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  • Because change is costly and therefore a risk. When it seems that resources are scarce, risks are dangerous, and it can seem rational to destroy ideas that cost more resources, lest your imagined model of society collapse for lack of resources as the idea takes over.

    It's always conservatism, in other words.

  • Beans
  • It doesn't matter, if it was a good idea 17 other people also had it and at least one of them is a big enough asshole to try it

  • Remember how ChatGPT totally aced the bar exam? Wow! yeah, turns out that was just a lie
  • Lemmy is starting to have a huge problem with people creating multiple sockpuppets--probably programmatically generating them, in fact--just to win internet arguments. If this goes on too long you're going to see a really surprising number of sudden downvotes on everything you've said in this conversation, and anyone who agreed with you.

  • Eating? Believe it or not... ( DEAD )
  • The picture is of the outside of clams, but it says "shells". The rest of the names of things in this picture don't seem to have inaccuracies or non-English names--suggesting that "shells" is, in fact, what the creator of this superstitious sign actually meant.

    Shell powder is actually added to some things as a calcium enhancement or preservative, but, notably, this is not at all what happens when you eat surf and turf. The only conclusion is that the surf & turf person up there thinks people eat the shell when they order lobster.

  • Monopoly
  • Only one person can win when it comes to property ownership

    Meaning, at the end of the game, more people hate the rich than are the rich. It's not capitalist propaganda.

  • Monopoly
  • Both of those things are part of the joke. Monopoly is a parody of capitalism, intended to make you hate rich people. The luxury tax is tiny, reflecting how there's no real cost of living for rich people. Rich people can "go to jail", but it's trivial to get away again.

  • All my real Americans from US State stand up!
  • This feels like the way email scammers operate. Send a troll so obvious that reasonable people are pre-filtered out, leaving only the rubes.

    I'm not sure why they'd want to do that to influence an election, though

  • The toll road scam: A government-made monopoly you pay for.
  • You're right, the toll roads should be collected by the government, and the amount collected should be based on income so it's not regressive.

    Also, they should be placed every 15 feet, so people stop driving altogether.

  • How to opt out of the privacy nightmare that comes with new Hondas
  • lol I think they mean the car, since it knows where it is, can help car companies figure out who you're banging because you end up in the same room as the other person's cell phone a lot of the time while you're at that address. (Cell proximity is already used heavily to correlate data points, so it can pitch birthday present ideas to you for your mistress.) In this sense it's really no different than knowing what your favorite shoe store is, but they mention applications for abusers to track their exes and partners: thus sex life in itself becomes important.

  • Voyager 1
  • Google is actually the sine qua non of what I'm talking about. I'll concede that it's possible Google as a corporate entity will still exist in 2048 (it was founded in 1998). But Google has undergone such a drastic and dystopian management change that it's almost not even the same company now--

    --but that isn't relevant to what I'm actually talking about, which is the products. The proposition that Slack logs would still be around 50 years from now was what catalyzed my quip. Google kills everything it makes, usually quickly. Will we be able to look at Google Reader logs in 2048? Or--even closer to the target--Google Wave logs? Google Podcasts? Google Stadia? (I could go on.)

    At the end of the day it was just a quip, but I fully expect the SaaS companies you currently think of as indestructible titans to be on the dustheap of history in 20 years, let alone 50.

  • Voyager 1
  • Yeah. Technically I'm not talking about Microsoft, as their primary product is the OS and they are not purely Internet-based. IBM, of course, is much older than that and also has some Internet products, as does every software company.

    In my statement "Internet company" means a company whose only product is SaaS on the Internet; i.e. someone who, if they went away, their product would disappear with them.

  • SSH login without user name?
  • EDIT: Noticed you're talking about Gitlab in the question, and I responded about Github, but I'm certain that gitlab does everything the same way, because that's all the technology is capable of. (I have no way to test the ssh -T command at the end for gitlab, though, so ymmv.)

    To clear up some minor confusion here:

    1. Github knows nothing about your private key. There's very little metadata stored in the private key, and has access to none of it. That includes email address or identity.
    2. Github has identity information stored for you, and then, separately, you uploaded a public key. The public key also contains no information about you, but github knows it's part of your account. Additionally, github enforces a requirement that your public key can't be uploaded to any other account, for the reason I'm about to state below.
    3. Github has an index built of everyone's public keys (or more likely their digests, although the technical details of the index are not something known to me--and it doesn't matter). When it sees an authentication request, it looks up the digest in the index, which maps to a user account.

    At this point it already knows who is trying to authenticate. Once your authentication request succeeds with your public key (the usual challenge-response handshake associated with asymmetric cryptography), github interacts with your ssh client (most likely git) applying the permissions of your user and your user account.

    BTW, github has a documented method for testing the handshake without doing any git operations:

    ssh -T

    Depending on your ssh config, you might also need to supply -i some_filename.pem to this. Github will reply with

    Hi aarkon! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access.

    and then close the connection.

    Note that the test authentication uses the username git and, again, contains no information about who you are. It's all just looked up on github's side.

  • What do you with physical light switches connected to automations?

    I'm setting up with HA and zigbee smart bulbs. I've got a few automations already set up, such as turning on a bunch of lights in the morning and turning most of them off again at night.

    All these lights still have physical switches. I don't want to take those switches out for lots of reasons, and putting smart switches there seems like overkill when the bulbs are already smart. What are people doing with their physical light switches to ensure that they don't get flipped?

    Ideas I've had:

    • some kind of physical plastic covering that fits snugly around it. I'd probably do this if I had a 3d printer, but I don't. Maybe someone sells a thing like this? More just a reminder not to touch them.
    • Carefully paint the switches a different color (perhaps the HA color scheme?). Again, basically just a reminder. This especially makes sense with a few multi-switch plates where some of the connected lights are automated and some are intentionally left manual.
    • Entirely replace the plate with a smart switch? Besides incurring a nontrivial cost and being a bunch of work to install, this won't even help me with the aforementioned multiswitch plates. I don't want all my lights automated.

    Other ideas?

    Connect A Song xantoxis
    Far Away - Red Dead Redemption Soundtrack

    This song plays in RDR (the first one) when you enter the nation of Mexico.

    Connect A Song xantoxis
    The Doors - Break on Through to the Other Side

    Seems self-explanatory

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