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Things people have claimed I work for, on the payroll, or are some kind of propaganda agent.

Russian bot: 9

Chinese Communist Party: 6

Central Intelligence Agency: 11

Democrat Party/DNC: 6

Republican Party: 6

Bernie Bro: 9

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I wish democrats were like 10% of cool as republicans fearmonger them as.

Who is doing the most good in the world, and how? ( kbin.social )

My feed is filled with bad news, which is my fault for using the fediverse as a news feed, but it made me wonder: Which organisations, groups or individual people in the world are doing the most good for our world? I'm particularly interested in those who manage to do good on a larger impact scale (quantity or quality), but if...

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Maybe before, but not these days. They take donations claiming to help abortion rights, but also quietly admit they can't defend them. https://www.jezebel.com/satanic-temple-abortion-rights-religious-exemption-real-1849073332 https://queersatanic.com/the-satanic-temple-cannot-help-you-get-an-abortion-and-it-does-not-deserve-your-support/

Plus the Temple was sued for harassment of it's members/advocates. The people were linking publicly accessible info about the Temple's internal issues and then sued for libel and defamation. https://www.newsweek.com/orgies-harassment-fraud-satanic-temple-rocked-accusations-lawsuit-1644042

Then when Newsweek covered the lawsuit, they themselves were sued for libel, when they literally showed that a lawsuit for telling the truth was being made in courts. https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/new-york/nysdce/1:2022cv01343/575138/27/ https://casetext.com/case/the-satanic-temple-inc-v-newsweek-magazine-llc-12

TL;DR: The Satanic Temple sues you for telling publicly known truths about itself, and then takes money that could go to actual help for abortion rights.

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That is impressive! Sometimes you need a right figure to improve messaging.

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Large scale wise, Doctors without Borders, World Health Organization, and the organizations that help fight for/track sex trafficked people to liberate them.

And within the US (I'm sure there's others, I'm a yank so my understanding of how things in Germany/Canada/China/South Africa go is often poor) there's the Electric Frontier Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Planned Parenthood, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and a lot more that help most citizens and biological beings get the right to, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that isn't actually given by any government.

Also Child's Play and Make a Wish Foundation are pretty good for sick children to get some levity in a harsh childhood. I usually chip in some online donations/sale credits to Child's Play and EFF so that they have entertainment when stuck in a hospital, and more digital rights for when they get out of it.

Threads is automatically hiding comments that mention Pixelfed ( mastodon.social )

For anyone wondering if Threads and Facebook at large will be a fine neighbor in the space and compatible with other apps/services in the fediverse: they’re already automatically hiding comments that mention Pixelfed https://mastodon.social/@dansup/112126250737482807

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I wish I could go back to a Lemmy thread showing how Mastodon and other Fediverse instances were blocking Meta ahead of it's integration, where people went "Oh you're just being paranoid, why would they do that?" And when given examples of companies taking open standards and either making themselves the biggest source of users or killing it (Microsoft, Google, Apple) they either went "Well that happened in 2006, it's 2023!"

I know the bootlickers wouldn't actually change their mind, but jesus christ. It's frustrating for groups of advocates to be ignored and proven right each time. Cassandra syndrome is real.

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I recall hearing how Russia had dozens of them, and the ROI of a 40 million dollar missile taking out a 400 million ship was great. And then Ukraine got worse and nothing happened, with zero of them ever found or used.

And North Korea thinks it can even attempt that. I guess we need a "new" geopolitical boogieman to pander for increasing military budgets, since Russia is losing and China does it usual "we will take over Taiwan, unlike last year!" every year.

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I was slightly okay with Audible's DRM when the credits you got each month stacked with the older ones, so you could have 4 over the months as you still listened to the books you already had, and then exchange them for newer books of the series and what not.

And then my brother and I stopped paying, and the credits were there for a month. Check back later, 0 credits. The books are still there, but the credits we paid money for are gone. So that sucks. Fuck em.

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"Kids these days don't understand or do X"

"Hey, I want to learn, can you teach me about X?"

"Not my fault, you should have known about X. Why do kids these days don't understand or do X?!"

This boomer shit is frustrating.

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If are asking questions, answers are usually given. I'm sorry that the concept of sharing information you enjoy is new, you'll learn I'm sure.

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Discord communities, youtube for content I enjoy, lemmy, checking tumblr and mastodon.

I used to say that "Once I leave Reddit I'll have more time for my hobbies instead of looking at a screen about my hobbies" but I realized that:

  • One website's existence doesn't solve or prevent a problem of my brain chemistry
  • I already have a lot of hobbies and reddit introduced me to some, and most of those are offline.

I think the fact that Reddit imploded is good, it gave me an excuse to leave a site that I hated more than I enjoyed being part of it, for lots of reasons.

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"New flash asshole, governments aren't birds. Sorry if that's a shock to you."

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The 2024 privately funded moon lander is doing worse than some 1970s lunar landers by America and the failed state of the USSR. God damn.

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More or less that the idea of how the country that got Humans into space first eventually collapsed, but "modern capitalism solves all problems" can't do the same tasks as well was 1950's USSR, and that's coming from someone who doesn't like the USSR in general.

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    I'm sorry to hear about this, do you have some links to your GitHub and the interactions?

    EDIT: I checked Leah's Mastodon, found this interaction: https://files.catbox.moe/6dftac.png
    https://mas.to/@libreleah/111997718668105706
    And here's the IRC interaction: https://av.vimuser.org/lorenzo.txt

    https://libreboot.org/contrib.html#lorenzo-aloe

    I haven't taken the time to read all of this fully, simply trying to share info that is not supplied by either parties.

    EDIT: Taking more time to read it, it seems so far:

    OP's code was buggy and bricking boards. Leah requested a patch to solve the known problems. OP took too long, and when Leah got a personal copy of the same computer/board, she worked on her patch and implemented it. OP is still listed on the site. https://libreboot.org/contrib.html#lorenzo-aloe

    Provided hardware testing for the Dell OptiPlex 9020, also provided testing for proxmox with GPU passthrough on Dell Precision T1650, confirming near-native performance; with this, you can boot operating systems virtually natively, performance-wise, on a Libreboot system in cases where that OS is not natively supported.

    All round good guy, an honest and loyal fan.

    I personally have not written any code nor submitted anything to Libreboot, but it seems OP is still credited despite the claims of being stolen. I can't confirm if any code was used by OP or if Leah used 100% original code, as that's not my expertise. And even then, I'm not sure if the GPL/whatever license Libreboot uses is cool or uncool on that.

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    Torrenting stuff that is public domain or intended by its creators to be shared via BitTorrent isn't illegal. You won't get busted for sharing a Linux ISO or a copy of Moby Dick.

    You would get in trouble for media made in or after 1929 (currently). A VPN would help to protect you from being caught for this, but you would most likely never get arrested for downloading, only being a major player in a scene.

    And why cops don't stop them? They do. There's laws on books that prohibit them, but in (a lot) of countries, they either don't have a law that stops VPNs, only piracy sites, or simply don't have the time to care about media piracy when there's bigger fish to fry.

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    I can count on one hand how many times someone's creative endeavors that when aired/sold to a network went back to them. I can't begin to tell you how many times someone has a 100% original idea, a network funded it, aired it at such a bad time or had such bad ad campaign for it, it failed.

    Then the network claims it as a tax write off so it never gets aired again, and no DVD/Blu-Ray sales are allowed. And the artists who worked on it can't get any rights to what they made. Because a company somewhere couldn't make money with the idea, now no one can. Even the inventor.

    Animation is among the more common ones to have this happen to.

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    Right, this is for my friends that I have consent/approval from. I also don't punch random bank info in public, and rarely do it on their computers.

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    That's way more work that I'm thinking of, plus my home internet isn't good enough for any outside server use, and I don't have the cash for a server hosted somewhere. Thank you however!

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    A Vanta review? Crazy! Love the branching out of your content/style.

    A RULE SPY'S IN THE BASE?! ( lemmy.blahaj.zone )

    I searched up "Lemmy" on the PlayStore and noticed that Reddit appears right before the last lemmy client in that search X3 do u guys know if there r any other lemmy clients worth trying? I randomly felt like trying all I could find and for now I'll stay on Jerboa and the Web UI but I use Voyager too now, mainly for DMs...

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    Free software != free of charge.

    Nothing about free software says you need to give it away for no cost, nor that anyone can't do it. You can charge $100 for a simple calculator program that is under the GPL for its code. Nothing is there to prevent you from assembling the code and making it yourself, or from the buyer from copying and sharing the program. It's just way way easier to show off the program for free as in price and freedom for most programmers.

    It's why the people who made Debian/Slackware/Ubuntu discs could charge money for an otherwise free product. Because the programmers openly allow this.

    And programming is itself labor, just a lot of free software devs don't worry too much about getting paid for it.

    https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html

    Except for one special situation, the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) has no requirements about how much you can charge for distributing a copy of free software. You can charge nothing, a penny, a dollar, or a billion dollars. It's up to you, and the marketplace, so don't complain to us if nobody wants to pay a billion dollars for a copy.

    The one exception is in the case where binaries are distributed without the corresponding complete source code. Those who do this are required by the GNU GPL to provide source code on subsequent request. Without a limit on the fee for the source code, they would be able set a fee too large for anyone to pay—such as a billion dollars—and thus pretend to release source code while in truth concealing it. So in this case we have to limit the fee for source in order to ensure the user's freedom. In ordinary situations, however, there is no such justification for limiting distribution fees, so we do not limit them.

    Sometimes companies whose activities cross the line stated in the GNU GPL plead for permission, saying that they “won't charge money for the GNU software” or such like. That won't get them anywhere with us. Free software is about freedom, and enforcing the GPL is defending freedom. When we defend users' freedom, we are not distracted by side issues such as how much of a distribution fee is charged. Freedom is the issue, the whole issue, and the only issue.

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    Oh fuck, that's real. I thought this was some good shitpost. Nope. Just a shit post from Doug.

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    Tell me you're into drone kink without telling me you're into drone kink. 😆

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    Your URL just links to an image of Funimation. Was this meant to link to something else like a tutorial?

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    Who is, "Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!"?

    Tesla agrees to pay $1.5 million to settle California hazardous waste lawsuit ( www.reuters.com )

    Tesla agrees to pay $1.5 million to settle California hazardous waste lawsuit::Tesla has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by 25 California counties earlier this week accusing the electric vehicle maker of mishandling hazardous waste at its facilities across the state.

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    Been busy personally, and we kind of need some more mods at some point. Most of our mods are in college or at work during the time when posts can go on. I checked lemmy today and saw 13 reports. Cleaned up some shit.

    I'm not in charge of appointing mods, that's more of a thing Moss can decide.

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    Of course, and yeah it can be kinda annoying. It makes me kinda frustrated to read some of the shit I need to remove.

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    I think the idea is that "theft is not political". Labor itself is not inherently political, but the fact that labor often not in a society that itself has unjust hierarchies is now political. The concept of "working at a task" is not political, but it can be.

    That said, there's one major group that cares about labor, cares about getting paid well, and doesn't like people that steal money. And it's sure as shit not the right wing.

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    Hey I want y'all to know that I'm locking this, but:

    I agree with OP. Burning Harry Potter books doesn't hurt anyone. No one here would give a shit if it was burning a copy of some horrid book. And Harry Potter isn't going to be out of print any time soon.

    When Nazis did it, it was a complete removal of the only copies of a queer library in Germany. OP can't do that to Harry Potter.

    I'm only locking this to save the mod team and the admins the headache. I can only expect transphobia, ableism, and "but that nazis also burned books!!! youre as bad as the nazis!!!!".

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    I just wish Valve wasn't pulling a Nintendo and not aiding the fans of a game they care about, instead of just sitting on it and claiming they are doing all they can for it.

    How long has it been since we were promised a major update after Jungle Inferno? How long since Valve promised community fixes? How long since Valve delayed it with "we're working hard on making it next update"? How long did Valve say they heard the community loud and clear about the bot crisis?

    TF2 is my all time favorite game, but it's no longer really playable in 2024. Casual servers are infested with bots, and there's been no major changes to the game since 2017. I wish Valve cared about the game as much as the community still does dozens of years later.

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    Wild, I never would have thought any of that. Makes Neptune kinda less special to me as a red-green colorblind person, but I guess it makes Uranus have a twin rather than a cousin. Really neat to see how our understanding of our local neighborhood still can change.

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    Funny enough, I don't know how to pin a comment. I'll look up how!

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    sudo apt install anarchism is a real command in Debian.

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    Seems right, but I wanted to double check my research before I fully committed.

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    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0bda:9210 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL9210 M.2 NVME Adapter

    And I don't know if a live CD is the best method for this, due to the how I intend this to be something I can just keep files on for a while. While I do have small persistence .dat files for Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu, it seems like a bandaid for what would be easiest, an installed distro where I can run the package update commands for, without juggling iso files.

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    "Ya know, they say the next bomb will be sent by a Democrat in office rather than a Republican."

    "Damn, that makes my Genocide feel so much nicer. I hope they maybe legalize weed for them in another 4 election cycles."

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    Man where have I heard that one before. Surely it'll happen this time guys!

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    Probably, but iPhones and Android have them for the Five Eyes and anyone else who is willing to pay/push for laws to make it happen. All you do with a phone is pick your poison, do you want China to spy on you, or America, the UK, or some other government or company who then sells it to the highest bidder.

    Any cell phone, dumb or smart, is a tracking device. The smarter it is, the better it is as snooping on you. Doesn't matter how or where the phone's hardware is made, it's going to track you without consent. You just need to ask "Am I worried about China or am I worried about another government?" to even "If the backdoor is big enough, can third parties get me too as I walk by on the street?"

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    John Cena is not a random American. You and I are closer to random than John Cena, a man who is internationally famous and a professional actor. That's like saying Tom Cruise is a random American, when you know exactly who I'm talking about without googling.

    That said, yes, China censors American media and actors, and it's horrid. The fact that films get made in America and edited for China and America, is a crime to any artful visions the writers, actors, directors, editors and more may have had. But China itself doesn't have the time and energy to stop you or I online all the time, it barely can do it within the Great Firewall, due to the sheer scope of the population and area the country covers.

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    I really detest shit like this, it just gives ammo for defense for horrible people/groups/states. There's actual horrible crimes done by Israel that should be covered and investigated and punished for. Making shit up allows them to deflect with "Well if the harvesting organs is fake, bombing a hospital must be too!"

    Same for Russia, USSR, China, NATO/America, Republicans, Democrats, and so on. When here's actual horrible things to criticize and use for proof, making shit up doesn't help anyone but those people who already have an easy time getting away with horrid shit.

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    I think it's more about the defaults included, plus Google hides sideloading more with each new version of android. They have a semi-reasonable worry of "If we show off how easy sideloading is or can be, that enables bad faith actors." Like Microsoft and IE/Edge.

    But on a fresh install of Android, if you download f-droid from Chrome or Firefox, you need to:

    • Allow the browser to install apk files
    • Install the apk
    • Then enable f-droid to install apk files

    Meanwhile Play Store doesn't have any of that, it's enabled and allowed to download and update anything without user prompt, it's an opt-out.

    Plus with how anything that conflicts with a default app like a Clock app, there's a decent shot it might not work due to the default battery optimizations, the internal syscalls for "Google's Clock" instead of "Default Clock" it just kinda makes using anything that's not the one included with your phone more of a headache.

    It's easier with SMS, Dialer, browser, and Home launchers, but if you wanted to change any other important apps like your calendar or email it's kind of a headache.

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    The d4’s where the numbers are in a cluster are too hard to read. I’ve had to swap them in most games because most players need to second guess any rolls with them.

    I’m sure people prefer them in some groups and power to them, but I detest them and if a dice set doesn’t have the other default, I don’t buy em.

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    So bad at finding allies they’ll have to form an axis of powers to seize control of everyone.

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    I thank you for proving me right, but this a 4 month old thread. Not complaining, just giving you a heads up.

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