[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 1 points 6 hours ago

Not paid by them but I use it. I enjoy it because it lets me filter out bullshit sites and prioritize others. I’m not aware of another engine that does it to the degree of Kagi.

Basically everything I need to look up for work is now always on the top half of the first page just by pinning documentation sites and general reference like Wikipedia.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 1 points 15 hours ago* (last edited 14 hours ago)

Completely disagree on the scalability argument and I find it silly.

Most instances are small. Not everyone is going to run a 20,000 person instance where all 20,000 show up on the same day.

If you’re a big instance like lemmy.world, then sure, I can buy the scalability argument, but once you’re at that point you’ve likely established that there is an active and engaged admin team.

As a bonus, it even serves as a great asshole filter. If someone gets upset they had to wait a day for an approval, imagine how they’d act once they’re in.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 9 points 15 hours ago* (last edited 2 hours ago)

People need to understand there are risks if they’re going to host an open server and are ultimately responsible for how it interacts in the network.

Keeping defederation minimal requires a high degree of trust with all instances, regardless of size.

If the instance has open reg, hosted spam for multiple days, has no activity from the admins for ever, and might be several versions behind, that’s entering “I simply don’t trust your ability to host” territory.

I run a small instance. I turn on registration applications, spot-check new accounts to make sure there isn’t spam, keep an alert active so I get notified when updates are available, and occasionally post from an admin account to indicate it’s an active instance. I even check reports at least once a day. This all takes very little effort to do. If you’re a small instance, the burden of proof is on you to show that it’s being maintained.

Some of the spam instances have had spam up for several days now. Sure, maybe one or two people may be on vacation and aren’t aware, but I doubt that’s the case for every host.

We’re fortunate the spam (at least what I’ve seen) didn’t blatantly display malicious content.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 16 points 23 hours ago

Not all of the ones involved in the spam attack….

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 34 points 1 day ago* (last edited 23 hours ago)

IMO by default everyone should put up a barrier to registration, be it manual approvals or email verification.

Both have their own set of flaws and can establish a sense of false security, but it’s the bare minimum to slow down spam registrations.

I’m working on an instance-level spam filter that acts on all federated content to take this into consideration for the instance I run…

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 25 points 1 day ago

Obligatory I think X is a shithole etc etc etc

That out of the way, Yulia’s account seems to be back now.


[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 2 points 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

There’s also a chicken-and-egg problem here. EVs are hard to sell because the infrastructure to support them at scale isn’t there. The infrastructure won’t scale up until there’s sufficient demand to make capital investments in that infrastructure profitable.

A couple years ago, sure, but this just isn't true anymore. Sure, not everyone's living situation is ideal for an EV, but let’s take just homeowners. ~60% of Americans own a home, I'd wager a significant percentage of that 60% would either do fine with a standard 120V outlet or add an EV charger in their garage. That’s still a big market.

(I’m a BEV owner who rents and has to use a standard wall outlet)

I'm willing to bet the bigger issue the Biden admin needs to balance is keeping the unions happy, the automakers happy, and not tanking the US automotive industry by nudging them forward.

A shift to EVs means there's going to be a loss of manufacturing jobs. I can't imagine the unions being too happy about this, especially going into an election year. That needs to be balanced with the increasing interest in foreign automakers wanting to build factories in Mexico to import vehicles here cheaply.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 7 points 2 days ago

Having a lot of spam won’t help adoption either.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 4 points 2 days ago


It’s perfectly fine for the class of Linux user that only has a slight-to-none Vitamin D deficiency.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 9 points 3 days ago

Discover has a checking account w/ debit card that gives cash back.

It’s what I use to get cashback on rent.

[-] cosmic_slate@dmv.social 58 points 6 days ago* (last edited 6 days ago)

This isn’t strictly limited to cable companies, telecom wants their pound of flesh too.

Verizon seems to be doing this as well. My former apartment complex used to let you choose between Comcast or FiOS. Now you’re made to pay for FiOS from the apartment complex. If you want Comcast, you’re now stuck paying for two ISPs.

Before you could get your own account and deal with Verizon directly. Now it’s some weird reseller-esque platform specifically targeting MDUs.

Now before the foamy-dweeb parade of “omg who wants Comcast” rolls around, do note: Verizon is limited to 1000/1000 (well more like 950/950), and I could rarely get more than 600mbit both ways. Comcast recently introduced 2000/200 in my area but is intending to go faster, and they’re farther along in their plans than Verizon’s multi-gig strategy.

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/politics@lemmy.world

So for those not following VA politics, I'll do up a bit of a TL;DR:


  • Governor: Republican
  • Legislature: 1 house was Dem, 1 house was Republican
  • Abortion was used to try to drum up support to make both legislative houses Republican in the Nov 2023 elections (among other things)

Nov 2023 elections happen.

  • Plan backfires. Dems get both legislative houses, but Gov seat is still Republican.

New Legislative session starts for 2024.

  • Republican filed a bill to remove funding for abortions
  • Dems were like "lol no", wanted to bring a floor vote on the bill to get votes recorded on where everyone stands on it
  • Republicans tried to revoke and water down bill, Dems were like "lol no"
  • Dems forced the bill to floor vote
  • Almost every single Republican decided to vote "no" on bill, so it failed by 97 votes (out of 100).

Nine states have signed a memorandum of understanding that says that heat pumps should make up at least 65 percent of residential heating, air conditioning, and water-heating shipments by 2030. (“Shipments” here means systems manufactured, a proxy for how many are actually sold.) By 2040, these states—California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island—are aiming for 90 percent of those shipments to be heat pumps.

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/technology@lemmy.ml

I'm not a big fan of sports BUT the amount of money that gets poured into the tech behind it all is pretty fascinating.

This is an environment where I'd imagine there's practically zero room for error, some mistakes can easily be seen by millions of people and talked about for days. A lot of work is required to ensure all of this runs smoothly. It's definitely an incredibly thankless job that almost nobody will think about while the game goes on.

This article is a bit short on details but I thought it was a neat tour of some of the networking/dashboards/etc going on behind the scenes.

submitted 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/palworld@lemmy.world

Palworld loves devouring RAM so I’m trying to get an idea of what everyone’s using to host for a few players. I’m wanting to figure out next steps for my box with 16GB of RAM.

I have a small server of 5 people. We’re all over the map and sometimes uses around 14GB of RAM. To keep things pseudo-stable, the game is in a loop to restart as soon as it crashes but I have concerns with this approach…


While they're a very, very, very, very small search engine, it looks like someone requested a Lemmy search lens and was finally implemented today.


More positive news for those wanting to do self-repairs.

submitted 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/technology@lemmy.ml

This points to a blogpost that points back to a 2001 article, so this isn't news but it TL;DRs an interesting tactic that DirecTV used in their efforts to prevent circumvention of their content protections. With content providers putting more effort into content protections, I think it's interesting to see what has been done in the past.

For those outside of the US, DirecTV has been a major satellite TV provider in the US since the 90s. They utilized smart cards ("access cards") in consumer satellite receivers to gate access to channel packages and various features, and these satellite receivers could program the smart cards for various purposes.

Pirate satellite TV groups have found security issues in these smartcards that could be used to circumvent content access limitations. Eventually, DirecTV surprised everyone by finding a way to lock out pirates via an unpredictable pattern in their update mechanism a week before the Superbowl, one of the most watched TV programs.

The linked article as well as the WIRED article (https://www.wired.com/2008/05/tarnovsky/?currentPage=all) it cites are an interesting read on how someone worked to crack satellite TV but then devised a mechanism to block pirates from their knowledge of the inside.

I'm burying the lede here for you to read yourself ;)

submitted 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/fediverse@lemmy.world

tl;dr: let's stop the generic and almost-irrelevant-doom-and-gloom karma-harvesting one-liners that can be copy-pasted between any two articles written in the last century


Anyone who has used Reddit for any decent period of time is probably aware of the drill -- when you create an account, unsubscribe from the defaults and find the smaller communities. It will end up in a better experience.

Why were people told to dodge the defaults? They were the largest subreddits. But because they were large, the quality was often regarded as "meh" due to post and comment quality.

How bad was it? You'd find news posted about something, then you'd click into the comments, find they're something to read, then move on.

A week passes and an article on a similar subject comes up. You click into the comments and a sense of "Is this deja-vu?" is felt. Is this comment thread for the article this week, or the article from last week?

Turns out, the discussion was too generic. It wasn't uniquely thought provoking to the article posted. The comments didn't offer much and could be copy-pasted between many news posts spanning any given year.

Reddit became boring after picking up on this pattern, especially as this became the norm on so many communities. The comments served as candy for feeding a doom-scrolling habit. At times I'd joke to myself that I could predict what the upvoted comments would be.

Why do I bring this up?

I've noticed that commentary in the most popular communities have been flooded with unsubstantial commentary as of late -- the type of commentary that could be copy-pasted between almost any two articles in a given month. It feels like cheap karma acquisition, even though Lemmy doesn't really incentivize karma.

The Lemmy community has a lot of energy and a lot of people who want to see it succeed. I do too.

So what should we do?

I am advocating that we collectively try to put in more thought in our discussions. I think Hackernews (sans the occasional edgy political take) and Tildes might be worth learning from. Let's make it a goal to contribute content that others may learn from and do away with the copy-paste doom-and-gloom comments.

Just unsubscri-

Yes, the popular refrain to a lot of concerns about Lemmy is "just unsubscribe from those and join another community". I disagree that is the right solution. This isn't limited to just one or two communities of a given type and what habits are created in one community easily spread to others due to the very large overlap in users.

submitted 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago) by cosmic_slate@dmv.social to c/fuckcars@lemmy.world

One of the biggest challenges to reducing car reliance is figuring out how to provide transportation services in areas that might not have the funding or density to fully support transit modes with fixed routes. A couple of Virginia communities have experimented with microtransit services -- on-demand rideshare vans with success.

In addition to helping those who are unable to drive, this might enable more people to reconsider car ownership.

A legally blind veteran can now get out of the house without anyone in his family having to miss work to drive him. A husband and wife living in a homeless shelter, who previously became unemployed each time their work schedules changed, were finally able to hold down jobs long enough to afford an apartment. “It has been a life changer for a lot of people,” said Mountain Empire Transit director Mitch Elliott.

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