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I guess with the influx of new users to the Fediverse, we're doing introductions now, so here's mine:

I'm a # and # enthusiast and developer. I'm also an # who's trying to create safe spaces for those who are recovering from high-demand control groups.


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So this whole # # experiment has been a smashing success. This will be the last post I boost from my legacy accounts, and I'll be checking them with less frequency. If you've not followed the new account, now would be a good time.

I want to extend a special thanks to opencube and fosstodon for giving me my first taste of the #.

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Every now and again, a French translation on a product will cause me to chuckle. Today, it was a can of Wild Cherry Pepsi. The "wild cherry" was translated to "cerise en folie" which more literally translates to "cherry in foolishness".

Not sure why this amuses me as much as it does.

My mail provider has a spam reporting email address where you're supposed to forward spam messages that make it past the filter (as an attachment) so that the said filters can be adjusted.

I just did this, and it bounced back to me because... drum roll please... it was marked as spam.

Umm... isn't that the point? 🤷‍♂️

Reading a #Lua tutorial where they seem to be advocating for serializing data by writing it in Lua format and then just executing the contents of that file to read the data back.

Hiding file extensions is awesome also.
@Isaac Kuo Yeah, I see no way any of these things can go wrong.

Been reading up on #Lua, because I'm intrigued by the idea of writing my own #minetest mods, and I have to say, I'm simultaneously impressed and terrified by this language.

It has a lot of convenient features, but they present fun ways of shooting yourself in the foot.
I came to a similar conclusion about Ruby and it's also probably true of Python.
@glyn It at least seems more sane than JavaScript. I'm generally not a fan of dynamically-typed languages, though.

@Ian Molton Yeah, I have a few family members who basically use nothing else.

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Would you watch a livestream focused on Apple II vintage computing?

It would be a very small hangout kind of livestream.

  • Yes, please program (20%, 8 votes)
  • Yes, please play games (5%, 2 votes)
  • Yes, please do both (56%, 22 votes)
  • Not really my thing (17%, 7 votes)
39 voters. Poll end: 3 weeks ago

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Ah, I’m not sure at this point. The idea was to do something casual as opposed to Actual Livestreaming(tm), but I might.

I’m trying to find a free solution for not liking the sound of my voice yet wanting to use a mic, though.
- jackd + jack_rack into obs...jack-rack has all the EQ's combs and pitch shifting thingies one might want. You could make yourself sound like pretty much anything! 😀

Dear #imgur:

When I pass you a URL that ends in .jpg, I expect an image/jpeg mimetype, not text/html

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Dear fediverse: I am looking to replace my Nest thermostat to something more friendly, private (if such a thing is possibly) and compatible with Home Assistant. What would you recommend?

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Are you familiar with the AskNoah podcast community? If you post this question there, I'm sure you'll get credible and, more importantly, experienced answers.
No! I will check it out. Thanks!

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I have a #minetest server on my LAN, but the machine it's running on is behind a #NAT. I'd like to make it accessible to friends and family remotely. I know I can set up port forwarding through my router, but I don't have a static IP, and I'm not keen on setting up dynamic DNS.

What I do have is a cheap VPS connected to my LAN via a #wireguard #VPN. My normal MO here is to set up port forwarding via an #SSH tunnel, but minetest uses UDP traffic.


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I recently tried forwarding the UDP traffic using #socat, but I don't get a response from the server when I try to connect. The command I'm using on the VPS is:

socat udp-recvfrom:300000,reuseaddr,fork udp4-sendto:<ip>:30000

where <ip> is the IP address of the minetest server on the VPN. I have confirmed that it is receiving the forwarded UDP packets.


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I suspect that the problem is that since the packets appear to be originating from the VPS (despite the reuseaddr option) the minetest server is not sending the responses back to the right address.

Any thoughts on how I could solve this?


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could you set up wireguard on your lan to reverse tunnel to the other wireguard node, then route minecraft traffic through it?
@ϟт℮ ♥ε Ḻ ☺ґḓ Does wireguard have that capability?

Perhaps I could do it with iptables, though?
in theory your wireguard peers should be able to route through each other with iptables. I did something similar years ago with openvpn so i'd be shocked if wireguard couldnt do it.
@ϟт℮ ♥ε Ḻ ☺ґḓ I think there's a way to do this. Got a headache when I first read up on it, and I didn't have an immediate use for it, so I abandoned the idea.

Guess I'll have another look at it.
How about setting up a Dynamic DNS name? It'll update the IP address as it changes, and all you have to do is ordinary NAT on the firewall.
Mpht. Just read the part where you're not keen on DDNS. I don't blame you.

I use reverse ssh tunnels to connect to family's computers, but I have no idea how that would work with UDP.

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I spend most of my social media time in the Fediverse, but occasionally I'll venture over to somewhere more centralized like #Reddit (because it has a larger Ex-Mormon community).

While I used to mostly just ignore #ads, I've spent so much time here that I now find them jarring.

Has anyone gotten the microphone for a Bluetooth headset to work in #Debian?
@Erik L. Midtsveen :debian: Yeah, I found a tutorial that mentioned that, but it required tweaking of config files (which I'm fine with) and also adding a PPA (which is a hassle to say the least).
Here's the one I found. Sadly, it's for Ubuntu-based systems.

Finally got around to giving Minetest a whirl. It's more polished than I expected.
@Nyaa :debian: At the moment, I've just figuring out the vanilla version. It's similar to Minecraft,* but just different enough to be a little confusing.

* which I haven't played in a long time.
Ah yeah, they've got just the core mechanics there. Minetest is less a game on its own and more of a game engine.

If you're interested, check out the Mineclone 2 game on it. It's a near-complete replica of MC on Minetest engine
@Nyaa :debian: Will do. Thanks!

Given that I knew it's a game engine, I didn't expect that it would even be playable on its own. Adding mods seems to be relatively simple.

I've been looking for an excuse to learn Lua, though.
@Nyaa :debian: I see several mods listed with the name MineClone2, but nothing under "Games". Should I just install all the mods so named?
Seems like it was taken off the in-game browser for some reason, it can be downloaded from the site and unzipped into the games directory at $HOME/.minetest/games

The recent #LibreWolf update really doesn't like the CSS I have on my Friendica account.

It turns out that #ed is a far more powerful text editor than I originally thought.

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Any good ereaders out there? I’m considering getting a new one to replace my old kindle.

Whatever it is it would need good calibre support and ideally would have physical page then buttons (that’s what I miss the most on my current Kindle).
I have a lot of respect for Calibre. It filled a need at a time when there weren't any better options out there. Now that there are better options running on free software, it might be worth looking forward, not backward. Just a thought.
Which options in particular are you thinking of?

I want to get my hands on a teletype. I have no practical use for one, but I want one anyway.
Sort of glad I got rid of mine about 25 years ago.

I'm sure vim has some kind of mode it lets you start it in that can mimic it 😛

Does anyone else use the #PeerTube instance? They seem to have some syncing issues with other instances, and was wondering if there was perhaps a defederation issue or something going on.

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I uninstalled #SnapChat because I never really use it anyways. It would probably have remained on my phone, forgotten about, except for the fact that it suddenly started pushing notifications like crazy.

The day after I uninstalled it, they start emailing me instead. I guess they can't take a hint.

Oh well. Time to set another email filter, I guess.
...and now they're texting me too.

What's next, carrier pigeons?

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Forgot to document yesterday's meal, but it came out tasting a lot better than it looked. This one, however, is a winner on all fronts.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Ian Molton doesn't like this.

Stuffed Peppers

These ones were a little more involved, but not that much, and mostly on the prep side. As with a lot of these crock pot meals, it could've done with a bit more seasoning, but only very slightly. One of the better ones so far.
Stuffed Peppers

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

Having learned from out last crock pot meals, we tweaked this recipe a little bit as we went. These were delicious, but a little messy. Entirely worth it, though.
Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

Fun fact: for the longest time, I thought the word "meme" was pronounced like the word "maim", because of the French word "même" which means "same".

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If the universe is only 14 billion years old, how can it be 92 billion light years wide?

The size and age of the universe seem to not agree with one another. Astronomers have determined that the universe is nearly 14 billion years old and yet its diameter is 92 billion light years across. How can both of those numbers possibly be true? In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln tells you how.

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Police using cell phone tracking data in popular apps for 'mass surveillance on a budget'

Police have used “Fog Reveal” to search hundreds of billions of records from 250 million mobile devices, and harnessed the data to create location analyses

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In an effort to save money, @Katy Lamothe and I have temporarily put our meal kit subscription on hold and have switched to these freezer recipes that we can prepare in bulk, pick one to thaw over night, and throw in the crock pot in the morning.

Though it doesn't appear to be that much less expensive in theory, our real problem was not having the energy to cook at the end of the day and ordering food instead. This way it's just ready to eat come dinner time. As a result, the apartment smells amazing all day, but this makes us hungrier and more prone to snacking throught the day.

We'll have to see how it pans out.
that sounds great, I eat my warm meal at work, so I basically have only bread and some spreads at home, its boring, but it makes me at least eat less 😛

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I was recently introduced to saltpack as a potential replacement for PGP (thanks @Madeline ).

My one reservation is that it only seems to have been a thing since about 2017. Does anyone know if this thing's had a proper security audit done? I'm always cautious about using "new" crypto.

We got a Crave subscription because it had some content we wanted. Turns out it's also got a bunch of Trek that I didn't know was available in Canada, but their app is utter garbage.

Just spent two hours prepping 24 meals for the upcoming week and my back is screaming at me. I have a new found respect for people who work in restaurants.

On the up-side, it's going to make for a much more convenient week.
I find that a lot of the time it's down to incorrect height of the work surface. I have the same in the kitchen where the height is matched to her indoors. In my shop I have a much higher bench height which is more comfortable to stand at for hours.

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Went to the pharmacy and noticed that all the baby formula is under lock and key. I don't have children, but this is a very sad commentary on the state of modern capitalism.
a display cabinet of baby formula behind a locked pane of glass
Formula is quite often stolen, also a commentary on how we treat parents in our society :/
@Becky That's kind of what I'm talking about. When we've created a society where something as essential as this becomes unobtainable enough to become a high-theft item, something is wrong.

We're punishing children (and their parents) for the circumstances they were born into. It's baby formula, not opiates.

I wonder why it is that #Canada requires people who hold a basic certificate in #AmateurRadio to know about building electrical circuits when you can't actually build your own equipment without also having an advanced certificate.

If nothing else, it's a nice refresher.

Still studying for my #AmateurRadio test (in Canada). Apparently, I'm expected to know how the spectrum is carved up and things like bandwidths and power levels that are permitted at various frequency ranges at various licensing levels. I'm generally good with numbers, but I hate arbitrary lookup tables.

How are people supposed to just commit this stuff to memory? Are notes permitted when taking the test?

I'm not an astrophysicist, so I don't really know what to make of this, but it seems there have been some interesting observations made by the #JWST.

This article is from three days ago, but I just learned of it now. Can anyone shed any additional light on this?

#BigBang #space
The site, "Evolution news" seems to be creationist.
Not reliable science.
@Guy Geens Yeah, it did feel heavily biased, which is why I wanted to get outside opinions.
@Guy Geens I think this is the "Panic!" paper they mentioned:

From which it's safe to guess that either they know even less about popular culture than I do *and* they didn't bother reading past the title, or they're just being dishonest. (My money is on both.)
Looking at some of the other articles on this site, it tuns out to be anti-science garbage.

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Nothing like cleaning your glasses with a freshly washed microfibre cloth. This is the clearest I've been able to see in about a month.

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