A photo posted by the Reddit user] shows a Sharp TV running Roku software and displaying an ad for a bed over a live sports broadcast, plus a prompt to 'press OK to get offer.' These ads don't seem ... ⌘ Read more

I wish you could just buy dumb TVs (PC monitors?) that can’t be connected.

I dislike IoT devices. Who’s fucking bright idea is it to have white goods connected? What purpose does it really have?

“Hey you can connect your toaster to the internet” … 🤦


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In-reply-to > Is it just me or is anybody else just not feeling it this week? 😅

Not just you two either, I’m also feeling it a bit. My stress levels are up, things are pissing me off about the direction of things we’re taking in the world at large. I need a holiday already! 😂 Either that or I take stress leave 🤣


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In-reply-to > Some Roku Smart TVs Are Now Showing Banner Ads Over Live TV Some Roku smart TV owners are seeing banner ads appear over live content, according to a thread on the r/cordcutters subreddit. Ars Technica reports: [A photo posted by the Reddit user] shows a Sharp TV running Roku software and displaying an ad for a bed over a live sports broadcast, plus a prompt to 'press OK to get offer.' These ads don't seem ... ⌘ Read more

Oh boi! 🤦‍♂️ First Samsung now Roku. Geez fucking christ. 🤦‍♂️ When are we going to create consumer laws around purchasing and ownership of products? This also reminds me of the stupid shenanigans that Toyota recently tried to poul, and quickly backed down with their “Remote Start with a Key Fob that is entirely local”. #PrivacyFirst


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In-reply-to > Want to jot something down for later, or brainstorm a new idea with some mates? Etherpad is now up on our pod's network!

@prologic hmm, I don’t know about that, but much has changed. They have a Docker image, but if manual is preferred, then:

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_14.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt install -y nodejs
git clone --branch master https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite.git &&
cd etherpad-lite &&
src/bin/run.sh

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In-reply-to > Winter Olympics: Athletes Advised To Use Burner Phones In Beijing New submitter sperm shares a report from the BBC: The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts say. The My2022 app will be used by athletes, audience members and media for daily Covid monitoring. The app will also offer voice chats, file transfer ... ⌘ Read more

But yes, your points on the “Smart Device’ in our pockets becoming basically part of our existence, is all true. I feel you, but the struggle between what’s allowed and what’s not is going to be a debate for decades to come. I just hope we make all the right decisions in the end.


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In-reply-to > Winter Olympics: Athletes Advised To Use Burner Phones In Beijing New submitter sperm shares a report from the BBC: The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts say. The My2022 app will be used by athletes, audience members and media for daily Covid monitoring. The app will also offer voice chats, file transfer ... ⌘ Read more

@fastidious Even more so.

Data Privacy must become a basic Human Right. Just like it is in the EU.

We’re living in really dangerous times and it’s really frightening what we’re willing to give up. I’m not 😳


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In-reply-to > Winter Olympics: Athletes Advised To Use Burner Phones In Beijing New submitter sperm shares a report from the BBC: The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts say. The My2022 app will be used by athletes, audience members and media for daily Covid monitoring. The app will also offer voice chats, file transfer ... ⌘ Read more

@prologic “If you are intending to visit Australia, do yourself a favor, get a burner Phone and Laptop” — This one is so hard to achieve. These days my phone is my camera too. It is also my main traveling computer, my GPS, my airplane check-in, my hotel reservation. It is also my passport backup, and method of payment. It is pretty much a vital piece I need with me at all time.

A phone must become a basic human right and, as such, inviolable.


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In-reply-to > Winter Olympics: Athletes Advised To Use Burner Phones In Beijing New submitter sperm shares a report from the BBC: The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts say. The My2022 app will be used by athletes, audience members and media for daily Covid monitoring. The app will also offer voice chats, file transfer ... ⌘ Read more

Or don’t bring one at all.


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In-reply-to > Winter Olympics: Athletes Advised To Use Burner Phones In Beijing New submitter sperm shares a report from the BBC: The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts say. The My2022 app will be used by athletes, audience members and media for daily Covid monitoring. The app will also offer voice chats, file transfer ... ⌘ Read more

The advise of “Using a Burner Phone” isn’t just true of entering Beijing/China, but also Australia. Anyone visiting Australia for any reason should also be aware that our own border force and immigrations will seize your Smartphone, Laptop and any other electronic device. Fuck your privacy, guilty until proven innocent.

PSA: If you are intending to visit Australia, do yourself a favor, get a burner Phone and Laptop.


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In-reply-to > So, created an account on Hetzner trying to give their VPS a go. Their specifications are sweet, and the pricing is more than right. It didn't like a MasterCard, but took the AMEX fine. After the account was created they required verification. Allegedly my account was flagged as high risk, and they needed to verify me. One of the choices was my driver's licence.

Don’t answer that, it was a rhetorical question 😂


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In-reply-to > So, created an account on Hetzner trying to give their VPS a go. Their specifications are sweet, and the pricing is more than right. It didn't like a MasterCard, but took the AMEX fine. After the account was created they required verification. Allegedly my account was flagged as high risk, and they needed to verify me. One of the choices was my driver's licence.

@fastidious Why do companies even do this in the first place? Like seriously, I get the whole point of taking some basic details and accepting payment. But can’t we just all live in a world where we first assume trust, then if you violate the terms of service and therefore the “trust”, that’s it you’re out. I mean why do we have to make things so hard. I’m sorry to hear of your experience 😢 – I truly loved Hetzner back in the day when I used ot have a few dedicated servers with them, but I have no recent experiences.


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So, created an account on Hetzner trying to give their VPS a go. Their specifications are sweet, and the pricing is more than right. It didn’t like a MasterCard, but took the AMEX fine. After the account was created they required verification. Allegedly my account was flagged as high risk, and they needed to verify me. One of the choices was my driver’s licence.

Whilst trying to add my drivers licence, the first time failed. The photo on the licence picture didn’t match the current photo I had to take. Duh! When trying to redo, got a 403 error. No matter what I tried, nada. Tried another verification, using Paypal this time. Same error. Logged out, logged back in, tried again, same errors. Bye bye Hetzner! :-(


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In-reply-to > Microsoft is to acquire Activision Blizzard. I understand Blizzard had/has problems of their own, but this is an absolute horrible news for gamers everywhere. Like, the worse nightmare. It will give Microsoft a monopoly status on gaming.

@fastidious And of course the problem (as always) will be the potential for a “turns a blind eye” to occur when one or more politicians whose job it is to regular the open market, fails to do their job because of selfish financial interests. Ths merger/acquisition will go ahead, like all the others I fear. And the Gaming industry will be worse off for it 😢 I feel sorry for current and future generations of gamers 😢


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In-reply-to > "I fucking cannot stand it at all that all nuclear power plants do is boil water. The history of humanity is nothing but boiling water. In the future there will be new ways to boil water and that's it. Fuck it." — Origin unknown, most likely some XChan somewhere.

@fastidious Bahahha that’s hilarious but so true. We also boil that same water to drive a crank shaft too in a lot of cases or a windmill! 😂 Replace “crankshaft” with modern combustion engine and “winmill” with turbine. But you get what I mean 😅


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In-reply-to > Microsoft is to acquire Activision Blizzard. I understand Blizzard had/has problems of their own, but this is an absolute horrible news for gamers everywhere. Like, the worse nightmare. It will give Microsoft a monopoly status on gaming.

@prologic I believe they are in the preliminary phase (I truly do not know details on how company acquisitions and merges are regulated, but they are indeed). So, they are yet to face scrutiny; that’s coming.


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In-reply-to > About Scaling Up - Verne Harnish's Best-selling Book

@eaplmx Easy! I’ll share some tidbits with you 🤗 Apple™ (god bless their souls) build one of the most accessible Desktop OS(es) on the planet. macOS. macOS is literally the only Desktop OS with full-screen zoom, keyboard cursor tracking that “works”. That’s the how.

To answer your curiosity on accessibility in general, and @markwylde can back me up on this one:

  • Rule #1: No fucking hover popups!

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In-reply-to > Microsoft is to acquire Activision Blizzard. I understand Blizzard had/has problems of their own, but this is an absolute horrible news for gamers everywhere. Like, the worse nightmare. It will give Microsoft a monopoly status on gaming.

@fastidious I thought company acquisitions had to be approved by some governing entity? Or did I dream that up? 🤔 If true, why are they even allowing this at all? 🤦‍♂️


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In-reply-to > @prologic you are joking, right? Tell me you are jesting. I am kind of worried to see a twt from you with zero Emoji. Please, tell me you are (a laughing face with tears Emoji as a reply will suffice).

@fastidious I was sorta/kinda joking, but half serious 😂 There happy now, en Emoji! 😅 Anyway… I’m over this whole book this, but I’m happy it re-sparked the “Great Debate” on DRM, Data protect, Data privacy and so forth 👏


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In-reply-to > Microsoft is to acquire Activision Blizzard. I understand Blizzard had/has problems of their own, but this is an absolute horrible news for gamers everywhere. Like, the worse nightmare. It will give Microsoft a monopoly status on gaming.

@prologic it is likely going to happen, but it is too early for anything to occur yet. At the very least, the whole deal is going to get a strong scrutiny from government regulators.


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