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mull.net Single-user Mastodon Instance is a Bad Idea

If you're thinking about setting up your own single-user Mastodon instance, I urge you not to do it. The user experience is so broken that it's baffling that anyone would find it acceptable.

Single-user Mastodon Instance is a Bad Idea
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17 cringe-worthy Google AI answers demonstrate the problem with training on the entire web
  • /r/shittyaskreddit wasn't supposed to be an instruction manual 🙄

  • Instant coffee is grand
  • preferring instant to fresh coffee is the more popular opinion in much of the world, but it's mostly in the same places where people would rather be drinking tea anyway:

    world map of coffee vs tea preference by country

    world map of instant vs fresh coffee preference by country. (it is a very similar map.)

    (source)

  • u all will learn the life cycle of frogs.
  • np, you're actually early

  • WireShark on Linux Mint?
  • It's better to run it as not root, which you can presumably do on Linux Mint by adding yourself (or another user account) to the wireshark group after installing the package. See https://wiki.wireshark.org/CaptureSetup/CapturePrivileges and https://gitlab.com/wireshark/wireshark/-/raw/master/packaging/debian/README.Debian for details.

  • You don't have to use gyroelongation

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/14733630

    > ::: spoiler image description > Standard "they don't know" meme format, featuring line art of "That Feel Guy" wearing a party hat standing in a corner while other people are dancing. An image of an icosahedron formed by three mutually perpendicular golden ratio rectangles sits in front of That Feel Guy. The caption text says "They don't know that three mutually perpendicular golden ratio rectangles, with edges connecting their corners, form a regular icosahedron." > ::: > > https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Regular_icosahedron&oldid=1219666251#Construction

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    Police Bluetooth advertising packets rule
  • yeah, they aren't very active, but (presumably due to federation bugs) there is more there than your instance is showing you: from my perspective the most recent post on the mander community is from one month ago and the lemmy.ml community has three posts including one that isn't from a mod.

    you might be able to pull those posts into your instance by searching for their permalinks there (which you can find from the fediverse icons on each post in the web view of those communities on another instance).

  • What were your misconceptions about Git when you first started?
  • I initially found git a bit confusing because I was familiar with mercurial first, where a "branch" is basically an attribute of a commit and every commit exists on exactly one branch. It got easier when I eventually realized that git branches are just homeomorphic endofunctors mapping submanifolds of a Hilbert space.

  • Can anyone recommend a lightweight, stable distro for a thinkpad?
  • E: old thinkpad gang input: take the time to reapply thermal grease to the cpu at some point. It makes a huge difference.

    What’s a “gang input”?

    😂 it's an input to this discussion from a member of the group of people ("gang") who have experience with old thinkpads. and yes, if your old thinkpad (or other laptop) is overheating and crashing, reapplying the thermal paste is a good next step after cleaning the fans.

  • Police Bluetooth advertising packets rule
  • I’d love a community here on lemmy for Meshtastic.

    There are two:

  • Meta will train AI with data from European users
  • screenshot of notification from facebook found in article, but with the word "if" highlighted in the sentence "If your objection is honored, it will be applied going forward." and three red question marks added under it

    If your objection is honored, it will be applied going forward

  • They can't filter out obvious misinformation.
  • shoutout to the multiple people flagging this post as misinformation 😂

    (I don't know or care if OP's screenshot is genuine, and given that it is in /c/shitposting it doesn't matter and is imo a good post either way. and if the screenshot in your comment is genuine that doesn't even mean OP's isn't also. in any case, from reading some credible articles posted today on lemmy (eg) I do know that many equally ridiculous google AI answer screenshots are genuine. also, the song referenced here is a real fake song which you can hear here.)

  • theintercept.com This Undisclosed WhatsApp Vulnerability Lets Governments See Who You Message

    Engineers warned Meta that nations can monitor chats; staff fear Israel is using this trick to pick assassination targets in Gaza.

    This Undisclosed WhatsApp Vulnerability Lets Governments See Who You Message
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    theintercept.com This Undisclosed WhatsApp Vulnerability Lets Governments See Who You Message

    Engineers warned Meta that nations can monitor chats; staff fear Israel is using this trick to pick assassination targets in Gaza.

    This Undisclosed WhatsApp Vulnerability Lets Governments See Who You Message
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    NYC's 'Portal' to Dublin to temporarily close after incidents of joy, mischief, occasional nudity
  • and later it will turn out that the AI solution was actually two clickworkers in a trenchcoat

  • www.techdirt.com Bluesky Is Building The Decentralized Social Media Jack Dorsey Wants, Even If He Doesn’t Realize It

    There was a bit of news in the world of decentralized social media over the past few weeks. It kicked off with the announcement that Jack Dorsey had left the board of Bluesky. This was followed by …

    Bluesky Is Building The Decentralized Social Media Jack Dorsey Wants, Even If He Doesn’t Realize It
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    www.techdirt.com Bluesky Is Building The Decentralized Social Media Jack Dorsey Wants, Even If He Doesn’t Realize It

    There was a bit of news in the world of decentralized social media over the past few weeks. It kicked off with the announcement that Jack Dorsey had left the board of Bluesky. This was followed by …

    Bluesky Is Building The Decentralized Social Media Jack Dorsey Wants, Even If He Doesn’t Realize It
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    An Interview With Jack Dorsey by an adoring fan
    www.piratewires.com An Interview With Jack Dorsey

    jack dorsey on his exit from bluesky, how twitter lost its way, jack’s strategy for ending

    An Interview With Jack Dorsey
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    Download xz Utils infected distro version
  • xzbot from Anthony Weems enables to patch the corrupted liblzma to change the private key used to compare it to the signed ssh certificate, so adding this to your instructions might enable me to demonstrate sshing into the VM :)

    Fun :)

    Btw, instead of installing individual vulnerable debs as those kali instructions I linked to earlier suggest, you could also point debootstrap at the snapshot service so that you get a complete system with everything as it would've been in late March and then run that in a VM... or in a container. You can find various instructions for creating containers and VMs using debootstrap (eg, this one which tells you how to run a container with systemd-nspawn; but you could also do it with podman or docker or lxc). When the instructions tell you to run debootstrap, you just want to specify a snapshot URL like https://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20240325T212344Z/ in place of the usual Debian repository url (typically https://deb.debian.org/debian/).

  • Download xz Utils infected distro version
  • A daily ISO of Debian testing or Ubuntu 24.04 (noble) beta from prior to the first week of April would be easiest, but those aren't archived anywhere that I know of. It didn't make it in to any stable releases of any Debian-based distros.

    But even when you have a vulnerable system running sshd in a vulnerable configuration, you can't fully demo the backdoor because it requires the attacker to authenticate with their private key (which has not been revealed).

    But, if you just want to run it and observe the sshd slowness that caused the backdoor to be discovered, here are instructions for installing the vulnerable liblzma deb from snapshot.debian.org.

  • Trolley Memes @lemmy.ml Arthur Besse @lemmy.ml
    Protagonist

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.dbzer0.com/post/19876590

    > Source: https://twitter.com/alexkrokus/status/1787910402874987000

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    Novel attack against virtually all VPN apps neuters their entire purpose
  • Sounds like it requires that your DHCP server is hostile, which is actually a very small (though nonzero, yes) number of the attack scenarios that VPNs are designed for

    In most situations, any host on the LAN can become a DHCP server.

    “there are no ways to prevent such attacks except when the user’s VPN runs on Linux or Android” is a very funny way of saying “in practice applies only to Windows and iOS”.

    No. There are certainly ways of mitigating it, but afaict no Linux distros have done so yet.

  • Novel attack against virtually all VPN apps neuters their entire purpose
  • The vast majority of LANs do not do anything to prevent rogue DHCP servers.

    Just to be clear, a "DHCP server" is a piece of software which can run anywhere (including a phone). Eg, if your friend's phone has some malware and you let them use the wifi at your house, someone could be automatically doing this attack against your laptop while they're there.

  • arstechnica.com Novel attack against virtually all VPN apps neuters their entire purpose

    TunnelVision vulnerability has existed since 2002 and may already be known to attackers.

    Novel attack against virtually all VPN apps neuters their entire purpose
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    techcrunch.com Jack Dorsey departs Bluesky board | TechCrunch

    Bluesky’s most prominent backer has left its board. On Saturday, Jack Dorsey posted on X about grants for open protocols from his philanthropic Start

    Jack Dorsey departs Bluesky board | TechCrunch
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    Mandala effect
    image description

    Side-by-side pictures of actors Judge Reinhold and Alan Tudyk, labeled with blue text in a Star Trek-reminiscent font "Judge Reinhold as Tom Paris" and "Alan Tudyk as Paul Stamets"

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    www.theonion.com Trump Boys Bake Dad Cake With Gavel Hidden Inside

    NEW YORK—Interrupting testimony as they walked straight up to the former president mid-trial, the Trump boys baked a cake for their father with a gavel hidden inside, court room sources confirmed Wednesday. “We think you’ll find this cake very yummy and full of law hammers,” Donald Trump, Jr. said w...

    Trump Boys Bake Dad Cake With Gavel Hidden Inside
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    silicon transistors — long awaited by the electronics industry — are finally out of the laboratory and on the market (1954)

    cross-posted from https://lemmy.ml/post/15044893

    https://www.radiomuseum.org/forum/first_silicon_transistors.html

    image description

    Image of a magazine advertisement with the title text "silicon transistors now in production!"

    Text at the bottom left identifies it as the June 1954 issue of ELECTRONICS.

    The advertisement consists of a row of eight three-pin solid state components "growing" in a field. There is a building in the distance behind them. The components are alternately labeled with Texas Instruments' Map-of-Texas logo and the number "900". From left to right, each component is closer to the viewer, and the fifth-to-closest one is labeled "actual size".

    This text is overlaid on the image: > silicon transistors — long awaited by the electronics industry — are finally out of the laboratory and on the market ... brought to you first by Texas Instruments, a leading transistor manufacturer. A new and unrivaled degree of design freedom is created by the TI n-p-n grown junction silicon transistor, now available in production units with glass-to-metal hermetic sealing, silicon transistors radically improve temperature stability and power handling while retaining the best amplification and frequency characteristics of previous semiconductor devices. > > write today for detailed information on the silicon transistor! > > TEXAS INSTRUMENTS > > INCORPORATED > > 6000 LEMMON AVE. DALLAS, TEXAS

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    You don't have to use gyroelongation
    image description

    Standard "they don't know" meme format, featuring line art of "That Feel Guy" wearing a party hat standing in a corner while other people are dancing. An image of an icosahedron formed by three mutually perpendicular golden ratio rectangles sits in front of That Feel Guy. The caption text says "They don't know that three mutually perpendicular golden ratio rectangles, with edges connecting their corners, form a regular icosahedron."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Regular_icosahedron&oldid=1219666251#Construction

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    You don't have to use gyroelongation
    image description

    Standard "they don't know" meme format, featuring line art of "That Feel Guy" wearing a party hat standing in a corner while other people are dancing. An image of an icosahedron formed by three mutually perpendicular golden ratio rectangles sits in front of That Feel Guy. The caption text says "They don't know that three mutually perpendicular golden ratio rectangles, with edges connecting their corners, form a regular icosahedron."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Regular_icosahedron&oldid=1219666251#Construction

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    A helpful graphic about writing alt text
    image description

    An infographic titled “How To Write Alt Text” featuring a photo of a capybara. Parts of alt text are divided by color, including "identify who", "expression", "description", "colour", and "interesting features". The finished description reads “A capybara looking relaxed in a hot spa. Yellow yuzu fruits are floating in the water, and one is balanced on the top of the capybara’s head.”

    via https://www.perkins.org/resource/how-write-alt-text-and-image-descriptions-visually-impaired/

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