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Cake day: Dec 19, 2021


Place the ^^ inside the square brackets.

So: Text1


This will show up nicely in the browser. However, it will not show up correctly in Jerboa.

In Jerboa, this will show up correctly:



But not in the browser.

Not sure of a way that works for both.

It is common that the answers live somewhere else that is not paywalled. To find them, you can copy a short portion of the part of the answer that you can see and run an exact match search by putting the fragment between quotes (search: “fragment”)

My memory is a bit hazy on this. After listening to Snowden’s “Permanent Record” audiobook , my interest in encryption and online privacy grew. I became much more aware about how unhealthy it is to have a society that relies on large centralized platforms to broker people’s social interactions.

At some point along the process of looking into solutions to the centralization problem I remember running into Dessalines’ essay on “Favorite apps and services”. I think I found it via a google search for decentralized social media alternatives or de-googling, or on a post on Reddit alternatives, I don’t remember the details. In this list lemmy is listed as a reddit alternative, and I was shopping for one 😄

I am glad I found lemmy as it encouraged me to learn about self-hosting, and that has snowballed in a positive way.

Car crashes are one of the main sources of traumatic brain injuries. I think that it is likely that someone who is wearing a helmet during a car crash would be protected to a degree from TBIs, so I looked a bit for a source on this and found this relevant blog post:

Op-Ed: Yes, Gov. Cuomo, Car Helmets Could Save Lives

Fortunately here in the Netherlands we don’t have to bike with a helmet on. Would I be supposed to leave it hanging from my bike, exposed to the rain and theft? Or carry it with me into the shops and bars and keep an eye on it? Sounds like a nuisance.

By getting immediate feedback on your writing.

A student can provide it an idea that they are stuck on and being given several pathways through which you can get unstuck.

By generating personalized content immediately that you can then analyze.

Specific example: A student explains the thought process while using an AI to create a poem. The student would provide a prompt to the AI, the AI provides a poem, then the student analyzes that poem and provides another prompt to improve the poem. The student will justify the reasons why they decided to convey the new prompt, explaining in which ways the AI’s poem erred from the expected format for that particular type of poetry. There should be at leas 10 prompts. If the student considers the poem to be a good poem before the 10 prompts, the student should defend why it is a good poem and try to transform it to convey some different emotion.

I think that this type of AI-supervised learning is very different from what we are used to, and it can create a very engaging and dynamic process. This is just one random example - I am sure that good teachers will come up with excellent techniques.

And I do want to point out that we learn basic arithmetic without using calculators. Teachers can ask students not to use an AI for some particular work. Students can cheat, and most schools around the world do not have anti-plagiarism tools. Common tools can’t even detect translated plagiarism, so if someone speaks two languages they can plagiarize all they want with little worry (actually, when I worked as a teacher I did translate work that I was suspicious about and caught a few, but most teachers won’t bother). I doubt that AI will increase the percentage of students that want to cheat, and it is easy to cheat.

The benefits that AI can bring to an education setting are so astronomically greater than the downside of plagiarism. I completely agree, we adapted to calculators, we will adapt to incorporating AI into education.

Hah, is this really a ChatGPT bot? Or someone is manually copying and pasting ChatGPT answers?

Why does it show a lack of attention to detail?

A few tech jobs, but mostly optics/physics/chemistry research jobs.

Thanks. I thought so too. Sometimes I think I may be over-critical, so I wanted to check ;)

If you emailed me from this address i would consider you a dork, and as a bit of one myself i might start calling you Fratnickle.

Fratnickle! Haha, I did not even think about how sounds if you read the @ as ‘at’.

How do you feel about this personal e-mail format?
Let's say as an example that my full name is Robert Frankel If I purchase the domain `` and use that to create my custom e-mail: `` And then use this as my personal e-mail in a professional setting (resume, contact e-mail, business card, etc..). Do you think this would be perceived as unprofessional and silly in a negative way, and even confusing to some? Or do you think most people would understand it right away and think of it in a net positive way - perhaps a bit silly, but memorable. Don't worry about whether the e-mail will be filtered as spam, I am curious about how it is perceived. I am asking because I have a domain like this that I use for private personal stuff, and I wonder whether it would be a good or bad idea to use that e-mail when applying for jobs, as a small extra detail to stand out 😁

They have to replace the whole system because of a software problem? Maybe we can also place some of the blame on proprietary software developing practices that obfuscate and lock software on purpose. If this system would have been built using open source practices, I suspect they would have been able to find someone skilled enough to fix it.

I think that using the first line up to maybe ~10 words followed by “…” as a default is a good idea. It would still be nice to have a preferred format to indicate the title, such as:

--- | Should Mastodon users be able to create threads on Lemmy?

Post content

Another possibility would be to reject a post if it is lacking the title and have the ‘community’ send a direct message or reply to the user letting them know the correct format. A correctly formatted posted using the first sentence could be generated and included in the direct message as an example. It could say something like this:

Are you trying to create a post in a lemmy instance? If so, please create the toot again including a title. Here is an example using the first sentence of your post as a title: | First sentence

Post content                                                   

Approach one is good because it does not require one to be familiar with the format at all, but it can lead to some awkward titles. Approach two would require a slightly higher amount of effort from the poster, but one failed post should be enough for them to become familiar with the syntax.

I wonder if the encryption will work between different encrypted services - so protonmail <-> gmail encryption will work automatically. Or if they will only enable the encryption for gmail <-> gmail correspondence.

Ah - I see. Netflix and chill remains legal then!

I say this because in the article they quoted the paragraph in Netflix’s terms of use section 4.2:

4.2. The Netflix service and any content accessed through the service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household. During your Netflix membership we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access the Netflix service and Netflix content. Except for the foregoing, no right, title or interest shall be transferred to you. You agree not to use the service for public performances.

They way this is written is open to interpretation with regards to what ‘personal use’ means and what is considered ‘members of the household’. If you invite someone else over for Netflix and chill - would that be a violation of this section? It might be “obvious” that it would not be a violation of the terms, but 4.2 was used in the argument, and from that perspective I would say that Netflix and chill falls within the same gray area as password sharing.

The original article has been updated though, it now states that the Intellectual Property Office has modified its advice and removed the password sharing mention.

So Netflix and chill might be illegal too if one of the participants doesn’t have a Netflix subscription?

could it be covered by fair use, as long as it’s part of (or offering to have) a discussion about the topic?

It is an interesting point. Commentary is generally considered fair use when - for example - someone makes a video in which text is shown and the text is commented on. I think that directly copying the comments and not commenting on them would not be transformative enough to fall into fair use. But you are right that putting it up in the context of generating a new discussion could be transformative enough - but that could open loopholes (for example, displaying a full movie without permission at a public venue for the audience to critique could be considered fair sue).

But adding an explanatory comment of why that particular comment was chosen could be transformative enough to be “fair use” by most people. Looking into it, it is messy and complicated. It seems that in the end the reality is that to find out whether something is fair use or not, the commenter or platform would have to sue you and then a judge would need to decide.

But people share all sorts of screenshots on social media without it getting purged, maybe there’s some different rules?

My guess is that either the platform or the person that made the comment would need to actively sue for something to be done about that, and not many people see this as something they would want to do. I am sure most people post comments online without worrying about the copyright of their comment work.

If Reddit has not gotten rid of Removeddit, I don’t think that they particularly care about their comments being copied.

Thank you for pointing that out! I like their way of doing things!

Is it in bad taste to take content directly from Reddit/Stack exchange?
I would like to make a community dedicated to posting interesting science questions that have been asked and answered in other sites. The post would be a copy of the question and the comments would be copies of the answers that were found to be interesting - always with the username attribution and the link to the original post. With this format, users would not need to leave the site, and it is easy to discuss the answers directly in the comments. But I have my doubts about whether this is appropriate, as I think that it might be copyright infringement. So, what do people in Lemmy think? Would this format be blatant theft and wrong? Perfectly reasonable? Somewhere in between?

Using a VPN provider vs self-hosting a VPN
I have seen the following argument (summarized here as I understand it): *Despite the promises that VPN providers make, it is known that they will often monitor your traffic, collect logs, might share your information, and will collaborate with law enforcement. Renting a VPS and running an OpenVPN server on it and using that as your VPN, is better - because you have full control over the logs. Let's assume we trust the VPS provider to adhere to their TOS and privacy policy.* To talk about a concrete typical usecase, I am thinking about how this applies to downloading illegal torrents. In my current view, the only scenario in which the self-hosted option makes sense is if you pay for hosting using crypto and reveal no personal information during the process. Otherwise using a VPS would be virtually the same as downloading it through your ISP - and in some cases even worse - because the VPS provider might be more easily pushed to throwing you under the bus if abuse is reported since this might be a TOS violation. On the other hand, a VPN provider has a much larger motivation to protect users against this because the way that users perceive these protections is fundamental to their business model. So, is there a reason to self-host a VPN instead of using a VPN provider? If so, should the VPS be acquired anonymously, or are there ways to protect yourself while using a provider that you gave your personal information to?

So, you experienced it during the first videos you watched but developed a tolerance as you kept watching them?

Interesting! Flakey pastry sounds do nothing for me, but they are indeed very characteristic.

I sleep like a baby during thunderstorms, they are very relaxing.

Have you experienced ASMR?
'[ASMR](' - or 'Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response' exploded in popularity a few years ago as the ASMR youtube channels emerged. The YouTube videos do not trigger ASMR for me, unfortunately. However, it did bring the term to my attention, and when I read the wikipedia page something clicked - I finally had a term for a very strange sensation that I was never able to explain to others. For me, this ASMR response is not something that I can reproduce on purpose. But the times that it happens it usually occurs when someone else asks me something. For example, during middleschool I remember that sometimes a friend would stand next to me and ask me for a pencil. As I would retrieve the pencil, I would get into this dissociated-like state that was very peaceful and tingly, and I would not want it to stop. I would be very slow in retrieving the pencil and pretending I was still looking for it - and then I would ask some question to try to make the interaction longer because it felt so interesting. It still happens some times but is rare, and it occurs when I am busy in the office or the lab and someone comes and asks me something or for something while I am paying attention to something else. It is a very pleasurable state that is also very fragile - as if someone managed to scratch the perfect itchy spot in my brain for a moment. It is odd, and I think it fits the definition of ASMR perfectly. The only other way that I feel a similar effect but not as strong effect is when am getting a haircut the hairdraisser is cutting the hair in the back of my neck with the tiny trimmer. I am curious about other people's experience with this phenomenon, because I have not found many people that can relate to my experience. Have you felt this? Do you know what your triggers are? Do the YouTube videos do it for you?

Have you had success correcting your bad posture?
I slouch a lot, so my shoulders are a bit rounded at my neutral posture. I have tried to get into the habit of doing wall glides, stretching my chest, doing back exercises, and sitting properly. But after quite a few years of testing strategies, tools, and trying to build consistent habits, I usually manage to get two or three weeks of good progress but then fall back to the usual bad habits and my posture does not really improve. Do any of you have any success stories about correcting your bad posture? I would like to learn from your success!