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Steam Is Run By Fewer Than 80 Staff, Lawsuit Docs Reveal
  • I remember reading that having a version keyword in your user alias would cause issues with steam, and it was actually because it was a blocked word on CloudFlare where they store/pull a bunch of steam data from

  • Happy Canada Day
  • Thanks for this.

    We're all Canadians, and your family would trace back among of the originals in this country. It's sad that people would think anyone lesser for it, but that says more about them - the ones that need to stand on others to feel big themselves - than your family or heritage. While there will always be those types, I hope the years ahead see them as the minority so the rest of us can help each other make this country a place we're all proud to call home.

  • Nuclear isn't perfect, but it is the best we have right now.
  • Yeah, I'd tend to agree on that. Even beyond the security issues, nuclear has the potential to be a safe, but it also has the potential to be disastrous if mis-managed.

    We see plenty of issues like this already, including what occurred here:

    Now imagine a plant in Texas, where power companies response to winter outages has basically been "sucks to be you, winterizing is too costly".

    Or maybe we'd like to go with a long-time trusted company, who totally wouldn't throw away safety and their reputation for a few extra bucks. Boeing comes to mind.

    I like nuclear as a power source, but the absolutely needs to be immutable rules in place to ensure it is properly managed and that anyone attempting to cut corners to save costs gets slapped down immediately. Corporate culture in North America seems to indicate otherwise.

  • Why do some Americans get angry at other people for not speaking English?
  • This happens in other countries as well. I've been told to speak the local (non-English) language when visiting friends overseas when having a private conversation.

    Generally, it seems to be nosy old people who are upset about not being able to eavesdrop

  • You can fit two cars there
  • Aside from the lift, there may be use cases for the truck where it requires moving multiple people and smaller heavy loads (or pulling a trailer). However, the sad reality is that the heaviest load it'll likely be moving on a regular basis is the fat ass of the solo passenger in their way to/from fast food and groceries

  • Climate goals could make gas heating obsolete. So why do gas companies keep adding customers? Building more gas infrastructure is like investing in video rental stores 15 years ago, says expert
  • Because water heating with heat pumps is currently garbage on the residential scale.

    Also because we're already stressing electric infrastructure with what we use now, and few plans to add capacity in any reasonable amount to deal with the massive increase in population, plus electric cars, AC during heat waves etc let alone home heating.

    Gas is efficient for heating, and there's plenty of other stuff we can and need to look at before we replace that.

  • B.C. strata fines owner more than $11K for installing heat pump
  • LoL. Well across multiple cities in multiple provinces I've yet to see that. The only time lawyers were involved was when they severely fucked up (i.e. like the one where members were trying to skim funds or give contracts to friends/family), and the best "review" they tended to get off bylaw drafts were by the associated property management company, who were often far from professional.

  • authenticated remote filesystem access for home/SOHO use?

    (sorry in advance for the long post)

    What I'm looking for:

    Basically, without a lot of work to setup and maintain a Domain/Kerberos server, what's the best way to provide consistent logins and remote folder/share (from a server) access across various Linux desktops


    I've configured domain controllers using Samba. I've also configured Linux systems as domain-joined hosts. Between the two I tend to find that keeping talking - especially for systems that are only on infrequently - can be a bit troublesome. Updates sometimes break the Samba server, tokens expire, etc etc

    I've also used NFS of various versions, but found v4 with the Kerberos implementation a bit finicky (for similar reasons to the SMB based implementation). NFSv3 of course is fairly fast and efficient, but lacks the user-level authentication and relies on IP's for access-control.


    Now it's been awhile since I've given a shot at this except for some NFS shares between VMs and SSHFS for desktops, it would be nice to have a consistent but easily maintainable way to provided common shares for larger files (videos, albums, 3d models, and projects etc) without having to constantly troubleshoot. Maybe the domain/NFS route had gotten easier but it still seems to be fairly manual at times.


    self-hosted/FOSS remote-access support gateway

    One of the problems with having switched over a number of relatives to Linux is that I'm "the guy" when they have issues, and I can't always get over to help them in a timely manner. A lot of the time most stuff is working just fine and it's just a matter of popping into the desktop and fixing a bad link or a naughty plugin that's slipped into Chrome etc, but it DOES require being able to see what they see.

    Windows has a system where you can "request assistance" and then provide a code for access at which point it shares your desktop. There are similar systems where one can get a link in email and click it for support.

    I'd like to find a system that I can host myself to allow users to queue up for support at which point I can pop into their system, without needing to open ports on their routers or using something hackish like forwarding a VNC port to an SSH server etc


    Remote non-deadbolt locks for inside doors and drawers

    Has anyone seen anything in terms of locks that could be used for smaller doors etc. For example, a drawer/cabinet style lock or something that might work for bifold closet doors etc. Also setups that could be used to automatically slide out a drawer.

    I'd like to create some "secret drawers" as well as be able to lock out stuff like the "candy/snack drawer" as certain members of my household have poor impulse control and like snitch candy then not easy their dinner

    (Yes I've tried hiding it, putting it up high etc, but they're sneaky and automation is more fun)


    X11 forwarding (X server) for Android

    Does anyone use X11 forwarding with Android devices, so that they can access their UI apps remotely?

    If so, what apps do you use and what issues have you run across?

    There's a "MobaXterm ssh" app and while I do love that app on other OS's it doesn't seem to be made by the same company so I don't really trust it


    Non-cloud wifi remote speaker/mic device

    While I quite like the ability to broadcast TTS, media, and other such things to Google Nest or Amazon Alexa devices, I'm trying to rein in my HASS setup so that it doesn't send data to our require cloud services.

    Does anyone know of or recommend a wireless speaker service that can accept broadcast/streamed/sent audio without needing an internet connection. Bonus if it has a microphone that can integrate with something like a local Genie instance for accepting voice commands (without cloud processing)


    who would support a nuclear power plant near their town/city

    I'm not sure if we're allowed to ask questions on this sub. It seems mostly news articles but I figured I'd give it a go.

    So Bruce Power in Ontario is planning to build the world's biggest nuclear plant in the world (by expanding on an existing plant).

    BC is more well known for hydroelectric, but that particular source hasn't really been greatly expanded on in decades and site-C is pretty controversial.

    This got be thinking:

    How do we in BC feel about nuclear power? Would you support one near where you live? Why or why not, and what other power options would you prefer?


    Parts for homebrew configs

    Can anyone recommend a good place to get parts for a homebrew system (available to Canada, at a reasonable price).

    Full disclosure, I'm actually looking to build a large 3D scanning system but in terms of movement of the camera heads, I've been looking at my printer and thinking that it could use a similar configuration though on a slightly larger scale (rails, with a wheeled+track system for horizontal and large spiraled cylinder for vertical) , but I have no idea where to source these sort of parts.

    Any ideas?


    performance by distro

    Does anyone know where to find some good measurements of performance differences between common distros (with like hardware and config).

    I'm interested to see if some perform better than others due to optimization etc


    Easily obtainable wall switches that will take Tasmota etc?

    I'm looking for a wall switch that I will take Tasmota firmware (so a ESP82XX chipset generally) but can get easily sourced and aren't a huge pain to reprogram.

    I'm totally cool with soldering some serial jump points from the board of the appropriate Rx/Tx/GRND/3.3V and pin0 are readily available, but try to avoid stuff that requires soldering the chip itself.

    I used to be able to get Globe etc dimmers from Costco that were flashable via the old OTA Tuya-Convert method, but that seems to be a thing of the past and I just need a regular ol' non-dimmer switch which is easy to find and access the required pins these days.

    If there are switches which take 110VAC but don't output power, that's even better as some I'm just looking to supplement devices already have power but are inconvenient to access


    Kevin Mitnick has died at age 59 Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Dead at 59

    Famed hacker Kevin Mitnick has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  At the time of his death, he was Chief Hacking Officer at security awareness training firm KnowBe4.

    Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Dead at 59

    Kevin Mitnick - the world's first famous "hacker" - has died at age 59 after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.

    Mitnick gained fame for his hacking skills and eventual arrest on hacking and wire fraud charges. After his release from prison, he went on to release various books and speak at conferences on the topic of cyber security/hacking. He is the founder of "Mitnick Security Consulting" which provides cyber consulting and penetration testing services.

    Kevin's influence on the world of cyber security is undeniable, as is his almost legendary reputation in the field.