Just wanted to throw it out there for reference: I don't approve all follower requests. 90% of the time this is not personal, and really revolves around the fact that I don't know the people trying to follow me.
Sometimes I decline because I use the "follower's-only" mode to keep private things private, and I can't envision how the new follower would respond to some of the things I say.
I also prune my follower list from time to time as I get to know certain accounts. Again, not personal.
I wrote some tips for people new to Path of Exile! It's a really good game but it can often feel overwhelming and draconian in how it works. These tips really helped me get into the game and enjoy it and I wanted to centralize them in one place on the fedi so that other people can enjoy the game too .
Bluetooth major security risk
Until a patch is issued you should disabled bluetooth on all of your devices (or at the very least only use it when you're sure no malicious agents are in range).
A vulnerability was found by researchers that allows someone to authenticate themselves with your device using a 1 byte certificate, at which point they have access to your bluetooth and can intercept data such as keystrokes, photos, and transferred files.
Captialism, "competition is good"
The idea that competition is healthy only makes sense in the context of capitalistic markets where corporations will literally destroy us unless they're busy fighting other corporations, Alien vs Predator style.
In every other instance competition tramples on vulnerable people, leads to less diversity, and has poorer outcomes than cooperation.
Windows vulnerability, critical
If you run Windows on your machine, you should immediately update Windows as a "wormable" vulnerability has been discovered and a patch issued.
Don't wait for Windows to do it automatically. Do it yourself and make doubly sure there are no further updates after your system restarts by clicking the "check for updates" button.
I think I'm to the point where I can officially recommend Path of Exile.
If point and click doesn't bother you, pc is fine, but I find it very fatiguing. The ps4 version has been a game changer (heh). I spent like 5 hours straight playing it yesterday and had a great time.
Biggest block is that there's a LOT to learn at first and it can be quite overwhelming. Might do a writeup at some point with some beginner tips.
But well worth it once you learn how it works.
Question about ProtonVPN CLI
So I have this issue using pvpn on Linux where, after I've connected, I often close my laptop out of habit when I walk away.
The problem is when I come back, my internet connection doesn't work anymore.
I have to disconnect and reconnect to pvpn in order to get it working again, which means I need to close my browser and reopen that as well so I don't leak my identity.
Does anyone know how to fix this, or at least work around it?
Uspol, this one has me grinning, twit link
This is a video of many many times more protestors than supporters showing up to a Mitch McConnel rally, chanting "Moscow Mitch," and booing him so loud that you can't hear him over a sound system.
(My add-on that let me download twitter videos broke after their update, so I just have to post the Twitter link)
Pay attention to this. All of these next gen consoles claiming they can run 8k are in for a rude awakening. Modern "high end" consoles can't even run Minecraft on 4k.
Persona 5 joke, caps
Joker: I think I'll make some lock picks before bed.
Morganna, poking his head up from behind a trash bag: Are you sure you should do that? You know it's already 7pm. Isn't it your bedtime?
Joker: Um, no, I'm not-
M: Sleep is the most important part of the day. Studies show that-
J: God, SHUT UP about your damn studies! I'm sick and tired of you always telling me what to do!!
M: Sounds like someone's getting grumpy.
J, slamming his fist into the wall: I'M NOT GRUMPY!!
Github, git repos
Given that github is starting to block countries at odds with the US government, and that the fedi is such an international community, I think it'd be cool if we picked a preferred git repo site for the fedi, kind of like we picked Tusky as a fedi client.
Obviously the needs of the project should come first, but I just think it's be cool to go "I wonder what people are coding these days?" and be able to go on that site and know there's gonna be more fedi projects on there.
Thoughts on FOSS
Access to non-data-harvesting apps, programs, and platforms is important. But if all you do is stop there then you ignore the threat of radicalized fundamentalists who will use your tech to run different kinds of ops. They'll hide inside of it and gather intel the old fashioned way before using it to slam vulnerable groups.
It's like getting a vaccine for the flu but passing on the vaccine for the measles.
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