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Living 20 minutes into the future. Eccentric weirdo. Virtual Adept. Time traveler. Thelemite. Technomage. Hacker on main. APT 3319. Not human. 30% software and implants. H+ - 0.4 on the Berram-7 scale. Furry adjacent. Pan/poly. Burnout.

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It would have been bizarre if they weren't.

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I wonder when she's going to get arrested.

How to constructively protest against AI voice transcription at work?

As a medical doctor I extensively use digital voice recorders to document my work. My secretary does the transcription. As a cost saving measure the process is soon intended to be replaced by AI-powered transcription, trained on each doctor's voice. As I understand it the model created is not being stored locally and I have no...

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The personalized data model will be trained on your voice. That means that it's going to be trained on a great deal of patient medical history data (including PII). That means it's covered by HIPAA.

I strongly doubt the service in question meets even the most minimal of requirements.

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I use Syncthing for this. I have a few Linux boxes at home (a pair of servers and a laptop), a Macbook, and two Android devices (phone and tablet) that are all hooked together with a shared directory. Also, even though you don't have to have them, I set up Syncthing Discovery and Relay servers on one of my public boxen to help the community out.

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Probably. Somebody's got to get that promotion by launching something before the next round of layoffs.

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It's the internet.

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Except they don't, because insects and corpses are animals too.

I get the point you're trying to make but it falls flat if you peek in on that part of the world once in a while.

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I use Gnome Terminal and Mate Terminal on my laptop. Nothing fancy, they just work. They do what I need (which is run a shell), they support tabs, and transparency is just nice to have. I also run Tilda because once in a while I need to enter a quick command without changing desktops.

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I think it's interesting that limited AI technology has made it to street level. There was talk of keeping it entirely in-house as a "secret sauce" for competitive advantage (I used to work for one of the companies that was working on large-scale practical LLM), so when OpenAI started gaining notice it raised an eyebrow.

Security-wise it's a pretty big step backward, because the code it hashes together tends to have older vulns in it. It's not like secure software development practices are commonly employed right now anyway. I'm not sure when that's going to become a huge problem, but it's just a matter of time.

One privacy compromising problem has already been stumbled over (ChatGPT could be tricked into dumping its memory buffers containing other conversations into a chat session) and there will undoubtedly be more in the future. This also has implications for business uses (because folks are already putting sensitive client information into chats with LLMs, which means it's going to leak eventually).

I really hope that entirely self-hosted LLMs become common and easy to deploy. If nothing else, they're great for analyzing and finding stuff in your personal data that other forms of search aren't well suited for. Then again, I hoard data so maybe I'm projecting a little here.

As for my job, I'm of two minds about it. LLMs can already be used for generating boilerplate for scripts, Terraform plans, and things like that (but then again, keeping a code repo of your own boilerplate files is a thing, or at least it used to be). It might be useful for rubber ducking problems (see also, privacy compromise).

It wouldn't surprise me if LLMs become a big reason for layoffs, if they're not already. LLMs don't have to be paid, don't have tax overhead, don't get sick, don't go BOFH, and don't unionize. The problem with automating yourself out of a job is that you no longer have a job, after all. So I think it's essential for mighty nerds to invest the time into learning a trade or two just in case (I definitely am - companies might be shooting themselves in the foot by laying off their sysadmins, but if it means bigger profits for shareholders they've demonstrated that they're more than happy to do so).

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Every text editor has a learning curve. It looks like the terminal shortcuts you've been learning were bleeding over into nano. That's not a nano problem, that's just where you're at on the learning curve right now. You probably would have made the same trip-ups in another text editor for the same reason. Even DOS' EDIT.COM had a learning curve back in the day.

I don't want to get into a text editor flame war here. Suffice it to say that trying lots of different text editors is a good way to see what works and doesn't work for you. If it helps, I used pico as my primary editor for a good fifteen years, until I forced myself to learn vi just because I wanted to branch out a little.

I don't think you have to learn every last little thing about a text editor, just what you normally do: Move the cursor around, enter text, delete text, search, replace. Don't worry about learning everything, learn what you need as you need it.

As for universal, I'm afraid that it's probably going to be vi and its descendants. It's been included in many UNIXes and UNIX-alikes for decades (it's even built into busybox) for a reason: It's small, lean, mean, and if you absolutely, positively have to rescue a broken box, it's always there in /bin.

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Ouch ! A lot of people actually tend to suggest that also, while I only tried vim once, I just uninstalled it after I had to google “how to exit vim” :| ! It was way to much of a hassle to just edit text :/. But as I read above, and as you said, just learning the basic stuff is enough to begin to like it and get comfortable.

vi and vim take a little getting used to. There's no shame in needing a cheatsheet; I used one when I was getting used to it (and the first time I had to use it in an emergency, I was looking up what I needed pretty much every minute). This looks like it might have something useful.

Ultimately, what got me used to vi was using it every day to write blog entries (because, at the time, it was still hand-crafted HTML). I just had to use it a little every day.

I think it would be helpful if you used vi a little bit to get used to how it feels. It couldn't hurt to use Micro for a week, also, for the same reason. There's no rush, there's no deadline, give yourself a week of each to play around with them.

As for updating the keybindings, I don't think it's a good idea, because the minute you find yourself on a system that doesn't have them installed you're back to square one. And, if you're in the middle of fixing something you probably won't have time to import them (and you may not even be able to, depending on what's wrong).

..doesn't nano still have the menu bar at the bottom by default? I know pico (its predecessor) used to.

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Especially if you're prone to accidentally hitting SysReq instead of PrintSc by accident.

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Jean Baudrilliard has entered the chat.

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This is exactly the case.

In a lot of CMSes that offer RSS feed generation, there's a setting you can frob - either put the entire article in each RSS entry, or just the first X words in the <summary></summary> block. A lot of them default to the latter and folks never turn on the former.

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The site configures what shows up in the RSS or ATOM feed. It's not a feature or a flaw in RSS or ATOM inherently.

In other words, complain to whomever runs the site in question.

How can i rsync over my network without using ssh?

I have 6 devices that i rsync to a central location to back them up. Ive been using ssh as the -e option. Problem is i use public key with passphrases, meaning to backup all six i need to go to each device and run the backup script. Since i typically backup /etc, /home, and /root this means entering sudo and the ssh passphrase...

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There's a somewhat more secure way to go about it.

A backup script on the host in question runs periodically as root and makes a local copy of the files owned by the backup user. The central host then makes a backup of the not-root-owned files on the host in question. It adds two extra steps but you don't have to set up SSH access for the root account.

The Cult of AI: How one writer's trip to an annual tech conference left him with a sinking feeling about the future (www.rollingstone.com)

From the (middle of the) story: The reason CES was so packed with random “AI”-branded products was that sticking those two letters to a new company is seen as something of a talisman, a ritual to bring back the (VC) rainy season.

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What happens when their god decides it doesn't need them anymore?

drwho ,
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They want it to come up with new stuff because they are incapable of coming up with new stuff. Unfortunately, their mindchildren inherit that deficiency.

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The moment such a software construct decides "Hey, making money for those meatbags sucks," they'll try to cut the power. The only reason they're sinking billions into AI research is because they hope it'll do more than break even.

It's not done out of altruism.

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I can imagine that. Hence, "Hey, making money for those meatbags sucks."

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Could've been the journo. Could've been one of the editors.

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"Worst of the worst" means that nothing of value was lost.

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I can't paywall break them, either. Oh, well.

drwho ,
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No, not at all.

That sounds like some often parroted but never actually a thing job hunting advice from the late 90's.

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The folks who are going to use Linux for their desktops already are. The folks who never were, never have.

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There's no reason you couldn't; btrfs is pretty stable.

Edit: Going on five years of using btrfs on production servers (storing and processing data on a 24x7 basis).

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Just out of curiosity, did you RAID-1 the metadata as well?

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They do. Otherwise they run like Oracle when auditd is configured and running.

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Destination port 123/udp isn't Tor. That's NTP.

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He is very polite and charming scum, or at least when he wants to be. Don't turn your back on him.

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Not necessarily that, but he will try to talk you into doing something unwise (usually, talking about something covered by your NDA).

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How much do they really pay attention to those things, though?

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    What boot loader are you using? That is what allows you to pick between what OS (in your case, drive) to boot at power-on.

    Are you using UEFI for this?

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    Hmm.

    Not being able to select boot order in BIOS suggests something very strange is going on, because it suggests that the BIOS can't see all the drives. That has to happen before the bootloader can be evoked.

    It sounds like GRUB is installed on the WD Black. BIOS -> drives it can see -> boot loader

    What was the specific error that the Arch boot attempt threw? How did os-prober work for you?

    You're Not Imagining It: Google Search Results Are Getting Worse, Study Finds (gizmodo.com)

    For the past few years, a growing number of users, analysts, and experts raised alarms about a truth that feels obvious to a lot of people who surf around in web browsers: the quality of Google results is in serious decline. Google disagrees.

    drwho ,
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    googles some Terraform syntax

    gets a blog post from 2023

    the code in the blog post is Perl, not Terraform

    You don't say.

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    I'm going to be building out a third wireless access point with OpenWRT to get better wireless coverage in the house.

    drwho ,
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    Are you keeping an eye on system temperature?

    drwho ,
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    Yeah, that should be fine.

    Anything in the kernel message buffer? dmesg -T | less

    drwho ,
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    I'm not seeing anything relevant to lockups or crashes in there. Pretty boring logs.

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    A classic! Way back when it used to be recommended on as a good introductory text (until O'Reilly started publishing books on Linux, anyway).

    drwho ,
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    As with many things, the golden rule applies. They who have the gold, make the rules.

    drwho ,
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    Same. I didn't write it for them. I wrote it for folks who don't necessarily have a lot of money but want something useful.

    Marc Andreessen’s “Techno-Optimist Manifesto” Is Just Old-School Reactionary Elitism (jacobin.com)

    In earlier eras, the manifesto was an important organ of radical political and aesthetic movements; prominent examples in the history of the genre include of course those of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, André Breton, or, more recent, the Dogme 95 group. These days, in which radical political ideas of the Left or the Right...

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    They want to rule as god-kings.

    So they're acting like god-kings.

    Pretty soon, people will elevate them to god-kings because power perceived is power achieved.

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    Whoopsies! "Free speech absolutist" "accidentally" suspends the accounts of journalists who are critical of him, and people whose political views he disagrees with.

    He seems to have quite the habit of firing or banning people he disagrees with, doesn't he?

    Via Gizmodo:

    "X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, purged an unknown number of prominent accounts over the last 24 hours with little to no explanation, and then restored the accounts minutes after this article was published.

    "The list includes popular accounts belonging to journalists, writers, and podcasters. Among them are Ken Klippenstein of the Intercept, writer and podcaster Rob Rousseau, Texas Observer correspondent Steven Monacelli, the account for TrueAnon, a left-wing politics and news podcast, and a number of others.

    "One thing the accounts have in common is recent criticisms of the Israeli government.

    ...

    "Musk, who calls himself a “free speech absolutist” has previously said no one should be banned from X unless they break the law.

    "Update, 1:12 p.m.: Shortly after this article was published, Musk responded to a question about the issue from far-right influencer Jackson Hinkle. Musk promised to investigate, and the accounts went back up soon after. Musk later blamed the “mistake” on X’s spam algorithms. The Hamas account is still suspended."

    Source: https://gizmodo.com/elon-musk-x-twitter-journalists-banning-spree-1851151593

    #X @technology

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    Surprising only people who don't have eyes.

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