[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 2 points 1 day ago

I’d imagine this line of thinking harmonizes with the herd mentality

Yup, exactly! If your fingerprint is 1-in-10 it'd be easy to pick you out. If your fingerprint is 1-in-50,000,000, it'd take far more work.

I think the solution is for privacy protections to be established as a default on platforms used by a lot of people but there's very little incentive for Google to do this, and I don't think Microsoft cares.

For better-or-worse, Apple is the only major (well, double-digit marketshare) platform remotely attempting this right now. Consider their blocking advertising trackers for all users of Mobile Safari. You can't really narrow down Safari users by "those who use privacy protection" and "those who are on vanilla installs".

There aren't enough Linux users to hide amongst so I suppose the next best thing is to get your fingerprint to match a typical user on another widely-used platform. In this example, pretending to be Safari.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social -1 points 1 day ago* (last edited 1 day ago)

No, I’m waving away reactionary nonsense.

But keep pretending like you know what you’re doing because you’ve made your competency level clear as day here.

Yet another “privacy advocate” not knowing what they’re doing.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social -3 points 1 day ago* (last edited 1 day ago)

For starters:

  1. In the worst case, this leaks App Store searches. Who cares? You’re already carrying a cellphone which is substantially more intrusive. Your carrier is likely selling your location and demographic data as you speak.

  2. Zero investigation was done about what this tool does besides just opening a network connection. For all we know, it could be merely be downloading a DB to fix up/normalize EXIF fields.

  3. Even Kaspersky says it was likely a test/debug feature.

You’re not advocating privacy, you’re advocating pedantry without respect to the larger picture. Do consider your fingerprint and how unique it is (likely) being a Linux user on Firefox with a number of adblocking addons blocking certain types of traffic. You are substantially easier to track despite trying to embrace privacy.

The Linux community is the absolute worst part of using Linux.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 1 points 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

Disagree that’d be within the realm of possibility at the current trajectory the last few months.

The niche communities are on Reddit or individual forums.

Forums will almost certainly never federate and there’s no point in a community that’s found it’s ground outside of Reddit to take hold here. You’d get people coming in from /All shitting all over the place.

The worst part of the Fediverse are the people and that’s the most important part needed to sell it.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 66 points 2 days ago

Even the worst of Google searches pull up more relevant content than an empty Fediverse community.

There simply isn’t enough quality content yet.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 55 points 4 days ago

Rivian’s network is incredibly tiny compared to Tesla’s network but they plug a couple of holes in Tesla’s network coverage.

Exciting news all around.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 10 points 5 days ago

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.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 14 points 5 days ago* (last edited 5 days ago)

Selected highlights:

  • Reddit publishes active user numbers:

We had an average of 73.1 million DAUq and 267.5 million WAUq in the three months ended December 31, 2023. We believe that there is a significant opportunity to convert many of the users who come to Reddit on a weekly or monthly basis to become daily user

  • There’s talk about improving search:

◦Modernizing Search. While we are still in the early innings, search is already a key action taken on Reddit with an average of over 35 million daily search queries directly on Reddit in December 2023. We recognize the importance of search, and have made significant investments to make searches more relevant and drive deeper engagement. We have observed 30% higher week-one retention (which measures the percentage of users who return to Reddit eight to 14 days after first accessing Reddit) in users with any search activity compared to all users from October 2023 to December 2023.

  • Reddit plans to make money from ads, selling data for AI training, and avatars

  • Reddit’s risks include user contribution quality

If Redditors do not continue to contribute content or their contributions are not valuable or appealing to other Redditors, we may experience a decline in the number of Redditors accessing our products and services and in user engagement, which could result in the loss of advertisers and may harm our reputation, business, results of operations, financial condition, and prospects

  • Lost $90m last year and lost $158m in 2022

  • Spez received $192m in comp (incl stock)

I dunno folks, as a collective whole (not this community, but Lemmy) we ought to cut the crap, drop the circlejerking, the poo-pooing, and the rampant doomerism because we might get some new visitors as these numbers become more known and we can’t let folks think they’re in for a lame time 😎

Reddit's S-1 Filing (www.sec.gov)
[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 1 points 6 days ago

Not paid by them but I use it. I enjoy it because it lets me filter out bullshit sites and prioritize others. I’m not aware of another engine that does it to the degree of Kagi.

Basically everything I need to look up for work is now always on the top half of the first page just by pinning documentation sites and general reference like Wikipedia.


Nine states have signed a memorandum of understanding that says that heat pumps should make up at least 65 percent of residential heating, air conditioning, and water-heating shipments by 2030. (“Shipments” here means systems manufactured, a proxy for how many are actually sold.) By 2040, these states—California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island—are aiming for 90 percent of those shipments to be heat pumps.

submitted 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/technology@lemmy.ml

I'm not a big fan of sports BUT the amount of money that gets poured into the tech behind it all is pretty fascinating.

This is an environment where I'd imagine there's practically zero room for error, some mistakes can easily be seen by millions of people and talked about for days. A lot of work is required to ensure all of this runs smoothly. It's definitely an incredibly thankless job that almost nobody will think about while the game goes on.

This article is a bit short on details but I thought it was a neat tour of some of the networking/dashboards/etc going on behind the scenes.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 61 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

If you want to hear something grim, in the US legally (at the federal level) your employer doesn’t even have to cover health insurance if it’s under 50 full-time employees.


While they're a very, very, very, very small search engine, it looks like someone requested a Lemmy search lens and was finally implemented today.


More positive news for those wanting to do self-repairs.

submitted 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/technology@lemmy.ml

This points to a blogpost that points back to a 2001 article, so this isn't news but it TL;DRs an interesting tactic that DirecTV used in their efforts to prevent circumvention of their content protections. With content providers putting more effort into content protections, I think it's interesting to see what has been done in the past.

For those outside of the US, DirecTV has been a major satellite TV provider in the US since the 90s. They utilized smart cards ("access cards") in consumer satellite receivers to gate access to channel packages and various features, and these satellite receivers could program the smart cards for various purposes.

Pirate satellite TV groups have found security issues in these smartcards that could be used to circumvent content access limitations. Eventually, DirecTV surprised everyone by finding a way to lock out pirates via an unpredictable pattern in their update mechanism a week before the Superbowl, one of the most watched TV programs.

The linked article as well as the WIRED article (https://www.wired.com/2008/05/tarnovsky/?currentPage=all) it cites are an interesting read on how someone worked to crack satellite TV but then devised a mechanism to block pirates from their knowledge of the inside.

I'm burying the lede here for you to read yourself ;)

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 83 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)

I raised a somewhat controversial concern earlier this week in this community about how the lack of substantive content makes Lemmy feel — forgive me fediverse gods — boring.

Being globally distributed is a brilliant technology goal but more focus needs to be placed on the human/community/quality aspect. I respect the efforts some moderation efforts have helped guide this so far.

Being a stronger online forum with meaningful discussion will help smooth over a lot of software issues.

submitted 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/fediverse@lemmy.world

tl;dr: let's stop the generic and almost-irrelevant-doom-and-gloom karma-harvesting one-liners that can be copy-pasted between any two articles written in the last century


Anyone who has used Reddit for any decent period of time is probably aware of the drill -- when you create an account, unsubscribe from the defaults and find the smaller communities. It will end up in a better experience.

Why were people told to dodge the defaults? They were the largest subreddits. But because they were large, the quality was often regarded as "meh" due to post and comment quality.

How bad was it? You'd find news posted about something, then you'd click into the comments, find they're something to read, then move on.

A week passes and an article on a similar subject comes up. You click into the comments and a sense of "Is this deja-vu?" is felt. Is this comment thread for the article this week, or the article from last week?

Turns out, the discussion was too generic. It wasn't uniquely thought provoking to the article posted. The comments didn't offer much and could be copy-pasted between many news posts spanning any given year.

Reddit became boring after picking up on this pattern, especially as this became the norm on so many communities. The comments served as candy for feeding a doom-scrolling habit. At times I'd joke to myself that I could predict what the upvoted comments would be.

Why do I bring this up?

I've noticed that commentary in the most popular communities have been flooded with unsubstantial commentary as of late -- the type of commentary that could be copy-pasted between almost any two articles in a given month. It feels like cheap karma acquisition, even though Lemmy doesn't really incentivize karma.

The Lemmy community has a lot of energy and a lot of people who want to see it succeed. I do too.

So what should we do?

I am advocating that we collectively try to put in more thought in our discussions. I think Hackernews (sans the occasional edgy political take) and Tildes might be worth learning from. Let's make it a goal to contribute content that others may learn from and do away with the copy-paste doom-and-gloom comments.

Just unsubscri-

Yes, the popular refrain to a lot of concerns about Lemmy is "just unsubscribe from those and join another community". I disagree that is the right solution. This isn't limited to just one or two communities of a given type and what habits are created in one community easily spread to others due to the very large overlap in users.

submitted 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/fuckcars@lemmy.world

One of the biggest challenges to reducing car reliance is figuring out how to provide transportation services in areas that might not have the funding or density to fully support transit modes with fixed routes. A couple of Virginia communities have experimented with microtransit services -- on-demand rideshare vans with success.

In addition to helping those who are unable to drive, this might enable more people to reconsider car ownership.

A legally blind veteran can now get out of the house without anyone in his family having to miss work to drive him. A husband and wife living in a homeless shelter, who previously became unemployed each time their work schedules changed, were finally able to hold down jobs long enough to afford an apartment. “It has been a life changer for a lot of people,” said Mountain Empire Transit director Mitch Elliott.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 66 points 5 months ago

This author really needs to take a step back to reality.

The average person who’s already technically knowledgeable enough to download Ubuntu and burn a DVD or make a USB stick is already aware of the App Store on Mac and whatever the Windows App Store is called.

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