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Why Your Wi-Fi Router Doubles as an Apple AirTag – Krebs on Security ( krebsonsecurity.com )

Apple and the satellite-based broadband service Starlink each recently took steps to address new research into the potential security and privacy implications of how their services geo-locate devices. Researchers from the University of Maryland say they relied on publicly available data from Apple to track the location of...

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Starlink's fix was to randomize the BSSID. I can do that on my gear running OpenWRT, but I'm not sure if consumer-grade routers/APs have that capability (probably not).

However, randomizing the BSSID might throw a wrench in any setups that are configured to match the SSID to specific BSSIDs.

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So they're too offensive to talk about but not too offensive to rally behind for president? 🙄

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Didn't EmptyG bring a poster-sized print out of Hunter's junk onto the floor for some stupid "gotcha"? I don't recall Republicans getting upset over that.

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At first, I thought maybe it used heat to drive a refrigeration cycle (like the gas-powered refrigerators), but it's got a solar-powered compressor that freezes ice packs in the walls combined with some hefty insulation. Still cool, but yeah, also uses electricity.

Bibi Is Choosing Stefanik and Trump. President Biden, Don’t Be Fooled. ( www.nytimes.com )

If you are keeping score at home, you have surely noticed that the two most important defense officials in Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet — Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and the former military chief of staff Benny Gantz — warned last week that Netanyahu is leading Israel into a disastrous abyss by refusing to present...

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Because the right isn't hem-hawing around and are all in-line behind Trump. The left they're talking about are the ones sowing division, banging the drum on the left-side wedge issues, and encouraging apathy / vote 3rd party / sit out the vote. Some of those are shills, sure, but not all.

IMO, it's perfectly reasonable to call those people out because they're completely missing the bigger picture.

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I keep hearing how the (US) grid needs updated to handle the influx of renewable plants, but wouldn't rooftop grid-tied solar help with this in the short run?

I had a small 1.5 KW proof-of-concept grid tie PV system at my old house, and the way it was described (and appeared to operate) was that it offsets any local usage, reducing the amount drawn from the utility/grid, and if there's any excess, it's fed back out.

Assuming small setups, wouldn't that help keep demand lower and put less stress on the grid? I mean, if you're exporting tens of KW from a large PV setup, it still has to go through the transformer (which is what the article is focusing on), but small/medium setups that don't quite meet/exceed your usage would presumably reduce that grid stress.

Or am I missing something?

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Yeah, I've always assumed those arguments were at least partially FUD, but our grid is aging and struggling already, so I know there is some truth to it.

Grid-isolated + ATS would be the way to go, assuming batteries aren't a (cost) barrier. It also avoids the pitfalls and artificial BS you have to deal with from (some) power companies if you want to setup net-metering with a grid-tie system.

The setup I had was small enough to fly under the radar, but when I talked to them about setting up net metering for a larger setup, it was such a sham:

  • They install a second meter that your PV system ties into. Only your PV can hook into this. It's configured to meter the power flowing out at wholesale rates. There is a monthly "meter fee" for this (same as your meter fee for your regular hookup - approx $12/mo)
  • All your local usage has to go through your regular meter at retail rates.
  • The PV goes out the wholesale meter and back into your retail meter; excess goes to grid
  • You're billed normally on your regular meter
  • Power company credits you at whoesale rate for the amount fed through the PV meter.

So, in effect, you generate power, ship it out at wholesale rate, and then buy it back from yourself at retail with the power company pocketing the difference.

Talk about a racket.

Edit: I didn't realize exactly how much of a racket it was, but here's some napkin math:

Assumptions:

  • Monthly power consumption is 1,000 KW/h
  • 5 KW PV system that, unrealistically, produces full power 8 hours a day, 30 days a month
  • Retail rate of $0.25 per KW/h (my current rate)
  • Wholesale rate of $0.16/KWh (guessing on this, but it's proportionate to the wholesale rate I was quoted when my retail rate was $0.14/KWh)

5 KW * 8 hours/day * 30 days/mo = 1200 KW/h PV at $0.16/KWh = $192 - $12 meter fee = $180 bill credit

1000 KWh usage * $0.25/KWh = $250 + $12 meter fee = $262 bill

$262 - $180 = $82 bill even though you produced 200 more KW/h than you used.

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True. I lived out in the boonies at that time, had plenty of space, so my setup was ground-mounted. Made the costs much more bearable.

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I'm sad he passed, but I'm more sad he lived to see the anti-vax nonsense of the last decade.

ptz ,
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That's just the living room. You should see the kitchen.

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Worst case, they're saving it to an encrypted blob storage, calling that encrypted, and hiding deep in the ToS that you actually agreed to that

And then it's discovered that bucket was accidentally set to public for over 8 months. Oopsie daisy! But you can't sue us because also deep in the ToS was a forced arbitration clause.

Also, if you don't agree to the whole ToS, you can't use the computer you just paid for.

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Thanks for that. I was watching it via the embed in the article and didn't realize the YT link I copied had the timestamp from my current position.

Updated the post.

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The "what" gets shot into the sun is less important, lol. I just found it interesting that shooting anything into our sun is more difficult than sending it to another sun.

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Thank you!

I knew that photoshop reminded me of someone, but I could not place it. Funny they're both con-artists 😆

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The entire Republican party needs checked for brain worms.

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Assuming $25 per meal, that $90M could have fed 1.2 million people for a day (3 meals/day). Or fewer people for a longer period of time.

Instead, it was spent on hate.

The wrong people have money.

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Took me a minute to realize this was in Dad Jokes. When I lived out in the boonies, that was, like, a Tuesday.

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That's literally how I got mine, though from Babbages when they were still a thing. I think I paid like $35 + tax for the unit (which came with Mario Tennis) and Wario Land.

Loved it, but I can see why it failed. Still, 3D Mario Tennis was amazing.

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Yeah, it was a cool concept, but the execution was terrible. For all its faults, the one I can't overlook is the fact that it required 6xAA batteries (that it would chew through in 2-3 hours). LIke, WTF? Its design literally required you to use it on a table/stationary location. They sold an AC adapter for it, but it was a separate purchase.

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Was it? The one I remember clipped onto the back of the controller in place of the battery box. Or did it have a power port on the unit itself ?(it's been forever lol)

My OG Game Boy had a 6v DC input on the side. My off-brand rechargeable pack for it plugged in there instead of clipping into the battery compartment.

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Olives are gross as a food/garnish. Their oil, though, is not. I will put olive oil, Parmesan, and basil on literally anything, and it comes out delicious.

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When they become climate change refugees, my worst impulses are telling me to treat them the way they treat other migrants.

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Sigh. AI has basically added a rocket booster to the enshittification train.

Hopefully this doesn't impact DDG.

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Same. I don't mind it as an option if that's what some people want, but stop "enhancing" the default experience with it and shoving it down my throat. No lo quiero.

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I fear that as well. I use Searx-NG at home, so am expecting that to start dying a death of a thousand cuts soon.

Was thinking about standing up (or contributing to) either YaCY or Stract, but you made a good point about the bot allowances for the Googlebot et al crawler UAs. Wonder how frowned upon it would be to spoof the crawler UA in a self-hosted one?

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s it because you expect other search engines to follow suit until there are no search engines anymore, only hallucination machines?

Basically, yeah.

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......yeah.

I had that thought after I replied when I realized that most of the reputable search crawlers will publish the IPs/ranges they use in addition to the UA. The disreputable ones (cough Bytedance cough Xiaomi cough) will just spoof Chrome on Windows 10 and flood you with requests from AWS datacenters in Shanghai or Singapore.

That said, I may still continue looking into working with one of the actual self-hosted search engines (vs meta search) and see how well that works.

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On the bright side, at least it wasn't labeled as "up to 10 bars" like ISPs get away with.

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If only this would remain within the idiot population. The increased risk of them getting infected and allowing the virus to mutate in a way that makes it more virulent/transmissible in humans is bad for everyone.

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I don't think it's that nobody cares. It's just outrage fatigue. There's so many things, as you listed, that it's just exhausting to be outraged about everything all the time.

Most of us are just trying to get by: pay rent, put food on the table, etc.

So it's not that I don't care about those, it's just that I don't have time or energy to (or at least not all of the things all the time).

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In a vacuum, I wouldn't consider "diversity hire" to be a slur. However, in colloquial use by racists and bigots, it is definitely used as such much in the same way they have appropriated "DEI" as a slur.

To clarify, I mean the terms themselves used in the proper context. Calling someone a diversity hire, DEI hire, affirmative action hire, etc is 100% appropriating those terms as slurs because it calls into question the target's qualifications by insinuating they were only hired to tick a box.

why don’t we question the competence or qualifications of non-POC hires? Like why are non-POC hires not “cronyism hire” or “familiarity hire”?

We totally do:

  • Familiarity hire: We call those 'nepo babies' or something related to nepotism.
  • Cronyism Hire: Not sure there's a single term for it, but I (and probably others I'd imagine) just literally call them "cronies".

Problems with creating my own instance

I am currently trying to create my own Lemmy instance and am following the join-lemmy.org docker guide. But unfortunately docker compose up doesn't work with the default config and throw's a yaml: line 32: found character that cannot start any token error. Is there something I can do to fix this?...

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Try this docker-compose file: https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/blob/main/docker/docker-compose.yml

Here's the docs for pict-rs: https://git.asonix.dog/asonix/pict-rs/src/branch/main/pict-rs.toml

Everything in the config file has an env var you can set. The most important one is the PICTRS__SERVER__API_KEY

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Yep, lemmy.sdf.org is on 0.19.3 so you're good (as long as you're using a frontend that provides access to the instance blocking option)

ptz ,
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You could fork and maintain it :)

ptz ,
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Will agree it's confusing, but pretty sure the "I" in the meme is not OP referring to themselves but rather a satirical first-person view of prominent conservatives.

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For those of you like me who never take claims made in memes like this as truth (good for you!), this is actually real:

https://www.cbsnews.com/miami/news/elderly-woman-arrested-florida/

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Wait, really? That movie is insane. Could not imagine it on TV lol.

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