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Hobbs signs bill allowing casitas in cities across Arizona
  • There's a lot of HUGE differences between Tucson and Vancouver, CA. Many of them cultural, even more logistical.

    I was looking for rentals in Tucson not too long ago and Casitas are a great choice, and the short-term housing market basically popped, so they aren't competing like they once were. It seemed like Tucson was popular when everyone and their aunt was working remote and folks felt like they could move. I think were on the other side of that now with many businesses declaring Return To Office forcing many to return to wherever their employer is located.

    As a result, I'm seeing a lot of short term only rentals back on the market entirely.

    And that's before getting into the culture of Tucson and how Casitas have a long, storied history here. There are certain areas of town where almost every home has a Casita, and they aren't where the short term rentals are - quite the opposite actually. Living in Downtown Tucson in a charming Casita still has to deal with living downtown.

    The other big factor is population density, and it's a HUGE factor.

    Downtown Tucson is rocking about 2,449.8/sq mi (2,251.44/sq mi for our metro) while Vancouver (the city, not the metro) is an astounding 14,892/sq mi.

    There's just a LOT more space to put ADU's/Casitas than there would be in Vancouver, and coupled with an existing culture that utilizes Casitas for long term housing, I think it'll turn out differently. We'll just have to wait and see.

  • Arizona House votes to regulate deep fakes
  • The text of the bill seems reasonable and prudent. It amends A.R.S 13-2006 with:

    1. USING A COMPUTER GENERATED VOICE RECORDING, IMAGE OR VIDEO OF ANOTHER PERSON WITH INTENT TO DEFRAUD OTHER PERSONS OR WITH INTENT TO HARASS OTHER PERSONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, "HARASS" HAS THE SAME MEANING PRESCRIBED IN SECTION 13-2921. B. Criminal impersonation UNDER SUBSECTION A, PARAGRAPH 4 OF THIS SECTION IS A CLASS 5 FELONY. CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION UNDER SUBSECTION A, PARAGRAPH 1, 2 OR 3 OF THIS SECTION is a class 6 felony.

    as well as adding a new A.R.S 13-3508

    13-3508. Unlawful dissemination of deep fake recordings or images depicting intimate parts or sexual acts; classification; definitions A. IT IS UNLAWFUL TO INTENTIONALLY DISSEMINATE A DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE IF ALL OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

    1. THE PERSON THAT INTENTIONALLY CREATES AND DISSEMINATES THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE KNOWS OR REASONABLY SHOULD KNOW THAT THE DEPICTED INDIVIDUAL DOES NOT CONSENT TO THE DISSEMINATION.
    2. THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE REALISTICALLY DEPICTS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: (a) THE INTIMATE PARTS OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL THAT ARE PRESENTED AS THE INTIMATE PARTS OF THE DEPICTED INDIVIDUAL. (b) INTIMATE PARTS THAT ARE GENERATED BY SYNTHETIC MEDIA AND THAT ARE PRESENTED AS THE INTIMATE PARTS OF THE DEPICTED INDIVIDUAL. (c) THE DEPICTED INDIVIDUAL ENGAGING IN A SEXUAL ACT.
    3. THE DEPICTED INDIVIDUAL IS IDENTIFIABLE IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WAYS: (a) FROM THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE ITSELF. (b) BY THE DEPICTED INDIVIDUAL. (c) FROM THE PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT IS DISPLAYED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE. B. A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS A CLASS 6 FELONY, EXCEPT THAT IT IS A CLASS 4 FELONY IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLIES:
    4. THE DEPICTED PERSON SUFFERS ANY FINANCIAL LOSS DUE TO THE DISSEMINATION OF THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE.
    5. THE PERSON DISSEMINATES THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE WITH THE INTENT TO PROFIT FROM THE DISSEMINATION.
    6. THE PERSON MAINTAINS AN INTERNET WEBSITE, ONLINE SERVICE, ONLINE APPLICATION OR MOBILE APPLICATION TO DISSEMINATE THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE.
    7. THE PERSON POSTS THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE ON AN INTERNET WEBSITE.
    8. THE PERSON DISSEMINATES THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE WITH INTENT TO HARASS THE DEPICTED PERSON.
    9. THE PERSON OBTAINS THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE BY COMMITTING A THEFT, A CRIMINAL TRESPASS OR COMPUTER TAMPERING OR UNAUTHORIZED COMPUTER ACCESS.
    10. THE PERSON HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION. C. AN INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICE IS NOT LIABLE FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION FOR CONTENT THAT IS CREATED OR DEVELOPED BY ANOTHER PERSON OR S.B. 1336
    • 2 - ENTITY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, AND THAT IS PROVIDED THROUGH THE INTERNET OR ANY OTHER INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICE. D. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
    1. "DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE" MEANS ANY VIDEO RECORDING, MOTION PICTURE FILM, SOUND RECORDING, ELECTRONIC IMAGE OR PHOTOGRAPH OR ANY TECHNOLOGICAL REPRESENTATION OF SPEECH OR CONDUCT SUBSTANTIALLY DERIVATIVE THEREOF AND THAT BOTH: (a) APPEARS TO AUTHENTICALLY DEPICT ANY SPEECH OR CONDUCT OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHO DID NOT IN FACT ENGAGE IN THE SPEECH OR CONDUCT. (b) THE PRODUCTION OF WHICH WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DEPENDENT ON TECHNICAL MEANS RATHER THAN THE ABILITY OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL TO PHYSICALLY OR VERBALLY IMPERSONATE THE INDIVIDUAL.
    2. "DEPICTED INDIVIDUAL" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL IN A DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE WHO APPEARS TO BE ENGAGING IN SPEECH OR CONDUCT THAT THE INDIVIDUAL DID NOT ENGAGE IN.
    3. "DISSEMINATION" MEANS DISTRIBUTION TO ONE OR MORE PERSONS, OTHER THAN THE PERSON DEPICTED IN THE DEEP FAKE RECORDING OR IMAGE OR PUBLICATION BY ANY PUBLICLY AVAILABLE MEDIUM.
    4. "HARASS" MEANS AN ACT THAT WOULD CAUSE A SUBSTANTIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE SAFETY, SECURITY OR PRIVACY OF A REASONABLE PERSON.
    5. "INTIMATE PARTS" MEANS THE GENITALS, PUBIC AREA OR ANUS OF AN INDIVIDUAL, OR IF THE INDIVIDUAL IS FEMALE, A PARTIALLY OR FULLY EXPOSED NIPPLE.
    6. "PERSONAL INFORMATION" MEANS ANY IDENTIFIER THAT PERMITS COMMUNICATION OR IN-PERSON CONTACT WITH A PERSON, INCLUDING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: (a) A PERSON'S FIRST AND LAST NAMES, FIRST INITIAL AND LAST NAME, FIRST NAME AND LAST INITIAL OR NICKNAME. (b) A PERSON'S HOME, SCHOOL OR WORK ADDRESS. (c) A PERSON'S TELEPHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS OR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT INFORMATION. (d) A PERSON'S GEOLOCATION DATA.
    7. "SEXUAL ACT" MEANS EITHER SEXUAL CONTACT OR SEXUAL PENETRATION.
    8. "SEXUAL CONTACT" MEANS THE INTENTIONAL TOUCHING OF INTIMATE PARTS OR INTENTIONAL TOUCHING WITH SEMINAL FLUID OR SPERM ONTO ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL'S BODY.
    9. "SEXUAL PENETRATION" MEANS EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING ACTS: (a) SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, CUNNILINGUS, FELLATIO OR ANAL INTERCOURSE. (b) ANY INTRUSION, HOWEVER SLIGHT, INTO THE GENITAL OR ANAL OPENING OF AN INDIVIDUAL BY ANOTHER'S BODY PART OR AN OBJECT USED BY ANOTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.
    10. "SOCIAL MEDIA" MEANS ANY ELECTRONIC MEDIUM, INCLUDING AN INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICE, TELEPHONE NETWORK OR DATA NETWORK, THAT ALLOWS USERS TO CREATE, SHARE AND VIEW USER-GENERATED CONTENT.

    TL;DR - It's pretty deeply tied to the intent to distribute or defraud. Given the language that only one person needs the dissemination it could conceivably be interpreted to apply to personally generated images, but that might be a stretch. IMO, it would be most prudently applied to a mechanism to distribute beyond the creator of the deepfake itself. Policing deepfakes that people produce for their own exclusive consumption would be incredibly difficult to enforce.

    EDIT - good lord formatting this in a sane way was difficult...

  • All Spectators Are Cowards Or Traitors”: Reflections on the University of Arizona Gaza Solidarity Encampments
  • I'm not entirely sure attacking spectators as cowards builds the movement here. This is an article that I really feel exemplifies the fallacy of believing that a movement's visibility is equal to its power. There is some good stuff in here though!

    Personally, I think that effective organizing is largely invisible. It is agonizing. And it requires a ton of patience. It looks like creating community organizations, businesses (or cooperatives), and making sure people's needs are met locally. This slow process builds power. By making more people comfortable on relying on you and your organizations, you grow your power.

    A protest by contrast is mobilizing, it spends power. Sure, it is a show of force that expresses the will of a people in a very direct matter. But it often doesn't expand movements in the way that you would think. I'm going to have to say it, the moderates do have a point. Progressives are terrible at building power. Because they just lack the patience to do the slow organizing and community building required. This is further exacerbated as a college student movement. Many of which, will only spend 4 to 6 years here in Tucson and never return.

    There's a certain privilege that college students hold. And I say that as someone who couldn't afford to go to college. It is important to acknowledge that privilege when engaging with the broader community. It's mostly apparent in knowledge. College students are going to see, realize, and be inspired by things that just will not be available in the broader community. Things that require years of knowledge building that the broader community often lacks.

    In conclusion, I think that this article would benefit from a different title. There are other really good parts of this to emphasize that would be more inclusive to the community you are in.

    At the end of the day, I care about growing progressive power. And I completely disagree with the most visible methods because they are counterproductive. Often trading visibility, impact, and notoriety for sustainability, momentum, and solidarity.

    Want to grow power? Make it so that there is a portion of the community that looks up to you after you've taken care of them. Then when you ask them kindly to attend a protest, they know that you have their back as much as they have yours.

  • Rocket Knight Re-Sparked! Collection | Pre-Order Trailer
  • Huh, now that's a classic I never thought would get a remaster/re-release! I played this a ton when I was a little kid in the 90s on my Sega Genesis.

    Though I'll probably stick to purchasing on Steam. I'm steering clear of Nintendo where possible.

  • Why I Hate the Telephone
  • For me, the quality of the Audio makes all the difference. Plain Old Telephone (POTs) is utter garbage and I miss so much to my audio processing issues. The VoLTE and Wifi calling quality is often far and away better and I can better understand the subtleties of whats being communicated.

  • Attorney argues religious freedom laws protect Tucson Raytheon protestors from prosecution
  • This is precisely where that law applies! Thanks for the excellent example.

  • Biden backs peaceful protest, denounces campus ‘chaos’ over Gaza
  • This is article is a prime example why I typically only automate tucsonsentinel articles - note the lack of a clickbait title or summing up the entire point into a sound bite. Note its balance without "both siding".

    Are they perfect? No, no publication is. But they have a deep respect for their reader's intelligence that other orgs seem to lack.

    Edit/Clarification - I think the typical headline for this isolates Bidens "order must prevail" statement is straight up misinformation given the larger context - and its the headline I'm seeing the most on other sites.

  • Attorney argues religious freedom laws protect Tucson Raytheon protestors from prosecution
  • That's an... interesting defense.

    Under Arizona law, a person can be shielded from prosecution if they establish three elements: an otherwise illegal action or refusal to act is motivated by a religious belief; that belief is sincerely held, and the government's actions substantially burdens their exercise of their religious beliefs.

    Points 1 and 2 - I can grant both of those without a second thought.

    Point 3 - eehhhhhhh, I'm not too sure. I can understand the argument, but I'm really not convinced that their exercise of religious beliefs were at risk.

    I'd think it would be far easier to work with an intent angle here. Especially since, as the article notes, the area in question could be reasonably mistaken for public property.

    It's not to say I don't think the charges should be dropped - I think they should. I'm just not convinced the defense chose a winning argument.

  • Demand ad companies take security seriously first and maybe we'll talk.
  • I normally would, but my wife has the same problem and she's done that 3 times in the last 6 months. In fact, her problem became MUCH worse because the "clean slate" was far more impressionable. She'd search up beauty routines, only to find that Youtube thinks she now wants to see "popping" videos, even though she's now searching for dinner recipes.

    So yeah, I saw her experience and decided "no thanks".

    To be fair, MOST of YouTube I watched can be found on Nebula and Floatplane, both of which will likely not have this issue since it's not a user-content platform. Not to mention, the creators likely make more from those platforms anyways.

    YouTube is basically unavoidable though, so now I just view everything through a piped instance if I absolutely need something that can only be found there.

  • Demand ad companies take security seriously first and maybe we'll talk.
  • I used to subscribe to YouTube premium as of just a few days ago. Even without the ads. There was something very seriously wrong with the suggestion algorithm.

    I was getting cartel violence videos, and dead animal videos. Never watched one before in my life. Yet. YouTube seems to think that I should want to watch this crock of shit. This started coming up about 6 months ago. Until now I've been reporting each video as they come up. But that doesn't seem to help at all.

    At this point I think YouTube is a danger to society - if it's recommending cartel violence videos to me unsolicited, what are they suggesting to my nieces?

    I have completely nuked it from my life. Almost all of the YouTubers I like are on Nebula or Floatplane so it doesn't feel like I'm missing much.

  • Tucson Politics @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    Clint Bolick and Kathryn Hackett King erased AZ women's right to bodily autonomy - Vote "No" on retaining them this November. If you haven't signed the Abortion Access petition, link within.

    Again, the names are:

    • Clint Bolick
    • Kathryn Hackett King

    While you're here, I encourage you to also sign the petition to get Abortion Access on November's ballot.

    Already signed? Donations are always welcome!

    EDIT - I keep butchering the title. 😢 If I see issues with this one. I'ma wait a bit and assume I'm having a bad brain day. Sorry if you've been "spammed" by my edits/reposts.

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    Scientology Church Opens In South Loop, Raising Concerns Of Columbia College Students Living Next Door
  • I have personal experience with these "churches" after my time in Portland. They were far and away worse than the homeless. They will harass and abuse you on the street ESPECIALLY if you dare express cynicism towards their spiel.

    They will follow you, and verbally abuse you unless you bee-line straight for a police station too.

    Why these charlatans are able to masquerade as a religion I'll never know....

  • Need good solutions for sharing photos with family
  • yeah…

    They asked for easy, or newbie friendly - and didn't particularly mention privacy concerns.

    Other than that, if they don't have a port 80/433 ingress from their ISP there are scarce simple solutions that don't require another server that also needs management, either by them or a corporate entity.

    back when i was on a DOCSIS modem, i noticed concurrent downloads would disrupt uploads and vice versa. i think this may depend on the type of connection OP has.

    I used to work at a cable company, that was either a problem that people with low SNR had. Either from external factors (tree branch on a cable line) or in-home ones (bad splitter). A modem will ramp up it's gain in order to offset this (to a point), and in so doing, create a lot more interference between channels. OR they were hitting their ingress rate limit (which is quite agressive on residential plans because DDOS'es). It's surprisingly easy to hit your ingress rate limit for modern http/https webservers hosting complex web apps. Lots of concurrent connections open up to try to download all the resources when you go to any website in a modern browser and while it's not a TON of data, the short period of time causes the traffic to easily hit the PPS/BPS rate limit that ISPs employ.

    But yeah, it all depends on the ISP.

  • Need good solutions for sharing photos with family
  • I'd argue that the cloudflared daemon is even easier to use than a static wire guard or openvpn tunnel. It's basically set and forget. The downside is that you must use cloudflare. This may, or may not be a big deal depending on OPs needs.

    I moved from a place with symmetrical gigabit to "gigabit cable" with 30mbps upload, it definitely wasn't good enough for my small family. Photos are quite large these days - not to mention videos. Though it likely has a lot more to do with the bandwidth shaping my ISP does than the 30mbps rate.

    Also agree that it's not perfect, but very likely the most newbie friendly solution at the moment. Especially from a deployment scenario vs going piecemeal.

  • Need good solutions for sharing photos with family
  • It's raining down votes! How dare I educate someone and have an opinion!

    If this thread doesn't pan out, you might want to post in programming.dev - way less elitist pricks there.

  • Need good solutions for sharing photos with family
  • The best "bang for the buck" in your use-case is to use Nextcloud - Nextcloud Talk is your Jitsi replacement, and the files feature can be extended with the Nextcloud Photos plugin (https://github.com/nextcloud/photos).

    As for your domain question:

    1. You should use any computer you'd like that meets the Nextcloud recommendations, the key is of course isolating this machine on your home network so any "funny business" stays on the server. You can do this with VLANs or an entirely separate LAN connected to a different WAN (ISP).

    2. Many places, I like porkbun.com for real custom domains for cheap, but for your use case, you might be able to use a Dynamic DNS provider for free. It just likely won't be an easy to remember URL (or at least, as easy as a root domain only). If you have a newer ASUS or Netgear router/modem they both have Dynamic DNS built in and you can select from a few different providers that have both free and paid tiers. ALSO it might be better to use Google Domains (now squarespace domains) since, IIRC, many DynDNS configs for routers support Google Domains too. Cloudflare can also be a decent registrar, and I'd recommend using them if you use any other cloudflare services (see below).

    3. Other things to consider: Your ISP may block port 80, meaning lots of issues. If this is the case, you might want to use a tunnel of some sort. Cloudflare has a great solution here. Even if they don't block port 80, they may aggressively throttle and shape your incoming traffic - causing issues. Again, the tunnel is a good solution here. And, of course, your upload bandwidth matters a lot, you'll need something around 100Mbps upload for a decent experience when accessing your stuff over the internet. The 30Mbps that's typical of DOCSIS modems won't cut it. Outside of these concerns it's all about making sure you isolate your server from your "home stuff" to keep things secure.

  • Former users & experts debate whether kratom, an herbal substance, helps or harms those who take it
  • My personal experience with the stuff recreationally. It's hard to form an addiction. The side effects for me were pretty detrimental to my well-being. Particularly the insomnia. That being said, it actually almost seemed like a stimulant to me. I'd be chatty, ponderous, and productive.

    That being said, my father used it to kick his opiate addiction. So there is something to be said about it being a transition drug.

    If anything, we should probably regulate the extract market. The active alkaline ingredient in kratom can be deadly at higher dosages. This is much more likely to happen with extracts than with ground plant matter.

  • Working-class people rarely have a seat ‘at the legislative table’ in state capitols
  • This does not surprise me in the slightest. AZ does not pay any of its government officials a living wage. You NEED investment income to survive as a state representative/senator, city councils, and county seats.

    Tucson has indeed decided to pay our city officials more, so that's nice, but they're still making less than any ONE of University of Arizona's leaders. (Which is also a different problem, IMO - they shouldn't be earning that much if the city officials can barely survive).

    All in all, this is the result of the dumb as shit republican narrative that we need to punish our representatives with low pay to get them to work for the people. It just punished working class representatives - it did nothing to the ones receiving corporate bribes.

  • Tucson's resale shop Buffalo Exchange is celebrating 50 years of sustainable style
  • TIL that Buffalo Exchange is Tucson based.

    I lived in Portland for 7 years and they were all over the place there, kinda assumed it was a Portland/Oregon brand because of it.

  • Hobbs vetoes GOP bill to usurp enforcement of federal immigration laws
  • A lot of people really downplay how deeply respected John McCain was in this state - and his final acts in office were POWERFUL messages to the AZ GOP. I'd argue that his final few months cemented AZ as a swing state for the next 10 years. Republicans have an almost cult-like dedication to their leaders, and the McCain contingent has made it so that only a quarter of AZ Republicans think secession is desirable. This is very unlike other typical GOP bastions (like Texas) and is closer to true swing states (like Michigan). source

  • Nintendo sues Switch emulator Yuzu for ‘facilitating piracy at a colossal scale’
  • With today's announcement, I'm super happy you did this 4 days ago. Time to make a few clones myself.

  • Sunset Showdown @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    Tucson Sunset of 02-27-24

    Image Caption: A picture of an Arizona sunset, featuring Sonoran Desert plants casting a silhouette in front of a dazzling sky featuring bright oranges, pinks, and purples over the layered and complex cloud formations. Taken on a Google Pixel 7 Pro - 02/27/2024

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    University of Arizona @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    www.tucsonsentinel.com How Dartmouth College’s unionization case could impact athletes at University of Arizona, ASU

    The recent vote that could make Dartmouth men’s basketball the first unionized collegiate sports program in the country could potentially impact athletes across the country, including those in Arizona.

    How Dartmouth College’s unionization case could impact athletes at University of Arizona, ASU

    cross-posted from: https://tucson.social/post/542130

    > > > > The recent vote that could make Dartmouth men’s basketball the first unionized collegiate sports program in the country could potentially impact athletes across the country, including those in Arizona. >

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    University of Arizona @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    www.tucsonsentinel.com Cash-strapped University of Arizona says climate action can wait

    The University of Arizona this week delayed implementation of its climate action plan citing a $177 million budget deficit, and despite rising revenues, it is now unclear when or if those proposals will be put into action.

    Cash-strapped University of Arizona says climate action can wait

    cross-posted from: https://tucson.social/post/542068

    > > > > The University of Arizona this week delayed implementation of its climate action plan citing a $177 million budget deficit, and despite rising revenues, it is now unclear when or if those proposals will be put into action. >

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    Sunset Showdown @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    Sunset of Jan 6th 2024 - A Vibrant one today!
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    Tucson Politics @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    newsbot will be away for a few days while we upgrade it to be compatible with lemmy v0.19

    As in title - automated posts are going to be down for a day or so while I help the author upgrade the bot's code. Nothing major - and provided we don't run into any issues it should return tomorrow.

    Enjoy your 100% bot-free* instance while it lasts. 🙃

    \* -- I cannot guarantee that other users are human, but that's a different issue.

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    PSA - If your Pixel no longer connects to your wifi after the most recent update - disable WPA3 on your router.

    Obviously this is still a Pixel issue - but at least I can connect to my home Wifi again.

    I previously posted saying that Wifi was broken in general, but I mistook my ongoing Xfinity outage as being unable to connect to any wifi. Thus I removed the post.

    When the outage ended, I could connect to some other networks and couldn't figure out why.

    It wasn't until after a painful factory reset process that I tried going from WPA3/WPA2 mode to just WPA2 on both of my APs and suddenly everything is able to connect again.

    It seems that the recent OTA update borked WPA3-Personal in a way that doesn't allow it to navigate the "compatibility mode" of WPA3/WPA2 either.

    Edit - Looks like this might even be something Verizon specific - UQ1A-20231205.015.A1

    Edit2 - Also mine is a Pixel 7 Pro - a Pixel 6 Pro user reports no such issue - YMMV.

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    Trying out the different Arch based distros for fun and science - Why does Garuda perform so bad?

    Other Arch Flavors I've tried (some are no longer with us) include:

    • ArchBang
    • EndeavourOS
    • Manjaro
    • Chakra

    So with that out of the way, I've found my Garuda experience incredibly painful. From messy repositories (Chaotic-AUR plus their own stuff), to an overly involved upgrade process (when using the helper) - the distro screams of a team that has no freakin' clue how to maintain an actual distribution.

    It's basically Arch on hard mode with so many settings rolled into their own packages which need to be removed before customization.

    Then we get to the purported performance enhancements and, honestly, this is the worst performing distro I've ever used, by multiple miles. I'm not sure if its the scheduler settings, or something with the zram settings - but this distro hitches and hangs constantly. (5950x, 64GB of Ram, Samsung 980 Pro drives, NVIDIA RTX 3080Ti - NOT a weak machine by any standards)

    I'd normally chalk it up to compositor issues on Wayland (yes, I prefer Wayland and it works fine for most Arch derivitaves even with Nvidia). However the performance issues even crop up on basic terminal commands on a TTY with lots of weird hangs and lags.

    The ONLY thing that was easier on this distro was installing the various Proton GE builds and other specialty stuff found in the Chaotic-AUR. But given the above, it's definitely not worth it when one can configure an Arch box to do the same things without all of the problems.

    Perhaps I'm not doing something right? Given all the praise for this distro, perhaps it shouldn't perform like this?

    To be completely and utterly clear - I'm an advanced user trying out these distros for fun and discovery. I can indeed "just use a different distro" but wanted to give this one a fair shake before moving on.

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    tucson.social @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    A review of the Tucson Vegan Night market at 7:30PM in 6 words

    "Sorry we're out of that one."

    Probably starts before 7PM or something. Definitely wasn't worth the parking pain.

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    tucson.social @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    Do we need a /c/news and /c/politics? Also, some thoughts on the the next steps for tucson.social.

    Hi all!

    Do we need a /c/news and/or /c/politics?

    I know it's kinda confusing. After all, where else have you been getting local news and politics all this time? But those communities are actually /c/localnews and /c/tucsonpolitics.

    So here's the dillemma - we get far more engagement on national-level news. Yet that's technically against the rules here.

    So what should we do?

    Should we open up new communities for national level discourse?

    I think I floated the idea before but the community was generally against it at the time.

    Many of the people engaging are Tucsonans operating from other instances, which I think is super cool and shows that there is value in people having a local forum to discuss national news and politics.

    ---

    On the future of tucson.social:

    I think the future lies with Mbin, not Lemmy.

    For those who aren't a complete FOSS nerd like me - Mbin is a fork of Kbin that, in their own words:

    > Mbin is focused on what the community wants, pull requests can be merged by any repo owner (with merge rights in GitHub). Discussions take place on Matrix then consensus has to be reached by the community. If approved by the community, only one approval on the PR is required by one of the Mbin maintainers. It's built entirely on trust.

    In short - it's moving faster than Kbin ever was in feature contributions and has even overtaken Lemmy in terms of daily merges. I expect that it could be the dominant "threadiverse" platform in a few years and I think that's where tucson.social will need to be.

    Right now that's unfeasible, since that would mean essentially abandoning the instance and starting fresh, so I'm looking into ways to migrate everything over - so everyone isn't required to sign up again.

    Then there's the mobile client compatibility. Perhaps Mbin will have a lemmy compatible API layer somewhere in the future. Perhaps mobile clients will catch up. Either way, that also requires more time.

    Suffice it to say, tucson.social isn't moving to Mbin anytime this year, or even early next year. In the meantime, I'll probably try to reason out my own lemmy>mbin migration script to speed things along.

    ---

    So what say you, tucson.social users/contributors?

    TL;DR - Do we need communities for national level discourse here at tucson.social? Also, we're planning to eventually move to Mbin and I'm keeping folks informed about those plans.

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    As an SRE, what do I do about Alerts caused almost entirely by poor customer communication or misuse of a product?

    A bit more context there since you might wonder why customers can cause Sev1's.

    Well, I work for a Database Technology company and we provide a managed service offering. This managed service offering has SLA's that essentially enforce a 5 minute response time for any "urgent" issue.

    Well, a common urgent issue is that the customer suddenly wants to load in a bunch of new data without informing us which causes the cluster to stop accepting write loads.

    It's to the point where most if not all urgent pages result in some form of scaling of the cluster.

    Since this is a customer driven behavior, there is no real ability to plan for it - and since these particular customers have special requirements (and thus, less ability to automate scaling operations), I'm unsure if there is any recourse here.

    It's to the point that it doesn't even feel like an SRE team anymore - we should just instead be called "On-demand scaling agents". Since we're constantly trying to scale ahead of our customers.

    All in all, I'm starting to feel like this is a management/sales level issue that I cannot possibly address. If we're selling this managed service offering as essentially "magic" that can be scaled whenever they need then it seems like we're being setup for failure at the organizational level. Not to mention, not being smart about costs behind scaling and factoring that into these contracts.

    So, fellow SRE's have you had to have this conversation with a larger org? What works for something like this? What doesn't? Should I just seek greener pastures at this point?

    P.S. - Posted c/Programming due to lack of a c/SRE

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    What earplugs do y'all recommend? My sensory issues putting things in my ears makes most of them unpleasant for me.

    I've tried foam earplugs, but those are impossible to use socially as everything's too muddy. Also they'd end up sliding out eventually.

    I eventually bought audiophile grade earplugs and they are FANTASTIC but the flange tips irritate my ears so bad.

    I know circumaural headphones work great, but people have a harder time understanding I'm just using them as a filter to even hear them.

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    Tucson Politics @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    As we go into the 2024 Election season - some reminders

    Hello all!

    While it's 13 months and some change away, I think its important to emphasize our rules and code of conduct before things get too heated.

    Post Rules:

    1. Local and Arizona Politics only

    All posts must be directly related to and have a significant involvement/impact on any of:

    >- Policy. This includes any discussion of specific governmental policies or the development of such policies. Government policy can be developed at any level of government (from elected school board to the Arizona Legislature). It also includes court decisions which either create law itself (appellate court decisions) or involve the government. >- Electioneering. This includes polling, events directly pertaining to elections, and discussion of candidates and political parties, including their platforms and policies. >- Politician Capacity. Any incident or potential incident that could prevent a current politician from serving in their capacity in government (e.g. death, injury/sickness, criminal prosecution or resignation) is topical. We consider politicians to be either (1) elected members of government; or (2) members of government confirmed/voted on by elected members of government. >- Advocacy. Any efforts to influence or promote a position on the above 3 areas of topicality. This includes protests, demonstrations and the positions and advocacy of interest groups. >- Pertinent New Reporting. New articles that cover previously unreported details of past events which both would have been topical if reported when they occurred and have a clear connection to current Arizona or local politics or future elections. Analysis, editorializing, or speculation on prior events with no newly reported facts is not covered under this clause, even if there is a link to current Arizona or local politics.

    All posts must at least have a significant internal discussion or focus about current Arizona or Tucson politics as defined above. Therefore, if only a small part of an article contains topical discussion, it may still be considered off-topic.

    The following are some common examples of inherently off-topic content:

    >- Nonpolitical actions of politicians or their relatives, meaning (1) anything a politician does that doesn't impact one of the 4 areas of politics defined above, (2) discussion of the non-political actions of a politician's relatives. >- National level politics that doesn't explicitly impact Arizona or Tucson. Even if the macro impact is significant. (National Debt Showdowns, etc) >- Media discussing other media outlets. >- Crime stories without direct relation to current Arizona politics, such as (1) shootings, (2) crimes of non-politicians such as donors or activists, and (3) and court decisions not tied explicitly to Arizona politics as defined above.

    1. Articles must be published within the last two weeks

    2. Do not create your own title for Link Posts - Either copy the post title manually, or use Lemmy's suggestion.

    3. All submissions must be in English, Español, or O'odham (Tohono, Akimel, etc.)

    4. Do not resubmit "already submitted" content

    5. Disclosure of employment

    Tucson.social expressly forbids users who are employed by a source to post link submissions to that source without broadcasting their affiliation with the source in question.

    1. No Hateful Speech

    People that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.

    Marginalized or vulnerable groups include, but are not limited to, groups based on their actual and perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or disability. These include victims of a major violent event and their families.

    While the rule on hate protects such groups, it does not protect those who promote attacks of hate or who try to hide their hate in bad faith claims of discrimination.

    1. Do not suggest or support harm

    Comments that threaten, advocate, celebrate, suggest, wish, hope, dream, express extreme indifference towards, or could result in harm of any kind, violence, or death are prohibited. This includes any comment or opinion post that has the effect of discouraging people from taking the COVID vaccine or playing their part in necessary public health measures.

    1. No Spam

    2. No unapproved bots

    Newsbot is approved.

    1. No Brigading

    Any user caught assisting a brigade from another instance will be permanently banned. Any instances brigading this one will be defederated immediately.

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    Comment Rules:

    1. Be civil and constructive at all times.

    We understand that sometimes this can slip, so if you are asked politely by a moderator to cool it down - please comply. Being belligerent after this point is not tolerated and will result in a ban.

    1. No Personal Attacks

    2. No trolling, baiting or flaming

    Trolling includes, but is not limited to:

    >- Commenting or submitting links in a way that can be reasonably interpreted as having the intent to shock, anger, or sow discord without good faith. ¹ ² >- Baiting is the act of making comments that can be reasonably interpreted as having the intention of getting a rise out of other users and goading other users into violating rules. ² >- Flaming is the act of attacking other users for their views or opinions and overlaps significantly with our rules on incivility.

    ¹ Good faith is sincere intention to be fair, open, and honest, regardless of the outcome of the interaction.

    ² Trolling and baiting do not include expressing personally held views that are objectively false or in the minority opinion unless they are specifically expressed in a manner intended to gain a rise out of other users.

    The followings acts are some examples of trolling:

    >- Editing comments to brag about downvotes or entice inflammatory replies Linking to media with the intent to shock, anger, or sow discord without good faith. >- Bragging about trolling or participating in bad faith on tucson.social, either on this subreddit or elsewhere on the fediverse. >- Concern trolling; pretending to advocate something not believed in in order to parody, make fun of, or otherwise create discord in a group they disagree with (i.e., playing both sides) >- Using a title for a submission that shows intent to bypass the prohibition of text posts >- "Novelty" or "gimmick" accounts

    1. No spam or soliciting users
    2. Do not witch hunt or expose personal information

    Do not make calls to action directed at non-public persons. Users are not allowed to post information with the purposes of causing harm to or harassment of other people. This includes but is not limited to: names, telephone numbers, street or email address. Hinting that you have this information of other users may also earn a ban.

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    tucson.social @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    What it takes to run tucson.social - A quick transparency statement ($$ and hrs)

    Hello all!

    After our first few months of operation, I can now confidently put a number on the time and monetary costs of running this site.

    First off, right now tucson.social is entirely funded, operated, and moderated by one person - me. I'd like to expand that team to include more people who can volunteer some time. I won't be asking for donations unless the hosting/time costs are too great - but as it stands, this is affordable for me.

    Okay, so let's break down the costs into a few categories:

    1. Setup expense in man hours
    2. Domain expenses
    3. OCI infrastructure expenses
    4. Cloudflare Infrastructure expenses
    5. Maintenance expense in man hours
    6. Moderation expense in man hours
    7. Miscellaneous expenses

    1 - Setup expenses in man hours

    The first week was about 30 hours of getting everything working how I wanted. A more simple configuration could've been had much faster, but I wanted a bit more security than that provides.

    The second week of working out all the kinks between cloudflare and my origin server was another 16 hours or so.

    Total, about 46-50 hours I guess?

    2 - Domain expenses

    • tucson.social costs 110 USD/yr
    • tucson.chat (yet to be launched) costs around 40 USD/yr

    These costs will be incurred again sooner rather than later since I'll be transferring my domains to porkbun instead of letting Google transfer them to Squarespace.

    For this year, TOTAL: $300

    For other years (hopefully) TOTAL: $150

    3 - OCI Infrastructure costs

    Early on, I used block volumes to back the image storage - this was expensive and wasn't worth the performance benefits due to CDN caching at the edge. I eventually converted to object storage.

    The compute instance's size is about "medium-ish" and the burst settings are a bit aggressive to claw back some savings. So far this is more than sufficient for our needs, and we haven't run into any notable performance issues.

    Before the conversion, the infrastructure had a price tag of $55 USD/mo (assuming 30 days)

    After the conversion, the infrastructure is a much more reasonable total of $35 USD/mo.

    4 - Cloudflare infrastructure costs

    • $25 USD/mo for the Pro Subscription
    • $5 USD/mo to enable Argo routing
    • roughly 100GB of data transfer for $10 USD/mo

    Totaling $40 USD a month, give or take.

    5 - Maintenance expense in man hours

    Very low. Sometimes I do muck something up during an update, but I typically only spend about 8 hours a month maintaining the actual server infrastructure. Another 8 hours are spent looking over cloudflare to mitigate any DDOS attacks. So yeah, 16 hours a month maybe.

    6 - Moderation expense in man hours

    Almost none, maybe 4 hours a month total, most spent removing duplicate newsbot posts. The smaller instance doesn't require much, if any, moderation at the moment.

    7 - Miscellaneous expenses and totals

    There have likely been a few small fees that I've forgotten about, but likely not exceeding a $20 dollars or so.

    Projected average monthly spend:

    $85-$90*

    \* - yearly costs averaged in

    Average yearly spend:

    $1020-$1080

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    On wanting moderators at this time.

    My desire for moderators at this point has less to do with actual work to do, and more to do with not only having myself to talk over moderation decisions with. It's difficult figuring out what people want, and another moderator (or few) could be an important balance to my moderation style.

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    University of Arizona @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    thisistucson.com Welcome home, Wildcats. Here's what to see, do and eat while you're in Tucson 🐻⬇️

    A HUGE guide for University of Arizona students that includes local places to see, things to do and places to eat while in Tucson.

    Welcome home, Wildcats. Here's what to see, do and eat while you're in Tucson 🐻⬇️

    cross-posted from: https://tucson.social/post/85984

    > A HUGE guide for University of Arizona students that includes local places to see, things to do and places to eat while in Tucson.

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    Trying to figure out the museum I went to as a kid in Chicago in the summer of 1999 - Maybe someone can help?

    So, back when I was about 9/10 ish (1999) I remember going to museum with my grandparents that contained a few key things that stood with me over 2 decades later.

    The first, and creepiest was an animatronic of a homeless/drug addict in an alley or on a bench. This is the “anchor” memory, it’s hard to forget such a creepy thing.

    The second was a more hands on focused kids area where I spent a majority of my time.

    The last was a restaurant with some TVs installed around the eating area somewhere in the building - I distinctly seeing ads for the new Tarzan movie, so I’m thinking this was the summer of 99ish.

    It could also have been the Chicago Childrens Museum, but when looking at older pictures absolutely nothing stands out to me as memorable - additionally they don’t have any on-site restaurants that I can see from my research.

    After lots of internet sleuthing, I think but can’t confirm, that it is the Museum of Science and Industry. Some of the pictures of some of the exhibits seem really familiar.

    I suppose the key thing preventing my brain from saying “This is the one” is lack of anyone else mentioning such an animatronic at any of these places.

    I asked my grandma, but she’s pretty deep in dementia and doesn’t really recall those experiences anymore. 😢

    So /c/Chicago, are any of you old enough to remember such an exhibit from 99? If so, what museum was that?

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    tucson.social @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    [Announcement] Changes to Newsbot

    Hello all,

    Last week I asked the community for feedback in regards to the newsbot, whether it's useful, and if it should stay as it is.

    I didn't get much feedback, but the little I did get was negative or ambivalent about it.

    Thus I've decided to go with my "gut" here and make the following changes:

    REMOVE:

    • tucson.com feeds in localnews, and localpolitics, and the non-functioning one for localsports.
    • tucsonsentinel.com feeds in localnews.

    Reason - Tucson.com's feed is very messy, contains many duplicates and "updated" articles (after a gunman is caught, for example), and most of the articles are paywalled anyways.

    Additionally, I want to return localnews entirely back to the users. Y'all get to decide what's newsworthy now.

    KEEP:

    • tucsonsentinel.com feed for localpolitics
    • thisistucson feed for home/tucson.social

    Reason - Keeping up with local politics, particularly city council stuff, local elections, and other stuff is painfully boring, but incredibly important to keep up with. I think a bot here makes sense.

    As for thisistucson - it's not that noisy and is incredibly useful for someone who just wants to know about all the events going on. Much of what this feed posts was getting duplicated in localnews because the links are technically different between the feeds. Removing the localnews feed, should help a LOT with those duplicates.

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    Feedback

    Please provide feedback in this thread if this is still too much bot. Given how many people upvote newsbot articles, it's not clear that the bot is 100% bad for all people. Thus the changes above represent a good-faith attempt to meet somewhere in the middle.

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    tucson.social @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    Some don't like the NewsBot, - and the points are pretty valid. Should we remove it?

    It does seem like it was manageable with just one feed, but adding tucson.com to news and politics seems like a mistake in hindsight.

    My intent was to make it easier for everyone to find local news in those relevant channels without having to go through the process of searching for and sharing the article themselves.

    However, a thread over at beehaw suggested I was really saturating their feeds with tucson news in a way that was unwelcome and inauthentic.

    We have grown, and people are beginning to post their own content here, should the bot stay or go?

    We can also just cut down the amount of feeds we're subscribed to. I just thought I needed to be more balanced, by offering at least one more source alongside Tucson Sentinel.

    That being said, when we were just subscribed to Tucson Sentinel, the rest of the fediverse didn't seem to mind due to the less hectic pace of their posts. So that's an option as well.

    Alternatively, and this is the one I'm leaning towards the most.

    I'll keep the thisistucson.com feed for the home page, that's been fairly useful and matches the /r/Tucson precedent.

    I'll also keep the Tucson Sentinel local politics feed, it's been VERY good at keeping people informed of upcoming civic duties and I think that's a very important thing a bot can do. Help us with the boring crap!

    That would return the news feed back to the users entirely and reduce the politics feed by a lot.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

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    What is this bug? Photo taken on Mt. Lemmon, AZ. Looked it up and couldn't find much.

    Spent some time looking for what specific bumblebee, digger bee, or carpenter bee this might be. Couldn't figure it out.

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    Sunset Showdown @tucson.social th3raid0r @tucson.social
    Pano of the sunset from Mt. Lemmon (07/16/23)

    Repost from my non-admin account. The internet access is terrible at the cabins.

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    th3raid0r th3raid0r @tucson.social

    One foot planted in "Yeehaw!" the other in "yuppie".

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